Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography: Blog https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog en-us (C) Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) Sun, 28 Nov 2021 19:36:00 GMT Sun, 28 Nov 2021 19:36:00 GMT https://melissaandcophoto.com/img/s/v-12/u480484264-o271266401-50.jpg Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography: Blog https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog 90 120 Winter Wedding at the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2021/11/winter-wedding-at-the-marriott-shoals-hotel-and-spa Catlin and Zach's Valentine's day weekend wedding had everyone ready for love.  Add in the cold day the kind where you can see your breathe and it turned into a winter wonderland.  Grab your warm blanket and cozy up and enjoy these beautiful photos from their day.

When we first arrived we found the bride and groom getting ready in opposite ends of the conference center of the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa in Florence Alabama. 

The Marriott is a perfect place for a destination wedding or if you are Florence native. It is a perfect spot to say "I do".  There are so many amenities at the Marriott Shoals it is also the perfect place destination for a couples weekend.  The 360 Grille is located on top of the Renaissance tower.  They call it the 360 Grill because it offers 360 degree views overlooking the Wilson Dam.  It is a perfect date night spot however, be sure to call ahead as reservations are required.  There is another restaurant located inside the main hotel called Swampers Bar and Grille.  We enjoyed a nice relaxing drink after photographing the wedding and there is usually always live music.  I have found that if you book a room at the Marriott Shoals the 1st floor rooms have really high ceiling as compared to the rooms on the upper floors.  The view of the dam or the pool is not as great on the 1st floor but, the rooms do have a grander feel in my opinion.  The pool is very large and there is a bar located outside.  I have never visited in the summer months to enjoy the pool it looks like it would be amazing.  I have never personally used the spa services either ( I would love to try it out).  There are so many things to keep you busy at the Marriott you can see how with all these amenities it made for a perfect destination wedding.  You should also checkout the city of Florence, Alabama there are so many options for dining and things to do check out this link https://www.visitflorenceal.com

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Huntsville AL Wedding Photography (Stephanie + Cody at Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/9/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-stephanie-cody-at-hampton-cove-wedding-plantation Talk about the sweetest couple on the planet!  Stephanie and Cody we so refreshing with their laid-back, genuine, caring personalities.  On a personal note mine and Stephanie’s mothers go way back with a 50 year friendship. Stephanie’s mother, Beckie, was actually a bridesmaid in my parent's wedding. ( Did you follow that.lol)  Needless to say it was one of those full circle situations and I was so honored to be a part of it.

So let me set the stage for you..the venue was the always beautiful Hampton Cove Plantation.  Carla, Heather and their team are always amazing to work with and this wedding was no different.  Both Stephanie and Cody are big into the Rodeo circuit, so the horse stable with their guests wearing cowboy hats and boots transported me right to Texas.  

The weather was just about perfect under the big shade trees all around the venue property.  The bride’s mother was a florist many years ago so she fell right back into her comfort zone and took care of all the archway flowers.  Stephanie’s dress was absolutely perfect. She totally brought it to life with her sweet smile and killer curves. The food included shrimp and brisket sliders that the guests really enjoyed by Slap Your Mama catering.  Slap Your Mama also did the beautiful bouquets. Batter Up Cakes made their yummy all white cake and the groom’s table had cheesecake. City Beats DJ’s kept the party going and of course when they played “I cross my Heart” by George Strait I got a little misty eyed because that is mine and my husbands song.  There was definitely love in the air at this one. While I was shooting the ceremony, I spotted one older couple sweetly reach for each others hands. Another couple fed each other cheese cake. What a sweet perfect day..so honored that I got to be a part of it..Congrats Stephanie and Cody!!!

 

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Stephanie and Cody's Amazing Vendors:

Venue: Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation

Photographer:  Melissa Holley Photography

DJ:  CityBeatz DJ Services

Catering: Slap Your Mama Catering and Event Services

Bouquets:  Slap Your Mama Catering and Event Services

Bride's Dress:  David's Bridal

Suits:  Men's Wearhouse

Ceremony Keyboardist:  Cindy Haney

Hair: Kala Shelton

Make-up: Keri Watson

 

 

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) City Beatz DJ Services Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation huntsville alabama wedding photography melissa holley photography Slap Your Mama Catering and Event Services https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/9/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-stephanie-cody-at-hampton-cove-wedding-plantation Fri, 28 Sep 2018 16:49:38 GMT
Huntsville AL Wedding Photography (Jillian + Dale's Oak Island Event Center Wedding) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/8/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-jillian-dales-oak-island-event-center-wedding Looking back on Jillian and Dale's wedding, I'm still blown away by it.  Every detail was absolutely perfect.  The wedding took place at the very southern Oak Island Event Center. Located just south of Birmingham on Lay Lake, this spectacular venue will knock your socks off.  It is literally on an island with water on all sides making for a 360 view of the water. And that is just the outside.   The interior boasts a large staircase with beautiful chandeliers and southern charm.  

The Bride and Groom were planning an outdoor ceremony, but opted to move it indoors when rain threatened.  The bride has a background in planning and hospitality so she had every detail covered.  Tara from Any Reason to Plan did an awesome job helping her execute the day.  And boy did they pull it off! The flowers by Debra Napier were absolutely stunning. She incorporated the brides favorite flower, the buttercup, along with roses and peonies.  The greenery was fresh eucalyptus leaves.  The flowers were among the most beautiful I've ever seen.   The cake was made by Savory Solutions Catering as well as the meal.  The bride and groom also added a donut station for guests to enjoy.  Who doesn't love donuts?  DJ Michael Warren kept the part rocking with upbeat music that kept the dance floor full. Of course, we can’t help to mention the glam team from The Glow App that kept the bride looking stunning all day long.

Jillian and Dale,  I hope you enjoy your wedding day memories for a lifetime.  It was a beautiful day.

 

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Vendors that made the day amazing!

