Monthly Archives: May 2010


Permalink to Married! Shauna + Jeff

Married! Shauna + Jeff

Shauna & Jeff got married in Las Vegas a couple months ago, and they headed back to Atlanta to celebrate their “newlyweddedness” with their friends and family in a reception at Magnolia Hall.  Shauna’s sister, Katie, was the oh-so-fabulous coordinator at Brooke & Jonathan’s wedding last fall in Charleston, and when she heard about her sister’s reception in Atlanta, she gave us a call!  Because Shauna & Jeff’s wedding was a small family affair, I shot it by myself – my second mini-wedding that day!

Jeff & Shauna…

Shauna’s parents shared a welcome toast…

…while Shauna interpreted through sign-language for her hearing impaired friends!  I LOVE watching people sign!

Katie herself, giving her sis a big hug…

Um, Twinkies?  Yes, please!

The kids had their own little table with lots of yummy candies and treats!

Shauna & Jeff are self-proclaimed Star Wars fanatics.  Katie even told me that they were married by Darth Vader himself in Vegas!  So Jeff’s friends had created this huge, life-sized Chewbacca/Jeff that surprised guests when they rounded the corner toward the restrooms!

EVERYONE!  (Let me tell you, this group was having WAY too much fun to care about a group picture, so I’m pretty darn impressed that we got this!)

Shauna’s dad was giving Jeff some (questionable) tips on staying happily married.  It was all I could do not to crack up laughing!

The bride…

The groom…

What’s a wedding reception without a kid or two trying to hit up the bar?

Shauna’s mom playing with one of the adorable little babies…

The grown-ups were too busy talking to dance, but these kiddos made time for the dance floor all by themselves!

Shauna & Jeff made personalized CDs for all of their guests, including all of their favorite music…

Shauna & Jeff, THANK YOU for letting me hang out and be part of your crazy party!  And Katie, I’m so glad you thought of us when you heard “Atlanta.”  I look forward to working with you again!


Permalink to Married! Monica + Ricky

Married! Monica + Ricky

On the second day of May, I was honored to celebrate TWO new marriages with TWO wonderful couples!  The first celebration was a tiny, family-only wedding at the lovely old Claremont House in Rome, Georgia.  Monica and Ricky met in Rome at Winshape, where Ricky was working at a retreat that Monica attended.  Just a few years later, they came back to this beautiful north Georgia town to join their lives together.

This was the second wedding of the year that I’ve photographed without Dan!  I missed him like crazy, but I had a blast with Monica and Ricky!

I started the morning with Monica, who was getting ready in her room at the bed and breakfast.

Ricky had hand-written the SWEETEST letter to her that morning, on the only piece of paper he could find in the cabin where he was staying with the other men.

He also sent a gorgeous, hand-embroidered hankie…

Monica’s mom watches as she smoothes her dress…

The rings…

Monica and Ricky spent about an hour with me before their ceremony.  Here they are in the circle at Winshape, where they met for the very first time.  It was only fitting that they would see one another in their wedding clothes here for the first time, too!

The Berry College campus (where Winshape is located) is stunningly beautiful, with endless trails and fields and beautiful places to make pictures!

Back at the inn, Monica and Ricky freshened up and prepared to say their vows…

Monica’s dad waits for her at the bottom of the stairs…

The ceremony…

Monica’s parents holding one of her nephews…

Ricky’s mom, grandmother, sisters, and their families watch the ceremony…

This is the entire guest list, in one picture!  It was so special to see a wedding with only immediate family members there to celebrate.  Everyone was so happy to be together!

Monica, Ricky, and the kids…

Ricky with his mother and grandmother (I should look so good when I’m their ages!)…

Monica’s sisters with their families…

Two of Ricky’s sisters with their families…

Another of Ricky’s sisters and her daughter…

The pastor and his family, and Monica’s parents…

Last but not least… the bride and groom…

The innkeepers served a delicious mostly-vegetarian lunch after the ceremony, then Monica and Ricky headed off for a week at the beach!

Monica and Ricky, I am so happy that you chose me to photograph your wedding!  It was incredibly special to be there with you and your families on such a precious day!


Permalink to Engaged! Marianne + Dave

Engaged! Marianne + Dave

Marianne and Dave’s first date was at Piedmont Park, so it was only fitting that we make their engagement photos there!  Marianne told me she thought she was totally UNphotogenic… thankfully she was totally WRONG!  She and Dave are completely perfect together, and we had a blast getting to know them better — oh, and dripping sweat together in the hot May (?!?) sun!

I’m kinda obsessed with Marianne’s bangs.  They’re so adorable!

