Lindsay and Steven got married on an absolutely beautiful Saturday in Memphis, TN. They were surrounded by their friends and family as they celebrated their union at Cedar Hall.
When I first met the bride and groom I knew that I was going to have the best time photographing their wedding day. They’re both hilarious and such a sweet, sweet couple. At their engagement session the majority of the night was spent laughing and goofing off while we took amazing pictures. Ever since I have been *so* excited for their wedding day. They got married April 28 at Cedar Hall in Bartlett. Unless you have been living under a rock you know the weather this April has been an absolute disaster. It’s been cold and rainy and just bleh. That all changed on Lindsay and Steven’s wedding day! We could not have asked for a more perfect Saturday afternoon! It was sunny, warm, and just an amazing day. Prior to the ceremony the couple exchanged gifts via their bridal party and relaxed while getting ready for the big day.
Lindsay chose simple and elegant white roses for her bouquets as well as decorations for the reception hall. Lindsay even had a special hanky that said “Keep your shit together” with their wedding date on it. This is probably going to be my favorite wedding day detail in the history of weddings.The guys had small white flowers for their boutonnieres and wore grey chucks with their suits. (Can I just say how awesome that is? I love little details like this!) The guestbook was tiny wooden hearts for guests to write messages on and stick in a frame for the couple.
There’s so much beauty at Cedar Hall that it’s nearly impossible to get bored or run out of ideas. The ceremony was held outside and I found myself humming along with the instrumental version of Dashboard Confessional’s “Stolen” as the guests were seated. Steven and the groomsmen entered through wooden doors and anxiously took their places as they waited on the women to emerge. I saw Steven cover his eyes from the sun as he nervously awaited his bride. When the doors to Cedar Hall opened and Lindsay and her father started walking down the aisle I swear everyone around me just took in a deep breath. I heard several people exclaim over my should how beautiful Lindsay looked as she walked towards the man of her dreams. The ceremony was short and incredibly sweet and guests headed to cocktail hour in the Stables while we took formal photos.
Love is Sweet
The reception was a blast! DNA Entertainment did such a good job getting everyone on the dance floor and keeping the guests laughing. The couple thought of literally everything and even supplied white flip flops for the ladies to change into so that their feet wouldn’t hurt while busting a move on the dance floor! There was a photo booth with props that even my second shooter and I had fun with! The couple had little sliders, shrimp and grits, buffalo wings, and other super cute foods for guests to dine on. There was a coffee bar with flavored syrup for guests to customize their own drinks, and can we please talk about the cakes?! Shannon Taylor Cakes did an amazing job on the cakes. The bride and groom had a massive, beautiful, vanilla cake decorated with roses. The groom’s cake was simply out of control. I’ve never seen anything like it. The first time I walked by I thought it was a unique vase, the second time I walked by I realized that it was the grooms cake and straight out of the Alien movies. It was jaw dropping. I think we were all afraid to cut it because it was just so incredibly amazing!
As the night came to a close Mr. and Mrs. Smith were bid farewell with rose petals and a classic car. They spent the following week honeymooning in Grenada, the island not the town in Mississippi, enjoying their newlywed bliss.
Lindsay and Steven, thank you guys so much for choosing me to capture your big day. I had such a blast working with you and meeting your friends and family. I wish you guys years of laughter and bliss!!
Check out some of my favorites from their wedding day below!
Cedar Hall Weddings
Andrea King Photography | Wedding Photographer Memphis | Engagement Photographer Memphis| Available for Travel
Makeup Artist: Tiffany Bishop
Flowers: Garden District
Cake: Shannon Taylor Cakes
Hair: Eugenia Black at Vanity Salon
Huge thank you to my second shooter Jamie!!
I’ve been cooking up a little secret during 2018 and I can’t hide it anymore. If you’ve looked closely my social media feed you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been pretty absent this year. There hasn’t been a ton of posts to look at- not personal and not professional. And there certainly hasn’t been too many full body shots of me floating around. We’re pretty excited and nervous to announce that we’ll be adding a new nugget to our family later this year! I figured a blog post for my clients would be the easiest way to get this news out there. We braved the rain showers on Saturday to get some quick announcement photos at Overton Park!
The Journey Here
If you’ve followed my story over the past year you understand why I’m nervous as hell to announce this pregnancy. Last year we started trying to add an addition to our family, and after a few miscarriages we decided it was time for a break. It’s a pretty crushing thing to tell people about your joy and then have to tell people about your losses. But I have had so much support and love from friends and family through this journey that it’s been overwhelming. I never realized how many women suffer from fertility problems until I opened up about my own. It’s like a club that nobody ever really wants to be a member of.
