So the news is out. This tiny nugget of joy that we have kept close to our hearts has been shared to the world ...OK I know the entire world doesn't know (or care), but at least OUR world knows. Our whole life is being disrupted in a few months and if you had asked me if I was ready for this 5 years ago, hell even a little over 2 years ago, I would have said "NOPE". That's the funny thing about not getting what you want when you want it - it tends to makes you want it more. I always try to be as authentic as possible in how I communicate with any audience, although typically it looks like images of beautiful people in some of the happiest times of their lives, but this story's happy ending (or beginning) started right here in this picture. I have no idea why I took this picture that day, but I did and I'm so glad I did. It reminds me of this journey we've been on...
I have spent the past [almost] five years as a solopreneur with Jill Doty Photography. It has been my brain child, the fruit of all my labor and my baby. As I have grown personally and professionally, I realized it was time to add a team member to this business of mine. The process has been a rough road to find just the right person to help us grow, and we cannot WAIT to bring her on this July.
These two flew in from Texas just for their engagement session at Ponce City Market this weekend and while the weather wasn't exactly ideal Margaret and Mark were total troopers... while I was bundled up like it was snowing. This was my first time meeting Mark but he was everything Margaret described and when I heard their proposal story, he became even more of a keeper!! Quite possibly the most thoughtful proposal ever - from reliving the first date to coordinating friends from near and far - it was perfect! It's so obvious Margaret and Mark are absolutely smitten with each other and I love that they are viewing this time before the wedding to not only plan for the big day but also for their marriage. So many couples lose sight of this in the excitement of the engagement season! Margaret and Mark (also I really want to just call you guys M&Ms), thank you so much for traveling for your shoot and braving the cold! You two are truly wonderful together and I can't wait for your wedding later this year!!
You know that time period between Christmas and New Year when you don't know what day it is or what you're supposed to be doing? For me it is a time to recharge and reflect back on the year... and stay in my pajamas while soaking up the last few days of decorations and twinkle lights. 2017 was a jam-packed and wonderful year for JDP - 25 weddings, a mini session marathon benefitting the Atlanta Humane Society, countless hours in the car, two winter storms, three rainy days, two wedding dogs, eight church weddings, six outdoor ceremonies, almost 300 friends standing beside the bride and groom, and thousands of images delivered to to be enjoyed by the countless family and friends that made these wedding days so much fun.
I had the honor and privilege of capturing and celebrating with Alyssa and Austin on their snowy wedding day at Montaluce Winery in North Georgia. They were my very last couple of 2017 and it was filled with enough joy to carry me well into my 2018 season despite any of the hiccups caused by the surprise snow last weekend! When you plan a wedding for December in Georgia, you assume it might be in the 50s... but also possibly the high 60s-70s. You just never know! I DO know Alyssa and Austin did not plan on having a white wedding, but they handled it with such grace and embraced it all.... even toughing it out through portraits in the snow! I would say it was absolutely worth it, don't you agree? With the chilly temps and potential for icy roads, you would think the guest count would take a hit but when you have a couple as special and Austin and Alyssa, it's no surprise that they had a full house and a packed dance floor partying all night! These two were surrounded by the most amazing people on their wedding day that it truly felt like one big family affair!