Tracey and Maxwell knew they wanted a simple, sweet wedding. So about a year ago, they began planning as many DIY details as they could. Along the way, family and friends jumped in, also excited to help. Finally, about a month ago, their dreams came true when they had the wedding of their dreams at the Cool Springs House in Brentwood.
I’ve known Tracey since she was a young girl, just after her family moved to Brentwood. Her family, originally from South Africa, settled in their home, where our backyards were happily connected. We became fast friends, and our children spent many hours together riding horses, jumping on trampolines, and selling lemonade. We enjoyed learning about so many new and different cultural experiences, from two different parts of the world! Plus, I truly loved making friends with each and every member of Tracey’s extended family. It’s been one of my greatest pleasures to capture special memories for people I care deeply about, and this lovely May wedding was no exception.
While I have known Tracey’s family for many years, it’s been wonderful to get to know the man who has stolen her heart! Last fall, however, I got that chance during their warm, autumn engagement session at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park nearby.
Capturing the romance at the Cool Springs House
Tracey and Max planned a first look so that they could enjoy more time together on their wedding day. Planning the day this way is always , because it opens up so many more picture opportunities. It also takes the pressure off before the ceremony! After finishing with their getting-ready final touches inside the historic home, these two were ready. Tracey stepped out on the front veranda and, as the photos show, took Max’s breath away. After a few sweet, private moments, we had plenty of time to walk around and take romantic portraits all around the property. While having a first look is not for everyone, there are many advantages, and more portraits is one of them!
Just prior to the ceremony, everyone had a few moments to relax and take a break. Arriving guests made their way over to the rustic, Cool Springs House barn, trimmed in white tulle and crimson and white flowers. A perfect breeze and plenty of shade made the setting complete. Tracey’s brother and Max’s sister completed the small wedding party. Even better, the groom’s father officiated, thus making every aspect of this day especially heartfelt and meaningful. (Max’s sister was the cake artist, too!) After tying a traditional Celtic knot and reciting their vows, Tracey and Max as husband and wife, simply beamed as they walked back down the aisle.
Guests and family enjoyed a mouth-watering buffet from Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint. (Always one of my favs for great BBQ!) Honestly, the weather could not have been nicer for gathering around the Cool Springs House patio under the twinkling lights. Too soon, the evening wrapped up as guests prepared a celebratory glow stick send off. But luckily, just before, we snuck away for a few more portraits! Just as the sun was setting, we captured Tracey and Max’s love in the golden evening glow. Some of my favorites images of this day are in these moments, as orange light gently sparkled through the trees.
Off to celebrate!
As the day drew to a close, Tracey and Max were bittersweet, but excited to look ahead! The very next day, they left on a fabulous tropical honeymoon trip to Burmuda! I loved following their Insta highlights as they snorkled, rode horses along the beach, and took in their first week of married bliss! As I post this today, and prepare their beautiful wedding gallery, I want to wish Mr. and Mrs. Rupp congratulations all over again!