Colleen and Billy’s Mobile, Alabama wedding is the perfect blog post for July the Fourth weekend because it was so patriotic from start to finish. Billy was all decked out in his dress blues along with his dad and the father of the bride. I have such appreciation for military families-their allegiance to our country, the sacrifice they make for people like you and me. It’s people like Billy and his family that make me proud to be an American.🇺🇸
Colleen got ready at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion where the reception was held. I love the bride’s room because it always brings the most beautiful natural light through these big windows and it definitely did not disappoint for this wedding day.
Tropical Storm Claudette was supposed to bring in lots of rain, but thankfully there were lots of pockets throughout the day in between the bands of rain that we were able to photograph Colleen and Billy.
I can’t describe to you the jittery feelings that happen at a first look, but it’s the good ones. You know those butterflies that happen when you first started to fall in love with your person? Those feelings tend to re-surface on the wedding day right before you see each other face to face. In my experience, I usually witness a sense of calm during the first look and all those nerves tend to subside just being near your spouse-to-be.
Colleen was absolutely stunning. And I mean it. Her dress, her bouquet, her veil, her hair-every element of style was used in the most perfect way to showcase Colleen’s natural, classic beauty. Her infectious laugh and smile are obvious to all who know her. It makes it easy to see why Billy fell in love.
Billy was so helpful going back and forth to the porch throughout the rainy moments. He was very intentional about keeping Colleen’s dress and hair dry, which just showed his tender care for his bride and this special time.
The ceremony took place at Grace Lutheran Church and like any good Southern wedding, they had a trolley there to transport them back to Bragg Mitchell Mansion. Colleen and Billy picked Grace Lutheran because she loves to attend there and started doing so after moving to the area. Colleen’s parents had their reception at Bragg Mitchell Mansion in 1988 so this was a special way to include them and commemorate their love for each other as well.
The “just married” photos for Colleen and Billy after the ceremony have to be my favorite. For any bride, the possibility of getting rained out on your wedding day can be discouraging. I love that in between bands of rain the sun would come out and give them time to get these absolutely stunning images. The whole day was centered around their faith so God topped off the day with a double rainbow shining over the Bragg Micthell Mansion where the dark storm clouds were supposed to be hovering. Rainbows are a sign God gives me to on a regular basis to show his love for me, so I was happy to share that little gift with Colleen and Billy because it made the most special day even better.
During the reception, Colleen and Billy used a military saber to cut the cake along with American flags and red, white and blue confetti for the exit. There’s something about all of the Americana at their wedding that excites me for one of my favorite holidays and overall just gives me a sense of joy looking back at these photos. Watching them leave reminded me of a celebrity couple because of how photogenic and beautiful of a couple they are. I’m proud to know Colleen and Billy and I’m proud to be an American. Happy Fourth, everyone!
|Lead Photographer: Jennie Tewell|
|Second Shooter: Laura Barnes|
|Third Shooter: Adrienne Scott|
|Ceremony Location: Grace Lutheran Church|
|Reception Location: Bragg Mitchell Mansion|
|Wedding Planner: Wed with Style|
|Band: Tommy Morse Band|
|Catering: Ron Berglin Catering|
|Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids|
|Hair and Makeup: Hair and Makeup by Chaney|
|Wedding Cake: Couture Cakes|
|Bride’s Dress: I Do Bridal|
|Men’s Attire: Jos. A Banks|