Covington First United Methodist Church Wedding Photographer | Sarah & Sam

Classic, timeless, Southern beauty full of legacy & excitement - that's what this day was! When Sarah first reached out, she hadn't officially nailed down a venue yet, but knew one thing: she would love to get married at the church she grew up attending in her hometown: the First United Methodist Church in Covington, GA. One look at it online, and I knew why... and then those feelings were confirmed when I arrived on their big day to see the most gorgeous church with big white columns & a beautiful porch... plus lovely light inside & bright colored walls! Add in some blue-grey dresses, men in classic tuxes, and simple white & green florals, and I'm sold! It was absolutely stunning!

Something I absolutely loved hearing about were Sarah's prom picture parties on the porch, Easter photos on the lawn, and games of Sardines throughout the church interiors. She grew up here. How special to add such an amazing new memory to the roster at the church - her and Sam's big day!! The other incredibly special thing about their day - every member of their bridal party was either family... or basically family - and then with cutie kiddos running around, it was no denying that Sarah & Sam value their families so much. And no wonder - because these people were incredibly fun and kind! Sarah, her mom, and I even geeked out over my new camera bag that she saw me share on Instagram Stories a couple weeks ago... it was at that moment that I felt just like a member of their family too. :)

Sarah & Sam, the biggest thank you for letting me hang with your families & friends all day! It was such an honor and so much fun! I loved seeing you two light up together after the anticipation of walking down the aisle... and seeing your beaming faces tearing it up on the dance floor all night! You two are a power couple with the kindest hearts, and I'm so thankful to have captured your big day! Excited to share some of my favorite images with you!

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Ceremony: Covington First United Methodist | Reception: Mill at Yellow River | Coordinator: Yours Truly Weddings & Events | Florist, Catering, Linens, Lighting: Beyond Details | Cake: Baby Cakes | Band: Total Package Band | Hair: Trendsetters Hair Studio | Dress: House of the Bride | Bridesmaids: Dessy from House of the Bride | Minister: Reverend Dr. Douglas Gilreath | Second Shooter: Chelsey Dellinger Photography

Park Tavern at Piedmont Park Wedding Photographer | Geales & Craig

Pure joy - all day long - that's what this wedding was. You may notice a trend in these photos: Geales' adorable grin and Craig looking adoringly at her. And oh my goodness, quite possibly the sweetest first look reaction of all time! Craig made this photographer's heart warm with his tears of joy upon seeing Geales' beauty for the first time.

You may remember, I've known Geales for years. She attended my rival high school and we have always had many mutual friends. I always knew her as the super kind, brilliant one. Our friendship blossomed during our time at UGA in the same sorority where I not only had my super kind, brilliant hunches confirmed, but also that she is: hilarious, beyond athletic, and pretty much wonder woman.

Friends, Craig is Geales in male form. He complements her perfectly, and can even keep up with her on her marathon runs... and that's saying something because Geales qualified for the Boston Marathon without training. I remember our days in the AOPi house where she would go on casual 10 mile runs for fun. Meanwhile, I was likely eating animal crackers in the snack kitchen. ;)

When I first met Craig during our San Francisco engagement photo session, I knew in an instant he was perfect for our Gealesy - and on their wedding day, Geales exclaimed: "I tried to keep my expectations low for this week, but it has been even better than what my highest expectations were!" I have zero doubt that much of that is due to Craig's thoughtfulness & their joy in preparing for marriage!

Geales is originally from the Atlanta suburbs, and Craig attended GA Tech, so it only seemed fitting for them to wed in the ATL, and dance the night away with the Atlanta skyline in the background. And boy, did we DANCE! Their choreographed first dance was quite impressive, as well! From the beautiful florals by Jordan Reed Studio to the day so beautifully coordinated by Shelley Legg of Chancey Charm, it couldn't have been more of a dream. I am so excited to share a peek at their day!

Geales & Craig, there are few greater compliments than dear friends inviting you in to capture their wedding day. You two bring me so much joy as a friend and photographer. Craig, when I began hearing of you, I knew something was special. Geales had never spoken so highly of someone before, and everything and more she shared is absolutely true. After spending time with you, I know equally that you feel the same about her. What joy to watch friends find their true love and celebrate that! I can't wait to visit you in SF again soon and to see how the Lord uses you two in the years to come. All my love to you both!

