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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. 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. 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

Mr. + Mrs. Askew | Ashton Gardens Wedding

I recently had the pleasure of photography Ryan and Sydney's wedding at Ashton Gardens with Evan and Jenna Creative.  This wedding was so sweet and also beautiful!  It was a cold December day, but you wouldn't know that through their warm, loving photos.  Below are some highlights from their big day!

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Sydney's dress was custom made for her by a family friend and it was gorgeous as well as unique.

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Ryan was recently drafted to the Tampa Bay Rays organization as a pitcher.  How perfect is this groom's cake for him?

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Askew!

Mr. + Mrs. Harrison | Sanctuary Estates | Cleveland, GA

This wedding was so full of sentimental details and nostalgic moments.  I have known Tori's family all growing up and was friends with her brother and his now wife.  Her grandfather was even my bus driver when I was in Elementary school! There were so many blasts from the past for me at this wedding and it was so special to see Tori and Will become husband and wife after so many years.  I'm so thankful they allowed me to play a part in this special day!  Some of my favorite moments included Tori and her father arriving by horse drawn carriage and their epic Father-Daughter Dance!

Venue | Sanctuary Estate, Cleveland, GA

Dress | Winer, Winnie Couture

Cake, Catering, and Florals | Tim at GG Events

Make up | Bombshell Creations

Hair | Shannon Davis, Kuts n Kurls

DJ | David Osbourne, Sound Insights

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How/ Where did you two meet?

Will and I met in the 8th grade. I was the third wheel while he was on a date with one of my bridesmaids Allie Benton. I "apparently" spilled sweet tea on him that night, because I didn't like him.

How did he propose?

Will blind folded me and took me on a picnic to his grandmothers land and proposed in the woods.

What are you looking forward to most about being married?

Being able to wake up next to Will in the morning.

Mr. + Mrs. Campbell | The Engine Room | Monroe, GA Wedding

I met Chelsea many years ago when we were just preteens so it was so special that I was able to be there to capture her Wedding Day.  Justin is the perfect fit for her and I am so excited for them both as they start their new life together. The wedding day itself was so full of sentimental details and people.  Justin's grandfather officiated the ceremony and family friend, Jeff Foxworthy, hosted a special "dollar dance" where guests paid to share a quick dance with the bride.  They also incorporated their love of UGA with a red pom pom exit!  

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Campbell! 

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Setting The Mood | Anderson House | Washington, DC

Last August, I had the pleasure of traveling to Washington DC for the Jeremy Chou Workshop where we were able to participate in a few different shoots.  The inspiration for this shoot was "Setting the Mood".  It turned out that this day was dark and dreary outside which helped in setting the mood for us.  Shooting inside with little light proved a bit difficult for film and was definitely a learning curve for me, but Jeremy taught us a little about pushing film and shooting hybrid and below are the results.  A big thank you to Jeremy and to Elizabeth for her vision and direction.   

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Photography: Holly Von Lanken Photography

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Workshop: Jeremy Chou Photography

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Creative Direction: East Made Event Company

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Florist: Wild Green Yonder

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Calligraphy: Julie Ha Calligraphy

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Hair & Makeup: Georgetown Bride

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Cake: Fleur and Flour

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Gowns: Emily Riggs Bridal

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Hairpieces and Earrings: Maggie Wu

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Rings: Susie Saltzman

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Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes

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Models: Patrick and Fontaine from Modelogic

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Furniture Rental and Tabletop: White Glove Rentals

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Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic

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Styling Surfaces: Simply Rooted

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Venue: Anderson House

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Mr. + Mrs. Sherer | Monday Night Brewing Wedding

I loved getting to be a part of Wendy and Chris' big day at Monday Night Brewing.  Every detail about this day was true to this couple and their 70s Bohemian vibe.  The ceremony was beautiful and intimate outside at Monday Night Brewing's patio.  Even down to the music -only 70s and 80s music allowed - this couple stayed true to their theme and themselves.  Thank you for letting me share in this special day, Mr. and Mrs. Sherer!  Congratulations!

How did he propose?

He proposed at Smyrna Market Village, where we met and had our first date.  Our friend, Ally LeFevre, hid behind bushes and snapped photos of Chris proposing.  It was such a sweet gesture for her to record this special moment.

Describe your fiance in 3 words:

Sincere, Generous, and Passionate

What are you looking forward to most about being married?

I am looking forward to sharing new experiences with Chris. Both the big things like traveling to Europe and the little things like coming home to him every night.

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Photographer | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Venue | Monday Night Brewing

Hair and Make Up | Margaret Snider

Shoes | The Loft

DJ | Chris Watson of Lethal Rhythms DJ

Caterer | Happy Belly Food Truck

Floral | Candler Park Flowers

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

 

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.

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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.

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The family coordinated in pink for the big day.

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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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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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550 Trackside is right next to a railroad track so one of the guests put a quarter on the tracks before a train came by to give to the couple as a memento for the day!

550 Trackside is right next to a railroad track so one of the guests put a quarter on the tracks before a train came by to give to the couple as a memento for the day!

