Salley + Neal//Wedding

Neal and Salley’s wedding was just magical!  Below are just a few of my favorites.

Thank you to these wonderful vendors:

Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church of Pickens

Reception Venue and Catering: The Club at Keowee

DJ: DJ Ryan Hardy

Cake: Kathy and Company

 

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Morgan + Drew//Wedding

Swoon.  I loved everything about Morgan and Drew’s day.  The church.  The flowers.  The details.  The people!  Everything.  Okay, except the rain.  But even the rain stopped just in time for photos and the ceremony!

Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors!

Ceremony Venue: Athens First United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: The Lyndon House Art Center

Dress: David’s Bridal Collections (Buckhead)

DJ: Keith Hill

Videographer: Russ Feltman

Cake: Sweet Afternoons

Catering: Trumps Catering

Florist: European Floral Design

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Pros and Cons of Each Season for a Wedding in Georgia

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)

Pros:

  • IMG_3515Flowers 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.

Cons

  • 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)

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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)141025_KP Photography_ProvostHonsonWeddingseqn}1980

Pros

  •  Gorgeous colors with the leaves changing.
  •  Moderate temperatures.

Cons

  •   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)

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

 

Sandra & Will//Wedding

Sandra and Will’s wedding was a first for me.  The super sweet, incredibly laid back couple didn’t want your typical posed wedding photos, they wanted only candids.  I’m always excited to try new things and not always go the most traditional route, so doing only candids thrilled me!  Don’t get me wrong, I do love using my creative side to come up with poses and find unique locations for bridal portraits, wedding party photos, etc. but it’s fun to shake things up a bit.

Natalie Bradley did an amazing job as always coordinating the special occasion, especially with a couple from out of state and with a guest list in which half spoke only French =).  (I now have a new found love of the language.)
Additional vendors who made this wedding so wonderful:
Florist: European Floral
Caterer: home.made 

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