ashley & david are married!

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saturday seriously rocked. ashley and david were incredible. i’ll talk about all the looove stuff in a second but first can i please tell you how awesomely organized they were!? although ashley and david did not want to see each other before the wedding, they had arranged to be ready in time to take some more creative bridal party pictures prior to the ceremony, family pictures after the ceremony and then dedicated the next 30 minutes to some time alone with us for couple portraits. we love them for that! it always seems to be the plan to get a few of those formal shots taken before the ceremony but rarely is there enough time. these guys not only made time to take the pictures- they built in time for us to really explore the property and take tons of different shots of them with their best friends! ashley and david- thank you so much for making things happen!

ok back to their amazing day. the girls spent most of the day (pre-ceremony) together in a little cottage and it seemed to be such an uplifting time for ashley. it was beautiful to watch all of ashley’s friends and family together, sharing laughs and hugs and encouragement with her. by the time the ceremony rolled around ashley couldn’t stop smiling and was more than ready to get things underway.

we are often asked if we shoot ‘formal’ pictures. we always tell people that we do take them but usually we don’t present them on the blog because it’s just not where we’re able to be most creative. with all of the time ashley set aside on saturday we were able to take the time to get some of our favorite formal shots ever. bold of me to say? maybe. but i just love these!

when it came time for couple photos the light was piercing and golden. the backdrop of dunaway gardens was incredible and ashley and david were able to relax and let their commitment to one another sink in while we made some images.

now to the reception! they have seriously the best taste in music ever and they love to party! i watched a few guests talk matt into dancing for a second -totally hysterical- but the music was so awesome it was just too hard for him to say no!

ashley & david, thank you both so much for including us in your day. everything was so natural and beautiful and we loved capturing it all. right now matt and i are sitting on the couch talking about how jealous we are that you’re on the west coast relaxing together and in general having the time of your lives! can’t wait to hear from you when you get back, they’ll be so many more images on the way to you so soon!

jennifer & chris are married!

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we first met jennifer at rachel and zach’s wedding. she was a bridesmaid and engaged which meant she was super helpful while mentally making notes about her own wedding day as things unfolded for her best friend. when i was engaged it was awesome to have a close friend of mine engaged as well. i can only imagine rachel and jennifer were able to encourage each other during the planning as much as my friend encouraged me. it was clutch to have someone in the midst of it all who understood when i found out my flowers were not in season, ugh. but anyway, when jennifer’s wedding rolled around i knew that she would have rachel and many other friends there to encourage and help her enjoy the best day of her life. that was definitely the case; when jennifer realized she didn’t have a guest book jessica was on it, another bridesmaid, jennifer, made sure everyone had food and her maid of honor, laura, did a fabulous job on her makeup! most of the girls had known each other since early elementary school and it was fun to laugh with them at ridiculous stories from ages ago. how lucky they all are to have stayed so close! let’s jump into the images:

the best way to get a grumpy, sleepy flower girl awake and happy? lots of pearls and quiet time with the bride. worked like a charm!

the ceremony site was so beautiful! the clouds were threatening but the sun came through sporadically with quick bursts of light. in my opinion the unpredictable weather made for beautiful images!

jennifer’s sisters couldn’t hold it in and chris’s sisters look equally as happy. i love this shot, the whole fam’s here!

chris and jennifer were so cute whispering to each other during the ceremony.

a quick sun burst!! look at how she’s lookin at him; what a great couple!

we think it is so so so important to take time to shoot couple shots on the wedding day. if you’re like jennifer and chris and you don’t want to see each other before the ceremony, we’d love to shoot them afterwards! so brides, before you rush into your reception just please consider doing what jennifer did; taking ten minutes alone with you new husband and your photographer; in the end you’ll be so glad you did!

their first dance was outside; it was just starting to get dark and the clouds were so dramatic!

chris’s sisters tore up the dance floor. seriously, i was jealous of their moves-

matt kept shooting even after jennifer and chris had run through all of the sparklers so i just trusted he had and idea and kept holding the light for him. i love love love the resulting shot, such a unique get-away shot!

jennifer & chris, we so appreciate you guys including us in your wedding day! i have to give it to you for combining your loyalties with a black and red wedding and the florida game playing and the florida groom’s cake, truly unique! i hope you two are getting plenty of sunshine and relaxation, can’t wait to get you the rest of the images!

amy & chad are married!

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since spending the evening at a braves game getting to know this awesome couple, we’ve been super excited for their wedding so when it finally rolled around this past weekend we were ready! i met amy at their house in time to shoot the talented rochelle doing her thing with amy’s golden locks. from there we headed to tracy ewell for the most perfect and detail oriented makeup application i’ve ever seen- 1.5 hours? worth it; check out how fabulous she looks! while i was hanging out doing girl stuff, matt was with chad and his adorable son noah as they got spiffy together at the home of one of chad’s groomsmen. noah was suuuch a ham for the camera it was tough to pick our faves of the little guy! we’ll start with a few (super huge! i LOVE the new blog!) getting ready shots:

amy and chad were married at holy spirit catholic church. wow, what a beautiful place! the ceremony was short and sweet and after a few portraits we were off to lit kitchen in atlantic station. matt and i had never been there but apparently they teach cooking classes which- based on the appetizers that amy encouraged us to grab- i need to take! so, amazing food, but really what thrilled us the most was watching their family and friends party together! they all seemed to love to dance; between chad and his little sister i think everyone there was pulled out on that dance floor at least once! it was a great party full of smiles and laughter and color and class- perfect. here are a few of our faves:

everyone in this next image is somehow related to amy. i never quite figured it out but they all grouped together and it was awesome- there’s just so much love and excitement in this image!

amy giving her best friend a hug after an emotional, very sweet, toast.

rarely do we turn the camera to a guest to show a picture we’ve taken of them; usually we try to stay invisible and surprise them later on the blog or slideshow. but in the case of these two dancers matt decided to show them how awesome they are. usually we get a laugh and it boosts their confidence to dance like crazy the rest of the evening but in this case the lovely lady commented, ‘ooo, great depth of field!’ when matt told me that story it made me happy!

sometimes i get obsessed with the way light can turn a normal object into a jewel. during these times i usually take five thousand pictures of things like champaign glasses.

the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom gettin’ down on the dance floor! i think these two families have a great future together, huh?

noah turned this poor lady’s hair into a bird’s nest, no doubt she forgave him the minute he looked up at her with his big eyes and cheeks, who couldn’t?

often when you have a vision, the best way to see it through is to do it yourself. that’s what amy did and check out the result!

noah is in love with his mimi- amy. he only walked down the aisle with the rings because she said she was coming right behind him! their relationship is so sweet, this next image just makes me melt.

amy & chad, thank you both for asking us to be part of such a perfect day! everything was beautiful and so ‘you.’ i hope you are having an incredible time sipping cocktails on the warm beaches of cabo, you’re not missing anything but a little rain and humidity here in atl! best wishes!