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Who would’ve guessed that as we stood in line as kindergartens that one day I would become her Alabama Wedding Photographer as she marries the love of her life.

Anna Ruth and I basically grew up together. She shared the love of softball with me & I gave it my best attempt. We cheered underneath the Friday nights lights together for 6 years. We shared many joys but also stood side by side during life’s toughest days. I am thankful for her caring nature & it seems someone else has also grown attached to the sweet blonde who once adorned pigtails & a homemade pink watermelon dress.

Adam & Anna both serve the City of Northport as police officers. They met at work one day…and that’s when the chase began. What started out as a friendship turned into something much more. One of the things that Adam loves most about his fiance is that she loves passionately & holds tight to her family. So much so that Adam included all of her nieces & nephews in their proposal! Anna was completely shocked as the kindest man she’s ever known pulled off the best moment of their lives.

She said YES & now they’re planning a Spring wedding. I loved every moment of catching up with one of my longtime friends & getting to know the man who treats her how she deserves.

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Ya’ll their outfits choices paired with the stone of the Tuscaloosa City Hall was a photographer’s dream. Oh & Anna did her own makeup. Sign me up for a tutorial please!

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Engaged & planning a wedding?

Let’s grab coffee & chat! I would love to capture your love story just like Anna & Adam’s.

Based in Birmingham, Alabama but eager to travel!

Shelby & Bryan | Springhill College Mobile Alabama Engagement Session

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The love story of two athletes was revealed to an audience of one Alabama Wedding Photographer and several of Mobile’s grand oak trees that line a drive on Springhill College’s campus in south Alabama. Shelby a softball player. Bryan a baseball player. These two met in high school and Bryan recalls the moment he first saw Shelby, “She was the prettiest girl I’d ever seen.” To which she now smirks and holds his hand a little tighter. He would later sneak a kiss in the hallway and take her to a school dance.

A couple years later, Bryan planned the perfect proposal with two diamonds in mind. One made of dirt and grass and the other sparkled. That’s right, he proposed to Shelby before one of her softball games that she helped coach. He completely surprised her by involving players and former teammates. Talk about the perfect proposal for these two! Getting to know them throughout their session, I can tell they balance each other out well. She holds the quiet, nurturing spirit while he is the most outgoing gent who brings a smile to anyone who will look his way.

I am delighted that they chose me to capture their love story that is four years in the making and look forward to having a front row seat at their June wedding day.


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Ah! Forehead kisses are my favorite. So gentle, so kind.

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Bryan picked out the prettiest ring for his girl. Wouldn’t you agree?!

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A Year in Review | 2018

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So you know how everyone is doing their Top 9 right now? Well of course I did mine and it was all pictures of me and none of my work. And honestly that hurt as an artist. Did no one like my work? Did no one see all the portraits I captured this year? Lies. All lies. You, my friend, spent the past year celebrating with me as a person. Sure you loved my work but you were invested in my personal highlights even more so. 2018 was a big year for just that. I got the chance to be the bride for once and wear the white dress. I walked down the aisle and exchanged vows with my best friend.

Even though this past year was a great year personally it was not my favorite professionally. Moving my small business was hard, but luckily I have a team here to help me. If I could put a title on 2018 for my business it would be, ‘Growing Pains’. Stepping back and reevaluating everything is not easy. You are a failure. You are not good enough to make it. Lies. More lies. As I type this I hear my best friend say, “Not today Satan, not today!” Y’all it’s hard. And it’s taken me awhile to realize it’s ok to admit that. One of the many reasons I adore established photographers like Katelyn James and Jenna Kutcher is because they are so open and honest about their struggles both personally and professionally.

Often times I question why I am a photographer, but then I am quickly reminded why. I have a faithful few clients who I photograph year after year. One I have photographed for 10 years and three children later! They are the reason why. They believed in this girl with a camera and continue to support me.

One photographer I follow posted this the other day on Instagram and I completely agree. “If 2018 taught me anything it’s to feel the moment - the hurt, the disappointment - forgive (yourself or others) and MOVE ON. Stop living in a permanent state of punishment for a temporary choice. You’re allowed to fail. Hell. You NEED to fail. Failure teaches us grist and purpose more than success ever will.” (@alisha_crossley_photography)

Goodbye 2018, this girl is eager and expectant of good things to come in the new year. Some might even say magical (*hint to where DMP is relocating to).

