Monticello, AR Wedding: Brandon+Brittany

The sky was clear with the exception of a few clouds on Brandon and Brittany’s wedding day. The was a continuous breeze and the temperature was a little chilly. But that wasn’t going to stop this small, intimate ceremony outside of their family church. The chairs and haybales were set up, waiting for the guests to arrive. Brandon and Brittany were beginning the day that was going to start their lives together, forever.
The reception hall was almost ready and so were the girls. Finishing touches were being put in place. I could feel the excitement as the bridesmaids helped Brittany into her gown. She was more than ready to make Brandon hers.
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The guys were a little more rowdy, but very cooperative, which is always a good thing. It was easy to laugh while hanging around this bunch. I could tell it was going to be a great day!
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The ceremony went like most do. With no problems. It was perfect!
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They even added a confetti cannon for the kiss.
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The rest of the evening went very well and everyone had a full belly and good time.
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Brandon and Brittany, I am honored to have met both of you and I’m excited to see where life is going to take you. I wish you nothing but the best!

Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good.

J

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Hot Springs Bridal Session: Brittany Brooks

I recently had the privilege of shooting a bridal session in Hot Springs a few weeks ago. Now, if you don’t know anything about Hot Springs, you should definitely do yourself a favor and Google it. It’s a beautiful city with beautiful places to shoot. The main thing it’s famous for is it’s namesake, the hot springs. At one time, people came from far and wide because they believed the springs were medicinal. The main strip has the nickname “Bath House Row” due to the fact that it’s lined with bath houses. If you decide to visit one, you’ll find out it’s like a spa. I, myself, have never been in one, so I can’t tell you exactly what happens. But every year, thousands of people come to visit Bath House Row and see the other things that Hot Springs has to offer.

When Brittany brought up the idea of Hot Springs and the destination for her Bridal shoot, I got excited. I’ve always wanted to add it to my portfolio. I knew we were going to get some great shots. I was not disappointed.

Our first stop was Garvan Garden’s. It’s a large plot of land where you can walk through and admire the plants, flowers, and the architecture.
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After we were done there, we decided to go into the city and shoot on Bath House Row. I finally got to shoot at the Arlington Hotel. Their lobby is gorgeous and includes a couple of great staircases.
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I hope to get to shoot in Hot Springs again very soon. Make sure you keep your eyes open for Brittany and Brandon’s wedding day!

Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good,

J

After the Wedding: Sheldon+Lauren

A few months ago, I put a model call out on Facebook. I had been learning a few new techniques and I wanted to put them to the test. I wanted to work with a couple that hadn’t been married that long and was willing to put their wedding wardrobe back on. I got a message on Facebook from Lauren letting me know that a friend had tagged her in my original post. I learned that she and Sheldon, her husband, were a couple after my own heart. They love Jesus and they love to go on mission trips. Due to schedule conflicts we weren’t able to set a date for the session until last week. But it was well worth the wait. I am absolutely loving the results from this session and I would work with them any time.

Sheldon and Lauren, thank you so much for answering my call and letting me capture you guys!
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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Warren, AR Wedding: Marquis+Ashley

Rain. That seemed to be the theme of the day. Rain. I wasn’t happy about it, but there was really nothing I could do. But when I went inside the church for the first time, you couldn’t tell that there was any disappointment due to rain. All of Ashley’s girl and Ashely herself, were in good spirits. The atmosphere was laid back. The girls were, of course, in the process of hair and make up. Ashley’s colors included rose gold and white and it was beautiful! The bridesmaids dresses, in rose gold, were sparkly and glamourous. Something you’d see right out of The Great Gastby. In fact that was the theme of this wedding. I could tell, when I met Ashely that this wedding was going to be great. She has fantastic style.

When I went to photograph the guys, there were plenty of laughs there as well. While getting ready, the guys laughed and joked, and there may have even been a little dancing. There was excitement in the air. Ashley and Marquis were hours away from promising to love each other forever.

Ashley and Marquis, you are perfect for each other! You make others want to be around you. Thank you for the honor of letting me document your first day as husband and wife.

