About two weeks ago we had the privilege of working at a new venucalled Ashton Gardens. This venue has only been open for about 6 weeks and it is already getting lots of brides and grooms and planners taking notice. It has a beautiful glass chapel complete with the feel of a small chapel in the woods yet big enough to accommodate a large group of guests. Just adjacent to it is a wonderful reception hall with the same similar glass walls overlooking the wooded area it is nestled in. The reception hall is not a good description, it is more like a ballroom with a beautiful staircase that the bride and groom make their entrance from as the DJ or band announces their arrival. It is arrayed with elegant chandeliers that photograph very warm and beautiful. The ball room has a duplicate room that mirrors it on the other side of the wall which can be removed which is perfect if your wedding is very large. This is the third location for Ashton Gardens and it is quite obvious that these folks understand how to plan a beautiful event for today’s bride. As many brides today either do not have a church home, or perhaps attend churches that are not ideal for the dream wedding like the locations of some of our mega churches or churches that meet in non-traditional settings Ashton Gardens is a perfect solution. Take a look at the images for yourself. This sweet couple is Danielle & Kerrick Osburn.
I know many of you have seen the popular photo booths at some weddings in Atlanta. I think it appeals to our sense of nostalgia and a wish to go back in time to a simple era of being a kid at a dime-store or local mall to get a cute candid image of oneself and a friend. Sometimes a group of friends all cram into the photo together, making an instant candid keepsake. Recently we have begun offering the photo booth option for our wedding packages. It has been interesting to see how people interact with the fun props, hats, pretend mustache or red lips on a stick. This is an image from a recent wedding at my church. What I find fun and interesting is that often times it is the 40+ crowd that has the most fun with this. It takes very otherwise serious middle aged adults and transforms them into little kids again having fun. If you have not thought about adding a photo booth coverage to your wedding, think again. It will keep your crowd around, engaged and having fun. Your wedding will become one of those memories where people say “remember how much fun we had at so and so’s wedding” comments.
This bridal portrait above will probably go down in my book as one of my favorite bridal portraits ever. There are so many elements that I love about this portrait. We had a great small area to work with over by the side doors of this local wedding venue. They had these majestic looking doors and I had the privilege of working with a beautiful bride named Kristen. I just loved the back of Kristen’s dress. The extra long veil really added to the dress nicely. I had Kristen turn her head and arms slightly to the left and we opened the doors behind her so that the closed doors did not give you that “post coming out of the head” look. This way the slight opening of the doors draws the viewer eyes directly to the subject. The lighting was close to middle of the day and brightness of that time helped to reflect a lot of light on the surrounding objects like the table and the sofa. Simply a wonderful keepsake. A great day for wedding photography in Lawrenceville.
If you are looking to book a great venue for either your wedding or the reception anywhere in the Gainesville area you may want to consider the Chattahoochee Country Club. As an Atlanta wedding photographer and wedding photographer in North Georgia I have seen several events at this location. This particular location is located right on the banks of Lake Lanier and has great facilities. They can accommodate a small gathering or a party up to 600 people. They have a great outdoor covered patio with a beautiful fountain as well as an adjoining ballroom for dancing and dining. It is also one of those places that I have seen the same wedding management in place for years. This means the staff knows what they are doing and they enjoy what they do. As wedding photographers in Gainesville,Ga, this is a great venue for you to choose. Here are a few images from events we have done there. If you are interested in a consultation simply call them at 770-536-4461 and ask for Whitney Wiggins.
We have all seen engagement sessions with neat locations, scenes, poses and even props. Speaking of props, how about considering your pet as part of the engagement session? Many couples will be preparing to enter married bliss with a four legged furry friend as part of that mix. What better way to enjoy an engagement session than with your furry friend? Pets not only add some great images to the session but they add a level of comfort and fun all at once. Any nervousness you or your fiance’ may have is quickly dissipated with the fun of a pet included. I love this image above of this dog running out ahead of his family to be to make sure all is well.
So before you make your engagement session appointment,consider that sweet new addition to your family to be!
As a professional wedding photographer in Georgia I get to visit some beautiful locations. This is an incredibly sweet couple I just recently photographed. This is their story below in Adam’s words and a set of great images from that day at the University of Georgia and Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia. Thanks guys you were so much fun!
