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

 

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! 

 

Taylor | Class of 2018

 

Taylor is graduating from South Forsyth SO soon and headed for Georgia Southern. This adventurous girl took to the cold water for some shots by the waterfall in Roswell and no doubt will she take that same spirit and bravery out in the world with her! Congratulations, Taylor! So honored to have captured this special time in your life! 

"Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures"

 

Lizzy + Dardan | Married!

 

You may remember this sweet couple and their two pups from the blog recently. We had a blast at their engagement session this past September, getting to know each other and documenting that special time of being engaged. On March 23rd, Lizzy and Dardan tied the knot! 

Their intimate spring wedding took place at the Conservatory at Waterstone, nestled in the historic town of Acworth.  Lizzy and Dardan wanted to spend as much time as possible together, so during and after their first look, they were able to enjoy each other's company on their wedding day.  They shared a lot of laughs as the wind picked up Lizzy's veil and created a mind of its own (which made for great pictures!) Their ceremony was just as special when they read each other's personal handwritten vows. Lizzy softly reached up to wipe away the tears streaming down Dardan's face as he made his vows to his bride. During the reception, Lizzy performed an upbeat dance with a very special student of hers. It was so much fun to watch! Everyone truly did dance the night away! 

Lizzy and Dardan's love of travel and adventure was seen on their wedding day, especially in the ring boxes.  When Dardan proposed, they went on a three week long European adventure and visited Sweden, England, Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro. Dardan was born in Kosovo. One evening, they went to a restaurant on top of the old Ulcinji castle, right on the sea. Little did Lizzy know, Dardan had rented out a secluded part of the restaurant andhad it decorated in candles and flower petals. As the sun was setting over the water, Dardan asked Lizzy to marry him! 

I love their story and photographing them was so much fun for me because who they are together is who they are in front of the camera. It never changes...it's sweet, it's pure...and it's timeless. And I know as time goes on, life will have changes for them, but their love for each other never will. 

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Latifi! So honored to have been a part of your story! 

Photographer's Associate: Lyndsey Pethel (You rock, Lyndsey!)
Venue: The Conservatory at Waterstone
Hair and Makeup: Bernadette's Salon
Florist: The Conservatory at Waterstone
Cake: Confection Perfection
Videographer: BEV Weddings
Officiant: Rev. Ken Taylor of TaylorMade Weddings
DJ: DJ About Business Productions
Bridal Gown: Bravura Fashion
Bridesmaids: David's Bridal
Suits: Men's Warehouse
Photo Booth: Classic Photo Affair

 

Jazmine | Class of 2018

 

Jazmine, a senior from Lambert High School, has such a bright future! She's a part of Habitat for Humanity, Beads of Hope, Clinical Internship, Sports Medicine Program, BETA, NHS, NSHS, and HOSA. With her eye set on studying in the field of healthcare, I have no doubt this girl will succeed! She certainly does have an eye for fashion too! Loved her outfits and outgoing personality! You are beautiful, Jazmine! Happy almost Graduation! 

 

Stephanie + Matt | Downtown Buford Engagement

 

Stephanie and Matt met in 2015 and shared a great first date. In fact, it was going so well that they sat outside during that very cold January night and continued to chat. They could tell there was just something there between them. On the second date, they chose a restaurant where they could be seated inside, and the conversation was just as great and their bond began to grow even deeper. And for the ultimate test, Stephanie was introduced to Matt's first two ladies, Delphi and Gracie. Gracie immediately took to Stephanie and let Matt know that she was clearly meant to be part of the family.  Delphi and Gracie will be VIP guests on their wedding day! They will even be dressed for the occasion in floral wreaths and I seriously can't wait. 

When Matt decided to propose two years later, he chose Hilton Head Island. Before dinner, on their first evening in town, they took a walk on the beach. It was a beautiful setting, as the sun had just start to set and the colors reflected beautifully off the water and waves gently crashed against the shore. They walked towards the ocean to see "dolphins" and as Matt let Stephanie walk ahead of him, he stop where he was and got down on one knee. As Stephanie turned around, she turned to her see her future husband there, asking to be hers forever. Matt also hired a photographer to capture the special moment which Stephanie was so thankful for! 

Stephanie and Matt are getting married at Chateau Elan this month! When searching for venues, it was important to them that Delphi and Gracie were welcome by their wedding venue.  They will also have many friends and family traveling for their big day so the all-inclusive atmosphere of Chateau Elan was a  real winner for them, not just for the big day but the whole wedding weekend. 

Congratulations Stephanie and Matt! Can't wait for your big day on April 27th! 

 

Meghan and Patrick | Married!

 

Meghan and Patrick met at the University of Connecticut through mutual friends. On their wedding day, it was easy to see how many of those friends they have still kept in touch with. They had flags, such as UConn, and grabbed everyone who went there for a group photo. What a special way to include your guests! Their bridal party was such a fun group. They even rode around in a party bus! And that reception, wow! It was a night of celebrating and one that no one could ever forget! Their wedding day was just like Meghan and Patrick, fun-loving. 

Right now, they have started a new adventure in Toronto, Canada together. Before the wedding, they were living on the water in Boston together. Patrick picked Meghan up from work one day and pulled into a parking lot near one of the docks. He told her he wanted to "look at some Christmas lights." After gazing at the city and Christmas lights together, Pat got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! 

Having their family all together in one place on their wedding day was very special to the two of them. I could tell they really tried to make the most of that time. Meghan laughed so much, you couldn't help but smile with her! We saw rain just after their beautiful catholic ceremony, but the sun came out as soon as we pulled into the Atlanta Country Club for their portraits and reception. The timing could not have been better. 

I am so glad that they had a beautiful wedding day! Hoping newlywed life has been amazing, Mr. and Mrs. Swidler! 

Associate Photographer: Nicole Hertzog
Venue: Atlanta Country Club
Church: St. Peter Chanel
Stationary: Prairie Letter Shop
Florist: Whole Foods
Hair and Make Up: Ronnie Mallette
Ring Box: The Mrs, Box
Dress: BHLDN
Caterer: Atlanta Country Club
Party Bus: Atlantic Limo
Band: Big Night Dynamite

 

Georgia | Class of 2018

 

You may recognize Georgia from our stylized session with Honey & Hazel last spring. I was so excited when Georgia asked me to do her senior portraits this past fall! She was accepted to her first choice, Louisiana State University! She brought along some LSU apparel, which I loved! I am so excited for her as she graduates so soon and heads to the cajun state to start her next journey! Congratulations, Georgia!