Fall in Birmingham

Okay, this is clearly a little late, but I couldn't help but share the perfect fall weekend in BHam. With all the negativity and turmoil surrounding the state of Alabama recently, I wanted to make sure people know how beautiful it really is. 

 I love this little town. There's so much to see and do at any given day but the place to be every week is definitely Pepper Place Market. After you've gathered your local produce, flowers, crafts, and homemade goods, you've probably worked up an appetite. If the fresh baked goods and produce didn't get ya, you must head to Saw's BBQ. I think that God himself established Saw's because there's nothing more heavenly than the food served there. When we first moved here, we went every single weekend. No exaggeration. We have since become too lazy to make the 20min drive but still find ourselves regulars at the local hole in the wall.  Once your stomach is full and you can't possibly eat anymore, walk it off at Turkey Creek Preserver. My FAVORITE place in the entire area and by far the best place to walk off those calories. It's full of swimmers and sunbathers such as myself in the warmer months but when the temperature drops just enough for a light jacket, head to the creek. You won't be disappointed. 

Posted by Ashley Lester.

Young the Giant with Cold War Kids

Young the Giant with Cold War Kids

The Home of the Strange Tour came to central Alabama on Tuesday, September 26 at The BJCC Concert Hall. When the tour was announced, it felt like an instant sell out. Young the Giant has been well established in the alternative pop rock scene for a good time now thanks to the single “My Body” and Cold War Kids made waves a decade ago with their hit “Hang Me Up To Dry”. However, when you think of an alternative music scene, Birmingham, Alabama wouldn’t ever come to mind, and Tuesday’s concert proved just that. 

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Earning My Apron: Apple Cider Bourbon Pie

Earning My Apron: Apple Cider Bourbon Pie

I can't cook you guys. Jon has to help out if I want a fried egg, garlic bread in the broiler always ends up burnt, it's embarrassing. So I wanted to start making recipes that challenged me with skill, patience, and using ingredients I'm not use to cooking with. I wanted to start this process AND blog about it so that I can look back a year or two from now and say look how far I've come!

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ANTI-social media: #NotABot

ANTI-social media: #NotABot

social media is taking a deep and dark turn for the worst. What is social media? It's online platforms to be, well, social. But in a world that is constantly demanding your attention and where so many people crave the affirmation and adoration of their followers, it's becoming a breeding ground for insincere content and communication.

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Kayla + Charles

Kayla + Charles

I've known Kayla since she was a wee-little youngin' and the fact that she's married and starting her own family is beyond belief. However, I sigh with big relief because her now-husband Charles is the type of guy that Dad's lay awake and pray for their daughters to find. Both Kayla and Charles are SO full of faith and love, they just radiate happiness and it was even more so evident on their wedding day. 

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Devan + Thomas

Devan + Thomas

Nestled among the rolling hills of The Old Mill Farm in Bedford, VA is the most picturesque setting for a summer wedding. Puffy cotton clouds dotted the blue sky but don't let them fool you, we kept our eyes on the weather all day. From a 60% chance of rain, we were ready for whatever happened but not a single drop fell. It was the hottest wedding I have ever photographed but perhaps among the most beautiful as well. 

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Alicia + Matt

Alicia + Matt

One of my favorite movies is Sweet Home Alabama (bare with me, this is relevant) - I've always loved that movie and it basically makes me a soppy mop every time I watch it. You know the ending scene where it's raining and storming but they both realized that they're so in love and then comes the epic line "So why do you wanna marry me anyway?" "So I can kiss you anytime I want." (Here's a link for a refresher) Well Alicia and Matt had one of these moments during their ceremony.

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Natalie & Chris

Natalie & Chris

Nestled between the soft rolling hills of the Richmond suburbs is a beautiful little farm called Seven Springs. Straight out of the colonial period, this farm boasts an impressive campus of 1700 farmhouse, barns, cottages, and farm animals galore. From reading this, you wouldn't immediately think of wedding venue but after photographing there twice, I wouldn't think of anything else. This little corner of Virginia is paradise, where baby goats roam (in cages of course) and the light never seems to disappoint. 

Posted by Ashley Lester.