03 Apr Jacquelyn + John | a Southern Spring Wedding
Jacquelyn and John came all the way to Memphis from Colorado to escape the snow for a hospitality-driven Southern Spring wedding. So naturally, it would snow in Memphis on their wedding day! As it turns out, they only wanted to be married, and the weather did not stop them from enjoying their day to the fullest!
John’s family knew he was serious about Jacqueline when he introduced her to them. In his family, the guys inadvertently started a tradition by marrying the only girls they ever introduced to their parents. John’s dad only introduced one woman to his family, and his brother only introduced one woman to their parents. They both married those women. John did not disappoint when it came to his turn! He knew he wanted to spend the rest of this life with Jacquelyn, and his family knew she was perfect for him when they met her.
During the wedding toasts, Jacquelyn’s maid of honor called her the “heart of the family.” After spending some time with Jacquelyn, Ed and I could immediately see why! Jacquelyn is beautifully kind, always thinking of others first. Her biggest priority for her wedding was for everyone else to enjoy themselves. She and John had a small, intimate affair, and family came from all over to celebrate with them. There was not one person in the room who was not over-the-moon thrilled for this union, and the joy was palpable in the room!
Jacquelyn and John shared a beautiful, Southern spring wedding, despite the snow, at the Westin on Beale. It was everything they wanted, including sweet tea, mimosas, chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits. But most importantly, it was a day of joy surrounded by those they love most!
Jacquelyn and John’s day was filled with all things Southern, including lemonade and fried green tomatoes! Natalie Chang did an amazing job with all the beautiful calligraphy, and Ashlye McCormick Design outdid herself with the gorgeous florals!
Jacquelyn made a stunning bride!
This was one of my favorite moments of the day! Jacquelyn shares a very special, close relationship with her mom. Jacquelyn gave her mother a special locket before she married, and they both ended up in tears!
If you look real closely at these next few photos, you may see a snowflake or two! It was cold, but the girls all looked lovely in shades of purple and lavender!
This was the first time we got to meet John, but we loved him right away! The groom and his gentlemen all looked very dapper in their grey suits.
The ladies made for such a classic, chic photo!
And the guys did not disappoint either.
The ceremony was beautiful, and full of sweet, tender moments.
The bride and groom were so happy after the ceremony, and this photo that Ed took captures that joy perfectly!
Andria Lewis Events did an outstanding job with the reception decor! I love photographing long tables, and she always seems to include one or two for me!
The First Dance…
The toasts were full of tears and laughter!
Because Jacquelyn and John had a brunch wedding, their reception finished up while there was still daylight outside. We saved portrait photos for after the reception so that they could enjoy more time with their family. It worked out perfectly, because we did not have to rush through photos, and they got lots of time to just enjoy being married. More people should have brunch weddings!!
Jacquelyn, you’re so beautiful!
It’s not a Southern spring wedding without photos on Beale Street!
Jacquelyn and John, thank you so much for letting us capture this very special day! We completely fell in love with you guys, as well as your entire family! You are so blessed to be surrounded by such a loving family, and now we know why! Have a wonderful time in Savannah – we’re so jealous!
A very special thank you to everyone who made this day so special:
- Ceremony and Reception: The Westin on Beale
- Event Planning and Design: Andria Lewis Events
- Florals: Ashlye McCormick Designs
- Cake Design: The Flour Garden
- Calligraphy: Natalie Chang
- Makeup Artist: Makeup by Zii
- Entertainment: Demarkis Edwards
- Ribbon Exit Wands: Brittany Schwaigert
- Memphis Wedding Photography: Amy Hutchinson Photography