Allison and Andrew's Elegant Wedding at The Wimbish House

 

During Allison and Andrew's engagement session this past fall, I'd catch these two twirling, playing, spinning, and dancing when I would put my camera down to change a lens. I would quickly put my camera back up to catch those candid moments, which I knew were important to the two of them.  Because of that, photographing them was so effortless and I KNEW their wedding would be full of beautiful dances, but wow it exceeded every expectation I may have had. I captured all those moments during the reception, but let me say....I'm glad these two had videographers as well! I’m excited that I can go back and watch those dances! The evening was filled when beautiful foxtrots, ballroom dancing, and so much more. Allison's dad, Steve even took lessons and the two of them performed a choreographed dance to the epilogue of La La Land. Yes, it was epic and all of the guests did a standing ovation for them!  Allison and Andrew's first dance was very elegant and so fluid. This family is to talented.

When Allison and Andrew trusted me to be a part of their big day, they described their June 2018 Wimbish House wedding as elegant, warm and classic which is just so perfect because it's exactly what I saw while spending time with them during their engagement session. They also chose the Wimbish house for it's great dance floor!

A few days before the wedding, Allison and Andrew told me that among some of the most important moments to them were their first dance together and to capture the love and warmth of the day. It stood out to me that they described a "feeling" that they wanted documented. I love it. I can understand now as their family is just that....loving and warm. It's easy to see that they both grew up in such loving families and Allison and Andrew's life together will be no different.

Not only did Allison's dad, Steve, take dance classes but he buried a bottle of bourbon at the wedding venue for good luck and no rain. He also brewed his own beer for all to enjoy (even me!) All of the labels were personalized to the wedding, one being a picture that I took from their engagement session, how neat! Allison's dad was even with her when she went dress shopping! He had helped her pick the dress and their first look was so special. It was heartfelt, emotional and very beautiful. Steve gave me a hug at the end of the night and jokingly said, so you and your husband are coming over for Thanksgiving, yes?! He said he felt like I was already part of the family and his acceptance and sweet heart meant so much to me. Allison included many heirloom pieces into her day. Her hairpiece was made up of delicate wax flowers that her grandmother had once wore. She also wore a beautiful ring from her grandmother. Allison and Andrew also gave a beautiful tribute to those who there only in heart along with many pictures of past wedding photos. Those past wedding photos of other couples in the family were beautifully displayed on a fireplace for their guests to enjoy. It makes me think about how precious my job is and how long our work lives on through the love of my couples. 

During the reception, we snuck Allison and Andrew away to exchange gifts, since they wanted to share that moment together.  Allison gathered the sand from the very beach Andrew proposed and had it made into a tie clip for him. Very thoughtful. Andrew handmade (yes, handmade) a jewelry box for Allison. On the front of the box was a gold plate with the wedding day etched into it. Allison was absolutely speechless! She also opened a box of 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda. In the book, Andrew had an arrow to a particular poem he wanted Allison to read. She read it out loud. Tears came streaming down my face as I photographed these two.

“I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.”

Absolutely beautiful. If my words haven’t already conveyed how lovely this couple is, then that sonnet surely does! Not only did I have the joy of working with Allison as my bride, but I also got to photograph her sister’s engagement the weekend after the wedding. I just adore this whole family and I am so very honored that they asked me to be a part of their biggest moments in life thus far.

Congratulations Allison and Andrew! I’m so happy for you two!

Associate Photographer: Nicole Herztog
Day of Coordinator: Karin Holben of The Wimbish House
Venue: The Wimbish House
Hair and Makeup: Renee Locher
DJ: Nice Entertainment
Cake: Lush Cakery
Videography: Kevin Hursch Films
Catering: Endive Atlanta

 

Meredith and Collin's Piedmont Park Engagement Session

 

Meredith and Collin both attended the University of South Carolina, but it wouldn't be until after graduation that these two would finally meet. 

Meredith was working her usual shift at a local bar and grill in Columbia when a particular customer caught her attention. She knew Collin as a friend's friend, who had become a regular  and often wore a hat, but that's all Meredith knew. Determined to get to know the cute boy from the across the room, Meredith decided to introduce herself. On her night off, she set down her liquid encouragement, walked right up to Collin and said "Hi, I'm Meredith." Collin's response was, "I know."

Little did Meredith know, she had caught Collin's eye as well. From there, they were absolutely inseparable. One month after dating, Meredith landed a job in Atlanta. Collin had plans to move to Greenville and Atlanta wasn't exactly on his radar. They weren't sure what was going to happen in the near future for them. However, the first time Collin came to visit Meredith in Atlanta, he fell in love with the city. Six months later, Collin was moving. However, we all believe it's Meredith he fell more in love with and Collin says he would agree! 

