Mr. + Mrs. Capps | Mercer University Wedding

Grant and Candace met at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and were introduced by mutual friends at Sanford Stadium.  After graduating, Grant went off to Mercer University's School of Medicine where he is studying to be a doctor.  I love college campuses and I'm so glad we got to incorporate both of these into their photos!  Their engagement photos were taken at UGA and they were married at the Newton Chapel on Mercer's campus in Macon, GA with their reception following at the Blacksmith Shop.  

These two are so full of joy and laughs and danced the night away at their reception.  There were many heartfelt moments and I'm so excited to share this sneak peek with you. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Capps!

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Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Second Shooter | Hannah Youngblood

Ceremony Venue | Newton Chapel at Mercer University

Reception Venue | Blacksmith Shop

Wedding Coordination | Heather Perrin

Bridal Shop | Carrie's Bridal Collection

Cake | Lori Thigpen

Caterer | Alexander's

DJ | Rusty Pearson, Entourage Entertainment

Mr. + Mrs. Boyd | Dunaway Gardens Wedding

Ansley and JB's wedding day was simply magical.  The ethereal venue that is Dunaway Gardens provided the perfect outdoor oasis for Mr. and Mrs. Boyd to say "I do".  It was a lovely September day with the weather providing hints at the start of fall.  The elegant woodland theme was evident throughout through their color choices, decor, and even favors.  Ansley and JB are also two of the kindest people and I'm so thankful to have been chosen to photograph their big day.  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Boyd!

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Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Second Shooter | Shelby Norris

Venue | Dunaway Gardens

Videographer | APV Wedding Films

Caterer | Tulla White Cuisine and Catering

Rentals | Lagrange Rental Company

Invitations | Of the Earth

Bridal Shop | J Andrew's Bridal and Formal

Calligraphy | Carried Todd Keller

Ceremony Music | Luna Strings

Band | Norris Dates and Power Surge

Florals | Ross Harper and Jimmy Mitchum

Jewelry | Ara Terzian

 

5 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer at a Consultation

Ok, so you're searching on line and there are LITERALLY (read like Chris Traeger) thousands of photographers. They come in every area, price point, and varying styles.  You may have also heard horror stories from some friend of a friend who read a blog about this girl who's photographer was horrible and you don't want that to be you.  You've finally decided to chat with a few of them, but you don't know what to ask.

Here are a few questions that will help you sort out hobbyists from professionals as well as help you feel comfortable and confident with your choice of the person to capture one of the most exciting days of your life.

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1. Do you have a business license*?

This is a yes or no questions and shouldn’t take long to ask.  It may even be in their FAQ page if they have one.  However, it will sort out the hobbyists from the professionals.  

2. Do you have insurance*?

Another simple yes or no question that will help you sort out professionalism of any vendor.  This is also a great question because many venues will require a photographer to have insurance.

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3. Is this your full time job? / How long have you been in business?

If the answer is no, that doesn’t mean they aren’t a good photographer or aren’t professional, but it does mean that their time may be limited and scheduling meetings or engagement sessions, and response time to emails may prove to be a little more difficult.  Asking how long they've been in business may also provide you with an opportunity to hear more of their story and how their business got started as well as giving you confidence that they've been through this process many times before.

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4. Can I see a full real wedding gallery?

I’ve seen many photographer’s websites that only contain images from styled shoots. While these images may show off what a photographer can do, a styled shoot is nothing like a real wedding day.  At a styled shoot, you have plenty of time to photograph every aspect of the shoot and shoot it multiple ways.  You may be using models who don’t need much direction.  There may even be a stylist who has arranged all the details for you and has created a table with far more detail than you might see on an actual wedding day.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love styled shoots, but if you’re a client, you need a realistic expectation of what your day might look like.  Most brides are not models, the details are often arranged by the photographer. Styled shoots also don’t offer you the ability to see what family photos or dancing at the reception might look like.  Many photographers may be like me who’s favorite photos are those with the bride and groom and so we over show those photos and forget to show the actual reception.  As a potential client, look through the gallery not at whether or not you like the details in the photos, but if you like how they are composed, the coloring, how their photos with flash look, etc.

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5. Lastly, ask any clarifying questions you may have and get to know you questions. 

