Kelsey & Blake | Married!

 

Kelsey and Blake met at a New Year's Eve Party, where they shared a short exchange (as well as a phone number exchange!) Blake was immediately taken with Kelsey and contacted her shortly after they met! 

They dated for a couple of years and when the moment came to propose, it was moment that wasn't planned but beautiful in every way because Blake said it just felt so right. He said he just couldn't wait any longer.  He had booked a cabin for her birthday and they were sitting outside on the balcony overlooking the river. Kelsey went inside to get ready for dinner and when she came back outside, Blake took her by the hand and got down on one knee. She said it was the most perfect and simple moment. 

Their wedding day was exactly that, perfect and simple. They got ready at a hotel overlooking the beautiful Chattahoochee river outside in the quiet town of Columbus, Georgia. Blake had his best friend by his side and Kelsey had her best friend by her side. Kelsey spent her morning rooting on the dawgs and spending time with her mom. Their short and sweet ceremony took place in Kelsey and Blake's backyard surrounded by only their closest friends and family members. 

Their couple portraits took place in their very own front yard. What special memories to have in your home and beautiful way to start your life together! 

Kelsey and Blake were surrounded by so much love and support by their parents. Kelsey's mom, Karen, is the owner of Marie's Italian Deli in Cumming, GA (one of my favorite local spots). You're always met with a hug and a smile when Karen sees you. Karen's positive attitude, attention to detail, and strong work ethic were no different when it came to making sure her daughter had the best wedding day ever. Everything her parents do is done with a lot of love. 

After the ceremony, Kelsey and Blake's parents embraced in the biggest "In-Law" hug I've ever seen! It was a beautiful "we are family now" moment. 

Kelsey and Blake have a love that is silly and romantic. Their first dance at their wedding was just as much "them" as their couple portraits were. Always So. Many. Laughs. I loved it! I have no doubt their life and their home will always be filed with a lot of love and laughter. 

Kelsey's maiden name is Smith and Blake's last name is Smith, so....no name change for her! I'm so glad these two had their perfect wedding day! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Smith and great job to everyone who worked to make it so special! 

Catering: Jamie Keating with JK Culinary
Florist: Kim Nelson with Bloomwoods Florist and Events
Hair and Makeup: Emily Cummings with Becoming Emily
Rentals: Outdoor Events
DJ: Kenny Lewis with Kenny Lewis Productions
Dress: Lulus

 

 

Casey & Austin | Married!

 

Casey and Austin both attended the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, a beautiful campus set in the middle of surrounding mountains and the cutest downtown square. Casey was an RA (Resident's Assistance) of one of the dorms on campus and Austin lived on her hall. One evening, in the common room of the dorm, they were having craft night. Austin asked to join in on the fun and he sat with them for awhile. After everyone went to bed, Austin sent Casey a text message admitting that she was the reason he visited the common room that evening. He asked her to coffee and they met up the very next day and have been dating ever since!

When Austin proposed, he got Casey's very best friend involved. He had her pick up Casey and bring her to a little garden in the Dahlonega Square, a spot where Casey and Austin frequently visited together. This time, when Casey arrived to the quaint garden, Austin was there, reached out for her hand and led her to the fountain where he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.  Afterwards, they went to the very first Starbucks they visited on their first date! 

Their wedding day took place in the very same town at a beautiful venue with southern charm and rustic beauty.  Their gorgeous brunch wedding was perfect for them! They shared an emotional first look tucked away in a small garden and string lights. Casey's bridal portraits were taken in quite/peaceful moments on the front porch only an early Saturday morning could provide. Her mom had tears in her eyes after her daughter was done putting on that beautiful wedding dress. Chef Cary's Cuisine cooked up a beautiful breakfast for all of their guests. 

Casey and Austin, I'm so glad your wedding day was everything you dreamed and more! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Sanders!! 