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Highlights of 2018

  • Created laughter between a bride and her best friends.

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  • Captured 12 families during this season of life. A few brought me to the sea shore where I could wiggle my toes in the sand, another allowed me to announce their families’ big news, and all brought about tickle fights and mighty laughter.

  • Played dress up with three of my Deborah Michelle Brides as we awaited their wedding days.

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  • Shared quite a few tears. Moments shared between a bride and her mom get me every time; first looks too!

  • Fueled my love of floral design by assisting Lisa of Thorne and Thistle for a couple of weddings in Auburn, Alabama. Upon arriving to a new city, I reached out to several local vendors to try to connect. Lisa took me in and showed me a different side to weddings. It was a treat to work with such a talented floral designer. I could not help myself but to take a few iPhone pictures here and there.

  • Celebrated two college seniors from opposing universities.

  • Consumed a lot of coffee and several slices of wedding cake. After all that’s the REAL reason why I shoot weddings. Ha!

  • Photographed the most dapper of men.

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  • Reconnected with DMP brides as they take on the role of mommy!

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  • Worked with some of the best in the business. Shout out to Toni Goodie, Joanna Lee, Ashley Mason and Sara Grace McClain for helping me out this year.

Not only did Ashley assist me this fall during wedding season, but she gave me the honor of photographing her fifth anniversary with Weston. They are the cutest!

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  • Encouraged as many puppy kisses as possible - after all the canines are part of the family too!

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  • Cut many rugs on the dance floor!

  • Shared this season of wedding planning with several couples and discovered what they love most about their partner.

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  • Was invited to be a part of the most intimate moments in one’s life. And I will forever treasure those opportunities to capture their beginning as husband and wife.

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2018 will be a year to remember. A year full of hard lessons mixed sweet memories. A year where I learned I cannot do it on my own and lean heavily on my greatest team member, my business savvy husband.

Babe, thank you. Thank you for letting me soak your t-shirts in tears split over my business. Thank you for driving me to my sessions and reminding me of my talent. Thank you for pushing me to keep going when I was ready to quit. I know it has not been easy but I would not be the photographer I am today with your love and support.

To my clients, thank you. I started my business because I wanted to share my talents with people. I wanted to capture moments that you would treasure for a lifetime. For several years, I have poured out my passions to you over coffee and you invited me into your season of life. I will forever find joy serving you and walking alongside you in this journey called life.

*Oh and I bet you are dying to know where DMP is going next……

HELLO BIRMINGHAM! Alert the presses, DMP is in the Magic City. My husband and I are super excited about moving as newlyweds, establishing some roots and making this Alabama city our home.

Cheers to a New Year and a new city!

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The Davidsons | Greensboro Alabama Wedding

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Katie’s dream was to walk down the center aisle with her dad by her side in the church she grew up in. And sweet Katie got that dream on a Friday evening in October. Surrounded by their closest friends & family, Katie & Brandon tied the knot.

I, too, grew up at Greensboro Baptist Church in Greensboro, Alabama & have known Katie for years. When she asked me to be her photographer, I was delighted. I knew the man who hold stolen her heart would be special indeed. Brandon brings out the crinkles in her nose every time she laughs. I have never seen a bride so smitten.

Katie & Brandon’s wedding day brought me back to my hometown & made me feel like part of the family. It’s funny how coming home will do just that. I loved every moment of this wedding day from the first look in a local coffee shop’s courtyard to sweet momma zipping up her gown in the most fabulous white walled bathroom to dancing to jazz music at their Beauty & The Beast themed reception, it was the day every little girl dreams about.

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Ya’ll won’t believe that these getting ready images were taken in a bathroom! Yes, you heard that correctly. A bathroom, ugly toilet & all. See my Instagram post to see what it looked like without a blushing bride involved.

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The sweetest first look! I was in tears too!


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Shout out to The Stable for allowing us to crash their beautiful courtyard for these portraits.

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Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography

Katie framed pictures of their grandparents who are no longer with them & I absolutely loved that idea.

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Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography

Vendors who made Katie & Brandon’s wedding day a dream come true.

