November 5, 2019

The Marengo House Wedding

Posted in: Weddings

Something old, something new.  Something borrowed, something blue.  This age-old tradition represents continuity; optimism for the future; borrowed happiness; and purity, love, and fidelity.  Caitlyn’s mom gave her a personalized handkerchief for her something new and something blue.  Right before the ceremony, she tied the blue ribbon on her bouquet.  For her something old, Caitlyn had a pin that belonged to her great great grandmother.  Her something borrowed was a ring from her matron of honor.  Each item was carefully chosen for this special occasion.

Before we took bridesmaid photos, we made sure Wil was no where in sight so that he would not get a glimpse of his bride before it was time.  As the girls were getting into position, one of them spotted Wil coming down the driveway on a golf cart.  Within a split second, all the bridesmaids had formed a human wall around Caitlyn to keep her hidden.  The swift action rivaled that of the secret service when protecting the President.

Shortly after, Caitlyn’s secret plan started to unfold.  She called me weeks before the wedding to plan a surprise first look with Wil.  While we were taking his individual portraits, Caitlyn was hiding behind the bushes waiting for the perfect moment.  Once she was in position, I instructed Wil to turn to his left.  Keep turning.  Keep turning.  Then he saw her.  Their eyes locked and he smiled from ear to ear.  It was a sweet surprise!

In case you needed another reason to fall in love with their wedding, the boutonnières were made of duck feathers.  While that is unique, what makes them special is that the feathers are from wood ducks that Wil shot himself.  I love that they incorporated the groom’s interests in their wedding details!

But, wait!  There’s more!  They ended on a high note with sky lanterns!  Guests gathered around and lit their lanterns.  The fire created hot air, which filled the paper and formed a mini hot air balloon.  The sky lanterns were slowly released and floated together in the distance.  It was impossible not to marvel at how every lantern seemed to follow the same path. 

Caitlyn and Wil, thank you so much for inviting me to capture such an exciting day in your lives!  I enjoyed getting to know both of you during your engagement session and seeing your love story unfold.  Your wedding day was so much fun, but the best is yet to come.  I hope you have a great time honeymooning in Belize! 

The Creative Team:

Photography | Ashley Brooke Photography

Second Photographer | Ali Payne

Videography | Aly Hughes Photography

Ceremony Venue | CME Church

Reception Venue | Marengo House

Floral Design | Mary Elizabeth Giles Switzer

DJ | Don and Michelle Johnson

Bride’s Cake | Joyce’s Catering

Groom’s Cake | Peggy McKinney

Catering | Joyce’s Catering

Hair Stylist | H&M by Caitlin L Short

Makeup Artist | H&M by Caitlin L Short

Bride’s Dress | Ella Rosa by Kenneth Winston from Bridal Boutique and Tux Shoppe

Bridesmaid Dresses | Kanali K from Bridal Boutique and Tux Shoppe

Groom and Groomsmen | Stephen Geoffrey from Bridal Boutique and Tux Shoppe

  1. Teresa Sewell

    November 5th, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Oh Ashley these are gorgeous! You did an amazing job. Beautiful bride and handsome groom. My niece and new nephew.

  2. Debbie Maples

    November 5th, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Love the pictures! Your work is awesome! Handsome groom & beautiful bride. The groom is my nephew. We are proud to have Caitlyn as part of our Tipton family.

  3. Susan York

    November 7th, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Beautiful Wedding, You did a great job Caitlin is my great niece and she was Beautiful and the Groom was very handsome.

  4. George & Debbie

    November 8th, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Our beautiful granddaughter married the love of her life. They are a perfect couple and she is so beautiful and her husband is very handsome. I know they will have a wonderful life together. The wedding was so beautiful and perfect. I know Rhonda and Keith are very proud of their new son-in-law.

  5. Debbie

    November 8th, 2019 at 8:46 am

    We are so proud of our beautiful granddaughter and her handsome husband. It was a beautiful wedding & they are so much in love.

  6. Debbie Gray

    November 9th, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Congratulations to our beautiful granddaughter and handsome grandson-in-law. I hope you all have a wonderful life together. You are a perfect couple. The wedding was so beautiful here. We love you both

  7. Rhonda Lawrence

    November 10th, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Ashley, I am the mother of the bride, Rhonda Lawrence. I just wanted to thank you for doing such an amazing job, capturing all of the special moments, including the tiniest of details, from beginning to end, on Caitlyn & Wil’s special day! Also, “The Marengo House Wedding” story that you wrote above is so vivid and beautiful, it sounds like a fairytale! Anyone that didn’t get to attend the wedding would feel like they were there after reading your story. You have a very special gift! I would also like to thank everyone else mentioned on “The Creative List” above, for all of your hard work & attention to detail. Also, many thanks to friends & family that came to share your love and support for Caitlyn & Wil on their beautiful day, making it extra special for them! One last thing, but definitely not least, we are proud to have Wil as our son-in-law!

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