Sara Ashley and Zack.
Sara Ashley and Zack met up with me last fall, we chatted about their big day, and they decided to book Jewels Photography. In the fall, we captured all their love on Morris Ave in downtown Birmingham in an engagement session. At that time, I had no clue what would be happening with one of the portraits I took (find out in just a bit!).
On May 25, 2014 Sara Ashley and Zack set out to join their lives together as one. The wedding was held at the Rosewood Hall in Homewood, Alabama. Starting out the wedding day, the couple and their attendants got ready across the road at the Aloft Hotel. I began to find out as I am shooting the details just what to expect that day. When Sara Ashley pulled out the Captain America garter set, I knew I was in for a treat. That was just the beginning!
The newlyweds-to-be planned a nerd theme wedding complete with the hastag #2Nerds1Love. In the daytime, Sara Ashley is a business decision sciences analyst and Zack is a GPU design engineer at NVIDIA. By night, I am pretty sure this couple fights crime as superheros! If not superheros, they come pretty close with their hidden talents. I have later discovered Sara Ashley is a writer, and she might love coffee and Katy Perry as much as me. Zack apparently has master level skills with legos. The couple had creative gifts to exchange before the wedding (after their first look of course). For the past year, Zack had been hiding out his creation in their basement. He unveils an engagement picture of them made completely out of legos. I was impressed – more impressed when I found out he did it himself! When I thought it couldn’t get any better than that… Sara Ashley gives her groom a comic book she wrote and had drawn herself. It was written as the story of their lives together titled “The Best Day Ever!!!” It begins with how they met on match.com and how they grew to “fit together like a heart made of legos.” It doesn’t get any better than that
As mentioned before, Sara Ashley and Zack shared a first look before the ceremony. This is the reason I love first looks so much — so much emotion is able to come out in an intimate moment with you two alone. They shared a wonderfully sweet first look together. In addition to the creative gifts, the couple shared fine gifts with each other. She received a locket with an engagement picture inside. I am crazy about how much they loved their engagement portraits to use them on their wedding day! After funny times with bridesmaids doing what they have to do to get a bride in her dress, sweet moments at a first look, and amazing gift exchanges… It was time for this couple to say their I Do’s.
Emotions filled the air with tears in our eyes, laughter in our voices, and love in everyone’s hearts. The ceremony began with the preacher speaking on how they came to meet. He joked about how the couple had a house divided — and no I do not mean Alabama and Auburn — let’s talk about real stuff like Xbox vs Playstation. We all listened closely as they shared the vows they wrote and how Sara Ashley promises to never put brussel sprouts on his plate even though she thinks they are amazing. We watched as they locked tight the time capsule they will open together on their first anniversary. They will read the letters they wrote on this day to each other as they share a bottle of wine. It was a ceremony that fit them well. Exactly how it should be. Oh, I cannot leave out the updated Facebook status at the completion of the ceremony.
Congrats Sara Ashley Graham — it is official now.
Sara Ashley and Zack’s reception was an evening of dancing and good times. The guests had a blast in the photobooth. Always a perfect choice for any reception – they are fun, exciting, and you get a personalized wedding favor to remember the night. The food was delicious, the cake looked amazing (dang gluten-free diet, but I am sure it tasted as good as it looked), and the DJ rocked great tunes all night. The bride and groom even gave us a little insight to how their first date went down. After sharing how they played video games and had a dance-off for their first date — they showed us their moves in a dance-off right then and there. I had a great time from start to finish. I am thankful to have been a part of their magical day. Sara Ashley and Zack… Mr. and Mrs. Graham, I wish you two a lifetime of happiness and love IRL!
Venue: Rosewood Hall
Wedding Planner: Anita Kanellis
Florist: Hothouse Design Studio
Catering: Yellow Bicycle
Cakes: Dreamcakes by Katie Moon
Transportation: Burkes Bros Limo
Photographer: Jewels Photography