Photographer: Deborah Michelle Photography

Photographer’s Assistant: Ashley Mason

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Greensboro Baptist Church - Greensboro, Alabama

Getting Ready & Wedding Reception Venue: Martin Stewart Building - Greensboro, Alabama

Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Brittney Johnson

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Cake: Kelley Whatley

Caterer: Evelyn Seale

First Look Venue: The Sable - Greensboro, Alabama

The Huggins | Fairhope Alabama Wedding

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Oh where do I even begin?! Tori and Trey’s wedding day was such a delight to be a part of. First of all, it brought me back to the Gulf Coast which I holds a special place in my heart AND I got to catch up with so many of my friends, too!

Tori is one of the most laid back brides that I have been blessed by lately and I am oh so thankful. She understand how crazy my life had been since getting married myself and moving and extended me grace after late night emails. So when I walked into her hotel room on the morning of her wedding day, I was greeted with excitement from her and her squad.

One of my favorite moments from their day took place during their ceremony when they chose to wash each other’s feet just as Jesus did with the disciples. What a humbling way to start off your marriage - a promise to love, serve & submit to one another. And of course my second favorite part of the day was their time spent along the Eastern Shore after their ceremony for some ‘Just Married’ portraits! *Keep scrolling to see what I am talking about.

Tori and Trey, what an honor is was to be a part of your day one. Thank you for sharing in this season with me and my prayer is that these photographs captured on your wedding day will be treasured for generations to come.

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Tori and Trey Huggins Wedding Fairhope, Alabama

Oh sweet momma! I love these moments shared between the bride and her mom especially when I personally know the two.

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I must confess, I cried during Tori & Trey’s first look. All the feels! So, so sweet!

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Ok fine, I am predictable BUT I just love it when couples are game for a round of ‘Just Married’ portraits around sunset. It. Is. So. Worth. It!

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Vendors who made Tori & Trey’s Wedding day the best day ever

Photography: Deborah Michelle Photography

Photographer's Assistant: Toni Goodie

Dress: Bliss Bridal Fairhope, Alabama

Florist: Belle Bouquet

Rings: Lou's Jewelry

Ceremony Venue: St. Francis at the Point Fairhope, Alabama

Reception Venue: Rock Creek Golf Club Fairhope, Alabama

DJ: Southern Aire DJ's

Videographer: Ash Tree Studios

Cake: Darrell Jennings

Catering: Rock Creek Golf Club

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: Mallory with Root 43 Salon

Ceremony Music: Christian and Courtney Hilley

Reception Lighting: C&A Event Rental LLC

Shelbie & Craig | Greensboro Alabama Engagement Session

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"Where's your hometown?" It's a question you are always asked, no matter where you go.

Greensboro, Alabama, is hometown to me. The land of catfish ponds & pastures. The place where everyone knows your name or at least who your momma is. A frequent stop for pie if you are a passerby. And a community willing to lend a hand to it's neighbor in times of need.

As with any small town (or Nicolas Sparks book), chances of falling for a handsome boy on the football team are very likely & that's just what happened with Shelbie & Craig. These two met in the ninth grade & have been together ever since. All credit goes to Craig for making that first move eight years ago. He loves her for her strong sense of independence & she adores his personality that keeps her laughing.

Rain clouds threaten our entire afternoon but my prayers were answered when I arrived in Greensboro. These high school sweethearts were up for anything & I loved exploring our little town together rain-free. We even got to incorporate the newest addition to downtown, a mural painted by Donald Walker of Arab, Alabama. Enjoy scrolling through some of my many favorites from Shelbie & Craig's hometown engagement session!

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Craig adores his girl & it shows! <3

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Shelbie, girl! You are goregous!

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Congrats you two! Thanks for allowing me to return home for your portrait session. I am so excited to see y'all walk through this exciting new season of life. Happy Wedding Planning!


Shelbie's Hair & Makeup done by the fabulous Jordan of The Best Little Hair House in Greensboro, Alabama.

A Photographer Becomes A Bride | A Personal Post

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On the most beautiful Saturday in April, I married my best friend. I sat down my camera & picked up a bride's bouquet. Instead of wearing black & running around behind the scenes, I wore white & the loveliest lace veil.

As someone who is in the wedding industry, I thought I knew a good bit. Wrong. I was wrong. There was so much that I didn't know. For example, how much food it takes to feed 150 people or how many options there are for table linens. And now I know why it takes a bride a few days to respond to emails, we've got a lot of things going on. Meeting with other vendors, working a full-time job, trying to sweat for the dress & make time for your fiance. I understand so much more now.

So, today, I wanted to share with you my experience as a bride & provide a few takeaways that might help a future bride in the process too. Below you will find 10 tips that will hopefully help you in planning your big day!


