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Wendy Cunningham is an award winning Southern Wedding Photographer who creates an amazing experience for her clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Nashville Tennessee, and all along the Gulf Coast.

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Traveling back and forth between my homes in Central Louisiana and Nashville has allowed me to shoot some of the most beautiful southern weddings I’ve ever seen all over the states of Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Florida, and the Gulf Coast. As a Louisiana Wedding Photographer I am able to serve both the New Orleans area as well as all of the central and northern areas of the state without the added cost of travel. I absolutely love southern weddings complete with old barn wood, mason jars, burlap, lace, antiques, and couples who planned their wedding straight out of Pinterest who say, “Let’s go crazy because we only get married once!” Yet they still want it to be classy and romantic. I also love romantic, traditional weddings complete with crystal place settings, five course meals at the reception, a grand staircase, and couples who say, “We want to make this the event of the century because this is going to be the most important day of our lives!”

Regardless of what type of wedding you may be planning in Louisiana, if you are the type of bride who places a high priority on your wedding photography, then I would love to talk with you. After all… when the wedding day is over and the cake is all gone, the flowers have wilted, and the honeymoon is over… all you have left is each other and the photos to remind you of just how perfect that day truly was. And while I realize that you have tons of options when it comes to hiring a wedding photographer for your big day, I want to show you the value in hiring me… because it is also about more than just the photos. It is about the experience that your wedding photographer will provide for you.

I would love for you to visit my website for more information about having me at your wedding! Go ahead! Take a look! www.wendy-cunningham.com

Wendy Cunningham is an award winning  Southern Wedding Photographer who creates an amazing experience for her clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Nashville Tennessee, and all along the Gulf Coast.

Destin Beach Wedding | A Wedding On The Beach in Florida

It was a destination wedding on the sandy white beaches of Destin Florida. A Destin Beach Wedding at Eglins Beach Park was absolutely perfect for Stephanie and Ragan, and I was honored that they asked me to be their wedding photographer. Because while I have shot many many pictures in the sand over the last several years, I have never actually shot a beach wedding until now. And I must say… I LOVED IT!

The day began at the Caribbean Queen Beach House in Destin, Florida where the girls were getting ready. Once everyone was ready to go, a limo picked up all the girls and the bride’s father to carry them to the beach ceremony site at Eglins Beach Park.

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Eglins’s Beach was the perfect backdrop for Stephanie and Ragan’s Destin Beach Wedding. It is a semi-private beach that only allows military and their friends and family. Stephanie’s brother is military so it was perfect for them.

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After the ceremony was over the majority of everyone headed back to the beach house for a cocktail hour while the wedding party hung out at the beach for some fun pictures. I have to say it… this entire wedding party was so much fun.

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After having a blast with the wedding party, it was time to take some sunset shots of the bride and groom. This entire wedding was planned around the sunset beach wedding photos that we had planned. The ceremony location was perfect because the sun set down the beach rather than over the horizon, which I BELIEVE made for a much more beautiful setting. It allowed us to incorporate the sand and the ocean into the photos rather than just the water behind them. And these two ROCKED this sunset session. ROCKED IT!

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After the wedding photos on the beach at sunset, it was time for us to return to the beach house to join everyone else for the reception. There were tons of delicious food prepared by Stephanie’s family members who came in all the way from New York, as well as finger foods, soft drinks, and an open bar.The details and the wedding cake were perfect, and I had a hard time believing at times that this was a DIY wedding and that a professional was not hired. The details were so cute!

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Congratulations Stephanie and Ragan. You two were such a great looking couple on your wedding day, and I am honored to have been a part of it. Thank you for asking me to document this precious time in your lives. May you have a lifetime of happiness and sand in your toes!

XOXOXOX

To see Stephanie and Ragan’s complete wedding website and photo gallery, check out their wedding site at http://stephanie-ragan.wendy-cunningham.com/#/home/

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Nashville Newborn Portraits | Baby Keira

I do not shoot a lot of infant portraits since I market mostly for wedding photography. But every now and then I get an email from someone telling me that they really want ME to be the one to capture their newborn’s first year. And how can I say no to that?

I met Alaina and Matt two years ago when I helped Shannon Kelly, a Knoxville based wedding photographer at the time who now lives in Haiti, shoot their wedding in Hendersonville. So when Alaina contacted me about a Baby’s First Year Portrait Package, I was extremely happy. I love it when I get to watch newlyweds grow into a family.

