Thursday, December 27, 2018

Nisha + Jigar

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From all of us at Atlanta Artistic Wedding Photography, we hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas filled with joy, peace, happiness and of course, love.

Last Saturday, I had the unique opportunity of photographing a surprise proposal for a sweet Atlanta couple. Talk about the perfect gift this holiday season. Jigar contacted me recently, explaining how he was planning to propose to his girlfriend, Nisha, and wanted a photographer present to capture the moment. I was more than happy to oblige because who doesn’t enjoy true love combined a wildly romantic gesture? Because I wanted to document such a special moment from all angles, I contacted a former student of mine, Tara, to help me photograph.

The day of, Tara and I met Jigar at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Buckhead. Alongside Jigar’s sister and brother-in-law, we all arranged decor and candles and rose petals, setting the stage for the ideal proposal. Jigar’s and Nisha’s family arrived later that afternoon and hid on the second floor so they could catch a glimpse of the special moment. When Nisha arrived, she was certainly surprised. Jigar got down on one knee and proposed. She said yes and checked her response on the sign he had made. He said he wanted her answer in writing. Once their families arrived, we celebrated the newly engaged couple and took more photos. Following a gorgeous sunset, Tara and I shot a few photos of the couple before they headed to a surprise engagement party held at Nikolai's Roof at the Hilton Atlanta.

Congratulations, Nisha and Jigar. We’re beyond happy we could be a part of your special day!

I hope you enjoyed this blog and continue checking out our website and social media. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Thanks,
David

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Kelli + Todd

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Several weeks ago, we had the pleasure of snapping Kelli and Todd’s early morning engagement shoot at the remarkable McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth, Ga.

McDaniel Farm Park is a gorgeous piece of property located on an early 1930s cotton farm with numerous historic structures and three miles of paved and unpaved trails. Since it’s drawing in the 1820 land lottery, the actual farm has remained moderately unchanged, maintaining it’s original character. However, its functions have changed throughout the years, transitioning from a flourishing farm in the early 1900s to a home for sharecroppers. McDaniel Farm had also faced many hardships during the Great Depression and boll weevil epidemic. This much-admired historic acreage includes a fully furnished farmhouse, the original barn, blacksmith shed, chicken coop, carriage and tenant house and many modern amenities for visiting guests. It was an ideal location for a late autumn engagement shoot.

We arrived early and walked around the park with their family dog trotting alongside—a sweet and photogenic pupper, who was a great addition to some of the photos taken. To give you some history on the newly engaged, Kelli and Todd had met each other while teaching and working at a local Catholic high school—she coaches volleyball while he coaches football. Todd had proposed to Kelli at Anna Ruby Falls in north Georgia earlier this year. With loved ones in attendance, the couple will exchange vows on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the beautiful and historic Naylor Hall in Roswell, Ga. We’re thrilled about this upcoming spring wedding. Naylor Hall is one of our favorite wedding venues to photograph because not only does it have southern charm and unmistakable beauty, but also it’s rich with Georgia history.

Congratulations, Kelli and Todd! We can’t wait to a part of your big day.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and continue checking out our website and social media. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Thanks,
David

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aliza + Daniel

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Classic crooner Andy Williams sang it best; “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” From gingerbread cookies to glistening white lights and hints of spruce to uncontrollable laughter of all ages, I adore everything about the holiday season. In fact, I could probably write a long list of even the most minor parts that make my heart smile. While I won’t bore you with the details, I do want to share one of my favorite aspects of the holidays, and that’s the outpouring of love. I still tear up over Hugh Grant’s opening monologue of Love Actually because like he said, “love actually is all around.” And not just during the holidays. No matter the season, it’s there. It’s present. And being a wedding and engagement photographer, I can attest to that.

