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Emily & Ethan // Elegant Florence Farm Wedding


Sep 19, 2019

Clear Creek Farm // Private Estate Wedding // Wedding Photographers in Huntsville Alabama

Formal bride and groom portrait

Match Made In Heaven

As soon as we met Emily and her mom, we knew that this wedding was going to be an absolute treat to photograph. And as soon as we met Ethan at their engagement session and saw the two of them together, we knew they were made for each other.

One of my favorite things about Emily and Ethan is their joy in life. In the little pieces of time we’ve been privileged to spend with them over these last few months, I love how they live life with enthusiasm. They are two of the most thoughtful people. Watching them with their friends and family on their wedding day, they poured out so much love on those around them.

Just The Most Awesome Venue Ever

Emily and Ethan celebrated their reception at Emily’s family farm. This gooooorgeous piece of property has been in her family for almost 100 years. Her dad and grandfather grew up in that house. How neat is that?! The house itself was a dream, and the property with its magnolia trees and cool, clear stream made for the most magical backdrop.

Details All Day

One of the things that really stood out to me about Emily and Ethan’s wedding day was their incredible attention to detail. They added so many special touches that ensured their guests had a comfortable and fun time. Things like giant fans that made the outdoor reception space quite comfortable and stadium-style lights to help people find their cars in the field-turned-parking lot.

Then there were the tiny touches filled with special meaning. A piece of her mother’s wedding dress and her great grandmother’s pin wrapped around Emily’s bouquet. Superhero socks handpicked for each groomsman by Ethan. Thoughtful customized gifts exchanged by Emily and Ethan just before the wedding. Everywhere we turned, there was a perfect little detail.

The Dream Team

No wedding magic happens without a team working behind the scenes – and this team was on top of their game! A special shout out to the amazing coordinator, Chelsea Kennedy Events. As always, Chelsea and her team kept everything running as smoothly as buttercream icing.

Emily was every bit a princess in her gown from Promenade Bridal. Swanky Transformations and Bare Beauty did an incredible job on her hair and makeup, and the result was simply stunning! A Lola’s Gifts and Flowers bouquet finished Emily’s look of perfection.

We enjoyed working beside the guys at Long Grass Studios to capture so many amazing memories! Details like invitations and custom goodies from PSI and calligraphy by Suzanne Cunningham were picture perfect.

After Emily and Ethan exchanged vows at St James UMC, the bridal party hopped aboard a trolley to head out to Clear Creek Farm to celebrate the night away! Guests were treated to so many amazing things – Toomer’s Lemonade, a feast created by Jill’s Sweet Memories, a groom’s chocolate bar, s’mores down by the river, and a cake by Coldwater Cookie Company.

Then there were some of my personal favorites: The Kirkman Combo, a Frios popsicle cart, fireworks, and an antique car getaway!

A special thank you to the Nolen family for opening up their beautiful Clear Creek Farm and making us feel as welcome as family. You turned it into a most perfect wedding venue, and it was a treat to photograph!

Enjoy a little peek into Emily & Ethan’s wedding day!

Wedding at St James UMC in Florence, AL
Wedding party on the Tuscumbia Trolley
Wedding reception lemonade stand
Wedding reception lemonade stand details
Groom's wedding reception cigar bar
Wedding cake with fresh flowers
Joel and Amber Photography with bride and groom on the wedding day
Romantic bride and groom wedding day portrait
Outdoor bride and groom portrait by a stream
Frios popsicle cart at outdoor wedding reception

Emily & Ethan, our lives are a little bit richer because you’re in them! Thank you so much for letting us be there to capture these amazing memories for you. We wish you many years of enthusiastic joy together!



A shout out to these amazing vendors!

Coordinator: Chelsea Kennedy Events

Photography: Joel & Amber Photography

Videography: Long Grass Studios

Dress Boutique: Promenade Bridal

Tuxes: The Groomsmen Suit

Hair Artist: Swanky Transformations

Makeup Artist: Bare Beauty

Florals: Lola’s Gifts and Flowers

Paper Suite/Koozies/Custom Cups: Printers and Stationers Inc

Calligraphy: Suzanne Cunningham

Groom/Groomsmen Getting Ready Suite: The Stricklin Hotel

Ceremony Venue: St James UMC of Florence

Officiant: Rev David Lee

Ceremony Music: Vanessa Bowers, Daniel Stevens, String Quartet

Transportation: Tuscumbia Trolley; John Vansandt; Blake Humphries

Catering and Chocolate Bar: Jill’s Sweet Memories

Cake Artist: Laura Edwards

Band: The Kirkman Combo

Popsicle Cart: Frios Gourmet Pops

Bartending: Greg Thompson

Rentals: Party Pros USA

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  1. Patti

    September 19th, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Beautiful setting, wonderful people, stunning pictures!

  2. Lydia nolen

    September 19th, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    They are amazing! You captured the best moments!

  3. Elle

    September 19th, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    A perfect wedding! You captured beautiful photos!

  4. Stephanie Johnson

    September 19th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    These are amazing! It was such a fun wedding! Congrats, Emily and Ethan!!

  5. Amy Wagner

    September 19th, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    You are so talented! You captured all the joy of this special day for Emily and Ethan…

  6. Megan

    September 19th, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Beautiful, best wishes Emily!!

  7. Kathy Stewart

    September 19th, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Gorgeous day!! Beautiful bride !! Love the location

  8. Jennifer

    September 19th, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful pictures ……

  9. Emily Carver

    September 19th, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Most amazing day! Thanks for capturing it perfectly ❤️

  10. Co-Wefa Lyda

    September 19th, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Beautiful pictures what a great job Or a beautiful day

  11. Hank and Norma Friday

    September 19th, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Beautiful wedding and you captured it perfectly. Great job!

  12. Mona Ashley

    September 19th, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    A beautiful wedding and amazing photography!!

  13. Kristen Williamson

    September 19th, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    So beautiful!!! And the toomers lemonade ❤️ Great idea!

  14. Lisa Church

    September 19th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    These pictures are amazing. Such a sweet couple.

  15. Virginia Carver

    September 19th, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Beautiful couple, beautiful wedding, beautiful pictures!!

  16. Brown Nolen

    September 19th, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you for capturing a perfect day

  17. Allison

    September 20th, 2019 at 5:21 am

    The most fun wedding!!!! Love these pictures!

  18. Virginia Riedel

    September 20th, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Such a beautiful day for a beautiful couple! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Carver!

  19. Kaylee

    September 20th, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful day!

  20. Stacey Miles

    September 22nd, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Thank you for capturing all of these wonderful moments! Gorgeous!!

  21. Holly Gibney

    September 23rd, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    It was a wonderful day and you captured it perfectly! The pictures are amazing.

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