Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014



Once upon a time there was a wedding in the park....  Our son, Stephen, was married in the beautiful park overlooking Mobile Bay in Fairhope, Alabama on May 8, 2014.  His bride, Raegan Smith became his forever friend and wife in this sweet, private wedding ceremony.


The wedding was originally planned to be held on the beach in Gulf Shores.  Upon arriving we discovered that the wind was wild and holding a veil on might become a problem along with crowds of people.  They planned to stay in Fairhope, Alabama following the wedding so we suggested that they take a look at the Fairhope park at the municipal pier.  The minute they saw it they fell in love.  Beautiful green grass, tall beautiful trees overlooking the gorgeous Mobile Bay complete with a fountain and blooming roses. 



Since this was a small family wedding, changing the venue was no problem.  A phone call to the minister and everything was set. 

We couldn't have been happier since Mike and I fell in love with Fairhope during the winter of 2010 when we stayed at Rainbow Plantation.  Fairhope was named the second best small town in the south by Southern Living magazine.  It certainly isn't hard to see why!!  It was founded in 1894 as a single tax colony.  The municipal pier was also opened in 1894 and played a vital role in the development of the area!!







The weather was perfect and the wedding sweet and personal. We are so happy to see Stephen begin his family with Raegan and welcome her with open arms to our family!!



  1. What a beautiful setting for a wedding. The bride is stunning in her gorgeous gown. Wishing Stephan and Raegan every happiness.

  2. congrats to the happy couple! may they have many years of wedded bliss!
    a new 'daughter' for you and that's a bonus!!!

  3. Now that's enough to bring a tear to your eye!

  4. the backdrop. Many can do the beach, but how many have Fairhopes the fountain and that cool pier.

  5. How beautiful. Sometimes things work out so much better at the second choice. And I personally think this one is incredible. Congrats to all of you.

  6. What a beautiful, intimate, special wedding... and what a beautiful daughter you have gained!

    Congratulations, and God bless!!!

  7. Finally! I was going to send you am email asking...Where are the wedding photos! Hehe
    She looks absolutely gorgeous. So very happy y'all were able to change the plans. It looks like God was smiling down.
    What a cute story about love in Fairhope. It is a lovely area.
    Thanks for all the beautiful photos. You are getting me so excited for Kelly's wedding.
    Keep enjoying the good life.

  8. What a awesome "Backdrop" for the Special occasion...and what a Grand couple they make...Congratulations to all of you.... Thanks for sharing Your special moment/memory with us....Horst sends

  9. Congrats to the new couple. Beautiful setting. Know you're very proud.


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