After our latest miscarriage my doctor referred me to a reproductive endocrinologist. I’m pretty lucky that one of the best endos in the WORLD is located right in Memphis. Dr. Kutteh is a pretty awesome guy, but sitting in his office still made me nervous as hell. He’s recognized as one of the best doctors in Memphis, the USA, and globally. He’s treated some big name people, so this was encouraging! After lots of testing we came up with a game plan on how to keep me pregnant. So far, so good! (Knock on wood)
This time around has been a whirlwind. We found out about 3 weeks after I conceived that I was pregnant! I started with weekly doctor appointments. Several times a week I’d go for blood draws and weekly ultrasounds followed. My first scan showed nothing but a sac, and I was so scared because I have been there before. I walked on eggshells until my next ultrasound, going into the office with a lump in my throat and bracing myself for those words – I’m sorry but there’s no heartbeat. But to my surprise and joy it was there, just beating away. I almost lost all control of myself. Was this actually happening? And before I knew it there were little arms and then little legs, and then a gummy bear!
About 6 weeks into my pregnancy I shot a wedding with Ryan Jordan Photography at Heartwood Hall and funny little thing happened that day. Little did I know there was not one but TWO NFL football players in the wedding party. I knew who one was, Dak Prescott. He’s the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. (Sorry Dillon, I knew you looked familiar, but I couldn’t place you. You’re actually from the town I graduated college from. My husband was born and raised in the West Monroe/Monroe area! I go back there fairly often!) Being from Allentown, PA I’m obviously a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan (my dad has been a season ticket holder for over 35 years) and if you don’t know that the Dallas Cowboys are our rivals – well now you do. I didn’t want to say anything to Dak about football because well, he was just there to be himself. And he was legit the *nicest* guy ever. I had just wrapped shooting the groom and details when we were all hanging out in the hallway talking about whiskey and liquor. I guess the hotel had stocked some little JD bottles in the rooms the guys were grabbing to take. Someone offered me a bottle and I turned it down, quietly saying I was pregnant and couldn’t partake. But not to make a big deal of it because it was so early. Someone asked if it was bad luck and I mentioned it’s been a struggle and that this is our 4th try since I got pregnant with my son. Dak looked at me and said – well 4 is kinda my lucky number so I’ve got a good feeling about this one. Guys, I almost DIED. Right there on the hotel floor, almost just fell out. I had no response. None. I just kinda stupidly shook my head, laughed, and said oh yea? That’s cool. So one day I’ll get to tell this story to my little nugget and I think that’s pretty damn cool. Nugget, Dak said you’d be just fine. And Dak, you’re pretty awesome guy! I won’t hold the whole Cowboys thing against you! 🙂
It’s no secret the past 2 years have been hard. Losing my mother followed by losing my children – it’s been a struggle. I felt like the past 2 years have been coined the years of loss. I started to panic this year because I have very little on my books. Normally I’m slammed with weddings, but this year has been slow. I turned down a lot of work last year because my original due date was in May of 2018, and I never was able to make up those losses. So I just prayed and prayed and knew God had a reason for this. And boy did he ever. The first trimester has had me so sick that I have a hard time even opening Facebook and seeing all the food videos. With all of the doctor appointments I’ve had it would have been a struggle working full-time on photography while getting all of this medical work done. But there is one thing I’ve learned through this – no matter what you are going through God is preparing you for what is to come. There is a reason for everything.
It’s really hard to have faith in situations where you feel like you can’t win. It’s hard to look ahead and believe that something good will come of the struggle. But every single obstacle in your path is making you stronger for a battle you know nothing about. So although I’m still super nervous with this pregnancy (and I probably will be until delivery) I believe that God will see me though.
So how does this impact my wedding clients this year? It doesn’t! I’m not due until Thanksgiving and my last wedding for the year is in October. So if you’ve got a booking with me this late summer/fall have no fear. I’ll be there bump and all! Hopefully this one won’t kick me so hard I pee myself (yes, that happened with my son. So embarrassing!) I will not be taking on any more weddings until early spring of 2019, but I will still be shooting portraits!
Thank you to my bestie Rebecca Jaffe with Rebecca J. Imagery for the announcement photos! And for you never ending support. I love you babe <3
I spent a beautiful evening catching up with one of my wedding couples and documenting their maternity session. I always have such a blast with these two during their maternity session!
Porsha and Atavio are probably some of my favorite past clients. Last year I spent a lot of time with them shooting their downtown Memphis engagement session and later traveling to Grenada, Mississippi for their beautiful wedding day. Every time that I see these two I leave with an aching face from laughing so hard. They’re so down to earth and sweet, and they love each other so much. I knew they were expecting last year so we planned on getting together this spring and having a maternity session.
Three Makes Baby
We spent a warm evening in a Memphis park exploring dried up creek beds and searching for spring blooms. Porsha stunned in a blue lace gown and later changed into a sheer white, lace dress. The couple laughed together as they balances on rocks and made fun of me as I navigated up the creek bed. We took advantage of every ray in gold hour and ended the night as the sun tucked itself behind the trees. I am so excited to meet their little prince soon! Check out some of my favorites from the day!
