Amanda in her natural habitat.
Allow me the opportunity to brag on the missus for a moment…
As some of you may know, my wife and her friend Bethany Halford started an Instagram account with the mission of sharing interesting finds (mostly stuff girls like) from Walmart, of all places. Nearly 93,000 followers later, they have turned Instagram success into an opportunity to create and sell their own clothing line exclusive to Walmart.com, and said collection just launched this week! I’ve watched enough Shark Tank to know this is no small feat.
I know exactly nothing about women’s fashion, so I will default to Amanda and Bethany’s description of their creation: “…a cute, affordable, fashion-forward clothing line for women with Anthropologie tastes and, well, Walmart budgets”
And so I present the Whoa, Wait. spring collection (just repeating words and phrases I hear around the house). I am indeed proud of all of Amanda’s hard work.
(attire designed and furnished by hers truly)
*hair bow, compliments of my sister-in-law Jamie Graul Jerkins / The Dainty Bird. Sister-in-law, compliments of Michael Jerkins. Child, compliments of wife Amanda Davis Jerkins. Amanda Jerkins’ attire, compliments of brother Whoa, Wait apparel, hers and Bethany Halford‘s clothing line, which launches this Wednesday on Walmart.com. More information about this coming very soon!
With child number three on the way, it was imperative that we squeeze in one last family portrait as a family of four. We wanted a sequel to our final portrait as a family of three, so we visited local tintypist Giles Clement who created what may in fact be my favorite photo ever taken of our family.
Abby and Micah explained to me from the start their disdain for attention and apologized in advance for their severe stage fright in front of a camera lens. The way they set themselves up, I was sure I’d have to pry them out of the fetal position on their wedding day. To my great relief, though, they were at ease all day… probably just distracted, but I’ll go ahead and take some credit. The whole day was a genuine pleasure.
A rundown of the event: The sister of the bride is the excellent Nashville wedding planner Jennifer Hamilton who helped nail down the lovely Avondale Villa in Birmingham, AL as a ceremony and reception site. Cake was by Nashville’s Cupcake Collection and flowers by my all-time favorite florist/person Amanda Jerkins Design.
Meet Lydia and Mark. She, in a T-Bone Burnett/Jack White-approved roots country band The Secret Sisters, and he, the co-founder of the socially entrepreneurial Good Spread, a company that makes ever-so-tasty peanut butter and reciprocates each purchase by sending a packet of therapeutic food to malnourished children around the world.
They wed this past October in rural north Alabama, in the back yard of Lydia’s grandparents’ (now her sister’s) home, a place lovingly known by the family as Happy Valley. The reception was just a stone’s throw away inside a barn her grandfather and great-grandfather built in the 1940’s with their own hands, which is what men did back then.
It was a lovely day with two extra-lovely people… I was thrilled to be a part of it.
Long before the wedding was ever on my radar, this band and this song helped me enjoy my life just a little more than I had been enjoying it before:
Also, listen to this really cool Johnny Cash cover they did with Jack White (link)
…and then this is just ridiculous:
An earlier shoot with Lydia and Mark at the Ryman:
The Wedding Day:
*flowers by Amanda Jerkins Design
Amanda and I were in the West Midlands of England for a couple of weeks this summer, thanks to a wedding that we were asked to photograph and flower (link to wedding gallery here). Miraculously, Amanda managed to birth a child and acquire all the proper documentation to take him overseas with us, all within 60 days of our departing flight. That was not easy.
If you’re interested, here is a gallery (link) of some of our travels, starting at our cottage on a sheep farm in Shropshire and ending with straight up tourism for a few days in London.
…and just in case you missed it the first time, here are some additional photos I’m rather proud of.
I was lucky enough to shoot a wedding last month inside a 500-and-something year-old church in the English countryside. I’d love for you to peruse this rather extensive gallery… I had trouble making an abridged version.
Shropshire, England Wedding
My talented interior designer wife Amanda had some of her work featured yesterday on Apartment Therapy. I just so happened to take the photos.
My lovely, talented and 37-weeks-pregnant wife designed and flowered a wedding in West Monroe last week. The latest issue of Us Weekly features her bride, groom and flowers (on right… not Kim and Kanye, unfortunately).
Uncle Si’s favorite part of the day: “Watching her walk to me with the bouquet,” he tells Us Weekly.