A Spanish Fort, Alabama Engagement Session at Historic Malbis Nursery

A Spanish Fort, Alabama Engagement Session at Historic Malbis Nursery


Mikki & Drew| Historic Malbis Nursery Engagement | 03.10.2018

Mikki and Drew are the second couple that I have photographed from the Facebook engagement session giveaway from January. After every meeting and every session, I get more excited about the type of giveaway that I did. I have been able to connect with the participants so much more than ever before. I am loving getting to know these couples and learning about their lives together. 

The meeting…

Mikki, Drew, and I  met at Panera Bread in Spanish Fort and chatted for an hour or so. I learned so much about them as a couple in that short amount of time. They both were in the band at the University South Alabama and met on the field at band practice. They both play the trumpet. Drew surprised Mikki and proposed to her on the stage at her Christmas concert in front of the entire crowd. Their personalities compliment each other so well. 

The engagement session…

Mikki and Drew requested a woodsy or garden location and I immediately knew where I wanted to take them for their session. I have been dying to shoot at the Historic Malbis Nursery in Spanish Fort. I have seen many weddings done there but the empty greenhouse shells were a perfect spot for dreamy, garden portraits. We started on the East side of the building and followed the sunlight. The light coming through the trees on the west side of the building during sunset was stunning.

Looking at the photos you would never know that this was Mikki and Drew’s first time in front of the camera. Mikki looked tranquil in Drew’s arms. They are such a silly couple and they were constantly cracking jokes with each other. I asked Drew to twirl Mikki and man was I in for a surprise! They know how to SALSA!! I love how they can’t help but smile when they look at each other.

These sessions have been so rewarding! Thank you Mikki and Drew for the opportunity to capture your personalities for your engagement session.

Engagement sessions are so fun! It gives me an opportunity to get couples into a gorgeous environment and for them to relax and be themselves.

Thank you to the Historic Malbis Nursery for allowing us to use your gorgeous wedding venue for this Spanish Fort, Alabama engagement session. Check out their website here and their here.

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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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