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TEN TIPS from a Photographer who became a Bride

1. Hire a wedding professional planner and/or coordinator. I get it, you've got Pinterest & you know what you want to do; but trust me a professional will guarantee that your vision will come true. As a photographer, it pains me to see someone asking the bride logistical questions the day of or the mom on her phone trying to find out where the flowers are when her daughter slips on her dress. She's missing that moment! Trust me hiring a professional is worth it, even if it's just for the day of.

2. Make it your own, not a Pinterest board. Goodness, I sound like I hate Pinterest. I promise I do not. I used it as a launch pad. For instance, what colors should I use? Oh this is a beautiful gown, let me save this image for inspiration. Or cute ways to ask my nephews to be 'ring bearers'. Ways we made 04/28/18 our own? We allowed everyone from our bridal party to purchase their own attire. Each tie was different & every dress flattered each girl.

Our families are both big reasons why we are here today & so we wanted to highlight them in a special way. So being the wedding photographer that I am, we took photos from their wedding days & displayed them. I also knew that I wanted to honor my dad who passed away eight years ago in happy ways not sad ones. I wrapped my bouquet with the collar of my dad's shirt so that he'd be there holding my hand every step down the aisle & at the reception shared a dance to the Temptations' "My Girl" with all the dads/daughters in attendance. Little touches that make your wedding day unique to you & no one else.

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3. An Engagement Session is key. I am a photographer for a reason, I prefer to be behind the camera. And when you do get me in front of it, it's like I forget what to do with my hands or to smile naturally. I always encourage my clients to do an engagement session because it allows them to become comfortable in front of the camera before their wedding day. Ya'll, it's so true. My husband, Richard, even said so, too. "I was actually able to enjoy the moment versus focusing on whether I was doing the pose correctly.”

4. No rules, it’s your day. If you want three cakes, have three cakes. If you don't want to toss the bouquet or garter, don't.

Confession: I always thought I wanted to elope or at least have some sort of destination wedding. But, the more I thought about our "perfect" wedding day, the more I wanted to celebrate my marriage to Richard in our city. He grew up in Mobile & I have lived here for 10 years. Mobile is home. So we decided to have a small intimate ceremony with just our immediate families & bridal party a few hours before hosting a large reception at The Pillars of Mobile, Alabama. Again, no set rules my friend.

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5. Be flexible. I am not the most adaptable person, but when things don't go as planned you just have to go with the flow & make it work a different way. Rain might change your ceremony from outside to inside. Hair & makeup may take longer than anticipated. So my best advice: remain calm, trust your photographer who added that buffer of time into your portrait timeline & be okay with taking bridal party portraits after the ceremony.

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6. Eat! I always tell my brides to eat because no one likes a hangry bride & then I turned into one! (*Let this be my formal apology to Elizabeth, Allyson, Cheree & Bryan.). Being the Chick-fil-A addict that I am, I had breakfast catered for my girls & I as we got our hair done that morning. Then for lunch ordered sandwich trays from Publix for us & the groomsmen. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to grab a sandwich before stepping into my dress...not my best moment. By the time the ceremony was over & we were taking pictures, I started to get hangry. Our original plan was to eat before being announced at our reception but we were a little late due to pictures. (Y'all, golden hour was just too pretty to miss; so happy we got those gorgeous portraits in Washington Square. They are some of my favorite from the entire day!) So as soon as we got to our reception venue we were announced, shared our first dance & then went into a private area to eat while our guests enjoyed brunch for dinner as well. Ten minutes of sitting down to eat allowed us a moment to ourselves before interacting with our guests & gave us fuel for all the dancing!

7. Make time for a Mother/Daughter Date. Girls, your sweet momma has probably dreamed of this day since she first held you in her arms. During the week of my wedding, my mom & I checked into the Battlehouse Spa for an afternoon. And it was just what the both of us needed. Time to relax & not worry about running errands. Time to chat & soak up the big life changes that were taking place soon. Because as soon as your bridesmaids roll into town, you hit the ground running. So set aside some time the week of your wedding for your mom, whether that is a spa day or a coffee date.

8. Remember your vendors. I am not saying this because I am one. But now that I've been on the other side of camera, I know how hard they work to make your day the absolute best. Sure tips are appreciated but a simple "thank you so much for everything" can make their day too. I consider myself the luckiest bride because I surrounded myself with my dream team. They truly went above & beyond & am a forever grateful.

