About two weeks ago we had the privilege of working at a new venucalled Ashton Gardens. This venue has only been open for about 6 weeks and it is already getting lots of brides and grooms and planners taking notice. It has a beautiful glass chapel complete with the feel of a small chapel in the woods yet big enough to accommodate a large group of guests. Just adjacent to it is a wonderful reception hall with the same similar glass walls overlooking the wooded area it is nestled in. The reception hall is not a good description, it is more like a ballroom with a beautiful staircase that the bride and groom make their entrance from as the DJ or band announces their arrival. It is arrayed with elegant chandeliers that photograph very warm and beautiful. The ball room has a duplicate room that mirrors it on the other side of the wall which can be removed which is perfect if your wedding is very large. This is the third location for Ashton Gardens and it is quite obvious that these folks understand how to plan a beautiful event for today’s bride. As many brides today either do not have a church home, or perhaps attend churches that are not ideal for the dream wedding like the locations of some of our mega churches or churches that meet in non-traditional settings Ashton Gardens is a perfect solution. Take a look at the images for yourself. This sweet couple is Danielle & Kerrick Osburn.
I know many of you have seen the popular photo booths at some weddings in Atlanta. I think it appeals to our sense of nostalgia and a wish to go back in time to a simple era of being a kid at a dime-store or local mall to get a cute candid image of oneself and a friend. Sometimes a group of friends all cram into the photo together, making an instant candid keepsake. Recently we have begun offering the photo booth option for our wedding packages. It has been interesting to see how people interact with the fun props, hats, pretend mustache or red lips on a stick. This is an image from a recent wedding at my church. What I find fun and interesting is that often times it is the 40+ crowd that has the most fun with this. It takes very otherwise serious middle aged adults and transforms them into little kids again having fun. If you have not thought about adding a photo booth coverage to your wedding, think again. It will keep your crowd around, engaged and having fun. Your wedding will become one of those memories where people say “remember how much fun we had at so and so’s wedding” comments.
This bridal portrait above will probably go down in my book as one of my favorite bridal portraits ever. There are so many elements that I love about this portrait. We had a great small area to work with over by the side doors of this local wedding venue. They had these majestic looking doors and I had the privilege of working with a beautiful bride named Kristen. I just loved the back of Kristen’s dress. The extra long veil really added to the dress nicely. I had Kristen turn her head and arms slightly to the left and we opened the doors behind her so that the closed doors did not give you that “post coming out of the head” look. This way the slight opening of the doors draws the viewer eyes directly to the subject. The lighting was close to middle of the day and brightness of that time helped to reflect a lot of light on the surrounding objects like the table and the sofa. Simply a wonderful keepsake. A great day for wedding photography in Lawrenceville.
If you are looking to book a great venue for either your wedding or the reception anywhere in the Gainesville area you may want to consider the Chattahoochee Country Club. As an Atlanta wedding photographer and wedding photographer in North Georgia I have seen several events at this location. This particular location is located right on the banks of Lake Lanier and has great facilities. They can accommodate a small gathering or a party up to 600 people. They have a great outdoor covered patio with a beautiful fountain as well as an adjoining ballroom for dancing and dining. It is also one of those places that I have seen the same wedding management in place for years. This means the staff knows what they are doing and they enjoy what they do. As wedding photographers in Gainesville,Ga, this is a great venue for you to choose. Here are a few images from events we have done there. If you are interested in a consultation simply call them at 770-536-4461 and ask for Whitney Wiggins.
As a professional wedding photographer in Georgia I get to visit some beautiful locations. This is an incredibly sweet couple I just recently photographed. This is their story below in Adam’s words and a set of great images from that day at the University of Georgia and Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia. Thanks guys you were so much fun!
One of the first things we’re asked is “How did you two meet?” Truth is, we don’t know. Most people find it entertaining or amusing when I tell them thatthere’s never been a time when Ivey and I didn’t know each other. We know that we went to Dacula Elementary School together, and we know that we went to preschool together at Child’s World, but we don’t really know what came before.
Since we’ve always known each other, I guess the more important story is how we came together. We’d always been friends through middle school, then high school, and we even kept in touch some while we were off at separate colleges. There was never anything more than a friendship, but we were good friends.
It finally came time where we both graduated college and were off trying to survive as adults. I remember well how she called me up one day to tell me that she was moving to Rome for work, and so we got together and went to lunch. That fall, we would get together for lunch every now and again when she was in town. Somehow we never realized what God was doing for us keeping that relationship alive despite the distance.
Come winter of that year, I found myself praying and asking God to show me where He wanted my life to go, and I asked that He would prepare me to be a part of a Godly relationship with the wonderful young woman He had in mind for me. I thought it could be months or years before God would have me ready for her, but about two weeks later, I got a phone call. It was from Ivey. She was asking me if I wanted to meet her for lunch one day soon, and of course I did. But after I hung up the phone, I could hear God telling me that this was important. I held that thought for a while. We met up a few more times, and we started talking on the phone more regularly. Then, after a few months of this vague flirting, we finally realized there was more to the two of us than a great friendship.
Ever since that summer night where we talked and discovered that we both wanted to start a real relationship, God has blessed us immeasurably. People are always amazed when they find out that there has never been a time where we haven’t been a part of each other’s lives, and that’s nice, but that’s not the best part. The best part is that after July 12th, we will get to share every day for the rest of our lives together as husband and wife.
As a wedding photographer in Georgia it is always great to go to a special location for a couple to capture their engagement images.