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!
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...
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!
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!
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???)
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
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.
Rebecca and Brandon got married on a breezy October 16th at Little River Farms, Alpharetta, GA. The staff was so friendly, and they even arranged all of the bridal party’s flowers. The couple were flooded with loved ones, and even as we were on mission to accomplish all photos for the day, Becca never missed a moment to hug the necks of those who made the effort to come out and support. Briana Smith executed the day flawlessly and was hands down the best wedding planner I have worked with - TO. DATE. She made my day so easy.
The evening was capped off by some great dances and tons of belly laughs. If you know Becca and Brandon, you know you won’t be able to keep a straight face around them! Needless to say, it lent for a FUN wedding to shoot! A huge thanks to my consistent second shooter who contributed beautiful work to this effort. Check him out! Sam Panasyuk!