Sarah + Bryceson: Engaged! | McDaniel Farm Park | Duluth, GA wedding photographer

 
It's been less than a week, and I've been biting my nails and stealing time to work on this session.  Sarah and Bryceson 100% nailed it, and I am still dying over these.  There is something so raw and real - the entire session I felt like a fly on the wall watching these two "chit chat" (a favorite, perhaps overused saying of mine... oops :o)  ) and pretend like there wasn't a soul around other than them.  Perhaps that is the way it seemed and, if so, I must be doing my job. ;o)
 
We met at McDaniel Farm Park on the perfect beginning to what finally feels like Fall.  The humidity immediately fell from the air as soon as we started out and the cloud cover and shade from the just transitioning trees made for romantic, moody, vibrant and very much real session for my sweet September 2015 bride and groom.  Love these images, love these two and can't wait to continue on this journey with them next September!
 
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The Woltzes | Canton, GA | ABH Fine Photography

There's nothing quite like sweet friends. :o)
We had been talking about it for what was practically forever, and finally decided to go for it.  So, I got to spend this day with two very special friends, bribing their pups with dog treats and strolling downtown Canton, photographing them/celebrating with them their third wedding anniversary!
Michelle is a preferred wedding professional of mine that I'm so proud to have not only in my network but as a good friend!  The owner of Wooden Heart Designs, Michelle is the creative eye that can craft practically anything... and Blake, I'm convinced, can  fix just about about everything.  Together, they make the perfect team.
Now that Rock and I have started out on our own married life just shy of two short months ago, I'm beginning to understand the fact that love grows better over time.  It was so fun to see how happy and comfortable Michelle and Blake are after being married for three years.  No one tells you  how to be married and how to make it "work", though I'm convinced these two have found the secret. :o)
Here are just a few of my favorites from our time together - love these images, but most of all I love these two fabulous people!  Happy anniversary to two that could not be more wonderful for each other! <3
 
 

 

 

becoming a pedigo | september sixth, two thousand fourteen

Our wedding.
It came and went entirely too quickly, and thankfully, we have our images to relive our sweet day.  I'll be honest - I'm sure we are biased.  But I have never in my life been a part of a more perfect day.  Rock and I had a dream team of wedding professionals to help our day come to life, and the most blessed of family and friends to make it a weekend to remember.
 
To our officiant, Brucie, and our wedding party - thank you for making our special weekend so much more so, just by being there and making memories.  Rock and I couldn't thank you all enough for your encouragement, your laughter, and excitement for us as we made it all official!
To our creative wedding team! - NEVER in our wildest dreams would we have come close to imagining our day to be as perfect as it was!  We trusted each of you fully, and are so grateful that we did.  Every detail was covered, if there was a problem that day... we had NO idea... and every single one of you and your team made it all a perfect memory for us and we are forever grateful!
Pam Elmore and Kelsey Simpson of Pampered Events, Inc.
The members of  Emerald Empire Band
Anna and Annika of Libelle Photography
Steve Schumacher of Creative Video Moments
Laura with the Braselton-Stover House
Dawn and Carolyn of Chateau Elan
Our officiant, Bruce Harrison
Alpharetta Flower Market - YES, they managed to fill an ENTIRE fountain with flowers... *sigh* :o)
 
To our family and friends! - How truly, truly wonderful you are!  THANK you from the very bottom of our hearts for your presence on our day and for your cradle of support and encouragement over all the years we have been together, and even before we met.  Every one of you is so valued and so appreciated and it would not have been the same with out each of you there to throw petals in our faces/show off your incredible dance moves!
To our unfailingly amazing parents - without the late-night help of my Mom, the balance my Dad tried to instill in me prior to the wedding and the fielding of stress attacks along the way by both... the fabulous help of Rock's mom the days preceding the wedding and the ever-present laughter and smiles provided by Papa Pedigo.  We would not be one bit of where we are today without your guidance and your strength.  Thank you for your love and support over the years and for always!  We love you!
And, finally, to my new husband - Rockwell, you've taught me how to love and what it means to be loved.  You've held my hand every step of the way and you never miss an opportunity to bring a smile to my face.  You've given me your heart and I've given you mine since practically day one, and you've helped me learn how to trust someone completely.  I love you to no end and look forward to the rest this life of ours has in store for us! xoxo
 
Thanks to Caymes and our adorable photographers Anna and Annika, we managed to capture snippets of the day and morning preceding the wedding and I'd love to share it with you all.  The images below are minimally edited, because I wanted to ensure that these images provide a perfect insight into the beauty and the genuine joy behind our day - and, I must say, they are perfect. :o)
I threw in a few from our amazing honeymoon, too... If you ever wondered what pure bliss looks like, scroll on.  Sugar Beach, St. Lucia rocked our lives!
 

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This... is a gooseberry.  They taste a lot like a lemon and a lot like something we will probably never try again.  When in Rome. ;o)

Pretty much my view the entire way up!

 

Atlanta Goat Farm Engagement Session | Polina + Spencer | ABH Fine Photography

 

With our wedding drawing near, I've been tying up loose ends and working toward a couple weeks of concentration on details and getting this booger planned!  It also means ending this last little bit of time as ABH Fine Photography on a fabulous note, spending time with Spencer and Polina and capturing their sweet engagement!

 

We chose the Goat Farm in Atlanta as our spot to go along with the "industrial" sort of feel that they were searching for.  Of course, this place was perfect and so were these two lovebirds. :o)  Looking forward to June 20th, 2015! <3

 

Take a peek at just a few of my favorites from their session!

