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Intimate Micro Wedding — Roswell, GA | Florangel and Marino 

September 26, 2022 0 Weddings
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A micro wedding…what is that?

According to BRIDES magazine, a micro wedding is an intimate affair, typically with no more than 50 guests. They still feature time-honored traditions that make a wedding but on a much smaller scale. Why would a couple decide to forego a larger traditional celebration with that of something at a smaller scale? Well that was an easy answer for both Flor and Marino. For them this was a second marriage for both and although they wanted to celebrate it with friends and family, they didn’t want the reason for their union to get lost in a more grand or elaborate production. They wanted a more personal and intimate afternoon of good food, great wine and lots and lots of laughter.

First up was deciding on a venue. That was a no brainer. They both immediately decided on their favorite Roswell restaurant, Foundation Social Eatery off of Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. Then who would design their intimate reception? None other than Marjorie DiFiore of Atlanta Stylish Point. Along with The Flower Garden created the most beautiful space to celebrate Flor and Marino’s love with their most special of friends and family. Come see for yourself how this beautiful wedding came together.

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Some last minute prepping of our groom before the intimate ceremony.

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Here comes the bride!

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Nothing traditional here. Our couple entered together to let the guests know the ceremony is about to begin.

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There was lots and lots of laughs during the ceremony by both the officiant and the couple.

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Did we just get married? Both Flor and Marino couldn’t take their eyes off each other.

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Flor surprised Marino with a commissioned piece of art depicting themselves for their intimate micro wedding day. Little did Flor know Marino would shave his beard for the wedding. It’s a great story nonetheless.

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If they couldn’t see each other, they were constantly near each other not letting go. It was so sweet to witness.

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As the event was winding down, we took Flor and Marino a few feet away to take some creative portraits and take advantage of their love for each other.

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Let’s have an adventure

Flor and Marino wanted to have a post wedding adventure session. You don’t have to tell us twice. We were excited to photograph in Cloudland Canyon in Rising Fawn, Georgia. It’s a beautiful national park up in the northwest corner of the state. It’s a bear to get there with so many steps and stairs, but the view was well worth it. These two were up for anything we wanted, to the point of diving in and enjoying each other in the water by the waterfall. Talk about a couple that are game to do anything for the photo. They did not disappoint.

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Both Flor and Marino love riding their BMW motorcycles that they’ve driven cross-country several times and were preparing for their next cross-country ride for their honeymoon. Is adventure in their blood? I think so.

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Who were the vendors that made this intimate wedding a great success?
Photographers: Viridian Images Photography (hey, that’s us)
Venue and Caterer: The Foundation Social Eatery
Wedding Designer: Atlanta Stylish Point
Florist: The Flower Garden

Heritage Sandy Springs Wedding — Sandy Springs, GA | Emily and Jimmy

August 31, 2022 0 Weddings
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Blending two cultures—Chinese and Vietnamese—comes with a number of special ceremonies and traditions. Emily and Jimmy’s private ceremonies along with games involving the groom proving himself worthy of his bride blended perfectly on this cool spring day. You might remember them when we photographed their engagement session at Stone Mountain Park.

After we spent the morning at each of the family’s homes, we headed to Heritage Sandy Springs, where the official garden wedding ceremony followed by the reception were to take place. Emily and Jimmy opted for a first look before their wedding. We love when couples decide to go this route. It gives just enough time to create wonderful portraits of just the two of them without the stress of rushing through it during the short time allotted for cocktail hour. If you find yourself on the fence deciding whether to have a first look, we can help talk about the pros and pros (no that was not a typo). But don’t feel pressured. We will definitely work with what makes the two of you most comfortable. Take a look at just a few of the images we captured that beautiful spring afternoon at this quaint historically located garden.

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Can’t you just see how giddy Jimmy was. He couldn’t contain his joy!

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Look how romantic the wisteria covered trellis/pergola frames our lovely bride and groom.

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Emily here is enjoying the last few minutes in the bridal suite provided by the venue along with her bridesmaids as they make sure every last detail is complete. She’s ready to go!

