Criselis and Joshua - Cornelia Community House

Cris and Josh have a story for the books. They met attending the same church, and after 7 years of friendship they realized what they had was something much more than camaraderie. It was a quick progression! After just a few months of dating she donned a ring on that pretty little finger!

Recently, Josh got a new job on the West Coast and their newly-formed relationship dove headlong into a long-distance one - right before their September wedding. They said heartfelt goodbyes as he headed west, leaving her behind to tie up loose ends for her eventual move. 

Well, he came back in town - the night before the wedding, and they decided that the first time they would see each other would be at the end of the aisle. What a tear-jerker!!! (They even almost accidentally kissed the first moment they saw each other!) 

They had a beautiful ceremony at the Cornelia Community House in Cornelia, Ga. After vowing forever to one another, they skipped out of the church - only to find the nearest coat closet to smooch some more. Their passion is truly beautiful. 

Towards the end of their intimate, coffee and dessert reception - Cris changed into a STUNNING black gown. This was an utter surprise to Josh! (And I think from the pictures you can tell he liked it!) 

Cris and Josh are now serving at Free Chapel in Irvine, California. They are some of the kindest people I have been honored to call friends. Enjoy just a little bit of their most amazing wedding!  

Brittany and Edozie - Atlanta, Georgia

When I first met Brittany and Edozie I was taken by their sincere kindness. They were the first (albeit, only) couple to ask to pray for ME at the conclusion of our first consultation. There story is one marked with the hand of God. Their wedding was a FANTASTIC change of scenery! Though it started as a traditional American ceremony, it turned halfway through to the most beautiful Nigerian celebration! I was introduced to the "dollar dance" and had to put my camera down for a brief moment to get in on the action. Me and my second shooter, Anna Moran, couldn't help but laugh as we found ourselves in the middle of a literal money shower. (Of course, we left the dolla bills undisturbed.) I consistently asked myself, "Why in the world did we not do this?!" It was a wedding to remember, and I was grateful to be a part! 

Amandah and Spencer - Copey Creek - Clarksville, Georgia

Amandah and Spencer got married on August 12, 2017 at Copey Creek in Clarksville, Georgia. The day was filled with on and off showers, but miraculously the skies cleared for their gorgeous ceremony. When Amandah sought out a venue, her vision was to be married underneath a large tree in the middle of a beautiful field. She got it!! It could not have been more picturesque. The staff at Copey Creek are amazing, and were out drying off the chairs the moment the rain stopped. One of the most beautiful moments of the day was when Amandah had just gotten in her dress, I had put on worship music, and was taking a brief moment to pose her by the beautiful windows in her bridal suite. It was the first moment of the day she found herself alone, in a quiet, peaceful room, staring out the window, and it hit her. She would be married that day. She teared up and I ushered in mom to give her a hug. I couldn't help but tear up as well. These moments are why I do what I do! I pray Amandah will be able to look at these photos for the rest of her life and reminsce on all those beautiful emotions!  Congrats, Amandah and Spencer!! (Also, a huge shoutout to my second shooter for this day, Amanda Hamlin. Go check out her work!) 

Kelly and Dillon - Copey Creek Farms - Clarksville, GA

Kelly and Dillon contacted me two weeks before their wedding. You read that right, TWO WEEKS! Yet - you would have had no clues on her big day that it was put together so fast. In fact, I would beg to say there were more thought-out details to this big day than I have yet to see! Kelly’s mom handcrafted many of the decorations. One of my favorite details of the day was the ring-bearer pillow. Sewn together from pieces of fabric of loved ones, even a piece from their dog’s toy! We all rejoiced when the weather greeted us with a cool breeze on July 29th! Copey Creek never looked more beautiful as Kelly and Dillon danced the night away amongst close family and friends. Everyone was in belly laughs as they played the infamous "Wedding Shoe Game"!  Cheers to a beautiful future Kelly and Dillon! I was so honored to have been a part of your day! (Also, thank you to Sam Panysuk for second shooting this wedding!) 

A Figueira Fairy Tale - Little River Farms - Alpharetta, Ga

The day was July 23rd 2017. Jeremy posted early in the morning on his instagram account: "This (our wedding) is a story of God persistence, God’s faithfulness and God’s Love. For my God loves me so. I have found what is good. Today this same guy has been given more mercy and more grace. Today this same guy is privileged to marry the woman that exceeds all his dreams. I love you, Dusty. You are part of God’s long story in this broken mans life and I’ll forever be thankful." God's persistence, faithfulness and love. Try as I may to write a blog post on these two - I couldn't find better words than those he, himself, penned. A story filled with the redemptive grace of Jesus Christ. From loss and heartbreak, to wholeness and forever love. 

