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

Mobile AL Wedding on Dog River | Mary Clare & Carson

Mary Clare and Carson had such a classic southern wedding on Dog River in Mobile AL. For the past year I’ve seen more and more intimate guest counts while keeping all the charm and elegance and I am loving it! I am so blessed to be of the select few who came together to witness the beginning of Mary Clare and Carson’s marriage. They became husband and wife with an outdoor ceremony on Dog River here in Mobile. The ceremony was followed by a beautiful backyard reception at a private residence. I LOVED being a part of their day. What a special day for two of the sweetest people.

Mobile AL Wedding on Dog River

Their late May wedding in Mobile AL on Dog River was warm but the summertime glow was amazing. Our former associate photographer, Ashton, has a special talent for finding that perfect spot that shows off that summer sun! As the day began, Mary Clare got dressed with her mom and sister while Carson prepared to see his bride. Mary Clare shared the sweetest first look with her Dad, I love these, before the ceremony. They tied the knot surrounded by their closest friends and family beneath the handmade wooden cross.

After their riverside ceremony Ashton captured all the formal family photos before sneaking off for some bride and groom portraits. How perfect is this space for a wedding!? Water, sunset, lush green space, fun architectural features – I couldn’t have asked for more variety of portrait options! 

Southern Outdoor Reception Inspiration

After their Dog River ceremony and portraits we got ready for their reception! They had a small open air reception on the back lawn complete with a strung lights, hydrangea centerpieces and a beer truck! How fun! They danced the night away with their families to live music under the stars!  Such a joyful, southern summer wedding!! Finally, after cutting the cake and a champagne toast the newly Mr and Mrs giggled their way through a sparkler send off that made for an adorable photo opp. It was the best way to end a lovely evening. Mary Clare and Carson looked perfect together all night. You could totally see in their eyes how happy and in love they are!!!!

I feel so honored to have been part of the vendor team for Mary Clare and Carson’s Mobile AL Dog River wedding day – everyone did such an amazing job creating a day special and perfect for these two. We were so happy we could be there!

Bridal detailssouthern bride gets ready for her wedding daywedding dress and hydrangea bouquetgroom getting ready with the help of his best manbride shares a first look with her dadoutdoor ceremonysouthern outdoor weddingwedding ceremony on Dog River in Mobile AL family portraits at weddingbride with her family Bride and Groom at Alterbride and groom photos on pierbride and groom portraits photographed by goodie and smith weddings

sunset photos

dog river wedding


southern outdoor wedding inspirationfun wedding vendor brew buscake cutting and champagne toastparent dances at outdoor wedding receptionfirst dancemobile al weddingphotographs in front of beautiful doorssparkler exit photosbride and groom pose for photo with their photographer


Photography: Ellison Smith Creative

Venue: Private Residence on Dog River in Mobile AL

Hair Artist: Dianne Tims with Studio D

Makeup Artist: Amanda Jones with The Battle House Spa

Florist: Zimlich the Florist 

Rentals: Port City Rentals

Baker: Pollman’s Bakery

Caterer: John Weichman

Ceremony Musicians: Franklin Pratt

Invitation Suite: Jubilee Paper

Bride’s gown: David’s Bridal 

Groom’s attire: Joseph A Bank

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fairhope Alabama Wedding Photographer formerly Goodie and Smith weddings

meet Jessica


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! 

search the site

featured posts

Rehearsal Dinner Photography

Proposal Photography

post categories