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

August 31, 2022 0 Weddings
romantic portrait through under an arbor of purple wisteria flowers

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.

bride approaching groom for first look in garden
groom twirls bride and portrait after first look in garden
bride and groom through yellow flowers portrait
bride and groom on stair in garden with purple tulips
creative bridal portrait on stairs
groom portrait and bride portrait
bride and groom back to back under purple wisteria vine trellis

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

bride and groom skipping running towards camera

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

romantic portrait through wisteria vines
bride and bridesmaids portrait bridal party photo

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!

bride through crack of door getting ready before wedding
bride and mom preparing for processional
groom and groomsmen getting ready
bride and mom coming down stairs in garden
groom seeing bride down aisle
groom emotional seeing bride down aisle
bride with mom and dad in wheelchair
ceremony with officiant
bride and groom laughing during ceremony
bride and groom vows during ceremony
bride and groom with bridesmaids during ceremony
bride and groom with officiant during ceremony
bride laughing during ring exchange ceremony
pronounced man and wife and recessional
reception entrance bride and groom
groom comes in with arms up during reception entrance

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.

bridal party sing a cappella first dance song with bride and groom
bridal party reading lyrics on cell phone during singing of first dance song bride and groom a cappella
bride and groom visit tables during reception toasting
best man's toast to bride and groom Chinese costume
maid of honor toast to bride and groom chinese costume

Let them eat cake!

bride and groom cake cutting

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

wedding reception dancing
wedding reception dancing
wedding ring shot
bride and groom sparkler exit

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

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

June 9, 2020 0 Weddings
black and white wedding portrait with flare

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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details of wedding reception set up at venue
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wedding cake photo
groom with groomsmen getting ready
groom putting on cufflinks getting ready
groom putting on tie getting ready
detail of monogram embroidered on groom cuff
groom, groomsmen walking on street
bride helping mother makeup
bridesmaids helping bride wedding dress
bride putting on earing
bridesmaids surround bride with dress
bride and flower girl with paster praying
last minute bride prep bridesmaids
groom emotional reading bride letter
bride arrives for first look outside
groom sees bride first look
bride twirl during first look
bride portrait and couple portrait
bridal portrait
creative bridal portraits closeup
bride and groom kiss close up black and white
bride eyes portrait black and white
bride and groom and shadow portrait
backlit portraits inside wedding venue
groom walking during wedding ceremony
father and daughter ceremony processional
ceremony groom sees bride with father
bride during ceremony
tea ceremony
ceremony tears from family
bride and groom recessional after ceremony
couple's first dance
couple kiss after dance
couple arrive to reception
bride and groom first dance
emotional mother son dance
funny toasts reception
family giving toasts during wedding reception
couple cutting wedding cake
photobooth fun
girl caught bridal bouquet
creative bridal portrait backlit and light flare
couple send off with sparkler, final kiss

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
bride and groom portrait under large oak tree

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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bride having makeup applied
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wedding gown hanging window
bride holding wedding dress
sister helping bride into dress earings
wedding rings on ribbon
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groom and groomsmen jacket on
groom playing piano at home groomsmen portrait

First look in the courtyard

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couple walking by windows
intimate kiss bride and groom
romantic bridal portrait
bridal portrait under oak tree

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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bride and father walking down aisle ceremony
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wide view ceremony outdoor
ring bearer bringing ring to groom
ring exchange during ceremony

A few more bridal portraits during cocktail hour

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couple portraits walking through grass
wide shot on golf course near lake
bride and groom walking towards clubhouse
reception detail shots at tpc sugarloaf

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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family toasting during reception
wedding couple dancing

Let them eat cake

cutting cake during reception
bride feeds groom cake

Time for farewell to our lovely couple

wedding exit sparklers

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

couple hugging

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
couple portrait in the woods

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

Wedding at Ambient+Studio Atlanta, GA | Omar & Samantha

December 18, 2018 0 Weddings
Bride Groom running up stairs

Let us introduce you to our happy couple

Many of you may remember Omar and Sam from their rocking engagement session at the Goat Farm. We had known Sam for several years but it was truly a blast getting to know Omar for the first time during that shoot. Fast forward several months and it was time for them to get married.  If their e-session was any indication, their wedding was going to be a thriller. It surely didn’t disappoint!

