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We’ve been SO excited for Cassidy and Ben’s wedding since we first told them they were the winners of our free wedding photography contest last year! This amazing couple is on fire for each other, and even more on fire for God!

Getting to know the Nelson’s over the past few months has been a blast, and even in that short period of time we’ve seen how much God can bless someone. When we first met them, Ben and Cassidy were facing a number of challenges. Now as they head on their honeymoon, they are both in jobs they love, they recently purchased their first house, and they’ve married the partner of their dreams! Sounds pretty nice doesn’t it?!

We felt so privileged to be part of their amazing wedding day, but also wanted to take a quick moment to thank Tabitha Boyd for her generous offer to do Cassidy’s hair and makeup free of charge! As always, she did an absolutely stunning job, and showed why she’s the best makeup artist in Birmingham. Hands down.

Now, on to the big wedding day! It wasn’t without a few hiccups by yours truly, some of which included a torn pair of pants and a broken lamp in the groom’s dressing room. Long stories that I’d rather not revisit!

Cassidy and Ben had their ceremony at one of the most amazing locations that Stacey and I have ever shot at. Far above Camp Sumatanga in North Alabama, they had an intimate ceremony in front of a select number of family and friends. Then it was on to Birmingham and Aldridge Gardens for a blast of a reception!

So, I’ll quit blabbering now and let you enjoy some of our early favorites from the big day! Thank you Ben and Cassidy for having us along for the ride! And enjoy the honeymoon! You guys have definitely earned it!

So here’s the amazing Tabitha Boyd at work …



The guys enjoying a quick cigar before heading up to the ceremony site …


Cassidy’s father seeing her in her dress for the first time …

Stacey was absolutely in love with with Cassidy’s bouquet …


On to the mountain top …






Then it was time for some quick portraits of the newlyweds …










Before we left the ceremony site to head back to Birmingham, Ben and Cassidy enjoyed a quick moment alone at the chapel… but I couldn’t resist jumping out of the car and getting one more frame …


On to the reception!

Did we mention that Ben is an amazing musician and singer? Uhm yes, he is. Want proof? He sang and recorded their first dance song … Stacey admitted that she was grateful I didn’t do something similar at our wedding…


The new couple was toasted by one of their guests, who belted out a pretty darn good version of “Lady in Red” … other than the fact that Cassidy was in white, it went pretty well! :-)

Dusk at Aldridge Gardens …



And the awesome couple making a run for it …


Thanks again to Ben and Cassidy and their families, for letting us share in such an amazing day! We’re truly blessed to have you guys as friends, and I can’t wait to work through the rest of the images from the big day!

And one last shameless plug … 

If you’re getting married in 2010 and would like us to shoot your wedding for free, check out our latest version of the Free Wedding Photography Contest!

13 Responses

  1. Southern Wedding Photographer | Gresham Photography » Free Wedding Photography Contest 4.0! [...] 2009 we shot Ben and Cassidy’s wedding [...]

  2. Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photography | Gresham Photography » Free Wedding Photography Contest 3.0!!! [...] been so blessed to meet two amazing couples these past few years! We shot our First Year winners, Cassidy and Ben’s wedding last Spring [...]

  3. Cassidy WOW!!!! we love them. You guys were so incredible and I loved spending the day with you. Brandon, we owe you a pair of pants! We could never thank you guys enough. We love you both and you have been one of our greatest blessings!

  4. Kelly Tillman Thornell I love the pictures!!!! Beautiful!

  5. ellinor nelson I want to thank Stacey and Brandon for the wonderful job they did at Ben and Cassidy's wedding. I have never been with a group of photographers that were to easy to work with. They were alway one step ahead and with a great smile on their faces. THANK YOU for catching and saving the memories of a wonderful day.

  6. Brandon Thanks all for the kind words! It really was an amazing location to shoot in with a really fun couple! Can't ask for much more than that!

  7. Ashley Love it! Wonderful work!! What a great gift you gave that couple!

  8. Dennis Bullock What a wonderful couple and fantastic location!

  9. dani You guys are amazing!! Loved this latest wedding! Miss you too! Loves

  10. Mary My favorite place in the world. Timmy proposed in that chapel. I'm so excited y'all got to shoot a wedding there!!

  11. Kricia Morris Photography OMG guys...that scenery was amazing!! I'm kind of disappointed that I wasn't there for this one! Amazing job, so beautiful!

  12. Leslie Roark What an amazing opportunity for you to offer and the pictures turned out fantastic! It's so inspiring.. I hope to offer something like this next year!

  13. scotty awesome! incredible location too