We have had the privilege of photographing many weddings over the last 12 years, and all of them have had their own unique qualities. Some of them small, some of them large, some of them laid back, some of them over the top. Some weddings deserve to be featured in all of their glory simply for their beauty and the hard work and planning that went into making them.
That’s why we are creating a new website for our best of the best luxury weddings. Amazing details, great planners, high-end designers, and photography that only we could capture will be coming soon for your viewing pleasure. In the meantime, check out these blog links to get a sample of what’s to come:
and yes, we’ll even throw in a 17 layer wedding cake. Stay tuned!
Our new look! That’s right, we’ve been working hard to update our blog and website with a beautiful new brand. We’re not finished yet! You may notice our blog is catching up, but we will not be launching our new site until next week! We will also be merging raeleytham.com/blog with raeleytham.com to bring both the new blog and website together. I’m sure there will be technical glitches along the way, so please stick with us while we get all of this worked out.
- New logos & graphics
- Comment on posts with Facebook
- Updates menus and resources coming soon
For now, enjoy a sneak peek of the coming soon raeleytham.com below while you enjoy the new look of our blog!
So many of you contacted us to make sure we weathered hurricane Isaac without harm and we really appreciate that. Issac was mostly a rain event with some 50mph gusts for us. The worst of the damage in our area came from storm surge which was 3-4 above normal with large waves those winds kicked up. The kids were out of school, so we strolled down to the coast a couple of times to let the girls see the power of mother nature first-hand. You can see below that the worst damage was to our marinas and beaches. We dodged another bullet here on the Gulf Coast this time, but we still have a ways to go….
December 2011 turned into quite the eventful month for us this year for several reasons. The first big event at the beginning of the month was the 1st birthday of our twins, Maggie and Saylor. Just as we did with their older sister, we saved their Christening and dedication for the end of their first year.
Following their Christening was their 1st birthday party. The theme was winter “one”derland and while Rae made that fantastic cake, we got some great help from our friend Betty Weber on that great snowmen cake topper. Betty is such a doll!
The tongue was ready to go… cake is what it wanted!
The middle of December was another great experience and a major undertaking. It was an honor to photograph Nikki and Maury’s 3 day, 900 guests wedding in Point Clear/Fairhope, AL. It was made possible only with the help of the people you see below. From left to right we have Luker Smith, Patsy Brown, Michael Newman, Rae & Wes, and Jessica & David Marshall. At the end of the 3rd day, we had a total of 16,700 images. I can only give you a very small sneak peek of this wedding for now because of publication reasons, but our friends and videographers, Joanna & Rob Morgan of Diva Productions will have a cinematic teaser trailer coming along soon that we’ll be sure to pass along.
This chapel was constructed solely for the wedding, and it was a sight to behold.
Diamond Rio took to the stage for over an hour to provide an unforgettable private concert. Of course we had to “share” the stage with them a couple of times to be able to get some good shots of the wedding 🙂 These guys were super nice and a class act!
The 17 layer cake was a big hit as well…..
If you missed our Christmas card this year, these photos were graciously taken by the talented Michael Newman!
Christmas turned out to be quite a warm one this year. All of those new clothes that were bought for the holidays didn’t make it out of the closet much because it wasn’t cold enough to wear them. Our girls got a wooden swing set as their main gift this year to help occupy them during our travels in the busy seasons, so the weather was perfect for testing that puppy out. Our nephew Dylan came over to help us with that….
We decided to take the traditional Christmas Eve fire outside this year so we didn’t bake in the house. It was fun sitting around the fire pit while the kids had a good time playing. Wesley’s grandmother had some laughs too… She is just one of the three “Margarets” in the family that our baby Maggie is named after.
Saylor and Dylan are quite the kissing cousins…. He loves babies!
Maggie is our little billy goat and usually happy as long as she can put something in her mouth. Even an empty coke bottle will do.
No Transformers or remote controlled cars in our house with all girls. Dolls and tea sets are the most prized possessions.
