Carrie and Daryl

Jekyll Island Club

Many of the weddings I photograph can be described as elegant and Southern. I love capturing beautiful details, but even more so, I’m inspired by kind people, hospitable gestures, and amazing locations. I found all of the above at Carrie and Daryl’s wedding last summer! They chose the Jekyll Island Club Resort, a historic hotel in coastal Georgia, for their wedding day and made great use of the different venues on the property. Their first look took place under the shade of Spanish moss before they gathered in the Faith Chapel for the ceremony. We were lucky to get those first look portraits because the skies opened up soon after! The teams from Molly McKinley Designs and the Jekyll Island Club Resort quickly relocated the cocktail hour, and the celebration continued seamlessly, later progressing to a twinkling tented reception. From the tasteful mix of oval-back and chiavari chairs to the amazing floral chandeliers Lindsay Coletta installed, each detail (thoughtfully curated by the bride’s sister, Molly of Molly McKinley Designs) made the evening feel especially magical. After dinner, cake, and plenty of dancing to the music of The Royals, Carrie and Daryl drove away in a vintage Bentley…to the after-party in yet another corner of the resort!

Carrie and Daryl, capturing your wedding and celebrating with your family and friends was a privilege. I hope these photographs always bring you right back to your special day!

“Davy is beyond talented! His eye for classic beauty and artistic talent created an amazing gallery of wedding photographs for our family. Looking through them after the wedding was like Christmas! He captured candid moments at the reception with our parents and friends that are priceless. Davy thought of every photograph that we would have needed or wanted, which really allowed us to enjoy our wedding day. His photographs are timeless perfection.” – Carrie and Daryl (Bride and Groom)

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Vendor Credits

Photographer: Davy Whitener Photography
Planning and Design: Molly McKinley Designs
Florals: Lindsay Coletta
Hair and Makeup: Jennifer C. Nieman
Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab
Venue, Catering, and Cake: Jekyll Island Club Resort
Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Ceremony Musician Booking Agent: Ambiance Music
Ceremony Pianist: Joseph Williams
Lighthouse Trolley: Cap Fendig
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Home Town Celebration

Southern Weddings Magazine V10

As you may remember, I had the privilege of photographing an editorial that landed on the cover of Southern Weddings magazine in 2016. When the SW girls invited Lydia and I to join them in Laurel, Mississippi for a shoot for their tenth anniversary issue last year, we couldn’t say yes quickly enough—even though we knew we would have one-month-old Gideon in tow! We ended up bringing the whole family (including my mother!) with us, so along with some amazing career memories, we made some precious family memories through this experience.

The story of this editorial surrounded a sweet bride and groom who planned a wedding inspired by the town where they grew up and fell in love. Thanks to Erin and Ben Napier of HGTV’s Home Town fame, Laurel has received plenty of national attention recently, and as soon we arrived, we understood why. It was one of the nicest, most hospitable towns I’ve ever visited, and it made planning and photographing a shoot that celebrated the locale easy. There were so many charming, perfectly Southern settings, including but not limited to Laurel First United Methodist Church where we snapped ceremony portraits, The Rogers-Green House lawn where our reception was set, and even the front porch of some friendly local residents who later joined our team for dinner.  While I loved photographing the charming details, like the lemonade stand, the picnic in the back of Ben’s truck, and the gingham bridesmaid dresses, my favorite subjects had to be our own Prudence and James, who posed as a flower girl and ring bearer!

We are so thankful to Southern Weddings for their support of our business over the years. It was an honor to be featured in their tenth issue and we especially enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with their kind, talented, and intentional team. I hope you love the photographs from this shoot as much I loved capturing them!

“This was the second magazine editorial we had the pleasure of working with Davy on, and when we wrapped our first project together (that made it on the cover of our ninth magazine!), we knew it wouldn’t be our last. In addition to flawless final images, Davy brings contagious enthusiasm, a servant’s heart, and a sense of fun and adventure to every shoot. We always look forward to our time together, and start scheming the next collaboration before we’ve finished the current one!” – Emily, Southern Weddings Creative Director

See more on Southern Weddings and in their V10 magazine!

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Davy Whitener Photography
Planner and Vintage Rentals: Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals
Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab
Videography: Bride Film
Ceremony Venue: Laurel First United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: The Rogers-Green House
Florals: The Petaler Co.
Hair and Makeup: Blush Salon
Catering: Lola Fleur
Lighting: Celebrations
Paper Goods and “Just Married” Banner: Southern Fried Paper
Strawberry Shortcake Boats: Shop Sweet Lulu
Escort Card Board: Minted
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Hanky Embroidery: Needleworks
Flower Girl Dresses: Rachel Riley
Hair Bows: Wee Ones
Bride’s Gown: “Heloise” by Leanne Marshall via The Sentimentalist
Veil: “Phoenix” by Sara Gabriel
Jewelry: ExVoto Vintage
Ring: Trumpet & Horn
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie
Groom’s Blue Blazer: Bonobos
Ties: Macy’s
Welcome Box and Napkins: Laurel Mercantile
for your notethank you