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The firs dance song “Better Place” by Rachel Platten was sung a capella by the bridal party. What a special moment for our bride and groom.

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Let them eat cake!

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Let’s get this party started. Core Elite Entertainment had everybody on their feet.

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Special thanks goes out to the amazing vendors that made this Heritage Sandy Springs wedding come together.

Photography: Viridian Images Photography (that’s us)
Videography: Timepiece Films
Wedding Coordinator: Beyond Blue Events
Venue: Heritage Sandy Springs
Caterer: Royal China
Bartenders: Elite Private Bartenders
Cake: Picasso Cakes
DJ: Core Elite Entertainment
Makeup Artist: Glam by Ruthie
Hair Artist: Ella Cole Studio
Wedding Dress: Elegant Bridal | Allure
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Tuxes: Professional Alterations
Officiant: Randy Walterman

Emory University Engagement Photos — Atlanta, GA | Nadine and Reza

August 26, 2022 0 Engagements
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An engagement for the books!

There’s a great love story about to be told. It’s a story of love/hate and it goes a little something like this. Nadine and Reza met through a mutual friend at Emory. It was the first day of classes of junior year and actually walking between classes through campus. It didn’t start off well as Nadine recalls but her friend suggested they ask Reza to help them with homework, something happened. Could they actually bond over something as simple as similar music style? Nadine accepted a date with Reza and they went out for dinner, ice skating and star gazing via a star projector on the ceiling. Seven years later, here they are!

What better place for their engagement session than where it all started. And we can’t agree more.

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How did Reza propose?

In November, Reza whisked Nadine away to Chateau Elan for two nights as a “decoy” to make her think that’s where he would propose. As they headed back to Atlanta, Reza rented out the ice skating rink where they had their first date, flew her family in from Los Angeles and proposed to her on their 6 year anniversary. Nadine described it as incredible.

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What are you most excited about for your wedding?

Nadine said she most excited to see their friends and family from all around the US and Canada come together for the first time and celebrate with them. And then they’re REALLY excited to escape it all and go on their honeymoon adventure! Where could that be?

Doesn’t this scene give you a little Harry and Meghan vibe?

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Has this session got you wanting more? Check out a little video slideshow.

How was your overall engagement session experience with Viridian Images Photography?

Nadine confessed they have so little time where they get to hang out for 2-3 hours uninterrupted so for them it was an amazing bonding experience at minimum. “We really loved your energy and patience with us.” She continued saying “your ‘photographer’s mind’ was always churning and you were so creative with us and the final photos are truly incredible”. Awwww, words like these makes us work that much harder for all our couples. This is exactly what our aim is.

Nadine and Reza, you two are an absolutely unbelievable couple and we can’t wait to photograph your wedding at the Four Seasons Atlanta.

Did anyone say photo shoot? | Favorite photo spots in Atlanta

July 21, 2022 0 Uncategorized
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For over a decade, wedding photography has opened a path towards meeting and working with so many great couples. Those opportunities have also led to working in so many great locations across Georgia, especially metro Atlanta. This state truly has a wide array of choices to select from when it comes to photo shoots. Mountains, lakes, architecture, sporting venues, historical spots and lots of art. Without a doubt we also have some of the best wedding venues on the east coast. Intimate resorts like Barnsley Gardens or the sheer elegance of the Georgian Terrace or perhaps the modern and breathtaking views of Ventanas. However, we also enjoy the simple carefree moments spent with couples on engagement sessions. Recently Redfin approached us as a regional expert on photography to highlight some of the best spots across the city for a photo shoot. Wondering what we chose? Check out our selection and many other fantastic suggestions from our peers across Atlanta for your next photo shoot here.

Stone Mountain Park Engagement Photos — Atlanta, GA | Emily and Jimmy

June 18, 2020 0 Engagements
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Stone Mountain Park is usually crawling with tourists and locals on a spring afternoon. However, with rain in the forecast the park was surprisingly empty as we decided to move forward and meet up with Emily and Jimmy for their long-awaited engagement photo session.