Yes, this is a skyline we had NEVER SEEN BEFORE!  Marianne and Dave introduced us to a brand-spakin’-new skyline view, and we LOVE it!

THANKS, Marianne and Dave, for spending your  morning with us!  We’re so glad you snagged us for 10/2!


Permalink to Engaged! Melissa + Hunt

Engaged! Melissa + Hunt

I have to give credit to the two awesome couples who are responsible for bringing my friend Melissa into my life!  Melissa was a bridesmaid in Alissa & Ben’s wedding, then a guest at Michelle & Tomi’s wedding… after bumping into each other over and over again, we finally figured it was time to hang out in person.  Melissa’s friendship has become really special to me, and I’m so happy to see her with a man who clearly loves her so much!

Since we became friends, Melissa would tell me all the stories about how much she loved Hunt, and how much she hoped he would propose… SOON!  So finally getting to see her with a ring on her finger was a really exciting moment, and meeting Hunt (who doesn’t live here in Atlanta) for the first time made me see exactly how perfect they are for one another!

A couple weeks ago Dan and I met up with Melissa and Hunt to make their engagement photos.  We started at Atmosphere, where Melissa and Hunt had their first date.  The nice folks at the bistro were kind enough to let us in before they had opened so we could snag a few photos!

Next stop: the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  When we got to the Gardens, the rain had just let up, and a faint rainbow appeared in the sky!

LOVE the Orchid House at the Botanical Gardens!  It’s perfect for rainy day photos!

We felt like it was only fitting that we be included in the last shot of the day!

Melissa and Hunt, we are SOOOOOOOOOOO excited to celebrate with you two in October!  You are absolutely perfect together, and we’re honored to be part of this journey with you!  OXOX


Permalink to Boudoir Day at Stonehurst Place

Boudoir Day at Stonehurst Place

These are just a few photos from my last Boudoir Day at Stonehurst Place in Midtown, Atlanta. Seriously, ladies, this award-winning bed and breakfast is an AMAZING place to book for your boudoir shoot! I highly recommend booking a room for you and your sweetie, and enjoying a little boudoir shoot with me while you’re there! This shoot took place in the Master Suite, which has tons of gorgeous light, adorable furniture, a huge comfy bed, and a bathroom that is to die for!

Thanks to all the gorgeous women who came out for the shoot! You were all so much fun to work with!

And a VERY special thank you to my stylist extraordinaire, Cayla Roberts, who provided me with stunning hair and makeup — as always! You’re the best, Cayla!


Permalink to Married! Eleanor + Eric

Married! Eleanor + Eric

When we had coffee with Eleanor and Eric a couple months back, we couldn’t believe how laid-back they were about their upcoming wedding.  They sat at the table with the calmest, most serene expressions, clearly just happy to be together, and anticipating their future together.  We were sure that they would get at least a little bit frenzied by the wedding day, but instead they were just as calm as they’d been eight weeks before — still relaxed and ready to become husband and wife!

Jennifer and Stephanie from Bob Steele Salon did Eleanor’s hair and makeup.  See those eyelashes?  Those are 100% Eleanor’s.  Amazing.

Eleanor sitting in the sun in the corner of her parents’ kitchen…

Dan photographed Eric and his groomsmen getting ready at Midtown’s luxurious W Hotel

At First Presbyterian Atlanta…  I’ve heard a lot of women say that they first felt like a bride when they put on their veil.  I’m not sure if that’s how Eleanor felt, but she definitely walked around like a princess from the minute the veil went over her hair!

Eleanor’s mom helps wrap her sash…

The groomsmen…

LOVE how this little guy put his hand in his jacket!

Eric…

The bridesmaids…

I’m not sure what these flowers are, but the bouquets designed by Kathy with Parties to Die For were absolutely stunning!

Eleanor…

Waiting for ceremony time…

Eleanor’s mom adjusted her earrings…

Eric’s mom and brother wait for their turn to walk down the aisle…

I love Dan’s overhead shot of Eleanor walking down the aisle with her father…

The newlyweds…

Just a short walk across 16th St. took Eleanor and Eric from the church to the High Museum of Art for their wedding reception!

Their first dance…

Eric and his mom…

Eleanor and her dad…

Hand-rolled sushi and fresh stir-fry from Woodruff Center’s Restaurant Associates filled the guest’s bellies!

CAKE!

My heart melted when I saw this shot of Eleanor that Dan captured, while she and Eric were cutting their wedding cake.  Little moments like this are what make our job so special!

Bubbles to end the night!

Eleanor and Eric, thank you so much for being so INCREDIBLY laid-back and wonderful to photograph!  It was an honor to celebrate with you!