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???) 

Simply Secunda - February 25th, 2017

You will not find a kinder, more generous pair than Amanda and Evan. They braved a February 25th wedding, and planned for cold, cold, cold. Yet - God winked on them with clear blue skies and the temperature magnificently stayed in the high 50s/low 60s!. (Though we were frequently embraced by strong gusty winds.) My favorite part of this day was when Evan reached around a brick corner to hold the hand of his soon-to-be bride. They wanted to wait until the ceremony to see each other, but they took a quick breather to hold hands, hidden from one another, and connect. Evan nonchalantly began asking Amanda questions. “How are you?” “How has your day been?” “Are you ready for this?” By the sound of his voice, it was as if I was eavesdropping on a conversation over coffee. Yet, when I went to snap a photo - his eyes were brimming with tears. He was so set on making sure his bride was comfortable and at ease, but you could see it was taking everything in him not to show her how moved he was. It was a beautiful thing. Their love is radiant. I am honored to not only have captured their big day, but to have met them. 

A huge shoutout to my amazing, consistent, hard-working second shooter Sam Panasyuk. He has such a tremendous gift, and I am honored to also display his images as well. 

Ceremony Venue: Grace Episcopal Church 

Reception Venue: Chattahoochee Country Club

Portrait Venue: Brenau University

Oneil and Jonathan - January 28, 2017

After searching different venues, Oniel and Jonathan decided to have their winter wedding on the beautiful property of Oneil’s parents. It was all hands on deck, even the morning of the wedding everyone was bustling around putting finishing touches on every corner… and it paid off. Brisk wind circled the warm love felt all around. They said their “I-do’s” under the beautiful canopy of a stunning white tent. Tears puddled my viewfinders as they presented letters, sealed in envelopes, listing the things about each other that they admired and loved. The placed the letters inside of a wooden box and sealed it shut by hammering nails through. If ever there were to come a time when they wanted to give up on their marriage, they vowed to each other they would first tear open the box and read their given letter. The goal, to never have to open the box. Their love story is written in Divine cursive, and it was such an honor getting to put some pictures to their pages. 

 

As always, a huge thank you for my consistent 2nd shooter, Sam Panasyuk. It is such an honor getting to include your work alongside mine.