With 3200 acres of scenic views, a colorful shopping and dining village, a covered bridge, a historic old mill and of course, the mountain; this is one of the best locations for an engagement shoot in Atlanta. Not to mention a great place for wedding photography overall.

We had already spent some time getting to know this couple before today’s session and it was clear from the start, they had an unbreakable connection. How they met is an interesting story.

Jimmy messaged Emily on eharmony.com and she agreed to meet up for a coffee date. They immediately hit if off. She laughed at all his stories and Jimmy was simply thankful to have met a southern gal. Later that day when Jimmy got back home; he changed his eharmony profile and never looked back. They dated for several weeks before officially becoming a couple and the rest is history. We hope you enjoy this spring engagement session in Atlanta, Georgia. Please be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates on the latest with Viridian Images Photography, Atlanta’s premier wedding photography. If you’re recently engaged and ready to create unique images for your wedding journey; contact us now to secure your dates!

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Wedding at 550 Trackside by Atlanta Wedding Photographers Viridian Images Photography | Grace and Michael

June 9, 2020 0 Weddings
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Meeting our couple

When we last spent time with Michael and Grace it was during their spectacular engagement session at Ponce City Market and the Atlanta Beltline. It was there where we quickly came to appreciate their unique energy as a couple. Not to mention the fact that they love to travel the world as much as we do. So immediately we hit it off. Fast forward several months and here we are. Ready to document their big wedding day and we couldn’t be more thrilled to do so.

The wedding venue

Historic 550 Trackside was the scene of this memorable day. 550 began as a cotton warehouse in 1904 but across its storied existence it has also been known as The Langley General Store, The Mercantile Exchange, the Grinder and the Goldkist Building.

Made from granite pulled directly from Stone Mountain and 100-year-old wood it provides an elegant space perfect for occasions like this.

Tell me about the vibe

Really the word that best sums up the feeling for this wedding is relaxed. From the moment we arrived at the venue both the bride and groom were totally calm and enjoying the company of their closest friends. Not the usual nerves you see with so many other weddings. Since 550 Trackside has ample room, everyone was able to get ready at the venue. Guests arrived on time and even participated in helping put together the final touches on the decorations.

Nonetheless, a visual storyline will communicate the feel and beauty of the couple better than we can with our words. So please sit back and enjoy a few favorites from this fantastic wedding. Also, be sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram for updates on the latest with Viridian Images Photography, Atlanta’s premier wedding photographers. 

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The team that made this wedding the fabulous event it was:

Awesome venue: 550 Trackside

Photographer: Viridian Images Photography

Caterer: Rico’s World Kitchen

Amazing hair and makeup: Nia Hair and Makeup

Wedding gown design by Essence of Australia purchased at: Suite Bridal

Brides maids gowns (various styles): JJsHouse in dusty rose

The dapper groom and groomsmen tuxedos: Savvi Formalwear

Flowers purchased from: FiftyFlowers

Drapes: Drapery by Geri Sims

Dinnerware rentals: We Rent Atlanta

Cake so good you have to have a second piece by: Carol Baking

Making it all legal: Pastor David Lee

Rocking the hits with: Core Elite Entertainment

Photo Booth fun: Stop the Time Photobooths

Wedding at TPC Sugarloaf Duluth, GA | Isabelle & Charlie

January 31, 2020 0 Weddings
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Where it all started…

A while back we introduced Isabelle & Charlie via their wonderful engagement session at Lake Lanier. You might recall their PineIsle Pointe shoot included a labradoodle, a romp through the high grass fields and shoreline stroll that ultimately ended up in the water. Now we get a chance to share the other side of their journey as a couple. The wedding!

It was a perfect October day in Georgia. Not too cold, but just right for tying the knot. Isabelle & Charlie had just recently purchased a home at a country club. But not just any country club; it was TPC Sugarloaf!

Golfers in the South will immediately recognize that name. It has long been a prized member of the PGA TOUR’s acclaimed TPC Network of premier clubs. Designed by the Australian professional golfer Greg Norman and situated on 1,200 acres of Georgia’s countryside; it’s first class all the way. So a portion of their lovely 60,000 square-foot clubhouse would serve as the setting for both their ceremony and reception.