Several weeks ago, I had the honor of photographing Aliza and Daniel’s early morning engagement shoot in beautiful Piedmont Park. Aliza, who grew up in Atlanta, had met Daniel while attending school in Florida. The newly engaged couple will tie the knot on June 23, 2019 at The Temple. For those who aren’t familiar, The Temple, “originally founded as the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation in 1867, was Atlanta’s first official Jewish institution.” This place of worship has a lot of rich history hidden beneath the walls. And to make these upcoming nuptials even more special, Aliza’s brother, who’s a rabbi, will perform the ceremony. My team and I are looking forward to this summer wedding.

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Though I’ve photographed at Piedmont Park on numerous occasions, this scenic green space offers many unexpected sights and surprises. We were blessed with this particular shoot. Not only did we have brilliant rays of warm, golden sunlight, but also the backdrop was nothing short of magical. Typically, this time of year, most autumn foliage has fallen and remains scattered along sidewalks and in piles. While there was an abundance of orange and copper and gold sprinkled beneath our feet, several of the maples continued gleaming with the brightest colors late fall had left untouched. The best part about this engagement shoot happened towards the end when Daniel started kicking and tossing some of the fallen leaves around. These unexpected, yet colorful props were immediately incorporated into the shoot. It was so much fun.

We can’t wait to document Aliza and Daniel’s big day. Congratulations on your engagement!

I hope you enjoyed this blog and continue checking out our website and social media. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Thanks,
David

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Alison + Brett

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And just like that, we’ve reached December. What an amazing year it’s been for Atlanta Artistic Wedding Photography. We’ve captured so many beautiful couples’ big days and shared their stories of true love and unadulterated happiness. Though 2018 may be winding down, we still have more weddings to share.

On Saturday, Nov. 24, we had the wonderful opportunity to document Alison and Brett’s lovely autumn wedding at the gorgeous Payne-Corley House located in historic Duluth, Ga.—an emerging area just northeast of Atlanta. This sweet couple had first met in grade school, but had only reconnected 20 years later. How’s that for a love story!

In addition to working with such a kind couple as Alison and Brett, another aspect of this wedding I enjoyed was working with the venue. Being a wedding photographer, I often meet other industry professionals and vendors, who become life long friends. That can be said for the owners of the Payne-Corley House. Krista and Mike Ganley have been very kind to AAW and me through the years. Their immense talents and well-rounded knowledge makes for a perfect wedding event. And their staff is no exception. Everyone demonstrated the finest creativity mixed with hospitality.

The weather couldn’t have been more ideal, either, for Alison and Brett’s big day. Alison and her bridesmaids spent time reminiscing and getting ready in the private bridal suite, while Brett and his groomsmen enjoyed downtime at the venue’s groom house. The couple opted for a memorable first look, which was emotional and captured near the gazebo. We got very lucky with some of the nearby maple trees blossoming and showcasing their best and brightest fall foliage. Not to mention the Payne-Corley House was adorned in its holiday best. We also shot some more rustic photos by the railroad tracks running in front of the main house.

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The ceremony was held indoors with a reception following. The stunning fall bouquets, boutonnières and all other various floral arrangements were designed and created by Abby’s at The Cottage—the Payne-Corley Houses’ exclusive florist—and the music was provided by Black Tie Events out of Norcross, Ga. Towards the middle of the reception, the couple and their guests lined up, and everybody belted the lyrics to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” All night, the dance floor remained packed. These wedding guests knew how to party.

One of the coolest, and sweetest, highlights of the night, though, was when Brett’s father asked to see a show of hands of how many had known the newlyweds for more than 15 years. Nearly everyone attending raised his or her hands. It was great to see such a large group of old friends.

There was lots of singing and dancing and good fun and entertainment all around. It was such a splendid evening in Duluth. Congratulations again, Alison and Brett!

I hope you enjoyed this blog and continue checking out our website and social media. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Thanks,
David

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mackenzie + Bobby


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On November 17th, Sarah and I had the pleasure of photographing Mackenzie and Bobby’s fabulous downtown Atlanta wedding affair.

Mackenzie, an urban planner, and Bobby, a JAG lawyer, had met in Florida while both were working on a service project to help people in the area. After several years of dating, Bobby popped the question while the two were visiting Morocco earlier this year.

