Mr. + Mrs. Gardiner | Summerour Studio | Atlanta Wedding

Kelsey and Kevin’s wedding was a dream! I loved getting to be a part of it. The two were married at Summerour Studio, which looks straight out of Tuscany. Fun Fact: They actually filmed part of Pitch Perfect 3 there when the ladies are supposed to be staying at a hotel in Italy. The day was led by Taylor Dawn who assembled an amazing day with some wonderful vendors. Kelsey and Kevin shared sweet moments with friends and family and then danced the night away!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner!

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Describe your fiance in 3 words.

Handsome, hilarious, caring

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Where did you two meet?

We've gone to school with each other since middle school but started dating Senior year prom.

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How did he propose?

While on a tropical vacation in Roatan, an island off Honduras, Kevin proposed on a bridge overlooking the resort & beautiful beach.

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Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Planning | Taylor Dawn

Venue | Summerour Studio

Hair and Make Up | Jennifer C Nieman

Dress Store | The Sentimentalist

Cake | Lush Cakery

Catering | Bold Events

Florist | Stylish Stems

Band | The Stephen Lee Band

Mr. + Mrs. Ringer | The Engine Room Wedding

Kylee and Deon had a sweet wedding day at The Engine Room in Monroe. Their first look was one of the cutest moments I have seen and Deon had the best reaction! Their day was complete with “snow” at the end of the day for their January wedding.

Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Ringer!

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Describe your fiance in 3 words

Original, resilient, hysterical

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What has been the hardest part about wedding planning?

Picking the bridesmaids, by far!

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How did he propose?

In front of my whole family in the home where I grew up! He was so nervous!

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Venue | The Engine Room

Florals | Kim McKinney, Daffodil’s Design Studio

Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Caterer | Cornbread and Caviar Catering

DJ | DJ Scotty Z

Mr. + Mrs. Wagner | Ashton Gardens Wedding

The Wagners had a lovely morning wedding at Ashton Gardens this past January. I love that they made sure to incorporate all of the special people in their lives including their family, pup, and matchmaker! The day was beautiful and rain held off just for them! Enjoy a look at their big day below!

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How did you two meet?

We met when we were 15 through a mutual friend inviting us to six flags. We talked for a little bit then it faded off. Six months later when we were 16, I had just gotten my drivers license, so I was driving around. I remembered where he lived from picking him up that one time we had ever met and so I randomly drove to his house. It was very unlike me to show up at cute boys houses and ask to hang out, but I texted this guy I didn’t even really know or talk to and told him to come outside. We hung out and instantly connected. I knew from the moment I saw him again I was going to date him, and I literally told my friend “He’s so cute I am going to date him” and a month later he officially asked to be my boyfriend! We have been together ever since and never broken up or taken any time apart.

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How did he propose?

He had convinced me he wasn’t going to propose until after we had steady jobs and graduated which made so much sense but made me sad. He’s always so practical!! We were in Hawaii celebrating my parents 25th wedding anniversary. My family had spent a couple of great vacations at the Waikaloa on the Big Island, and we had some of our most special family memories there. As a kid, I would always say I was going to get married there. We had some family photos planned with a local photographer because 2018 was going to be a year full of milestones for the whole family. Halfway into the photo shoot, our photographer was going to do some individual shots of Jordan and I. She told me to look out at the ocean, and he was going to tickle me from behind. I had seen those kinds of photos before and thought they were kind of, and I hate being tickled but I trusted her and did as I was told. Jordan and I had made a joke earlier in the day about how tickling somebody is basically permission to punch them, so I whispered “get ready to get punched” jokingly, then she told me to turn around. He was on his knee and asked me to marry him. I just cried tears of joy and hugged him for a long time before I even remembered I got a ring out of the whole deal! The moment was captured beautifully with the Hawaiian sunset in the background. I could not have asked for it to be more perfect! I only wish the last words I said to him before he proposed weren’t “get ready to get punched” hahaha!

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Describe your fiance in 3 words

Handsome, Hilarious, Loving

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What are you looking forward to most about being married?

Getting to call him my husband and being called Mrs. Wagner! Also, one day (at least a good few years away) having kids and starting a family together. He’s going to be the best dad!

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What has been the hardest part about wedding planning?