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Til next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

Little Rock, AR Wedding: Tyler+Brittany

Last year I was asked to shoot a wedding for a couple in Star City, Rick and Kara. I had a great time and they treated me like a true friend. During that time, I met Tyler and Brittany, who happens to be the bride’s sister. I didn’t get to talk personally with them much because I was so busy, but I could tell they were good people. Earlier this year, I received a text from Janie, Kara and Brittany’s mother. Tyler and Brittany were getting married in April and they wanted to hire me to shoot the wedding. Of course I accepted. I love this family!

The location was at The Old Mill in Little Rock. It’s historic and absolutely beautiful! So many shoots take place every year. Lots of weddings, prom shoots, and even school photos. It’s not a bad backdrop at all.
Tyler and Brittany, it was an honor to be apart of your day and I wish you guys nothing but the best.

The Old Mill in Little Rock is gorgeous!  A true landmark!
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Can we just talk about Brittany’s hair for a second??
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I absolutely love the emotion here.  Janie decided to give Brittany her promise ring that she had received from Brittany’s dad 30 years ago.  This was her “something old”.
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Till next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

Star City, AR Wedding: Rick+Kara

The weather was beautiful and the day seemed perfect for a wedding. It’s a good thing too, cause this was the day that Rick and Kara were going to promise to love each other forever. A pond and a rustic setting is what I saw when I drove up to the venue. There were still many people working tirelessly to put the finishing touches on the decorations. They wanted to make it perfect for the bride and groom. And from what I saw they were doing a fantastic job. Not only were finishing touches being put on outside, but inside as well. Kara was putting on her dress. She was making sure her make up was perfect and every hair was in place. She was surrounded by loved ones. And she couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle to meet her groom. A man that she loves unconditionally and without question. They changed each other’s lives and it was an honor to be able to be apart of it, if even for only one day.

Rick and Kara, thank you! Thank you for letting me be me. Thank you for letting me capture the love between the two of you. It was absolutely my pleasure and I look forward to seeing your lives grow as one.
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I think I posted a few more in this entry than in most, but I had a hard time deciding.

Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good,

J

Crossett, AR Wedding: Parker+Kassie

Lots of trees and rustic buildings. That was the first thing that was seen as I drove down the long drive way. What greeted me was the cutest little cabin where the bridal party would be getting ready. If Kassie was at all nervous, you couldn’t tell. In fact, she was probably the calmest bride I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. The whole bridal party was pretty laid back. All of the normal things that happen on a wedding day were in motion. Hair, make up, and everything else that takes place when girls are getting ready to be apart of a wedding. The sounds coming from the bridal suite were everything you’d expect.
This was the day Parker and Kassie pleged to love each other forever. This was the time that they promised to stick together through thick and thin. Laughs, love, and fullness is what the future promised and today was when it all started.

Parker and Kassie, thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to be apart of the milestone in your lives. I know big things are going to happen for you and your family and I can’t wait to see them happen!

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This was a very special set of jewelery. Kassie’s mom wore the same earrings and necklace on her wedding day and passed them on the Kassie so that she could wear them.
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Kassie also decided to take her mom’s dress and have it altered so that she could wear it to walk down the aisle.
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Parker and Kassie opted to see each other before the wedding so that left lots of time for photos.
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Right before the ceremony it started to pour. I mean thunder and lightening. I think we were all praying that it would leave quickly. Thankfully God answers prayers and it did just that, but the family had decided to put up a few tents to make sure the bride and groom were still able to have it outside. 2016-09-15_0019.jpg
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This has to be the best “bride and groom walking back down he aisle” photo set I’ve ever gotten. Pure excitement!
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Afterwards,the reception took place with close friends and family.
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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Royal, AR Wedding: Matthew and Annslie

