THE WICKS | WEDDING SNEAK PEEK | TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA | ATLANTA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | MADALYNN YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

Lauren and Price's weekend was absolutely incredible. Their deep investment in family and friendship was so evident and it was easy to see that Jesus was at the center of it all. These two have such a sweet love and I know they will laugh a lot, love so deep, and do amazing things in Jesus name as husband and wife. Congrats you cuties! 

VENUE: North River Yacht Club

FLOWERS: Connie Taylor Creative

DRESS: Hayley Paige

SHOES: BHLDN

ALEX + MATT | TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA WEDDING | ATLANTA WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER | MADALYNN YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

So many weeks editing this wedding film and I still cry. Words cannot describe what an honor it was to document this day! Every moment was so full of peace and intention. Alex and Matt are two friends I have seen embody Romans 12 unlike any other: 

Let love be genuine. Hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 

It was such a treat to witness the beauty of their family and friends who have been with them through it all. So much Heaven, so much joy.  These two are already moving mountains as husband and wife and will continue to step with boldness into all that God has for them! We loveeeee the Kirkpatricks! <3

LAUREN + PRICE | TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA ENGAGEMENT | ATLANTA + BIRMINGHAM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | MADALYNN YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

I had the best Sunday afternoon session with Lauren and Price this month. We headed out to Price's family farm, and the land is absolutely beautiful. As soon as we pulled up I spotted a perfect field of yellow flowers and another with tall, golden grass (the photographer's dream). Also, Lauren and Price are absolutely precious so it's obvious that I was feelin real blessed:) After we spent some time in the fields we headed to a creek back in the forest that Price knew of. It was so sweet to see how special this place is to Lauren and Price and how they can't wait to spend the rest of their lives making memories together:) congrats you cuties, August can't come soon enough!

DANIELLE + AJ | TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA PROPOSAL | BIRMINGHAM + ATLANTA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | MADALYNN YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

Some of my dear friends got engaged a few weeks back and I just have to share! They are the absolute sweetest. They care deeply and patiently for others and for each other. They are excellent in everything they do, together and apart. They each set an example for everyone around them in how to walk in kindness, intentionality, and love. As you can see, I admire them a whole lot:) 

AJ told me about his plan to propose to Danielle about a month in advance. He said that their two year anniversary was coming up and that he thought it would be the perfect time to propose at their favorite spot, under this giant magnolia tree:) This is the place where AJ had asked Danielle to be his girlfriend. He carved the question into branch so they had always been able to come back and see it :)

The big day rolled around and Danielle was in town from Birmingham to spend the weekend with AJ and his mom. They went to see Beauty and the Beast, and then AJ suggested that they go have a picnic at their favorite spot, under the magnolia tree. He told Danielle that his mom would meet them there with all the picnic supplies, so they could just head over. 

She had no idea what was really going on until AJ literally said “Dan we are not actually having a picnic.” haha. She was so surprised, which made it the most fun:) Their closest friends and family soon emerged from a creek bed close by where they were watching from afar, so sneaky:) 

After all this sweetness, we got to go celebrate at the most fabulous engagement part there ever was! I love these two and getting to capture these moments. Congrats to the best of the best <3

SWEET BABY DORR | TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI | BIRMINGHAM + ATLANTA PHOTOGRAPHER | MADALYNN YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

I had such a sweet time celebrating with the Dorr family! Jamie Lynn put together an incredible party in their beautiful home, filled with friends and family. All the decor was so precious with a little touch of pink and blue, and everyone had so much fun taking their pick at what gender baby Dorr might be before the reveal:)  It was easy to see all the love surrounding Jamie Lynn, Jake, and this sweet baby BOY who is headed their way:) so excited for y'all! 

EMMA + WILL | LA GRANGE, GEORGIA ENGAGEMENT | ATLANTA, GEORGIA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | MADALYNN YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

Emma and Will are two of the sweetest people you'll ever meet:) They started dating in high school and have been going strong for 8 years! Needless to say, this is a super sweet season for them and it was so easy to see. A few weeks back I had the chance to drive down to meet them for the first time and to shoot their engagement photos in their hometown of La Grange, Georgia. Their friends have this beautiful property, complete with a pond and an Antebellum home. We had so much fun bouncing around to all the incredible spots that the land has to offer.  I'm so thankful I got to celebrate with these two, congrats Emma and Will!   

CAROLINE + ZACH | BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS PROPOSAL | BIRMINGHAM + ATLANTA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | MADALYNN YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

The pure happiness of these two and their families made this proposal so sweet and unforgettable:) I could tell it had been a long time coming, since Caroline + Zach started dating in high school and have been dating long distance all throughout college as she attend Auburn University and he attended Appalachian State University. I loved chatting with Zach about planning the proposal. He decided that the Botanical Gardens would be the perfect location as they are close to her grandfather's house, and they would defintely want to go there right after to tell him the exciting news. Their kindness and their joy made it evident how much they both valued their faith and their family, and how those things will be the foundation for the life they will build together. I am so excited for these two! Congratulations Caroline + Zach!