Our coverage began very early in the day in two separate locations. Omar and his groomsmen chose to get ready at his apartment while Sam and the girls set up shop in one of the hidden rooms at their venue, Ambient+Studio in Atlanta

What is Ambient+Studio

For those not familiar with Ambient+Studio, it’s truly a unique space for a wedding. This building was first built in 1910 and created to function as a factory for transforming raw cotton into fire-retardant fabrics. For roughly 90 years it carried on this mission until the building was abandoned. In 2007 it got a rebirth as a daylight studio. A contemporary loft-type space, which is really one large blank canvas; capable of being transformed hundreds of ways. A transformation is exactly what happened. The couple’s wedding designer and planner Jaqueline (JAX) Vizcaino with Three Thirty Design Studio, brought their understated elegant vision to life. A romantic color palette and cohesive guest experiences throughout the evening made for a wonderful celebration of love.

Let’s get ready

The getting ready portions on either side mirrored the same fun, easy-going, laid back personalities this couple exudes. A lot of storytelling, a lot of jokes, a lot of fun. As soon as the guys were ready, they made their way towards the venue but not before making one very important stop. A few miles down the road, their local Krispy Kreme store had several boxes of hot doughnuts waiting for them. Seriously, what’s more interesting than having a groom all decked out, hauling dozens of doughnuts out of a Krispy Kreme store? Not something you see every day, but these glazed treats were headed for a huge doughnut wall at the venue for the guests.

Did they have a first look

It was time for the first look. We chose a specific portion of the space that had large, elegant and expansive drapes by Unique Event Elements. This allowed the couple some measure of privacy for the first look but it also offered an opportunity to shoot through the sheer drapes for some creative bokeh-like layers for the images. As soon as they had concluded their first look we began working through a series of wedding portraits. You really don’t have to go far for interesting locations; there’s plenty to use inside the venue. The large windows, rustic floors, industrial ceilings and stairs all provide simplicity and charm for these types of photos.

So the limo arrives and we all begin to pack into the car to make our way to the ceremony. Once we get there, it’s a fairly quick service with lovely heartfelt advice from the scriptures for the couple. Fast track through dozens of family photos and before you know it we are back at Ambient+Studio to begin the reception.

Let the party begin

Not that it hasn’t been like this since the beginning of the day; but once the reception begins, our coverage goes into heavy documentary mode. Just shooting all of the little moments between the couple and their guests. All the funny dance moves on the dance floor. All the silly photo booth moments.

This was truly a dream couple to work with. From the very start they made creative photography the focal point of their wedding journey. Carving out significant amounts of time within their wedding schedule to insure artistic imagery led the way. We can’t thank them enough for placing the emphasis on this. Thank you Omar+Sam for trusting us with one of the most important days of your life.

Ambient+Studio wedding dress

Ambient+Studio dressing room

Sam had a custom-made wedding dress for her special day. She looked absolutely beautiful!

Kingdom Hall wedding processional

Kingdom Hall wedding ring exchange

Ambient+Studio wedding reception table setting

Ambient+Studio wedding reception

Ambient+Studio wedding reception first dance

Xclusive DJ Group had the everyone on their feet.

Ambient+Studio wedding reception dancing MOB

Ambient+Studio wedding sparkler exit

I know you want to see more. Click on the link to our YouTube channel for more from Omar+Sam’s wedding.

