January 29, 2013

{Real Wedding} Courtney & Grayson

Today I have a husband wife photography team from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Grant & Sara Dotson describe their photography philosophy, "we bring a unique perspective to photography, one influenced by life experiences as well as comprehensive art and design training. Our cameras are an extension of not only our eyes, but our minds and hearts, instantly capturing moments and emotions just as they occur." I have to be honest, I was drawn to their website because of their beautifully designed logo and style, that when I read their bios and found out that both of them are graphic designers also, it made sense! Make sure you stop by their handsome website and blog here.

Courtney & Grayson have a long love story filled with deployments and accomplishments! Courtney was kind enough to share their story and even though their wedding does not have a sword arch or uniforms, they do have ties to the military. "My father is a retired Marine, and currently works as a civilian for the Navy out of Cherry Point, NC. Growing up, I had always said that I would never marry a military man, simply because I didn't want to move like I did when I was younger. But God had another plan for me. Grayson and I met in the fall of 2005 while in school at Auburn. Grayson had enlisted with the Marine Corps after high school and was a Marine Reservist out of Montgomery, AL. Grayson taught me about the Reserves, and after two years of dating, Grayson was deployed to Haditha, Iraq in 2007. Communication was not great because the satellites in his area where often knocked out of commission by storms. He returned stateside in April of 2008. In the Fall of 2008 I started Pharmacy School at Auburn's Harrison School of Pharmacy. In June 2009 he was sent for a humanitarian mission to train military in peacekeeping operations in The Republic of Benin, which is a country in West Africa that is between Togo and Nigeria. While in Benin, Grayson received a Certificate of Commendation to recognize his outstanding performance during this mission. In May of 2012, I graduated Pharmacy School and we got married. We are now living in Birmingham, AL."

Thank you Dotson Studio for sharing these beautiful engagement & wedding photos. If you would like to read more about this fun couple and to see more of their engagement session click here 
Wedding Venue: Walnut Hill Farm in Dalton, GA // Floral Design: Debra Dunn of Dalton, GA // Wedding Invitations: Please Reply in Mountain Brook, AL // Wedding Dress: Watters Mimi Gown from Diane's Formal Affair in Jasper, AL // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka Lissa 

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