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9. Pick your best friends to stand by your side. I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard "well I was in hers, so I have to ask her to be in mine too". No, absolutely not. You should always choose those who have supported you & will continue to throughout your marriage. Sure you were best of friends 10 years ago but did you call her when you knew you went on your last first date?? You need to surround yourself with friends who make you laugh, keep you calm & hold your ballgown when you have to potty! #weddingdayreality LOL

And most importantly...

10. On the day of, your only job is to get married. That’s it. I am a planner to my core & was a little stressed the week of my wedding. I just wanted everything to come together perfectly. And the reality is that months of planning are gone in simply 24 hours. So I knew when I woke up on April 28th that no matter what happened that day my only task was to get down that aisle to Richard. It was a day to soak in every moment & enjoy celebrating our love with all of those closest to us.

I can, in fact, say that it was the best day ever.


Shout out to all the vendors who made my wedding day the best!

Planner | Heather Pfefferkorn, Classic Events – The Pillars of Mobile

Getting Ready & Reception Venue | The Pillars of Mobile

Ceremony Location | Washington Square Park

Photographer | Elizabeth Gelineau - Check out her blog about our wedding!

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Allyson DeMouy

Videography | Lifehouse Films - Check out our video sneak peek!

Caterer | Chef Rob Stephens

Florist | Sarah Beth’s Florist

Cakes | Cakes by Judi

Hair Stylist | Mallory Gleason, Root 43 Salon

Makeup Artist | Courtney Matthews

DJ | Jason Skelton, DJs by the Bay

Rental Company | SOHO Events & Rentals

Bride’s Gown | Bella’s Bridal & Formal, Birmingham

Groom’s Suit | Samuelsohn, Oak Hall, Memphis

Jeweler | Lou’s Jewelry

Custom Painting | Melissa Munger

The Mattoxes | Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Spring Wedding

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I know I am not supposed to have my favorites BUT this was my favorite wedding on May 19th, 2018. (Royal wedding, I'm looking at you!) It was a magical day here across the pond in Mobile, Alabama. From the first look on the porch of an antebellum home to the family portraits nestled in between azalea bushes to dancing the night away, oh man it was a wonderful celebration for Christy & Tyler.  

We started the day with their first look which allowed us plenty of time for portraits at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion followed by lots of laughter with their bridal party. It wasn't long before Christy made her way down the aisle to her groom at St. Mary Parish Catholic Church. And then back over to the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion for food & dancing. It was one of the most fun wedding day celebrations that I have been a part of. Congrats to the Mattoxes & thank you for allowing me to capture your first day as husband & wife!


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I loved the soft purple that the bride chose for her maids. Looked fabulous on all of them!

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Ah! So much joy! And one of my most favorite moments of the day is finally here.... It’s that moment immediately following the ceremony when the bride & groom look at each other with the biggest smiles of the day. Their eyes lock & they realize that they are married at last & it’s the sweetest moment to capture. So don’t mind me, the crazy photographer chasing after the couple. The result is worth it. Every time.

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Once the I Do's were said & the rings exchanged, it was time to head back to the Bragg-Mitchell for a night of great food & dancing.

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Garth Brooks' "Calling Baton Rouge" was the perfect song for this Louisiana bride & her maids. 

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Congrats again you two!

Here's a look at all who made Christy & Tyler's day of celebration so much fun: 

Photographer's Assistant: Toni Goodie
Ceremony: St. Mary Parish, Mobile AL
Reception Venue: Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
Florist: Kristy Berry
Band: Family Jewels, Veet's Bar
Cake: Pollman's Bake Shops
Hair & Makeup: Beth Glover Wilkerson
Transportation: Royal Limousine, LLC.

Catering: Naomi's Catering

Lauren | Spring Hill College Avenue of Oaks Bridal Portraits

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Did you know that bridal portrait sessions date back to WWII? You see it was rare to have a photographer at your wedding back then, so the bride would go into the photographer's studio a few weeks before her wedding for a portrait in her wedding gown. And those portraits would become family keepsakes adorning the hallway of the bride's home for all to see. *Read more about this tradition over on Southern Weddings!

I have no doubt that Lauren's granddaughters will one day see these portraits of her & gasp at how beautiful of a bride she was. So elegant & timeless in her ballgown dress, yet young & romantic with her hair up & long veil drifting about in the breeze.