And that love is certainly reciprocated. Just notice the way Dusty looks at Jeremy.  Such admiration and respect. One particularly special moment of the day was when Jeremy's family surprised Dusty with a beautiful necklace. The pendant it donned was made from the wedding ring of Jeremy's mom, who had passed away. Both me and my second shooter, Anna Moran, had to hold back tears as we documented such a sacred moment. A powerful gesture of opening up their family to her. Another truly beautiful moment was when Dusty's dad saw her. She is a self-proclaimed "Daddy's girl", and its not hard to see why. (Get your tissues ready!).

Little River Farms in Alpharetta, Georgia was the perfect backdrop for their celebration, and as always - was super hospitable and accommodating. If you know these two, you love them - and I was truly honored to get to capture a bit of their forever story. 

Victory Lap - Shay Arthur

This girl is Uh-mazing. In the last year and a half she has lost 80 lbs. EIGHTY! When I asked what was the biggest contributor to her weight loss, she quickly responded "a journey of deep inner healing and a breakup with self-hate." She works out daily and eats nutritious food, but her biggest secret - "being proud of the little victories" - and verbally affirming those wins! Shay is an inner healing minister, a speaker, conference planner and missionary. She is venturing to Africa next month, and heading home only to hop in a car and lead a week-long revival in Illinois. She is a rarity and it was a deep honor to get to capture this "victory lap" for her. Emotional even! Also, nothing like making the most of where we live! Love getting to shoot on the Gainesville Square here in Gainesville, GA! 

Espinera Ever After!

May 6th, 2017 will forever go down as the most memorable wedding I have shot. Ryan and Jessica fervently watched the weather as the looming reports came in. Rain. Lots of it. Unavoidable. The beautiful venue was at Jessica's parent's house and it was BREATHTAKING. For months, Jessica's family built out her dream wedding spot. Pews built out of trees, a stage, and the most awe inspiring reception location I have seen! Fresh florals greeted you at every turn and the twinkle lights were not in shortage! Because Ryan and Jessica chose to do a first look, we were able to capture all of the formals for the day. As the last family photo was snapped, dark clouds rolled in over head. We immediately retreated inside where Jessica's bridesmaids surrounded her and prayed. Boy, did they pray. After about 15 minutes of speaking life and truth over Jessica, a sweet peace entered the room - laughter broke out! Was it ideal? Maybe not - but no rainstorm was going to stop them! They made an announcement that it was understandable if anyone did not want to venture out into the rainy ceremony site, and not a SINGLE PERSON left. Bundled up with umbrellas, the most beautiful ceremony took place. The beautiful planned reception was ushered inside Jessica's parents house, where more than 200 guests flooded every room. You could hardly hear over the belly laughter. Everyone had the best time communing with one another. At one point I realized there was a group praying over each other - it was truly beautiful to see. To top it all off, Ryan and Jessica sent off lanterns - and somehow, even in the rain - they majestically made there way heavenwards. The rain wasn't "in the plans", but man, what an honor it was to be in that house that rainy May night with people who were so ALIVE. So full of love. Enjoy their story...

Brittany and Edozie's Sunrise Engagement Session

Ok, so sunrise sessions are my new favorite! With beautiful, even-casted light, warm summer rays and no crowds to deal with - it was better than expected! Brittany and Edozie are two beautiful souls - never before had I been prayed for at a bridal consult. Ya'll, they prayed for ME! They have chosen to wait in this engagement period to lock lips. How deeply I respect that - it also is reason for these super CHARGED photos. :) Truly grateful to be able to work with new friends!

Harper to Etienne

Hillary and Jonathan hold a dear place in my heart. They got married at Copey Creek, a beautiful rustic meets modern venue nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  We experienced on and off showers which kept things nice and cool, and also seemed to illuminate everything!  There was no shortage of tears and laughs this beautiful April day! Love these two deeply! A huge thanks to my second shooter, Sam Panasyuk and his gifted eye! 

Dusty and Jeremy - Engagement Session at Arabia Mountain

Man, how can I sum up Dusty and Jeremy? They were some of the EASIEST clients I have had. Their love for one another is full of belly laughs and tight hugs. When we sat down for our consultation we ended up staying an hour after just talking LIFE. I am inspired by their love for adventure and their dedication to one another. It is a beautiful thing to be a part of! To say I am excited for their July wedding at one of my most FAVORITE venues (Little River Farms, Alpharetta) is an UNDERSTATEMENT! (Oh, and could they be any more beautiful???)