Never in a million years did I think that I’d end up back here. The day I graduated from high school I knew I was headed for big adventures that would take me far away from the South. Where everyone knew everyone and their business, roots run strong and the tea is so sweet it pours as slow as honey. But after a while it happened. It always seems to happen… There’s something about the South that draws its people in. Lures them back with the sweet smell of gumbo, gumbo and your mother’s favorite perfume. It takes a hold of your heart and embraces you with welcoming arms.
Brooke and Dan’s wedding reminded me of just how powerful that force can be. An Alabama native, Brooke is well-traveled and is living a true life of adventure and excitement. She met her match in Dan and couldn’t resist his hair-pulling, helicopter-flying shenanigans. They decided to marry in a place with generations of family history, surrounded by their closest family and friends, and we met down a dirt road in Gulf Shores at the Swift-Coles House, (which was built by her relatives). The day was as laid-back and happy as could be and everywhere I turned were people upon which best-selling novels (and comic books) could be written. The smell of gumbo wafted through the air as the whiskey flowed and a friend took the stage to play the harmonica. There was kudzu, doggy dancing, and lots of talk of mullet tossing. Here are some images of a few highlights of their day.
All the details:
Venue: Swift-Coles House
Photography: Holly Gardner Photography
Catering: Jesse’s Restaurant
Musician: Sam Pointer
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