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Lauren & Chris

So, Lauren told us that her sweet fiance’ Chris proposed at the American Theater (the old fashioned movie theater featured in The Notebook) with a custom marquee that asked her to marry him. Ok, can you get more romantic than that? Well…uh, yes, you can. Their first dance was to be to Lauren’s fave song, Find Your Way by Indy singer, Pablo Blaqk. She liked it so much, Rupert’s Orchestra was to play the actual CD for the dance, not to sing it live. Well, as they got up to introduce the first dance…instead they introduced Pablo Blaqk. Chris flew him in as a surprise to his bride, to sing their song to her live. Wow. Ok, you surely can’t get more romantic than that.

Lauren looked like a princess in her Impressions gown. It was hanging on the cutest aluminum hanger twisted to show her married name. Write me if you want the source to order one. It was adorable. Her bridesmaids were so excited for her, and their energy and emotion was contagious!

The day was just beautiful–a lovely ceremony at one of Atlanta’s most beautiful churches…Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. The flowers were amazing–done by Mimi Walden and were the most incredible blend of white hydrangeas, lilies and roses. Gor-ge-ous! The ceremony for these high school and college sweethearts was tender and sweet–and both families were so happy. It was a beautiful union of two really fantastic families.

Of we trekked to the Biltmore for the reception–it was a fairy tale room–candles and flowers everywhere. Rupert’s was awesome and really kept the party going! They were gracious again and shared the stage with other “musicians”…some groomsmen and Chris singing Sweet Home Alabama. The crew danced the entire time until the couple left in a Rolls Royce after a rose petal send off.

Lauren and Chris, wishing you so much love and happiness together–you already so clearly adore each other! Thanks for including us in your celebration!

Atlanta Weddings cover shoot!

It was so much work pulling it together with short notice and doing it during the holidays…but we did it! Great shoot with an amazing team. The theme is under wraps…you’ll have to see the spring/summer issue of Atlanta Weddings to see…but we have big thanks for our partners:

-Lindsay Pitt, Toast Events: Wedding Planner/Rockstar!, one of the most stylish chicks I know, with such a great eye for the details.
-Priscilla of Boston, Anne Barge, Savvi and Guffey’s: incredible attire for our models
-Robert Long, floral: Created a “story” for each of his bouquets. Holy cow! They were amazing.
-Southern Classic Jewelers: OM Bling. Crazy diamonds, crazy gems, crazy crazy crazy.
-Brushworx on location, hair and make-up: created gorgeous looks for our models. amazingly natural and beautiful!
-W Hotel Buckhead: fantastic backdrop for our really fun shoot day.
-Classic Party Rentals: amazing goodies you lent us–really completed the look!
-Sweet Sensations: that cake was breath-taking. wow.
-Factor Atlanta: thanks for our phenomenal “bride and groom”, Michelle and Jason. So professional and talented!
-Hershey’s and Twizzlers: We couldn’t have done it without you.

As you can see, it took a team of many to create a gorgeous shoot. I can only share a couple of these top secret pics…but take a look.

Thanks again to our amazing partners in this adventure–what a fun way to start 2011!

Sarah & Alex

So, as soon as we started quoting Seinfeld back and forth during their engagement session, we knew this wedding was going to be a ball. And…we were right! What an amazing day at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. The day started out pouring rain (which, technically in Judaism is good luck!), but the rain did not make a dent in the joy of the day.

We met up with the awesome planner, Sharon Fisher (It’s My Party, Inc) in the bridal suite and the girls were all there doing their girlie hair and make-up thang. With Sharon in charge, we knew the event would be flawless…and it was! Sarah’s lace gown was lovely…so elegant and simple and perfect for her. I loved the purse she carried. It was her Grandmother’s (that always strikes a chord with me) and it had a handwritten note from her Grandmother with the info as to where and when she got the purse. Sarah had that beautiful and sentimental “something old” with her…so sweet.

The decor was gorgeous. Barbara Roos and Chris with Event Design Group created a Hydrangea Wonderland. It was unreal. There were hydgranges, orchids, roses and candles everywhere. Just amazing. After the very personal ceremony, the cocktail hour began and then the 280 guests were ushered into the candlelight ballroom. We got to be with our pals, Donna and Paul from Dewitt Smith Video, which is always a fun way to work!

Sarah and Alex were clearly so in love, and that permeated through the party. They are both so lucky to have parents each married almost 40 years! That is truly amazing. Both Moms were radiant and didn’t stop smiling all night. I was especially touched by how overjoyed Alex’s Mom was–one of the most happy Mother’s of the Groom we’ve ever seen.

US Beat rocked the party and at 1 am (yes, 1 am!), the party people were begging for one more song. It was such a great celebration! When we left at 1:30…people were still in the ballroom…no one wanted to leave!

Sarah and Alex–it was such a joy working with you both and documenting such a special day for you and your families! Mazel tov!

2011. Wow.

Just a note of thanks and reflection…2010 was filled with the good, the bad and the crazy…but we chose to focus on and remember only the good. We look forward to 2011 with great anticipation! We’re ready for a wonderful photo year with our current clients, our new clients and all of our dear industry friends. We feel so lucky to be entering our 8th year of business…and to have been able to work with some incredible people.

Wishing all of you a healthy and happy New Year–and all good things for you, your friends and families. That is what it’s all about…

Barrie and Ric

Ilene & Seth

It was a ball working with Ilene and Seth at their beautiful wedding at The Temple last weekend. There is so much history in that sanctuary, the perfect spot for a wedding for two people who have known each other for as long as they have! Denise Rindsberg from Let’s Celebrate did the most elegant chuppah and flowers. There were orchids and candles everywhere! Seth’s Mom has been with The Music Class in Atlanta for years, and the founder played Trumpet Voluntary as Ilene entered the service. It was awesome! They had dear friends and family read the seven blessings from out in the sanctuary–a really personal touch.

I loved that Ilene wore her late mother’s wedding gown–that was so meaningful. And also in the “aww” category…she wore a really pretty diamond bracelet that was her grandmother’s. Apparently her grandfather gave the grandma the diamond and pearl bracelet and said he’d replace one pearl a year with a diamond. After so many years of marriage, the bracelet is now all diamonds. Love that.

After the ceremony, the party began! And, with their amazingly fun band…the party never stopped. Yacht Rock Revue did their magical 70’s thang, and even did a couple of 80’s songs specifically for the couple (Come on, Ilene!). We are still singing some of the songs YRR played–some really fun stuff. Avenue Catering did the delicious food and killer sushi bar and it all looked amazing.

It was a great party, with such a crazy fun party band, and we were thrilled to be there.

Mazel tov, Seth and Ilene…wishing you health and happiness!!

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