Probably doing it from a distance and finding time away from work to get stuff done. I get really bogged down researching vendors. I am learning that a wedding planner is not a job I should ever pursue. I am not that good at it. My mom has done so much of it which I am very grateful for!

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Dress Store | Alicia, Wedding Angels

Dress Designer | Essence of Australia

Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Cake | Malinda McCaslin, The Baking Grounds

Caterer | Ashton Gardens

Paper goods | Minted + Zazzle

Florist | Valeri Stroner, Abbys at the Cottage

Hair/ Make up | Jessa Davis, Beautiful Atlanta Brides

DJ/ Band | Thomas Pirone, Pirone Entertainment

Photo Booth | Schellie Hogan, Robot Booth

Why Is Wedding Photography So Expensive?

I wrote an article back in 2015 for Wedding Lovely about the cost of wedding photography.  I was thinking about it again recently and decided to do a quick rewrite on the subject. If you’d like to read the original article, click HERE.   Alas, here are 5 reasons why wedding photography is so expensive.

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QUALITY

Yes, quality of photography, but also of equipment. Full frame dslrs and computers don’t run cheap.  In addition, photographers need a variety of lenses to capture the various activities that happen on a wedding day.  Their overhead also includes, taxes and license fees, web hosting, client gifts, film, etc.

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EXPERIENCE

For a seasoned wedding photographer, this isn’t their first rodeo. Photographers know what kinds of moments to look for, are able to anticipate those hugs, high fives, and tears. They understand how the day will unfold and all the special moments in between. They are also able to do this with a smile on their face and a calm voice all while shooting seamlessly in a wide variety of lighting conditions.

A photographer on a wedding day is really several photographers in one - documentarian, product photographer, portrait artist, landscape and architectural photographer as well as pet, child, and family photographer.

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LIABILITY

There’s simply more liability on a wedding day.  It can’t be replicated.  If you schedule family photos and it rains, those photos can be rescheduled.  A wedding day typically cannot, so wedding photographers are ready and prepared no matter what the day brings.

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LIMITED

There are only so many weekend dates in a year and a wedding photographer can only be in one place at one time.  By shooting your wedding, they are foregoing other work, but also precious weekends that could be spent with friends and family who are off from work or traveling to see them. Instead, they choose to spend those days with you and your family helping you have the best wedding day experience possible.

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COST OF LIVING

Simply put, photographers are people who have to pay rent, bills, insurance and taxes just like you.  Often times, their taxes are more because they are taxed on their business as well as individually.  That said, a photographer living in a large city most likely charges more than a photographer living in a rural area. 

If you have anything you think I should add to the list, I’d love to hear! Leave a comment for me below.

Abbie | Class of 2019 | McDonough Square

High School Seniors are some of my faves! In case you didn’t know, I was a high school Spanish teacher for a few years before I went full time with my photography company. High School Seniors are just so much fun! They are so excited for the future and going through the crazy process of getting into college. They’ve also really started coming into their own by this point. Sure, they might still change, develop, and mature, but they are at their core the people they are going to be in the future and it is beautiful. Plus, girls love to play dress up no matter how old they get :)

Congratulations, Abbie! I loved getting to stroll around the McDonough square with you!

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Also, thanks to my intern, Olivia, for putting this blog post together!

Mr. + Mrs. Adkins | Watkinsville, GA Wedding

Allie and Cameron were such a wonderful couple to work with. You could tell that their goals for their wedding were to glorify God and to celebrate with as many of their friends and family as they could. Cameron is the youth pastor at the church where they work so it was fun to see all of their students there and crushing it on the dance floor. Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Adkins!

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Where did you two meet?

Cameron and I met two years ago when we started as youth interns for Briarwood Baptist Church. Neither of us knew what we were getting into but we quickly discovered that we both had a heart for youth ministry and that we both loved Mike Ricks (the Youth Pastor at the time.)
I vividly remember the first day I met Cameron. I was looking for Mike’s office and he led me to it. After talking with Mike for a bit, Cameron came in and Mike awkwardly left us to get to know one another. It didn’t take me long to realize that something was different about this boy. The main thing that stood out to me was how intentional he was. He asked me so many questions and I could tell that he genuinely wanted to hear the answer. Another thing that caught my attention was that he constantly made eye contact with me. Not in a creepy way, but in an intentional and interested way (it also let me see how beautiful and blue his eyes are!) From the first day I met him and everyday since, Cameron has made me feel valued and important.

