This Roswell Mill Club wedding was a long time coming! Colleen and Kaleb were supposed to be married in the spring, but COVID threw a wrench in those plans and unfortunately still impacted their wedding day. However, these two and their amazing family and friends made it feel as if we were back in a sense of "normal" and celebrated the newlyweds with flowing drinks and DJ-led dance moves. Colleen and Kaleb were just one of my couples that had to make really tough decisions in the face of a pandemic and I'm so proud that they always kept their hearts and minds set on what was important - starting their lives as husband and wife. The week before the wedding it was clear that Georgia was having a spike in cases and unsure what new government restrictions would be put in place, Colleen messaged me and said even if it's just us - we are getting MARRIED!
I had the honor and pleasure of photographing Melody and Dreu's wedding day at the Stave Room. It was beautiful and meaningful and exactly what these two envisioned for their day. Melody said from the very beginning that she wanted the whole weekend to be "easy", and with a rehearsal dinner of pizza and beer at Schoolhouse Brewing and Fox Brothers BBQ plus a delicious variety of pies at their reception, I think they nailed it. So many brides are pressured to include certain elements in their wedding day because of tradition, like a wedding cake for example. I just love that Melody and Dreu made this day about what they love and spending it with the people they love!
I had the pleasure of photographing two of the sweetest people at their intimate wedding at Barnsley Gardens. This was my second wedding of the weekend, but the energy and excitement Katie and Ryan had surrounding this day was more than enough to help me power through! It didn't hurt that I had my girl, Suzanne White at the helm... literally the helm of the golf cart and also making my job a breeze! My favorite moment of the day wasn't the cool vintage car, exploring the Ruins or the colorful blooms, it was after Katie and Ryan exited their ceremony and Ryan looked at Katie and said, "This is the best day of my life." Talk about sweet!!
I first met Meghan and Garrett in DC for their engagement session. After meeting at sunrise and exploring the Tidal Basin on a chilly morning I learned quickly that they are such a sweet, laid back couple. It should have been no surprise that they rolled with the punches when the forecast said 100% chance of rain for their wedding. I've had rainy wedding days before, but usually there's at least a little break... Not so much for Meghan and Garrett's day. Thankfully they were ready to get a little creative for their portraits with indoor spaces and the covered entryway to the Capital City Club. There were so many sweet moments throughout their wedding day, but one of my favorites was after their first kiss when the entire church erupted in cheers and applause. It took a minute for everyone to settle back down as they still had the second half of the service left! It was just one example of how excited everyone was to see Meghan and Garrett officially married. These two are loved and were celebrated so well throughout their wedding day and it was truly an honor to be a part of it!
This month I was able to celebrate and photograph another Hanson wedding at Ponce City Market! True to tradition, the newest son-in-law is tall dark and handsome ...and a perfect match. Also true to tradition, Mackenzie (AKA Kenzie, Kenz, and Billy) and Alex had an amazing party with their family friends! These two are both kind and genuine people, but they also bring out the silly in each other and it is so fun to watch. They're just so comfortable with each other and with themselves when they're together and I think it's absolutely reflected in their pictures! It didn't hurt that it was also THE perfect day for a wedding - cool fall weather and a little overcast so we had freedom to explore all over Ponce!