KADILEIGH + TRENT | LIVINGSTON, TEXAS WEDDING | TEXAS WEDDING PHOTOGRPAHER | MADALYNN YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

Kadileigh and Trent are the sweetest couple that I had the honor of getting to know this fall and winter. They are both so funny, kind, incredibly gifted, and obedient followers of Jesus. There was a winter storm that came through Texas on this January day, but that didn't slow their beautiful family and friends from having the greatest celebration:) Even with the temperatures below 20 degrees and sleet and snow all day, Kadieligh and Trent had so much joy and braved the cold with smiling faces. I had the most wonderful time with their friends and family, and even through the weather, everything turned out perfectly. The reception was an incredible winter scene complete with bonfires, heaters, s'mores, grilled cheeses, soups, and a hot chocolate bar. Everyone was so cute in their winter coats all snuggled up:) I am very thankful to have been a part of this wedding, and to have witnessed the union of these two incredible believers. You two bless me big time! Congratualtions :) 

Love,

Madalynn 

CAROLINE & JACOB | DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM PROPOSAL | BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | MADALYNN YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

This was a very, very special day:) Caroline is not only my little, but also one of my closest friends who constantly inspires the world. She is a fighter, a believer, and someone who doesn’t give in when things get tough. She is full of hope and love for all people. When I first met Caroline, she and Jacob were just starting to date. He came into town from Birmingham one weekend and we all went to a party at a friend’s house. Caroline made the rounds, saying hello to every person in the room as she so beautifully does, and Jacob and I found ourselves comfortable having no more than 3 people in our conversation:) It was that first night of friendship that we all realized we had something really good going. Looking back, Jesus has been so faithful to give friends that really are family. It has been 3 1/2 years of laughter, adventure, real talk, heartbreak, restoration, dancing, climbing mountains, dreaming, getting back up, and sweet, sweet friendship. They have walked me through some hard seasons, and are the kind of people to never leave your side. In my mind, it has always been Caroline and Jacob, and I am so happy that the time has finally come for my people to be all official:) 

Love,

Mads

ps. Jacob is so thoughtful and crafted the sweetest proposal, so I had Caroline write out their love story to share with everyone. I love them a lot:) hope you enjoy! 

 

"The first time I ever saw Jacob he didn't see me. I was a freshman in high school and he was a junior and we were at a Needtobreathe concert at Sloss Furnace. I spotted him through the crowd and spent the rest of the concert fighting the urge to sneak a few more glances. I tried to get him to notice me, but he never did. The tragic life of a fifteen-year-old.

Almost two years later, on Feburary 5th, 2012, I stopped by my house on the way to a friend’s Super Bowl party because I forgot the chips I was supposed to bring. I forgot that my dad, a college minister, was hosting a party for his freshman leadership team. When I opened the door, directly in front of me among the group of students, was the guy from the Needtobreathe concert. I immediately called an audible. 

Instead of rushing quickly out the door with chips in hand, I worked my way around the room and finally turned to him and said “Hey I’m Caroline, have you tried the chocolate cobbler? It’s amazing.” He said he had not, and I scooped him a bowl full and we held a short conversation that left me thinking “wow.” 

It was hardly the start of a romantic relationship. That didn't ensue for another two more years, but it was an incredibly memorable first impression. That night, he became much more than just a memorable face to me. To him, I now existed. Yet for two years, he kept how he felt about my existence well hidden. 

Over the next two years, we spent a total of fourteen days with each other on consecutive spring break mission trips walking the streets of New York City and the beaches of Gulf Shores. We developed a friendship based off of quality times, shared values and common interests. Outside of that, we only had a couple of encounters, most of which were at my house when Jacob would come to give my little brothers' baseball team pitching lessons in my backyard. That was the only time I voluntarily did the dishes (in my whole entire life) because, well, you had to walk through the kitchen for water breaks. Not too proud to admit it. 

All of this time that I was getting to know him, I never thought we would date. He was the older guy in college and I was just a high schooler. To me, he was an example of the kind of guy I hoped to end up with one day. I didn't know until he asked me out that he had had his heart set on me.

We started dating the summer before my freshman year of college. We dated long distance for four years. That is a whole story within itself. It had its ups and downs, challenges and risks. For the sake of keeping this brief, it is a connecting point from the moment in my kitchen to five years down the road.

February 5th, 2017, five years to the moment we first met, Jacob asked me to marry him. 

He wanted to accomplish two things with the proposal- 1. obviously for me to say yes and 2. For me to be surprised. (The only thing I like more than surprises is ruining them). 

To counter my intuition, he constructed an elaborate lie with the help of multiple people. Most notably, his good friend Lawrence, who runs a non-profit in Birmingham and is well connected. He baited me into actually inviting myself to my own engagement by casually dropping details of a party Lawrence and his wife Frannie "got invited" to. He knew I couldn't resist - The Super Bowl, a scenic Birmingham rooftop, exclusive company and a double date with one of our favorite couples. He sent me screen shots where he "asked" Lawrence if we could come too and of course Lawrence obliged and gave us instructions to dress nice. 

As the Super Bowl neared, we cut short our ensuing Netflix binge of my favorite show to go to the party. We arrived at the historic building dubbed the Heaviest Corner on Earth and hopped on the elevator and pressed the button for the top floor. When the doors opened, the top floor of the club was completely empty. I nervously looked at Jacob and asked if he got the time wrong. He said no, but we needed to switch elevators to get to the rooftop which is where the party was. He pretended to be a little lost, but found the elevator to get to the roof. Rooftops are my favorite place to be, so I did not protest.

The elevator doors opened, and I smiled as I saw the rooftop of the building covered in candles and white roses. It finally dawned on me what was happening. He grabbed my hand and walked me up to the observatory deck overlooking the entire city, got down on one knee, and asked “Caroline, will you marry me?” 

I, still in shock, managed to muster out a surprised “yeah.” A smile rushed across his face as he placed the ring on my finger, jumped up, and kissed me.

My sister and two of my best friends came out of the building and celebrated the sweet moment with us. We then went downstairs, got into his truck and started driving to my house to see my family.

However, when we got to my house, no one was there. I unlocked the front door, and Jacob led me into the kitchen. There, in the same place we met to the day so many years ago, he had a letter and a dish of chocolate cobbler waiting for me. We took in the moment we had alone together as we wrapped our minds around what the past four years of long-distance dating was culminating to all along.