Though our day started quite early, it was worth every minute we documented. The beautiful bride and her five lovely bridesmaids enjoyed mimosas while having their hair and makeup done at The American Hotel. It was the perfect morning for many shared laughs and memories. And having just as much fun as the ladies, Bobby and his five dapper groomsmen spent the morning getting pampered. The guys woke up early and headed to Classic INTOWN Barbershop for a fresh, old school straight razor shave while sporting their very own wedding day getting ready robes.

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Mackenzie and Bobby’s afternoon ceremony was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, which is located in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District. Established in 1912, Our Lady of Lourdes was the first African-American Catholic church in Atlanta. Following the ceremony, we traveled to Centennial Olympic Park for more photos. We captured some pretty great shots of the newlyweds as well as the whole wedding party—some even included a little late fall foliage. It was the epitome of classic Atlanta.

Once we finished at Centennial Olympic Park, we headed to the reception at Ventanas. For those who don’t know, Ventanas is an exclusive event space that offers “dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows which reveal a sweeping view of downtown and midtown Atlanta” as well as 9,547 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. This unique area is located on the Park Pavilion building’s 14th and 15th floors. Before the post wedding festivities began, we took advantage of Ventanas’ spectacular rooftop vantage point. We photographed the couple and wedding party on the helipad as well as returned later for some breathtaking night shots with Atlanta’s glimmering skyline as a backdrop. It was perfect.

There was lots of dancing and good food and drinks and more dancing and fun all around. Overall, it was a marvelous night in downtown Atlanta. Congratulations again, Mackenzie and Bobby!

I hope you enjoyed this blog and continue checking out our website and social media. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Thanks,
David

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Galina + Hesam

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Many, many moons ago, I mustered the courage to propose to my beautiful wife, who I’ve had the honor of being married to for over 28 blissful years. And what better setting to pop the question than one of Atlanta’s most iconic and eclectic landmarks—the Fox Theatre. I’ve written about this historic place before, but I never grow tired of talking about it. And I certainly haven’t grown tired of photographing it. In fact, the Fox is, perhaps, one of my top favorite places to photograph around the city. Why you ask? Well, for starters, just admire its unmistaken architectural beauty.
In 1928, the ornamental, mosque-style structure was originally constructed as home-base of Atlanta’s Yaarab Shrine organization. However, it was later renovated into a fully functioning, live entertainment venue, showcasing award-winning artists and bands, plays and musicals and classic film, including the premiere of Steamboat Willie, Disney’s first cartoon starring Mickey Mouse. And the entertainment isn’t the only incredible aspect of the Fox. The building, including its two ballrooms, is decorated in true Far East fashion with towering columns, vibrant mosaics, antique stained glass and authentic hieroglyphics written on the walls. It’s an ideal location for any event, including a fabulous, mid-November wedding. 
Last Saturday, we had the absolute delight of capturing Galina and Hesam’s elegant wedding soiree at the Fox. Before the wedding festivities began, the beautiful bride and her four lovely bridesmaids gathered across Peachtree Street at the chic Georgian Terrace Hotel for hair, makeup and champagne. We documented snapshots of Galina getting ready, including my personal favorite—the one of her admiring her gorgeous wedding shoes. Galina and Hesam opted for a first look, which was photographed at the Cobb Galleria Gardens just north of the city, and we, of course, took many candids of the reception, which was held in the Fox’s highly themed Egyptian Ballroom.

