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!
I first met Grace when she was a student at Georgia Tech and I was working in the admission office. Even then you could tell that this girl was fierce and she was going to do whatever she set her mind to do. As anyone who worked on this wedding could tell you, she is also quite the planner. However the one thing she couldn't plan was how and when Jack would propose. Although in the short time that I've known Jack, even I could tell that he was going to do it in his own time and it would be super intentional. He is definitely a man with a plan and when he sets out to do something, he is all in. Just like when he went foraging for flowers and plants on his bachelor party and dehydrated them in the oven so he could fly them home for the rehearsal dinner decor! That is quite the dedication to a vision, don't you think? I was able to photograph their rehearsal dinner as well as their wedding day and it was so sweet to hear the [many] toasts and kind words about this couple. Jack and Grace seemed to be surrounded by the most amazing support system all weekend and I was so thankful to be a part of it right until the very last sparkler-lit kiss!