Planning & Coordination: Shelley Legg for Chancey Charm | Florals: Jordan Reed Studio | Video: Imagine Video Productions | Hair & Makeup: Blend Beauty Group | DJ & Photo Booth: Amp'd Entertainment | Late Night Snack: Honeysuckle Gelato | Second Shooter: Chelsey Dellinger Photography | Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church Atlanta | Reception & Catering: Park Tavern at Piedmont Park

Summerour Studio Wedding Photographer | Jordan & Kyle

Since before I was a wedding photographer, I've always loved this one particular venue in the heart of Atlanta... that basically looks like you're at a Tuscan villa. Summerour Studio beautiful - with amazing vines climbing the walls and the most gorgeous light in the bridal suite. 

When I heard from Jordan about her wedding day and the details, with the amazing Jenny of It Takes Two Events, I knew that Jordan & Kyle's wedding day was going to be nothing short of stunning! And whew, it sure was! From the lush greenery overflowing the stairway for their ceremony, to the amazing courtyard for portraits, to the sweet first look between Jordan & her father, to Kyle's beaming smile every moment he saw his love, it was an amazing day! Also, the cake by For Goodness Cakes was one of the most beautiful cakes I have seen in a long time, especially with Everything and More Events' floral wreath adorning it! I absolutely loved the blue hue to it! Finally, it was quite a dance party with the amazing band: The Free bringing the jams. More than anything, I am SO excited to share all of the images!

Jordan & Kyle, when you're together, you both light up. You beam with joy and excitement, and your graciousness is absolutely noted and so thoughtful. You thanked me multiple times on the wedding day, and all I can say is: thank YOU for the honor of capturing your day. It was perfect! The only thing that could have made it better? Sweet Darla there in person (or in dog, I should say!). Can't wait to see all that's in store for you... and to follow along on your amazing woodworking projects!

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Venue: Summerour Studio | Planner: Jenny of It Takes Two Events | Videography: Justin Peay Productions| Catering: Bold American | Bakery: For Goodness Cakes | Florist: Everything and More Events | Band: The Free | Ceremony Music/Sound: Etude Entertainment | Transportation: Atlantic Limo & Atlanta Vintage Rides | Stationery: Hi Note | Linens: I Do Linens | Draping: Event Drapery | Event Design Rentals: Crush Event Design | Photobooth: Shutterbooth | Hair & Makeup: Formal Faces | Groom's Attire: The Modern Gent | Stage & Estate Table Rentals: Peachtree Tents and Events | Second Shooter: Chelsey Dellinger Photography

Flint Hill Norcross, GA Wedding Photographer | Abby & Kyle

Some days I pinch myself at the sweetness of capturing friend's wedding days. Abby & I were AOPis together at UGA, and when she got engaged, I was so excited to have the chance to shoot her big day. In fact, you may recognize a few ladies (lovely Molly... and even Whitney from before I launched a photography business and she trusted me with her engagement photos! A serious throwback!). As a result, this day felt like I was hanging out with dear friends & part of the family. Not to mention, it was absolutely beautiful. I might have audibly gasped when walking into the getting ready room... a full wall of windows, decor that matched their color palette, and details to make my heart skip a beat! AND their precious golden pup, Doug, made an appearance, so of course I was a happy camper.

Abby & Kyle met in dental school, and in the past year, Kyle has begun a residency in Oral Surgery in Birmingham. While Kyle was reading his letter he wrote to Abby out loud for the talented Kevin of Godeo Films, I just stood there tearing up behind the camera hearing how much these two support each other. As many of you know, residency ain't no joke, and one line of his letter struck me such truth and a reminder of what our duty and joy in marriage is. Kyle mentioned that Abby likely didn't anticipate what was to come with Kyle's residency, yet, she supports him and cheers him on endlessly in those long call days of intern year & they love with their whole hearts. What a beautiful reminder in marriage of the opportunity we have to love and support in and through all things.

One final special element of their day was the both sets of parents were wed years ago that very same weekend! What fun for their families!

Abby & Kyle, you two are an inspiration - from your smarts to your genuine hearts & smiles (you dentists know what's up!), I am so excited to see what's in store for you. Being a part of your day was such an honor! There is no doubt to me that the legacy your parents began your same wedding weekend years ago will continue with such joy, adventure, and puppy cuddles throughout your lives and marriage! 