This could be be anything from how do you do family portraits? What does a timeline look like? What does “retainer" mean?  Most likely you’ve never been married and this may all be brand new to you, but your photographer and other vendors have been a part of many wedding days and would be happy to make sure you feel comfortable.  It also may not hurt to ask some questions about them and how they got started or even what they do when they're not photographing weddings.  You will be spending a lot of time with this person on your wedding day so make sure you hire someone who you puts you at ease.

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*Note to Photographers: 

If you’re making money or intend to make money shooting weddings, you need to have a business license and insurance.  Weddings are a big liability and you need to protect yourself as well as your clients.  If you want to be a legitimate business this also means paying taxes. If you need any help to get pointed in the right direction, I’d love to meet with you. If you don’t have a full real wedding gallery because you’ve only been second shooting, that’s fine!  Be open and honest with your clients.  They may be able to get a great deal on their wedding photography because they are willing to take a risk with someone who is newer. I'm so thankful for those first clients of mine who took a risk and allowed me to prove myself.

If you're a photographer or vendor, I'd love to hear what other questions you'd suggest couples ask before hiring a wedding photographer.  Leave a comment below!

Mr. + Mrs. Kostopoulos | Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation | Atlanta, GA

It was so good to be back at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation for Claire and Pete's classy wedding day.  I met these two through Pete's cousin, who's wedding I photographed last year.  This day was beautiful despite a little bit of rain and we were still able to head outside for that beautiful natural light and white beams of the courtyard.

How/ Where did you two meet?

University of Georgia, sophomore year on Pete's birthday (9/10). Started dating February of senior year. We grew up about 3 miles away from each other but went to different high schools so we didn't meet until college.

How did he propose?

New Orleans. Just ate at Antoine's, came back to the hotel to change shoes before beignets at Cafe du Monde, he said "I can't wait any longer" and asked in the room.

Describe your fiance in 3 words

Funny, selfless, creative

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HVL Photo Travels | Key West, Havana, and Cozumel

In light of Irma, I decided it was time to share some views of the Caribbean in it's sunnier days.  I'm so glad I was able to visit these places and hope that the towns and the people are safe and recover well.  Our hearts go out to you!

This year for our mother/ daughter trip my mom and I decided to go on a cruise.  I'd never been on one before and they're actually pretty affordable.  We started researching and I came across one on Royal Caribbean that listed Havana, Cuba as a port of call and that was that.

A week before our set sail date, the President announced that he was cancelling Obama's policies about our relationship with Cuba, which meant our ship might no longer be headed to Cuba.  Thankfully, we were still allowed to go as planned.  If you're interested in traveling to Cuba, you can read up on it here.  In summary, there will be no more independent travel, but group tours will be allowed.  

Day 1: June 21, 2017 - Tampa

Mom and I arrived to Tampa the day before and we were able to go to a Tampa Bay Rays game.  If you haven't learned already, I love baseball and I love travel so getting to visit a new ballpark to check off the list was awesome.  Also, Tropicana field was like none other.  I had the hardest time wrapping my brain around it because it was INSIDE.  This makes complete sense for Florida as it is either very hot or very rainy.  It wasn't crowded and it also happened to be $2 hotdog night!  We ate our hotdogs and had some OJ (tropicana field... it felt appropriate) and went and saw the live devil rays in their tank.  The next day, we checked onto our ship, The Empress of the Seas, and began our journey!

Day 2: June 22, 2017 - Key West

On Thursday, we woke up to the bluest water I have ever seen.  We docked in Key West and explored around.  Technically we were still in Florida just with more chickens. 

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We took the trolley and saw the Ernest Hemingway House, the lighthouse, and stood in line to take a photo with the Southernmost Point in the Continental US.  We found the Starbucks because we wanted Key West mugs to add to our collection, but apparently those don't exist... just Florida.  (Starbucks, if you're reading this, please make a Key West Mug.  Thanks!) Key West is mega touristy and while I enjoy some touristy things (like famous buildings and museums 'cause I'm a nerd) I'm more of a go where the locals go kind of girl.  

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If you've ever been on a cruise, you know that they provide various forms of entertainment.  One of our favorite activities was the guest lecturer! She is a professor and has lived in Cuba and our nerdy selves loved listening to her about the people and giving us lots of helpful insight for our next day in port.

