I headed back down to Saint Simons Island again, this time for Hannah and Trey's wedding!! I was able to explore the area with them for their engagement session last October and you just can't beat sunshine pouring through those big mossy covered oaks. Needless to say I was so excited about their day! Having a couple as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside was the cherry on top of all the natural beauty. However, with the forecast showing an 80% chance of rain... my hopes for gorgeous portraits beneath those trees were slim to none at best. As the day went on, the forecast improved. As Hannah said, "This is the weather the grandmas have been praying for." Apparently I need to get these ladies on my payroll because it turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL, sunny day and Hannah and Trey deserved no less.
I FINALLY got to meet Morgan and Trey for their engagement session last weekend! Soon after they booked me, they moved to Texas and our calendars never quite seemed to align. We had the date set for Friday evening and it was an 80% chance of rain all day... *big surprise* I know. Thankfully they were willing to squeeze in time before their flight on Sunday because it looked like we were finally going to get some sunshine! We met up at Chastain Park and since it was such a gorgeous day, my little motley crew decided to take a stroll before the session. Our dog Molly almost got to jump in their photos... but she did manage to jump all over Morgan and Trey. Thankfully they were good sports. These two both grew up and went to high school in the Atlanta area but didn't start dating until later on, but you can tell there is a comfort and familiarity that comes from knowing each other a long time. Morgan and Trey - thanks for being so flexible with your last weekend home before the big day! I absolutely loved getting to spend the afternoon with y'all! Can't wait for April!
I was there when this cutie's big brother came into the world and I was so thrilled to be there after they grew to a family of four (well really five, can't forget about sweet Luna). It's always an honor to be invited into a family's big milestones but it's so special when they're your friends. Emily and Evan decided to wait to find out if they were having a boy or a girl. My vote was always girl as it seemed to be the year of the girl - almost everyone I knew having a baby was having a girl last year! After Davis was born I remember Emily saying, "I didn't know how much I needed a girl until I had her." It's funny how little girls can just melt your heart! Although I think sweet Will is going to be the best, most protective big brother of little Davis and I cannot wait to watch them grow up together! Foster family - we miss you guys! A playdate needs to get on the calendar ASAP!
Last weekend was a rough one for the Doty household health wise. Food poisoning + mastitis meant I was pretty pitiful. But Ellie and Blair traveled to Atlanta for their engagement session and I was going to shoot it even if it meant they got the full Doty experience.... Morgan AND Mila joined in for their engagement at Piedmont Park! At least the stroller provided some storage for extra shoes. Ha! Blair wanted a skyline shot and Ellie wanted a natural feel. That's the best part about Piedmont! You get the best of both worlds. Although in this time of year, the cold temperature means it's much less crowded and the trees are naked! I had so much fun with these two. I completely forgot I didn't feel great because Ellie and Blair can make you laugh and smile in a heartbeat. The way they can tease each other but still look at each other adoringly truly warms your heart. Which was a good thing because it was about 40 degrees out. Ellie and Blair - thank you for coming up to Atlanta for your session and bearing the cold for these images!! Can't wait for MAY!!!
It has been the dreariest December that I can remember. This time last year I was facing a snowy wedding day, but last Saturday was just constant rain. Thankfully Venue 92 has a covered outdoor space for the ceremony, but I’m even more thankful that Kristen and Eric didn’t let the forecast phase them one bit. They were even up for a few portraits in the rain! These two met at work and if you were at their reception you could tell they may work hard, but they play harder. Their family and friends didn't want to leave!! Kristen and Eric had such an amazing support system for their wedding day (including two of my favorite past brides!) and it just felt like one big family celebrating together. Everyone definitely got a little closer around the heaters during the ceremony so I think folks felt like family afterwards regardless!