Fairhope Wedding Photographer & Educator | Ellison Smith Creative- Formerly Goodie & Smith Weddings

A New Year’s Eve Wedding in Magnolia Springs AL | Jennifer & Grant

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.! Jennifer and Grant’s New Year’s Eve wedding in Magnolia Springs was just beautiful. Jennifer and Grant planned a romantic and truly special wedding day at their home and we’re so happy we were part of the amazing team who brought it to life. We know Jennifer had been dreaming about this day for a long time – she sketched out designs for the ceremony site and everything. Just wait until you see what she dreamed up! It was truly one of a kind and incredible, much like Jennifer and Grant.

New Year’s Eve Wedding

We lucked out with the weather for Jennifer and Grant’s wedding day. It was 72 degrees and sunny. Although it was muggy during the early portraits, it really cooled off as the sun went down. They had been calling for 100% chance of rain but everything held off until we were really far into the reception. Couldn’t have asked for anything better! Thankfully, that meant that we were able to capture a lot of portraits outside – of our beautiful bride and groom, their first look, and their ceremony was even outdoors too! Jennifer and Grant worked so hard on their property to bring their wedding day to life. Grant actually BUILT the site they exchanged vows on from timber from Hurricane Sally. It was truly stunning and really just incredible.

From the moment we arrived to capture Jennifer and Grant’s wedding day, we felt so welcome. The guys were super laid back for us and the girls were having a great time getting ready. The Grand Hotel was the perfect spot for the ladies to get ready – and lead to some really classic portraits of Jennifer in her gown. She headed over to their house for her first look with Grant. During the first look she actually grabbed his butt, which made him laugh SO hard. And when he turned around and saw her, he was just speechless. It’s so clear that these two just LOVE each other so, so much.

Jennifer and Grant, congratulations on the start of your new life together. We’re so honored we could be there to capture such a beautiful moment in your story. Every thing about your New Year’s Eve wedding was truly incredible. We’re SO happy for you!


Getting Ready Venue: The Grand Hotel 

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Home in Magnolia Springs

Groom’s Attire: Anthony’s Bridal & Tuxedo

H&MU Artists: J. Willis Hair + Beauty

Florist: Wildflowers 

Baker: Monica Moore 

Caterer: The Ginger Pig

DJ: Hank Duplesis

Bride’s Dress: I Do Bridal

Bride’s Shoes:  Betsey Johnson |

Invitation Suite: Nall Printing 

Rentals: SOHO Events Rentals 

Decor: Mother Daughter Market 

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Fairhope Alabama Wedding Photographer formerly Goodie and Smith weddings

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Hi! I’m Jessica, owner and lead photographer at Ellison Smith Creative- the Gulf Coast’s only full service wedding photography studio. I am so glad you’re here! Please show yourself around and you’ll soon see that I believe that my clients DESERVE IT ALL! 

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