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Ohhhh I’m having ALL the happy glorious feels today!! Because putting together Betty + Will’s Gulf Shores wedding at her grandparent’s home has been a complete and total JOY through and through. Honestly it was super difficult to find a stopping point of what to share now and what to hold back for the final gallery!

This gorgeous couple met in MIDDLE SCHOOL!! WHAT!? Yet they didn’t start dating until about 5 years ago, and by just how perfect they look together (and react with one another) it’s obvious they’re meant to be. The journey is always different for each and every couple, and to have known one another since grade school is a rare thing indeed! 

This venue location is Betty’s grandparents place. Ovelooking the water, it’s got to be one of the prettiest home weddings I’ve ever been a part of! But being on the water has it’s challenges as well as it’s beauty. While rain was never an issue for us thank the Lord, we did have quite the windfall…literally. Wind fell on us constantly from start to finish! Haha! But ya know, we love bright sides, and everyone just rolled so perfectly with it. It couldn’t have been more fun!

Betty’s colors are my new favorite. That blue used for the bridesmaids dresses? Give me this shade forever to photograph! And her flowers (created by the ever perfect Chloe Sexton of Supposey) were a showstopper all their own. Couldn’t keep my camera off those bright and Springy blooms! The fellas in their white tux jackets alllllmost took the attention away from the girls…almost ;) Seriously though, how fly do those gents look!

We partied the night away to the throwback motown tunes of a live band! The stamina of Betty + Will and all their guests is without competition. I only just kept up with them myself running around the dance floor after all the fun! Betty even got onstage with a few bridesmaids for some time to shine front and center as she belted out tunes with one of the band’s singers. #crushedit 

Betty + Will, you fill my heart up every time we speak and/or see one another!! I always feel elevated in spirit and can’t wait until the next time we slay it with photos. You are the very BEST!

{Read on down the blog for some fun tips from Betty and more of her and Will’s amazing love story!}

 

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How did you two meet/How long have you been together?

“I met Will in 6th grade. We danced at the middle school dance, and I had the biggest crush on him. We reconnected many times throughout the years but didn’t start dating until 2014. We’ve been together since!”

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How did he pop the question?

“Will proposed in my grandparents’ backyard while watching the sunrise. We were in our PJs drinking coffee just the two of us.”

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What was your absolute favorite part of the day? Does your hubby have a different favorite?

Betty: “My favorite part was mid-ceremony. The wind started howling, and we had to scream our vows at each other. It was so imperfectly perfect.”

Will: “My favorite part was the moment I realized I was going to spend the rest of my life with Betty. I was on the way to the venue, and it just hit me.”

(Can we get a collective AWWWWWW!! for these two?!)

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What surprised you about your wedding day?

“I was surprised by how smoothly everything went. Thank God for my planner, Chloe. She is a saint.”

(That is TRUTH!! This day was relaxing in every aspect! And Chloe does absolutely rock everything she does.)

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Why did you pick the venue that you chose?

“We chose our venue because it’s such a beautiful and peaceful place. My grandmother, Presh, passed away a couple years ago and this was her home. She filled it with so much love, and we wanted our wedding to be surrounded by her presence.”

(Excuse me while I go cry blubbery tears now.)

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What was the biggest challenge you faced in planning your wedding?

“The biggest challenge I faced was my now-husband trying to invite one thousand of his closest friends.”

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Please list any vendors here and your amazing experience with them!

Chloe/Supposey – just wow. She is so creative, so kind and so patient. She covered our planning, florals and rentals; and I never worried about anything.

Mike/Culinary Productions – great to work with and just made the process so easy. Also, the food was incredible. 

Hayley Gurney – so so talented at makeup. She nailed the exact look I wanted for myself and bridesmaids. 

By Design Films – really enjoyed working with them, and the videographers they sent for our weekend were very nice.” 

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What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding?

“Tell your parents they already had the wedding of their dreams, and now it’s your turn.”

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What photography-related advice would you offer to other couples?

“Book Melissa Wilson.”

(I wish y’all could hear Betty express this, because it just makes me smile thinking about how straight forward and confident she is with what she wants!)

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“How was your experience taking photos/working with me on your wedding day?

It was absolutely wonderful, and I knew it would be from our first phone call. You have the best spirit and the most infectious energy. It’s amazing. You made it fun, but also got sh*t done at the same time. My girl.”

(You’re my girl too, Betty!!! Yours and Will’s hugs and appreciation are the best. Love y’all!)

 

Vendors who slayed ALL day!

Florals/Planning/Rentals: Supposey
Hair: Arrow Salon
Makeup: Hayley Gurney (Gulf Coast Glam House)
Catering: Culinary Productions
Videography: By Design Films
Band: Musical Fantasy