Do you ever think of the legacy you will leave behind? The memories that you will create with your family that will be shared with generations to come. The laughter. The joy. My prayer is that the portraits I capture for my brides will remind them of this special season in their lives. And with their hair all grey & laugh lines surrounding their face, they will tell stories to those gathered around her rocking chair of how she once fell in love in the most magical way.

Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits

Lauren is one of my most joyful brides. I absolutely loved spending time with her & her mother at the Avenue of Oaks on Springhill College's campus one Sunday afternoon. Overcast no doubt but made radiant by the bride's smile. I had way too many favorites from this bridal portrait session, so enjoy a few of them!

Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits
Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits
Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits
Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits
Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits

I cannot wait to share Lauren & Justin's wedding day with you soon! Stay tuned!


Bride's Gown & Veil: Bliss Bride Fairhope, Alabama

Venue: Spring Hill College Avenue of Oaks Mobile, Alabama

Hair & Makeup: Mallory Gleason Root 43 Salon

Florals: Trayce Mathis

Ring: Lou's Jewelry

The Walkers | Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Spring Wedding

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard

I believe in marrying your best friend. Someone who laughs with you when you cannot find your cell phone & it's in your hand. Someone who greets you with forehead kisses when you come home from work exhausted. Someone who vows to love you through all the ups & downs.

Marriage is far from easy. You stick two independent (& might I add selfish) people together & you've got a lot of learning ahead of you. He might prefer the towels folded the exact opposite way that you are accustomed to. And you probably discovered that you might not be as neat as you once thought you were. But the beautiful thing about being married to your best friend is that you make a daily decision to love your spouse no matter what. For better or for worse.

Haley & Howard are best friends. They balance out one another & seek out the best in each other. Their generosity & love for others are what bind them together. Haley & Howard exchanged vows on the porch of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion during one of the most loveliest spring days in Mobile, Alabama. And that my dear does not come often!

I consider myself the luckiest photographer to have had a front row seat in capturing their love story. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Haley looked at me seconds before her first look. Tears filled her eyes & in that moment she realized that a promise that God whispered to her years ago was being answered. She had found her person whom her soul loves. And that is the most special feeling you could ever experience.

I could go on & on about how special it was to be a part of Haley & Howard's wedding day. From the tender kisses shared during their portrait time to her parents reminding me (a newlywed) that communication is key in marriage to being showered by rose petals as they exited as husband & wife. It was the best day for two best friends to be wed!

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding

The Bridal room at the Bragg-Mitchell is one of my favorites. A wall full of windows create the most perfect getting ready portraits.

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard Walker
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard Walker Spring Wedding
Haley & Howard Bragg-Mitchell Wedding Mobile Alabama Spring
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Bridal Party
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Groomsmen

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Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard

Their afternoon reception was simple yet full of fellowship. The couple greeted guests as they enjoyed Frio's popsicles, wedding cake & mini grilled cheeses.

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Haley & Howard Deborah Michelle Photography

Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Walker! What a delight it was to capture your day one!

Here are all of the vendors who made their wedding day the best:

Photography: Deborah Michelle Photography

Photographer's Assistant: Joanna Lee

Venue: Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile, Alabama

Bride's Dress: Something New Bridal Boutique Mobile, Alabama

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Something New Bridal Boutique Mobile, Alabama

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Francia's

Bride's Ring: Ritani

Caterer: Thrive Catering

Cake: Cakes by Judi

Florist: Sarah Beth's Florist

Invitations: Minted

Rentals: Mobile Popcorn

Hair & Makeup: Ally Taylor

Photo Booth: FlyBy Photo Booth

Haley | Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Bridal Portraits

Haley Bridal Portraits Bragg Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer

You're engaged. Now what?! My best advice - find another bride who is also in the midst of planning hers too. I found mine & it was such a blessing.

Meet Haley. My friend & fellow spring bride. I met Haley a few years ago & we talked about single life & never thought we'd eventually get married within weeks of one another. But the Lord had other plans. We both found the greatest of guys even when we were a little skeptical that any still even existed. So as soon as she got engaged it was a no brainier that we'd share lists of local vendors & bounce ideas off of one another.

I literally squealed when she asked me to be her wedding photographer & cried happy tears when she booked one of my favorite Mobile venues for her wedding day. So needless to say I was thrilled when she took advantage having her bridal session at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion the month before her big day. Two things: I have no doubt that this Pronovias Princia gown from Something New Bridal Boutique was made just for Haley. It fits her like a glove & took my breath away when she walked out in it. And her veil was perfection. See for yourself....

