Ashlyn + Daniel | Christ Church

Ashlyn and Daniel’s wedding was so special to me for a number of reasons. Both Ashlyn and Daniel have been friends of mine since we were small children. We grew up together, and I watched them grow from friends to sweethearts over the years. I was absolutely thrilled for them and their families when they announced their engagement. Ashlyn also worked with me on several photography projects and even second shot a few weddings with me, so when she asked me to photograph her wedding the day after she got engaged, I was so honored! I absolutely love clients who are friends! Another thing that was special about their day is that Ashlyn and Daniel got married on my own wedding anniversary. It was such a nostalgic day thinking back to my own wedding while watching my dear friends begin their marriage - and now we’re anniversary twins! :)

It was a cold but sunny Saturday morning when everyone arrived at the beautiful Christ Church Branch Cove and began the preparations. After shooting all of the details, I began individual portraits with Ashlyn and Daniel. Then it was time for their first look! They chose a sweet first-look in the empty chapel, and enjoyed a quiet moment alone before we began bride and groom portraits.

After we spent some time alone, the bridal party joined us for a few photos all together. Everyone was a trooper in the cold weather and made my job a breeze.

As we wrapped up photos, guests arrived and were seated, and then Ashlyn and Daniel shared a heartfelt ceremony in the beautiful chapel. And just like that they became husband and wife!

Everyone made their way to the reception hall, which was beautifully decorated with vintage china, homemade pound cakes and cookies, and a coffee and tea bar with a host of toppings and decorations. Friends and family mingled with the couple and enjoyed the delicious food.

During the reception, Ashlyn and Daniel snuck away with me for some final photos at sunset. The light couldn’t have been more beautiful, and I think these are my favorite photos from the day!

The sun sank down, the couple said their goodbyes, and the guests lined the sidewalk to send them off in a shower of ribbons and jingle bells! Their day was magical and a perfect reflection of them, and I was so honored to be a part of it all. Congratulations again Ashlyn and Daniel!

I hope you enjoy these favorites from your special day!

Lea + Kirk | Aldridge Gardens

Kirk and I met a few years ago when we were both in the early days of our wedding photography businesses. He hired me as his second shooter that year, and I was able to work with him several times. From our first meeting he was so chill and down-to-earth, and extremely supportive and helpful of my endeavors. So when Kirk emailed me early this year to tell me not only that he was engaged, but that he wanted me to photograph his wedding, I couldn’t have been more thrilled!

Kirk and Lea chose a Fall wedding (my absolute favorite), and their day could not have been more perfect. Bright sunshine and a cool breeze greeted me that morning as I arrived at the house to photograph the girls getting ready. Then we headed to the beautifully colorful Aldridge Gardens and began portraits with the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

When it was time for the ceremony Lea’s adorable niece stole the show walking in as the flower girl, before Lea came down the aisle with tears all around. Lea’s father preformed a heartfelt ceremony, and just like that they were husband and wife!

After a few more bridal party and family portraits, I snuck away with Lea and Kirk for some bride and groom photos right at sunset. We explored the beautiful gardens a little more, and had fun playing with sparklers before heading to their reception.

After that it was party time! La Paz and Forest Bear Bakery provided delicious food and desserts, and everyone danced the night away. We ended the beautiful evening with a picture perfect sparkler exit. It was an absolutely perfect day!

Congratulations again Kirk and Lea! Your wedding couldn’t have been better! Now, please enjoy some of my favorite moments from the day!

Chris + Mary | Aldridge Gardens

Happy Halloween! I have been so excited to share this collaborative styled shoot with you all, and today is the perfect day. This shoot was full of dark and slightly spooky vibes, while also being elegant and beautiful. When Mary asked me to join in on this shoot I jumped at the chance, and I am SO glad I was able to be a part of it! Here are the amazing people who brought it all to life:

Venue: Aldridge Gardens

Styling: Mary Fehr

Florals: RD Designs

Desserts: Lette Macarons

Makeup: Rawwbeauty Studio

Hair: Hannah Holsomback

And now I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos from the shoot!

Ana + Ian | Downtown Elopement

Hi friends! It has been SO long since I've updated this blog! From having a baby at the beginning of the year, to selling our house this month, 2018 has been non-stop! Updating the blog has been on the back burner, but I've kept my Instagram updated during all of my shoots this year, so be sure to follow me for real time updates @emilyrose_photography!

But enough about me! I had to come out of hiding to share these photos with you all! This month I had the pleasure of shooting Ana and Ian's downtown Birmingham elopement! There is something so romantic about a couple getting married privately, and I was so honored to be there to witness it. The morning started at the Jefferson County Courthouse, where Ana and Ian were married in a private ceremony (by the sweetest and cutest judge!), and then we met up at Caldwell Park for some portraits of the new Mr. and Mrs.! These two were so full of joy throughout the whole day and it is evident in their photos. Here are a few of my favorite moments!

Katie + Bo | Fly Creek Farm

On a warm afternoon at the end of September, fifty of their closest family and friends gathered to witness the marriage of Katie and Bo.

From the first time I met Katie and Bo, I knew they were going to be one of the most laid-back couples I had ever worked with. Their wedding day was one of the most stress-free, genuine weddings I have ever been a part of. Even a flash rain storm didn't dampen (pun intended) the mood of the day! 