The day begins

As usual our storytelling style of coverage begins with the getting ready portion of the day. Isabelle chose to get ready at the clubhouse while Charlie hosted his buddies at their house. Since they had just recently purchased the house, they didn’t have much furniture. However one key piece was their gorgeous grand piano in the center of the house against a huge wall of windows. Charlie actually had a little extra time on his hands to play a little bit. Meanwhile Isabelle was going through her hair and makeup session as she was surrounded by loved ones. Once they were ready we moved right in to the couple’s first look in the center courtyard; next to Charlie’s favorite red Japanese maple where he stood patiently as she made her approach. After a few minutes of privacy we jumped into their bridal portraits, which included shots by the garden and a gigantic oak tree.

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First look in the courtyard

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Let the ceremony begin

The spot for the wedding was actually situated just outside the clubhouse on a perfectly manicured lawn with a trellis that overlooked the lake and the golf course. The ceremony was a simple but relaxed affair with a nice soft breeze comforting the couple as they exchanged their vows. After a few moments to greet family and friends we took them right back out for some additional portraits with the tall feather grass gardens by the lake.

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A few more bridal portraits during cocktail hour

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It’s time to get this party started

Finally the reception arrived. It was brisk and to the point. Introductions, the first dance and their cake cutting. All designed get to the most important portion of the evening, dinner and some fun on the dance floor. The night concluded with a fantastic sparkler exit.

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Let them eat cake

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Time for farewell to our lovely couple

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All throughout this journey we had a great time getting to know Isabelle and Charlie and we are truly grateful to have been chosen to document this time in their life. We can’t wait to see how they continue to grow as a family in the future!

The team that made this wedding the fabulous event it was:

Venue coordination by: Elizabeth Smith — TPC Sugarloaf

Awesome catering and venue: TPC Sugarloaf

Amazing hair artist: Veronica Sitterding

Fabulous make up artist: Veronica Sitterding

Wedding gown custom design by: Calla Bridal

Brides maids gowns: BHLDN, Tinsley Dress in rose Quartz

The dapper groom and groomsmen tuxedos: Guffey’s of Atlanta

Flower and furnishing arrangements by: Holland Daze

Decor rentals: sourced through Miss Milly’s

Dinnerware rentals: We Rent Atlanta

Cake so good you have to have a second piece by: Confection Perfection

Making it all legal: Dr. Lee Mabry, Sensational Ceremonies

Videographer: Petit Four Films

Rocking the hits with: SE Events Spectrum

“Best of 2019” in Photos | Viridian Images Photography

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Two thousand nineteen seemed to slip by in a blur. But it rendered some of the best experiences we’ve ever had. Highlights included a glitzy three day south Asian wedding at Ventanas and the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. An elegant wedding at the Fox Theater and a return trip to Country Club of the South. This year also provided an opportunity to photograph a great new venue near Yonah mountain; The Meadows at Mossy Creek. Trips to Australia, New Zealand, North Carolina and Florida really kept us on the go, so our blog is way behind.

The start of 2020 will hopefully mean a chance to catch up with posting on our website but in the mean time we decided to do something we haven’t done in a long time. A year-end summary of our favorite images from 2019. It’s not just a “best of” compilation. But a collection of images that have a little extra meaning to us. A big thank you to all the couples that partnered with us in 2019 as well as those whos weddings take place in 2020. We can’t wait to document new memories and create visual art for you.

If you like what you see here, please share with friends and loved ones. So, with further delay, here we go. Check out the video slideshow first as it will include more images beyond the stills posted here. Enjoy!

Wedding at In the Woods Rockmart, GA | Casi & Kyle

July 23, 2019 0 Weddings
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How the day began

It was a blistering hot start to this beautiful sunny day in June. Summer had arrived as evidenced by the beads of sweat forming on our foreheads as we take inventory of our gear in the car. Yet the moment we arrive to the setting of today’s wedding you totally forget the high temps.