Day 3: June 23, 2017 - Havana

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On Friday morning, we woke up in Cuba!  Falling asleep in one country and waking up in another is a unique experience that I hope everyone gets to try at least once. It took forever to actually get off the ship and into the city.  We signed up for a walking tour as there is very little information about Cuba on the interwebs including maps.  When we were in Paris, we downloaded city maps from google to our phones so that we could still make our way around without internet.  You can't do that for Havana.  It's blocked.  

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Eventually, we made our way through security and customs and exchanged our money.  Got that Cuba stamp in my passport!  Note: There are multiple currencies in Cuba.  There are CUP and CUCs.  The CUP is the Cuban National Peso for the local Cuban people.  CUCs are the Cuban Convertible Peso, which is supposed to be equal to the US dollar.  After fees, it comes out to about $0.87 on the dollar.  Be careful though because 25 CUPs are worth 1 USD.  Always check your currency.  

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I feel like I learned so much about Cuba and it's culture that there may not be enough room in a single blog, but I can share some of the highlights.  Finally walking out into the city after so much anticipation was amazing!  You walk to the Plaza Vieja and the city is alive with hustle and bustle and antique cars and vibrant people everywhere. 

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We took the walking tour, which actually also turned into a partial bus tour as well.  They took us to a place where we could try Cuban coffee, cigars, and rum.  While I felt the tour was a bit too long and I would have preferred to walk around on my own, we learned and saw a ton.  We eventually broke off from our group (I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T do you know what that mean?) and got lunch at a local restaurant, bought some treats on the street, along with some cigars, coffee, and rum to bring home, and  explored more on our own.  We went to the Camara Obscura, which is super cool and only cost 2 CUCs.  It's this crazy lens that projects the city in real time.  It's not recorded or digital.  It's on the roof of a building in one of the plazas and also has a great view of the city.  Next time, if there ever is a next time, I'm jumping in a taxi and heading out to see the rest of the city.

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Day 4: June 24, 2017 - Cozumel

Cozumel was actually one of my favorite stops because our activities (or funtivities) were some of my favorites. We debated back and forth about what we wanted to do and I'm so glad we chose what we did.  We booked the Jeep Tour.  These Jeeps were old and falling apart (I'm talking exposed wires, non working dash, and alignments that would make you drive in circles.) . I'm pretty sure none of these cars would have passed an emissions test in Atlanta, but that just made it more authentic. :) We made some friends who happened to be in our tour group the day before and jumped in the jeeps.  We drove first to a beach to go snorkeling, which I'd never done before, but was so fun! Our guides were really great too because no activity felt too long or short and we got to experience it all.  After snorkeling, we drove over to a little beach where we were originally supposed to go, but the water wasn't clear enough for snorkeling.  Then, we went to a lighthouse which had some pretty views and some giant waves crashing on rocks, which is my fave.  We also saw some mayan ruins before heading back to the ship.  

Day 5: June 25, 2017 - Day at Sea

On our day at sea, we avoided the pool since that was where everyone was going to be.  We got some coffee and went to a second (yep) Cuba lecture by the same professor.  I still find it all fascinating and it was nice to be able to hear more since having experienced a little bit of the culture.  For the rest of the day, we hung out and read books and just enjoyed some rest after exploring 3 cities in 3 days.

Day 6: June 26, 2017 - Arrive in Tampa

Landed back in Tampa and made our declarations.  

Have you ever been on a cruise before? If you have, or want to go on one, where would you want to go?

 

Pink Coastal Bridal Inspiration | Beaufort, South Carolina

Last November, I went to Beaufort, SC and had Taylor Doehrman of Taylor Dawn join me for a couple shoots.  We did one at Anchorage 1770 then woke up super early the following morning for a sunrise beach session on the coast.  If you've ever thought about doing a morning after the wedding shoot, I'd highly suggest going someplace like this.   We found this quiet little sandy beach and it was the perfect dreamy spot.

