crystal & drew | wedding

I have been looking forward to Crystal and Drew’s wedding for months and then some. Although I was able to get to know Crystal prior to meeting Drew, I got to know them as a couple during their engagement session last fall. They are two of the kindest, most sincere people I have the pleasure of knowing, and I am so honored they included me in the start of their new life together. A huge thanks to Wynter for shooting with me and to Emma for all her help and hard work!  

The wedding preparation and ceremony was held on Mr. William Killough’s property in Sylacauga. In addition to the beautiful outdoor chapel overlooking a lake, the girls were able to dress in the guest house and there were a thousand places for photo ops. When we arrived, the girls were already in get-ready mode. The buzz of the room was energizing. As soon as I saw Crystal’s dress and super cute shoes, I knew it was going to be a good day!

Crystal’s bouquet was a creation of Nan’s Flowers & Gifts. Drew’s creative mom, Tammy, and friend put together the bridesmaid’s bouquets. The sunflowers and twine perfectly fit the elegant country theme.

Those who are married can attest to this, but the wedding day really does fly by! Before we knew it, it was show time. Crystal’s maid of honor and soon-to-be sister-in-law helped her put on the finishing touches (including a yellow sash!) and we were off to see Drew.

In almost every case, I encourage couples to see each other before the wedding ceremony. It is a great way to release those wedding day jitters and spend a few moments alone. Although Crystal wanted to have a first look, Drew was a tough sell. Crystal finally led him to the light, and he was on board. I love the expression on Crystal’s face as he turned to see her for the first time.

During their engagement session, Drew and I joked about him not liking to have his picture taken. In a few frames from that session I actually got a smile or laugh out of him. But on his wedding day, he was different. He smiled and laughed and was completely relaxed. And we got great photos like this:

The threat of rain loomed over us all morning long. I hoped against hope that it would hold off long enough for us to have the first look and a few portraits. But 15 minutes before Crystal was to see Drew, it started. Lightly at first and then heavier and heavier. Thank goodness for the outdoor pavillion. It was a life saver! And although it was raining, the wedding portraits went off without a hitch.

I’m not kidding when I say that it rained the exact amount of time that it took us to take the bridal party and family photos. And then as suddenly as it started, it stopped. The clouds parted and the sun shone. Crystal and Drew were such troopers though and indulged us in a few more minutes of photos. Even though we were squeezed for time, I’m so glad that we did this. These few minutes were my favorite of the day.

   

      

A few weeks ago, Crystal’s grandfather (who was supposed to walk her down the aisle) had to be hospitalized. When I talked to Crystal earlier in the week, she was unsure if he would even be able to come. A family friend walked her down the aisle to him, where he was able to stand and proudly give her away. It was the sweetest thing ever. I almost cried. For real.

   

 Finally married!

The theme of the wedding was elegant country. I was blown away by Crystal’s attention to detail and the classy way she incorporated “country” elements into the wedding. There was no way I could fit it all into one post, but the cowboy-boot-wearing bridesmaids and an ice cream station in the back of an antique truck are must sees! I promise to share more very, very soon.     


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Amy Milam - Amanda,
I absolutely love your photos!! I am interested in finding out more information as far as pricing & packages that you have available. Also, how far do you travel? And lastly the venue where crystal and drew took their pictures is beautiful, where were those taken? Thanks :)

Amy MilamMarch 27, 2011 – 7:24 pm

emma - amanda. i looked through these pictues again today and remembered how much fun i had @ this wedding with you. i learned so much! thank you for taking me with you and if u ever need me again i would be happy to drive back to help you:) (these pictures along with all of you other pictures are beautiful!!)October 25, 2010 – 8:56 pm

marissa nicole - there is such a realness in these photos. she is absolutely ecstatic to be there.April 10, 2010 – 9:49 am

