Christ the King & American Spirit Works Wedding

Brian & Hannah

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

- Lao Tsu

Reception Venue: American Spirit Works

Ceremony Venue: Christ the King Cathedral

Hello, lovely! I am an Atlanta wedding photographer who specializes in providing an authentic, uncomplicated wedding photography experience to couples who love classic, romantic images. I offer FREE TRAVEL to weddings in the continental US, so if you're planning a wedding in Atlanta or in another city, I'd love to chat with you! Visit my portfolio to view more of my work, or visit the contact page to discuss how I can be part of your wedding.

3 Secrets to Creating Beautiful, Meaningful Family Portraits on your Wedding Day

 

I believe wholeheartedly that on your wedding day, you should make connections not photographs. Don't get me wrong, I love delicate lace gowns and soft peony bouquets as much as the next wedding photographer, but it's the connections - the real, raw, emotional moments - that I love to capture the most. However, I also appreciate the importance of having simple, classic family portraits from your wedding day, and I approach these portraits with the same care and reverence that I use to document the rest of your day.

Here are 3 tips to help make sure your family portrait time is relaxed and meaningful.

1. Schedule your immediate family portraits before the ceremony

Even if you're not doing a first look, plan on having your immediate family portraits before the ceremony. This gives you time to truly relax with and enjoy time with your family while we create these portraits, and you won't have the added pressure of squeezing them in before the reception starts. If you can, give yourself at least 15-20 minutes so that you don't feel rushed.

2. Make personal contact with each family member you want to feature in a family portrait.

Don't assume that your brother or grandmother will know that you want them in one of your portraits. A few days before the wedding, make personal contact with the people who are most important to you and let them know when to be ready for family portraits. A text message or email directly to that person goes a long way. Consider it an opportunity to share your gratitude and love for that person. You can steal this message: "Hey, I love you, I'm thankful for you, and I would love to have a pictures made with you on my wedding day. Please meet us on the front steps of the venue at 4:15pm for family pictures. I can't wait to see you!"

3. Make eye contact. Give them a hug. Speak words of love.

I understand that every person shows love differently, so whatever love language you speak, make sure to speak it to the ones you love on your wedding day. You don't want to look back in 10 years and think, "I wish I would have..." Yes, look at the camera for a classic portrait with your mom, but before you let her walk away, show her your love. Look into her eyes. Squeeze her hand. Speak words of life to her. You will never regret taking the time to show love to the people who matter. 

 
 

Hello, lovely! I am an Atlanta wedding photographer who specializes in providing an authentic, uncomplicated wedding photography experience to couples who love classic, romantic images. I offer FREE TRAVEL to weddings in the continental US, so if you're planning a wedding in Atlanta or in another city, I'd love to chat with you! Visit my portfolio to view more of my work, or visit the contact page to discuss how I can be part of your wedding.

 

The Engine Room Wedding

Sam & Hannah

Hello, lovely! I am an Atlanta wedding photographer who specializes in providing an authentic, uncomplicated wedding photography experience to couples who love classic, romantic images. I offer FREE TRAVEL to weddings in the continental US, so if you're planning a wedding in Atlanta or in another city, I'd love to chat with you! Visit my portfolio to view more of my work, or visit the contact page to discuss how I can be part of your wedding.

Jonesboro Wedding

Jonesboro Wedding

Every summer, hundreds of middle and high school students from First Baptist Jonesboro pile onto buses to head to a week long retreat at the beach, and every summer their youth pastor tells them the same thing: "You're not going to meet your future spouse on this trip, so quit chasing each other around!" Normally, he's right, but one fateful summer, Hannah met a handsome young man named Luis, and their story became the exception to the rule. I had the privilege of photographing their wedding celebration last weekend, and I am so excited to share their images with you!

Stone Bridge Farms Wedding

It looked like an ordinary letter; a note scrawled with a #2 pencil on college ruled notebook paper. It looked ordinary, but the words written on the outside - "To the One" - declared that this note was special. Chaz went through a very difficult season of life when he was in high school, and in the midst of his pain, he wrote a letter to his future bride. He told her how excited he was to meet her one day, how thankful we was for her, how much he would cherish her, and that he was praying for her. He put it away in a safe place where it remained until the night of his rehearsal dinner. On that night, almost 10 years later, he gave the letter to his beloved bride: Kaye Leigh. 

Two years ago at Whit and Abby's Fox Hall wedding, I met Whit's charming, bubbly, beautiful inside-and-out sister Kaye Leigh, and now I get to introduce her to you as a bride. Chaz and Kaye Leigh's rustic Southern wedding at Stone Bridge Farms was one for the history books! Every detail was planned to perfection. The floral arrangements overflowed with romantic peonies, roses, and greenery, bringing a touch of Southern charm and softness to the rustic chapel and reception hall, but the thing that stands out most about this wedding is the joy shared by everyone involved. I hope that you enjoy this preview of Chaz and Kaye Leigh's wedding day!

Hello, lovely! I am an Atlanta wedding photographer who specializes in providing an authentic, uncomplicated wedding photography experience to couples who love classic, romantic images. I offer FREE TRAVEL to weddings in the continental US, so if you're planning a wedding in Atlanta or in another city, I'd love to chat with you! Visit my portfolio to view more of my work, or visit the contact page to discuss how I can be part of your wedding.

Roswell Mill Club Wedding Photographer : Jason & Katie

Roswell Mill Club Wedding Photographer : Jason & Katie

Jason and Katie's intimate wedding at the Roswell Mill Club was such a joyful and touching family affair! I don't know if I've had another bride who smiles as brightly and as gleefully as Katie does when she looks at Jason or hugs on her sweet Gemma. Their wedding day was truly about their two families becoming one, and they didn't let the rain, the heat, or the stress of the day get to them even a little bit. They spent the day laughing, dancing, and celebrating together, and I am so thankful that I got to be there to capture it!