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Location | Beaufort, SC

Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Design | Taylor Dawn

Bridal Boutique | Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta

Top | Garnish and Frill

Skirt | Jenny Yoo

Model | Anna Schuler

Film | Portra 400 on Pentax 645nii

Film Lab | The Find Lab

 

Mr. + Mrs. Sullivan | Historic Dekalb Courthouse Wedding | Decatur, GA

Elizabeth and Ian's wedding day was classic and romantic.  They were wed at the Historic Dekalb County Courthouse with it's beautiful stone exterior and marble interior.  The touches of pink made for the perfect accent.  Elizabeth pulled together a great vendor team and I must say I'm a little biased as the coordinator and the stationer were both in my sorority with me at UGA.  The day turned out lovely and I even got to lead the wobble on the dance floor!  

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan!

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How did he propose?

We had been planning our "big tip" to Seattle and Vancouver, BC. We had decided to driver out to Mount Rainier National Park and go on a hike. We chose the 6 mile Paradise Trail which would take us right by Reflection Lake. We decided to stop there and eat lunch. Ian suggested that we take a selfie before we ate. When i held up the camera, he was holding the ring behind me! It was a perfect start to our trip.

Describe your fiance in 3 words

Kind-hearted, driven, and genuine

What are you looking forward to most about being married?

Starting our own traditions. We have really enjoyed all of our firsts as a couple, and are ready to start some new family traditions.

Venue | Historic Dekalb Courthouse

Wedding Coordinator | Madison Harrison of Laurel and Gray

Dress | Bridals by Lori

Cake | Carol Anne Everett

Invitations | Pine + Pen Design

Calligraphy | Pine + Pen Design

Florist | Heather Jones of Tulip

Hair + Makeup | Shannon Jennings of Formal Faces

DJ | Jeremiah Flockhart of Nice Entertainment

Caterer | Ann Bearman of Avalon Catering

Modern Map Art | Atlanta Map Print

Modern Map Art takes your favorite cities, mountains, and places and turns them into beautiful works of art. If you're looking for the perfect way to remember that trip to Europe, honeymoon, place you got engaged, your alma mater, hometown, or anything else, our maps are a great way to display that nostalgia in your home. They make great gifts, too!

I love all things Atlanta and this made a great addition to our home, plus it comes in a variety of colors and cities!

From the creator:

"Modern Map Art was founded in 2016 after I returned from my honeymoon where I was lucky enough to travel all over the world. I returned with an appreciation for the different cities I was in (Seoul, Sydney, etc.) and I wanted to take what I had learned about the culture and colors and turn that into something special.


Since I was very young, I was passionate about maps -- atlases, vintage maps, street maps -- anything I could get my hands on. I loved seeing how the urban sprawl had developed over time, and how when you look from above the lines look like an organized chaos over the city which tells it's own story. 

I started using city grids and imagery to put together with colors that represented that city to create posters and art that would look good in anyone's home or office. We started with cities we were familiar with here in the US and we're going to expand to cities all over the world. Our designs are elegant and modern, with a touch of nostalgia for anyone that has a connection to the city.

We hope that you'll love our designs, and if you don't, we're willing to work with you to help create something unique and memorable for you. I'd love to share my passion for travel and the world with you!" - Jennifer, Modern Map Art

Catherine + Michael | Buckhead Engagement Session

Catherine and Michael wanted to do something a little different for their engagement session and chose to visit some of their favorite date night spots in Atlanta!  We started off at this cute little courtyard outside of the St. Regis followed by Chops and the King + Duke.  This session was perfect for this classy couple and I can't wait for their upcoming wedding at the Atlanta History Center!

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Good Neighbor Day Airshow 2017 | PDK Airport Atlanta | Father's Day

For an early Father's day this summer, we took my Dad to the PDK Good Neighbor Day Airshow. It happened to fall on my one open June Saturday, which was perfect! My Dad loves planes.  Actually, the first time I ever flew in a plane as a kid, my Dad was flying it.  It was a little tiny plane and I remember him getting his pilot's license and taking us up.  Touch downs were my favorite because it felt like a rollercoaster.  Maybe this is one of the reasons I like airports and flying to new places so much.  Next week, I'll actually be flying out to Washington DC for a workshop! I think it's important for those in the creative industry to also invest in professional education to continue learning so I'll be heading to the Jeremy Chou workshop for a couple days and can't wait to share more about that with you later!

I'd never been to the airshow here before, but it was awesome and also terrifying.  I brought my camera along and hope you enjoy seeing a few photos from the day!