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While all photographs we managed to capture were ideal, the best photographs of Galina and Hesam were yet to come. Because there were no performances of any kind at the Fox that night, we were able to shoot in the auditorium and on the stage. Most wouldn’t give this unique opportunity a second thought. However, this was a big deal. The Fox maintains this certain grandeur that could make even the simplest person dream the biggest dreams. And who doesn’t love a “vast cobalt ‘sky’ with a sea of twinkling stars”? It’s breathtaking to say the least. A special ‘thank you’ to the site coordinator, Tom Bellamy, for his knowledge, kindness and assistance in giving us a memorable behind-the-scenes look. Side note, if you’ve never experienced the Fox Theatre in person; schedule a guided tour as soon as you can. You won’t regret it. 
I could ramble on about this historic place and still not be able to craft the perfect words to describe how special it is. While the obvious visible appeal is present, another element of the Fox that makes it a truly beautiful place is the people working there. Being a seasoned wedding photographer, I’ve met and worked many wonderful and talented wedding industry professionals, who’ve been in the game for quite sometime and are good at what they do. However, I’ve never met anyone as accommodating and delightful and dripping with Southern hospitality as those at the Fox. Rachel Bomeli, the Fox Director of Events, has assembled a knowledgeable team of unique creatives, who demonstrate their talents and overall positive attributes to make any event possible. Nancy Lutz—the Director of Special Events, who booked Galina and Hesam’s wedding and was present for their walk through—answered any questions and assisted in any way she could. And I can’t leave out Leigh Burns, who is the Director of the Fox Theatre Institute, which is “a dynamic outreach program offering historic preservation and operations expertise, consultation and education to performing arts venues in Georgia and the region.” Without her, the Fox and its rich history wouldn’t exist. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Overall, it was a fabulous night. Congratulations again, Galina and Hesam!
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Thanks,
David

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Mayra + Cole

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Ah, sweet November, we meet again! And with it, more stories of love with blissful endings. On Saturday, we had the pleasure of photographing Mayra and Cole’s stunning north Georgia vineyard wedding.

What began as nothing more than an acquaintanceship flourished into an extraordinary bond. Because the two had mutual friends, Mayra and Cole had often crossed paths. There had been an intramural softball game and the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Gala where he had expressed his interest in her. However, time hadn’t been on their side—Mayra was dating someone else. It wasn’t until the summer of 2016 when fate finally started to align. Mayra was selected as one of Tallahassee’s Top Singles—a local fundraising event hosted by Tallahassee Magazine. Because Cole had been a former participant, she reached out to him. The pair kept in contact, and eventually Cole asked Mayra on a date, which included a scenic boat ride down the St. Marks River, scalloping, watching one of many picturesque sunsets and a delicious meal made from their fresh catch. And the rest included many adventures, lots of happiness and love and a heartfelt proposal on the sugar sand dunes of WaterSound, Fla.

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Mayra and Cole tied the knot at the gorgeous DeBarge Winery and Vineyards in Lafayette, Ga. What’s interesting about this beautiful piece of property is it’s proximity to Chattanooga, Tenn. DeBarge, known as Chattanooga’s first, and only, inner-city winery, is located 20 miles south of downtown. The wedding ceremony was held at the winery’s country chic outdoor pavilion overlooking Pigeon Mountain and rows of grape vines.

Before the revelries commenced, we took some gorgeous snapshots of the happy couple throughout DeBarge. Fall shined in all its colorful glory, even after the sun had set. My favorite photograph was the one of Mayra and Cole strolling through the vineyard at dusk. It was the epitome of classic romance.

The reception included musical offerings from The Malemen Show Band and fireworks extravaganza by Zambelli Fireworks.

It was truly a magical night. Congratulations again, Mayra and Cole.

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Thanks,
David

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Jennifer + Jonathan

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It’s quite incredible how quickly October came and went. And with it went the warm temperatures, pumpkins, colorful foliage and many wonderful wedding memories. I couldn’t think of a better way to end an eventful, yet rewarding month than with another gorgeous Atlanta wedding.

On Saturday, we had the honor of documenting Jennifer and Jonathan’s lovely fairytale nuptial. Jonathan, a graduate of West Point in New York, had met Jennifer in August of 2014, and the two had quickly become friends. By November of that same year, they had recognized their unique computability with one another and decided to give a relationship a try. For the past several years, the pair crafted an unconditional love and beautiful life together in Brookhaven with their fur babies, MJ and Lulu. Last year, on their three-year anniversary, Jonathan took Jennifer to St. Lucia to celebrate, and underneath a private beach cabana, he popped the question. And the rest was pure bliss.

