This wedding... I hardly know the words to write. It was just lovely. From the horses to the thrifted dessert china, every detail of the Frank Wedding was special and unique. It was such an honor to get to be a part of this event.
Hayley and I were in the band together in high school. She was such a beam of sunshine, always energetic, always funny, and always caring and kind. I looked up to her, and I thought even more of her after we joined the after-school percussion ensemble together. We parted ways when she graduated, but we both ended up at Austin Peay. Hayley's bridesmaid Neely, of Neely Lawson Photography, told Hayley that she should hire me to shoot her wedding. And the rest is pretty much history!
I've loved getting to work Hayley and David over the last few months. David is madly in love with Hayley (and vice versa), and it's plain to see. Couples who are so in love make my job easy and so fun. It's a breeze to photograph love when its just always there.
The wedding day was full of wonderful people who cared so much about the wedding and all of the vendors. Hayley's mom, Nurse Mary (aka the band nurse), made sure that Carly and I were included, taken care of, and well fed. Nurse Mary told us specifically that we weren't hired help; we were friends. So we ate the meal at the same time as everyone else, and that was such a special thing to us! I also can't speak highly enough of Cactus Creek, the wedding venue. The owners, Ken and Connie, were incredibly sweet to me as well as the bridal party and family. Connie offered to drive us anywhere on the property we wanted to go to take pictures. She brought us carrots and helped the horses visit the bridal suite (pictures of that below!). I was blown away by how much Ken and Connie cared about everyone on their property. Those are the kinds of people who are wonderful to work for.
And now for some pictures of the Sunday brunch event...
The bridal suite window opens to the horses' stall, and Hayley got to feed some beautiful horses!
This necklace was Hayley's great, great, great grandmother's. One of the coolest heirlooms I've seen at a wedding! (I can't imagine being able to keep up with a piece of jewelry that long..)
Hayley's maids were incredible. They were so supporting and loving..
A goooorgeous bride!
I'm still not over this bouquet. Christie, owner of The Farmer's Florist, grows most of her flowers herself, and the quality is just beyond imagine.
I loved these sweet favors! (pun intended)
David looked sharp. Navy suits may always be my favorite.
Hayley's dad hadn't so much as seen her dress. It was a total surprise, and their "first look" would move anyone to tears.
Hayley and David spent a minute together before the ceremony to pray.
Watching Mr. Jack walk Hayley down the aisle was a moment I may never forget. Everyone was crying.
And.... THEY'RE MARRIED!
The barn was set up for the most beautiful reception! More of Christie's perfect floral arrangements atop navy table cloths tied it all together.
Hayley and David purposefully kept away from the reception site all day. They wanted to be surprised when they saw it all put together for the first time.. They were pretty blown away!
I refuse to apologize for the amount of food pictures in this post. I could write sonnets about the biscuits. House Blend really knocked this Sunday brunch theme out of the park! There were biscuits with assorted butters and spreads, bacon and tomato crostini...
fruit salad, candied bacon (!), and quiche..
a gorgeous dessert table with cake, petit fours, cookies, cupcakes...
Whether you're 2 or 22, girls still judge a dress by how well it spins...
Their first dance was to "Can't Take my Eyes off You" by Frankie Valli, and it was perfection. They started sweet and slow then kicked the dancing up a notch!
I LOVE YOU BABY AND IF ITS QUITE ALRIGHT, I NEED YOU BABY TO WARM THE LONELY NIGHTS
The sweetest father daughter dance..
Hayley and David's other song is "Brown Eyed Girl", and they were getting it!
The guests were grooving too.. Sha la la la la la la la la la ti da!
Then we took some bride + groom photos.
Connie let us in the field with the horses. Alfalfa was only 1 week old, but he was able to make a guest appearance in some photos as well!
There are actually cactus that grow on the farm, hence the name Cactus Creek. I wanted a shot that featured a little bit of that beautiful cactus!
Hugs and goodbyes..
...and then the Franks were honeymoon bound!
I'll say it again. I'm so grateful to have worked with Hayley and David. I think that this Sunday brunch wedding was everything they could've hoped for!
Venue: Cactus Creek Barn
Dress: David's Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Kaitlin Roe
Flowers: The Farmer's Florist
Catering: House Blend
Cake and Dessert Table: Sweet 'n Sassy Bakery of Nashville
Music: Mike Bromley
Favors: Wedding Favors Market
Photography: Briana Owen Photography