So… this is one of those projects around the house that got dragged on and on. Craig shiplapped a wall of this room and painted the rest like a year ago. Yikes! Somehow, life just passed by us so fast and every time I went to design it, something just didn’t feel right. It didn’t look right.
From the beginning, we knew that Cristabel + Curtis’s wedding was going to be special. Craig has met this couple before, but for me, even though I’ve never met them, I felt that we already had a connection. We shot Curtis’s sister’s wedding as well, so there’s that!
We’ve been waiting for Audy + Corderell’s wedding to happen for awhile now! We couldn’t wait to be able to shoot at the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga. We went a couple of times during the summer and knew exactly where we wanted to do their portraits.
How do I even describe this engagement shoot? Epic? Fabulous? Stellar? If you have a better adjective, please do share because I think any word would be an understatement of how these images turned out. Daniela + Paul rented out the Ventanas for their shoot and wow, it was so worth it.
Gosh… seriously ya’ll… We have the most gorgeous brides. It’s as if we have a modeling audition before we book our couples or something. Some people even ask if our clients are models! No, but when you scroll through these images, I know you will think that Olivia + Erik are.
Ok… so, let me begin this blog post with a little disclaimer. Everything we write on our blog is true. Now, honestly, I may not share negative experiences bluntly, but all the positive experiences really happened and are honest and true. With that being said, I’m going to be totally honest about something.
Home sweet home… what does that mean? I don’t know in words what the definition of that may be, but I sure can tell you how I feel when I’m home. No matter how nice a vacation can get, there’s just no place like home.
From these photos, there’s no doubt that Victoria was stunning in her dress, that Melvin was completely dapper and that every detail of this wedding was beautiful. Yes, all those things are true, but I will remember Tori + Melvin’s wedding by the key emotional moments that will always stand out to me.
How many of you guys are ‘planners’? I am and not at the same time… As I live this life, I realize more and more that balance is key to all aspects of life. Even if I was one of those extreme planners, the truth is that there’s only so much you can plan.
There’s a sweet bride and then there’s Gabby. She has the sweetest smile, the sweetest voice tone with sweet words flowing through… She’s always calm, patient and gentle. When I meet someone like Gabby, it always inspires me to become more like that. Yes, I do need more sweetness, gentleness and patience in my life!
Working with Craig 24/7 as his wife, I get to hear and see things that no social media post could ever cover. I can read him and know what he’s thinking before anyone. Sometimes, even him! I think that’s one of the beauties of marriage…. you just really know each other.
When I received our next couple’s inquiry, this is what was going on in my mind… The form that came in our email said, “Bride: Cherise Washington” and I read the rest of the form. Then, I went back to the email and read it again. I said to myself, “Cherise” then said, “Wait. OMG, Cherise Washington?!”
Oh, Sound of Music… Julie Andrews… Growing up, these were a few of my favorite things. :) (You see what I did there? hehe) I remember watching Sound of Music and Mary Poppins over and over and over again. My mom got me both of the movies on VHS (I hope you know what those are.) and I probably watched those two movies more than a thousand times.
If anyone asks me for suggestions about weddings, my response is always to keep it timeless and classy. If anyone needs an example of that from now on, I will definitely show them Tawny + Neil’s wedding blog post.
If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, I think by now you know that Craig and I returned from our anniversary trip to Austria! I'm still processing everything that we experienced there together. It's still surreal to me that I was in Europe.
Gosh… some people are just adorable. Some people just have the gift of making you feel “at home” the moment you encounter them. It’s truly a gift, and Leah + Kevin have it! I just love people that make you feel comfortable… being a wedding photographer, I feel that photography in itself is actually a very small part of the business.
So, I remember at the very beginning of our business, someone told us that when you become photographers’ photographer, you know you made it. If that’s true, we are super duper happy and grateful! You see, Jenny is a spectacular photographer herself and quite an artist. Every time we are hired by a colleague, it’s really an honor and means that much more.
We met Christina + Peter through his brother, Paul’s wedding last year. It’s always very special when we get to be someone’s ‘family photographer’. We have clients that have been with us for at least 8-9 years. Wow!
I’m sure that we’ve all heard, “opposites attract”, right? From my experience, that’s very true, but at the same time, you gotta have a lot in common too. I love that Shayla + Gregory incorporated something that they love into their engagement shoot.
Ok just how many wedding venues are there in just the Atlanta area alone? Just when we think we’ve been to all of them, we have to think again! It was our first time at the Engine room and it had such a neat industrial look. I especially loved the outdoor patio area where they had the cocktail hour.
We spend our lives trying to perfect everything we do, what we look like, who we are… But, the reality and the truth is, perfection doesn’t exist. It’s a goal that we will never accomplish. When it comes to weddings, we spend way too much time trying to plan a perfect one.
I just love engagement portraits because it gives us a chance to get to know our couples apart from the wedding day rush. Our experience with Eunice + Clement at their engagement session made us look forward to their wedding day so much.
After shooting hundreds of weddings over the years, there is one thing that’s for sure and it’s the fact that every wedding is different. Every wedding has its pros and cons, joys and challenges just like life itself. Wedding planning is one of the most stressful things that a couple has to go through together, and it’s unique in that this must be done before they are actually married!
You know, there are some really smart people out there… the ideas that people have fascinate me! Like Uber… Airbnb… what an amazing business concept, right? Like, I would have never even thought of something like that! Well, Shanae said that she got an Airbnb to get ready with her bridal party, so I was curious as to what this place that she chose was going to look like!
Savannah, GA... the only memory I have of this place was when I was in high school, my mom and her friends wanted to go spontaneously from August, GA to get some fresh seafood. So, we got there at night, had dinner and drove back! So, I never got to see anything in daylight..
You're engaged. AWESOME! Now what? Wedding planning! How do you do that, you ask? Where do you start? There are books after books and blogs after blogs on how to do this correctly. We've been there... we know!
Some people have the gift of making you feel like family... To be able to make a total stranger feel like you've known them for years is something that you can't really teach. It just comes naturally... That is something that Grace + Russell have - I call it magical. So, how do we know them?
So, is the world big or small? Because there's a saying, "It's a big world out there" and then people say, "It's a small world..." So, which is it? ;) Well, for this story, it's a small world. We got referred to Gabby + Phanna from one of other brides and then when they came to the shoot, they told us another crazy story!