“A hot, rainy August day in Memphis… not exactly what Rachel and Blake envisioned for their wedding day,” is probably what some people would say from the outside looking in. But these two didn’t seemed phased by it! We got the sense about an hour into the day that they were only concerned about having friends and family help them celebrate their love. Weather was secondary (as it should be!) to them because that was not what the day was about for them. What seemed like a less than perfect day to most was, in actuality, always going to be a perfect day for Rachel and Blake! And that is what we loved most about their wedding day in Memphis at 409 South Main.
Our two favorite parts of the day were parts most photographers probably don’t enjoy very much – the ceremony and the reception (if you haven’t noticed we like the documentary side of weddings the most!). Their ceremony was at Saint John’s Orthodox in midtown Memphis. It’s a beautiful space and an even more beautiful ceremony! The intentionality in the traditions is really awe inspiring. And Rachel and Blake both mentioned beforehand that the ceremony was important to them for this reason. It is a long ceremony – over an hour long – but these two were immersed in it! Sure, everyone would probably be tired of standing after an hour, but they took it in stride for the sake of the meaningful service. It was extra meaningful to have Rachel’s dad be a part of the ceremony too! By the end of the ceremony, I think everyone left feeling a renewed take on the importance of marriage and Rachel and Blake’s relationship. And what more can you ask of from your wedding ceremony?!
Shortly after the ceremony, the fun REALLY began! We both were commenting that we hadn’t seen a dance floor like this in a long while! Everyone was having so much fun! As they all danced, drank, and talked together we really got to see the close bonds Rachel and Blake have to all their family and friends. No one seemed less important. And this is Blake and Rachel. They are both intentional and caring in their relationships! They make sure everyone feels appreciated and important. Simply put, they put others first and make sure everyone has a great time!
Blake and Rachel, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your wedding day! Blake, your passion and desire to do things right is such a gift to the world. And Rachel your kindness and openness brings out the best in everyone you meet. Together you make a great team that is truly something to behold. It was our honor to help you celebrate!
Ceremony: St. John’s
Reception: 409 South Main
Dress: Wildflower Bridal
Catering: The Commissary
Florist: Rachel’s Flower Shop
Dessert: Gibson’s Donut
DJ : Tiger City DJ
Savannah and Philip
When we decided to start offering a photo booth, we knew we wanted one that would add joy and excitement to any event it was at! We decided on the name ILO because it is Finnish for joy and we truly feel like it is properly named!! We recently got together with some of our favorite vendors in town and put on a styled shoot to show all the fun that ILO brings. The idea of the shoot came together when we met with Borrowed and Bloom and started discussing custom backdrops for our clients. Anna and Polly make amazing backdrops for events and we knew that their vision would be a perfect pairing with ILO! The goal was to show that great backdrops can be used for any party, whether it be a weddings, a bridal shower, a bachelorette shower, or just a fun gathering of friends! Our desire with ILO is to make it an extension of your event and not a distraction. We want to have a beautiful area where your guests can have the time of their lives creating photos, boomerangs, gifs, and videos! The dream is for ILO to flow seamlessly with any event you are hosting.
Every time we watch people using ILO we are struck by how much fun they are having. Once the fun starts, it is really hard to stop it! And with a backdrop like this one, you can’t help but be joyful in this setting!
We can’t thank the vendors who were involved enough!! It was so much fun working with all of them and seeing their unique gifts represented in the shoot. We love working with all these fabulous people on weddings and we can’t wait to work with them more for showers and parties!
The Amazing Vendor List:
And the best group of vendors (missing Nikki from Propcellar)
Can we just say that we LOVE elopements?! Of course we enjoy full Memphis weddings as well, but there is just something about an elopement. The intentionality of making it intimate. The relaxed nature of just showing up at a park and saying your vows to one another. And the freedom and flexibility of elopements is just so needed for some couples.
And this all describes Meaghan and Carlos so well! They are a relaxed couple that just wanted to celebrate their relationship and who they are for one another. This relationship is full of laughter – Meaghan calls Carlos “the happiest man in the world!” and it is true. Carlos almost always has a smile on his face and wants to spread that joy to those around him. That optimism and positivity that radiates from his personality is contagious! And, while that free, fun spirit is so needed in a relationship, on it’s own that personality can flounder and lose sight of their purpose for the sack of enjoying life.
And this is where Meaghan steps in. Meaghan is definitely one to enjoy life and the moment, but she also brings that stability to their lives. She is the one to plan and make their life together full of meaning by always pushing them forward to newer and better things! These two compliment each other in such a great way that really makes them both strive both individually and as a couple.
So when you find someone like this, you need to hold on to them! And that is exactly what July 26th was all about. They met at the Japanese Garden at the Bartlett Municipal Park
and said their vows under the trees at the bridge. The scene was so beautiful and peaceful! And as we went to Shelby Farms Park
to get some more portraits of these two we caught some amazing light! The fields were golden and they just seem to get happier and happier with every passing moment.
Meaghan and Carlos, we had so much fun with you two and we were so happy to get to be a part of your elopement! We cannot wait for your album to come in and for your day to be forever immortalized in your first family heirloom!