One of the first things we’re asked is “How did you two meet?” Truth is, we don’t know. Most people find it entertaining or amusing when I tell them thatthere’s never been a time when Ivey and I didn’t know each other. We know that we went to Dacula Elementary School together, and we know that we went to preschool together at Child’s World, but we don’t really know what came before.
Since we’ve always known each other, I guess the more important story is how we came together. We’d always been friends through middle school, then high school, and we even kept in touch some while we were off at separate colleges. There was never anything more than a friendship, but we were good friends.
It finally came time where we both graduated college and were off trying to survive as adults. I remember well how she called me up one day to tell me that she was moving to Rome for work, and so we got together and went to lunch. That fall, we would get together for lunch every now and again when she was in town. Somehow we never realized what God was doing for us keeping that relationship alive despite the distance.
Come winter of that year, I found myself praying and asking God to show me where He wanted my life to go, and I asked that He would prepare me to be a part of a Godly relationship with the wonderful young woman He had in mind for me. I thought it could be months or years before God would have me ready for her, but about two weeks later, I got a phone call. It was from Ivey. She was asking me if I wanted to meet her for lunch one day soon, and of course I did. But after I hung up the phone, I could hear God telling me that this was important. I held that thought for a while. We met up a few more times, and we started talking on the phone more regularly. Then, after a few months of this vague flirting, we finally realized there was more to the two of us than a great friendship.
Ever since that summer night where we talked and discovered that we both wanted to start a real relationship, God has blessed us immeasurably. People are always amazed when they find out that there has never been a time where we haven’t been a part of each other’s lives, and that’s nice, but that’s not the best part. The best part is that after July 12th, we will get to share every day for the rest of our lives together as husband and wife.
As a wedding photographer in Georgia it is always great to go to a special location for a couple to capture their engagement images.
Popular wedding dates for 2013
What will be the big days this year? As in years past we have had many novelty dates such as 9/10/11, 10/11/12,12/12/12 and several other such dates particular when the date is a Friday or Saturday such as the 9/10/11 date was.There was 11-11-11 (a Friday), 1-1-11 (a Saturday), 10-10-10 (a Sunday), plus a host of others. Many photographers were inundated with request for these dates. As an Atlanta wedding photographer I remember one of my biggest weddings I had ever photographed was on 7/7/2007. According to a survey by David’s Bridal about 4000 brides were married nationwide on 10/11/12. Well as we look at 2013 we see that there is the possibility of 11/12/13 but since that is a Tuesday it will not be a too heavily booked day. So what will be the most popular date for a wedding?
Well there is the 13 unlucky number superstition. We have heard a couple of brides that have either moved up their date to 2012 or out to 2014 but most people are not bothered by the number 13.
As the phone rings at our studio some of the most popular dates are still turning out to be Saturdays from mid April thru June and again from September thru the first week of Novemeber.
Let me introduce you to a sweet couple. Their names are Amanda & Jeremy. They met at their church at First Baptist Church in Snellville, Georgia. They both worked with the church drama group preparing for the Christmas program. I had the priviledge to create some engagement portraits of this couple recent. It only takes about five minutes and it is quite obvious to see the love they have for each other. Can’t wait to capture their special day. Their wedding is April 20, 2013. Congratulations guys! Here is how they met in Amanda’s words:
Jeremy and I met while participating in the dinner theatre at First Baptist Church Snellville in the fall of 2011. It’s kind of funny, because neither one of us were members there at the time. I grew up in that church, and my parents were members there. That’s how I knew about the auditions in August. Jeremy heard about the auditions because he knew one of the choreographers. When I auditioned, they gave me a choice of two roles. When Jeremy auditioned, they gave him a choice of three roles. The roles we chose happened to be a husband and wife. So on the one hand, God put us together, and on the other hand, we chose each other! The first time we actually met was on September 13, 2011. Before that, we had only participated in large-group rehearsals. I had observed him coming and going, and I knew who he was (my “husband”). I was a little nervous because I had never portrayed a relationship on-stage before. He did not make a good first impression, and I even told my mom that he looked “timid and mousy.” (Boy was I wrong…) Well, September 13th was the first time we were to rehearse our scenes, including a couple of duets. During a transition in rehearsal, I walked up to him and introduced myself. I said, “hi, I’m Amanda. I’m your wife.” That was the beginning.
