sarah + gary: joined. a memphis wedding.

Sarah was very close to her grandmother when she was a girl. Unfortunately, her grandmother is no longer with her, but she was there in spirit on Sarah’s wedding day. Sarah included her not only in photos, memories, and prayers, but she wore the love of her grandmother on her sleeve. Literally. Sarah chose to wear the very same wedding dress that her grandmother wore when she was married, and it couldn’t have been more perfect for her.

Gary put careful thought into his wedding attire as well. Being a proud Marine officer, he wanted nothing more than to wear his uniform on the most important day of his life. After spending some time training in California, Gary came to Memphis to wed his bride, with the support and blessings of his friends and family. He had to leave for training again right after the wedding, so Sarah and Gary must put the honeymoon on hold. They will be awaiting orders to move to Japan soon after, where they will begin their new life together as husband and wife.



Sarah and Gary held their ceremony and reception at St. Philip Episcopal Church, and they both prepared for the day there.

Sarah’s grandmother’s dress was a beautiful mix of lace and satin. Sarah’s new veil was custom dyed to age it.

We all waited patiently for the multitude of buttons that would transform Sarah into a bride.

Sarah, you could not have been a more beautiful, timeless bride.

Gary looked so dapper and legit in his Marines uniform.

Sarah and Gary chose to see each other before the ceremony, and I love it when we can capture the look on a groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time.

They shared a few tears, a few laughs, and a few hugs during this tender, private moment.

The weather was perfect for some beautiful, sunny portraits!

Sarah, you are stunning.

I love love love the mood of this photo that Ed captured.

The entire wedding party came from out of state to celebrate with Sarah and Gary.

Ed captured these fabulous candid moments.

LOVE this one of the girls.

Gayle from A Garden Secret made the church look beautiful, and the smell of roses filled the entire room.

Sarah was all smiles as she saw her groom from the end of the isle.

My favorite photo from the ceremony was a private moment between the new man and wife as they examined their rings as friends and family exchanged hugs and greetings.

So happy to be married!

We ran back outside for a few minutes to grab a few shots of Sarah’s and Gary’s first married moments, right before sunset.

Sarah. Sigh.

The reception was everything Sarah and Gary wanted: laughter, tears, and lots of love. Sarah’s great-aunt (her grandmother’s sister) gave a special toast that shared stories of the special relationship that Sarah had with her grandmother.

As Sarah and Gary prepared to leave, their family and friends hugged them long and tight. Since Sarah and Gary will both be moving to Japan very soon, they are not sure when they will be with their loved ones next. For now, they will have to count on and live off of the tremendous love that they have for each other. Something tells me that will be enough.

CLICK HERE to see more photos from Sarah’s and Gary’s wedding day. Here’s to timelessness. And wearing love on your sleeve. And a love that spans continents. Cheers!

  • Andria Lewis | Andria Lewis Events LLC
    Posted at 10:23h, 05 June

    Gorgeous!! What a beautiful bride and wedding!

  • Karen Long
    Posted at 10:57h, 05 June

    What a fantastic post!! Such a beautiful love story!!

  • Jennifer Roberson
    Posted at 11:28h, 05 June

    Wow I love how timeless her grandmother’s dress is. What a beautiful wedding.

  • Ronda Cloud
    Posted at 15:50h, 05 June

    I have watched Sarah grow from a sweet, cute teenager to an accomplished, lovely woman. I am all the richer for this friendship and the world is a better place for this marriage.