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Ashley & Allen | Cloverleaf Farm | Georgia Wedding Photography

Southern weddings can take many forms, each as lovely as the last. Today, we have a really special one!

Ashley and Allen have such an adorable story - Despite the fact that they were both University of Georgia graduates, they were set up by Allen's mother and Ashley's aunt while they were both in Savannah for residency.

The rest is history! As Ashley tells it:

"Well...one day I ran into his mother in Augusta while I was having lunch with my aunt. They know each other and so we chitchatted awhile about life, med school, etc. She told me all about her son who was in med school in Savannah. She called my aunt the next day to get my phone number to give to her son so he could take me out for dinner when I moved to Savannah for an upcoming 6 week OB/GYN rotation. I didn't think much of it and quickly forgot about giving her my number. Three months later I was getting settled into my new room in Savannah when a guy called. It was that August lady's son, Allen! I was positive that he was a huge nerd and not the type of guy I would be interested in dating so I politely said "maybe another time" which really meant "maybe not". I think he was relieved (he thought I was likely a huge nerd as well) until his mom insisted that he call again. He did and given his persistence and the unlikeliness of him letting it go, we set up a time to have dinner. We went to a southern restaurant called Sweet Potatoes and we have been each other's sweet potato ever since. Hehe! Four years later he proposed to me at that same restaurant at the same table where we had our first meal together on our blind date. Awwwww!"

Their wedding day at Cloverleaf Farm was a perfect balance playfulness and refinement- Ashley wore a detailed lace gown with chic espadrille wedges, while Allen's silk paisley bow tie and spunky green socks brought some flair to a classic suit. In true Athens style, the party was wild - moms were dancing, and the groom even played drums! 

Venue: Cloverleaf Farm
Wedding Planner: Genie at WedED
Catering:  Epting Events
Rentals:  Greg Hall & Co., Goodwin Events, Connie Duglin Linens
Minister - Rev. Bill Coates
Music - Dr. Tony McCutcheon, Creativity, Music Garden –Dobbins Cosby
Floral Design - Greg Hall & Co.
Hair Stylist - Donnatella Alexander
MUA - Anna Zoe | Accomodations - Hotel Indigo
Transportation - Classic City Transportation, Hawkins Transportation

Rebecca & Patrick | New York City Wedding Photography

 Summer in the city is a beautiful thing, and New York summers are no exception. Rebecca and Patrick both live in the city, and met at a basketball game viewing hosted by a mutual friend. Just two years later, and they are getting hitched! I had a blast at their engagement session - their clean, classic style looked perfectly at home strolling through Central Park. These lovebirds will be tying the knot in Charleston this fall, and I couldn't be happier for them!

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4 Wedding Day Details Brides Forget | Charleston Wedding Photographer

 

Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life, and it can also be a hectic one. In the whirlwind of activity preceding the big event, it's easy to forget details that can make your life easier, and your photos even more fabulous. Keep scrolling for tips on making the most of your big day, and highlights from Sara and Cory's sweet nuptials at the Historic Rice Mill in Charleston!

1. Keep ALL three wedding rings with you for detail photos

Despite the well-worn advice to give rings to the best man before the ceremony, don't! In order to capture great, well-lit images of your rings, your photographer will want all three rings and the best time to photograph this is before the ceremony. Which leads to the next point:

2. Have the bouquet delivered to you

It is common practice to have florals delivered directly to the church or ceremony venue. Unless you'll be getting ready on site, you won't have that beautiful bouquet for your portraits and detail shots. 

3. Think about your shoe choices practically

Rocking some exquisite Louboutins for your big day? If you plan on outdoor photos, don't turn those beauties into $2,000 grass aerators! Get heel stoppers, or bring a pair of flat shoes to change into for dancing and natural portraits.

4. Make time for yourself

Even if it's just a few minutes. It's fantastic advice to make sure you and your future hubby get some personal time together amid the buzzing activity of your wedding day! I'd like to go a step further and suggest that YOU take some time. When you have to be camera-ready for 12 hours, it can be tough to stay centered and relaxed. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a few minutes to yourself to reenergize and take a few deep breaths.

No matter what, the most important thing you can do on your wedding day is enjoy the heck out of it! These tips are meant to help keep the focus on celebrating with the people you love instead of your attire and photos. Even if things seem to go awry, remember - you're marrying the love of your life, and it's your day to make the best you can!

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Venue - Historic Rice Mill  |  Dress - Blush By Hayley Paige  |  Jewelry - Tiffany & Co. and family heirlooms  |  Hair + Makeup - PaperDolls  |  Planning - Beth LeonGuerrero  |  Florist - WildFlowers  |  Cake - DeClare  |  Music - John Thrasher Band  |  Transportation - Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle

 

Laura & Chris | William Aiken House Wedding | Charleston SC Wedding Photographer

 

What a gem of a day this was! Laura and Chris' wedding at the William Aiken house on Charleston was gorgeous. The historic venue, situated on King Street in the heart of the Holy City was the perfect match for the couple's style, with a lush formal courtyard for their heart-melting ceremony.

Now, I'd like to take a second to gush about attire. While Laura's strapless lace gown and bejeweled Badgley Mischka pumps are obviously jaw-dropping, check out the dapper, thoughtful details the groom is rocking: with a subtle paisley bow tie and mother of pearl buttons he keeps it unique, but not over-the-top. For a playful touch, check out his blue and pink polka dot socks, which make a quiet nod to the pink accents woven throughout the florals.

In gracious Southern style, the pair sent guests off with adorable shrimp and grits favors after a chic reception and a night of exuberant dancing. I love shooting couples that are so obviously bonkers for each other, and know these two have many smiles ahead!

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