After all, today we get to work in Rockmart’s dreamy In the Woods wedding venue! A 250 acre of lush woodlands surround a modern-rustic ceremony pavilion and a peaceful lake. A total gem in Georgia’s vast northwestern landscape.

The only thing better than shooting at this location is spending time with Casi and Kyle themselves. Such incredibly friendly people; it’s easy to lose track of time just hanging out with them. You may remember their lovely fall engagement session at Piedmont Park. If not, now might be a good time to check out their engagement blog post to get a better feel for how they met and who they are.

After several hellos and hugs, we split up to begin our getting ready coverage for the day. The groom and his buddies have their own private spot by the pool near the entrance of the venue. While Casi and the girls enjoy the bridal suite cabin overlooking the lake and the chapel.

Kyle, a pilot, enjoys a very relaxed but animated conversation with his groomsmen on a fluffy couch over drinks. Some are in the same industry and others are just close friends. A varying array of topics are on display with most sentences beginning with “remember when”. Then ending with side-splitting laughs.  

Meanwhile Casi is having her own fun with the girls as they finish up their hair and makeup. With all the ladies in colorful matching robes moving swiftly around the suite; it’s almost like watching a painting in motion. They enjoy a little champagne as we breeze through some quick group portraits. Finally, the time comes to get dressed. Casi’s dress arrives hand delivered by mom and her maid of honor. A beautiful strapless ball gown from Stella York Design purchased at Suite Bridal. It’s perfect! She’s in the dress and ready to go in almost record time. By now the guys are almost done getting dressed. Their last hurdle is getting those tie knots perfect. This is one of our favorite parts of the day to shoot. There’s nothing like watching several guys cramming over a mirror as they flip long silky pieces of fabric around as if it were a synchronized event at the Olympics.  Success! Kyle looks like a million bucks. So, we quickly take some group shots with his groomsmen outside by the pool and on the way the way back to the cabin. In about 10 minutes we return to their room, so they can enjoy the comfort of some air conditioning on this very hot day.

The first look

Just about that time the phone rings and we get word from the coordinator that Casi is ready for the first look. So, Kyle is quickly shuttled to the dock on the lake and we get him set up for her approach. What a trooper. The sun is beating down on him as his bride makes her way from the cabin. Nonetheless he patiently waits.  Something made much easier when your view includes a glass-like lake, blue skies and trees that wrap this scene up in a million shades of green.

At last! She taps him on the shoulder and he gets to see his beauty. A very tender moment; so, we give them a little time alone as we photograph from a distance.

Now we can have some fun with portraits. This venue provides so many great photography spots it’s almost hard to decide where to begin. But we quickly make use of the dock, a dry creek bridge and the neighboring woods before heading into the honeymoon suite to cool down again and freshen up.

Time to get married

Next up is the ceremony. The chapel is already buzzing with guests and the groomsmen are doing their job. No, they’re not just welcoming friends and ushering folks to their seats under the cool breeze of the chapel’s monstrous airplane propeller ceiling fans. No, they are ribbing and making the groom laugh as he waits. Basically, making him feel relaxed and at ease.

Meanwhile the bride is on her way to the back entrance of the chapel with her father. A large wooden gate and a stone pathway provides a grand entrance for Casi. There’s a quiet moment before the music begins and those large doors slowly open. We’re off! The bride and groom connect eyes immediately as she makes her way to the front and the ceremony begins. The bridal party flanks the couple on either side of the stage as the audience follow the proceedings. About 30 minutes later it’s official. They’re married, and a kiss seals the deal.

After a quick session of family photos, we sneak in a few more bridal portraits before packing up our gear to head to the reception.

Time to get this party started

The reception hall is so warm and inviting! 5200 square feet of space designed with an elegant-rustic flair, befitting the natural setting of the country side. Exceptional landscaping surrounds the stone courtyard and the outdoor bar used for cocktail hour. Another highlight; the massive bar doors that lead guests into the building.  Casi’s style is evident both with the details chosen to decorate this large space.