After moving to Atlanta, Collin and Meredith were having a casual Friday date night. They got pizza for dinner and grabbed a drink at a nearby bar. Their apartment has a rooftop with a view of Buckhead so it's one of their favorite little spots. Collin had been chatting with Meredith about engagement quite a bit, asking questions about how she'd like for it to happen and so on. He continued this chat on top of their roof that night and Meredith told him she'd like it to be intimate, nothing fancy, and just the two of them. Collin, bright eyed and excited says, "Well....how about right now?!"

Meredith thought he was being facetious until he got down on one knee! He pulled out the ring and asked her to marry him! Just the two of them, a quite and intimate moment overlooking the city where they began building their lives together. Meredith said she cried her eyes out for a bit and then said, "YES!" 

Now that these two are wedding planning, I am SO honored to be a part of the process and their story! Collin picked their wedding venue for their ceremony and reception. They love its Southern charm and open feel so that everyone can intimately spend the whole day together. Know what venue it is? Yup, these two are taking me back to my favorite venue and where my husband and I said, I do this past fall, Little River Farms! 

Can't wait to celebrate these two in February!! 

Congratulations on your engagement, Meredith and Collin! 

 

Caroline + Bo | Married!

 

Caroline and Bo originally met in middle school. They connected their first year of high school and remained friends. After graduation, Bo left for the Marines and Caroline went to California for two years. After moving home, Bo's dad reached out to her about nannying his children (Bo's younger siblings). When Bo was home on leave, the two were able to reconnect.  Only this time, it would be forever! 

When Bo decided to propose, he took Caroline to his family's beach house in Florida. The house overlooks the 18th hole and Port St. Lucia, a gorgeous view! Bo told Caroline that they had to get a game of golf in before they left. So, on New Years Day, that's exactly what they did! When they made it to the 18th hole, Bo told her to putt. She missed and he asked her to take the flag out for him. Inside that 18th hole, Caroline discovered a ring box. Bo got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! His whole family was watching from the balcony and they had her family on video chat to watch the whole thing! 

On May 19th, Caroline and Bo tied the knot at Hawks Ridge Golf Club. Yes, my very own royal couple! It was the perfect venue as golf was a part of their engagement story.  Caroline & Bo were comfortable and familiar with the space as Bo's family is a member of the club. So, their wedding day really felt very at home. We had also shot their engagement pictures at the venue as well.  Just near the ceremony site were two beautiful cottages nestled right next to each other. Caroline and her girls were in one and Bo and his guys were in the other. It was the perfect location to hang out and get ready with their best friends! The backside of the venue overlooked the golf course and a beautiful lake. They danced the night away on the back porch and their guests had a blast! Caroline has one brother and gained so many wonderful sisters on her wedding day! Her Matron of Honor was Bo's older sister. I love that she is so close with his family.  I noticed throughout the reception that Bo and Caroline's mom would share inside jokes and many laughs with each other.  I went up to Caroline and pointed their direction and she said, I know, they just love each other! It was easy to see how well these two families will become one from here on out. Caroline and Bo have a wonderful support system behind them and I'm so happy that their wedding day was everything they wanted and more! 

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. MacInnis! Thank you for letting me be a part of your story! 

Talented Team of Vendors
Second Photographer: Diana Bello (Thank you!)
Venue: Hawks Ridge Golf Club
Planner: Jamie Brickwell with 12th Table
Hair and Makeup: Greta, Allie and Megan
Floral Design: Camille + Gray
Specialty Rentals: 12th Table
Entertainment: Raynard
Cake: Frosted Pumpkin

 

Lea Anne & Craig's St. Lucia Wedding

 

Lea Anne and Craig connected online, but in this small world, it turned out that a lot of Lea Anne's best friends worked with Craig at a restaurant in Commerce while attending the University of Georgia. Fate or what?! When Craig proposed to Lea Anne, he decided to pop the question in front of their friends and family during his housewarming party. Lea Anne and Craig now share this home together. How sweet is it that the memory of such a special moment lives where they are building a future together? Lea Anne and Craig are close with their families and are a social couple. They enjoy trying new restaurants together while being in the company of their loved ones. So, it was so perfect that he chose the moment he did to ask Lea Anne to marry him..surrounded by family and friends. When it came time to wedding plan, Lea Anne and Craig really thought about their journey down the aisle and how they wanted to start their lives together. And what felt right was an intimate adventure. Fun with friends and family, travel, new experiences, and a traditional wedding with a tropical flare. They were drawn to St. Lucia for it's beautiful scenery. And it's easy to see why! 

Around 30 of their close friends and family traveled from Atlanta to St. Lucia to see these two tie the knot, including myself! Lea Anne and I originally met through my old job as an account executive. We've kept in touch and when she reached out to me to be her wedding photographer and I was absolutely honored. Also, we are now neighbors living about 5 minutes away from each other! But, 2,000 miles we went to paradise at the Sandals Grande St. Lucia Resort! 