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

Planning and coordination by the spectacular: Jaqueline Vizcaíno — Three Thirty Design Studio

Magnificent venue: Ambient+Studio

Amazing hair artist: Lydia Morales

Fabulous make up artist: Veronica Rios-Lara

Wedding gown custom design by: Le Studio Rose Couture

Brides maids Gowns: Daisy Formals

The dapper groom and groomsmen tuxedos: Macy’s Blue suits

Flower and furnishing arrangements by: Three Thirty Design Studio

Drapery/Lighting: sourced through Unique Event Elements

Cake so good you have to have a second piece by: Publix Bakery

Letting go in the Photo Booth by: Shutterbooth Atlanta

Rocking the house down with: Xclusive DJ Group

Walnut Hill Farm Wedding Dalton, GA | Andrew & Danielle

November 22, 2018 0 Weddings

It’s Wedding Day at Walnut Hill Farm!

It was a cool November morning when we drove up to Walnut Hill Farm to begin our coverage of Andrew and Danielle’s wedding. Located in Dalton, Georgia this venue provides a tranquil setting around some of the state’s most scenic rolling hills. Everywhere you look shades of red, orange and yellow. Fall had officially begun making a statement. Just in time for this special day.

Walnut Hill Farm Ceremony Setting

As usual we immediately split up to begin documenting the getting ready portion of the day. Danielle and the bridesmaids enjoyed the suite above the Hilltop Farm while Andrew and the boys were clear across the property at the Carriage house.

Let’s get ready

Where nerves can sometimes set in for couples the day of the wedding, both Andrew and Danielle had a very calm and relaxed approached to each step leading up to the ceremony. The guys enjoyed a drink and some old childhood stories before swapping comfortable jeans for some sharp suits. The ladies enjoyed their own drinks while getting their hair and makeup completed.

Wedding Dress Detail Walnut Hill Farms

Bride Getting Ready Makeup Hair Walnut Hill Farm

Bride Getting Makeup Walnut Hill Farm

Bride and Bridesmaids Flower Robes Walnut Hill Farm

Bride with wedding dress Walnut Hill Farm

Bride first look with bridesmaids Walnut Hill Farm

Bride with veil Walnut Hill Farm

Walnut Hill Farm bride with bridesmaids portrait

Groomsmen enjoying beer Walnut Hill Farms

Groom relaxing with groomsmen Walnut Hill Farm

Groom putting on vest Walnut Hill Farm

Creative angle of groom getting ready Walnut Hill Farm

Groomsmen putting boutonniere on groom

Groomsmen putting boutonniere on Groom Walnut Hill Farm

Funny portrait of groom with groomsmen Walnut Hill Farm

Before it seemed possible, the time had come for the first look. We took the couple outside and under a long extended trellis surrounded by roses. They took turns reading personal notes before turning around to see each other. After giving them a few private minutes together we were ready to begin shooting bridal portraits.

Groom with groomsmen walking Walnut Hill Farm

First look couple ready letter to each other Walnut Hill Farm

Couple first look Climbing rose trellis Walnut Hill Farm

Wedding portraits in this setting…ahhhhhh

What a spectacular day for photographing a couple outside. The sun was shining, the temperatures were comfortable and the property had a beautiful garden around the Carriage House. Nonetheless what made their portraits so fantastic was the chemistry they obviously have with each other. To know Andrew and Danielle is to know they are incredibly good-natured, selfless and always positive. That’s not an exaggeration. It’s truly how they are. But above all else, their love is evident at every turn.

Bride and Groom first look Walnut Hill Farm

Bride with bridesmaids walking Walnut Hill Farm

Bridal portrait Walnut Hill Farm Dalton GA

Bridal portrait gate Walnut Hill Farm Dalton GA

Creative shadow portrait couple Walnut Hill Farm Dalton GA

It’s show time

Finally the time had come to begin the ceremony. Overlooking the valley they united for their vows. Surrounded by family and friends and one of their service dogs too; they made it official. A big sweeping kiss and several family photos later, it was now time to party!

Groom before ceremony Walnut Hill Farm Dalton GA

Bride and father walking down aisle Walnut Hill Farm Dalton GA

Wedding Ceremony with service dog Walnut Hill Farm Dalton GA

wedding ring and first kiss ceremony Walnut Hill Farm Dalton GA

recessional walnut hill farm dalton ga

reception entrance with flower girl ring bearer walnut hill farm dalton ga

first dance with father daughter mother son walnut hill farm ga

party dancing service dog walnut hill farm dalton ga

garter toss reception walnut hill farm dalton ga

couple dancing wedding reception walnut hill farm dalton ga

creative portrait wedding sunset walnut hill farm dalton ga

sparkler exit walnut hill farm dalton ga

And in the end…

We are so grateful we met Andrew and Danielle. It was truly a pleasure to cover their entire journey from engagement to the moment they said: “I do”!

