Charles and Lexi’s River Market Wedding was so beautiful! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to capture their big day. Below is a bit about their love story in Lexi’s words.
“One time (circa 2016) I invited Charles to Loosa for standup comedy on a Sunday evening…..so yes, I asked Charles out on our first date. Unfortunately he denied the offer. His loss, right?
Over the next two years, I pretty much just lived my life. I would find myself interested, then not at all, then interested again. Regardless, I will forever praise God that he said no that one time. Because those two years were the sweetest time of friendship and getting to know each other in “normal life” rather than in “dating life”.
Charles and I hung out often as we found ourselves in the same friend group through Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa. He always made me laugh and I always enjoyed when he was around. Our friendship formed through Tuscaloosa activities, trips across the country, community groups, supper clubs, and training for a half marathon or two.
Speaking of half marathons….the most formative part of our friendship was (and still is!) running at the river walk together. We wouldn’t just go on runs together. We would run, then that turned into running, plus a short walk + talk afterwards. Then that slowly turned into running, walking, talking, and grabbing coffee together. We both ran more when we weren’t really dating than we do now, tbh.
Fast forward to January 2018. We went with a group of friends to New Orleans for the National Championship game. At that point, there was no doubt in my mind this guy was something neat. When we got back in town, I asked him to eat dinner at Hooligan’s with me. So yes, I asked him on our second first date (I know it was a date because he paid). He was kind, gracious, thoughtful, and fun.
By the grace of God, just two days later, he told me we needed to have “an awkward conversation” at Loosa (please note: we’ve come full circle). He was kind, gracious, and thoughtful. He told me he wanted to take me on a date. I played it cool but let’s be real I was thrilled
Eventually we went on our third first date. ……And here we are today!”
Charles and Lexi have a really sweet, fun love story! Congratulations, you two! We wish you the happiest marriage!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Tuscaloosa River Market
Caterer: Southern Ale House
Floral: Fete and Fleur
Hair & Makeup Artist: Christin Ray
Band: The Groove Factor
Bride & Groom Cakes: Athena’s Bakery
Wedding Dress: Bella’s Bridal & Formal
Suits: Jos. A Banks
Bride & Groom Rings: Hudson Poole
David and Rebecca’s Ross Bridge Wedding was one of the most beautiful weddings I have had the pleasure of shooting to date. No detail was left out. They are a beautiful couple with a really beautiful love story and I am so honored I had the opportunity to capture one of the biggest days of their life for them. Below is a little bit about their love story in Rebecca’s words.
“David and I met at a mutual friends party. He was very quiet, and had worked all day. He was dirty, tired, and red headed. Exactly what I needed and, until that moment, the exact opposite of what I thought I wanted. He was patient and kind, reserved and gentlemen-like. Obviously, very foreign to a young 20 year old girl. I’m not quite sure where to start on explaining our love story. We met and quickly realized that it was different, in every way. It was a feeling that was new to each of us: trust and attraction, and QUICK, did I mention that? We met each other at a time where, later, we realized was an outrageous time to start a real relationship, but nevertheless pursued one another. Dating him was the best decision I have ever made.
David proposed the Riverwalk at Manderson Landing, on a park bench. This was the same park bench we had sat on only once before, after dinner the night of our first date, where we discussed how we did not want to start a long distance relationship. He was graduating in one month and then moving 100 miles away to begin his career and it seemed less than ideal to start a relationship. Nonetheless, we did, and four and a half years later he proposed, on the same park bench where we decided our situation was not ideal, but went for it.
The things I love the most about the two of us are,
1. The magnitude of difference we have made in each other’s successes. He has changed the way I operate in almost every way of my life, and I helped open him to experiences and ways of living he had not known.
2. The way we trust each other with absolutely every cell, and love without reservation. There is no secret, story, or feeling that we keep from another because we are partners in every way, and plan to continue to live out our marriage as a team in every circumstance.
We love to go out on our boat together, try new places to eat, and love to travel to see our friends and family as we have lots of them across the USA. We love to relax and spend quiet, quality time together, as it has been very few and far between for the entirety of our relationship being long distance. We both love popcorn, and to watch movies on the couch- not so much in theaters.”
David and Rebecca, we wish you the happiest marriage and are so glad we got to be part of your love story!
Videographer: Down In Front Productions
Hair and Makeup: Natalie Moore
Wedding Dress: Bella’s Bridal & Formal
Floral: Roseraie Floral Design