courtney + ethan: joined. a memphis zoo wedding.

She smiled all day. Seriously. All day. While getting ready, she had her freshly polished toes thrown over the arms of her chair, simply relaxed and taking everything in. At one point, she turned to her girls and said, “do I need to be less chill?” she couldn’t have been diva or, heaven forbid, Bridezilla, if she tried. She just smiled all day.

Even though the weather had been predicting thunderstorms all week, the sun was bright and warm on Courtney’s and Ethan’s wedding day, a perfect reflection of their own happiness. Even had it rained, nothing could have dampened their spirits. And when Courtney smiles, the world smiles with her. Ethan wanted nothing more than for his bride to be happy, and so his day was worry-free (other than forgetting to bring his tux to the church)! And his favorite part of the day? Revealing the location of the honeymoon, which he kept secret until the announcement at their reception. A week in paradise with his bride, and after that, forever.

Courtney and Ethan began the day where they would be wed, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

This is what Courtney’s face looked like all day long!

Meanwhile, Ed was hanging out with the guys while they got dressed and ready for the day’s festivities.

Courtney and Ethan chose to see each other before the ceremony, and I think Ethan’s face says it all (photo by Ed)!

I can’t express how much I love the tender moment between a bride and groom that only the First Look provides.

These two just couldn’t stop looking at each other.

Courtney has the most bubbly, infectious personality!

Okay, this is when I was trying to get her to be serious. For one photo…

Aha! One. Courtney, you are gorgeous.

Courtney and Ethan had one amazing wedding party!

A few more portraits before the ceremony…

You guys are way. too. cute!

Ethan was never happier than when he saw his bride coming down the isle.

And, of course, Courtney was smiling too!

Right after the ceremony, we all traveled to the Teton Trek in the Memphis Zoo, where the reception was held. Club Windward and Kathie Ray did an amazing job with all the details.

Special thanks to The Flour Garden for the amazing cake!

Still laughing during the First Dance…

The toasts were tender and heartfelt.

Later that evening, Courtney and Ethan left amid a storm of bubbles and good wishes from friends and family.

Courtney and Ethan, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day. It was an honor to witness the love you have for each other, and being around you both is pure joy. Congratulations!

CLICK HERE to see more images from Courtney’s and Ethan’s wedding day. Here’s to smiles. And being chill. And a secret honeymoon. Cheers!

  • Shannon
    Posted at 23:38h, 03 April

    The bubble photo is Divine!!!!
    Beautiful photos !