Whitney Mike // The Club // Birmingham, AL

Whitney & Mike first met in January 2008 in Boston where they currently reside. Whitney was the HR Director for a small mortgage company and Mike came in for an interview. Little did Whitney know, the guy she ultimately hired would be her future husband. They started out as friends but eventually their friendship blossomed into something more.

As their relationship grew over the years, it was really tested when Whitney was unexpectedly diagnosed with a brain tumor. Though their world was completely rocked, Mike stepped up and proved to be the best care taker anyone could have dreamed of. It was a battle they’d fought together and he never left her side. After a long journey and successful recovery, Mike proposed to Whitney in the fall of 2012. Whitney wasn’t quite healthy enough to fully plan a wedding so with the help of her mom, it became a day they would always remember. The ceremony was intimate; lots of tears and emotions; and the reception was a blast. Whitney had more energy that night than she has had in years and she simply danced the night away.

It was a true celebration of love and life.

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Vendors Who Made this Day Magical
Second Photographer / Cameron Braun: Braun Photography
Church: Third Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue: The Club
Event Designer/Coordinator: The Major Event
Makeup & Hair Artist: Mindi Patterson
Wedding Cake & Dessert: Sweet Magnolia
Wedding Flowers: Bloom
Officiant: Rev. William G. Hay
Ceremony Musicians: Cahaba River Strings
Live Wedding Band: Black Jacket
Wedding Dress & Veil: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique
Wedding Shoes: Betsey Johnson & TOMS
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Banks
Groomsmen’s Suit: Jos A. Banks
Stationery: Please Reply
Transportation: Rare Transportation

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    Your work always leaves me feeling breathless! Such gorgeousness, Caroline… I really love this wedding and the way you shot it. I loooooooooove it.

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    Inspirational story, and a gorgeous wedding. I saw some pictures of her first and thought she looked like one of the healthiest people I’d ever seen! I love that they triumphed over so much for this.

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Amanda + Matt // New Years Eve // Cafe Brauer

The moment I saw Amanda, my heart became instantly full of love for her. I don’t know what it was about her, but you could just see the friendliness in her eyes. When Matt and Amanda saw each other for the first time, the look on his face was priceless. They embraced in the wintery cold air, and my eyes teared as I watched. It was such a simple, beautiful thing to see. As I write this, I am reminded of this quote from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Walter and Sean waited for a rare sighting of a snow leopard, and when one finally appeared, Sean waited to take a photo. When some time passed, Walter asked Sean when he would take it. And Sean responded with, “Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.” This couple’s first look, for me, was one of those moments. The only difference was that I pushed the shutter. Because it’s my job. And I am grateful that this is my job.

Amanda and Matt met at Model UN in college, and moved to DC with a few of their friends to start a new chapter in their life together. According to Amanda, Matt proposed at the Lincoln Memorial and was so nervous, he dropped the engagement ring down the steps. Just adorable. Now that they’ve celebrated their New Years Eve wedding here in Chicago, they hope to see a new country every year for the rest of their lives together.

A HUGE thank you to Angela from The Willinghams who flew all the way from Denver and braved the horrible Chicago winter to shoot this wedding alongside me. She could not have been a more perfect fit for this.

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Vendors Who Made this Day Magical
Venue: Cafe Brauer
Event Coordinator: Bambi Caicedo Rogers
Hair: Joseph Michaels Salon & Spa
Cake & Dessert: Deerfield Bakery
Catering: Tiger Lily
Wedding Flowers: Kloeckner’s
Officiant: Judge Kathy Kennedy
Musicians: Greenlight
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
Jewelry: Grandmother’s
Shoes: J. Crew
Bridesmaids Dresses: each chose their own
Groom’s Suit: J. Crew
Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Groomsmen Suits: each chose their own
Stationery: Serendipity Beyond Design
Transportation: Metropolitan Limousine
Table Letters: gLEaNingS

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    This is just so amazingly gorgeous. Their first look in the falling snow! Her kissing her dad’s nose during the father/daughter dance! Lovelove

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    There’s something special about winter weddings I really enjoy. Perhaps the colours, the mood, the love (which you captured beautifully btw) – Tis a warm and wonderful entry Caroline!

    PS: At first glance, I thought they hired Seal to sing at their wedding :)

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    Seriously loving every single image here. Everything was just spectacular. So many good moments and memories captures. Amazing job Caroline!

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    What a brave and beautiful couple! Down here in South Africa, where I’ve never seen snow, I loved looking at your photos. Your dancing shots are exceptional! Very inspirational work!

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    I love how warm and intimate everything feels for this wedding. The whole day is so carefully and beautifully captured that I hate to comment mostly on the details, but I just love your detail photos for this one – they have a sense of really being in a place and being used, but are still very focused. Beautiful work.

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    Your photography is on another level!! The photos in the snow… amazing. The photo under the cafe sign… amazing. The details and photos of the reception… amazing. The photos of the dancing… so amazing. I love every damn frame.

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    STUNNING! I have always loved the 3rd floor and how the light pours through the windows. It’s magical! Thank you for sharing.

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