When your best friend falls in love with her (other) best friend and he puts a ring on it... you make them do an engagement session while they are in town. Before moving [abandoning me] to Philly, Becca and Mark's relationship began in Atlanta. For a while, I just referred to Mark as "the Australian" but over the years I have gotten to see how much he cares for Becca and is SO much more than just the fabulous accent you could listen to all day. These two have a way of communicating with just a look and can make each other smile so easily. I was in Hawaii when Becca called to tell me they were engaged and I could not WAIT to hear all about it all! Becca has been my person for over a decade. She has seen the best and worst of me and loves me anyway... even when I almost killed her in a car accident a month after getting my license. Although Mark knows I would never give her away, I am so excited for this next chapter in their lives ...and also REALLY rooting for a destination wedding to Australia. Becca and Mark - thank you for braving the heat and blinding sunshine to capture these. I loved getting to spend the afternoon with you guys before you headed back to PA! LOVE YOU BOTH!!!
Two of the sweetest people you could ever meet got married last Saturday at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club and I am SO grateful I was a part of the celebrations!! Despite a college rivalry, Jackie and Alex's chance meeting in Chapel Hill led to the start of a beautiful relationship that has since traveled across many state lines but landed them in Atlanta, Georgia. So how does a couple from North Carolina living in Georgia end up getting married in Tennessee? Chattanooga has been a retreat for Jackie and Alex out of the hustle and bustle of the city life and after spending the weekend there I can totally get why they chose to get married here! The beautiful mountain views alone are enough to draw you in and if every weekend in Chattanooga was spent hanging with Jackie, Alex, and their AMAZING family and friends I could stay there forever! The entire day just felt so joyous and personalized. The colorful blooms, relaxed music, donut dessert table and a spirited exit all felt like it fit these two to a T!
I had the honor of capturing Jessica and Brian's Decatur wedding weekend, and let me tell you one important fact about photographing big Irish families - they simply don't meet a stranger! You are immediately treated like family and I can see how this love for others helped draw Jessica and Brian together... that and Brian's insistence on pursuing a relationship after a college friendship was revived. After a chilly and rainy week, these two had the most beautiful weather for their wedding weekend with blue skies and warm sunshine! While every wedding day has a few unexpected hiccups (some bigger than others), Jessica and Brian's day was truly perfect because their love for each other and spending time with their family and friends took top priority throughout their wedding celebrations. I think every guest and every vendor got a huge hug before these two left Fernbank close to the stroke of midnight!
Last Saturday we had another GORGEOUS spring day for a beautiful wedding at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church and reception at Kimball Hall for Caroline and Darryl. These two are both engineers from Georgia Tech and with Caroline's attention to detail, I knew this wedding would be perfect and so very special. Caroline definitely had a specific vision for her day, one that included classic colors, traditional blooms, an epic first dance they had practiced for months and even a prank for her new husband during the garter toss... let's just say the "ice" on her hand wasn't the only "ice" she was wearing.
Last Saturday I had the honor of photographing Alyssa and Josh's beautiful spring wedding at the Country Club of the South! It was a day 8 years in the making and equally anticipated by Alyssa and Josh's amazing family and friends. These two met while co-oping for a semester in college at GE in Kentucky and had their first date at the local Steak 'n Shake. With their playful and down to earth personalities, this didn't shock me one bit. However, Josh DID make the proposal extra special by flying in Alyssa's sister Stephanie to be a part of the big day and capture all the action. How sweet is that?! Seeing how close they are, it is no surprise that Stephanie was in on the planning! Since Alyssa and Josh now live in Nevada, they relied on an amazing team of vendors and Alyssa's mom, Joane, to make sure this day went off without a hitch. The only possible threat was the weather forecast but thankfully it held out and the loved ones that came from near and far to celebrate this special day got to experience a beautiful spring day in Georgia... AKA warm and with lots of pollen.