 

 

 

 

 

The Browns | Charming farm wedding at Chukkar Farm | Alpharetta, GA | ABH Fine Photography

 

If there ever were a bride I'd want to be exactly like myself, it's Kelley.

 

Kelley and I met up as she and her now-hubby Graham were in the midst of planning their wedding at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta.  I got all the details on the wedding, got to know her a bit and their "style" - the usual that would typically happen at a consultation.  What I could see the potential of happening but could not possibly first expect, however, was just exactly how laid back, kind, and truly, genuinely excited and grateful these two were for the day that they would commit themselves, their love, and the rest of their lives to one another.  Graham is kind, funny and was a trip around buddies.  Kelley is bubbly, full of laughter and so gracious to all of those that enter their lives.  I'm very lucky to have been one of them. :o)

 

Example A of why these two are awesome: They trusted me to choose the spots for their engagement session without even seeing them beforehand.  They totally trusted my vision and I adore that sweet session.

 

Example B of why they rock: For the very first time in my career as a photographer, I've been behind deadlines by a week as I've struggled to catch up from wedding season AND plan a wedding of our own... which is a mere 2 weeks away.  Kelley contacted ME to tell me to enjoy this time with Rock instead of "worrying" with editing and stressing over deadlines.  She reached out and offered the kindest, most thoughtful thing I could ever imagine, and, of course, I denied.  I love these two, I love this day, and while keeping everything together has been a challenge, this sweet couple has become so very important to me and I would totally owe that to them to get these to them ASAP!  Regardless, it was that amazing offer that counted.  I've never in my professional photography career had anyone extend that to me, because she understood more than anyone how much is going on right now.

 

Example C: it rained.  And you didn't hear a peep.  They were so much more enveloped in the joy that surrounded the day, rain or shine.  They knew what it meant to get married, the magnitude of the commitment that they were about to make, and nothing could get in the way of them being together.  Not years of long-distance relationship, going back and forth in college, not the stressors that can weigh on a couple that is not physically together during the majority of their relationship.  Definitely not rain. :o)

 

Example D (and I could keep going...): just because some people come into your life and become a friend.  I absolutely love these two and am so thankful God happened me upon them and, more so, that I had the opportunity to capture this more than perfect day!

 

Enough from me... here are a few fun facts I lucked into - straight from the mouths of our sweet newlyweds!:

 

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in high school where we became close through a circle of church friends.  Sparks didn’t fly until my sophomore year and Graham’s senior year.  Soon after, Graham went to college in Boulder, Colorado but I like to think he missed me too much and quickly transferred back to the South to attend school at South Carolina. We continued our long distance relationship after I graduated and headed off to UGA. We always stayed together during our time apart- weekends were so, so sweet! Life brought us back to Atlanta where we started our first jobs, got engaged+ married, and moved in to our first home!

 

What was your inspiration for the day? Backyard style, come as you are type of wedding!  What meant the most to us on this day was to have all our close friends and family together who have been a part of our 9 year journey in addition to great food, drinks, and music!

 

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Since Graham and I grew up in the same church in Marietta, we were blessed to have one of our family friends and youth pastors, Charlie Marus, officiate our wedding.  The ceremony felt intimate like it was only the three of us standing up there.  Charlie spoke to us about Christ in the center of our marriage and referred back to our chosen verse of Colossians 3:12-15. It’s a wonderful verse that reminds us to let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts as well as demonstrate compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love.

 

Looking back, what was the most memorable part of your day for you two? The whole ceremony from start to finish was the most memorable part of the wedding day! Moments before the ceremony, the skies parted, pushing the rain aside while leaving nothing but blue skies that allowed us to have our perfect ceremony out on the polo field. We loved our long walks to the altar to finally see each other for the first time, saying our vows, partaking in a private communion as our first act as husband and wife and sealing it with a kiss! We wereboth just beaming during the recessional as it soaked in that we just committed to a lifetime of love and fun together!

 

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? We decided keep the Southern tradition and not to do the first look before the ceremony. With the long walk from the clubhouse of the horse farm to the ceremony on the polo field, it was such a special moment I will always treasure.  We had a Southern food buffet that included Boston butt pulled pork, green beans, mashed potatoes, bread roles, and sweet tea!

 

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We steered away from the traditional multi-tiered wedding cake and went with an amazing company, Nothing Bundt Cakes, who makes delicious, drizzled Bundt cakes. We had two large Bundt cakes stacked on each other for the main wedding cake then four flavors of bundtinis, like cupcakes, where guests could choose their favorite flavor.

 
 

This wedding was perfect.  Despite the downpour that happened just before the girls arrived to the venue, then again just after the ceremony took place and in the middle of our bride and groom portraits.  It was a perfect day because of how these two approached it, the family and friends that were there by their side to make it whole, and the air of fun and graciousness that infiltrated the entire attitude of the day.  It was beautiful and of course I teared up during the ceremony... But what else is new.

 

A quick shout out to my own hubby-to-be, the ever faithful Rock - always to the rescue under unforeseen circumstances, always there by my side to see everything through.  I love you. :o)

 

So very thankful, too, for the amazing vendors that played a part in this awesome day!:

Photographer's assistant/Superman: Rock Pedigo
Venue: Chukkar Farm 
Event planner/day-of coordinator: Brekken Padgett of Events by Brekken 
Floral design: Mary McLeod with Amy Osaba Events
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Catering: Cara Tadsen of Chukkar Farm
Entertainment: Sonic Groove Band
Bridal gown: Wedding Angels
Videographer: Pursuit Productions

 

What an honor to see these two make it official!  Enjoy some of my favorite captures from their June 21st wedding at Chukkar Farm!

 

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