Grace Ann and Parks Wedding | Memphis Wedding Photographer
I have to start this post with a story. A story dating back to May 2012. I had a potential client meeting with an engaged bride and her Mom. I don’t remember the time we were supposed to meet but I vividly remember a phone call around noon that same day. I had missed the meeting. Truth be told my brother in law had been in a horrible accident at BBQ Fest and we had all been at The Med since 4 am the night before. I had completely forgotten about the meeting. And I flat didn’t make it. Now, what stands out to me the most about this is that I am sure that 99% of people would have walked. They would have been irritated, frustrated, and found another vendor. Not Maureen & her Mom. They hired me to photograph Maureen’s wedding anyway. NO questions asked. Ever since that day I knew that this family was special.
Over the next 5 years I would continue to photograph the Shorter family. They made almost every Mini Session and I had the pleasure of photographing both of Maureen & Marcus’ babies after they were born. Then the news came that Grace Ann, the younger sister of the Shorter family, was getting married. Secretly I was waiting for them to call. I was thinking to myself ” I have to shoot this wedding”! And thankfully, once again, they put their trust in me to capture their special day with Grace Ann & Parks.
Once it was time for engagements I was looking forward to getting to know Parks, the fiance I had not yet met. And I will admit he immediately felt like an old friend. If you know Parks you probably know exactly what I am talking about! He is one of the happiest, funniest, most laid back Grooms I have worked with. At our engagement session I certainly got to know him and Grace Ann as a couple. What I wasn’t really expecting was to get to know the real Grace Ann. Unlike her older sister, Grace Ann is very reserved, very quiet. It was that day I really got to know her. Over the next 9 months of wedding planning I got to know her even better. The day of the wedding I felt like we were at that place. You know the place where you feel like your client has total trust in you on their most important day of their life? That kind of trust! And honestly that was one of the most spectacular parts for me on this wedding. I always felt so comfortable with this family and now I was getting to celebrate WITH them!
So we showed up to the beautiful and newly renovated PINK PALACE MUSEUM and walked right in to the amazingly lit Bride’s Room. If you haven’t seen the renovations you are missing out.
And then it was time for the First Look. Several months prior Grace Ann had sent me an idea to do the First Look on the stairs. This was an idea I myself would have never come up with – I am a natural light kind of gal so I would have insisted on going outside. But I am so glad that she suggested this because I just adore the way these turned out!
See that guy lingering in the back over there? That’s Grace Ann’s sweet Daddy. I will be honest in telling you I did not notice him back there while shooting. If I had I probably would have waved at him to move. But now that I see these I think it’s kinda better with him there. What a sweet Daddy moment we weren’t expecting 🙂
Pretty sure if you get a rainbow just minutes before your ceremony starts that HAS to mean something!
Here’s my next little tidbit about this awesome bunch. I will never ever forget during Maureen & Marcus’ wedding, at St. Peter’s Church downtown, we had a small interruption during the ceremony. The fire alarm went off…during the ceremony. Not once, not twice, but THREE times. And the fire department showed up. And while the firemen were checking out the church attic and all the exits Maureen & Marcus were just cool as a cucumber. I remember thinking in my mind ” I would be freaking out.” Not these two … they just rolled right on.
Well oddly enough we had a similar interruption at Grace Ann & Parks wedding. Right after the ceremony the power to the Pink Palace went out. My assistant and I went outside to see what was going on and we noticed that the boiler was smoking! Was it on fire? I really don’t know what happened. What I do know is that just like the prior incident these two gracefully walked in to their reception smiling ear to ear 🙂 . And then I witnessed one of the most spectacular moments I have ever witnessed at a wedding. The band leader, Gary Escoe, literally sang their First Song a cappella in front of all the guests. Grace Ann & Parks had a one of a kind moment that I hope they will never forget. I know I won’t. And they rolled on, with style and grace. Just as I expected they would.
And wouldn’t you know just as their First Dance ended – the power came back. Just in time for a fabulous party
To Mr. & Mrs. Flowers, you were a true joy to work with. Thank you. Thank you for trusting me from the start. Thank you for being so patient, kind, and easy to photograph ( I mean you are both beautiful ). But most of all thank you for letting me celebrate with you as a friend and not just a photographer. I am SO glad that your sweet Mom took a chance on me so many years ago. I am so grateful to know each and every one of you. Cheers!