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Mr. + Mrs. Vastakis | Greek New Year's Eve Wedding

Margaret and John were married on New Year's Eve and had a celebration to match!  I met Margaret through our mutual friend (and now my roommate!), Corey at Corey's birthday party.  It was an impromptu bridal consultation of sorts and she and John ended up hiring me for their wedding!  Let me tell you, these two are so much fun and I love getting to run into them on the soccer field and elsewhere! This was a different kind of wedding than I'd shot for many reasons.  It New Year's Eve and we were going to be staying later in the evening for the festivities, which meant that it being winter, the sun goes down pretty early.  The sun was gone before the ceremony started so we had very little natural light during the day.  It was my first Greek Orthodox wedding, which was so much fun!  There are many traditions and symbolism throughout the ceremony and reception and as a person who loves cultures, this was so interesting for me to learn.  The Greek dancing was top notch.  I have to say, the throwing of dollar bills might be one of my favorites.  

Congratulations on over 6 months of marriage, Mr. + Mrs. Vastakis!

Venue | Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation

Second Shooter | Kiyah Crittendon

Dress | Sweet Elegance

Calligraphy | Lisa Fox

Hair + Makeup | Van Michael's Salon

Late Night Snack | Waffle House

Band | Alpha Omega Sound

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Callanwolde Fine Arts Center | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

Last fall, I was able to photograph this lovely wedding at Callanwolde in Atlanta.  While, for specific reasons, I cannot tell you a ton about this couple, I do want to share with you some of the amazing details from their big day!

Venue | Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Planner | Brianne McMullan for Stella Harper Events*

Second Shooter | Caroline Grenier

Florals | Amberly Odom of Wrennwood Design

Dress | Bridals by Lori

DJ | Lou Guzzo with Spectrum Entertainment

Videography | LiveView Motion Pictures

Catering | Endive

*Side note: I couldn't remember some of the vendor names and didn't have them on file.  When I asked Brianne, she spat them off immediately!  If that isn't a sign of a true professional wedding planner, I don't know what is.

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I absolutely loved these florals and this greenery staircase by Wrennwood Designs!  It was so elegant and I hope to see more installments like this in the future.

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Coastal Wedding Inspiration | Beaufort, SC | Anchorage 1770

This shoot really was a dream come true.  I'd wanted to plan my own styled shoot for awhile and when I decided go to Shanna Skidmore's Blueprint Retreat that took place in Beaufort, SC, the wheels started turning.  I mean, we were already going to be in this beautiful little seaside town.  Why not stay an extra day and try to pull together a shoot to do while I was there?  

Taylor Doehrman of Taylor Dawn Design quickly came on board and the two of us started planning and recruiting.  Some amazing vendors pulled out all the stops for us to make this happen.  

Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Style + Design | Taylor Doehrman/ Taylor Dawn Design

Venue | Anchorage 1770

Dress | Sarah Seven 

Bridal Shop | Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta

Florals | Karin Jeffcoat / Cote Designs 

Calligraphy + Paper Goods | Mallory Overton 

Vow Books | Michelle McMurray de Luces/ Wedding Story Writer 

Model | Anna Schuler

Copy | Brooke Meaders

Film | Kodak Portra 400

Film Presets for Digital Images | Mastin Labs

Film Developing | The Find Lab

Featured on Dear Gray Magazine

The warm, comforting air of the neighboring sea embraced the bride on her wedding day. Her dreamy wedding dress was quite at home in this ethereal coastal setting. Light and sweet, the bride’s graceful gown matched her gentle and kind spirit. The delicate lace in a modern silhouette demonstrated the romantic and eager love shared by the couple. As the bride wandered around the opulent Anchorage 1770, her sentimental gown was raptured in the sea breeze. Her deep blush, velvet heels helped complete her perfectly classic yet modern look. The perfect marriage of the pastels and deep plum flowers in her floral arrangement held together by the strong, slate, floor-length ribbons were wonderfully symbolic of the couples apparent love for one another: flattering sweet yet absolute. The bride and grooms wedding vows are safely housed in elegant vow books, each differing in style yet exquisitely coupled together.


  The bride and groom's patient and comforting love was evident in each of the intricate details of their wedding. The whimsy of the antique calligraphy of their invitation suite well prepared guests for their idyllic reception. The perfectly set tables held white linen table cloths, tall candlesticks, and an Arcadian vase overflowing with a soft, light bouquet. The bride strolls barefoot for a moment alone on the docks to read her beloved’s final words as a single man. The boats eagerly awaiting voyage, at the brides back, were a lovey reminder of her own impending adventure. The bride strolls back, under the Spanish moss, to be united forever with her husband. - Words by Brooke Meaders

Ribbon | Silk and Willow

Linen | Nuage Designs

Shoes | ALDO

Bridal Earrings | Kate Spade

Plates | Target

Glass | Crate + Barrel

Napkins + Rings | Pottery Barn

Mr. + Mrs. Foster | Pink and Navy Backyard Wedding

HChelse and Ryne did not originally plan to have a backyard wedding.  They had booked a venue, paid their deposit, and then any bride's nightmare happened - the venue was sold and the new owners would not honor their agreement.  However, Chelsey and Ryne thought through their options and decided on Chelsey's Grandmother's property!  I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived for their wedding last September, but it turned out beautifully! The outdoor space with it's twinkling lights and sentimentality was the perfect touch.  Their day was full of joy and fun and dancing and I'm thankful to have been a part of it!

Venue | Private Property

Dress | Bel Fiore

Cake + Catering | Keith Hand of Bridge Catering

Florist | Nancy Jacskon

Hair + Makeup | Amber Kimball

DJ | Wes Brawner

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