Their Wonderful Vendors
Second Shooter: Hannah G
Venue: Waters Mill
Videographer: Bentley Media
Catering: Chef Cary's Cuisine
Florist: Lauren's Florals
DJ: The TC Show

 

The Rubin Family

 

This was the first photo shoot for the Rubins as a family of THREE! It's such a precious thing to watch your best friend's become parents. Rhode Rubin is about 7 months old and he will ONE on December 31st. Yup, he's a New Year's Eve baby! 

Zach and Ciara Rubin were a very special part of our wedding  last October, standing with us as a bridesmaid and a groomsman. We have a special friendship with these two as Ciara is one of my best friends and Zach is one of my husbands best friend.  Rhode had about two more months before he would be born but he was also at the wedding! 

At that time, we didn't know his gender and his name had not been revealed yet either.  Ciara brought Rhode into this world through an amazing at home birth experience. On the morning of New Year's Eve, we received a text revealing his name and gender. It was such an exciting day! P.S. My guess was a boy! 

I've gained a new little bestie and I love him so much! Can't wait to see what the future holds fo you, Rubin Family! 

 

Amanda and Patrick | Married!

 

Amanda and Patrick went to the same university, but their paths wouldn't cross until mutual friends would bring them together during a dinner party on April 8th. Amanda and Patrick stayed up talking and getting to know one another. They talked about their favorite movies, their families and their hopes and dreams for the future.  

Patrick lived in North Carolina and Amanda lived in Georgia. However, distance wouldn't stop them. On April 18th, they had their first date and ten days after that, on April 28th, they were in a committed relationship. It only makes sense that their wedding date was 08/18/18! 

When Patrick proposed, he decided to recreate their first date.  They went to the Marietta Square in Georgia to walk around and enjoy some time together. They ended up at the field around Kennesaw Mountain. It was in this very spot where they shared their first kiss and it was the moment they both knew that they had found the one. So, years later, Patrick got down on one knee and asked Amanda to marry him! 

Amanda and Patrick picked Morning Glory Farm in North Carolina to say, "I do" and begin their forever together. They loved the balance of the natural and elegant qualities this beautiful venue offers. 

Upon arriving to the venue, there was so much to explore. Horses roamed the fields just outside the barn where Patrick got ready. Goats played in the distance. The breeze swept through and the willow tree delicately swayed back and forth. Covered pathways led to and from the ceremony and the reception space. 

Amanda and Patrick already had a gorgeous setting, but their love, their personal vows, the support of their friends and family made the day all the more beautiful. Amanda found a very special way to honor the family members who are no longer with them. Patrick and Amanda each had small frames hanging from their bouquet and boutonniere which held beautiful portraits of those loved ones. This served as a reminder that they are always close in heart. 

During their ceremony, I was able to capture a moment where Amanda and Patrick took a moment to gaze upon their guests. This was a part of the ceremony which was prompted by their Pastor, Steve. It was something I had mentioned to Amanda as she was wedding planning. She later told me that it was because of this advice that they added it into the ceremony script. And Pastor Steve loved it too! "You had a huge impact" she said. 

Documenting and telling the story of someone's wedding holds so many wonderful reasons as to why this job is amazing. My work will outlive me and my work becomes someone's treasured memories. And to be able to serve my bride and groom's in a way that directly impacts their day forever AND document that moment, just makes my heart so happy. 

Also, it rained directly after couple portraits and directly after their sparkler exit. Someone was looking out for these two! Their day was truly amazing.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Bradey! Thank you for trusting us to capture your story! 

Thank you to everyone who made their day extra special!

Second Shooter: Diana Bello (Thank you, Diana!)
Venue: Morning Glory Farm
Planner: Nia Thompson
Catering: Roots Catering
Cake: Delish Bakery
Flowers: Gregg Bradey
Hair: Rose Barlowe
Makeup: Grace Barlowe
DJ: Ernest from Agape DJ Entertainment
Bride's Dress: A Formal Occasion
Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal
Bride's Rings: Swarovski
Groom's Ring: Great Grandfather (Papa Charles)

 

Maddie Akin | Class of 2019

 

Maddie is ready to crush her last year of high school and move onto the college life next year! This Lambert senior has her sights set on Pre-Med in Athens. 

