Kaileigh & Blake | Hermitage-Rippy Estate Mobile, Alabama Engagement Session

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Two high school sweethearts are beginning their forever this Saturday with a Mobile, Alabama Wedding day. It’s wedding week for Kaileigh & Blake & I am thrilled to be their Alabama Wedding photographer.

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with the two of them for their engagement session at the same spot they will say I Do! They chose the Hermitage-Rippy Estate in Mobile, Alabama because of it’s Southern charm & its gracious hosts. And I consider the Hermitage-Rippy one of Mobile’s hidden gems. The extravagant white columns invite you in, while the oak trees encourage you to stay awhile.

I love engagement sessions because they give me the opportunity to get to know my couples before their big day. For this Alabama girl & a tall farm boy from Idaho, it all begin in one Math class at Baker High School. Blake recalled, “it’s the only bad grade” that he had in high school…perhaps because he was a little distracted by the pretty brunette next to him. It didn’t take long before they began dating, followed by a Bellingrath Gardens & Home proposal two Christmas’ ago.

Her favorite thing about him is that he keeps her laughing & how he cares deeply. And he loves that their souls feel connected way beyond their years. They share the same morals & values & will vow to keep them as they build their very own family.


Gulf Coast Alabama Wedding Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Hermitage-Rippy Estate Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Kaileigh & Blake Engagement Session Deborah Michelle Photography
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Kaileigh & Blake Engagement Session Hermitage Rippy Estate Deborah Michelle Photography
Kaileigh & Blake Engagement Session Hermitage Rippy Estate Deborah Michelle Photography
Kaileigh & Blake Engagement Session Hermitage Rippy Estate Deborah Michelle Photography

See ya’ll in just a few days! Kaileigh, you’ll be the one in white. Blake will be waiting for you at the end of the aisle. And I’ll be the lucky one capturing your day one as husband & wife!

Venue: Hermitage-Rippy Estate

The Walkers | Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Spring Wedding

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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!

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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.

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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

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

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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

The Adams | Watson Farms Mobile Alabama Spring Wedding

Cassie and Logan Mobile Alabama Watson Farms Wedding

Most would say the seventeenth of March is a day full of luck to which I would agree. A few Mobile rains showers changed some of their original plans but provided a cool afternoon for Cassie & Logan's quaint wedding ceremony & reception at Watson Farms. And plus rain is considered good luck on your wedding day anyways, right?!

From the moment I met Cassie, I knew she was a simple yet nurturing soul. She takes care of everyone in her closet circle including her son, Ethan. And on the day of her engagement session, I got to meet her other half, Logan. Together these three make one family & it is the sweetest.

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Mama's Song by Carrie Underwood will favorite be one of my favorites.

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Vendors for the Adams Wedding:

Photographer's Assistant: Sara Grace McClain

Dress: I Do Bridal & Formal

Venue: Watson Farms Mobile, Alabama

Cake: Cakes by Judi

Caterer: Tyner's Catering

Haley & Howard | Engaged

Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement

All my life I was told to wait for God's perfect timing. Of course I would roll my eyes & ignore any wisdom from the peanut gallery. I would take things into my own hands because after all I knew what was best. Ha. But you're smart & you know what happens next. Disappointment & frustration resulted when my plans failed.

I never understood it until it happened to me. God's timely is absolutely perfect. Not a moment too soon, not a moment too late. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:7) Sweet girl lean into it. Trust me. You might think "oh I'll just be a bridesmaid, never the bride" but you just hold tight! Haley's story is similar to mine. She thought she was "too busy" to date while working & pursuing her masters degree, but she decided to give it a go.

Haley met Howard for a date. And shortly after that, a second date was planned. Original plans fell through so they decided to grab dinner at the Dumbwaiter Restaurant in Downtown Mobile. Haley described it as the most magical evening & the best date of her life. She knew. He knew. 

And watching these two together, I knew. Haley & Howard are a perfect pair. They compliment one another so well & have such kind, gentle souls. I am delighted to call these two friends & cannot wait to capture their May wedding day!

Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement
Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement
Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement
Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement

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Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement

Christy & Tyler | Engaged

Christy & Tyler Springhill Mobile Alabama Engaged

I knew the moment that I met Christy (over coffee of course) & we started talking about our boys that we'd have so much fun together.

Christy is finishing up her degree in Physical Therapy & Tyler is working on his PhD in cancer research, both at the University of South Alabama. She grew up in Louisiana & completed her undergrad at LSU, while he chose one of her rival schools in Alabama - ahem, Roll Tide! Which actually brings us to how they met! These two met at a tailgate party for the LSU/Bama game a few years ago & agreed to look beyond each other's flaws. ;) Tyler's best advice to surviving football season in a house divided? Watch the game separately.

We met for their engagement session at the Avenue of Oaks on Springhill College's campus. And they brought their pup, Scout, along too! Enjoy a few of my favorites from their session as you & I both eagerly await their spring wedding. 

Christy & Tyler Springhill Mobile Alabama Engaged
Christy & Tyler Springhill Mobile Alabama Engaged

Fun fact: Christy & Tyler share their wedding date with one of Britain's royal couples, Meghan Markle & Prince Harry. May 19th, 2018 will certainly be one for the books & I cannot wait!