Venue:  Oak Island Events

Photographer:  Melissa Holley Photography

Coordinator: Any Reason To Plan (Tara)

Caterer and Cake:  Savory Solutions Catering

Flowers:  Debra Napier

Videographer:  Puremo Productions

Make-Up:  The Glow App

Hair:  The Glow App

DJ:  Michael Warren Online

Bride's Dress:  Ivory and White Boutique

Bridesmaids' Dresses:  Bellas Bridal

Groom's Attire:  Mr. Burch Formal Wear

 

 

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) huntsville wedding photographer melissa holley photography Oak Island Event Center Peonies Southern Charm https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/8/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-jillian-dales-oak-island-event-center-wedding Fri, 24 Aug 2018 22:15:12 GMT
Huntsville AL Wedding Photography (Lyndsey + Ryan's Huntsville Botanical Garden Wedding) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/7/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-lyndsey-ryans-huntsville-botanical-garden-wedding Lyndsey and Ryan tied the knot at the Huntsville Botanical Garden on an absolutely gorgeous April day.  Any day at the gardens is a good day, but this one was extra special.  We've had the pleasure of hanging out with the couple several times during consultations, and each time we were struck by how good they were together.  They really get each other.  Therefore, it was no surprise that neither of them seemed stressed or nervous about the day.  Instead, they were just excited about being married.  So much fun and happiness!

There were so many special touches, but I'm a dog lover, so I think my favorite was the addition of their four legged kid as a bridesmaid.  The bridesmaids were all beautiful, but this girl stole the show.  And she was so well-behaved!  We also loved all the time we got to spend on bridal portraits prior to the ceremony.  Lyndsey is beautiful on her own, but with that dress and those flowers I COULD NOT STOP TAKING PICTURES!  In Bloom did such a beautiful job with her flowers.  Can you tell she particularly loved the bamboo so we focused a lot on that?  Gorgeous!    

The ceremony was held in the Meadow at Lake Lonnie and the reception took place in the Carriage House.  If you haven't been to the Huntsville Botanical Garden lately, do yourself a favor and check it out!  Such gorgeous gardens and facilities!  After a cocktail hour and dinner, Kandy with Your Perfect Party kept the Carriage House hopping for the reception. 

Lyndsey and Ryan, we are honored that you chose us to capture your day.  We wish you a beautiful life together.

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Venue: Huntsville Botanical Gardens

Photographer:  Melissa Holley Photography

Cakes:  Edgar’s

Dress:  David’s Bridal

Suits:  Jos. A Banks

Caterer:  Brian Rickard Catering

DJ:  Kandy at Your Perfect Party

Flowers:  In Bloom

Rings:  Diamonds Direct

Rentals: Mullins Special Occasions

 

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) huntsville alabama wedding photography Huntsville Botanical Garden Huntsville Botanical Garden Wedding melissa holley photography The Carriage House The Meadow at Lake Lonnie https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/7/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-lyndsey-ryans-huntsville-botanical-garden-wedding Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:19:49 GMT
Huntsville AL Wedding Photography (Shaunta + Rodney's Carrollton, GA Wedding) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/6/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-shaunta-rodneys-carrollton-ga-wedding I love all of the fabulous wedding venues in and around Huntsville, AL.  However, it is fun to get out of town every once in a while and work in a brand new area.  Shaunta and Rodney's April wedding took us to Carrollton, GA for the weekend. 

I think my favorite thing about the entire wedding day was how much Shaunta and Rodney seemed to enjoy themselves.  Shaunta was seriously one of the most relaxed brides I have ever worked with.  She and her bridal party had so much fun hanging out and laughing while they got ready for the ceremony.  It was a delight to witness and be a part of.

The ceremony and reception were just as awesome!  There was so much fun and dancing!  The new couple and the bridal party danced their way out of the church and the Father/Daughter dance was a choreographed surprise for everybody.  I also had to include a photo of the battle of the boys during the garter toss.  These guys were serious!  

A sparkler exit was the perfect way to end the day.  I am so thankful Shaunta and Rodney trusted me to capture their beautiful memories!

 

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Vendors that made the day special!

Wedding Venue:  First Baptist Church of Carrollton

Reception Venue:  WPA Center

Caterer: L.V.’s Magical Affairs

Photographer: Melissa Holley Photography

Cakes: Cakes by Gloria

DJ: KontraDikshun

Florist:  Hanna Porter

Decorator: L.V.’s Magical Affairs

Dresses (bride and attendants): David’s Bridal 

Makeup Artist: Rachel Harris Artistry

Hair: Monique Burden, Elaine's Styles and more, and bride

Coordinator: Angela Dallas 

Men’s Tuxedo: Belk’s 

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) Huntsville AL Wedding Photography melissa holley photography Sparkler Exit https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/6/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-shaunta-rodneys-carrollton-ga-wedding Fri, 29 Jun 2018 19:46:45 GMT
Huntsville AL Wedding Photography (Jen + Adam's Meadow Creek Farm Engagement) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/6/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-jen-adams-meadow-creek-farm-engagement I thought it was impossible for Jen and Adam to be any cuter.  Then they arrived for their engagement session with their two pups and proved me wrong.  Jen and Adam light up when they are with their four-legged kids.  So sweet!  I have had lots of engagement sessions that include dogs lately, and I am loving it!  We had a lot of fun hanging out while exploring beautiful Meadow Creek Farm.  I love to shoot Meadow Creek Farm weddings, but it was also perfect for this engagement session.  There are so many pretty spots and Jen and Adam were willing to do a little creek jumping to get to some of them!  

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Huntsville AL Wedding Photography (Rachael + Steven's Creekside Plantation Wedding) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/6/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-rachael-stevens-creekside-plantation-wedding All weddings are memorable, but I can honestly say that I will never forget Rachael and Steven's.  Their beautiful outdoor ceremony at Creekside Plantation in Mooresville, AL was so sweet and touching.  It was also without a doubt the COLDEST April wedding I've ever had the privilege of photographing.  The wedding party hung in there for Rachael and Steven's dream wedding ceremony and it was a beautiful thing to be a part of.  

This couple had friends from all over the country and one family even traveled from Australia to celebrate with them!  That is some serious friend-love right there!  It was wonderful to see friends and family members come together to enjoy an awesome party during the reception.  The BBQ from 306 Barbecue and cupcakes from Edgar's were enjoyed by everyone.  The couple made their own playlist for the reception, so each song was handpicked by them.  Their bubble send-off was the perfect way to end the evening.  

Rachael and Steven, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day!  

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Vendors that made the day special!

