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Lauren + Darren

It was a gorgeous day at Callaway Gardens (ok, so it was about a gazillion degrees out)…and we packed up our cooler with Gatorade and a ton of water and out we set to shoot Lauren and Darren’s beautiful wedding. The ceremony was at the church where Lauren went often as a kid, and the officiant was Darren’s fantastic grandmother. Can’t get much more personal than that! As she approached the altar, she placed a gerbera daisy on a memory pew in honor of her late father. Very touching.

The celebration at the Discovery Center at Callaway was fun! Great music, fun dancing and a very, very happy bride and groom. They left the celebration in a sea of waving RED SOX! banners, as they are moving to Boston right after the wedding. That may have been my Boston Boy Ric’s favorite part.

Wishing you much love, happiness and good Boston Chowdah!

 

Emily + David

We knew this was no ordinary couple when we had our super fun engagement session at Piedmont Park. David had the greatest sense of humor, and Emily could keep right up with him in a flash.

So, we expected nothing less than fun when we arrived at The Temple to shoot their wedding this weekend. And, our expectations were lower than the delivery! Wow. David completely entertained us (and everyone) during formals. He has such an incredible energy and charm! Emily looked so beautiful, and was just beaming all day. The ceremony was charming–the Rabbi was even trying to be witty to keep up with David.

After the ceremony, we got to do some fun outdoor shots with the bridal party. A great group of people! Then onto the party…

Guests entered the ballroom to the smooooth tunes from Yacht Rock Revue. Always a crowd pleaser. Emily and David started with their first dance, and then went right into the ROCKINGEST (is that a word?) Hora we’ve ever seen. Seriously. It went on for about 20 minutes, and involved chairs being lifted, and crazy fun dancing around the couple while they sat in chairs in the center of the circle. It didn’t stop. And, the guests probably would have gone on for 20 more minutes if the band kept Havanagila-ing.

The room was spring-y and fresh…Barbara Roos and Chris Macksey from Event Design Group did such a beautiful job. Sharon Fisher from It’s My Party, Inc. ran the show–and kept everyone of these free spirits exactly where they needed to be and when. The food was catered by Avenue, and it was deee-licious. I am hoping they’ll give me the recipe for their brisket wraps. Holy cow.

We had our fun Photo Studio…and it was one for the record books. Words can’t describe. Let the pics do the talking. Loved that Yacht Rock joined us in there for photos. Such fun guys.

It was such a celebration for two really warm, fantastic people. David and Emily, we loved getting to know you and your families…and look forward to documenting many more special times for all of you. Mazel tov!

Carly

We are Crazy 4 Carly! This was one of the most fun, energetic, action-packed Bat Mitzvah celebrations for one of the sweetest girls! I knew Carly’s parents from college (how are we old enough to have Bat Mitzvah age kids?) and it was a joy to be able to document this milestone for their families.

Carly’s celebration at The Buckhead Theatre was pink, orange, green, blue and CRAZY! It was visually just amazing. Sharon Fisher from It’s My Party, Inc., Barbara Roos and Chris Macksey from Event Design Group and Sandra Bank from Added Touch Catering created such a fun and lively setting–there was something cool at every turn.

The night started with a video montage beautifully done by Donna and Paul from Dewitt Smith Video. I loved how Carly’s Dad said he was Crazy 4 Carly, and for 22 years has been Crazy 4 Carly’s Mom. So swee. Next, Carly’s parents and sisters did a music video of a Ludacris song customized for Carly. It started the night out with great energy!

For dinner the guests had their choice of burgers with every possible topping. Sort of a Flip Burger feel. The kids had their own Crazy drink options…of course, bright colors.

I loved the boxes they created to hide the pink, orange, green and blue desserts. When DJ Rhythm announced that the dessert stations were open, the staff pulled the Crazy 4 Carly boxes off to reveal the treats. So cool. The desserts included the new trend…push pop cupcakes. Very cool.

The guests got to make wax molds of their hands, and create photo iskin covers for their ipods/pads/phones. As they left, the kids each got a C4C sweatshirt or hat.

Carly, we wish your entire family a crazy amount of joy and happiness! Mazel tov!

Jillian

We last saw Jillian when we shot her big brother’s Bar Mitzvah a few years ago…it was such a joy to work with Jillian, her big brother and sister again. Jillian is HUGE into soccer and her party was phenomenal. There were awesome soccer touches everywhere…ranging from the soccer balls in an ice bar to the huge soccer balls at the entrance, all the way to the high heel soccer cleats and soccer balls in the decor. Hot pink was everywhere…on the lights and the linens and the green wheatgrass for the funky soccer feel worked so well with the pink. It was (as J Wilbur from EventScapes put it) Eye Candy! Phenomenal. J Wilbur created the most incredible atmosphere…a photographer’s dream.

The party was at 200 Peachtree (the old Macy’s building) and it was the first Bat Mitzvah held there. We were honored to be the photogs for this first! Bold American did their usual brilliant displays of deliciousness, and the guests were so happy and well-fed! My guy Jamal from Vibe was the DJ, and his brother Kahlil was working with him–they are an amazing team. I just love being at parties when Vibe runs the show. Jillian was the happiest kid–she didn’t stop smiling or dancing all night. She really was beaming during the video montage that her big brother made for her. Loved that!

We got to work with our industry pals Donna and Paul from Dewitt Smith video and Sharon Hochdorf from Button It Up. That always makes our night even that much more fun, to work with other vendors who are so professional and talented.

The night ended with a crazy (pink!) dessert cart…homemade twinkies and snowballs, chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick, cream puffs, etc etc.

Jillian is one of the greatest kids, we just loved working with her and her awesome family. I guess since she’s the youngest child…we’ll just have to wait for her big sister’s wedding in about 10 years…no rush, but we’ll be ready! Mazel tov!

 

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