Derek + Olivia’s Classy Wedding at Lincoln Mill! – Huntsville Wedding Photography

Weddings - The Day We Say I Do!

Jan 7, 2016

We first met Olivia at a wedding we photographed earlier this year. Her sunshine smile and sweet, gentle personality won us over, and we couldn’t have been more excited when she asked us to photograph her own wedding!

Enter Derek. Full of energy and spirit, this guy has done it all. Professional soccer, professional skeleton racing, missions ministry…Derek is excitement waiting to happen. Our coffee consultation was more laughter and story sharing than business – and it was perfect.

Fast forward to their wedding. This wonderful, elegant wedding. After a crazy Christmas of 70 degree weather, tornadoes, and flooding, their wedding day awoke to promise more of the same. But just like any beautiful, expected gift – the clouds cleared away just two hours before Olivia would walk down the aisle to promise Derek her forever.


www.joelandamberphotography.comDerek’s mom just happens to be the creative wonderfulness behind Nip and Tuck Florist. Needless to say, there were beautiful flowers everywhere!

www.joelandamberphotography.comThere may have been just a little (okay, a lot) of rain outside, but Derek and Olivia brought all the sunshine with their First Look!

www.joelandamberphotography.comWe headed over to Lincoln Mill to get some fun shots there before the ceremony. What a neat and unique place for a wedding!

Derek’s gift to Olivia made us all laugh out loud! She rocked it, too!

www.joelandamberphotography.comThese girls were full of smiles and laughter all day long!

And then there was this car. A 1929 Model A. It was love at first sight for us, and I think Derek and Olivia agreed…

So we couldn’t resist have just a little fun with this Model A!

One of my new all-time favorite pictures!

A second 1929 Model A? Yes, please!!

A beautiful invitation design by one of our favorites, Salt + Paperie!

www.joelandamberphotography.comWe loved the amazing and thoughtful decor that Derek and Olivia incorporated into their wedding.

One of our very favorite stories from this wedding: Derek had secretly bought a diamond wedding ring for Olivia. She was expecting something different and had NO idea until he put the ring on her finger during the ceremony. I think she was excited. :)

www.joelandamberphotography.comOlivia’s family were missionaries in Hungary, and both Derek and Olivia have a huge heart for missions. We love how their reception decor brought out this little piece of their story!

Father/daughter dances need no words.

And….when TWO J&A Couples are in the same room, Amber WILL photobomb. Every time. :)

Derek and Olivia, your sweet friendship has been such a gift to us. We’re so thankful God brought you into our lives, and we couldn’t be more excited for your new life together!



A huge shout-out to a fabulous group of vendors who made this wedding a classy dream come true:

Photography: Joel and Amber Wedding Photography

Venue: Design Lab, Lincoln Mill

Dress Shop: Town and Country

Hair and Makeup: Madeline Hulsey

Florist: Nip and Tuck

Designer: Weddings by Jeannie

Band: Church of the Highlands – Huntsville Alabama Worship Team

Catering: Creative Catering

Cake Artist: Lynn’s Cakes

Lighting and Sound: Sound Source

  1. Patti Palmer

    January 7th, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Each wedding is as beautiful as the last one that you’ve photographed. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Shay Brannon

    January 7th, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you, Joel and Amber, for these gorgeous pictures of such a wonderful day for our family! You two made the day extra special with your professionalism, creativity, and attention to detail. We are amazed!

  3. Joel and Amber

    January 14th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you so much for your sweet words, Shay,Jeannie, Meredith, and everyone else! We just loved the time with Derek and Olivia. What an amazing couple they are! <3

  4. Meredith Brannon

    January 7th, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Love this post so much! So glad my picture of the four of you made it on there too. :) Thank you for everything that you did for us! The pictures are beautiful!

  5. Jeannie Pirtle

    January 7th, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Wonderful blog. It was a pleasure to meet you at this moment in our lives. Your ability to capture the spirit of these two is a blessing to me as a mom. Thanks again.

  6. Grace Johnson

    January 7th, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    What beautiful pictures for the perfect couple.

  7. Kim Elder

    January 7th, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I scrolled through these beautiful pictures twice! And will again. You captured these two perfectly. Wow!

  8. Mary Kate Brannon-Morgan

    January 7th, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous photos of the lovely couple and ceremony!!! Congratulations!!

  9. Jennifer Henley

    January 7th, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Great pictures!!

  10. Debbie Long

    January 7th, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    You look beautiful Olivia! Love your dress. Great photos!

  11. Jayme Poppin

    January 7th, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    These are beyond gorgeous. A lovely wedding captured by the lovely Joel and Amber! Congrats, Derek and Olivia!

  12. Patricia Woodard

    January 7th, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    What a fabulous photo presentation! These pictures are truly beautiful and so very unique. I loved seeing each and every one of them. Thank you for such a precious look into their special day and ceremony!

    Pat Woodard

  13. Brittany Campbell

    January 7th, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful. Feel like I was there!

  14. Jaelynn Carson

    January 7th, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Miss Olivia looked so gorgeous in these photos! It was all so beautiful!

  15. Pat King

    January 8th, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Beautiful pictures

  16. Anna

    January 12th, 2016 at 11:02 am

    These are beautiful! You all truly captured the joy and beauty of the day!

  17. Nicole Korteweg

    January 14th, 2016 at 10:20 am

    The colors are so vibrant!! And I feel like I was there the way the poses capture the moment! Congrats again and thanks for sharing.

  18. Andrea

    January 14th, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I love all these photos!!! Such a beautiful day!

  19. Annie Bolger

    January 14th, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    This album captures an amazing couple and a beautiful day perfectly! Congratulations Olivia and Derek!

  20. Sam Herscu

    January 14th, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    These pictures are stunning!!! God is so faithful in how he brought you two together. So thankful, praying for this awesome journey and what God has in store for you both!!

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