Venue - Creekside Plantation

Photographer - Melissa Holley Photography

Flowers - Stylish Stems

Caterer - 306 BBQ

Cake - Cupcakes from Edgars

Bartenders - A Twist of Lime

Hair and Makeup - Oh Darling Hair and Makeup

Bride’s Dress - David's Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses - David's Bridal

Suits - Men's Warehouse

Rings - Kay Jewelers

 

 

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Straight to Aisle, Scott + Katy Engagement Huntsville, Alabama https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/6/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-katy-scotts-campus-805-/-straight-to-ale-engagement MDH_4196asmallMDH_4196asmall MDH_4192MDH_4192 MDH_4187asmallMDH_4187asmall MDH_4175aMDH_4175a DSC_4964asmallDSC_4964asmall DSC_4934asmallDSC_4934asmall DSC_4927DSC_4927 DSC_4927asmallDSC_4927asmall DSC_4924DSC_4924 DSC_4923asmallDSC_4923asmall DSC_4916DSC_4916 DSC_4810asmallDSC_4810asmall DSC_4812asmallDSC_4812asmall DSC_4818DSC_4818 DSC_4823asmallDSC_4823asmall DSC_4835asmallDSC_4835asmall DSC_4840asmallDSC_4840asmall DSC_4853asmallDSC_4853asmall DSC_4843DSC_4843 DSC_4882DSC_4882 DSC_4882asmallDSC_4882asmall DSC_4865asmallDSC_4865asmall DSC_4896asmallDSC_4896asmall DSC_4905DSC_4905 DSC_4913DSC_4913 DSC_4965DSC_4965 When Scott and Katy told me they met at the local watering hole here in Huntsville, Alabama Straight to Ale and they wanted to do their engagement session there..I was super excited!! I showed up at the session to find and Katy and Scott both drinking beers and chilling with their dogs on the patio. (It never hurts to have a glass of wine or a beer before photos..ha) I knew we were going to have a laid back session which is totally my vibe.  I had seen the 2013 movie "Drinking Buddies" starring Olivia Wilde and Jack Johnson so I had already had a great starting point for some inspiration for the session.  You can see hints from the movie especially in the shot where I sat them in front of the kegs.  I couldn't stop thinking how wonderful to go from Straight to Ale to Straight to the Aisle!!! 

I can't wait to travel to Sacred Stone in Fayetteville, TN for their October wedding.  Enjoy!

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) campus 805 drinking buddies sacred stone straight to aisle straight to ale https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/6/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-katy-scotts-campus-805-/-straight-to-ale-engagement Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:03:52 GMT
Huntsville AL Wedding Photography (Leathan + Katelyn's Lowe Mill/Monte Sano Engagement) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/5/huntsville-al-wedding-photography-leathan-katelyns-lowe-mill/monte-sano-engagement Leathan and Katelyn's engagement session felt like spending an evening hanging out with friends.  We started at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment and wandered around stopping whenever something caught my eye.  There are so many fantastic spots out there so we made lots of stops.  Cool industrial windows, colorful murals, rope swings.  So much variety!  And of course you can't leave Lowe Mill without stopping at Suzy's Pops for a sweet treat.  How cute are these guys with their popsicles?  

After Lowe Mill we headed up to Monte Sano Mountain.  Monte Sano is always perfect for scenic engagement photos.  Who can resist the Monte Sano overlook?  We even caught it right at sunset.  I always encourage brides to wear a dress as one of their outfits for an engagement session.  Katelyn's choice was so beautiful on her and perfect for the setting.  I was almost sad when the session was over.  Lucky for me, their wedding is right around the corner!

 

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Huntsville Alabama Wedding Photography (Chloe + Matt's Meadow Creek Farm Wedding) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/5/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-chloe-matts-meadow-creek-farm-wedding Chloe and Matt are one of those couples that just make me smile every time I think of them.  They are obviously crazy about each other, and so cute together.  I love them!  We had such a perfect day with them at one of our favorite venues, Meadow Creek Farm. 

Choosing the photos for their blog was super difficult for me.  I really wanted to share the story of their day.  Chloe and her mom had such a special relationship.  I couldn't stop taking photos of the two of them together.  Then the sweetness between Chloe and her son, Wyatt, and the love between Matt and Wyatt were both so touching.  When Matt got down to include Wyatt in his vows I almost lost it.  All the feels!  They wrapped up their reception with a glow exit.  Y'all know I love my night work.  I'm still obsessing over the glow exit shots!  I hope I captured even a little bit of the emotion of the day for them to look back on.

Matt and Chloe, thank you for trusting us with your wedding day memories.  We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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Amazing Wedding Day Vendors!

Cake and Cupcakes – Batter Up Cake Bakery

Caterer - LawLers Barbecue

DJ - Big Spring DJ’s

Venue - Meadow Creek Farm

Photographer - Melissa Holley Photography

Rings - Zales (Bride’s) Grogan Jewelers (Groom’s)

Dress - David’s Bridal

Suits - Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations - Zazzle.com

Hair and Makeup - Blondie’s at Sola Salons (Savannah Khan)

 

 

 

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) glow exit meadow creek farm https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/5/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-chloe-matts-meadow-creek-farm-wedding Thu, 03 May 2018 03:53:57 GMT
Huntsville Alabama Wedding Photography (Elease + Thomas's Birmingham Botanical Gardens Engagement) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/4/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-elease-thomass-birmingham-botanical-gardens-enga It was on an unseasonably warm day in January that we popped down to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for Elease and Thomas's engagement session.  There were plenty of people out enjoying the sunshine and warm weather.  Fortunately for us, there was no shortage of places to take lovely photos in the gardens.  Honestly though, I think we could have taken photos of these two anywhere.  All I see when I look at them is how crazy they are about each other.  I loved exploring the gardens with them and can't wait until our next trip to Birmingham for their August wedding!

 

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) birmingham botanical gardens birmingham botanical gardens engagement huntsville alabama wedding photography https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/4/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-elease-thomass-birmingham-botanical-gardens-enga Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:53:41 GMT
Huntsville Alabama Wedding Photography (Shawn + Jecelle's Monte Sano Lodge Wedding) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/4/shawn-jecelles-monte-sano-lodge-wedding We spent a wonderful January afternoon at the Monte Sano Lodge in Huntsville, Alabama with Shawn and Jecelle.  Big weddings are fun, but there is something special about a small wedding and this one was no different.  Their wedding day was so sweet and laid-back, and the couple seemed to enjoy every second of it!  They even braved the cold for some outdoor photos.  After all, you can't get married on Monte Sano Mountain without taking advantage of the views!  Shawn and Jecelle, thank you for trusting Melissa Holley Photography with your wedding day memories.  We wish you all the best!