From that very first night, we clicked. We had less than two months to get to know each other well enough to portray an on-stage marriage, so we got very close very quickly. In addition to the weekly rehearsals, we started texting a lot. It was like playing “20 questions.” People at rehearsal (who obviously didn’t know us very well) started asking us if we were married or dating in real life. We would laugh and say no. By the night of the final performance on November 13, 2011 (exactly two months after we met), it wasn’t a joke anymore. We knew that there was something between us that we wanted to continue past the stage. We went on our first date a few days later, and the rest is history!
It all started with a phone call one day. A young man named David called me and told me about a plan he was hatching to pop the question in hopes of making his girlfriend his fiance’. We spoke on the phone about the day, the set up, where David needed to stand so that I could catch her Tiffany’s expression at just the right moment. I drove up to the location a day ahead of time to see exactly where I was going to set up my hidden spot. We talked about how he would take Tiffany into the vineyard at the chateau afyer a wine tour where I had brought a basket with two glasses in it and a special bottle that the great folks at Chateau Elan made a speciality label taht said Tiffany, Will you marry me?’ They walked out to the vineyard to a particular row which I tied a pink ribbon on so David would know exactly where to go and asked her to see what was in the basket someone left on the ground when she opened it she would find the bottle with the label, “Will you marry me.” I was hidden under a wheel barrel I brought and put about 50 yeards up the vineyard and covered witha tarp and some grass. I even had a sound machine under the wheel barrel making a machine sound to dround out any possiblity she would hear the clicking of a shutter. Take a look at how it went! Think she said yes? I think the pictures will more than give you the answer!
Picking your wedding dress should be one of the most exciting events in your life. A lot of women get so stressed out about finding the perfect dress, though, that they don’t stop to enjoy the process. Pay attention to these three important steps to reduce your stress and have a good time. You have an opportunity to try on some of the most beautiful dresses that you will ever wear, so grab a couple of your best friends and enjoy it!
Know Your Dress Silhouettes
Know the basics of dress silhouettes before you go shopping. That way, you can communicate better with your bridal consultant. You should also think about what silhouette goes best with your body type. If you have one of these body types, then consider sticking to dress silhouettes that will emphasize your assets while hiding the parts that you’re not so proud of.
- Hourglass: Women with curves in all the right places can show off their bodies with an A-line dress. Trumpet and mermaid silhouettes can also work well for them.
- Short Waist: Women with small waists but otherwise well-proportioned bodies should consider dresses with a Princess-line silhouette that will elongate their figures.
- Full Figure: Women who have big curves and a bit of a tummy should look at ball gown dresses that will show off the parts they like most. A-line dresses also work well for full figured ladies.
Think about the Season
You can’t look your best when you’re uncomfortable. That’s why you have to think about seasonality. Spaghetti straps in the middle of winter will leave you shivering. Sure, it won’t show up in the photos, but you’ll still waste a lot of time wishing you could wear your coat at the altar when you should be enjoying your special day.
It’s often difficult to think about seasonality since you buy your dress months ahead of time. It can seem weird buying a light cotton dress in February. Come summer, though, you’ll thank the breezy material for helping you stay cool and helping your makeup stay in place instead of disappearing under a torrent of sweat.
It’s Your Party
Overall, it’s most important that you choose a dress you love. Check out the latest trends (the bridal shop will certainly have a ton to show you) and decide whether any of them appeal to you. If not, you can always go classic. Remember, it’s your party. You get to wear the dress that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable.
Anna Knight is lead contributor to SimplyBridal [link to http://simplybridal.com]. She was born and raised in New York. She loves fashion, especially jewelry and shoes. She adores simple, classic pieces and even designed her own wedding dress. She tied the knot in 2010 in a small, intimate ceremony, but can’t wait to renew her vows in Bali. She currently lives in a partially remodeled apartment with her husband and two Yorkshire terriers.