Caleb + Mary | Briarwood Presbyterian Church Wedding, Birmingham, AL

I walked into the room to see Mary’s natural, tight curls pinned back just perfectly. She was sitting in the make up chair, as relaxed as can be, and worship music was playing in the background. She slipped into her stunning gown in the quietness of the bridal suite with her mother, and as each button was done up, Mary glowed. Earrings, her grandmother’s engagement ring stone necklace and shoes were all put on, and it was time for first looks.

It was the perfect March day. Not a cloud in the sky. 65 degree weather. A little bit of wind but mostly warm on your skin. It made portraits a delight to take because it was too hot or too cold… just right (hey Goldilocks)!

Mary’s Dad walked up to the first look – before he had even seen her – with tears in his eyes. So when he was in place and turned around, allll the tissues came out. It was evidence of the love between them and a sweet moment I was honoured to capture. Then came the first look with Caleb. We got to our spot a little early, so Caleb spent some time praying. That’s the best thing to do before seeing your bride! It reminded me of Christ preparing to see His at the end of time. They read letters first – back to back – and then slowly turned around to see one another.

It was a day full of special moments, truly. They ate doughnuts Lady and the Tramp style, talked to each person in the receiving line so intentionally, exuded peace all day and kept the priorities at the front. It truly was a joy to photograph your day, Clevelands! I’m thankful to witness the union of two people desiring to honour Christ and know Him more through the covenant of marriage.


Vendor Team: 

Venue: Briarwood Presbyterian Church | Coordinator: Cindy Carradine | Florist: Cindy Vitrano | Dress: Diane’s Formal Affair | HMU: Frivolous Talents | Cake: Taylor Tylicki | Catering: Candy’s Fantasy Weddings