Besides candid photo opts and layered cake with buttercream icing, of course, one wedding day addition I never grow tired of is the sentimental elements each couple adds. More specifically, those that honor loved ones and incorporate family keepsakes. This particular wedding day was no exception. Instead of opting for a standard wedding gown, Jennifer chose a different approach by altering and wearing her grandmother’s—and later, mother’s—vintage A-line skirt. She matched the priceless piece of wedding fashion with a modern top. Jennifer’s stunning bridal look was the perfect blend of old and new.

Before the ceremony, which took place at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, Jennifer and Jonathan did a memorable first look on the pedestrian bridge across Houston Mill Road, connecting the hotel to the Miller-Ward Alumni House. It was an ideal autumn afternoon for wedding photos.

Following a fun reception in the main ballroom with lots of dancing and silly photo booth fun and a magical sparkler send-off, the newly weds, along with several wedding guests, continued celebrating at Wisteria Lanes Bowling Alley.

Congratulations again, Jennifer and Jonathan.

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Thanks,
David


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Melissa + Sam

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This past Saturday, we had the honor of capturing Melissa and Sam’s tender outdoor wedding in historic Marietta. Having known each other for over 14 years, this beautiful couple began dating several years ago after Sam finished his time in the United States Marine Corp.

The intimate, late afternoon ceremony took place at a friend’s house—said friend also happens to own and operate a wedding business. Talk about a wonderful coincidence. It was a lovely setting for such a romantic, late October affair. Before the ceremony, Melissa and her father shared a sweet and emotional first look. It’s always touching to witness a proud father seeing his gorgeous daughter in a wedding dress for the first time. This particular moment was no exception. And the endearing moments didn’t stop there. Melissa and Sam opted to write their own wedding vows, which included the story of the legendary missed flight that brought them together and their favorite NFL teams—Melissa’s a New England Patriots fan, while Sam roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Following the ceremony, we hopped on a bus and traveled to the East Cobb Park for more photos, which included colorful smoke bombs, a picturesque wooden bridge and every photographer’s dream, natural light. We got lucky with these shots.

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Back at the wedding reception, Melissa and Sam enjoyed special time with their loved ones as they listened to countless whole-hearted toasts and danced the night away. The newlyweds exited the blissful festivities with a sparkler sendoff and into an antique Rolls Royce.

Congratulations again, Melissa and Sam.

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Thanks,

David

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Joelle + Jeff by the wedding photographers at AtlantaArtisticWeddings

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Oh how gorgeous an October morning looks during the famous blue hour.

Several weekends back, I had the greatest opportunity of photographing Joelle and Jeff’s classic Atlanta engagement shoot. The city was quiet and desolate, yet the skyline’s bright lights casted their guidance, leading us to some pretty incredible locations. It was our goal to photograph at as many well-known Atlanta landmarks as possible and all before sunrise. To say we succeeded was an understatement.

Our first stop was the 14th Street parking deck for some timeless midtown photo opts. I loved how the autumn cloud coverage looked as if it were vanishing in fear, allowing daytime to slowly blossom with all its glory.

Next, we visited Centennial Olympic Park—a spacious public park located downtown and operated by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. The celebrated park was constructed for the 1996 Summer Olympics, and since then, it has hosted numerous music concerts, firework shows, and a green space for tourists visiting nearby local attractions, including SkyView Atlanta. I shot some photos of Joelle and Jeff in front of the giant Ferris wheel and then in front of The Tabernacle. This was an ideal spot for the music loving groom-to-be since he had visited the historic venue for many great concerts before.

From downtown, we ventured east to Ponce City Market and Old Fourth Ward Park where the sunrise and lush, natural oasis of the city greeted us. The sunshine provided warmth and a stunning golden light. The engagement shoot ended at a playground where the couple allowed their inner child to roam free and unashamed.

