I had the honor of photographing Alston and Chris' beautiful wedding at the Waterfall Club in Clayton, Georgia. It was a quintessential fall wedding with deep burgundy bridesmaids dresses, rich bouquets, and of course the backdrop of the colorful foliage of North Georgia in November. However, it wouldn't be Georgia without a little surprise rain before the ceremony. Thankfully it cleared and we actually got a double rainbow! We all agreed it was a good omen. Alston and Chris' day was so meaningful, but the part I loved the most was their first dance. Alston wrote a song three weeks after Chris proposed and recorded it to play for their first dance. Chris had no idea and I'm pretty sure there wasn't a dry eye in the house after it was over. I live for these special, unique moments during a wedding day!
For the past year I have had a desire to give back using photography weighing on my heart. My schedule always seemed to fill before I could make plans, but this year I made it a priority. I came up with a way to combine several things I love - my couples and families, helping animals, and photography. So I hosted a day-long mini session marathon for my past brides and families. Together with these amazing people (and their fur-kids), I am THRILLED to announce we raised $2,000. This money will go towards helping the Atlanta Humane Society do what they do best - rescue those that need help the most. The incredible people that work and volunteer at AHS were very generous in allowing me to come and visit and meet some of the animals we helped (Christine is the best!). They do hard work - emotionally and physically and I am so thankful for them! If you would like to donate to AHS or volunteer, I promise you won't regret it! ...and if you would like me to send you pictures of dogs that are available for adoption each week - let me know, I can do that too! They have several ways to help - monetary donations, purchasing items on their wish list, sponsoring a dog or cat, or even fostering. If you have room in your heart and home, I encourage you to go visit one of their campuses and fall in love with these sweet babies yourself!
Saturday's chance of rain said between 90-100% for a week and a half. The weather forecast is usually off when it predicts rain so far in advance... except for Emily and Chase's wedding day at Montaluce in Dahlonega, GA. I texted Emily that morning and she was so relaxed about it all. I assumed on the inside she was worried and putting on a brave face, but when we got to the cabin where the bridesmaids were getting ready - Emily was just having fun with her closest friends. It was so special to see how excited these two were to just get married. It didn't matter that it was pouring out, they couldn't wait to celebrate with family and friends. Take THAT rain!
Twisha and Max's wedding day at the Landings Pavilion on Lake Oconee truly embodied everything I love about shooting weddings. I photographed Max's sister's wedding last year and when Twisha and Max got engaged (about FOUR MONTHS ago!), they reached out to me first to photograph it. It's not super common for couples to get engaged and married within 4 months, but Twisha and Max did it and managed to do it based on my availability. I was so humbled that they wanted me to be a part of another amazing family event let alone planning it around my schedule. Have I mentioned I have the best couples in the entire world?! Their wedding day fit them to a T and truly epitomized what they wanted their day to be about: celebrating with family and friends... with a LOT of fun and dancing. And it's exactly what they got!
Fall is always a crazy time for engagements and sometimes the weather doesn't seem to want to participate in the season. Thankfully we actually pushed Megan and John's Kennesaw Mountain engagement session a week (so John wouldn't have to remove his cast himself) and it was much cooler than the previous week! Which is a good thing because otherwise they would have been dripping sweat after chasing the dogs when they ran away! Megan and John are the most easy-going people you could ever meet, plus they're absolutely adorable together! Their pups on the other hand were ready for a hike... not so much the picture-takin' thing. However, energetic pups don't bother me a bit especially when they're as cute as Barkley and Bailey! I absolutely loved spending the evening with these two and cannot wait for their big day next year at one of my favorite places, Summerour!!