ANDREA KING PHOTOGRAPHY | WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER MEMPHIS | MEMPHIS ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | MEMPHIS PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER | AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL
Chris and Amelia welcomed their son Greyson into the world this past January. I was lucky enough to spend a quiet, snowy Sunday morning with the three of them.
Baby Makes 3
You may remember Chris and Amelia’s December maternity session, when we spent the day exploring W.C. Johnson Park in Collierville and enjoying the brisk sunshine. But I met Chris and Amelia a long time ago when I shot their engagement photos and then their Tupelo wedding. I’ve had the joy of watching them grow as a couple, hit milestones together, celebrate a new job, add a puppy to their home, and when they announced their pregnancy last year I was overjoyed. One of the many things that I love about my job is that my clients welcome me into their lives and let me experience and capture the big moments for them. I knew the two of them would make amazing parents. Amelia is an elementary school teacher with a love of books. I knew that she would be collecting a library for her son’s nursery as soon as she could. I was so excited to walk into Greyson’s room and see the many adventures his imagination would take him on.
I don’t do traditional posed newborn sessions. I photograph what’s called a Lifestyle Session. I come to your home and take images of your family and your life. I give you a little preview of what your life looks like from a different point of view. A truly wonderful aspect of this is that I get to experience a moment in my client’s shoes. So one quiet and snowy Sunday I traveled to Mississippi to meet the newest Bell gentleman and extend congratulation to the happy parents. I stood in Greyson’s room for a few seconds and stared at his many books and his baseball themed nursery. I wondered what other adventures would line his walls as he grew, what his first time playing catch in the yard with Chris would be like, and where his story would take him. I imagined that he would sit looking out of his window, the same window his Mom and Dad would look out while holding him, and I wondered what he’d see.
A Boy And His Dog
The Bells have this amazingly protective Boxer. Zoey bonded with Greyson the minute they brought him home. Amelia said that Zoe will check on him to make sure he’s ok when he cries, and that follows them around the house. During our photo session she was always with her people, standing watch over them to make sure the lady with the camera wasn’t up to no good. I laughed because my female basset, Sophie, did the same when we brought our son home from the NICU. They bond with them immediately and treat them as if they are their own baby. Since Zoey is a puppy I guess you can say the two of them will grow up together. And judging by how protective she is of him now, and how much she already loves him, I know those two are going to give Chris and Amelia a run for their money!
The Bells were my first official session of 2018 and I can’t think of a better way to start my year. Take a look at some of my favorites below!
ANDREA KING PHOTOGRAPHY | WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER MEMPHIS | MEMPHIS ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | MEMPHIS PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER | AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL
Brittany and Justus are previous clients of mine who are expecting! I was so excited to visit them in Kure Beach, NC and photograph their maternity session!
Road Trips and Good Times
I met Brittany and Justus several years ago when I did their engagement photos and then captured their wedding. They are the kind of clients who turned into friends and I’ve stayed in contact with them since. Justus is an Officer in the Marines (Thank you for your service!!) and has been stationed in Jacksonville, NC at Camp Lejeune. It’s funny because my husband and I were married at the Officer’s club there in 2006 and my father lives about 40 minutes away from Jacksonville in a little beach town. So I know the area quite well and spend a lot of time there.
Last summer while we were vacationing with my Dad I messaged Brittany and asked if they wanted to come over and catch up. It was there I found out they were expecting! I was so excited and even caught up with Brittany and their daughter, Mya, later that year in Mississippi for some gender reveal photos! (Jay had to stay at home in Jacksonville) I was so excited to find out they were expecting another little girl!
Live Oaks and Salty Air
At Brittany’s gender reveal session we planned for a super fun and glamerous maternity session in December! While visiting my dad last year we headed to Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, NC. My husband is a huge history buff and it’s somewhere he’s wanted to visit for awhile. I was more interested in the amazing Live Oak trees that surrounded the fort and lined the beach, and Brittany was too! It was the location she chose for her session. So December came and I packed up my car with my little and headed to NC for some fun!
We got lucky with a windy, but not super cold day. We started on the beach for some fun family shots and Mya had me cracking up the entire time. She is so excited to be a big sister and I could tell right away she loves the beach! Even in the cold she was chasing waves and running up and down the shoreline.
After some family photos Brittany changed into an amazing red dress and Jay put on his dress blues. We spent the sunset shooting in the live oaks while Mya climbed the trees and played around us. It was a pretty amazing trip and I can’t wait to go back later this year and see them again. Brittany is due to deliver any day now and welcome their daughter Avery into the world!
Check out some of my favorites from their session below!