Ashley and William were married last weekend at the Bragg Mitchell Mansion right here in Mobile, Alabama. A big perk of being an Alabama Wedding Photographer is getting to spend time at the Bragg. Let me tell you, it is one of our favorite local venues because of so many reasons. It is in the center of Midtown which is right on the edge of downtown Mobile but still has the absolute small-town feel. The Bragg MItchell Mansion sits on twelve acres of beautiful property and dates back to the mid 1800’s. It has so much history and character, but by far my favorite thing about this venue, is the live oak trees. If you spend anytime in Mobile, you will see a theme of oaks throughout the city. I love the dreamy esthetic they give with their drooping branches and never-ending moss.
The bridal party got ready downtown at The Battlehouse Hotel, another local favorite hot-spot, which always has plenty of room for everyone to prepare for the big day. Ashley’s mom and sister helped her get ready as Ashley prepared for a first look with her bridesmaids, father, and groom. I have to say this is always one of my favorite parts of the day, and the look on the faces of Ashley’s loved ones showcase how loved and adored she is.
The invitation suite was perfectly displayed and I cannot brag enough about the Olensky Brothers and their beautiful work they do. An invitation is not just a piece of paper. It is a sentimental gift, that can be carried down for generations to remember the details of the most important day in ones life.
I can’t write a blog post about a Mobile, Alabama wedding without mentioning the weather. Oh boy. With all of those green trees comes lot of rain. It poured most of the beginning of the day, but it just goes to show that you can still get absolutely stunning pictures even in the rainiest weather. Ashley looked gorgeous regardless of the rain, and thankfully we were able to get some bridal shots before the downpour started.
Once the rain got heavy, we moved to the front porch. I love the South for these big front porches because we were able to fit all of the bridal party in one covered area until the rain passed.
The ceremony set up at the Bragg Mitchell Mansion was literally so perfect. There was an arbor right where Ashley and William said vows, and the floral pieces around it did not disappoint. There was a beautiful display of Jewish sentiments throughout the day and the love for the Jewish culture warmed my heart. When one has a certain set of values or family traditions, it is a great way to honor and respect those traditions, while also paying homage to those that have gone before us.
I like to consider myself a wedding photographer that aims for light and airy photos, and a little rain didn’t scare me one bit. We were still able to get that natural light that allowed for the most beautiful light and bright images thanks to this massive porch at the Bragg. We were able to get some more pictures off of the porch when the rain finally subsided for the rest of the day.
The bridesmaid dresses wore a stunning white and their flowers were a beautiful summer blend created by Ron Barrett, who always does a fantastic job. The flower girls had their own floral crowns and I was swooning over how perfectly they turned out!
Though the weather was unpredictable, Ashley and William were still able to have an outdoor wedding and everything turned out perfectly. the reception was also held at the Bragg Mitchell Mansion and it was so nice having everything at one location.
The cakes were done by one of my favorite bakeries, The Flour Girls, and these cakes were AMAZING. Even the groom’s cake was pretty! I always sneak away for at least one bite of cake because they taste delicious too. It is always a good idea to show off those live oaks with some cascading twinkle lights, and these lights just made the whole night that much more romantic.
After the first dances, they celebrated by participating in some Jewish dancing, and I think that was probably the most fun I have had in a while, and one of my favorite parts of the night. Thankfully, there was a live painter there to capture the magic as the night came to an end. The happy couple left with a glow in the dark exit and were sent off to their honeymoon by family and friends that I’m sure will be there for Ashley and William as they embark on this new journey together. There’s no better way to start a new life together than with a tribe of people that are just, well, your people.
I know that Ashley and William will be as happy together as they were on their wedding night when they are old and gray. Im so glad I was able to capture the day they became husband and wife and I hope these timeless photos will be displayed for years to come.
|Lead Photographer: Jennie Tewell|
|Second Shooter: Laura Barnes|
|Third Shooter: Adrienne Scott|
|Wedding Planner: Jenna Laine Weddings|
|Reception Location: Bragg Mitchell Mansion|
|Lighting: Willow Bridge|
|Cake: Flour Girls|
|Wedding Invitation Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Katie|
|Makeup: Courtney Matthews|
|Florist: Ron Barrett|
|Rentals: SOHO Events & Rentals|
|Invitations: Olensky Brothers|
|Ceremony Sound: Renald Robinson|
|Photo Booth: Snaps Photo Booth|
|Live Painter: Marx Studio|
|Reception Music: 4 Barrel Funk|
|Catering: Clifton Morissette|
|Ceremony Music: Enen Yu|