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What are you looking forward to most about being married?

Allie said: getting to do everyday together, even if we won't be together during the day just knowing that I will come home to him is the most exciting thing ever. Also we're pretty young so a lot of the time it feels as if we're growing up together and it's so fun learning with him by my side.

Cameron said: Waking up every morning side by side

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What has been the hardest part about wedding planning?

Cameron said "that it's been too long!" haha. But honestly the hardest part has been planning for a large guest list. Just making sure there is enough of everything for everyone.

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Describe your fiancé in three words.

Allie said about Cameron: intentional, tender hearted and fun

Cameron said about Allie: caring, unselfish, and lovely

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Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Second Shooter | Katie Martin Photography

Venue | Briarwood Baptist Church + Vintage Oaks Farm

Coordinator | Georgia Grace Weddings

Dress Store | Dressing Dreams

Shoes | Keds

Cake | Publix Bakery

Caterer | Barberitos

Calligraphy/ Handlettering | Madi Kent

Florist | Jeff Lott, JL Designs Floral and Wedding Studio

Hair/ Make up | DaNina Stewart , DaNina Nicole Make Up Artistry

Mr. + Mrs. Wiedenmann | Dunwoody UMC + Dunwoody Country Club Wedding

Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Wiedenmann!

I loved getting to be a part of your day!

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How did he propose?

We went on a bike ride in our neighborhood to a small park. Karl proposed while I was sitting in a swing.

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Describe your fiance in 3 words

Honest, Genuine, Silly

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What are you looking forward to most about being married?

I can't wait to settle into our home and everyday routine together. We are also really excited about all of the things there is to look forward to in our future together (traveling, starting a family, etc).

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Ceremony Venue | Dunwoody United Methodist Church

Reception Venue | Dunwoody Country Club

Dress Store | Carrie's Bridal Collection

Caterer | Sara McMahon , Dunwoody Country Club

Paper goods | Minted

Florist | Carla Duncan , On Occasion of Atlanta, LLC

Hair/ Make up | Angela Michael , Angela Michael Skincare & Spa

DJ/ Band | Nice Guys Entertainment

Wedding Planner | Laura Potts, Sugar Events + Design

Mr. + Mrs. Boswell | Cathedral of Christ the King + Capital City Club

Annie and Zac said their vows at the Cathedral of Christ the King before they danced the night away at The Capital City Club. These two and their families are so kind and it was a pleasure getting to work with them. One of my favorite details of Annie’s was her blue wedding dress. Annie was actually the fifth to wear this vintage dress, originally worn by her grandmother. Annie and Zac looked like an old Hollywood couple as they walked back down the aisle. Also, a big shoutout to my girl, Danielle Hulsey, who was the biggest help and worked so hard with me on this wedding.

Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Boswell!

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Olivia | Class of 2019 | Marietta Square

You guys have heard me mention Olivia before. She is my sweet high school senior intern who has been working with HVL Photography since the summer. Some of you may have even seen her in action helping out at a wedding or two :). Her kind spirit doubled with her initiative and intellect will take her far and I can’t wait to see what she goes on to do post high school! We got to shoot her senior session back when it was still a little warmer so I asked her to create her own blog post! She answered some questions and picked out her favorites to post. I hope you enjoy getting to know this lady as much as I have!

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What will you miss most about high school?

I think I will miss my friends the most. I have been at this school my entire life and have been with several people since I was 2 years old. I have made such amazing friends that I know I will never meet anyone like them again.

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Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

I go such a small school that I had the opportunity to be closer to my teachers than kids at most schools. It’s hard to just pick one favorite but, if I had to choose I would pick my 11th grade english teacher Mr. R. He is really funny and laid back.  He has kids of his own so he is able to understand the demands of juggling school with extracurricular activities. He is able to relate to us. You can tell he genuinely cares about the students.

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Have you decided on a college? and/ or What are you most excited about going to college?

I have not decided on a college yet. I am currently working on applications and essays. I am most excited about all the people I will meet and the college experience.

