I was so happy when Avery’s mommy, Elizabeth, contacted me to photograph Avery’s first birthday! It’s hard to believe it was just last summer when I photographed their gender reveal party and just like that party Elizabeth planned another perfect afternoon. The details were impeccable for Avery’s Apple Orchard!
A little…ok, a LOT of rain couldn’t stop the celebration of Shea and Jake’s wedding earlier this month!
Here are just a very few of my favorites from Melissa and Justin’s wedding in Statham!
Design & Coordination — Ashley Rae Events
Venue — Fair Havens Plantation
I have worked with Mariah on numerous occasions from her UGA graduation portraits to her engagement portraits and lots of fun sessions in between! Every time is such a joy and we get so many awesome shots. So when the opportunity came for us to work together for some stylized bridal portraits we jumped on it! Needless to say Mariah was breathtaking in her dress and the shoot went wonderfully. Although we did have a 90% chance of rain and a dark, threatening cloud and booming thunder hanging nearby the whole time. (Thank you Lord for holding back the storm!)
This was also my first stylized bridal session, so I was a little nervous on how it would turn out, but all of the vendors were amazing to work with.
Thank you to Fair Havens Plantation for providing a beautiful, quiet back drop and Flowerland for the gorgeous bouquet and centerpiece. (We LOVED the sunflowers!) And of course, a big thank you to Ashley at Ashley Rae Events for coordinating and actually making this happen and for designing the beautiful table display!
I’m so excited to share these and again, a special thank you to all of the vendors who helped make this possible!
I’m so excited to share Shea and Jake’s engagement photos! After meeting with Shea several times to go over details for their wedding and her bridal session, I feel like she’s an old friend! She and Jake are the most laid back couple and such a treat to work with (even in sweltering conditions =)).
Choosing a date for your wedding is one of the first steps in planning your big day and gets the ball rolling for booking all of your vendors and the venue. Picking a date can also seem very overwhelming. It’s best to think about the pros and cons for each season and decide which works best with your needs and wishes and go from there.
Spring (March, April, May)
- Flowers are blooming, trees are filling out, the grass is green and the landscape is just gorgeous!
- You’ll have lots of options for flowers for your bouquets and centerpieces as well as an assortment of fresh veggies and fruit to choose from for your menu.
- POLLEN. Take into consideration if you have any allergies. The last thing you want on your wedding day is to have the sniffles and puffy eyes. If you’re having an outdoor wedding pollen might also cover some of the outdoor features, so make sure the venue will clean anything necessary.
- A greater chance of rain. Rain can really be a factor at any time of the year, but chances that you might see a sprinkle…or a downpour…on your special day is greatly increased.
- May is usually peak season, which also means peak pricing with some vendors and venues.
Summer (June, July, August)
- It’s the time of year that’s usually easiest for people to take off from work (and the kids are out.)
- Travel will typically be easier.
- You still have a large choice in flowers.
- The heat. We all know Georgia summers can get brutal, especially in August.
- Bugs. With warmer weather come the mosquitoes and other pests.
- People are busy with their summer vacations. Notifying guests of the date far in advance can take care of this.
Fall (September, October, November)
- Gorgeous colors with the leaves changing.
- Moderate temperatures.
- In Georgia, I think we all know what comes to mind in the fall: Football. Even if it is something that is not important to you, chances are it is to at least some of your guests. They might end up checking their phones constantly for updates or try to track down a TV. To help reduce the distraction, ask guests to put their phones away for the event and enjoy the dance floor!
- Guests’ availability might be reduced. After summer vacations your guests might not have much time left off from work. Again, let guests know well in advance so they can plan ahead.
Winter (December, January, February)
- Most venues offer a price break because there is less of a demand. Other vendors might also offer a reduction in price.
- You can use unique aspects that wouldn’t be appropriate during other seasons. For example, if the venue has a beautiful stone fireplace, have a warm fire going and add candles to set the mood.
- It’s cold. Of course, it is the south, so you can often times still have a wedding in December with mild temperatures.
- The holiday chaos. Lots of holidays occur during the winter months. Keep people’s travels and traditions in mind when picking a date.
- Travel inconveniences because of weather. If you have out of state guests be aware that a sudden snowstorm could delay flights or make driving nearly impossible.
- Speaking of snow…Georgia rarely gets a good snow, but in the off chance we do, it could be difficult for many local guests to attend.
Baby Devin decided to sleep through most of our session and he looked like such an angel as he slept! Congratulations Nikki and Michael on such a precious boy.