 

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Vendors that made the day special:

Venue - Monte Sano Lodge 

Photographer - Melissa Holley Photography

Caterer - 306 Barbecue

Cake - Chandra's Piece of Cake

Flowers - Lulabell's Florist

Dress - David's Bridal

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) huntsville alabama wedding photography melissa holley photography monte sano lodge monte sano lodge wedding monte sano state park https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/4/shawn-jecelles-monte-sano-lodge-wedding Sun, 01 Apr 2018 20:31:07 GMT
Huntsville Alabama Wedding Photography (Christy + Anthony's First United Methodist Church Wedding) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/3/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-christy-anthonys-first-united-methodist-church- Do you guys know how crazy December can be?  Holiday parties, kids home from school, shopping, travel.  It is soooo busy.  Because of that I always try to take the month of December off from work to be with my family.  I'm so glad I broke my rule this year and booked Christy and Anthony's December wedding.  If a bride and groom can pull off a wedding on December 26th, then I can certainly photograph it.  I promise I wasn't trying to escape from my kids for a day of Christmas break!  Nope, not at all!

Honestly though, I love winter weddings and this December wedding was no exception.  We spent most of our time in the gorgeous Elyton Hotel.  As soon as we walked in the hotel I started planning to stay there ASAP!  It was such a beautiful place with an endless supply of places to photograph the couple.  Christy and Anthony chose to exchange their vows in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, AL.  It was the perfect setting for their intimate ceremony.  After the ceremony, we headed back to the Elyton Hotel for more photos of the couple.  The nighttime views from the rooftop bar, Moon Shine, were amazing!  I am still obsessing over the cape she chose for after the ceremony.  Winter wedding perfection!

The reception at The Yard Restaurant at The Elyton Hotel was absolutely perfect!  Amy Smith from Papaya Wedding Planning was on top of every single detail!  Christy and Anthony, we are so honored to have had the opportunity to photograph your wedding day.  We wish you a lifetime of happiness together. 

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Vendors that made the day special:

Ceremony Venue:  First United Methodist Church of Birmingham

Reception Venue:  The Yard at The Elyton Hotel

Photographer:  Melissa Holley Photography

Planner:  Amy Smith, Papaya Wedding Planning

Cakes:  Edgar's Bakery

Flowers:  Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market

Hair:  Latoya Jones

Makeup:  Rajeeni Patterson

Invitations:  Minted

Dress:  Ivory and White Bridal Boutique

Suit:  Men's Warehouse

Her Ring:  Diamond's Direct

His Ring:  David Yurman

 

 

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Huntsville Alabama Wedding Photography (Caitlyn + Jake's Meadow Creek Farm Wedding) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/3/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-caitlyn-jakes-meadow-creek-farm-wedding Sometimes I meet clients in the most unlikely places.  Caitlyn and I met at a week long wilderness field trip with 57 5th graders.  Fun times!  We survived the field trip, and hit it off right away.  I was thrilled when she contacted me a while later about photographing her wedding.   

This November wedding was one I'll never forget.  We worked around some crazy wind throughout the day and a massive downpour just as the ceremony was supposed to start.  Caitlyn held out for her outdoor ceremony, and the Meadow Creek team worked hard to get everything ceremony ready during a break in the bad weather.  Anna at Old Frond must have worked some magic on the fireplace arrangements, because I still can't believe they survived the storm and looked beautiful for the ceremony.  

We are so thankful to have been a part of Caitlyn and Jake's day, and we wish them a lifetime of happiness together.  

 

Vendors that made the day special:

Venue:  Meadow Creek Farm

Photographer:  Melissa Holley Photography

Cake: Hamley Bake Shoppe

Florist:  Old Frond Floral Co.

Dress: White Dresses Boutique 

Caterer: Chef on Call Catering

DJ: Metropolitan DJ (Nate) 

Stationary: Minted

Wedding planner/ Day of Coordinator: Tara Hise

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) huntsville alabama wedding photography meadow creek farm melissa holley photography november wedding old frond https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/3/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-caitlyn-jakes-meadow-creek-farm-wedding Thu, 01 Mar 2018 22:52:29 GMT
Huntsville Alabama Wedding Photography (Maggie + Dustin's Downtown/Green Mountain Engagement) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/2/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-maggie-dustins-downtown/green-mountain-engageme I really feel like Maggie and Dustin are more like friends than clients.  When their Downtown Huntsville engagement session was interrupted by a torrential downpour, the three of us along with my assistant huddled together in a tiny alcove for 20-30 minutes.  That is up close and personal.  They were such good sports and we even got some fun shots in the rain.  I hated that their session was cut short until I loaded their photos on my computer and saw how awesome the sky looked in some of them.  Totally worth it!  We met them at Green Mountain another day to finish up their engagement photos.  I think things worked out exactly how they were supposed to.  Yes, I'm a glass half full person!  Enjoy!

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) downtown huntsville engagement session green mountain engagement session huntsville alabama wedding photography https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/2/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-maggie-dustins-downtown/green-mountain-engageme Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Huntsville Alabama Wedding Photography (Nic + Krysten's Village of Providence Wedding) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/1/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-nic-krystens-village-of-providence-wedding Nic and Krysten had an absolutely lovely wedding at the Village of Providence followed by a perfectly styled reception at the Homewood Suites.  Their small, intimate wedding was a nice change of pace for me.  Krysten's mom was a former wedding planner, and you could tell in the over the top attention to detail.  Also, these guys were so much fun!  Her pale pink poofy gown and sparkly Keds matched her bubbly personality perfectly.

There were so many special moments during the ceremony.  Krysten is lucky enough to have three amazing dads.  Two of them escorted her down the aisle, and the other performed the ceremony.  They also had a handfasting ceremony during the marriage ceremony.  It was nice to see the family involved in joining the two of them through the handfasting. 

The food from Stevarino's Italian Eatery was delicious.  Edgar's Strawberry Cake as wedding cake might be the best idea of all time!  

Krysten and Nic, thank you for allowing us to capture your day.  We wish you a lifetime of happiness together.  

