Riley + Emily: The Barn at Shady Lane

As a wedding photographer in Birmingham, Alabama, I’ve had the privilege of capturing many beautiful moments, but there was something truly special about Riley and Emily’s wedding day on August 19th, 2023, at The Barn at Shady Lane. Riley and Emily are not just a couple; they are well-loved individuals known for their selfless service to others. Their wedding day was a celebration of their love and the bonds they share with their friends and community.


Riley and Emily’s love story began three years ago, and from the moment they met, their connection was undeniable. Their journey to marriage was filled with love, laughter, and unwavering support from their friends and family.


Emily’s first look with her dad was a beautiful display of a father’s love for his daughter. As Emily stepped up in her gorgeous gown, her father’s eyes filled with love and pride in his sweet girl!



Riley and Emily’s wedding party brought a whole new level of fun and energy to their celebration. Their infectious enthusiasm spread throughout the entire day, making every moment more joyful!



One of the most touching moments of the day was during the ceremony when Emily, who is very active in the deaf community as a translator, had a sign language interpreter by her side. Watching Emily’s group of friends from the deaf community come together for this event was so heartwarming. It was a beautiful reminder of the importance of inclusion and how love transcends barriers.

But the love and support didn’t stop there. Emily’s best friend, Katherine, had passed away in recent years. To honor her memory, the bridesmaids took a poignant picture together, proudly displaying their matching memory tattoos! Emily also saved a seat for Katherine at the ceremony, adorned with a few meaningful items that spoke to the deep friendship they shared. It was a touching tribute to a dear friend who was there in spirit.



After the ceremony, Riley, Emily and I rushed to the open field to take a few post-ceremony photos. Their joy was absolutely contagious! They ran through the field holding hands, laughing and radiating love. They were finally MARRIED!!!



Riley and Emily’s wedding was a joyful occasion filled with love, laughter and heartfelt moments. And the rest of their night was such a fun party! They danced the night away surrounded by family and friends. As their wedding photographer, I felt so privileged to be a part of their special day. Cheers to the Cains!



Photographer: @eleanorstenner ⁠

Venue: @thebarnatshadylane ⁠

Coordinator: Lee O’Neal

Catering: @happycateringco ⁠

H&MU: @theglowapp⁠

DJ: Party Time Productions ⁠

Cake: @publix ⁠

Videographer: @bekahrayphotography⁠

Dress: @davidsbridal ⁠

Bridesmaid Dresses: @davidsbridal ⁠

Dessert: @thecheesecakeladybham ⁠