Baby Keira was born three months early and spent the first three months of her life in the NICU. She had only been home for three days when I went to their home to shoot her very first session. And I can’t wait until September when I will go back for her next session.

Congratulations Alaina and Matt on the birth of your precious little angel. I am looking forward to watching and capturing her growth over the next year.

If you would like to see all of Keira’s pictures, or to watch her first year as she grows, take a look at her complete gallery. http://wendyc.pass.us/keira/

 

Cedar Hill Farm Wedding | Memphis Wedding Photography | Desoto County Weddings

I recently had the pleasure of photographing April and Justin’s North Mississippi wedding at the Cedar Hill Farm in Hernando Mississippi. In their search for a Memphis Wedding Photographer, April’s sister found me and made the initial contact. I knew immediately just from talking with her sister that I was going to fall in love with their family. And I was right! These people may be the nicest people I’ve ever met. I told them all that I wanted them to adopt me. And did I mention that April is a former Rodeo Queen? Horse people just make me happy. HAHA

April and her mother June planned the wedding and hand made every single decoration. It was a complete DIY wedding straight out of Pinterest. Burlap and Lace… Vintage decorations… Cowboy boots… A farm full of horses… IT WAS PERFECT!

And this burlap and broach bouquet… Well it made my heart pitter patter and I may or may not have squealed with joy!

These absolutely STUNNING bridesmaid gowns were made by Tawny Holt from Armour sans Anguish. They are seriously amazing and I wonder if I could get away with wearing one with my cowboy boots to the grocery store! 

The ceremony took place in front of the barn and the doors were covered with burlap drapes. A gorgeous burlap wreath hung above the doors and provided the most stunning backdrop for this shabby chic wedding. The beautiful white chairs were placed in front of the barn doors and the center aisle was lined with burlap and candles. The horses in the background were also perfect, making this former rodeo queen bride feel like she were right at home.

The families were prepared for two hundred guests, but there were over 300 guests who arrived making this wedding standing room only.

I absolutely love all the details that April and Justin were able to incorporate into their wedding to make it fit their personalities and lifestyles. The vintage Ford pickup truck played the role of the get-away vehicle for the entire wedding party after the ceremony.

And I seriously had a TOTAL BLAST with this wedding party! Everyone was so much fun. They had me all laughing so much and I do mean laughing. Hard. Like BELLY LAUGHING!

Portrait time was super fun too. Everyone was simply STUNNING at the wedding! It is hard to get bad pictures when you are photographing beautiful people!

Ummmmm yes… I did convince the bride to hop the fence and go frollic in the pasture with the horses so that we could get some bridal shots in the pasture. She may or may not have gotten horse poop on her knee. I will never tell.

I do not usually edit pictures in a way that requires me to alter the coloring of the photos. But I was playing with this image one day and fell in love with the way it looked. So I included the original and the edited version of the same image just in case.:)But these two are not only sisters, but best friends! And I can totally see this printed on a canvas gallery wrap and hanging in both of their homes. DID I MENTION THAT THE BRIDE’S SISTER IS ALSO A PHOTOGRAPHER? I am so thankful she chose me! It truly says something to me when other photographers ask me to shoot a wedding. Just sayin’!

The reception was amazing! HOT AND HUMID! But amazing! It took place inside the barn at Cedar Hill Farm and it was simply stunning. A gorgeous wooden barn lined with burlap and even crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling. 

I surprised the bride and groom with a same day slideshow during the reception. I setup my laptop to play a slideshow of images that I had taken prior to the reception right near the beer keg! It was a huge hit and I absolutely LOVED watching the bride’s reaction as she watched the pictures from her wedding day ON HER WEDDING DAY!

 

CREDITS:

Wedding Photography by: Wendy Cunningham

Planning and styling by June Harris Trusty – Mother of the bride

Venue and Catering: Cedar Hill Farm, 8 Love Rd, Hernando, MS

Florist: June Trusty

DJ: David Culver | Desoto County DJ’s - http://www.desotocountydjs.com

Hair Stylist: Tish Carpenter and Kaley Timbs

Wedding Cake and Groom’s Cake Artist: Elaine Wright

Tuxedo Shop: Stubbs Department Store – Grenada, MS

Bridal Gown Designer: Oleg Cassini

Bridesmaid Gowns Designer: Tawny Holt of Armour sans Anguish

Wedding Officiant: Judge Karen Sanders Carter