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Featured in The Celebration Society Magazine | Charleston Wedding Photography

It's finally here - Fall that is - and along with it a fabulous feature in the Fall 2015 issue of The Celebration Society Weddings magazine! This Charleston destination wedding inspiration coordinated by Lemiga Events in Atlanta was a who's who of some of the best wedding vendors in the South (keep scrolling for details & originals), and I'm so excited to share some top picks from the shoot with you lovelies! 

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| Venue - Wild Dunes Resort | Planning & Design - Lemiga Events | Stationery - Papered Wonders | Escort Card Display - TEN23 Designs | Welcome Boxes - A Signature Welcome | Gown - Maggie Sottero from Bridals by Jodi | Tabletop - Polished Tabletop | Florist - Rhapsody In Blooms | Rentals - 428 Main, Eventhaus | Linens - Nuage Designs | Cake - Sablee | Doughnuts - Glazed | Hair - Tamsyn Rickards | Makeup - Lauren Campion | Menswear - The Modern Gent | Hair Accessories - Treats for Tresses | Groom Bow Tie - Brackish Bow Ties |

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

Laura & Elliot | Santa Clara Wedding | California Wedding Photography

 

I get to shoot in some pretty fabulous locations as a destination wedding photographer, and love every minute of it. Northern California is a magical place, so it's no surprise that cuties Laura and Elliot came to college, fell in love, and got married here! The combination of ancient trees and Mission-style architecture (not to mention wine country proximity) made for a dreamy natural setting to celebrate their new life together.

Having met as freshmen at Santa Clara, they went on their first date as seniors and have been inseparable ever since. In a nod to their history, the traditional ceremony was held at Mission Santa Clara, with a reception at nearby Saratoga Springs. One of the couple's favorite pastimes is camping together, and it showed in the unique woodland vibe at the reception. Their sweet 10 year old pup Sadie stole the show with her festive leaf lei, and we even got a visit from a turtle! There were some adorable details; the paper heart garland, and a rustic cake (with an American flag inside of course). Everyone had a blast dancing under the twinkling lights and evergreen canopy late into the evening - this happy bunch was a joy to capture, and the scenery has me already planning my next trip to California!

 

 

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