Although I have spent time with Lea Anne, I had not spent any time with Lea Anne and Craig together, and I loved being able to do that during this trip (before and after the wedding). One of my favorites things about these two are their subtle glances towards each other. If their love language wasn't physical touch at the time or they were busy mingling with friends you could still find their love language appear in a really small and impactful way. It was in a loving glance and a smile from the across the room. it's a moment that lingers in the air between them and anyone around them that happens to catch it (me!) but, it's done in such a way that I imagine makes the other feel like the only person in the room. It's a look that says so much without saying anything at all.

It rained quite a bit when we arrived, but on their wedding day the summer breeze swept across the island and bright blue skies hovered over it's beautiful scenery. The sun began to set as they said their vows in a little white chapel with an island style roof and a glass floor, which sat right over the water. There were lots of cheers, tears and smiles. Wild horses roamed just outside the gate of the resort, vibrant and beautiful flower and trees painted the island in color. Their closest friends and family were there by their side and plenty more who were sending so much love from Atlanta.  They danced the night away under tea lights and bright stars at their open air reception.  The newlyweds sent a lantern off together over the sea as their wedding day came to a close, but the adventure only just beginning. It was an honor to capture this journey for them! I captured some shots of them enjoying the island before and after the wedding day as this trip was more than just a special day. It was the journey of a lifetime. 

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Campbell! 

 

Caitlin | Class of 2018

 

Caitlin and I were next door neighbors for over 10 years and I have seen her and her two sisters grow up into such beautiful young women.  How time flies by! 

Caitlin graduates in a matter of DAYS and I'm so excited for her! This South Forsyth Senior is off to Georgia College. She is stylish and has a passion for fashion. She also enjoys modeling! I mean, obviously she has so many different talents! I can't wait to see her make her mark on the world. She has her heart set on a career in Fashion Merchandising. 

Thank you for inviting me to a part of this chapter, Caitlin! I loved documenting your senior year! 

"Be bold enough to use  your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you've always imagined" 

Go get em' Caitlin! 

 

Stephanie + Matthew | Married!

 

When Matthew decided to propose to Stephanie last year, he chose Hilton Head Island on the beach at sunset. As the sun went down on their very first night on the island together, Matthew walked her over to the water to see the "dolphins." Matthew stopped and got down on one knee and when Stephanie turned around, there he was! She said yes to a life of love and surprises with Matthew by her side.

Before the engagement, Stephanie was introduced to Matthew's first two ladies, his pups....Delphi and Gracie. Gracie immediately took to Stephanie and let Matthew know that she was clearly meant to be part of the family.  Delphi and Gracie were a part of the bridal party and they were listed on the program as "Puppy of the Groom" and "Puppy of the Bride." It was so sweet! They were even dressed for the occasion in floral collars. Yes, it was THAT cute! 

Stephanie and Matthew's Chateau Elan wedding was elegant, modern, and FUN! They were having so much fun, they decided to dance the night away another hour. You know you're having a great time when you don't want it to end! When searching for venues, it was important to them that Delphi and Gracie were welcomed by their wedding venue.  They had many friends and family traveling for their big day so the all-inclusive atmosphere of Chateau Elan was perfect for everyone, not just for the big day but the whole wedding weekend. 

Stephanie and Matthew read hand written vows to each other during their ceremony and did a first look as well. I (including so many others) definitely teared up. We caught a sweet moment of Matthew's mom tearing up during his vows to his bride. It's those personal touches that really tell the couple's story that get me. every. single. time.  Also, Stephanie and I bonded some more over our obsession for Kate Spade. Her sister brought up this obsession in her speech. Matthew's best man mentioned that if Matthew goes up in the world, he brings others around him up as well.  Both the Matron of Honor speech and Best Man speech touched on the bride and groom's character and I loved that.  

Stephanie and Matthew are off in St. Lucia on their honeymoon right now and that's where I'm headed tomorrow to celebrate another sweet couple! WHAT? Yes, that are the chances?! We will be at the same resort too.  

I am so honored that Stephanie and Matthew chose me to be by their side, capturing every moment of the most important day of their lives so far.

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Pinder! 

Associate Photographer: Lyndsey Pethel (You're awesome, thank you!)
DJ:  John Johnson – Spectrum Entertainment Events
Cake:  Jeffrey Schwerzler – Frosted Pumpkin
Caterer:  Chateau Elan
Florist:  Sarah Judkins – Design House of Flowers
Dress:  Maggie Sottero (designer) – Debbie Routon (consultant) Bravura Bridal & Prom
Invitations:  Wedding Paper Divas – Shutterfly
Bridesmaids Dresses:  Bill Levkoff (designer)  Bravura Bridal & Prom
Suits:  The Black Tux
Rings:  ShaneCo