Venue/Design: Flint Hill | Makeup: Becca Whittinghill| Hair: Mari Matthew Hairstyle Designs | Attire: Wedding Angels | Bride's Gown: Essense of Australia | Video: Godeo Films

Pine Knoll Farms Augusta, GA Wedding Photographer | Lauren & Matthew

Some weddings just amaze you in every way - from the joy of the couple, the calmness and ease of the day, the amazing vendor team (which likely helped with the calmness and ease of the day! ;) ), and the stunning beauty of all the details, Lauren & Matthew's Pine Knoll Farms wedding just outside of Augusta, GA couldn't be more perfect! I originally met Lauren while shooting my dear friend's wedding, so when she reached out for her own wedding and shared the vision for it, I knew it was going to be beyond special.

A few favorite elements? Lauren arrived to the ceremony in a horse drawn carriage in honor of her Pop who walked horses for years, the lovely florals by Cote Designs, Lauren & Matthew's sweet love and their couple's portrait session, the "Love Lock" they added to the Love Lock gate reminiscent of their time together in Paris, those stunning Manolo Blahnik "something blue" shoes, the amazing sunset with the horses roaming in the fields, a dance party that rivaled all others... the love of their day could go on and on! And a huge shoutout to Laurel Avenue for making everything run so, so smoothly! But for now, I'll just let you see for yourself!

And if you want a peek at Lauren's Bridal Portrait Session, you can find it here!

Lauren & Matthew, thank you - for trusting me with your day and your memories. Right from the start I could hear the excitement in your voice, Lauren, about the day and what it held. Your intentional planning and thoughtful demeanor made everyone feel so cared for by you all day long. And Matthew, the way you look at Lauren is beyond sweet. I can't wait to see how you two love and celebrate over the years, because I know one thing for sure: it's going to be a beautiful marriage!

And one final photo right above of my sweet friend/former roommate/former bride, Wendy, & Lauren! So fun having past LCP friends at my weddings!

Venue: Pine Knoll Farms | Planning & Design: Cote Designs Florals & Events | Coordination: Laurel Avenue | Hair & Makeup Artist: Cucumber & Mint | Dress: Anne Barge from House of the Bride | Videography: Kevin Hursh Films | Catering: Berry’s Catering and Floral | Cake: Beyond Usual Cakes | DJ: DJ Sires of Amp'd Entertainment | Second Shooter: Chelsey Dellinger Photography

Pine Knoll Farms Augusta, GA | Lauren Bridals

If you saw Lauren & Matthew's wedding day, you know that this girl has some amazing style! Goodness, it was a gorgeous day... and I got a double dose of the lovely by having the opportunity to capture her Bridal Portrait Session before the big day! 

Venue: Pine Knoll Farms | Florist: Cote Designs Florals & Events | Hair & Makeup Artist: Cucumber & Mint | Dress: Anne Barge from House of the Bride

Augusta, GA Wedding Photographer | Emily & Chandler

These two have been engaged for years... so when the day finally came for them to wed, it couldn't have been a more welcomed celebration! Emily & Chandler are two of the most genuinely kind people you'll meet. You may remember them from their beautiful Hopelands Gardens engagement session in Aiken, SC where we found the most stunning red camellia bush... it felt straight out of a fairytale. Beauty & the Beast to be exact... ;) with subtle nods to the timeless tale of love, Emily & Chandler planned a day full of beauty with a nod to the past & a fairytale inspiration. 

I mean, look at that amazing dress - oh how it flowed - I simply couldn't handle the loveliness of her Sarah Seven her gown from The Sentimentalist! And then something else flowed: the tears from my eyes during Emily & her father's first look... and again during her and Chandler's private, handwritten vows before the ceremony. It was such a special day for these two and their family and friends, and I was honored to capture it. A huge thank you to such an incredible vendor team led by Greg Boulus Events! Find the full list at the end of the blog post, and for now: I'm excited to share some of my favorite images from their day!

Emily & Chandler, thank you for your joy and for inviting me into it... for the way you so sweetly shared your vows privately, but welcomed me into that moment. I cherished the day with you two and am so excited for what the next season holds for you! A tale as old as time, without a doubt!

