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May 24, 2016

Sarah + Stuart | An Intimate Pretty Place Wedding

They met through friends at church.  And when I realized we knew lots of the same people, I knew that I would like Sarah and Stuart immediately.  And I was right!  Sarah and I met for coffee one afternoon and as I asked her to tell me their story and all about the wedding, she said they just wanted to keep things simple.

We talked for an hour that day, 30 minutes the week before the wedding, and for an hour on the ride up to Pretty Place.  On her wedding day, I picked Sarah up from her apartment and the two of us drove up the mountain for her wedding!

They didn’t want anything fancy.  They didn’t want a full day.  And while they have so many people that love and support them, they simply wanted a day with their families, each other and the Lord.

Including myself, there were 19 people in the chapel on Saturday and it couldn’t have been more beautiful or perfect!

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We made sure to get up there in time to get some portraits of Sarah before we did a First Look with her groom.


So beautiful!!

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I love these flowers.  But y’all know how excited I was for this perfect jewel of a succulent!

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Once Stuart arrived, I got him into place and Sarah came down to meet him.

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She had barely tapped him on the shoulder when his face burst into a smile of excitement!


I love it!! (And he did too!)

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We had plenty of time for portraits and the weather was amazing so we took full advantage of our time before their families arrived.

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Their laughter was the cutest!

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Oh my gosh, I love this one.

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Look at that beautiful glowy light!!


Just stunning, Sarah.

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Once their families arrived, the ceremony could officially start (a little early I might add… which was a first for me!).

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Short, sweet, and married!

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It wasn’t until she hugged her family after the ceremony that the tears came :-)

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There have been very few weddings when I’ve been able to take a group shot of everyone there.  And it might be one of my favorite parts about these Intimate Weddings!


Once things were official with the Lord (their vows) and with the state (marriage license), we had some time left for a few more portraits.

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We wrapped up in the place Sarah and I began, and got the last bit of the sun.

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It may be a shorter list than usual, but this day happened because of several people:

Ceremony Venue | Pretty Place, Symmes Chapel
Bride’s Dress | Belk
Groom’s Suit | Smith & James
Florist | Simple Stems
Hair & Makeup Artist | the bride :-)

  1. Mary DeFoor says:

    What beautiful, elegant photos to capture a special event in a special couple’s lives!

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