Congratulations, Joelle and Jeff!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Brooke + Madison

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There’s no established, right or wrong way to describe love. If there were, it wouldn’t be fair. Ancient philosophers and literary greats and even average people depict their own version of love in such a way that expresses its personal meaning and essence. Each version is different, if only slightly. I wish my words could do love justice, but they can’t. However, my photographs can. I love love, and even more, I love to capture it through my camera lense. No matter skin color or religious affiliation or sexual orientation, I will never not love documenting love between couples.
On Saturday, I had the pleasure of photographing Brooke and Madison’s intimate Winn Park wedding in Ansley Park. I enjoy a simple, yet wildly romantic outdoor ceremony, and this one was no exception. Madison, who dressed in a sharp gray suit with a complimenting floral tie that matched her personality, walked down the aisle alongside her father, who performed the ceremony. Brooke—a stunning vision in ivory and lace—was then escorted by her mother and father. In front of close family members and friends, the sweet couple, who had first met in Savannah and had been together for several years, declared their love for one another, making their union official.
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The photographs from this wedding were some of my favorite to take. It’s obvious these two beautiful people share such a special love and bond with one another. Before the ceremony, I took photos of the couple, both together and individually, at the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel in Midtown. And following the ceremony, we went to Piedmont Park and the Old Fourth Ward for several true Atlanta wedding photographs, including snapshots taken in front of the graffiti murals at Ponce City Market.
Brooke and Madison’s reception was held at their favorite Atlanta restaurant, TWO urban licks. Guests enjoyed the newlyweds’ favorite meal—and a classic Southern staple—chicken and waffles.
It was a lovely Saturday for a lovely wedding.
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Thanks,
David


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Sherriel + Joseph

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Who doesn’t love a classic love story? It’s a common theme in ancient and modern literature, big screen blockbusters, prime-time sitcoms and most importantly, in real life. Every weekend, my team and I capture those real life love stories with our cameras and professional equipment. I suppose you could call us storytellers. Whether most realize it or not, wedding photographs are an additional detail of a greater love story. In a single snapshot, there’s a slight, stationary glimpse of a couple’s life together. As the viewer, we not only admire their small dimples when they smile or eye twinkles when they cry; we also see an authentic love between two exceptional people.
Last Saturday, we had the honor of documenting the wedding of yet another beautiful couple. Sherriel and Joseph tied the knot at the Romanesque Revival-style Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta. What made this particular wedding day so special was the couple’s history. Sherriel and Joseph, both from Atlanta, had started dating in high school. After graduation, they had continued dating while in college and through out graduate school. They had even attended the same church. Everyone we came into contact with Saturday couldn’t say enough wonderful things about Sherriel and Joseph, how they were destined to be together and it were only a matter of time before their big day.
The wedding party got ready at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. The gorgeous bride-to-be and her bridesmaids sipped champagne and laughed over numerous memories. And then, it was off to the church for the ceremony. With Sherriel’s sister by her side and Joseph’s cousin by his, the high school sweethearts exchanged vows and were pronounced husband and wife. 
The revelries continued at the famous SweetWater Brewery with appetizers and cocktails, a seated dinner and lots of dancing—some of the best I’ve seen in a long time. While guests mingled downstairs, we snuck up to the rooftop for some incredible post-ceremony pictures. It was a joy to document so many candid memories between the bride and groom and their wedding party. And of course, we had to include SweetWater’s well-known craft beer. Throughout the reception, there were multiple heartfelt toasts and special dances between family members—Joseph and his mother danced to Adele’s “To Make You Feel My Love”. The newly’s reception also included a delicious doughnut and coffee bar, tin mint wedding favors and a magical sparkler send-off.
What a wonderful way to end a busy, wedding-filled September. I hope you enjoyed this blog. Please feel free to contact us anytime.
Thanks,
David

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Jenni + Justin

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"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Shelley made me no mistake when he highlighted fall’s undeniable accord. Have you ever watched and listened as a passing breeze forces copper and auburn leaves to dance about on a crisp afternoon? While Shelley references autumn’s physical beauty in comparison with summer, I look at the season’s mention with a more profound significance. Perhaps that’s the secret romantic in me. Fall is such a comfortable time of year. I often associate it with authentic peace and multiple gatherings of all shapes and sizes and unrestricted love. This past Saturday was the first official day of fall, and what better way to welcome such a cozy, yet imaginative season than by celebrating the union between two wonderful individuals. 