 

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Wedding Day Vendors

Ceremony Venue - Village of Providence

Reception Venue - Homewood Suites

Photographer - Melissa Holley Photography

Caterer - Stevarino's Italian Eatery

Cakes - Edgar's Bakery

Rings - Zale's(bride) Revolution(groom)

Dress - Bubble Gown

Suits - Men's Wearhouse

Flowers - Christy Jones

Hair - Christina Boenker

Makeup - Haley Walton

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) edgar's strawberry cake handfasting ceremony huntsville alabama wedding photography melissa holley photography sparkly keds stevarino's italian eatery village of providence wedding https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/1/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-nic-krystens-village-of-providence-wedding Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:54:04 GMT
Huntsville Alabama Wedding Photography (Shaunta + Rodney's Big Spring Engagement Session) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/1/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-shaunta-rodneys-big-spring-engagement-session I am so excited to share Shaunta and Rodney's engagement session!  I LOVE it when my clients go all out for engagement sessions, so when Shaunta mentioned a red dress I wanted to do my happy dance.  OK, I did my happy dance, but just in my office where nobody could see!  As you can see, these two were totally glamorous (and gorgeous!).  We started in front of the Huntsville Museum of Art and worked our way around Big Spring Park.  The more I look at these photos, the more excited I get about their April wedding in Carrollton, Georgia.  Enjoy!!!

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) big spring park huntsville alabama wedding photography huntsville engagement photos huntsville museum of art melissa holley photography https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/1/huntsville-alabama-wedding-photography-shaunta-rodneys-big-spring-engagement-session Thu, 25 Jan 2018 03:28:43 GMT
Huntsville Alabama Wedding Photography (Rosalie + Chris's Ingalls Harbor Pavilion Wedding) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/1/rosalie-chriss-ingalls-harbor-pavilion-wedding Rosalie and Chris's amazing Mexican wedding at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion in Decatur, AL is one I will never forget.  The food(street tacos - YUMMO), the flowers, the beautiful colors and amazing decorations.  Francis and her team from Shindigs & Such did an amazing job transforming the massive space into two distinct areas for the ceremony and reception.  The flower's from McBride Florist were some of the prettiest I've seen.  Rosalie's traditional Mexican gown couldn't have been more perfect.  All that aside, it was the sweet couple that really made the day special.  These guys have such a genuine affection for each other.  I kept catching Chris watching Rosalie with the most loving look on his face.  So sweet. 

Another thing that made the day so special was all the DANCING!  Chris and Rosalie like to salsa dance, which means a lot of their friends also like to salsa dancing.  It was such a treat to watch everybody dance the night away.  The bride and groom even changed out of their ceremony clothes to perform a choreographed dance.  They were amazing!  

Rosalie and Chris, thank you both so much for choosing us to capture your wedding day memories.  We wish you all the happiness in the world.

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Vendors that made the day special!

Venue - Ingalls Harbor Pavilion

Photographer - Melissa Holley Photography

Florist - McBride Florist

Decorations and Draping - Frances at Shindigs & Such

Caterer - El Palomino

Cake - Erika Rios, pastry chef at Grill 29

Other Desserts - La Estrella

First Dance Choreography - Roberto Alexander Dextre Jr.

DJ - Giovanni Rodriguez

Bride’s Hair - Katherine Boyd, Salon Allure

Bride’s Makeup - Breanna Marie Clark

Officiant - Jason O'Brien

Dress - Sindashi

Shoes - Sindashi Cd. Mex

Suits - Jos. A Bank

Rings - Grogan's (hers), Gemvara (his)

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) huntsville wedding photographer ingalls harbor pavilion melissa holley photography mexican wedding salsa dance street tacos wedding photography https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2018/1/rosalie-chriss-ingalls-harbor-pavilion-wedding Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Britt + Brittain's Meadow Creek Farm Wedding https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/12/britt-brittains-meadow-creek-farm-wedding I bet you think I made a typo in the blog title?  Nope!  My bride and groom from this fabulous wedding were Britt and Brittain.  How cute is that?  I think they were meant to be.  

Their October wedding took place at one of my favorite venues, Meadow Creek Farm.  There are so many beautiful and unique places to photograph at Meadow Creek, and we took advantage of most of them.  We even snuck over to borrow a nearby cotton field.  It was so perfect to tie in with their cotton center pieces and fall wedding vibe.  

The couple chose not to see each other before the wedding.  We had a little fun taking photos of them "together" in the doorway and window of the barn.  I love the way they turned out.  Just a little bit extra to add to the anticipation of seeing one another at the altar.

You might notice that this blog is a little heavy on shots of the groom and groomsmen.  These guys were all in!  They made sure we got all the shots.  No stone was left unturned.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed shooting them.  Grooms, take note.  Have fun on your wedding day!  Your pictures will be awesome!  Just be careful not to have toooo much fun before the ceremony.  

Britt and Brittain, I wish you all the happiness in the world.  Thank you for sharing your day with me.

 

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Vendors that helped make the day special!

Venue - Meadow Creek Farm

Photographer - Melissa Holley Photography

Florist - McBride Florist

Dj - Roscoe 

Cocktail hour - Mezza Luna

Cater - JW Steakhouse

Cake - Nothing Bundt Cakes

Suit - Jos. A Banks

Dress - Monica's Bridal in Chattanooga (Brides)

Rings - Tacori (Brides)

Bridesmaid dresses - Madison Town and Country

Ringbearer's Suits - Belk

 

 

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) cotton field wedding photos fall wedding huntsville wedding photographer meadow creek farm melissa holley photography north alabama wedding photographer nothing bundt cakes october wedding outdoor wedding https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/12/britt-brittains-meadow-creek-farm-wedding Thu, 28 Dec 2017 05:11:47 GMT
Brooke + Karl's Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation Wedding https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/12/brooke-karls-hampton-cove-wedding-plantation-wedding Brooke and Karl's wedding at Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation was just magical.  It was obvious the first time we met them that they were crazy about each other, and their love shone through on their wedding day.  The venue was beautiful and Carla and Heather were on top of every detail.  Their decor was simple, elegant, and meaningful to the couple.  They share a love of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, so books and other tasteful touches were included in the reception.  They had a special lock made just for the Tunnel of Love.  The flowers from Simpson's Florist were gorgeous and the food from Zoe's was delicious.  We were expecting rain all day, but shockingly it held off until late that evening.  It was a perfect day for a wonderful couple!

