Southern Weddings



Abigail Wellinghurst

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Abigail is a wedding photographer, educator, and missionary based on the Eastern Shore of Alabama servicing the shores of the Gulf Coast and abroad. She is obsessed with all things floral, the outdoors, Chick-fil-a, and anything rose gold.

Where you call home: Fairhope, Alabama
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: I started off just like everyone else, inexperienced. I remember the day I was asked to shoot my very first wedding. I was so excited and so nervous. I was totally unqualified. Yet, these sweet people saw something in me that would one day help me realize my value. Flash forward seven years and I am now an award-winning, published, professional wedding photographer. People just kept booking me and I kept falling more in love with it with every wedding. I love my people well, invest in their lives and stories, help educate and minister, and in that way can still be missional in my career. I was once considered unqualified and unworthy, but God qualifies the unqualified; and I am so glad He does.
Location/Coverage: Based in the Eastern Shore/Gulf Coast of Alabama, Available Worldwide
How I got into weddings: I started photography in high school, and when I got into college some friends asked me if I would be willing to take their wedding photos. That was in 2010 and after that, more and more people started asking, and I found myself doing primarily weddings by 2013. I made it my full-time business focus in 2015!
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? I love having weather that allows outdoor weddings year-round (unless it’s a hurricane!), and I love that Southern weddings are always filled with the most beautiful heirlooms and deeply rooted in tradition.
Favorite part of a wedding day? I LOVE styling details, I cry at every first look and father daughter dance; and I, of course, love when it’s time to eat! (Bonus if there’s a potato or grits bar!)
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? My best advice is to print your photos and put them up in a place you look at often. On the days when you may not feel those butterflies in your stomach and you realize how difficult marriage can be, being able to look back on a moment in time when the two of you were completely and incandescently in love, it will help remind you of why you are in this and will make those difficult moments a little easier to get through.
Dream travel destination? Amalfi Coast or Sydney, Australia!
Favorite Southern city? Charleston, SC, Fairhope, AL, and Saint Augustine, FL (in that order).
Early bird or night owl? Honestly, a mix of both. I have two babies so early mornings have become a way of life…even if I do stay up until 2 am working!
Favorite pie flavor? Apple
Favorite biscuit topping? Thick Sausage Gravy!

Written with love by Catherine

Sarah Brooke Photography

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I love getting to know my brides and grooms to put together a personalized photography experience that is a reflection of their love for one another and their journey. I run my business with my heart while creating classic, timeless images that have a special place in my couples’ hearts for years to come.

Where you call home: Originally, Detroit, Michigan. Now Southern Georgia!
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: My biggest accomplishment thus far is being accepted as a Blue Ribbon Vendor for Southern Weddings! I am a huge fan of Southern Weddings and what they stand for. Not to mention being featured in The Knot (50 weddings 50 states for Mississippi), Gulf Coast Wedding Magazine (both cover and featured weddings), and Borrowed and Blue. None of that compares to all my sweet couples who have trusted me to tell their love story.
Location/Coverage: Southeast and world wide
How I got into weddings: I knew early on that I wanted to capture love. I reached out to a local photographer and asked her if I could tag along to a small wedding of hers. I promised to not be in the way and to stay on the sidelines. She gave me the best gift possible. At that moment my love for weddings grew and became a wild passion. Eight years later and with over 100 weddings under my belt, my passion is still wild over weddings!
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Being a Northerner who moved to the South, I am completely smitten! Southern hospitality and my Southern couples themselves are my favorite things. They are sweet, kind, and wholesome. They love wholeheartedly. My love for historic homes and architecture is another reason why I love Southern Weddings. The details of historic architecture paired with a beautify Southern bride gets me every time!
Favorite part of a wedding day? Hands down the father daughter dance…I tear up every single time! There’s something about that special time between a father and his daughter.
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms?I encourage husbands and wives to continue celebrating their marriage beyond that blissful first day.
Dream travel destination? Greece!
Favorite Southern city? Savannah, Georgia.
Favorite pie flavor? Key Lime Pie… Yumm!
Favorite biscuit topping? Gravy, of course!

Written with love by Catherine

Holly Graciano Photography

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Relationships are at the heart of Holly Graciano Photography. I am constantly inspired by people who are genuinely connected to one another and love with their whole hearts: people who seek out joy in their everyday lives and share it with others. I love getting to know my couples and form lasting relationships with them.

I believe deeply in providing artfully crafted, meaningful, and timeless images for my couples and will pour my heart into your wedding day to make it the best it can be. I want you to always look at your images and feel the excitement, the love, and the magic of your wedding day.

Where you call home: Columbia, South Carolina
Things you’d write home to your Momma about : I am proud to have a career I love so dearly that allows me to connect with kind-hearted, joyful people and create something beautiful and lasting for them that their grandchildren will look at one day.
Location/Coverage: Based in the Carolinas, serving the Southeast and beyond.
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Southern hospitality, family traditions, and sentimental details. Also, outdoor ceremonies under old oak trees and al fresco receptions in front of the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Favorite part of a wedding day? In those moments after being announced husband and wife, there is a beautifully pure sense of joy radiating from the couple!
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Create a timeline that allows you not to have to rush through the day, so that you can truly soak in each moment and enjoy the ones you love the most who came to celebrate with you! Also, hire a strong vendor team that you trust and believe in.
Dream travel destination? Southern France and Spain
Favorite Southern city? Asheville- the food, mountain air, and sense of community.
Early bird or night owl? Night owl for sure. :)
Favorite pie flavor? Key Lime
Favorite biscuit topping? Honey butter.

Written with love by Catherine