Haley Bridal Portraits Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama

Brace yourself for this next portrait....

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Bridal Portraits Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer

AHHHHH!

*Funny story: the Bragg-Mitchell was open for tours the day we took Haley's bridals & a few of the tourists snapped pictures of this Southern Bride while we were setting up this shot. "I felt like a celebrity!" she later mentioned.

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Isn't the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion just the sweetest backdrop for this gorgeous Southern bride?!

Haley Bridal Portraits Mobile Alabama Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

P.S. If you think these bridal portraits are stunning just wait until you see her with her groom on her wedding day. Haley literally glows!

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Venue: Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile, Alabama

Bride's Dress: Something New Bridal Boutique Mobile, Alabama

Bride's Ring: Ritani

Florals: Sarah Beth's Florist

Hair & Makeup: Genesis Salon Mobile, Alabama

Expert Veil Tosser: Lori, the bride's sweet momma

New Town Newlywed | A Personal Post

Deborah Michelle Photography Auburn Alabama Alabama Wedding Photographer

Hey Auburn, Hey Auburn, there's a new girl in town...

Never in a million years would I have imagined that this Bama girl would be living in that other town. You see I grew up just south of Tuscaloosa & my t-shirts are crimson & white. But God sure does have a sense of humor because I fell in love with an Auburn boy.

Moving in general is a huge undertaking but moving a small business can be hard. For years you've worked to established yourself in an area & eventually became friends with the wedding professionals that you've worked alongside & now it's like the first day of kindergarten all over again. But if there's one thing I have learned, it's that you have to seek out community. And that's my number one goal as I move into my new town.

Meet my little family. Richard is my HUSBAND. *Goodness I like the sound of that. :) He is the kindest, gentlest soul that I've ever known & often teaches me to live in the moment. He is finishing up his PhD at Auburn University & I am so proud of him. I'll never forget the first conversation we had. I asked him where he lived & when he said Auburn I responded with "Oh I'm sorry!" Ha! Jokes on me because the loveliest village on the plains is now my new home as a newlywed. 

And our family wouldn't be complete without our four legged son, Elliot. He loves any adventure that we bring him along, especially if it ends in an ice cream cone from Sonic.

So far I am blown away by the hospitality shown by this town & have had the best time exploring new places. I have discovered all the coffee shops (of course) & love weekends spent with brunch at The Hound followed by a trip to Kiesel Park with Elliot.


Hey thanks for reading this little personal post & following me along on this exciting new season of life as a newlywed.

If you are a fellow photographer or creative in the Auburn, Opelika, Columbus areas, let's grab coffee ASAP! (And maybe do a head-shot swap so my sweet husband doesn't have to next time. Bless it, he did so well didn't he?!) Seriously, I cannot wait to get to know you & work alongside you.

xoxo,

Debby Cullum

*Mobile, I am still your girl. I will forever travel to your Gulf Coast to capture your wedding days. So don't think I have abandoned you. My car knows I65 South real well.


Our wedding was shot by the wonderful Elizabeth Gelineau - check out our blog here which was also recently featured on Southern Weddings! AHHH!

Collage pictures were shot with an iPhone X.

The Reichs | Citronelle Community Center Alabama Spring Wedding

Reich April Alabama Wedding Citronelle Community Center

Do you like to travel? I have a feeling that that was one of the questions these two asked each other on their first date. And when they both said, yes. Well that's when the real adventure began.

Nestled in quiet North Mobile County is the Citronelle Community Center which provided the gorgeous backdrop for Stephanie & Ryan's spring wedding day. The day began as most do, hair & makeup with the bride & her girls. But one of my favorite parts of the day was when Ryan saw his bride for the first time. *I had a sneak peak because of Stephanie's bridal portraits & I knew he'd be speechless when he laid eyes on her. The ceremony was short & sweet & their bridal party was so much fun. There was much joy & merriment throughout the evening as these two newlyweds were celebrated.

Congrats Stephanie & Ryan! I cannot wait to see what new places & adventures y'all embark on next as husband & wife!


Citronelle Community Center April Wedding
Adventure Wedding Mobile Alabama

As a nod to their love of traveling, Stephanie hand-painted this globe to hold all of their postcards in. How adorable?!