melissa & josh are married!

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i have to tell you, since melissa booked with us i’ve had an extra special place in my heart for her wedding.  not only have i known her since freshman year at georgia (we lived on the same hall!) but we will forever share some very similar memories of our weddings.  matt and i were thrown back in time when we stepped into watkinsville first baptist church on saturday for melissa and josh’s wedding.  memories of our own wedding preparations in those very rooms are still so fresh and yet we’re coming up on a year, woah!  shadowing melissa and her awesome friends was a blast but not totally void of little emotional flashes when it almost seemed like watching my own wedding happen before my eyes.  one of my favorite parts of the day was josh and melissa sharing a private moment before the ceremony and taking time for a bunch of rockin’ couple photos.  can’t wait to share those with you!  …but i’m getting ahead of myself, first the bridal luncheon at maison bleu, great environment, great friends, great food:

then it was time to get ready.  melissa is such a natural beauty it seemed like in no time at all she had put on her makeup and thrown up her hair into an fabulous bridal ‘do, some people just amaze me!

once she looked perfectly amazing it was time for their moment together in the church.  they were so sweet and cuddly, but as you’ll see, they totally know how to throw it into high fashion mode!  what a great  couple! :)

then it was time to wait, josh was totally cool and ready:

time for the party to start!  their reception was held at the athens country club and it was our first trip there, they really do a great job!

i love the couple in the foreground watching the newlyweds, such a sweet moment:

last but not least, the quite adorable flowergirl and our competition for the evening.  we really loved that little one so much!

melissa and josh, you are one of the sweetest and most gentle couples we’ve met.  the way you two treat one another says so much about what an amazing life you have ahead of you together.  thank you for including us in such a special day!

tiffany & andrew are married!

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when you know you just know; and tiffany and andrew knew.  

they met at a thanksgiving dinner, got engaged on a skydiving trip three months later and were married last weekend in the quaint little town of sandersville, ga.  like i said, when you know you know! :)

their wedding day was calm and smooth.  tiffany’s direction to the florist was just ‘pink’ and the florals were beautiful; she hired vendors she trusted and let them do what they do best, quite impressive!  the ladies danced and sang to some of their favorite old songs as they casually curled their hair and munched on fruit and cheese before heading down the aisle.  

a rare moment of sweet serenity for this energetic cart-wheeling flower girl!

i was really touched to see these two images and really wanted to show them together.  seeing these pictures like this speaks volumes to where their hearts were all day and says a lot about them as a couple.  love it. 

andrew and his older brother scott just before the ceremony.

this cake was stellar!  so creatively and carefully decorated…i probably took waaay too many pictures of it! :)

a quick break for a few outdoor couple shots before resuming partying!

matt and i are both pretty in love with this picture of grandma: :)

tiffany and andrew you two are incredible together!  it was so sweet to watch you enjoy one another and your loved ones, you have a very special group of people to encourage you in your new life together!  thank you so much for asking us to be part of your day!

lucy & grant are married!

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we love lucy and grant, i really don’t know where to start telling you about them so i’ll start with our arrival.  to the rehearsal dinner friday night.  an hour and a half early.  pfff, central time! :)

i would love to write about the joyful tears and the sweet toasts and the abundance of hugs that night, but i’m going to control myself and dive straight into the wedding day instead.  

tee time was 8:30 for the men so i dropped matt off and headed back to the hotel to finish getting ready before the bridesmaid’s luncheon at 10:30.  it’s very rare that matt meets up with the guys earlier than i start shooting hair and makeup; it was a nice change of pace.  

the luncheon was at emma’s tea room, a perfectly intimate and girly eatery in downtown huntsville, alabama.  surrounded by her best friends and lovely family members, lunch at the tea room was such an encouraging way for lucy to start her day.  

lucy’s mom is such a creative and thoughtful woman; she had come up with so many surprises for the girls!  my favorite detail she surprised everyone with was a charm cake.  having not seen this before i watched through my camera as the ladies encircled a sweet little cake with looped ribbons overflowing from the center.  everyone was instructed to pull a ribbon from the cake and at the end of each was a little charm that was supposed to represent your bright future.  i was snapping away when i felt her mom touch my arm and say ‘you aren’t going to leave your future in that cake are you!?’ what a sweet lady to include a future for the little ol’ photographer, it made me feel so loved!

full and happy the girls all went separate ways to get ready for the wedding.  with as many bridesmaids as lucy had it would really have been tough to get ready in the same place!  i jumped in the car with lucy and headed to her childhood home to meet her stylist(s).  lucy, your shower curtain makes this shot, haha!

meanwhile, the guys started a little of their own getting ready back at the hotel.

a few last minute touch ups, a prayer, and some hastily wiped away tears later lucy and her dad found themselves alone, counting down the seconds until it was time to walk down the aisle.  her dad was beaming and lucy’s watery eyes were the result of pure joy and excitement.

ah, they did it!  and it went perfectly, and that one kiss at the front of the church was not nearly enough to celebrate!  i love this picture of lucy’s friends looking up at her as she hugged her mom after the ceremony:

we grabbed a few portraits as the sun set behind the church before heading to the reception at the huntsville country club.

and now the party starts, these pictures do not need much narration, the love really shines though!

quite a dip there lucy!

lucy and her little brother – they are dancing like crazy!!

matt likes to call this shot the ‘garter search’!

and they’re off!

lucy and grant, you guys are amazing and we’re so excited you asked us to be a part of such a special day, we had a great time!  we’re also really excited you’ll be settling in atlanta, enjoy the honeymoon, hope to see you soon! :)