For her senior pictures, she wanted be near the lake and have fun! She also brought her furry family member, Sandy which was really sweet. 

Congratulations on your senior year, Maddie! This time will fly by so enjoy every moment! 

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart."

 

Hannah Gerst | Class of 2018

 

Congratulations on your graduation from West Forsyth High School, Hannah!

Hannah is a talented photographer and marched in the band's drumline, which is awesome because I marched as a color guard girl. I love the style of her senior session and traveling downtown was the perfect vibe for her personality of stylish adventurous and laid back qualities. 

Take the world by storm, Hannah!

"This is the beginning of anything you want."

 

Kim & Hamish | Engaged! | Ponce City Market and Jackson Street Bridge

 

Kim and Hamish actually met twice, and it all started with a flower. At least, that's Kim's side of the story... In December 2015, both the Nogis (Kim's family) and the Millers (Hamish's family) chose to celebrate Christmas in Hawaii. On a beautiful and breezy night in Waikiki, the Nogis were enjoying dinner at the beautiful House Without a Key restaurant when Kim and Alli left the table to take a picture of the gorgeous sunset behind Diamond Head. Hamish and his family had the same idea, and he actually photobombed Kim's picture while coordinating his own family's photo op. Kim offered to take their picture, and then the two chatted for nearly 10 minutes before Kim's sister, Alli, dragged Kim away, reminding her that their dinner was getting cold. The two went their separate ways.

The day after Christmas, both families boarded a 7-day Hawaiian cruise. Three days into the voyage, the Nogis went on a hike in Volcanoes National Park (The Big Island), and Kim's mom was on a quest to find Naupaka, a native flower rooted in Hawaiian folklore. (Supposedly, if you prayed to the flower, you would be rewarded with good fortune in love.) Luckily, they found the flower, and Kim dropped to her knees and offered a prayer to the Hawaiian gods. That evening, Kim and Alli went for a pre-dinner drink at an outdoor bar on the ship. Hamish and his family were enjoying happy hour on the other side of the bar, and Hamish's sister, Sarah, nudged him and said, "Hey! Isn't that the girl who took our photo the other night?" Hamish sauntered up to the bar and tapped Kim on the shoulder. The two picked up where they'd left off days earlier and spent the rest of the trip together. They became email pen pals, started talking on FaceTime audio, then began a string of global visits... and now they're ready to tie the knot!

Hamish proposed to Kim on Boxing Day in 2017, during a beautiful hike in Cradle Mountain (Tasmania, Australia). What was supposed to be a casual hour and a half hike turned into more than five hours, 28,000 steps, 304 floors climbed, and 12 miles in total (according to their FitBits). He was sweet and hiked the entire way with a special bottle of wine Kim gave to him during her first visit to Australia and told him to save it for a special occasion. Hamish knew just the occasion for this special bottle. 

This beautiful couple lives in Atlanta together so their downtown engagement session was a perfect fit for them. They included bottles of wine from the Millers vineyard in Australia as well as fun items from Hawaii, where it all began for them!

Hamish is Australian and Kim's family is American. Since Hawaii is so sentimental to them and (duh, absolutely beautiful) they have decided to tie the knot in paradise on March 3, 2019! It's the perfect distance for both families to travel as well. How amazing! 

This couple is fun, genuine, elegant, playful, romantic and so down to earth.  It was an absolute JOY to tell this part of their story together. Kim and Hamish were in the bridal party of the wedding I shot the weekend before their engagement session so it was so fun to meet and hang out with them before it was their turn to be in front of the camera! I'm so lucky to have met these two!

Congratulations Kim and Hamish or "mau hoohiwahiwa" as they say in Hawaii! 

 

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