Amber & Jeff | Life is Beautiful

Amber & Jeff | Life is Beautiful for this Bride and Groom

I woke up this past Sunday morning to a post on Facebook about a 2016 bride and groom. My heart immediately sank. Her mother had posted that, Amber and Jeff, had lost their home and their german shepherd, Major, to a house fire. Amber and Jeff are safe. They weren’t home when the fire started.

Since I was a child, I have contemplated all the things I would save should my home catch on fire.

The first thing has always been my photos. I know photography has always been important to me but when I thought about this early Sunday morning, I had a moment realization. I realized why photography has always been a focal point in my life. Photography gives you tangible memories. A photo will never replace memories, but it gives you a way to visualize a moment in time. As I filtered through Amber and Jeff’s wedding album, my heart ached for them. Looking through their day reminded me how many important keepsakes they lost: Amber’s dress, the book she wrote for Jeff and had her sister deliver to him, her veil, their guest book. So many tokens from their wedding day are gone.

Material things can be replaced.

Homes can be re-built and they still have the memories from their day. But most important, Amber & Jeff have each other. They also have an amazing friends and family as a support system. Even the community is pulling together to help Amber and Jeff. Local news WVUA23 covered their story here.

Life is Beautiful.

The good and the bad. The hard things in life help you grow and become closer. If you can, please help Amber and Jeff. You can donate to their GoFundMe here.

I am honored when a bride and groom choose me to photograph their wedding day.

When they chose me to preserve their memories in a tangible medium. Today, I am glad that I hoard memories. I still have Amber and Jeff’s wedding gallery and can provide them with happy memories from when they were a bride and groom in a time of sadness.

You can see more of my portrait portfolio here.

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meet jessica


I am Jessica Smith. I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Born and raised in Alabama, I have lived on the Gulf Coast for the most of my life. After adventures with my husband’s job in the Coast Guard, we decided it was time to follow our hearts and settle down back on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. Being from Fairhope, my southern heritage is apparent from the time you meet me. My southern “twang” and my love of Alabama football are the giveaways. I am a wife and a mother to three gorgeous sons. I also love to garden and promoting wellness in the world.  

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