But everyone is hungry and ready to party. So, we roll right into the start of the reception with the introductions of the bridal party and the couple. This is quickly followed by the first dances and the toasts. As dinner begins we utilize this down time for additional scouting and gear prep to set ourselves up for some creative night time portraits. All the time we’re keeping and eye on sunset and twilight times, so we can make the most of a colorful sky.

As we make our way back in, the dance floor is ready to open. No shy folks here. With the first song there are 5 or 6 couples getting down. Covering the dance floor is another one of our favorite times at a wedding because we can document so many special moments as people let loose. Casi is right in the middle of it all with her bridesmaids. A little further along into the festivities we move to the cake cutting. A beautiful cake produced by Gabriel’s Desserts.

We peek outside and it’s just about the right time to take advantage of the changing light as we approach sunset. So, we rush over to the couple and ask for just 20 minutes of their time, so we can create some very special images for them. By now we’ve also spoken to the coordinator and they have a golf cart ready to zip us over to our pre-scouted locations. So off we go. We head back to the water and the dock to get some romantic portraits using some creative off camera flash work to highlight the couple in this setting. The orange string lights add to the mood and feel of the moment. Then we rush over to find the tallest hill on the property, so we can tower the couple over the tree line against the colorful evening sky.

Before you know it we’re back at the party and we’re feeling stoked about having such a productive portrait session. Now it’s just about having fun and boy did they all have fun. The reception continued for a couple of hours before it was time for their sparkler-limo exit. What a spectacular day working with Kyle and Casi while meeting so many new folks. We highly recommend In the Woods as one of the top venues in Georgia to have your wedding unfold. Need more firsthand details about how to plan your photography for this venue? Contact us and we’ll be happy to assist!

The team that made this wedding the fabulous event it was:

Planning and coordination by the spectacular: Kathie Shramm — In the Woods

Magnificent venue: In the Woods Events

Officiant: Jason Young

Amazing hair artist: Alyson Taylor

Fabulous make up artist: Stephanie Lee

Wedding gown design by: Stella York

Bridesmaids Gowns: Watters Linden Dress

The dapper groom and groomsmen tuxedos: The Black Tux

Flower arrangements by: A Perfect Wedding Floral Design

Drapery: sourced through Geri Sims

Cake so good you have to have a second piece by: Gabriels Desserts

Rocking the house down with: The TC Show

Limousine: ATL Car Service & Limousines

Videographer: Enjoy New Media

overall view of wedding ceremony site pavilion
wedding dress hanging in front of bridal cabin
sign found in pool house
groom and best man relaxing before ceremony
groom and groomsmen tying ties
groomsmen tying ties
groom portrait and brides letter to groom
bride getting hair done with her bridesmaids looking on
bride drinking champagne with bridesmaids in floral robes laughing
happy bride to be admiring dress hanging
bride and mother with bridesmaids fit bride to dress
bridesmaids preparing dress for departure to ceremony
emotional father first look of daughter in wedding dress
bride leaving bridal cabin heading to wedding ceremony
groomsmen portrait at pool house
groomsmen having drinks while walking to wedding
bride approaching groom on dock
bride approaching groom on dock full view
bride portrait on dock ramp lower angle
view of bride coming towards groom
groom turns around for first look
bride and groom portrait on dock
wedding couple portrait on dock lower angle
bride portrait on dry creek bridge near lake and dock
romantic bridal portraits in the woods
bride and bridesmaids walking on lawn near lake
cute ring bearers ready with cute signs for groom about bride
wedding party gathering ready for ceremony to begin
bride collecting herself before ceremony begins
father and bride open barn doors
father and bride processional
groom sees bride down aisle
wedding ceremony vows groom
wedding ceremony vows bride
bridal party photo during ceremony
first kiss during ceremony
portraits of bride after wedding
unique wedding portraits at sunset
funny father/daughter dance and wedding toasts
cake cutting
romantic portrait of bride and groom on dock at dusk
dusk photos with bride and groom on dock
sunset portraits with bride and groom
wedding reception in full swing
couple exiting reception with sparklers

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