One clear, sunny day in April, something beautiful happened in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. Amy and Andrew exchanged their marriage vows in a private, family-only ceremony at St John the Baptist Catholic Church.
We started the morning with Amy and her closest family members at the gorgeous new AC Marriott hotel downtown. It was our first time photographing a wedding morning there, and we’re totally smitten! The front desk lady was incredibly nice, and the rooms were stunning.
Amy opted to wear her mother’s wedding dress. Family and legacy are very important to her, and this practical way to weave her roots into the wedding day was so perfect! Amy’s cathedral length veil complimented both her dress and the traditional setting of St John the Baptist.
She also carried a handkerchief of her grandma’s, embroidered with their initials and wedding date. So special!
A few portraits later, we headed to the church to get these two married!
The pew rows of St John’s day chapel sat in quiet expectation. A beautiful display of florals adorned the ceremony site in its colorful array. The doors opened, and Andrew saw his bride for the first time that day. Everything else faded away. The pandemic, the group gathering restrictions, the harried last minute change of plans.
The moments were just as beautiful for their perseverance in love as the abundant joyfulness of a filled sanctuary would have been.
I looooved this so much! A whole collection of Amy and Andrew’s friends and family celebrated with a drive-by parade after the ceremony. Balloons, signs, cheers, bubbles. A talented cellist! They had it all.
One of our many favorite parts of this is that we had not one, but TWO of our J&A Couples in the parade!
Amy and Andrew’s wedding day wasn’t exactly what they had planned. A worldwide pandemic can do that to even the most carefully designed plans. But in the midst of it, love truly shone forth. Love for each other, love for family, love for legacy. They exemplified a desire to make a commitment no matter what the external circumstances look like.
Amy & Andrew – Thank you for giving us the opportunity to travel this crazy, joyful, unique journey with you guys. There were some twists and turns, for sure, but this day was so beautiful and meaningful. We can’t wait to give you guys real hugs and celebrate all over again next year at your reception!
A shoutout to these vendors!
Getting Ready Venue: AC Marriot Downtown Huntsville
Photography: Joel & Amber Photography
Dress: Bride’s mother
Florals: Family friend
Ceremony Venue: St John the Baptist Catholic Church
Ceremony Coordinator: Amy Tolson
Cake Artist: A Wilson Cakes
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