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Ceremony: Sacred Heart Cultural Center | Reception: The Legends Club | Planning, Design, & Florals: Greg Boulus Events | Ceremony Coordination: Angela Rogers | Bride's Gown: Sarah Seven from The Sentimentalist | Hair & Makeup: Cucumber & Mint | Bridesmaid's Dress: Bill Levkoff | Men's Attire: Savvi Formalwear | Catering: Creative Moments Catering | DJ: M&S Mobile Productions | Second Shooter: Chelsey Dellinger Photography

 

 

255 Milledge, Hardeman-Sams House Wedding Photographer | Allie & Blake

Shooting a friend's wedding is a special, special thing. You have the chance to capture one of the most important days of their lives... and also gush over their beauty and the sweetness of them as a couple! Years ago, during my sorority & public relations agency days, I met Allie. She is a few years younger than me in AOPi, so our friendship really began when she was an intern at the company I worked for. It was a small but mighty team, so Allie and I worked hand-in-hand together on various projects and it was quite fun. She's fun-loving, hilarious, spunky, and beautiful inside and out... and also from Austin, TX which makes her like 1097398 times cooler from the get-go. She also loves to travel like I love to travel... so I love her.

Then she got engaged to Blake and immediately reached out to me to find out if I was available their wedding day. The wedding would be in spring, a shorter engagement, and happened to be Easter weekend, which was perfectly fitting for this couple honoring Him through their relationship and soon-to-be marriage. I couldn't be more honored to have captured it! Blake is in the medical school where Chip attended, and they are getting married at the same timeframe as when Chip and I got married - in spring of his second year, just before the first round of their big medical school test, the "Boards."

I couldn't help but get a little sentimental thinking about the life that is in store for them - one of a long road in medicine, but so much joy in teamwork, and one, without a doubt, of a life well lived. Within just a short while of getting to see them together, I have zero doubt that they are going to make a huge impact on their people and this world and have so much fun doing it! Their wedding at the recently renovated 255 Milledge, Hardeman-Sams House in Athens, GA was absolutely stunning and full of such amazing people! Their friends and family were so wonderful to be around and celebrated them so well!

Plus, I can't even tell you how special it was to see the look in Allie's mom's (and dad's!) eyes when she saw her daughter wearing her very own wedding dress. They had a few alterations done to it, and when Allie slipped into it, her bridal beauty was astounding! What a special "something borrowed" for her! I'm so excited to share a few images from their day!

Allie & Blake, a huge thank you for inviting me in to capture your wedding and to celebrate this time with you two. I am so proud of y'all and prayerful for the adventures to come. Allie, welcome to the medical spouse club - I'm always here for the celebrations and questions! ;) Blake, I loved your thoughtfulness and eagerness to see your beautiful bride walk down the aisle. It was definitely a special moment. I can't wait to see how He uses the two of you to impact His Kingdom! All my love!

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Venue: 255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House | Wedding Coordinator & Florals: Sheila Rivera Weddings | Cake: Cecilia Villaveces Cakes | Catering: Mama's Boy | DJ: Rob Clark | Makeup Artist: Bombshell Creations | Hair Artist: Kim Finley | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Azazie | Men's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Rentals: Goodwin Events | Second Shooter: Ivey Gibb Photography

Augusta Country Club Wedding Photographer | Patricia & Stewart

It's so hard to believe that wedding season is officially upon us, and this past weekend we kicked off with the most beautiful, classically Southern wedding for Patricia & Stewart. These two and their family and friends are unbelievably kind and thoughtful, not to mention that they know how to throw a dance party! On the most beautiful spring day, we celebrated their "I do's," and I was so honored to capture it all.

Patricia first reached out to me after her roommate, Allison, and I began working together for her wedding day! Then, I discovered that she is also friends with Mary Helen - one of my favorite things about serving as a wedding photographer is getting the chance to befriend my clients and then serve their friends over the years... and see the my former couples on the dance floor again! With friends like Allison & Mary Helen, I knew that I'd love Patricia right away. Once I met her and Stewart together (and later Patricia's mom), I just knew we were with good people.