Rossi - Great photos! The lighting turned out nice. Such a precious couple. You really did a good job of capturing their personalities.April 9, 2010 – 3:38 pm

sheree - i noticed the cross above the wedding party with the sunflower arrangments on it. Very nice. I see what you mean about Crystal’s attention to details. Love the way the sun drenched everything outside in that picture. Very pretty. Very nice work Amanda. They will be so pleased with their photos.April 9, 2010 – 1:49 pm

Bruce Clarke - Great shots Amanda! The one’s with her grandfather are definitely the most touching and knowing the story makes them all the more emotional. Nice work!April 9, 2010 – 12:49 pm

Deb - Crystal and Drew’s wedding looks like it was so fun! I love the venue, colors (especially grandpa’s yellow tie and pocket square) and the choice of flowers. The photos are beautiful! I also like the picture of Crhstal’s head on Drew’s chest. Precious.April 9, 2010 – 9:04 am

Ashley - I could not get the smile off my face looking at these pictures!!!April 8, 2010 – 8:43 pm

Janet - Wow!!! What a beautiful place to get married. The photos are just LOVELY!April 8, 2010 – 2:42 pm

Jill - Beautiful job Amanda!!! She is going to be so happy with her wedding photos!!April 8, 2010 – 8:31 am

Wynter - The photos look great, Amanda!!!! I know Crystal and Drew will cherish them forever! :)April 7, 2010 – 11:20 pm

Allen - Those turned out nice. I am a big fan of the location and theme. My kind of wedding (right next to the beach theme). I really liked the pictures in front of the Chapel and by the lake- and of course the picture in the truck. Very good job Amanda. CONGRATULATIONS CRYSTAL AND DREW!!!April 7, 2010 – 5:47 pm

Ravyn Stadick - The first look is priceless! Great location … I love these photos :)April 7, 2010 – 3:02 pm

Gail - Ahhhhh…WAY TO GO Amanda! These are so great! Those shots with grandpa certainly got to me. My grandpa died in ’08 and I would have loved to have a photo like that with him from my wedding day. Love all the details too!April 7, 2010 – 12:15 pm

Melissa Gay - oh my. the picture with her head oh his chest brough tears to my eyes, the granddad picture made them fall. I am such a girl! They look soooo happy. And she looks like she would be a blast to hang out with! I love the expressions on her face, the big mouth laugh and smiles are so genuine and precious.April 7, 2010 – 10:42 am

Amy Carson - Fabulous work Amanda! Looks like it was a gorgeous wedding!April 7, 2010 – 9:49 am

Jordan - On my way to work this morning, I got a text from my sister…”OH MY GOSH!! I’M IN LUUVVVV WITH AMANDA’S NEW BLOG!!!” She’s right, it’s incredible. What a happy, cute couple! Love the grandfather shots and everything else. You’ve done it again, Amanda!!!April 7, 2010 – 9:04 am

Gay - There are hardly words to descirbe how beautiful the wedding was…and now the pictures! Just GREAT! GayApril 7, 2010 – 8:29 am

Katie - beautiful. and yeah, the picture with her grandad got me too.April 7, 2010 – 8:26 am

Coe - To quote my son’s favorite girl, Taylor Swift, OH MY MY MY!!! I still have tears in my eyes from the grandfather picture!! Similarity #1 – my grandfather walked me down the aisle too (along with my Daddy). I LOVE SUNFLOWERS, so of course I love everything about the color and the setting of the flowers. Yellow was my wedding color (sim. #2), but I love the vibrance of Crystal’s better than the pale yellow I used. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the country theme and atmosphere…and I actually love that it rained and then the sun broke through. Sim. #3 – it rained (oh, I mean stormed) the day of my wedding and it didn’t change a thing! I love that Crystal is smiling throughout. THESE PICTURES ARE INCREDIBLE!!! OH MY MY MY!!!April 7, 2010 – 8:16 am

Tina - Those pictures with her grandfather are so sweet! It made me tear up:)April 7, 2010 – 7:51 am

camille - looks SO much like the 4h center, where i shot last year. love what you got – they look so happy together.April 7, 2010 – 6:38 am

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