there is no denying several things about celan & yves’s wedding:
1. it was overflowing with love
2. it was very personally inspired
3. it was the work of an artist
having met celan & yves at heather & matt’s wedding, we had some idea of what awaited us on celan & yves’s wedding day but nothing could really prepare us for the beautiful day we experienced! i have to begin this story by telling you that celan is a painter– an inspired, passionate, fascinating painter. she weaves stunningly rich narratives into a single canvas- something that, as a photographer of life, i value so much. so while i have so much respect for celan, i will also allow myself to feel a certain kinship to her, to the way she sees the world, internalizes it, and then re-shares it in such a beautiful way. so, all of this to say, her wedding day was so special and matt & i really enjoyed allowing ourselves to be swept up and inspired by their love.
my day with celan and her best friends started with a burst of color! all around me were beautiful dresses (celan told her bridesmaids to wear whatever they liked) and overflowing buckets of bright flowers. soon enough every surface of the room was covered in blooms as celan and her ladies created their own bouquets from whatever flowers each girl liked best. while everything coordinated, no two bouquets were alike. each bridesmaid’s personal style and taste shined through- such a wonderful idea!
meanwhile, yves and the guys played a little bocce. and goofed off. it’s always so fun to me to see my images come together with matt’s when we sort them by time- the girls are almost always in the midst of finishing touches while the guys are relaxing in tee shirts playing sports or lounging with a beer. i guess we all prepare differently! ;)
i LOVE this next shot matt took- such an awesome version of a ‘groomsmen portrait:’
now, back to the lovely ladies! i love these images of celan tying ribbon on her bouquet. she is just so engaged in the moment with her best friends- not even one sweet moment slipped past her- she lived in every second! love her style:
celan & yves were married in the historic seney-stovall chapel in athens, ga:
after yves danced an awesome little jig down the asile, he & celan had a quiet moment alone to absorb everything before we started couple portraits around the lovely town of athens and the university:
celan & yves chose to hold their reception at the ga museum of art– could there have been a more perfect venue? for the first part of the evening, all of the galleries were open for the guests to enjoy and explore. celan & yves made a point to take time to enjoy the art together and we were happy to follow them and capture the love they share. but first, a peek into their first dance!
after the galleries closed, everyone reassembled for a time of toasting followed by dancing, celebrating and all types of fun! :)