Mona + James/ Ashton Gardens Atlanta Wedding

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At the end of a wedding day, the most memorable part that we take home with us are all the emotions that we experienced with our couple.  When we first begin the day, we meet our bride first as she starts getting ready and anticipates what's to come.  Mona was very happy as she always is, but you could tell that as the time kept ticking, she was getting very excited and a bit nervous to see her groom during their first look.  Her smile never left her, and with her sweet sister by her side, we headed to their first look spot.  As she approached her groom, James could not hide his excitement.  As he turned to see his beautiful bride, it was as if they fell in love all over again.  Their eyes locked and the joy that they were both feeling was so powerful that we could even feel it!  After the portraits, we headed to Ashton Gardens to get ready for their ceremony.  Even though they already had their first look, James still couldn't hold back his emotions, and tears rolled down his face as Mona walked down the aisle to meet him at the altar to become his wife forever.  These emotions get me every time!  Ah!!!!!  Their ceremony was so sweet and there were so many emotional moments during the ceremony where happy tears came for the couple as well as their family and friends... This is what weddings are all about.  This is why we love our job.  Just when we thought happy tears would turn into just happy laughter and dancing during the reception, happy tears came again when the couple presented the guests with a gorgeous, choreographed dance.  And then......!  The father of the bride gave the most amazing speech that got me not just teary, but crying, and it took everything in me to not have a melt down.  And when we cry at a wedding which we do at every single one of them, we have to quickly wipe those tears away because we have to you know... take photos!  LOL!  If you ever see us wiping our camera frantically, it's because the tears are smearing onto the camera and all over our eyes.  LOL  As photographers however, feeling those emotions make us capture it all the more better, so we love it.  And then.....!  We thought it was over, but the father of the groom gave a speech too and oh my goodness.... it happened again.  :)  Wow!  How blessed are Mona and James for having such loving fathers in their lives.  Not just their dads, but their moms and family were all just amazing.  For us, the speeches from the two fathers are ones that we will never forget.  Mona + James, thank you for giving us such an amazing wedding experience and reminding us what weddings are all about.  Your wedding day was gorgeous, but what mattered most was even more unforgettable.  The love between you, your family and friends... it was all priceless.  It was a joy for us to witness you guys have such a wonderful time and experience your most special day in the best way possible.  Thank you for giving us the honor to capture it for you.  We hope that you love them all!

With much love,

Craig + Unchong 

What to Wear // For Family Portraits

What to Wear // For Family Portraits

When kids begin school again and you notice the word, “pumpkin”, on the Starbucks menu, we know that fall is coming… Fall changes the pace of our daily lives a little, doesn’t it? The fresh, cooler air makes us stop and just breathe it in…

Alexis + Jensen / Stone Mountain & Velcoma at the Yellow River Wedding

Alexis + Jensen / Stone Mountain & Velcoma at the Yellow River Wedding

The best day of your life.... Everyone knows that this happens on your wedding day.  It's so cool to witness this happen to many couples weekend after weekend and yet, it never gets old.  We get teary at every wedding... every wedding moves us and is a reminder that love never fails and that it's the greatest gift we all have the freedom to receive.

Brooke + Brooks / Willow Creek Farm Wedding

Brooke + Brooks / Willow Creek Farm Wedding

As I grow older and older, I realize more and more that life for anyone and everyone is full of joys and challenges.  There are days that are the best, but there are days that fall short.  But, there's this thing called hope that allows us to cling and to hold onto something much greater called love.  We have faith that love is what gives us any reason to live this life and to live it fully and abundantly. 

Loren + Richard / Christ The King & Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station Wedding

Loren + Richard / Christ The King & Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station Wedding

We met Loren + Richard at the GA Bridal Show and as soon as they approached our booth and viewed our slideshow, I just knew that there was something different about them.  Richard's first question was, "What lenses do you guys use?"  Aha!

Mistake We Made // Pros and Cons of First Look

Mistake We Made // Pros and Cons of First Look

This one gets personal for us because guess what we didn't do on our wedding day?  Yup, first look... That's the mistake we made.  We didn't listen to our photographer nor anyone else and yup... that is our #1 regret of our wedding day.  Why are we writing this blog?  So that you won't have the same regret as us and learn from our mistake.  We got married almost 12 years ago and when we think about this, we still say, "ouch".  Our photographer had 10 minutes max to take portraits of the two of us.... We only got 4-5 photos of just us.

Sarah + Anthony / USA & The Mountain Top

Sarah + Anthony / USA & The Mountain Top

Stories are powerful... the story of someone makes you understand that person more and deeper.  It allows you to have more compassion and feelings towards that person.  One privilege we get to have in this job is to to hear our couples' stories... how our couples met is one story that I love hearing.

Daphnee + Keniel / Chateau Elan & Ashton Gardens Wedding

Daphnee + Keniel / Chateau Elan & Ashton Gardens Wedding

I believe that every encounter and every relationship that you have in your life is for a divine reason.  I believe that everything happens for a reason... reasons that's beyond our comprehension sometimes, but I have faith that it's all for my own good and that it's for the Lord to complete His story in me.

Blog About Why We Blog // How it has Benefitted Our Business

Blog About Why We Blog // How it has Benefitted Our Business

"I read your blog!"  

The first time I heard those words, I thought, "REALLY??  You really read it?  So, you're saying that you took time out of your day to actually read what we had to say?" Although we started because we wanted people to read it of course, we began blogging without ANY expectations.  We did it with the sole desire to share our photos and the knowledge/experience we have gained over the years as professional wedding photographers.  We thought that if it helps just one person, it would be worth it.  But, the more we blogged, the more we realized that it was doing a lot more than just that.