Marie and James hold a special place in my heart. The two were recommended to me by Marie’s brother, Edward, who (along with his wife Lori) was the first person to trust me with photographing his wedding. A few months back, I got a Facebook message from Ed telling me that his sister was recently engaged and looking for a photographer. I jumped at the chance to make pictures of their stunning family, and quickly got the nod from Marie and James to document their nuptials.
The wedding kicked off with a stunning ceremony at the lovely Second Baptist Church and the party continued all night long at Mt. Carmel Hall. James is a member of Member of Iota Phi Theta, and his brothers were on hand to light up the festivities with some great speeches and introductions. Marie was breathtaking, working the room and tearing up the dance floor as her brother cut it up in the DJ booth. Old school hip hop and smooth R&B was the flavor of the evening with nary a bad tune all night.
As the sun dipped low, the couple obliged me a few minutes to make some dreamy portraits amidst the open field that flanks the hall. James is a former football player and both are coaches, so the two walking through grassy meadow just seemed so apropos. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the evening.