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!
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!
Emily and Ben are tying the knot tomorrow at Flint Hill and I know their day will be just perfect! Here's a look back at their sweet engagement session at the Cator Woolford Gardens.
This lady may look familiar because she was a bridesmaid in Chelsea and Justin's Wedding last month. For their engagement session we went on a stroll through Piedmont Park and stopped at a few favorite spots along the way. Rachael and Travis were high school sweethearts and now they're finally tying the knot! Can't wait for this sweet couple's wedding at the Cator Woolford Gardens!
I absolutely loved getting to meet and spend time with Alex and Tim. They are so sweet with one another and for their engagement session we went to Piedmont Park where Alex and Tim had their first date. I can't wait for their wedding next Fall at the Taylor Grady House in Athens, GA!
I'm so glad I got to finally meet these two and photograph them for their engagement session at Cator Woolford Gardens. Emily and Matt met while at Auburn and will say I do this summer at Ashton Gardens and I can't wait!
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!
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!
Ansley and JB are awesome! We rescheduled their engagement session because of weather and then on the day of the rescheduled shoot, the weather had been uncooperative again! JB had the foresight to call the park rangers where we were planning to go and we changed course because of flooding. The main things Ansley and JB wanted from their engagement session were some form of trails and water. So I mentioned this little park along the Beltline to them and we made it happen! I'm so glad we were finally able to do this session. They are so full of joy and laughs and I can't wait for their wedding this coming September!
Heather and John are actually from the northeast, but are traveling to the south for their wedding at Chateau Elan next month! On one of their planning trips, we were able to meet up for their engagement session! They wanted to do something more "Atlanta" so we went to Ponce City Market! It was so fun and I can't wait for their winery wedding at Chateau Elan!
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. :-)
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.
What has been the hardest part about wedding planning?
Doing everything long distance, John starting a new job as a surgeon, and pretty much 75% of the wedding being DIY. :-) We will survive this though.
Brittany and Matt met me in Roswell for their engagement session last fall while the leaves were still pretty shades of yellow and orange and I loved getting to know them and hear their story. Matt is a youth minister and Brittany works for an adoption agency towns apart. These two have the kindest hearts that are full of love and I can't wait to be there to see them say "I do."
How did you two meet?
Matt and I were introduced by two of our friends who are also in our wedding party, Kyle and Haley. I have been good friends with Haley for many years and was in the same youth group as Kyle and Haley when we were in high school. Kyle works with Matt at Royal Cup Coffee. Kyle and Haley started telling us about each other and eventually got us in contact with each other. We talked on the phone for a week before we met, which was great to really get to know each other and ask all the important questions. Matt drove almost two hours to pick me up for our first date to take me to Atlanta for dinner and a Braves game.
How did he propose?
Our 6 month anniversary of dating was October 14, 2016, and Matt took me to a nice dinner on the square in Carrollton to celebrate on October 15, 2016. We then went to the Greenbelt to "look at stars" on the dock. As we walked down the trail to the dock, he stopped me under the gazebo which was decorated for the proposal and asked me to marry him (in Portuguese- which was a sweet surprise since he knows my love for Brazil).
Describe your fiance in 3 words
Caring, giving, patient
What are you looking forward to most about being married?
I am most excited about having someone by my side to glorify the Lord with and seek Him with. I am excited to see where the Lord takes us in our lives together. I also cannot wait to live in the same city-same home- as Matt and get to spend every day together.
First, can I just say that Emily and Ethan are troopers? We went out to Arabia Mountain one day right before Thanksgiving when it was super cold. They got up for sunrise and even hiked a mountain. I was so impressed. They are two of the kindest people and I cannot wait for their wedding coming up in March!
How 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!
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!
Chelsey and Ryne picked out Lullwater Park in Atlanta for their engagement session and I'm so glad they did! This property is beautiful and full of lush, green land. There are plenty of places to explore including a pedestrian bridge and an old graffiti tower.
I can't wait for their upcoming wedding this September!
For Adam and Brooke's engagement session, we headed over to The Goat Farm! This arts center is so cool and has so many little interesting nooks. There is history behind it too including more recent history of being part of the set of The Hunger Games movies! We actually happened to see a few movie tours walking through while we were shooting. Can't wait for their wedding this August!
Photographing this proposal alongside Michelle Stanislo was one of my most favorite things. Siarra was completely surprised and her reaction was just perfect! Calan proposed on the balcony at Chateau Elan and then we walked around the property for an impromptu engagement session. I shot hybrid (film and digital) for this session while Michelle used her trust Mamiya to shoot only film. To see Michelle's post, head over to her blog HERE.
Portra 400 on Pentax 645NII | Developed and Scanned by The Find Lab
Anna Kay and Hal are getting married in Piedmont Park this coming May, so it seemed only fitting to come to this place that holds such a special place in their hearts.
When Allyson and Chase said they wanted to have their engagement session in Senoia, GA, I mentioned always being down to see where they film The Walking Dead and a bond was formed. Allyson and Chase are huge fans and I'm so glad their engagement session also included seeing some highlights from the show and taking pictures in front the Alexandria walls. These two are so much fun and I'm so excited for the wedding this Spring!
For Caroline and Stuart's engagement session, we went over to the Goat Farm in Atlanta's westside. This arts complex is so cool and full of history and industrial charm. It's also one of the filming locations from the Hunger Games movies! I had so much fun getting to know Caroline and Stuart and can't wait for their wedding next Spring!
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I've loved getting to know Leonard and Amanda together as a couple after having met Leonard first soon after I moved to Atlanta. They are so sweet and funny together and I can't wait for their wedding this October!
For this engagement session we started at Grant Park, then traveled to the top of the parking deck of Renovation Church where Leonard works, then headed to the ever scenic view of Atlanta's beautiful skyline at sunset.
Happy Film Friday! I recently bought a Pentax 645NII film camera and wanted to test it out, so who other to test a camera on than this beautiful couple who will be tying the knot in October!
For this session we walked all around Cabbagetown in Atlanta. All shot on Portra 400.
Where did you two meet?
Tinder :) and Trinity Anglican
Describe your fiance in three words.
honest, servant, hard working
How did he propose?
On an all day scavenger hunt that ended in Piedmont Park