We had the pleasure of photographing Jenni and Justin’s sweet rustic wedding at The Hunt’s Barn in Dacula, Georgia. Though only minutes away from Highway 316 and Atlanta’s outer perimeter, this lovely wedding venue delivered an ideal locale for such a simple, yet well-designed country wedding. Jenni and Justin exchanged their solemn vows in a lush field next to the horse pasture. Let’s just say the horses wanted to be a part of the wedding day action. We, including the beautiful couple, were more than happy to oblige. 

At the reception, which was held underneath an outdoor pavilion decorated with floral arrangements, warm lighting and lightweight draped fabrics; Jenni and Justin celebrated with close family and friends. They even participated in an amusing, post-wedding ceremony version of the newly wed game, using their shoes as props. And we just love Justin’s socks. Go Dawgs!

It couldn’t have been a more idyllic fall wedding day.

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Thanks,
David

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Rachel + Alfred

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Despite the continuing humidity, the days are growing shorter, and the air slightly crisper, especially in the mornings. Fall’s in the air, and so is unmistakable, genuine love.

Over the weekend, we had the honor of photographing Rachel and Alfred’s classic romantic affair at the celebrated Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. This wedding was one I had been looking forward to for a long time. As most of you know, I’m a sucker for timeless Atlanta landmarks, especially those rich in history. Callanwolde was originally the home of Charles Howard Candler, an American businessman and author most notably known for succeeding his father, Asa Candler, as president of the Coca-Cola Company. Built between 1917 and 1921, the gorgeous mansion is considered a simple, yet more contemporary approach to late Gothic Revival-style architecture. Callanwolde continued to be used as the Candler family home until 1959. Since the late 50s, it has served as the First Christian Church of Atlanta’s educational program and an artist studio, and is currently a non-profit community fine arts center. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center offers workshops and classes in literary, performing and visual arts as well as special events like concerts, art exhibitions, fundraisers and weddings. And man, what a lovely venue to celebrate love and new life.

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Prior to the wedding ceremony, Rachel and Alfred opted out of a first look, but did express their wish to pray together without seeing each other. This was something both of them wanted to experience as well as have documented. I found an area in Callanwolde where they could both hold hands and pray, but not be able to see one another. I placed Alfred first, and then brought Rachel down. He extended his left hand, and she held it with her right. As soon as the two made a connection, Alfred started to cry and pulled away to wipe his tears. However, it wasn’t long before the pair reconnected, holding hands and crying as they prayed and shared their love for one another. I can’t put into words how special and touching it was to witness such a scared moment with unadulterated emotions. It was one of the most beautiful wedding moments I’ve ever photographed. I’ll never forget it.

Family and friends gathered downstairs in the main room by the grand staircase where the beautiful couple recited vows and declared their love. There was a unique addition included in Rachel and Alfred’s nuptials—the love letter and wine box ceremony. Tucked away in a locked wooden box was a bottle of wine and two sealed love letters written by the bride and groom. As mentioned during the ceremony, the box will serve as a continuous reminder of Rachel and Alfred’s love and commitment to each other. And on their fifth wedding anniversary, they will open the box, relishing in the delicious wine and reading each other’s heartfelt letters. However, if there should come a time when the couple experiences struggles in their marriage, they can open the box, which will remind them of the reasons they chose one another. Such a romantic sentiment!

Following the ceremony, we photographed the bride and groom in Callanwolde’s lush garden and on the patio and veranda. My favorite shooting location at this enchanted venue was the main ballroom. Rachel and Alfred danced in front of large windows with dramatic curtains and lots of mirrors. It was truly a fairytale. As was the reception.

Amongst the warm company and endless exchanges of affection, there were elements of pure magic. Literally. The couple hired a magician, who performed many magic tricks, including a straightjacket escape. I thought this was such an entertaining and extraordinary element to a reception. There was lots of dancing and laughter and all around enjoyment until Rachel and Alfred’s whimsical bubble exit.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

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David