We are so happy that Brooke and Karl chose us to capture their Wedding Day Memories!

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Vendors that made the day so special!

Venue - Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation

Caterer - Zoe's Catering

Cakes - Angie Bakes Cakes

Rings - Osborne's Jewelers

Dress - The Something Blue Shoppe

Flowers - Simpson's Florist

Hair & Makeup - Karlie Day

DJ - Citybeatz DJ Services

 

 

 

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Sara Beth + Andy's Annabella at Cedar Glen Wedding https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/12/sara-beth-andys-annabella-at-cedar-glen-wedding If you know me or follow me on social media, you probably know that I consider myself somewhat of a hippie.  I try to trust my instincts, and I talk about karma and mojo a lot.  You know, completely normal stuff!  When I met Sara Beth and Andy all of my hippie instinct bells started ringing.  We just hit it off right away.  We had so much in common and I fell in love with the love I could feel between them.  These guys are seriously so sweet together.

Their wedding was on a Friday the 13th at Annabella at Cedar Glen, but there was absolutely nothing unlucky about this day.  The weather was perfect, the venue was absolutely amazing, and the couple was stunning as you will see.  I know Sara Beth and Andy will have a wonderful life together.  It was my honor to capture their wedding day. 

 

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Vendors that made the day so special!

Venue - Annabella at Cedar Glen

Caterer - Tim Smith's Catering Classics

Dress - David's Bridal

Tuxedos - Jos. A. Bank

Rings - Osborne's Jewelers

 

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Jennifer + Travis's Meadow Creek Farm Wedding https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/11/jennifer-traviss-meadow-creek-farm-wedding I kicked off my fall weddings this year with Jennifer and Travis's wedding at Meadow Creek Farm in Toney, AL. Their late September wedding day was absolutely perfect.  This sweet couple filled their day with special touches and loving friends and family.  The bride had one of the most adorable first looks with her Dad that I have ever had the pleasure of photographing.  Those two obviously have a special bond.  Jennifer and Travis shared letters with one another before the first look, and watching the emotion as they read them was so touching.  I can't fail to mention Travis's Grandma Polly who caught the bouquet!  She was too much fun!

Jennifer and Travis, thank you for sharing your day with me.  I wish you a beautiful life together.

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Vendors that made the day so special!

Venue - Meadow Creek Farm

Videographer - Jay Burleson

Caterer - Ole Hickory BBQ

Cakes - Batter Up Cakes

Rings - Grogan Jewelers

Dress - Modern Brides (Bridal gown)  Town & Country (Bridesmaids gowns)

Suits - Men’s Warehouse

Flowers - Shelby Bailey

Hair & Makeup - Under the Veil (Becca Shaddy)

 

 

 

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Rachael + Steven's Green Mountain Engagement Session https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/11/rachael-stevens-green-mountain-engagement-session We met Rachael and Steven at Green Mountain bright and early one Saturday morning.  I usually shoot in the late afternoons and evenings so this was a change of pace for me.  Luckily the light was amazing.  It was before the leaves started turning so no fall color, but Green Mountain is lovely pretty much year round.  Who doesn't love a covered bridge?  

Adorable Grayson joined his mom and dad for the session and we had so much fun.  How cute is this kid?  We are looking forward to seeing all of them at their April wedding at Creekside Plantation in Mooresville!  I know Rachael will make a beautiful bride. MDH_8271MDH_8271 MDH_8259MDH_8259 MDH_8194MDH_8194 MDH_3385MDH_3385 MDH_3399MDH_3399 MDH_3406MDH_3406 MDH_8195MDH_8195 MDH_8207MDH_8207 MDH_8221MDH_8221 MDH_8234MDH_8234 MDH_8247MDH_8247 MDH_8255MDH_8255 MDH_8287MDH_8287 MDH_8291MDH_8291

 

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Sylyndar + LeVon's Nashville Engagement Session https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/11/sylyndar-levons-nashville-engagement-session You guys know I love a good road trip!  We headed up to Nashville, Tennessee for this fabulous session with Sylyndar and LeVon.  These guys are so cute and so much fun.  They hung in there with me for four different locations and three different outfits.  We hit the Bicentennial Mall, the Titans stadium, some of the murals in the Gulch, and ended the day at the Parthenon in Centennial Park.  That is a marathon engagement session!

I'm looking forward to their summer wedding at the beautiful Huntsville Botanical Gardens!

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Chloe + Matt's Engagement Session https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/11/chloe-matts-engagement-session Chloe and Matt are such a sweet couple.  The weather wasn't great the day of their session and we talked about rescheduling.  Luckily we didn't, because the rain cleared and made the temperature nice and cool for a summer night.  Perfect!  We met them at Big Spring Park and worked our way to the Koi murals and the twinkle lights in Downtown Huntsville.  I think it was the perfect mix of fun and romantic shots.  Cute little Wyatt joined Mom and Matt for half of the session and he did great!  I can't stand the cuteness this kid brought to their session.  I'm sure the giant sucker I brought didn't have anything at all to do with his willingness to perform for the camera.  

I'm really looking forward to seeing these guys again at their March wedding!  

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Sara Beth + Andy's Engagement Session https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/11/sara-beth-andys-engagement I absolutely loved working with Andy and Sara Beth!  We met by chance at Barnes and Noble where I was waiting to meet another perspective client.  We hit it off right away and they eventually hired me to photograph their wedding.  I definitely believe it was fate that put us together and I couldn't be more thankful!  

These guys are pretty much a photographer's dream.  Gorgeous, super sweet, and so in love!  It is so easy to photograph couples that are this comfortable together.  Throw in an awesome country spot with some rusty old vehicles, and you get this amazing engagement session.  Andy and Sara Beth like to hunt and shoot together, and we had fun incorporating that into the shoot.  

I hope you love these as much as I do!

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Tori + Will's Meadow Creek Farm Wedding https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/10/tori-wills-meadow-creek-farm-wedding Tori and Will's wedding at Meadow Creek Farm in Toney, AL was SO MUCH FUN!  That is just the best way to describe it.  Tori was super relaxed.  I love it when the bride is focused on the meaning of the day rather than the details.  I don't think anything could have put a damper on her excitement over marrying Will.  And don't let me forget to mention that she was absolutely stunning!  Especially those eyes.  Gorgeous!

