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February 2012

Andy and Jane | the proposal + engagement shoot + rehearsal dinner

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I think it’s safe to say I photographed Andy and Jane more than any other couple in 2011. ๐Ÿ™‚ I captured their proposal, engagement shoot, rehearsal dinner, and wedding! Andy is a good friend of mine who also happens to be a photographer (check out his awesome work HERE), so it was all an honor to shoot.

The Proposal: Lullwater Conservation Park

We’ll start off with the proposal. Guys, if you’re looking for good places to propose in Atlanta, then Lullwater Conservation Park is great. However, please please make sure your photographer has been there before and knows how to find you! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was nothing shy of a miracle that I found Andy and Jane. Andy was secretly txting me google map pins that were of little to no help, and he couldn’t call without giving away his plans to Jane. By God’s good providence I managed to find them seated on a grassy hill up from the lake.

At this point I hadn’t actually met Jane, so her seeing me wasn’t so much an issue. But how do you sneak up on someone to photograph them without them noticing you pointing a 70-200mm lens at them? You awkwardly meet a random couple seated nearby and ask if you can sit by them pretending to be their friend, that’s how. Jane had zero clue I was there shooting until I came up to introduce myself. Here it is folks, exactly as it happened. Andy, you did well sir.

good places to propose in atlanta

good places to propose in atlanta

good places to propose in atlanta

good places to propose in atlanta

good places to propose in atlanta

good places to propose in atlanta

The Engagement Shoot: Reece Apple Orchards in Ellijay, GA and surrounding area.

When Andy mentioned Jane has a thing for apples and wanted to do the engagement shoot in an apple orchard, I suggested my favorite, Reece Apple Orchard. If you live in the Atlanta area, you should make it a yearly tradition (like my family) to make the trek up to Reece Apple Orchards during apple season. It’s family owned and operated by super nice people.

A quick photographer’s rant: Most everyone familiar with my work knows I steer clear of trendy fads. ย You won’t see any balloons, old tandem bicycles, or any other random “put a bird on it” themes in my work. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of following some trends to a degree, but as a general rule I stay away from the here-today-gone-tomorrow trendiness that is ubiquitous in photography today. One might think that doing an engagement shoot in an apple orchard might be a bit on the trendy side, but here’s the thing; Andy and Jane actually like apple orchards. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a place they would actually go to and hang out. If you’re a wedding client of mine you’ve probably heard me say, “I don’t want you to look back on your images in 20 years and think they look like they were shot in 20xx.” ย I digress…on to the images…

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

for the record, this next one was Andy’s idea…

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

and a few from a nearby vineyard we found while driving…

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

engagement shoot in an apple orchard

The Rehearsal Dinner: Neely Farms Clubhouse in Norcross, GA

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

they did a slide show…

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

and of course a few toasts…

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

rehearsal dinner at neely farms clubhouse

stay tuned for the wedding in the next blog post!

Matt and Lauren | Wedding at Perimeter Church | Reception at The Gardens at Great Oaks

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Ceremony: Perimeter Church (Chapel) | Johns Creek, GA
Reception: The Gardens at Great Oaks | Roswell, GA

I’ll start off with a few from Matt and Lauren’s engagement shoot. We started off with some great morning light at the Chattahoochee River and then shot some in downtown Roswell.

engagement shoot chattahoochee river

engagement shoot chattahoochee river

downtown roswell engagement shoot

downtown roswell engagement shoot

downtown roswell engagement shoot

Lauren and her girls got ready at the reception venue, The Gardens at Great Oaks.

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

Perimeter Church has a beautiful bridal room.

wedding at perimeter church chapel

The Flower girl had a few issues going down the aisle. ๐Ÿ™‚

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

wedding at perimeter church chapel

on to the reception…

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

snap shot of Stuart and Brittany. ๐Ÿ™‚

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

wedding reception at the gardens at great oaks

Greg and Jennifer | Wedding at Smoke Rise Baptist Church | Reception at Old Dekalb County Courthouse

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Greg and Jennifer’s ceremony was held in the beautiful main sanctuary of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, GA. The entire wedding party rode on the Georgia Tech Trolley to the reception in downtown Decatur at the Old Dekalb County Courthouse. The fourth of July fireworks were actually rescheduled to the same day as Greg and Jennifer’s wedding, so their guests enjoyed a fireworks show towards the end of the reception. See Steven Wallace’s (my second shooter) awesome fireworks shot below. Downtown Decatur was packed with people, but we made the best of it and even did a few portraits while mingling in the crowd.

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain

wedding at smoke rise baptist church in stone mountain