Happy “Wedding Wednesday,” all you lovely people out there!!

I have a brand spanking new – hot off the presses photography post to show you at this swanky new Memphis wedding venue called, Noah’s Event Venue.

Now you may remember Kristen and Derrick from their awesome engagement session I posted like back in March!! If you don’t remember, check out their engagement session here. (It was an awesome shoot where we got to run around on the Tigers Football Field at the Liberty Bowl Stadium. I know, right?! It was pretty cool, and we got backstage access…).

As for Kristen and Derrick’s wedding day, let me tell you a little about it. I LOVED photographing their wedding! There were so many sweet moments where I found myself crying *while* shooting, which takes quite a bit of skill, but I somehow manage to cry at every wedding. It’s because I’m so emotionally invested in their day, and I’m just so happy for my couples! At their ceremony, there was a beautiful story about her son, and I don’t think anyone was able to hold back the tears. And then of course, watching her with her dad…it just reminded me of my dad. Lastly, watching Derrick with his two girls! Oh. My. Gosh. So sweet! They had the cutest father-daughters dance. Not to mention the oldest is named Madison…so she’s automatically awesome!

In short, I love this couple. I loved their day. And I loved watching them celebrate with each other and their friends and family. This is exactly what a wedding day is all about in my book. And I love being able to photograph those relationships and real emotions throughout the day.

As for logistics of the day, Kristen and Derrick did have a second shooter. I love having Emily there with me to shoot because it adds such a different perspective when shooting. And if you’re running late, it helps to have a separate shooter there to help grab some details and ease some of the timeline stresses. If you have a lot of activities or have a tight timeline…OR are doing a traditional look, I highly recommend hiring a second shooter.

A little about the venue. This is a new venue in Memphis! The space is a pretty classy venue with white marble/stone and grey plantation shutters everywhere, which was really pretty! The light in the getting ready rooms was also nice! The ceremony room was mainly an empty space, and Angela with Southern Event Planners did a great job with décor, draping, lighting, etc. My biggest complaint was size. I wish it were a hair bigger. There was also no space outside for photos. Just something to think about, but the inside was great.

For their exit, they opted for a second line over a sparkler exit! I love it when couples decide to do something different from the typical sparkler exit! If you’re looking for an alternative to sparklers, consider a second line! It was fun, the favors are cute little hankies with your names on them, and you get to dance around with masks and fun umbrellas! Win WIN!

But enough talk…let’s get to the photos!

Here was Derrick and Kristen’s wedding day as I saw it through my lens…

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The shoes….. <3 <3 <3

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First look with dad!

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Right before they walked down the aisle!

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The room!! <3 <3

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So again, I want to send out a special thanks to my lady, Emily! Girl, those reception photos were perfect! And your help in general…so grateful!

For all of my brides-to-be, here’s Derrick and Kristen’s Memphis wedding vendor list:

Wedding Photographer: me!! Maddie Moree
Cake: Brown Baguette
Caterer: Me and My Tea Room
Video: Mankind Films
DJ: Darren Ballard
Floral and Decor: Southern Event Planners
Venue: Noah’s Event Venue
Wedding Planner: Southern Event Planners
Hair: Jackie Davis Tucker
Officiant: Rufus Smith IV, Pastor of Hope Church
Soloist: Shenea Weathington
Till next time, y’all!