We couldn’t have done it without the talents of the following:

Wonderful venue: Walnut Hill Farm

Hair artist: Katey Guffey – The Retreat Salon and Spa

Make up artist: Ellen

Wedding gown: Martina Liana at Formally Yours

Brides maids Gowns: David’s Bridal – shades of Guava and Bellini

The dapper groom and groomsmen tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse

Flower arrangements by: Amanda Williams – Devine Designs by Amanda

Catering:  Jasa Joseph

Cake(s): Jennifer White

Dancing courtesy of: John Cox

Click below to see their day as it unfolds:

Destination Wedding Photographer at Secrets Capri Cancun, MX | Miguel & Lauren

August 27, 2018 0 Destination, Weddings
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Destination Wedding Photographer in Cancun Mexico!

It’s 84 degrees with 71% humidity and a slight breeze at 10 miles per hour. A typical day in July you might say? No, actually this was the setting for a balmy December day as we stepped off the plane in Cancun, Mexico. This represented the beginning of our adventure covering Miguel and Lauren’s fantastic destination wedding. This is the life of a destination wedding photographer.

A quick stop for a cool drink while our gear is loaded on the shuttle bus and just like that we’re off. Roughly 40 minutes later we arrive at the resort. Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun is a lovely property located in the Playa del Carmen area of Quintana Roo. After getting our room settled, we begin to explore the grounds. What a fantastic setup! The entire lobby of the resort has a constant breeze blowing through the grand staircase located in the very middle of the building. A beautiful pond sits inside the hotel just under the stairs. But… this place is all about what’s outside. So as we make our way around a pool that almost stretches the entire length of the property, we encounter our couple enjoying the sun with their family and friends. The party has already begun and the wedding is still a couple of days away. Herein lies one of the advantages of a destination wedding. It’s like having a reception before the ceremony. Except everyone is in the water with an umbrella drink; relaxed and having a blast. Miguel and Lauren warmly welcome us into the festivities and we take a moment to catch up with them on some small details.

So…how did we get here?

We first met Lauren while working a styled shoot in a very high-end wedding venue in Atlanta called Ventanas. Sporting sweeping all glass views of the city, this location offers a helipad for the ultimate in wedding exits. Not to mention the best spot in the city to photograph bridal portraits with epic sunsets. It was impressive to see Lauren handle everything like a pro. It was an extremely hot summer afternoon in Atlanta that day and she was modeling a very delicate and expensive Zuhair Murad dress ($13,000) from Elite Pour La Vie. Despite the heat, the hectic pace of the schedule and having so many other folks pulling at her, she was always cool, calm and collected. In passing we heard her mention to someone that she was engaged. Of course a statement like that always makes a photographer’s ears perk. However we sort of assumed she already had a photographer for her wedding by that time. So we proceeded to complete the shoot and a few days later we delivered all of the images. Several weeks passed and we jumped into our fall wedding schedule. The heaviest time of the year for us which included two weeks in Iceland shooting a couples session and a wedding. When we finally got back into town we received great feedback from Lauren of the photos from the Ventanas shoot. So at that moment we struck up the nerve to ask if she had secured a wedding photographer, thoroughly expecting to be turned down. To our surprise she had not settled on a photographer and was hoping that we were still available for her December destination wedding. Before we knew it we were booked with plane tickets to the Yucatan Peninsula. Funny how things come together.

So here we are, on the beach scouting the property for photo locations. While we were on the job, Lauren wanted to make sure we had a day to ourselves. This blessing gave us a little time to unwind from the non-stop wedding schedule we had completed through the fall. We even managed to get a spa day in prior to the wedding. By nightfall all of the guests had arrived on site and everyone was enjoying a breezy evening on the beach for the rehearsal dinner (after a downpour). A great time for us to meet and get to know everyone better.

