Monthly Archives: October 2010


Permalink to Married (fo’ real now)! Francine + Gordon

Married (fo’ real now)! Francine + Gordon

Francine and Gordon may have stood before a judge a few months ago and been legally married, but it seemed that this time, surrounded by the people who love them most in the world, they really felt married. Dan and I were so honored to be a part of Francine and Gordon’s marriage celebration! Their friends and family were absolutely fantastic, and the party was perfection! Bold American did an outstanding job (as always) with one-of-a-kind event design that really captured Francine and Gordon’s creative spirits!

I seriously love ALL wedding gowns, but Francine’s gown?  I COVETED her gown.  I could have tossed away my camera and put her dress on and run away in it, and not thought twice about it!  That’s how much I obsessed over this phenomenal Vera Wang wedding dress.  (Oh, and the Kate Spade shoes were pretty awesome, too!)

Francine’s mom helping her with her gown…

Gordon’s mom…

Francine with her dad…

*drool*

Francine’s bridesmaids have known her since they were all in elementary school!  It’s so special to have friends who have grown up with you, know all your deepest, darkest secrets, and still want to stand up with you on your wedding day!

Another lifelong friend of Francine’s is a minister, and she went over last-minute details with Francine before they lined up for the ceremony…

The ring bearer…

Michelle Smith from Inviting Ideas created the whimsical invitations and programs…

Bicycle wheels?  Draped in roses?  Hanging from the ceiling?  YES, PLEASE!  This arrangement was created by a former window set designer for Anthropologie. Guests took their butterfly place cards to their table, where the butterflies could be added to the centerpiece!

Gordon and his cousin…

Francine’s necklace was her “something borrowed” – on loan from her mom…

The rose-draped arbor that hung over Francine and Gordon during their ceremony also framed the wedding party table during the reception!

Cake!

Toasts…

Francine danced with her dad…

..then Gordon danced with his mom…

…then Francine’s mom and dad took the dance floor…

…then everyone danced around the room in celebration of Francine’s grandmother!

Impromptu photobooth?

Gordon chose songs and Francine designed the cover for this CD that they gave to each of their guests…

Francine and Gordon, thank you SO MUCH for sharing this day with us!  We absolutely adore you guys, and we wish you a lifetime of happiness together!


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Pre-Shoot: Francine + Gordon

Francine and Gordon live in DC, so we didn’t get a chance to do proper “engagement” photos of them in the month before their wedding. See, I have to put “engagement” in quotes, because they were actually already married! Gordon is Irish, and anyone who’s been through the green card process knows that it’s, well… a process! So Francine and Gordon were legally married before a judge, all by their lonesomes, then planned a party to end all parties here in Atlanta to commit to one another in front of their dearest family and friends! A couple of days before their wedding celebration, we got together for a few photos… not quite engagement photos, of course, but a Pre-Shoot — a chance for us all to get comfy together and (best of all) share a beer!

We can’t WAIT to share photos of their wedding SOON!


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Marshall is new here!

I love hearing from previous clients who have had their first baby! Marshall was barely a week old when his mom called me to come and photograph him. My youngest nephew is 4 years old, and our godson is almost 1, so I’d completely forgotten how TEENY tiny a new baby is! I loved cuddling this little guy!

Marshall’s sweet little room was accented with hand-made signs by Joni at Chocolate Butterbean, and the little stuffed puppy that was the first gift from Marshall’s dad to his mom!

Marshall was wide awake throughout our entire shoot! He wasn’t the least bit cranky; he just looked at EVERYTHING, and was especially interested when I got close to him with my camera!

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Permalink to Married! Marianne + Dave

Married! Marianne + Dave

It has taken me way too long to try to narrow down the images for this blog post!  But enough is enough, and I am forcing myself to STOP, and share these 43 beautiful moments from Marianne and Dave’s wedding day.  Hooray!

I started with Marianne at Twelve, where her friend Mimi was styling her hair…

Just a couple blocks away, Dan was with Dave, who was… checking out his butt in the mirror?  I guess it’s not just us girls!

It was an easy walk on a PERFECT Saturday to get to Atlanta FUMC

The next 3 pictures make me really happy… I was particularly fond of Marianne’s Angelina gown…

Marianne and Dave decided to see one another before their ceremony — our favorite!  This beautiful corner of the church balcony was a great, private spot to see one another all dressed up in their wedding clothes for the very first time.

My angle…

Dan’s angle…

I set up this shot for a completely different purpose, but Dan got one of my favorite pictures of the day…

We wondered out into downtown Atlanta for some photos…

The stunning floral designs were created by Tulip

Atlanta FUMC is right on Peachtree St. downtown, so there’s always plenty of traffic.  This Saturday was extra-busy, though, because the BET Music Awards were in town!  M&D heard LOTS of encouragement shouted and whistled from the cars that crept by!

One of the precious little grandmas…

Marianne and her mom…

Marianne waiting with her dad before the ceremony…

She totally broke down as she walked down the aisle.  Nothing makes me tear up like watching couples cry at their weddings, I guess because Dan and I bawled our eyes out at our own ceremony.

Marianne and Dave gave us our first opportunity to shoot at Ventanas, an AMAZING space overlooking the Atlanta skyline.  You know what else is amazing?  A wedding where you get both beer AND little hamburgers!  (Kudos to Proof of the Pudding for the scrumptious food!)

First dances…

I love this moment… I guess it just says so much about a mom when you see her smiling patiently while her son and one of his friends acts ridiculous!

Marianne’s dad surprised everyone with a SWEET slideshow of photos from her and Dave’s growing-up years.  I especially love the shot of Marianne’s grandmother peeking around a column to watch the video!

One of Ventanas’ most fabulous features is the helipad!  I was more that a little petrified, being on a rooftop with no barrier between me and certain-death (okay, so I’m kind of scared of heights), but Dan dragged me up there, and we got some beautiful images right at twilight…

Because the evening was so lovely, the guests spent most of the night on the rooftop patio overlooking the city…

CAKE!

Ending the night…

Congratulations, Marianne and Dave!  We LOVED photographing your wedding!  Thank you so much for sharing your celebration with us!

This wedding was made possible by the fabulously WONDERFUL Amy Diloreti.  We heart you, Amy!


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The End of the Southern Trail Tour

I don’t spend nearly enough of my life enjoying live music… so when I DO get the chance to go out and see a band, it feels pretty special.  It’s even more special when I know one of the artists on stage!  Our friend Jeremy Aggers has been touring with a lovely group of musicians from around the southeast, and they wrapped up their tour here in Atlanta at one of my favorite spots, Eddie’s Attic.  The entire group started the night off together, led by Chelsea Lynn La Bate with her guitar, and Channing of Channing & Quinn with her xylophone…

Jeremy…

Tyler Lyle

Quinn and Jeremy…

The whole crew again…

Be sure to check out these artists’ website.  They’re making some great music — and you can see their shows without 50,000 screaming teenagers between you and them.  (Yay!)


Permalink to Engaged! Erica + Matt

Engaged! Erica + Matt

We met Erica and Matt for the very first time when they drove all the way from their home in Mississippi for an E-Shoot with us here in Atlanta! After spending the afternoon with them, and sharing a meal together (YUM!), we’re so excited to shoot our first Mississippi wedding next year!

The wind was CRAZY in downtown Atlanta!  See how the trees are all pointing left?

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Erica and Matt, we’re SO looking forward to seeing you guys again — SOON!