The setting was a 127-year-old farmhouse, beautifully styled with wildflowers and vintage details. The afternoon began with an intimate and heartfelt ceremony, followed by cocktail hour on the lawn while I snuck away with the couple for photos. Then guests were seated for dinner in the orchard, and dinner was served family-style on mismatched vintage china. After dinner, toasts were shared, the cake was served, and Goat Hill String band opened the dance floor! Katie and Bo spent the rest of the evening enjoying the company of their family and friends and dancing the night away.

Katie and Bo, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your day. It was truly my pleasure! Here are some of my favorite moments:

Venue and Florals: Fly Creek Farm

Wedding Planner: Events By Elaine

Caterer: Table For 2 Catering

Music: Goat Hill String Band

Makeup Artist: Fostering Beauty

Photographer: Emily Rose Photography

 

Jessica + Stephen | J&D Farms

It was a mildly chilly day in mid-November. Florals of deep burgundy and rich green perfectly complimented the late Fall foliage on the grounds of J&D Farms. Pops of gold throughout the decor matched the golden light that was pouring over the tree line. The rich hues hinted at the Winter that was just around the corner, and a red velvet cake topped with florals and bright red berries was just the right touch for this rustic yet elegant scene.

I couldn't be more thankful for the amazing team of vendors that helped make this day possible. Each provided a vital piece of the puzzle and the end result is something I am so proud to have been a part of.  

Whether you're planning a wedding or just planning how you will spend this New Year, I hope this shoot inspires you to have big dreams, run towards them full force, and create something beautiful. Happy New Year friends!

Behind The Scenes of 2016

Guys! I can't believe its time to start another year! New Year is one of my favorite times ever - it's so inspiring, and I always feel this energized buzz to do a million things at once! Looking back on where I was this time last year, I could not be more thankful for the strides I and my business have taken this year. I had the privilege to shoot and second-shoot several weddings, put together a styled shoot with an amazing vendor team, take classes, participate in challenges, and shoot more than any other year in my business. So thank you friends, family, mentors, and of course clients for making it possible!

I love looking back at the end of the year on all I was able to be a part of, so today I thought I would share some of my favorite behind-the-scenes captures from this year. There were so many more shoots this year that aren't featured here (as I don't always have another photographer along to be my paparazzi Haha!), but I hope you enjoy these little glimpses! (Thank you to all of my friends and assistants for these - Kirk, Ashlyn, Tiffany, and Hannah!)

Some of you may not know that I started the wedding season with cotton candy pink hair! :D

Some of you may not know that I started the wedding season with cotton candy pink hair! :D

Catching a glimpse of my face on a wedding day is quite a rarity.

Catching a glimpse of my face on a wedding day is quite a rarity.

Hamming it up on a photo excursion with friends.

Hamming it up on a photo excursion with friends.

My hair at the beginning of the day, versus my hair two hours in. Haha!

My hair at the beginning of the day, versus my hair two hours in. Haha!

I had the opportunity to photograph AND model for this shoot! So fun!

I had the opportunity to photograph AND model for this shoot! So fun!

Messy hair, don't care! Totally in my element!

Messy hair, don't care! Totally in my element!

Sunset styled-shoot gorgeousness!

Sunset styled-shoot gorgeousness!

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Years Eve! Catch you next year! ;)

Alan + Hannah | Heritage House

Happy last days of 2016 friends! As the year draws to a close, I have had the chance to reflect back on some of my favorite moments (I will be posting a bit more on that this weekend!), and I am so excited to finally share one of my favorite weddings of the year!

Hannah and Alan's day was the picture perfect Fall wedding. I was absolutely in love with it all, from the vibrant warm colors, to the charming Heritage House venue, to the small intimate gathering of loved ones. I loved getting to know their family and friends, singing along as they danced the night away, and cheering for them as they ran through a crowd of sparklers and onto their new life as husband and wife. Hannah and Alan, thank you for allowing me to be a part of it all! Wishing you all the best in this New Year and for many years to come! Cheers!

Josh + Katharine | Douglas Manor

I arrived on the warm and cloudy June afternoon, and met Katharine and her bridesmaids busily getting ready in the girls' room, and the boys kicking back and enjoying conversation in the boys' room. I ran off to photograph some details, then came back to shoot Katharine getting into her dress, with help from her mom. The love and excitement was noticeable from everyone, from the giddy conversations in the bride's room, to Katharine's first-look with her dad, to Josh and Katharine's private prayer before the ceremony.

As soon as everyone was ready, we ran off for some group photos on the beautiful grounds at Douglas Manor. The groomsmen were such a fun and hilarious group to work with, and the bridesmaids were so sweet and sentimental during their photo time. After group photos, guests began arriving and soon the ceremony began. It was beautiful and heartfelt, the guests laughed and cried, and then Josh and Katharine were pronounced husband and wife!

After a few more bridal party photos, I snuck away with the couple for some romantic photos in a private corner of the woods. They enjoyed their first quiet moments together as husband and wife, and we got some beautiful photos in the process. Finally it was time to party! Guests danced, enjoyed tacos and pie (how epic is that?!), and finally sent Katharine and Josh away with a sparkler exit! 

Josh and Katharine, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day - It was an honor celebrating with you. I wish you all the best, friends! <3