Brittney and Grant came to Charleston to celebrate their anniversary with a Lowcountry vacation, and I was thrilled when they asked me to do an anniversary portrait session with them! Both Nashville natives, they have a shared love of good wine (they honeymooned in Napa), bunnies, and married life. We had a great time gallivanting around Charleston - we even met new friends outside of the historic German Friendly Society and made a sweet mess with some Thimblepress confetti! I loved shooting these two, and wish them many fabulous anniversaries to come!
I met Leandra and Spencer through my dear friend Denver-based photographer Ryan Dearth. These two are absolutely adorable! For their couple's session, we went all over Golden, Colorado (home of Buffalo Bill and the Coors brewery) and had a blast! The town is situated at the base of the Front Range of the Rockies, and has some of the most beautiful views in the Denver area. We managed to catch a perfect warm glow as the sun set over the mountains while these two laughed, kissed, and were all around sweet as pie. Their natural, relaxed style is so Coloradan, and I loved spending the day with them!
So, you and your sweetheart are ready for some professional photos together. Yay! While your photographer will offer great suggestions, it's always smart to give some thought to what you'd like to accomplish in advance of your session. Several factors go into making a fabulous couple's shoot, and today we're going to talk about - you guessed it - location, location, location!
While natural settings with lush greenery are always pretty, you'll get more bang for your buck by selecting a few varied options. From architectural details to urban art and floral arbors, creatively using the surroundings will give you a more interesting set of photos. I'm delighted with what we captured during Mike and Mia's Los Angeles couple's session - bright geometric art, sunny street shots, and even rustic-looking wood gave us tons of options, all without leaving the city!
In an urban setting, rooftops, museums, and fancy locations have their appeal, and can make for gorgeous photos. That said, some may require permits or other arrangements to be made prior to your session and can add to the overall cost. If you have your heart set on a place like this, talk to your photographer and do some research beforehand to avoid annoying hang-ups the day of. Accessibility is also important to consider in a natural location - if you're shooting on a mountain, make sure to have a way to the top figured out before showing up, and wear appropriate shoes (or carry the cute ones to change into!)
3. Keep the focus on YOU
With all that said, a talented photographer needs nothing more than good light and a happy couple to take great photos. Selecting a location that you are familiar with, or that has special meaning to you as a couple will show in the finished product. The focus is on you and your love for each other, not fancy buildings or landscapes, though they sure can look nice. For example, while they are wearing casual outfits on a city street, Mia and Mike absolutely glow while stealing smooches on their bikes in the afternoon light. No fancy trips needed!
Finally, talk to your photographer! We live for this stuff, and are here to guide you in making your engagement portrait session or couple's shoot a complete success!
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