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Wedding day is here

So Saturday morning arrives. It’s wedding day! It’s about 7AM and a family of White-nosed Coati greets us on our patio. In case you’re wondering Coati’s are Mexico’s version of a raccoon. Just so much more exotic in appearance. Totally unafraid, they tap on our glass doors. They even swipe an apple from our hand. In the distance a huge iguana keeps a close watch on the scene. While all of this is great fun we’ve got a wedding to shoot. So we grab all our gear and head off to our individual assignments.

The getting ready portions were simple, relaxed and very straightforward. There was one challenge. The girls lost power to their suite for a significant amount of time. Nonetheless they kept moving forward with their activities. This gave me a chance to photograph the details for Lauren outside their suite. Check out Lauren’s beautiful wedding gown by Martina Liana Bridal.

Let’s meet our bride Lauren

One look at Lauren and it’s easy to understand why she’s a model. A stunningly beautiful woman with a personality to match. She’s also an actress with commercial, film and television credits to her name. However, perhaps her proudest accomplishment would be teaming up with her sister and Matron of Honor Lena and creating their own line of high performing natural and organic cosmetics called Adeline Campbell.

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Let’s meet the groom…Miguel

Miguel is a personal trainer and a program manager for one of the largest fitness companies in America. He lives and breaths exercise and graciously shares ideas and tips across various platforms for shaping a healthier lifestyle. (Check out his instagram feed for exceptional workout demos). His efforts have changed the lives of many people in Atlanta.

So Miguel and his groomsmen had it a little easier. They had full power and as is the case with most guys, they were dressed so quickly they had time to hang out and have a chess match.secrets capri MX groom shaving wedding

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It’s show time!

Finally it’s time for the ceremony. A beautiful flower trellis stands right by the shoreline of the beach. All the guests have been seated and Miguel makes his way to his spot. From a distance it’s a picture perfect postcard of an intimate wedding. Here’s when the emotions begin to flow. Miguel begins to tear up the moment Lauren turns a corner escorted by her father. A truly genuine feeling that lasts well into the ceremony. After a ring exchange and a sweeping kiss, it’s official. They’re married!

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Next stop, bridal portraits!

One of the best parts of any wedding for photographers, particularly when you’re in paradise. There’s only one problem. Storms are building in the distance. So we have a limited amount of time to take advantage of the views to secure some epic shots while also completing the family photos. Somehow, some way we’re able to grab all of the essentials before the clouds open up and drop buckets of rain on us. Everyone scurries indoors and we continue our coverage inside. Thankfully this resort offers a vast array of interior locations to create gorgeous wedding images. The bride and groom take a few minutes to freshen up and before you know it we’re shooting again. Just about every corner of the building offers something unique to shoot with. From the large Mexican paintings on the wall to the expansive ornate hallways to the grand staircase and the golden dome ceiling at the very top of the hotel. However the lantern foyer is truly a unique spot that everyone remembers fondly.

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Thankfully Miguel and Lauren appreciate the importance of photography. So we had plenty of time to create a variety of images before having to head back to attend to their guests.

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Let’s get this party started

The reception was a fast moving series events. A beautifully tender first dance from the couple was followed by tearful dances with their parents. The toasts were heartfelt but hilarious and straight to the point. The dinner was fabulous and the cake cutting was playful. But make no mistake about it. The focus for this evening was on getting down. So the dancing began. This wasn’t a 400 guest wedding. It was a much more intimate group. Yet they could party like nobody’s business!

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Final thoughts…

In the end we are truly grateful we had the opportunity meet and work with Miguel and Lauren. Not only are they beautiful people on the outside, better yet they a beautiful people on the inside. It was a privilege to watch their story unfold before our eyes and we are excited for their future moving forward.

If you are recently engaged and planning a wedding anywhere in the world, we would like to visually tell your story through images that stand the test of time. Your adventure can begin right here!

