marcy + sam: joined. a downtown memphis wedding.

Her hand was a bit unsteady as she applied her eyeliner. She took several deep breaths to calm herself. She kept saying, I can’t believe this day is finally here, and she smiled, though nervously. Marcy stepped into her dress and took one final deep breath.

Sam stood agitated in the courtyard after adjusting his coat and tie. He had started the day without Marcy and was just ready to be with her. Forever. She approached him slowly from behind, a smile flickering on her unsteady mouth. Then he turned, smiled, and embraced her, and everything was okay. The world was right again.

Once Marcy and Sam were together, their wedding day was everything they thought it would be. They had a beautiful ceremony, then had so much fun celebrating afterwards that they didn’t want the day to end. Sam couldn’t stop looking at his beautiful bride, and Marcy couldn’t stop smiling, and the nerves were gone. The world was right again.

Marcy’s and Sam’s wedding borrowed its style from a painting that Marcy painted herself. The invitations set the mood by featuring the painting as a colorful vellum overlay.

Naturally, her bouquet contained dark purple calla lilies.

Marcy and Sam began the day at the beautiful St. Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Memphis, where the ceremony would be held.

Marcy and Sam chose to see each other before the ceremony, and Marcy later told us that it was the best decision she could have made. Not only did seeing Sam calm her nerves, but it left us plenty of time for photos in the beautiful courtyard.

Sam only wanted to hold his bride.

Portraits were a breeze, since Marcy and Sam are so obviously in love. Photo on the left is Ed’s.

One of my favorites!

Marcy, you made a stunning bride. Seriously.

And Sam, you are one handsome groom! But he had eyes only for Marcy.

Although I managed to get him to look at the camera a few times, he would much rather have looked at Marcy. Can’t blame him.

The colors and the flowers were gorgeous for this bright Spring day! Special thanks to Ed Hammett for the beautiful wedding party flowers.

Since Ed and I are Catholic, we were especially excited to shoot this wedding, since it was a full Mass, and we had never yet done a Catholic wedding. The ceremony was beautiful!

Afterward, the wedding party rode the trolley to the historic Kress Building, where the reception was held. Club Windward did an amazing job making the ballroom look spectacular!

First dance as husband and wife…

Right before sunset, we ran across the street to grab a couple more portraits in front of the fountain at Court Square.

This is Sam and Marcy. In love and having a great time!

They left the reception in a horse-drawn carriage, the perfect symbol of the day’s fairytale.

Marcy and Sam, thank you so much for allowing us the distinct honor of capturing your wedding day. Your love is truly something special, and it is a beautiful thing to witness. I hope you had a blast in Maui, and we can’t wait to hear all about it!

CLICK HERE to see more photos from Marcy’s and Sam’s downtown Memphis wedding. Here’s to painting inspiration. And calming the nerves. And being together. Cheers!