Erica & Anthony - Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
Erica and Anthony were married on the lawn of the Sunset Pavilion at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris, Georgia late in the afternoon of a gorgeous spring day. The handsome couple were surrounded by a wonderful group of friends and their loving families. The ceremony was incredibly beautiful with the backdrop of the north Georgia mountains and the exceptionally well decorated trellis that served as the couple's altar. The only challenge encountered was the persistent breeze that on a couple occasions attempted to dislodge the decorations from their mounting hardware, but this couple was ready to tie the knot and no wind was going to interfere with their plans.
Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa is a wonderful venue, one of my personal favorites, and the friendliness of their staff, the facilities and their food never cease to impress. To help document Erica and Anthony's spectacular wedding, Dana Hornbeck, Nawal Bookmiller and Randi Malone were on hand and did a superb job accomplishing their assigned tasks; thanks ladies.
What really made the day such a joy was the great collection of friends and the incredibly kind families of the couple. We were made to feel like family and everyone was so gracious, thank you all for your kindness. We had a blast with the wedding party, this fun loving group kept us smiling or belly laughing all day and night. You ladies and gents were fantastic and we hope to see you again.
While we await the completion of image editing, I wanted to post a few quick grabs to remind everyone of the great day we all shared together. The images should be ready to present in a few weeks and Erica will share access to her private gallery once she receives her notification that the gallery is ready.
Our very best wishes to Erica and Anthony for a long and loving life together.
Kristen & Matt - Montaluce Winery
Kristen and Matt are getting married later this year and we met them on the town square in Dahlonega for a cup of coffee before we headed to Montaluce for their engagement session. This very attractive and incredibly nice couple are originally from Texas, but now live in the Atlanta area. Randi Malone assisted with lighting and shot some great images from the tripod with a Nikon D3s and a Nikkor 200mm f/2, great job Randi.
We were graciously allowed to shoot inside the winery and really appreciate the accommodation. The shoot was a blast and it was so good to spend some quality time with Kristen and Matt and have a chance to swap stories and laugh a little together. We can't wait for their wedding; Kristen is going to be an incredibly beautiful bride and Matt is going to look so dashing in his tuxedo.
Suzanne & Paul - Cherish the Dress
Suzanne and Paul were married at 550 Trackside in Lawrenceville, Georgia in November of 2012. It was an incredible wedding and we were so honored to be present to document their exceedingly joyful union. On Saturday, we met at the same wonderful venue and shot their Cherish the Dress session. Suzanne was as beautiful as ever, marriage is definitely agreeing with her and with her husband Paul as well.
It was great to see them again and we hope they enjoy their images. A big thank you to Kelsy Vogel for assisting with the shoot - it was great seeing her again as well.
We wanted to wish everyone, everywhere a very happy holiday season. Christmas is a very special time of year for us and it brings back the memories of loved ones who have passed on and the fond memories that we now cherish because they will never be again. While the future is uncertain, as it always is, happiness is as much a state of mind as it is an experienced reality.
On the advice of a client a few years back, I read a book entitled The Power of Now. The book was inspirational to me, not that I particularly liked the book, to be honest I found it a bit redundant and the author self-promoting; however, the premise of the book was absolute truth. We do not have the power to change the past and living your life completely devoted to the attainment of some goal, some prize, some reward that we hope will manifest itself in our future robs us of the real beauty of life - the present.
Don't get me wrong, I am not a hedonist, I pray earnestly God forgives all my past transgressions. I am not recommending everyone go out and sell all their worldly possessions and join a commune, but I am recommending, to myself most of all, that we stop and smell the proverbial roses. That we drink fully from this cup, this gift from God, and that we remember to be kind to those who need that kindness most and who are in darkness and need a little light.
On Christmas day, a very kind and gentle man and his wife, who I have never met, lost their little girl to an insidious illness. I feel such profound sadness for their loss and I dedicate this image to her memory, small gesture that it is. Can you imagine the conflicting flood of emotion and memories this poor family will endure, God willing, over the decades that will follow? Honestly, thankfully, I personally cannot, but my heart is burdened so by their loss that I felt compelled to share this with anyone who receives this metaphorical message in this metaphorical bottle. Let all of us remember to live fully in our present and say a little prayer for this dear family that God may assuage their anguish and the acute pain from the loss of their daughter.
A very happy new year to everyone, everywhere and my wish that it is a year of peace, joy and kindness.
Garden Lights - Holiday Nights
Barbara and I went to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the Garden Lights Holiday Lights. It was incredible. So beautiful and the images are so diverse because there were so many different areas with different lights. Just beautiful and we encourage everyone in the Atlanta area to take the time to check out the ABG during the holidays; we had a blast.