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Charleston Engagement: Chad & Berna

Oh…I love Charleston in the springtime. (Well, truthfully I love Charleston all the time). But the azaleas and wisteria and window boxes just add to the loveliness. Chad and Berna will be getting married in October, so we met up in downtown Charleston for their engagement session earlier this month. We started off at 39 Rue de Jean and the surrounding area, where Berna and Chad go regularly. (Special thanks to Rue de Jean for letting us shoot inside!)

When Berna asked me if it was okay if they brought along their dogs for part of the shoot, I was so excited! Sully and Skipper quickly stole the show.;)

Can’t wait for their wedding this fall!



Special thanks to Melissa for assisting!:)

2013: Year in Review

2013 was a crazy year! Being pregnant for every one of these weddings and portrait shoots had me praying against morning sickness in the early weeks all the way to waddling my way through my last wedding of the year at 35 weeks. From spring to fall, here are just a few highlights from some of the lovely weddings, engagements, and families I was fortunate enough to document….


And of course, the year’s grand finale was the birth of this little one (Clara Anne)….

…who will get her own blog post in the coming weeks! (This new mama is still getting my act together!)

2014 already has some fun weddings on the books…can’t wait to see what the year will bring!:)


{Special thanks to all my second shooters…Alex, Megan, Kelly, Kristin, and Nhu…y’all are amazing! And of course to Hunter for being my “roadie.”}

Nashville Wedding: Lacey & Gairdt

I could not have chosen a better wedding to finish out my 2013 wedding season! Lacey and Gairdt’s day was beautiful, fun and romantic. It was obvious throughout the day how much their friends, wedding party and family cared for them individually and as a couple. Everyone in attendance was so genuinely happy to see them together that it made for an emotional and meaningful day.

The girls started off their day at J Bangs Salon in Green Hills. I have to say, the ladies there are not only talented at hair and makeup, but they are fast! They had everyone in and out quickly and looking amazing.

After hair and makeup, we headed over to Tap Root Farm for the girls to finish getting ready!

Love love love this shot of Lacey’s mom.

Lacey was such a gorgeous and happy bride!

And Gairdt was looking pretty good himself!

Oh how I love a fun group of groomsmen…:)

Lacey and Gairdt chose to see each other before the ceremony for a first look. (I *may* have teared up during some of the following photos…I blame it on being pregnant.;))

Seriously. I am in love with these next two photos. The light, the bride, the happiness…gorgeous.

The reaction that every bride wants from their new husband:

The reception had some of the funniest toasts I have ever heard at a wedding….one of which included original songs!

Lacey and Gairdt…thanks for choosing me to document such a fun day. Best wishes for your new life together!



Venue: Tap Root Farm

Hair/Makeup: J Bangs Salon

Dress: David’s Bridal

Jewelry: Prismera

Stationary: Designs in Paper

Flowers: Basket of Flowers

Catering: Chris Burgess

DJ: Dj DanCo


Special thanks for Nhu Photography and Jaimee Marks for all their hard work!

October 26, 2013 - 12:00 am

Lacey Belote - WOW! Aly- these are so beautiful! I am speechless. You captured every moment so perfectly. I am forever grateful for your talent!

Thank you!!

November 3, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Jaimee Marks - These are absolutely gorgeous! You are so gifted and I’m thankful I got to see you in action! Thanks for letting me a part of this day!

Featured: Baby Camille and On To Baby


Happy Friday! Today I have the pleasure of sharing a feature on the On To Baby blog! On To Baby has certainly become one of my favorite blogs to stalk since I have been pregnant, and it is so exciting to have a shoot featured on their lovely site.

Click here to head on over to check out the full gallery of images of Camille’s peaceful nursery and newborn shoot.

Nashville Wedding Photography: Lee Ann & Beau

Lee Ann and Beau are probably one of the most adventurous/active couples I have worked with so far. (They ran a half marathon the first day of their honeymoon!) Which means that they roll with pretty much anything…including running around downtown Nashville in the rain to shoot wedding photos! Despite the rain…Lee Ann and Beau had an intimate and fun wedding day that I am excited to finally share with you!

Lee Ann started out her day getting ready with her friends at Aqua Bella Salon.

The gorgeous florals were done by Carry Ann at Fresh Weddings.

After shooting a few portraits around The Village Chapel, we headed off to several spots around Nashville for some additional bride and groom photos. 

The reception was held at Sambuca, who also provided the amazing food!

Lee Ann and Beau…thanks for letting me be a part of your day!:)



Ceremony: The Village Chapel

Reception & Catering: Sambuca

Cake: Julia’s Homestyle Bakery

Hair and Makeup: Aqua Bella Salon & Spa

Florals: Fresh Weddings by Carry Ann

DJ: Nashville Party Authority

Bride’s Attire: David’s Bridal


Special thanks to Megan McGee for being an amazing second shooter!:)