Wedding at The Georgian Terrace Atlanta, GA | Jibran & Leia

March 9, 2018 0 Weddings

A spectacular wedding at the Georgian Terrace

The word special doesn’t begin to describe Jibran and Leia’s wedding. It goes far beyond that. Exceptional, noteworthy and outstanding are adjectives that also play a role in describing this remarkable union. It just feels like a more unique or sophisticated synonym is required for such a brilliant couple. Jibran and Leia hosted their wedding in Midtown, Atlanta. One of the most popular areas of the city known for its cultural attractions. On this Saturday afternoon their family and friends enjoyed a truly unforgettable day.

We first met Jibran and Leia during the winter many months prior to the wedding. It was there we began to document their story. Perhaps you may remember some of the images from their engagement session. They both met on the steps of the Carlos Hall shortly after beginning college at Emory University. They hit it off right from the start and the rest is history as they say. With budding law careers on the rise these young professionals were ready to move on to the next stage of their lives; marriage.

So the planning began. To say they had a lot to prepare is also an understatement. The fusion of Pakistani traditions with American traditions to generate one wedding weekend requires careful consideration. Nonetheless they were able to create a 3-day wedding weekend that incorporated everything they needed from each culture.

In particular guests were treated to a lavish ceremony and reception at the iconic Georgian Terrace hotel. An architectural landmark in Atlanta that combines modern luxury with southern sophistication. Dating back to 1911 this beautiful building hosted the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Calvin Coolidge. It allowed Arthur Murray to start teaching his dance lessons and it was the site of the Gone with the Wind premier. Yet with all of its modern amenities and contemporary upgrades, you’d think it was designed just recently.

All the details and decorations mirrored the brilliance of the setting. Jibran and Leia looked impeccable in their attire. Though what really stood out about their big day is what always grabs your attention every single time you’re in their presence. It’s their kindness. It’s their personalities. Most of all it’s their sincere relationship. There’s always a warmth to their interactions. Their first look was a perfect representation of this. Tears flowing endlessly, which later cascaded into their ceremony. It’s no wonder so many people gravitate to them. They are loved for who they are and how they share that with others.

Jibran and Leia, all we can say is we truly had a fantastic time documenting your wedding. Your parents are endearing and your friends are wonderful. Thank you for placing your trust in us to deliver these moments in photographs. We are grateful to have taken this journey with you!

The Pronovias princia style wedding dress was jaw-dropping.

Leia’s Pronovias wedding dress was a lace gown with train, fit and flair/mermaid fit and included a long sleeve, lace jacket worn for the ceremony.

Jibran wore a traditional black tuxedo, white shirt and bow tie from The Black Tux.

These lovely ladies below wore a fabulous Monique Lhuillier‘s back cutout pleat tulle bridesmaid gown in the color sea.

 

Planning and coordination by the spectacular: Hannah Sabolik — Like the Dazzling

Magnificent venue: The Georgian Terrace

Amazing hair artist: Adore Hair Studio

Fabulous make up artist: Jessica Marie Beauty

Wedding gown: Pronovias at Sweet Elegance Bridal

Brides maids Gowns: Monique Lhuillier in sea color purchased at Nordstrom

The dapper groom and groomsmen tuxedos: The Black Tux

Majestic flower arrangements by: Tina Dockery

Luxurious linens: Cover Ups sourced through The Georgian Terrace

Cake so good you have to have a second piece by: Frosted Pumpkin

Sensational string trio: Perfect Harmony

Rocking the house down with: Nice Entertainment

Iceland | Travel Channel Feature

December 28, 2017 0 Destination, Weddings

Over the past three years we’ve been blessed with opportunities to photograph weddings in far away destinations. Recently, The Travel Channel wrote an article highlighting some of the most exotic locations couples have chosen for their weddings. We are so grateful that one of our weddings was selected for their special feature.

First and foremost we would like to thank David and Rachel for bringing us along for this Iceland destination wedding. Secondly, we want to thank The Travel Channel for taking the time to consider us for this article.

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