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Found my future car.... little lavender Porsche... I'll take it!

Found my future car.... little lavender Porsche... I'll take it!

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This guy landed his plane on the back of a moving truck.... what?!?

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Dr. + Mrs. Hwang | Chateau Elan Winery and Resort Wedding

Heather and John hail from Massachusetts, but chose to get married at the french inspired Chateau Elan in Georgia. The European elegance was not lost on their day and Heather looked gorgeous in her floral Lazaro gown, which she gushed to me about before they even hired me. Finally on their wedding day, she was able to twirl in her dress. The ceremony took place in the atrium with flowers and greenery everywhere. Lanterns hung from the ceiling and the couple chose a round ceremony space where all would be able to see. The wrote letters to one another and sealed them in a box to read in the future. There were many personal touches to the day. John is Taiwanese and the couple chose to incorporate much of John's heritage into the wedding day as well. Heather wore a bracelet she had especially made using the pearls she got while they were in China. During their reception, the couple surprised their guests by conducting a traditional tea ceremony to honor their parents. Heather changed into a traditional red dress for the occasion. There were other details at the reception that were also a nod to the family. Heather made the cloth napkins, which were embroidered with John's family surname. They also served bubble tea. Speaking of the reception, much of the decor was a collection of crystal that Heather and her mom spent months collecting from various antique shops. The chandelier was even loaned to the couple. Heather's mom is also a talented artist and painted a portrait of her daughter and John at Chateau Elan that hung in the cocktail hour space. After the tea ceremony, Heather changed again into a beautiful ankle length party dress to dance the rest of the night away. It was a magical day and I'm so glad they were able to elegantly incorporate their cultures and traditions together. 

Photographer | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Venue | Chateau Elan

Second Shooter | Shelby Norris

Dress Designer | Lazaro

Dress Store | Bridals by Lori

Cake | Sugar Hill Cakes

Paper | Art Paper Scissors

Artwork | Lettered Grace

Florals | Design House of Flowers

Hair and Make Up | Kristen Farner

Videography | Rivet Events

Band | East Coast Entertainment

Chinese Tea Ceremony Dress | Kim's Fashion Design

Party Dress | Bridal by Gilbert

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How/ Where did you two meet?

John and I met through Match.com. A friend of mine created my online profile as a joke because she wanted me to get out and date more. After a few weeks, there was some interest from some guys, but John's profile caught my attention. Thankfully he sent me a message. We planned our first date to be a sort of "happy hour" meeting. We met for drinks at World of Beer in Stamford, Connecticut. It started at 5:30 and we finally decided to leave around 9:30. Probably the longest first date I've ever been on. :-)

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How did he propose?

He proposed in the rose garden of the Bronx Botanical Gardens on June 4th 2016. It was all a surprise and after a long trek across the gardens. It was the perfect setting.

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Hard worker, dedicated, selfless

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Haley + Zach | Whittier Mill Park Engagement Session

I met Haley earlier this year on a girls trip to Dallas/ Waco.  We got to visit the Magnolia Silos and enjoy some of Texas for a weekend.  So, I was thrilled when she asked me to take engagement photos for her and her fiance!  She wanted a mix of the outdoors and the brick/ urban so we went to Whittier Mill Park, which is known for it's rustic mill ruins.

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Mr. + Mrs. Kovacs | Atlanta Botanical Garden Elopement

Have you ever thought of eloping or having a planned elopement?  Well that's just what Anna and Tim did!  They've been together for years and decided to finally tie the knot, but didn't want to have a large wedding and preferred a low key affair with just their immediate families.  It was a beautiful and emotional ceremony and I feel honored to be one of the few in attendance.  Their wedding may have been small, but that doesn't mean it wasn't beautiful.  Anna and Tim were married on a Friday morning at The Atlanta Botanical Garden in the Fragrance Garden.  Anna wanted to go for an english country garden feel, and I think this was the perfect location for it.  We had to dodge a few visitors in the background and they were congratulated by more strangers than people in attendance at the ceremony.  After couple portraits, the couple met their family on the roof of the Longleaf Restaurant for a small reception.

Anna and Tim also opted for an engagement session before the big day to calm their nerves and get some practice in.  For that, we started at their home in Midtown and walked around their neighborhood.  You can see more from their engagement session HERE.

