Emily + Colby | a Memphis River Engagement

When Emily first emailed me about her wedding, I kept thinking to myself, “This name is so familiar. Do I know her?” I went on to compose my reply, sent it off to her, then it hit me. I immediately emailed her again, asking, “are you by any chance a high school teacher? I think you had my daughter Helen in your English class last year!” I even remembered Helen telling me that her teacher got engaged. It just so happened that Emily was that teacher!

As soon as we met Emily and Colby, we knew we were going to have a great time together. They are both so laid back and easy to be around. As I’m sure most people who meet them do, we immediately felt comfortable and at ease with them! This made it super easy to take such great engagement photos. It was like walking around Memphis with two old friends, snapping a few photos here and there. That’s the way we like it!

Since Emily is a Memphis girl and Colby is from Arkansas, we knew we wanted to get some photos that incorporated the Memphis river bridge. After all, it was physically the thing that tied them together! They met downtown, so we also wanted to tie in that area. We started along this fun, graphic wall that I’ve always loved! We were hoping for a hashtag symbol, but no such luck. Hey Memphis artists, time for an update? The asterisk worked just as well, though!

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I have a thing for string lights. If we see any, there’s an excellent chance that I’m going to stop and take pictures in front of them!

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What you can’t see in this photo is Ed doing acrobatics in order to hold our reflector to block the light from Colby’s face. Anything for a great shot!


Best. Sign. Ever.


Emily! Oh, Emily. You killed this one! Also, it’s Helen’s favorite 😉


After a quick change, we moved to the Landings to get some Memphis river shots right at sunset. It was beautiful light!


One of my favorites! Gorgeous glow and autumn grasses. Heaven, in my book.

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This diamond is huge! Colby, ya did good.


These just may be my favorite bridge shots ever!

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Ed took this one on the right, and I was totally jealous when I saw it.


We waited for the sun to go down so that we could get just a few with the bridge lit up. Ah… the things you can do with a streetlight!

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Emily and Colby, thank you so much for hanging us for an evening stroll along the river. We had such a great time! You both made our job so easy, and I know the wedding will be a breeze!



  • Jessica
    Posted at 14:06h, 15 October

    Wow. These picture are absolutely gorgeous. I am so honored to be apart of their big day!!! Each photo gives us a little insight of the love they share for one another !!!

  • Leigh
    Posted at 14:57h, 15 October

    Great pictures. Love the backgrounds

  • LeAn Inman
    Posted at 14:58h, 15 October

    GorGEOus pictures of Emily and her fiance’!! LOve the asterisk, that color-aaahhhh! and the downtown pics with bridge in background! You did a great job:)

  • Angie Warhurst
    Posted at 15:03h, 15 October

    I loved so many but really love the one in front of the bridge!!

  • Emily and Colby
    Posted at 15:04h, 15 October

    We are so happy we chose Amy and Ed to do our wedding photos. Could not be more thrilled with how these turned out.

  • Tonya Hill
    Posted at 16:47h, 15 October

    The pictures are perfect , along with the love story .

  • leigh
    Posted at 19:17h, 15 October

    love the pictures cant wait to see the entire package

  • Jan Fain
    Posted at 21:58h, 15 October

    The pictures are really good and I enjoyed reading your Love Story, wish you both the best.

  • Teresa Cardosi Hamberger
    Posted at 22:23h, 15 October

    Beautiful pictures, such a sweet couple! Love love the Memphis Bridge pictures!

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 07:07h, 16 October

    Love these pictures and the story!!

  • Ashley reeves
    Posted at 08:13h, 16 October

    Oh my goodness I LOVE these pictures!! The night ones are my favorite !

  • Ellie Meyer
    Posted at 08:17h, 16 October

    I love seeing these pictures, because it truly shows how happy Em is! Colby is one lucky man! Emily is the best! These photos are absolutely goregous and the lighting is perfect! I can’t wait to see the whole package!!!! Congrats Em!!! TLAM

  • Lauren Flannery
    Posted at 08:19h, 16 October

    I love them all! I don’t know how you will choose!

  • Melody
    Posted at 08:22h, 16 October

    Aw, Emily! You look stunning!!! I’m so happy for you guys. These pictures are beautiful, too.

    Lastly, your makeup is PERFECT!!

  • Harry
    Posted at 08:23h, 16 October

    Love being able to see my beautiful granddaughter and her Fiancé!

  • Lauren Craft
    Posted at 08:23h, 16 October

    These turned out so great! Love the pictures of y’all with the bridge lit up! So pretty!

  • Cindy Maxwell
    Posted at 08:23h, 16 October

    These are unique and personal. What’s nice beginning to a wonderful life you two will have❤️

  • Gina Throckmorton
    Posted at 08:26h, 16 October

    Absolutely Beautiful!!!! Can’t wait for the Big Day!!

  • Betty Lou Castellaw
    Posted at 09:17h, 16 October

    I love all the pictures and the theme you used. The pictures capture the love Emily and Colby have for each other.

  • Margaret
    Posted at 10:46h, 16 October

    Great pictures!! Love the river ones. Great looking couple!!

  • Paulette Barbee
    Posted at 12:03h, 16 October

    They are just beautiful!! Everyone of them!! Can’t pick just one, all gorgeous.

  • Casey Sandlin Rogers
    Posted at 14:34h, 16 October

    So beautiful and sweet! Best wishes and a happy life for these two. Congratulations!

  • Avery Drennen
    Posted at 15:17h, 16 October

    Absolutely perfect. So glad you’re happy, Emily!!

  • KI'm Pierce
    Posted at 16:36h, 16 October

    my nephew is very dear to me and I am glad that he has found his true love – Emily. The pictures reflect their love completely. I love the pictures.

  • Megan Burris
    Posted at 16:48h, 16 October

    These pictures turned out so great! I can’t wait to see them all! I am so excited for both of you! So excited for what is to come!

  • Shannyn J.
    Posted at 17:19h, 16 October

    These are beautiful pictures, of a wonderful couple!!!

  • Kyla Piscitelli
    Posted at 17:29h, 16 October

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Mary Ellen
    Posted at 17:44h, 16 October

    Amazing pictures, hard to choose which one I like the best. Congrats to Emily and Colby! Can’t wait for the wedding

  • Amy J.
    Posted at 17:56h, 16 October

    BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!! The photographer did an excellent job. You can tell that it’s not “staged love”…..it’s all real! Congratulations to you both!!!!

  • Betty Cardosi
    Posted at 18:03h, 16 October

    Love the pictures.Emily you have always been one of my favorite grand nieces . Only seem like yesterday you would ride your bike to my house to play with all of our kittens . I wish you and Colby all the love and happiness in the world

  • Lisa
    Posted at 19:02h, 16 October

    all pictures are wonderful!! I can see the love on your eyes. Wishing you many years of happiness!

  • Catie
    Posted at 21:08h, 16 October

    GORGEOUS! I just got married in Houston and we don’t have anything like that bridge. It’s wonderful! Congrats, Emily!

  • Lisa Jones
    Posted at 21:41h, 16 October

    The pictures are all beautiful but my favorites are at the river.

  • Ginger Higgins
    Posted at 05:58h, 17 October

    Beautiful photos !!

  • Alex Crowell
    Posted at 08:31h, 17 October

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Em, good luck choosing out of these great shots!! Congratulations!

  • Kara Schaller
    Posted at 10:06h, 17 October

    I love the river shots! Awesome pictures

  • Betty Lou castellaw
    Posted at 16:54h, 16 October

    Great pictures of a very special couple.

    • Amy
      Posted at 13:02h, 20 October

      Thank you, Betty Lou!