Before the ceremony the girls jammed out in the bridal suite and the guys watched TV and played pool upstairs.  Tori and Will decided to have a first look, so we had a ton of time to capture couple shots of them.  They were such good sports and ready to try anything I dreamed up. 

After the ceremony, the bridal party and guests danced the night away.  Seriously, I haven't been to many weddings with this many people who loved to dance.  It was a blast!

Congratulations Tori and Will!  We know you two are loving married life!

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Vendors that made the day awesome!

Venue - Meadow Creek Farm

Coordinator - Tara Chandler

DJ - Metropolitan Disk Jockey Service (Steve Metz)

Caterer - Creative Catering (David King)

Cakes - Old Vienna (Theresa Carpenter)

Dress - David's Bridal

Videography - Zac and Michaela Baker

Pastor - Steve Lacy

Makeup - Brianne Clark from Mary Kay

Hair - Angie Taylor (Artistry Salon)

 

 

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Caitlyn + Jake's Family Farm Engagement Shoot https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/9/caitlyn-jakes-family-farm-engagement-shoot When Caitlyn suggested Jake's family farm for their photos I was excited because I love shooting engagement sessions in places that are meaningful to the couple.  When I actually visited the farm I was totally hooked.  It was such a lovely place complete with adorable buildings, a stocked pond, and goats.  We even got a chance to include the couple's pups in a few shots and captured their love for Netflix, hockey, and cheese balls! 

 

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Teri Beth and Michael's Athens, AL Wedding https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/8/teri-beth-and-michaels-athens-al-wedding There are so many lovely venues in North Alabama, and I have photographed plenty of them.  I love the variety of venues, from arbors in flowery fields to rustic barns to modern reception halls.  However, there is something special about photographing a wedding in a small town church.  

Teri Beth and Michael chose to exchange vows in the beautiful First Baptist Church in Athens, AL.  The fantastic stained glass windows and wooden beamed ceilings set me up for some great shots.  

There were many special touches, but one stole my heart.  Instead of sparklers or bubbles, the couple chose to leave to thrown rose petals.  This was so special because Teri Beth's mother saved all of the flowers that her husband had given her throughout their marriage, and those dried petals are what the guests threw.  Such a sweet and memorable touch from this thoughtful family.

Teri Beth and Michael, thank you for choosing us to capture your special day.  We wish you all the happiness in the world.  

 

 

 

Vendors who helped make the day special

Flowers - Duggar's Florist

Caterer - C&A Catering

Cake - Nothing Bundt Cakes

Grooms Cake - Nestle Toll House (Athens, AL)

Dress - Madison Town and Country 

Tuxedos - Belk

Rings - Heirlooms

Hair and Makeup - McKenna Porter

 

 

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Brooke and Karl’s Monte Sano Mountain Engagement Session https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/8/brooke-and-karl-s-monte-sano-mountain-engagement-session I like to think I’m a pretty optimistic person, both personally and professionally.  I truly love what I do and I get excited before every session.  However, I have to admit that I was not so optimistic on the day of Brooke and Karl’s engagement session.  I really didn’t think it would happen on the day it was scheduled.  The radar had been looking ugly all day and a couple of hours before the shoot I double checked with Brooke to see if she wanted to reschedule.  I might have even encouraged her to reschedule.  I really thought it was going to rain.

I was right, but just barely.  It did rain, but only slight drizzles here and there.  We were able to finish the entire session (and even ran over the scheduled time).  The slight rain cooled things off and the temperature was amazing for June in Alabama.  Despite my less than optimistic outlook, we had a great time and got some amazing shots of this super sweet couple.  I hope they had as much fun as I did, even though my dreams of stealing some shots of them dancing in a downpour never came true!

 

 

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Stacy + Montrell's Miramar Beach Wedding Weekend https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/7/stacy-montrells-miramar-beach-wedding-weekend I seriously have the best job in the world!   Who else gets to travel to the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast and spend the weekend with a fun-loving couple and all of their family and friends?  So much fun!

We spent the weekend of June 10th in Miramar Beach, FL with Stacy and Montrell.  We started the weekend off on Friday with some sunset photos of the couple at The Village of Baytowne Wharf located in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.  It was nice to spend some time with Stacy and Montrell before the wedding.  They were full of love for one another.  After the shoot, we joined the couple for dinner and a pre-wedding party at The Village Door.  We had a blast before the wedding day had even arrived!

The wedding took place at 5PM on the Solaris Yacht by SunQuest Cruises.  What an amazing setting for a very special day.  Stacy looked beautiful in her flowy white gown, and the wedding party wore an array of colors (with coordinating Chuck Taylor’s, of course).  After the ceremony, we enjoyed a 3-hour cruise of the Choctawhatchee Bay.  It was the perfect end to a perfect day.  

Stacy and Montrell, we are so happy you chose Melissa Holley Photography to capture your wedding and we wish you all the best!

 

Vendors who helped make the wedding special!

Accommodations - Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Pre-Wedding Party - The Village Door 
Venue - SunQuest
Dress - David's Bridal
Hair - Ruth Topete (Inspirations Hair Salon Florence, AL)
Makeup - Chastidy Porter (Southern City Styles Florence, AL)

 

 

 

 

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Krysten + Nic Hays Nature Preserve Engagement session https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/6/krysten-nic-hays-nature-preserve-engagement-session May 7, 2017

As you can probably guess from their photos, Krysten and Nic are a lot of fun!  You just have to have a certain personality to pull off purple hair, and Krysten rocks it.  I can’t wait to see what color she goes with for her wedding in November! 

We walked all around the picturesque Hays Nature Preserve and they were willing and eager to do anything for a photo op.  Climb down the muddy stairs?  Sure!  Lay down in the middle of the bridge?  Of course!  Get to the middle of that tall grass field in your fabulous shoes?  No problem! 

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April 29, 2017

One thing I really take pride in as a wedding photographer is getting to know my bride and groom.  At our first meeting, Rosalie and Chris told me that they are huge fans of Harry Potter.  They were even planning on having Harry Potter related shirts made and they wanted to wear them in some of the engagement photos.  I decided we should set up for some really fun, specialized Harry Potter shots.  With the help of my amazing graphic designer we created some memorable photos for the couple.  Hopefully they love them as much as I do!