For their honeymoon, the newlywed Kovacs set off for Paris for their honeymoon!

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Niece and Nephew were flower girl and ring bearer and Anna's mom walked her down the aisle since her father passed away.

Niece and Nephew were flower girl and ring bearer and Anna's mom walked her down the aisle since her father passed away.

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Tim's dad performed the ceremony.  He could barely get the words out to pronounce them husband and wife through tears.

Tim's dad performed the ceremony.  He could barely get the words out to pronounce them husband and wife through tears.

The family coordinated in pink for the big day.

The family coordinated in pink for the big day.

How/ Where did you two meet?

We met in college! We did a series of outdoor activities over Labor Day Weekend, 2010, (hiking, camping trip, rock climbing) with mutual friends, by the end of the weekend, I was obsessed with him.

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How did he propose?

He proposed in beautiful downtown Crested Butte, Colorado over a New Years Ski Trip. His family has had a place in Crested Butte since he was little, so he was very excited for me to go with him and see a place that has been so special to him.

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Describe your fiance in 3 words.

Humble, kind, disciplined

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HVL Photo Travels | Boston

A couple friends and I decided to take a quick girls' trip this past July ... like 48 hours quick.... Once of the girls couldn't take any more time off work so we left on Friday night and picked a destination that was in the same time zone and settled on Boston!  My inner nerd came out hard core.  

Outside of Paul Revere's House in the North End

Outside of Paul Revere's House in the North End

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Site of the Boston Massacre

Site of the Boston Massacre

There were definitely more photos on our phones, but I did bring my camera with me of course. Here are just a few moments from our trip!  Enjoy!

We stayed at the Yotel (yes that's really what it's called).  It was one of the most interesting hotels I've stayed in.  I would describe it as if IKEA made a hotel.

The Old State House

The Old State House

The Granary Burying Ground - Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams

The Granary Burying Ground - Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams

Harvard

Harvard

Trying to find the entrance to Harvard that Lorelai and Rory went through on their trip to Harvard.

Trying to find the entrance to Harvard that Lorelai and Rory went through on their trip to Harvard.

For transportation we mostly took public transit - the MBTA.  We opted for the day passes so we could hop on and off as we please. The day pass also includes the ferry across the harbor.

My best purchase might have been my Freedom Trail book I got at Faneuil Hall.  1. Because I'm a nerd and 2. because we were able to do the Freedom Trail at our own speed while getting all of the historical fun facts about each location.  If you care, it's called "The Complete Guide to Boston's Freedom Trail" by Charles Bahne. In the back of the book it even tells you the hours and admissions for all the stops.

Wired Puppy coffee break on Newbury St

Wired Puppy coffee break on Newbury St

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Walking along the Charles River

Walking along the Charles River

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Charles River

Charles River

North End might be my favorite area of the city.  It's full of Italian food (we at at La Galleria 33), canolis (go to Mike's), and a cute coffee shop called, 'The Thinking Cup'.  The historical sites like Paul Revere's House and The Old North Church are also in this neighborhood.

I also enjoyed walking around Harvard and walking along the Charles River.  There's this beautiful trail that it goes along for a nice view and a leisurely walk.

Riding the Swan Boat at the Boston Public Garden

Riding the Swan Boat at the Boston Public Garden

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Make Way for Ducklings statue in the Boston Public Garden

Make Way for Ducklings statue in the Boston Public Garden

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We also visited The Boston Public Garden and rode the classic swan boats ($3) and saw the statues of the bronze ducks from the children's book, "Make Way for Ducklings".  The "Cheers" bar is also close by.  

Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

The Old North Church - "one if by land, two if by sea"

The Old North Church - "one if by land, two if by sea"

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Next time, I want to go to a game at Fenway Park and visit MIT.  

What would you want to see/ do if you visited Boston?

 

Wendy + Chris | Cabbagetown Engagement Session

For Wendy and Chris's engagement session, we took a stroll around Cabbagetown in Atlanta.  Cabbagetown is known for it's small neighborhood feel and colorful art murals.  We ended up over at the Krog Street Market and Hop City.  Wendy and Chris are getting married at Monday Night Brewing this fall so it was only fitting to stop for beer while we were there.  

This engagement session felt so true to Wendy and Chris and I can't wait for their big day this November!