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What do you want to study in college?

I want to study photography and/or graphic design.

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Any advice for rising seniors?

Don’t wait to do all of your applications and testing when deadlines are coming up. Start early!

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Mr. + Mrs. Keegan | Atlanta Country Club Wedding

Lani and Brendan said their “I do”s at the Atlanta Country Club last month and everything came together beautifully! The couple said their vows on the driving range and then went inside to dance the night away. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Keegan, for letting me be a part of your big day!

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Where did you two meet?

We initially met as freshman during college at Auburn University. We stayed good friends throughout all of college, and did many football games and game weekends away in a big group. However, it wasn't until after Brendan graduated that we started dating long distance (Auburn to Atlanta, then Birmingham to Atlanta). Once I finished nursing school in Birmingham, I moved to Atlanta and we finally ended long distance and were able to move in together!

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How did he propose?

We planned an entire labor day weekend/Brendan's birthday trip around a place we could take our two dogs. Brendan's mom had planned to come to Atlanta for his birthday that weekend, so we just decided to make it a family trip and invited her, my mom, and my sister up to Hilton Head Island. The Friday we got there we had already made reservations for dinner but really wanted to take the dogs down to the beach at sunset and let them run around before we left. We walked on to the beach and I was so focused on getting pictures of the dogs running around and getting in the water I was oblivious to what else was happening. He all of the sudden asked me to put my phone down, but I still was trying to get pictures so he had to take it from me! He got down on one knee and that's when I realized what was happening! My mom, sister, and his mom got photos of us and were able to have the rest of the family on FaceTime. We wrapped it up by getting to take beautiful pictures at sunset on the beach with the us, the family, and the dogs :)

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What are you looking forward to most about being married?

Continuing to travel together, growing as a couple, strengthening our relationship, and becoming a family.

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Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Wedding Planner | Rebecca Niccole Weddings

Venue | Atlanta Country Club

Dress Store | Bridals by Lori

Dress Designer | Rita Vinieris

Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Cake | Rach Makes Cakes

Caterer | Atlanta Country Club

Ice Cream Cart | Queen of Cream

Paper goods | Amanda Nolte, The Impressionist

Calligraphy/ Handlettering | Nicole Prettyman, fiftyfourdegrees

Florist | Sean O'Keefe, Sean O'Keefe Events

Hair/ Make up | Chelsea, Beauty Asylum

Band | Papa Sol, East Coast Entertainment

Mr. + Mrs. Dreyer | Taylor Grady House Wedding | Athens, GA

Alex and Tim were married Labor Day weekend at the stunning and historic Taylor Grady House in Athens, GA. I loved being back in the classic city and celebrating with them. The venue was perfect for this southern wedding with its history, white columns, and beautiful outdoor setting. Everything came together perfectly with the help of planner, Taylor Dawn.

Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Dreyer!

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How did he propose?

He proposed right before we were going to a Thomas Rhett concert, and he packed a picnic with our favorite foods and champagne for us to enjoy before we went into the venue.

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What are you looking forward to most about being married?

I am most looking forward to getting to share life every day with my best friend by my side.

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What has been the hardest part about wedding planning?

Balancing work and grad school with wedding planning.

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Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Venue | Taylor Grady House

Planner | Taylor Dawn

Dress Designer | Stella York

Shoes | Badgley Mischka + Kate Spade for Keds

Cake | Cecilia Villaveces

Caterer | Trumps Catering

Paper Goods | Paper Dainty

Calligraphy | Bree Whitfield, Lumen Lettering

Florist | Gardenia Floral

Hair | Bombshell Creations

Make Up | Ellis Paige

Band | Atlanta Wedding Band

Lydia + Hunter | Atlanta Engagement Session

I’ve known Lydia since she was in elementary school and it is so fun to see her now about to be married! For their engagement session, Lydia chose to go formal at the Cator Woolford Gardens and I’m so glad she did! They looked classic in black. After we left Cator Woolford, we traveled to Piedmont Park where Hunter popped the question last winter. They strolled around in their slightly more casual ensembles for the rest of golden hour. I loved getting to catch up and absolutely cannot wait for their wedding next June!