Rosalie and Chris also shared that they love dancing, so we also had to capture some shots of them dancing and interacting in and around the lovely Rose Garden at Delano Park in Decatur.  This session was the perfect mix of fun, magic, and romance.  Enjoy!

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Jessica + John Allen's Barn at Pisgah Hill Wedding in Grady, AL https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/4/jessica-and-john-allens-barn-at-pisgah-hill-wedding Jessica and John Allen’s Barn at Pisgah Hill Wedding

April 8, 2017

 

When Jessica contacted me about photographing her wedding in South Alabama I jumped at the chance.  Yes, I am based out of North Alabama but I love to travel for weddings.  Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Nevada (yes, I will photograph your Vegas wedding!), and pretty much anywhere you can imagine.  I am your girl!

Jessica’s wedding was exciting to me for many reasons.  She is a childhood friend of mine so to be invited to capture her day was so special.  The venue was new to me which is always exciting.  Finally, my Mom lives in South Alabama so I got to spend some time with her.  Perfect!

I arrived in Grady on Friday to attend the rehearsal.  This gave me a chance to get to know the wedding party before the big day and to preview the venue.  The Barn at Pisgah Hill did not disappoint!  So many opportunities for fantastic photos.  The rehearsal was followed by dinner at Cambrian Ridge.  Delicious!

When the wedding day arrived, I couldn’t believe how relaxed everybody was.  The couple chose not to have a first look before the ceremony, so the moment they saw each other during the wedding was extra sweet.  The outdoor ceremony was simple and beautiful.  After the ceremony, I finally had a chance to spend some time photographing Jessica and John Allen together.  As you can see in the photos below, they were absolutely glowing and so in love.

The reception was a blast and the guests danced the night away with Streetkar, the fantastic band.

 

Vendors who helped make the day wonderful:

Wedding and Reception Venue – The Barn at Pisgah Hill

Florist – LeRae Events

Caterer – Red’s Little School House

Cakes – McKinney Cakes

Make-up Artist – Cameron Bohannon

Wedding Director – Ashley Staggers

Band - Streetkar

Videographer – Canaan Barger

 

 

 

 

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) melissa holley photography south alabama weddings the barn at pisgah hill wedding travelling wedding photographer wedding wedding photography https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/4/jessica-and-john-allens-barn-at-pisgah-hill-wedding Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:51:21 GMT
Albert + Kimberly Wedding Chapel on the Mountain Elopement March 25, 2017 https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/4/albert-kimberly-wedding-chapel-on-the-mountain-elopement It always amazes me that no matter how big or small a wedding is, they are all so magical.  Kimberly and Albert’s “Elopement” was lovely.  The intimate ceremony gave me the chills as I thought about how the focus was simply on the union of two people in love.  The bride and groom were so sweet and excited to begin their journey together. 

The wedding took place at the beautiful Wedding Chapel on the Mountain.  This venue is located conveniently on Monte Sano Mountain and is perfect for a small wedding.

Congratulations to the wonderful couple!  I wish you all the best!

 

Vendors who helped make the day wonderful:

Wedding and Reception Venue – Wedding Chapel on the Mountain

https://www.chapelonthemountain.com

https://www.facebook.com/WeddingChapel

https://twitter.com/mtnchapelhsv

https://www.instagram.com/mtnweddingchapel/

 

 

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) Chapel on the Mountain Elopement Huntsville Weddings Melissa Holley Photography Monte Sano weddings Wedding Wedding Photography https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/4/albert-kimberly-wedding-chapel-on-the-mountain-elopement Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:49:45 GMT
Sharp + Perez Wedding Meadowcreek Farms Toney, Alabama https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/3/sharp-perez-wedding-meadowcreek-farms-toney-alabama Hannah and Balta’s Meadow Creek Farm Wedding

March 17, 2017

 

It was such a delight to capture Hannah and Balta’s wedding day at Meadow Creek Farms in Toney, AL.   The wedding was on Friday and the rehearsal was actually the day of the wedding, so we expected the bride to be a little stressed when we arrived.  Hannah surprised us by being totally relaxed and ready to enjoy her day.  She was just happy to be getting ready to marry her guy!

 

The couple chose to see one another before the ceremony.  They shared a hug and a quiet talk before their couple photos, but no kisses until after they were married.  So sweet!  Our wedding party had to brave some chilly temps and lots of wind, but they were really good sports.  We even got to include the red 67 Camaro convertible that Hannah’s parents took on their first date.  Gorgeous couple, beautiful venue, red sports car?  Yes please! 

 

We always love to photograph at Meadow Creek Farms and today was no different.  It’s beautiful, they have wonderful areas for the wedding party to relax and get ready, and both the wedding and reception are at the same venue.  So many brides are looking to have the entire wedding celebration in one place and Meadow Creek does not disappoint.

 

The family did a wonderful job decorating the reception area to reflect the personalities of Hannah and Balta.  Photos from their beautiful engagement shoot added a perfect touch to the rustic centerpieces. 

 

Guests enjoyed a taco bar complete with plenty of cheese dip then danced the night away!

 

Congratulations to the newlyweds!  Thank you for including us in your wonderful day. 

 

 

 

 

Vendors who helped make the day wonderful:

 

Wedding and Reception Venue – Meadow Creek Farm (www.meadowcreekfarmweddings.com)

 

Florist – Barbara’s Florist/Wedding Shop

 

Caterer – Hartley’s Catering (www.hartleyscatering.com)

 

Cakes – Batter-Up Cakes (www.batterupcakebakery.com)

 

Hair & Makeup – Sarah Terry Stylist (http://shearartistry.net/staff/sarah-terry/49521)

 

Bride’s dress – Bella Couture (http://www.bellacouturellc.com/)

 

Groom’s suit – Jos. A. Banks (www.josbank.com)

 

Rings – Jared (www.Jared.com)

 

DJ – Marc Patton

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melissaandcophoto@gmail.com (Melissa and Co Photo/ Melissa Holley Photography) https://melissaandcophoto.com/blog/2017/3/sharp-perez-wedding-meadowcreek-farms-toney-alabama Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:33:43 GMT