From Audrey Herron, Wedding Photographer
When I first met Cassie, there was just something about her that was so genuine and sweet it was impossible not to love her after only a few minutes of hanging out over coffee!
Parker was just as sweet when I met him at their engagement session in Madison that summer. They were so easy to photograph, and full of natural smiles and laughter—just a joy and comfort with one another that made it evident that they were soul mates. Their families were also amazing—they have such kind parents who were an absolute joy to work with.
Cassie was absolutely breathtaking in her lace and tulle gown and the colors she picked for her beautiful bridesmaids were perfect for a soft, romantic wedding! And ya’ll—this bride was all about comfort—she sported some brand new Nike tennis shoes under her gown!
After photographing the girls and Cassie, we prepped for Cassie and Parker’s first look—and it’s one I will never forget! Before Kristal, my second photographer, walked Parker out to the location he was already emotional just thinking about his beautiful bride-to-be. Once Cassie called his name and began to walk toward him, I have to be honest—my eyes were watering as I was shooting! It was one of the sweetest, most emotional first looks I’ve ever had the honor of capturing.
The ceremony was also sweet, with lots of happy tears, and Cassie and Parker beamed after sharing their first kiss as husband and wife and turned to face their family and friends.
After some gorgeous “just married” photos with the sun setting behind them, they were introduced as husband and wife and the celebration began!
As the whole day had been, the first dances were all sweet and emotional, and when the toasts began, they all commented on how special these two individuals are.
Cassie and Parker cut their cake, and then Cassie ascended to the “Juliet” balcony to toss her bouquet. They ended their beautiful celebration with a sparkler send off!
As far as father-of-the-brides go, I have to tell you—I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bride’s father work as hard as Cassie’s did to make sure his daughter’s day was perfect! Mr. Chupp was the first person who met me at the venue with Cassie’s details, he helped hang the dresses on matching hangers, he was involved in setting up, running things back and forth, and he even set out the sparkler stands for her exit. His love for his daughter was evident in how hard he worked that day, and it was truly touching to see!
Sweet couples like Cassie and Parker remind me why I love what I do. To have the couple’s confidence in capturing their day, their trust in being present for private moments like their first look, and the responsibility to tell their story is something I consider an honor—particularly for Cassie and Parker.
Photographer: Audrey Herron, Audrey Herron Photography
Second Photographer: Kristal Whitley
Venue: Empire Mills, Madison, Georgia
Florals: Bud and Bloom, Athens, Georgia
Wedding Gown: Treasures Formals & Bridal
Tuxes: The Black Tux
DJ: Kris Plummer, Sound Insight Productions