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Packaging and Client Gifts for Photographers | USBs and Other Things

"Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String... These are a Few of My Favorite Things"

Today on the blog, I'm sharing my favorite things for packaging.  I've changed up my packaging over the years, both with my client gifts and with the final products.  When I first started this business, my client gift was a Starbucks gift card and a hand written note.  My clients loved it! It was a sweet gesture, but also at a price point that coincided with what my prices were back then.  For the final delivery... I sent them DVDs of images (face palm). But that was the norm! They were also in little sleeves that I hand stamped :).  We all know that discs are becoming obsolete or maybe they already are and so I've adapted with the times.  

Products and Packaging for photographers

Today, whenever a client books me, I still like to send them a little gift of some of my favorites. Currently it includes a cute little Belvoir Lemonade, MAST chocolate, a Well Known conversation book and of course the classic Starbucks gift card :) . They also get a PDF of helpful things to do with wedding planning such as deciding factors about first looks, how to prepare for your engagement session, and how to make a photo timeline.

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Once the wedding is over and all of the photos have been edited, I send my clients a link to a PASS gallery.  This is my biggest and easiest ways to keep up with the times.  However, an online gallery wouldn't be enough for me so I send my clients a custom wooden box, which contains a set of prints from the day as well as a USB drive. 

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I just got these new custom USB drives from USB Memory Direct, which is a wholesale USB company.  They did a great job, were easy and friendly to work with and the wooden USBs match my packaging perfectly.  They have different styles and can customize anything.  This style is the Tower.

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Online galleries are awesome, but there is a peace of mind knowing that you have a back up of images on a flashdrive, plus they are a tangible keepsake from your wedding day!

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Finally, everything gets sent off in the mail, but the shipping box gets some flair with fun stickers by MOO and my custom stamp by Ashleigh Kimmel of With Wonder Paper.

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If you're a photographer, what do you do for client gifts or final delivery of images?

Fun Stuff

Belvoir Lemonade

MAST Chocolate

Well Known Book

Starbucks Gift Card

Online Gallery | PASS

USBs | USB Memory Direct

Wooden Box | Photoflashdrive

Prints | WHCC

Business Cards and Stickers | MOO

Logo | Designed in Collaboration with Katie Tuttle 

Stamp | With Wonder Paper

Maybe for my next post I'll show you what's in my styling kit or my camera bag :)

 

 

Mr. + Mrs. Davidson | Elegant Ashton Gardens Atlanta Wedding

Matt and Emily were seriously ideal clients.  I could tell right from the beginning that Emily is a planner.  The day was detailed and planned to perfection, but you couldn't glean an ounce of stress from her.  The aesthetics were beautiful!  When I get married one day (hopefully), I might just get Emily to plan it for me. These two are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.  Their ceremony was full of love and I enjoyed getting to hear more of their story and seeing Matt's twin brother "give him away" too. :)  It was a lovely day and I'm so thankful to have gotten to be a part of it!

Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Davidson!

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How/ Where did you meet?

One of the best parts of our story is that it begins in our favorite place on earth: Auburn University. During undergrad at Auburn, I often noticed Matt and thought he was a cutie ;) but our paths never seemed to cross. It wasn't until the Summer of 2015 that our friend groups intersected and we became fast friends! As our schedules majorly picked up the pace, we kept in touch, but didn't really reconnect again until Spring of 2016. We had our first date in Auburn, eating popsicles on Samford lawn. With Matt, I knew there was something special, so I was excited when we became more "official" while watching fireworks at the beach on 4th of July!

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How did he propose?

Matt had my friends trick me into thinking I was going to a Chick-Fil-A corporate party on top of the Glenn Hotel in Atlanta. But on October 21, 2017, at the rooftop over-looking Atlanta, Matt asked me to marry him. It was one of the most joyous days and we are beyond grateful for the Lord's faithfulness to both of us.

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Describe your fiance in 3 words.

Matt describing Emily: Loyal, classic, and loving

Emily describing Matt: Consistent, kind-hearted, and hard-working

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What are you looking forward to most about being married?

I think we are both most excited about the opportunity to go through the ups and downs of life together. We are a team and we are so excited to make a lifetime of memories together!!