Jewelry is pretty welcomed too…
Maggie got an awesome keyboard from Grandpa, but it couldn’t fit in her mouth like the drumstick…
Avery is quite the fashion diva and loves her ballet too…
Chasing balls from the popper is hard work y’all….
Luckily Santa brought some bean bags to rest…
and a remote too… maybe this will keep daddy’s remote off the radar? Nah, probably not. Even a large cardboard house waiting to be colored can be a lot of fun!
We hope your holidays we just as blessed and merry as ours….
Wes and Rae will both be attending the Bridal Extravaganza in Atlanta on August 14. It promises to be an amazing event with some of Atlanta’s best talent. Please join us and be sure to say hi if you see us! I’m attaching a little eye candy below from the last show in January. Click HERE to see our blog post with more photos from the January show.
Our beautiful nieces and nephews (cause we adopted them) are nine months old! Oh how time flies. We went to Michigan recently to visit, play, and take their photographs. It is really hard living so far away from this much cuteness, but these pics will make the next few months a little more bearable.
Here’s their original newborn photo from last October..
And here they are 9 months later!
Anderson is quite the ladies man….
He’s also a deep thinker… handsome AND smart. He’s going to make one of our 3 girls very happy one day!
This is his centerfold shot…
Sweet little Sophie is the serious one, always examining the situation. She’s just beautiful…
Sweet little Mara is just a camera ham… She loves to smile and will eventually be the group leader.
Happy 9 month Birthday to one of our favorite families! Can’t wait to see you again soon 🙂
We love it when Ami at Elizabeth Anne Designs features one of our weddings. This week was no exception. Angie and Tim’s Italian themed Carillon wedding is still turning the wheels of inspiration with lots of brides. Be sure to check it out on the Elizabeth Anne Designs Blog
Wesley had a great time at the Atlanta Bridal Extravaganza last week. We always enjoy participating in the Atlanta events just to be surrounded by the talent involved. They know how to take it to the next level in showcasing wedding designs and it’s always a treat to get to photograph some of these talents. Wes said he spoke with more brides and grooms that day than in any other show we have participated in. We thank those of you who took time to talk with him and look forward to working with some of you!
The following is just a small sample of some of the eye candy the show had to offer. Some of the participating vendors in these photos include:
The Savage Garden
If we left anyone out, please leave a comment or email me and we’ll be glad to add you!
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I cannot believe how long t has been since this blog was updated. Shameful! We have been a little busy though. Not only did we just have our busiest Fall season ever, the week before Christmas was the birth of our new twin girls, Saylor Elizabeth & Maggie Grace. Hopefully their cuteness below will cause you to forgive our temporary absence. We promise lots of updates soon to go along with some awesome 2010 weddings still waiting to be blogged. We owe a huge thanks to all of you for your kindness and support!
Wes had a great time at the Ritz Carlton luxurious bridal event in Georgia this past Sunday. The Ritz pulled out all the stops and made sure the StudioWed vendors and brides-to-be were pampered with delicious food & service. Wes guarantees the pastries from their wonderful pastry chef were worth the price of admission alone. StudioWed vendors did another amazing job with the decor’ and gave us some great details to photograph. These photos do not even begin to describe how wonderful this event was for all involved. Enjoy this little preview…
How would you like to be a part of a luxurious bridal event near Atlanta this weekend? Here is your invitation! The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation, beautiful location of country music star Carrie Underwood’s recent wedding, will be hosting this grand event. Wesley will be there to meet, greet, and answer all your questions along with some of the south’s hottest wedding vendors including one of our favorite publications, Weddings Unveiled Magazine. If you are in the Atlanta area, you do not want to miss this event. See all the details below!
Life was a little crazy last week so we were not able to blog this when it hit the internet, but the fashion shoot we were honored to photograph for Style Me Pretty in September has been published! There are a LOT more images that were not featured on SMP that we will be blogging soon, but for now, be sure to check out the talent from the vendors involved in this shoot over on the Style Me Pretty website. For the full post, click HERE
Ah yes… it’s that time again for the amazing V3 issue of Southern Weddings magazine. Congrats to winners of our little ad contest over the weekend. Here’s the spread with our ad on the right. Did you guess correctly?