The wedding day was at Stewart's long-time church, and the country club he's grown up playing golf at - since Patricia's move to Augusta, these places have become "home" for her too - in fact, Stewart even proposed at the Augusta Country Club, so getting to celebrate their day there was so special. With a dream team of vendors from Karin of Cote Designs on florals and event design, the Cucumber & Mint ladies for hair & makeup, and Whitney of House of the Bride as the bridal attendant & official dress beautifier, seeing the day come to life for Patricia & Stewart was such fun. Not to mention that their families are some of the kindest people you'll meet, and full of life!

These two have a way of complementing each other so perfectly - Patricia's fun & humble spirit is the perfect addition to Stewart's family-focused & thoughtful demeanor. And holy cow, they were absolutely a stunning couple... perfectly classic for a beautiful Southern wedding! Augusta definitely showed off for us too with the amazing azaleas in bloom at Augusta University's Summerville campus for photos! I am so excited to share!

Patricia & Stewart, thank you so, so much for the honor to capture your day! I can't imagine a more perfect wedding to kick off my 2017 year with - you two kept me smiling all day long, and I love seeing the love you share! Now, enjoy every second of St. Lucia! Cheers to the Fishers!

Ceremony: St. Mary's Catholic Church | Reception: Augusta Country Club | Floral & Event Design: Cote Designs Florals & Events | Bridal Accompaniment: Whitney of House of the Bride | Bride's Gown: Anne Barge from House of the Bride | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Bill Levkoff from House of the Bride | Hair & Makeup: Cucumber + Mint | Catering & Cake: Augusta Country Club | Band: Complete Desire | Second Shooter: Casto Photography & Cinema

Barnsley Gardens Wedding Photographer | Mary Helen & Fisher

Mary Helen & Fisher first reached out about their engagement session without specific details in mind about their wedding day. When we began chatting, I knew from the start that their wedding was going to be special, wherever they had it, because what was most important to them was enjoying the weekend with their closest family and friends. They wanted something that felt true to them, smaller, destination and focusing on the beauty of their relationship and future together. And gosh, it was amazing - in fact, we're so honored that it's featured today on Carats & Cake!

Inspired by the natural beauty of the ruins at Barnsley Gardens and their own story and interests, Mary Helen & Fisher planned their wedding with a design focused on encouraging family and guests to spend time together! Mary Helen's loyalty to her people shines through and I loved seeing her vision of areas like the gorgeous lounges by CRUSH event rentals and the cigar bar (as a tribute to her Cuban heritage!) come to life. They truly let people interact and celebrate in smaller, more intimate spaces, while still feeling a part of the larger celebration - and Barnsley Resort was the most stunning setting to do it all! 

From the morning getting ready at one of Barnsley's cottages with all of her bridesmaids (in the cutest pajamas!) to actually getting to sit down to dinner with family, they wanted to prioritize the special moments. And on top of that, this photographer about died of the beauty that was first dances, cake cutting and more in the most glorious of light to kick off the reception! Dream! On top of it Bre Garvin for Juli Vaughn Designs created the most beautiful, wild florals that complemented the colors and environment perfectly. From Paper & Honey's perfect letterpress stationery to Mary Helen's amazing rings, the details couldn't have been more lovely. Mary Helen has some seriously good taste and planning abilities! So much so that, I've been encouraging her to become a wedding planner! ;) 

And in true Georgia Bulldawg loving fashion, they closed out their night with a snack from The Varsity! What'll ya' have, friends?!

Mary Helen & Fisher, your love and loyalty to each other and your friends and family is so strong, and I can't thank you enough for sharing that with me. MH, hearing your plans over the course of the year made me just that much more excited about your day. Once the weekend arrived, Chelsey and I felt right at home and had the most fun! Plus, Fisher, the moment you realized I would be joining you for the day is still a favorite of my career! I'm so thrilled that you finally get to be done with long distance and celebrate married life together! Sending you love!!

Coordinator: The Season Events | Ceremony: St. Mary's Catholic Church | Venue, Catering, Accommodations: Barnsley Resort | Florals: Bre Garvin for Juli Vaughn Design | Decor: CRUSH event rentals | Cake Artist: Honeymoon Bakery | Band: All In One | Late Night Snack: The Varsity | Stationery: Paper & Honey | Bride's Gown: Amsale | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Natalie Deayala from Bella Bridesmaids | Second Shooter: Chelsey Dellinger Photography