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

Augusta, GA Engagement Session | Rachel & Dustin

I first met Rachel when she was a part of the amazing Charleston Street & Greg Boulus Events team. She is an incredible planner and coordinated weddings I had photographed in the past! When I found out that her Dustin had popped the question, I was so honored that she reached out to have me capture HER day! These two are absolutely the sweetest together. Dustin is a true Southern gentleman, and the two of them are a perfect match. We started their engagement session at Hammond's Ferry (with unseasonably warm weather!) and finished out at Dustin's family's property & pond. Dustin is a fisherman through and through, so when I discovered the pond has a little boat available, I immediately knew we had to make use of that for their session! Cue all the Notebook & Little Mermaid "Kiss the Girl" references! Rachel & Dustin, I simply can't WAIT for your wedding day! It's going to be so amazing! I'm excited to share a few favorites from their session!

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Hopelands Gardens Engagement Session | Emily & Chandler

When engagement sessions get rained out, it's always a bit of a bummer... but when the rescheduled day looks like this, you just can't help but be grateful! Emily & Chandler's Hopelands Gardens engagement session in Aiken, SC couldn't have been more beautiful. These two are the absolute sweetest together and we had the most fun exploring the property (AND DISCOVERING THE MOST GLORIOUS CAMELLIA BUSH!) and talking all things weddings, food & life plans. Also fun fact, their wedding is Beauty & the Beast inspired, so those gorgeous red flowers couldn't have been more perfect. 

Y'all, Emily did this session 1. sick and 2. the night before she defending her thesis for her Masters in Psychology. This girl is amazing. And Chandler is incredibly kind (and shared all about the deals of Whole Foods closing in our town - which I'm still mourning). I can't wait for their wedding in June to celebrate more! Emily's gorgeous hair & makeup by Jen at Cucumber & Mint

San Francisco Engagement Photographer | Geales & Craig

Geales and I go way back... like back to middle school days back. Back when we all thought chokers were cool (oh wait... you mean to tell me, that's now??? wait... what?!). Sorry, back to regularly scheduled programming... Geales and I go way back. And then, we went to separate high schools, but when college time came again, we reunited in our beloved AOPi sorority! Our friendship has been such a blessing to me. Geales is one of the kindest people I know. She's also incredibly smart, an HR genius at Google in San Francisco, and a super-human marathon runner.

Then, there's Craig! Now, I've only met Craig briefly before while shooting Wendy & Travis' Athens wedding where Geales was a bridesmaid, but getting to spend time with them together in San Francisco was such a treat. Craig is another one of the kindest people ever, incredibly smart, a teacher genius for a school in the Bay area, and a super-human marathon runner. When Geales first began describing him on the phone one day when they had met, I responded: "So basically, he sounds like a male version of you?!"

Needless to say, they are the sweetest match, and the chance to capture their love is such an honor. I can.not.wait for their wedding this summer and to see my precious Gealesy become a beautiful bride and how much laughter and joy their is on their day! Now, a few of my favorites from their engagement session (where we snuck around the rain all day!). 

Cator Woolford Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, GA | Kristen & Jon-Michael

 

There are few things more flattering than when friends invite you to shoot their wedding - especially when one of the couple is a fabulous designer/hand letterer and the other is a crazy talented photographer! I first met Kristen through the Augusta, GA Rising Tide Society TuesdaysTogether group. We found that with every meeting, she and I would spend hours after the end of the meeting chatting about everything under the sun. Shortly thereafter, Jon-Michael was assigned as the photographer for an article I was featured in for Skirt! Magazine here! These two perfectly complement each other: from their love of gardening, to their welcoming spirits, to their passion for fostering cats, they fit together so well.

When Kristen and Jon-Michael began planning their wedding, I couldn't have been more excited that they invited me to capture their day! As a stationery and graphic designer, with a skill for all things event design, Kristen brought their garden inspired wedding to life with the most amazing team. Between her passion for gorgeous paper and lettering, and Jon-Michael's love of photography, I couldn't be more honored to have their wedding featured in print in the Annual issue of The Celebration Society and celebrate their love with everyone!

There were two major factors that would influence the where – it had to be easy for family to get to and it had to be spectacular. Kristen is a garden girl at heart and the two searched high and low for the perfect setting that would set the stage for their nuptials. They decided on the picturesque gardens at Cator Woolford. Its immaculate garden provided the perfect backdrop for the two to exchange vows in the peak season of summer. Armed with her florist friend Cherie from Waiting on Wildflowers, the two dreamt up arrangements that only accentuated the blooming garden. Cherie nailed it impeccably to create a garden soiree for Kristen & Jon-Michael's wedding.

The sun was certainly sparkling that day (whew... it was a toasty Southern summer), but it was a perfect match for Kristen's most stunning Jenny Packham dress & vintage inspired look by Cucumber & Mint. I absolutely love that she encouraged her bridesmaids to choose their own favorite floor-length sparkly dress! From their style to Jon-Michael's smile, this day is a forever favorite of mine. The two of them shared tears during a first look, and again during the ceremony on this sentimental, special and long-awaited day. There may have been tears from me too... ;)

In honor of their pet cats, Kristen & JM included signature cocktails named after each of the furry friends, and invited guests to a dance party and dessert bar full desserts home made by friends of the couple! And at the end of the night, the two exited through a sea of bubbles adorned with leis that were a surprise from their day-of coordinator, Meghan Bishop, to send them off on a honeymoon to Hawaii. I'm not going to lie, their radiance is still so fresh in my mind - such joy and excitement to finally be married!

Kristen & JM, words will never be enough to say thank you for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day and lives. Having friends as clients is such an honor, and getting to walk alongside you two in the season of engagement, marriage, business growth and now moving to Atlanta has been such a special opportunity. I'm so grateful for you guys... and the only thing that would make this better is if you were still living in Atlanta so that we could hang and celebrate your stunning feature in The Celebration Society! So much love for y'all!

And check out the amazing video from their day by Cre8ive Cinema!