Hello, dear friends!
Every wedding we have the opportunity to photograph is, each in it's own very unique ways, a direct reflection of what the bride and groom hold most important to them. A wedding day is about joining two to become one. It's about bringing together the closest family members and the most important of friendships from all walks of life to witness this union and to celebrate in this exciting time. Sure, there may be delicious food, beautiful decor, and a sparkly exit. There are all of those seemingly endless details that take
months to assemble and plan (the shoes, the tuxedo, the headcounts and recounts, the dress, the signage, the rainplans... need we say more?). But, when it comes down to it, they are all details meant to help plan the single-handedly most important moment of your life - you're marriage to the one you will wake up to every day until the very end. It all boils down to choosing and devoting yourself officially to the one who will sit across the kitchen table from you and drink coffee every morning - the one that will tell you it's all going to be okay and wrap their arms around you when it feels like the world is crumbling around you. THAT's what a wedding is about. It is so easy to get caught up in the minute details that seem to be, at the time you're planning and narrowing down and making selections, what a wedding is really about. On the contrary, Olivia and Kevin concentrated on what was most important in order to communicate their gratitude for those who celebrated this day that they will never forget.
From the start, I've had the chance to pick up here and there on what is really important to Olivia and Kevin. When these two first met and started dating, they discovered a park just off the Emory campus called Lullwater. I met them there to photograph their engagement session this summer, and I can understand why they wanted to have them here - it's gorgeous! I think, though, that the location helped them to maybe relive some of those first memories of when they would stroll through the park together. While many may have a hard time trying to get Kevin to smile for a picture (trust me, we resorted to some pretty heinous jokes in our efforts), he takes one look at Olivia and her contagious grin and there it is. Needless to say, it was pretty organic and very much a beautiful thing! You can read just by looking at them when they are engaged in conversation that they share the same comfort around each other, the same sense of humor and a large amount of respect for one another.
The wedding took place at Olivia's parents' home in Rutledge, GA. I had never been to this part of Georgia before, but upon my wedding planner friend Pam's and my venue visit, I fell in love. The rural aspect of the area drew me in at first, but the immediate sense of comfort you feel as soon as you step on the property (not to mention the charming animals, amongst them horses and chickens) makes you really feel like you're at home. The home is beautiful, the grounds equally as gorgeous, and the all-around feel of the venue lets you know that this was just one more lovely sentimental touch that really made me glad that I could be a part of it all.
One more thing before we get started telling this beautiful story. I love photos. Seriously, I just want to make that point. Life flies by in the blink of an eye, and it is so easy to miss things if you're not fully focused on what is going on. Imagery helps you to savor those moments that may have just passed too quickly. This is one of the many reasons why I enjoy being a fly on the wall and capturing as much of those memories as I can for my clients at their wedding. I love to capture those candid moments. For example, the moment the little ones are peering around the corner at the guests in curious anticipation before walking down the aisle. Or the moment the bride's dad, as they wait to move forward and walk her toward her new life, takes a moment to simply pick his daughter a rose from a nearby bush and give it to her, because he knew that it would make her smile the biggest, most candid smile she possibly could. (P.S., I think those are a couple of my very favorites of the day - I am so thankful Kate was there to be my other set of eyes!) It communicates the love that is felt throughout and really tells the theme of the entire day. These are the moments to savor, and in photographing these, this is what I hope to provide my clients to help remind them of these moments time and time again, and for the rest of their lives.
That said, I'd like to start telling this story as we saw it. An incredibly special thank you to my dear friend and co-photographer/assistant for the day, miss Kate. I am so thankful for you being there to share these special moments and help me to capture this day so well. You are truly amazing!
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Venue: Private residence
Floral: Gardenia Floral Design
Event coordination: Pam Elmore of Pampered Events (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hair stylist: Elise Daniels
Makeup artist: Bride
Band: Blue Sky Band
Tent and tent decor, chairs, stage, dance floor, tables, linens and gobo projector: Oconee Events
Catering: Hallie Jane's Market and Catering
Cake: Karen's Sweet Confections
Bridal gown: Joan Pillow Bridal
Groom's/groomsmen tuxedos: Nordstrom's
Table decor: Bride
Invitations: The Vintage Inkwell
Honey/jelly favors: Mother of the Bride