I have really enjoyed getting to know Ryan and Mallory over the past (almost) year! They are a sweet couple and the perfect match for each other. They married in her hometown of Roanoke, Alabama in a late summer wedding. The First United Methodist Church was built in the early 1900s and is a wonderfully historic place to tie the knot. Mallory got ready with her bridesmaids in a beautiful bridal suite that even had stained glass windows!
Her bouquet was simply stunning!
Ryan and Mallory had a private moment for their first look in the church sanctuary. We began portraits with Ryan and Mallory alone in the sanctuary. I just loved the backdrop of the stained glass windows and chandeliers. What a perfectly large bridal party we had for the ceremony! Thankfully, the church does not have strict rules regarding the front of the building, and we were able to fit everyone on the stage. Both the flower girls and the ringbearers cooperated with us so well! The boy were very eager to have their photo taken, which is usually rare for the little guys :) Mallory requested a photo with her mother and grandmother’s hands. They all have such a beautiful relationship!The sanctuary has some unique doors that present some challenges for a wedding, but I love how the photos of the entrance turned out! Mallory’s father walked her through the packed church building to her waiting groom.These boys had the sweetest reactions to the prayer!
And… they’re married! They had very creative ideas to incorporate the two-aisle design of the church.Following the ceremony, the wedding party and guests traveled to Twin Oaks Barn at McMurray Farms (Mallory’s family’s land) for the reception. Mallory’s bridal session took place here, as well. It was clear that a lot of thought and preparation went into the decor. It was so beautiful! I especially loved the farmhouse head table, seen above.
Tables and chairs were also available outside, so there was plenty of room for the guests to spread out.Mallory’s cake table was beautiful! Cakes by Susan did a great job on her cake. Ryan had a variety of the decadent dessert cakes available from the Publix bakery. I loved the options that this provided their guests!When the bridal party arrived, they began with the first dances. Following the dances, the food was served! Caterer Ed Yurgen had a delicious spread of pasta salad, broccoli salad, chicken fingers, and small sandwiches! Ryan and Mallory enjoyed their meal at their reserved seating at the head table.Following the meal, we took a few moments to capture Ryan and Mallory on the family land. I just love the rolling green hills and countless tress!The guests had a wonderful time at the reception, entertained by talented band Route 66. Once the party started, it barely slowed down!One special moment in the reception was Mallory’s performance from the stage! The band did a great job keeping the crowd on the dance floor.Mallory was even able to teach her grandmother the Cha Cha Slide! It was very sweet to watch.At the end of the night, Mallory and Ryan left through a sea of sparklers….…before leaving in what else, besides a huge tractor! What a fun way to go!
Congratulations, Mallory and Ryan! It was such an honor to be a part of your wedding day. I’m so excited for you two to begin your lives together, and I wish you the best!
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