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Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Second Shooter | Danielle Hulsey

Getting Ready Venue | Hotel at Avalon

Venue | Ashton Gardens Atlanta

Dress Store | The White Magnolia

Cake | Gabriel's

Paper + Calligraphy | Alex Fly Designs

Florist | Stylish Stems

Hair and Make Up | Irrelephant

Band | 4 Barrel Funk, Music City Gardens

Kelsey + Kevin | Midtown Engagement Session | East Pole Coffee Co

Kelsey and Kevin met many years ago and are now ready to tie the knot! For their engagement session, Kelsey asked if I had been wanting to shoot anywhere (a photographer's dream!) so I mentioned, that if they were coffee people, there was a really cool coffee shop called East Pole Coffee Company.  I contacted the owners (who you may recognize from their modeling days at the Big Fake Wedding) and we started planning!  After the coffee shop, we headed over to a nearby park for some outdoor photos and photos with the pups!

I can't wait for their wedding next year at Summerour Studio with one of my favorite planners, Taylor Doehrman

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Mr. + Mrs. Morris | Peachtree Road United Methodist Church Atlanta Wedding

Shea and Brad had a very intimate wedding ceremony at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church followed by a family dinner at the St. Regis.  I'm so glad that they valued hiring a professional photographer to capture some portraits after their closed door ceremony because it's true that these photos will last a lifetime.  My hope for every client is that they can look back on these photos for years to come and remember what a special day it was and the promises that they made to each other.   

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Morris!

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Happy Mother's Day! | Mindful Motherhood

In honor of Mother's Day this Sunday, I thought I'd give a little shout out to one amazing mom, Katie Tuttle! You've probably seen her face around here before, but I just wanted to share a few fun photos from her daughter's first birthday party last weekend!  So I glad I get to be Aunt Holly to my friends' kids too (or Holly Baby if you ask Teddy). If you want to follow Katie's motherhood journey and postpartum yoga practice, you can find her on Instagram HERE.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommas out there! 

(don't worry, we'll be back to your regularly scheduled programming of all the weddings shortly)

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June's first birthday was luau themed!

June's first birthday was luau themed!

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Fast Forward 13 years...

Fast Forward 13 years...

Had to get one of my own with the birthday girl :)

Had to get one of my own with the birthday girl :)

Oh Henry! | Atlanta Maternity Session | Whittier Mill Park

I got to spend time recently with one of my favorite wedding planners and friends, Brianne of Brianne McMullan Events and her husband at Whittier Mill Park to document this moment in time before the arrival of their first child, Henry! I can't wait to meet this little boy who is already so so loved.  I'll be dancing like the emoji lady when he decides to arrive!

Also, if you need a wedding planner, check this lady out.

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Lani + Brendan | Atlanta Engagement Session

Lani and Brendan love taking their dogs for walks and going on dates at their local neighborhood joints, so for their engagement session that's exactly what we did!  We went over to their neck of the woods and started off with them and their cute pups on the Beltline, stopping in at Ladybird and finishing our stroll at Krog Street Market.

We then headed over to the Cator Woolford Gardens for some more romantic shots of them in the garden.  If you've been in Atlanta recently, you've experienced the wide range of temperatures the past couple of weeks and just to give you some perspective, it was in the 40s for Lani and Brendan's engagement session, but you would never know it by their warmth both in personality and their relationship.  

 

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Mr. + Mrs. Belote | Atlanta History Center Wedding | The Swan House

Catherine and Michael's wedding day could not have been more beautiful.  They said their vows at the Swan House on an uncharacteristically warm day in February.  Catherine's beautiful Modern Trousseau dress was adorned with lovely lace for the ceremony and then replaced with a beaded belt for the reception.  The florals by Andy Beach & Co were out of this world beautiful from her flowing bouquet to the peacock feather centerpiece in the middle of the custom golden sided bar built especially for them.  The couple danced the night away on the dance floor with their custom wedding logo to the greatest DJ, Amp'd Entertainment.  The day went off without a hitch due to Brianne McMullan Events and her team and I also loved getting to work with one of my favorite videographers, APV Wedding Films and can't wait to see the film.  I loved getting to photograph this classy couple, who I might add, had some of the best dance moves I've ever seen.

Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Belote!  Thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

To see more of this lovely couple:

Catherine's Bridal Portrait Session

Catherine and Michael's Engagement Session

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