Ceremony and Reception: Countryside Manor
Catering: Countryside Catering
Wedding Planner: Sheila Rivera
Flowers and Decors: Sheila Rivera
Cake: Casey’s Custom Cakes
Invitations: Wedding Papper Divas
DJ: Chuck Couch
My cousin, Taylor, traveled down from Ohio a couple of weekends ago to marry her sweetheart, Chris in beautiful Helen, Georgia. The next day Taylor wanted to get some extra photos with her husband and immediate family. Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not want to cooperate with us and we had a MONSOON. Luckily for us, my aunt found this adorable chapel in Nicholson to use and even better, the rain stopped for five minutes while we were shooting so they could come out from under the overhangs to get some shots with the beautiful scenery! Here are just a couple of my favorites!
What is a first look? A “first look” puts a twist on the traditional wedding and allows the bride and groom a special, private moment to see see each other before the ceremony.
1. Get to the Party Sooner: Having a first look allows you to get all, or at least the majority of your posed photos and family photos out of the way before the ceremony. This means you can head to the reception immediately after the ceremony to spend time with your guests and show your moves on the dance floor! If you still have all of your family portraits, plus wedding party portraits and finally portraits of you and your significant other, either you keep your guests waiting at the reception or you are rushed for photos.
2. More Time for Photos and Better Photos: You will also have MORE time for all of the photos you’d love to have together! With a first look you have more time together during the course of the day, which means you have more photos together. And again, you’d be taking them before the ceremony and have a much more relaxed setting, which leads to the fact that you would be able to hand pick a location rather than simply having it where you say your I Do’s. See a gorgeous cotton field behind the church? Perfect. Or a giant oak tree across the field from where the altar is set up? Let’s go!
I’m so honored that Tim and Lauren invited me on their beautiful love story! I typically know and work with couples for months before their wedding and get to know them on a personal level. Although Tim, Lauren and I only met about a week before their ceremony, I felt like I’d know them for years! They are such kind hearted people and a joy to be around. Lauren’s daughter, Helen, was also with us for the engagement session and big part of their wedding and allowed me to photograph her polar bears! (A first for me =))
We did their engagement photos at the always beautiful State Botanical Garden and a few days later was their family oriented ceremony.
And the wedding…