To say it was a warm day is an understatement. More like hot and steamy, but not in a good way ;). The kind of day where if you walk outside, you would have to go back inside and reapply you makeup. It was a typical Arkansas, end-of-June day. None the less, it was Matthew and Annslie’s wedding day. It was the day that they were going to get to join their hearts and lives together forever. With Annslie squished in the back seat of her own car, myself in the passenger’s seat, and the maid of honor driving, we headed to the venue. The wedding was being held at the Royal Ridge Barns. Walking in was beautiful! A large chandelier hung right over the center of the dance floor. Around that were tables with smaller chandeliers hanging over them. It looked like it belonged in a magazine. As we all headed to the bridal suite, I looked to my right and saw the place where the couple would say their vows. The view was breath taking!
Soon after, hair and make up were being done. There were laughs and tears and many more emotions. As you would expect on a wedding day. Final touches were made and the bride was helped into her dress. It fit perfectly! Annslie was glowing.
Despite the heat, Matthew and Annslie had a fantastic day. The vows were said in a meaningful ceremony as the couple was surrounded by their friends and family. It was perfect.

Matthew and Annslie, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of your day. It was an amazing weekend that I’ll never forget and will always treasure. You guys are perfect for one another and I look forward to seeing what life has in store for you. Congratulations!
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Annslie’s mother passed away when Annslie was young and it was beautiful to see her memory honored by a framed photo and a long-stemmed rose. It was also very emotional.
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It was an excellent time! Until next time.

Do Well and Do Good,

J

Crossett, AR Engagement Session: Parker and Kassie

Kassie had been invited to go to the lake by her brother and his girlfriend. She was sitting and having good conversations when Parker pulled up. The second she saw him, she got butterflies in her stomach. Parker was shy and didn’t say much. Later that evening after he had gone, Kassie sent him a message on Facebook to make sure he had gotten home okay. That led to more talking and plans to spend time together. However, Kassie had some reservations about the possible relationship due to a small age difference. But she soon knew that it didn’t matter. All of the laughing and smiling she did took care of those reservations very quickly. Soon they were talking every day and spending as much time together as their schedules would allow. Not long after, Parker was introduced to Kassie’s son, Spencer, and the two hit it off. Her heart was happy. So happy that she loved him. She didn’t want to say it first because sometimes we girls are a little afraid. But Parker quickly confirmed her feelings by telling her he loved her. They both knew that they were going to get married and it wasn’t long until she was looking up ideas on Pinterest. Not only had Kassie fallen in love with Parker, but with his son, Holden, as well.

Kassie is a dispatcher at the police department and the day Parker proposed, she was working. Kassie had gotten the message the Parker had been arrested for getting into a fight with someone. She quickly got back to where he was and of course she was upset. He was sitting there in handcuffs. As soon as the handcuffs were removed, Parker went down on one knee and the rest is history.

Parker and Kassie, I am so excited that I am getting to take this journey with you guys. It’s an honor to know both of you and I think your boys are absolutely precious! Thank you for asking me to be apart of your lives. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for both of you!
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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good,

J

Tracie Hayes, 12 Years a Bride

When I was around 14 years old my dad became the pastor of a tiny little church in the middle of nowhere. It was home to the sweetest and most loving group of people that you could ask for. Among those was a girl who was close to my age. Her name was Tracie. She and I became fast friends. Fast forward many years and we are still good friends. I consider her my best friend. One of the many things we have in common is photography. She has been shooting a lot longer than I have though. She started out with film. I consider her a true artist. She has taken my family photos before and given lots of advice and even talked me out of putting down my camera. And for that, I am truly grateful.
The reason this post is titled “12 Years a Bride” is because Tracie has been married to her husband, T.J., for twelve years. But unfortunately she didn’t get any bridal photos and her wedding day was so crazy and she was very rushed. I was more than happy to give her what she missed out on all those years ago. And to top it off, she still fits in her dress. A dress that I consider beautiful, timeless, and classic.
Tracie, thank you for letting me photograph you. I hope that T.J. is surprised and blown away by your beauty. Thank you for always answering my questions and for your honesty! You are a treasure!
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This is the reaction that you get when you show your beautiful friend, (who doesn’t know how beautiful she is) her photo and she is overcome with emotion instantly. I cried too.
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I truly can’t wait to hear what T.J. thinks.

Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good.

J