We had the pleasure this past weekend of being in Atlanta at the Atlantan Brides Evening of Bridal Luxury at Buckhead Theatre to represent StudioWed Atlanta. One thing we have learned quickly about Atlanta is that they do not play around when it comes to style and setting trends in weddings. Once again, the StudioWed team did not disappoint with a rock/glam themed display for everyone to marvel at. Here’s a little sneak peek of the fun:
Accessories: Chaos Couture and Stella & Dot
Florals : Aesthetic Floral and Savage Garden
Linen: I Do Linens
Stationery: Luxe Expressions and Papered Wonders
Planning: Lemiga Events
Wedding Cake: Sweet Sensations
This was the fantastic centerpiece designed by The Savage Garden….Look closely at that Banana leaf and you’ll notice the zipper around the edge giving the perception of this centerpiece busting at the seams to be seen…. That beautiful cake in the bottom right corner was a result of endless talent from Sweet Creations with that fishnet stockings decor’.
The latest trend in bridal fashion is nothing short of eye-catching either. A combination of 50’s and 60’s glam with a tiny bit of 80’s thrown in is having a wonderful outcome….A little Sean Connery/James Bond look anyone?Classic by day quickly transforms into party mode at night!Love x 10 the dress on the left below!Do yourself a favor and get to one of these upcoming Atlanta events if you are looking for some great ideas for your wedding! Contact us if you need any details on what’s coming up next….
We were in Atlanta this past weekend for the Inspired Bride event at StudioWed Atlanta. They know how to throw some beautiful bridal events in Atlanta, and StudioWed is leading the way with a very talented list of vendors. The table and floral designs were top notch which you will see below. We are so thrilled to be involved with such an amazing group of wedding designers.
Love Spun Events designed this whimsical table setting that was just….. unbelievable.
This beautiful table was designed by Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events. We love Michelle’s style because it is modern/contemporary with a touch of classic, just like us.
Sharon with Sweet Sensations is the goddess of elegant Atlanta cakes. Love her!
And certainly last but not least, the fashion show…. loved both of these dresses! Bring it on Jackie O’
Atlanta brides, the time is almost near for the Supertastic Inspired Bride event at StudioWed Atlanta. Come meet us and some of Atlanta’s finest vendors on Sunday September 12. We’re very excited about this show and looking forward to seeing you!
Just two short years ago, we sent a very happy child off to 1K preschool. 4 hrs a day was great for her and us! It’s hard to believe that she just started 3K this week. Where has the time gone? The fact that she is going to seem so grown when we bring the twins home soon is even harder. There will never be another like her for sure. She is her own person and she is very good at it!
Here is the first day of 1K in 2008
and here is her first day this week….
We would like to take this opportunity to formally announce that we are teaming up with StudioWed/Atlanta to promote our services and style of photography in the great city of Atlanta, GA. We have always been really big fans of the Atlanta area, and we feel that the time is right for a transition to a much larger market that is overflowing with talent in the wedding industry. We first met wedding & event planner Michelle Gainey at the Jan 2009, Southern Weddings Magazine launch party in Atlanta. Shortly thereafter she launched StudioWed, and we were extremely impressed with her operation and business sense. We knew deep down that if we ever decided to embrace the idea of diversifying our business into Atlanta, she was going to be the person we went to first. The stars aligned once again recently, and we are now proud to be the newest faces on her elite team of wedding vendors. Atlanta is a 5 hour drive for us, but we are proud to now call it our second home, especially with our beautiful new meeting space in metro-west Atlanta. We will be there quite often for industry events, as well as to meet clients inquiring about our services. If you’re in the Atlanta area, please join us for our first StudioWed appearance on September 12,2010. We will have a lot more details on this new adventure as well as info on more events we’ll be attending soon. Come say hi!