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Katie | Ambient + | Maternity Session

Baby June has made her way into the world and she is precious! For Katie's maternity session, she wanted to go for a studio vibe so we got a place at Ambient +.  Katie had a few different looks to show off her bump and personality.  Also, we can just talk for a minute about what a yoga all star she is?! I'm pretty sure I cannot do most of what she did even without an extra bump to throw off balance.  She's amazing.  Also, I should note that June decided to make her way into the world about week after these photos were taken... so there's that. Beautiful Momma and Beautiful Baby! 

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Dress | Anthropologie

T-shirt | The Bee and The Fox

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Page + Brian | Midtown Atlanta Engagement Session

Page and Brian didn't have a set place in mind for their engagement session so decided to get the best of both worlds and took some photos at a park in Midtown and then walked over to The High Museum area.  I'm pretty sure they laughed for most of the session. Brian would do something silly and then Page would laugh and it was an endless cycle and I loved it.  I know their wedding this fall will be so much fun and I can't wait!

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Mr. + Mrs. Howeth | 550 Trackside Wedding

Emily and Ethan are two of the sweetest!  Their wedding day took place at 550 Trackside and I loved how family oriented their day was. Most of the guests and much of the bridal party were family members.  Emily and Ethan have been together since high school and I love that I got to be there with them as they began this new phase of their relationship.  

One of my favorite moments of the reception was when Emily danced with her grandfather and then her cousin cut in.  Each of the granddaughters proceeded to cut in until the song ended and they'd all gotten to dance with grandpa.  I was trying so hard not to cry so that I could actually see the photos I was taking.  

Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Howeth!

Venue | 550 Trackside

Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Second Shooter | Danielle Hulsey

Assistant | Megan Holley

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How/ Where did you two meet?

We met in the youth group at Newton Baptist Church when we were both young teenagers. We are blessed to be able to say we are high school sweethearts!

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How did he propose?

Ethan put a lot of time into planning the perfect night that I will never forget! Every October my grandparents host a hayride and bonfire for the youth at our church and every year Ethan and I go to help. Ethan was helping with the "haunted" part of the hayride and I was riding in the truck with some of my family. Before going back to the house my grandaddy turned down a dirt road. Off in the distance it looked like some people were standing on the road but I could not see what they were doing. As we got closer, one by one they began to flip signs that read "Emily", "Will You", and "Marry". When we got to the end Ethan was standing off to the side. When I got out of the truck he dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes! I was the perfect night!

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Describe your fiance in 3 words

My Best Friend

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Amy + Kevin | Piedmont Park Engagement Session

Amy and Kevin are just too cute!  I knew Amy from UGA where we were both in AXO together and was so thrilled when she asked me shoot her wedding!  It was so wonderful to catch up with her and to meet her fiance, Kevin!  For their engagement session, we went for classic Atlanta at Piedmont Park.  It has all the nature feels mixed in with those stunning skyscrapers in the background.  We made sure not to go when Dogwood festival was happening, but little did we know, the Atlanta Persian Festival was going on in half the park!  There were people everywhere, but Amy and Kevin didn't seem to mind and the result is photos full of sweetness.

I'm so stoked for their wedding this fall and can't wait to see them become husband and wife!

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Candace + Grant | Athens Engagement Session

I got connected with Candace and Grant because they were at Brooke and Adam's Wedding!  These two are fun and giggly and I love how much they enjoy each other.  For their engagement session we went to Athens last January and walked around UGA's campus.  As a UGA grad, I was thrilled!  I love any excuse I get to go back and visit and loved reminiscing about my time there.  

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How did they meet?

Grant and Candace met at the University of Georgia, where they were introduced by mutual friends at Sanford Stadium. Later that night, Candace came over to the BYX house, where Grant was visiting with some of his brothers. The two hit it off talking on the couch for hours... and the rest is history.

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How did he propose?

Grant invited Candace down to Macon during an especially trying exam week. She graciously offered to take care of him as he slaved over his notes. One night after dinner, they decided to take a study break up on the roof of his building to dance. When they arrived, Grant had candles burning and music playing. Before she knew what was happening, Grant asked Candace to spend forever with him.

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What are you looking forward to most about being married?

Spending the rest of my life with my best good friend.

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