Archive for the ‘Wedding’ Category

It was the perfect day. Hot but not too hot and the grounds of Cloverleaf Farms were an explosion of warm sunlight and lush greenery. Family and guests alike had been eagerly anticipating this day. It had been 3 years since Rebekah & Drew first meet. Working at the same restaurant there was an instant spark between them, yet neither of them was willing to disclose their interest in the other. After all, not only were they co-workers, but he was her manager. Rebekah tried to heed the advice of her parents, “not a good idea to date someone you work with. Too much potential for disaster.” But one night Drew found the courage to call Rebekah and it was during that call that he bravely laid out his feeling for her. This was all Rebekah needed to hear, she was elated and giddy, and even though her parents advice made total sense, Rebekah decided this time, she was going with what she felt in her heart. And this felt right.

The wedding day was filled with love from friends old and new, long embraces from family members and one of the most important things in both Rebekah & Drew’s relationship, their adorable dog, Puffin. Everyone celebrated this gorgeous couple and all of the personal touches and all of the energy they put into making this day a day to remember.

Rebekah & Drew thank you for being two of the sweetest people I could ever hope to photograph. Your day was perfect, real and a true depiction of your love. You both have such amazing families and friends, not to mention the sweetest and best behaved dog ever, and I was honored to be a small part of documenting such a special day for you both.

Little Puffin, best dog EVER!

Rebekah gets the full glam and looks absolutely flawless.

The groom prepares for his day out on the lawn with some of his groomsmen playing a game I have no clue what the name is, sorry .

While the bridal suite was a whirlwind of hair, make-up, dresses and shoes, the grooms suite was all about watching baseball.

To my utter joy, Rebekah & Drew decided to do a First Look and we were able to use this special time to get some fabulous photos of this stunning couple.

Absolutely love Drew’s reaction to seeing his beautiful bride.

The bridesmaids spying from the balcony.

Rebekah was absolutely breathtaking.

And Drew was every inch the dashing groom.

Time for some couple fierceness.

The grounds of Cloverleaf Farms were beautiful in the simplest country way.

The amazing bridal party.

Puffin with his gorgeous momma.

Time to get married.

Mr & Mrs.

Time to celebrate.

First dance.

Father daughter dance.

Always an emotional moment for the mother of a bride and close friends.

Mother son dance. 

We took the opportunity before sunset to grab a few more stunning shots of the happy couple.

Back to Business

May 6, 2014

This past weekend I got back into my shooting ways, capturing the fabulous wedding of a truly gorgeous couple. Right now I’m in the thick of the editing process, but I can’t wait to share more photos later in the week.

Ann-Marie and Gary, when I sat down to put together this blog, I struggled. I had no idea where to start. Gary and I have known each other for years. We’ve been on the Irish track team together since our mid-teens. We went to the same college and travelled the world representing our country proudly at many European and World Championships and also Olympic Games. On the track and throughout his career, Gary was a highly motivated, ferocious and determined competitior. But off the track he is hands down one of the nicest, most thoughtful and considerate people you could ever hope to know.

His new wife Ann-Marie and I only met for the very first time the evening before their wedding, but instantly I liked her. Her smile was infectious and her personality bubbled over with warmth, but there was also an honestly in our conversation that let me know that this women does not play. She knows exactly what she wants and has the drive and determination to make it happen. But somehow she manages to do it all with a huge sense of adventure and fun. To say she was a perfect match for Gary would just be stating the obvious.

Ann-Marie and Gary….  I still feel like I’m struggling to find the right words to go along with this blog. I was so completely honored to be apart of your day. Together you are two of the most kind and optomistic people I have ever met. And despite the nasty presents of biblical winds and rain, you both showed up with a determination to have fun and face whatever the day threw your way, and for that reason your wedding day was perfect. I wish you both all of the happiness in the world. Shinks XO

This little Church has so much history for Ann-Marie’s family. Its the Church were her parents married and also where she was baptized.

Ann-Maire’s dad was a member of the Irish army, unfortunately he passed away 12 years ago, but the entire family made sure his presence was felt in every element of his daughters day.

The groom and his groomsmen kick the day off right, making time for a full-irish.

The simple and elegant details of the bride’s dress.

Proud mother-of-the-bride helps her daughter into her dress.

The proof that I wasn’t lying when I said it rained, hard. Believe it or not, there’s a little flower girl under that sheet.

Only Ann-Marie could arrive in weather like this….

…and still walk down the aisle beaming.

Gary couldn’t take his eyes off his beautiful bride throughout the entire ceremony.

The rings make it official.

The bride and groom exchanged some very personal gifts. Gary gave his new wife his European medal, and Ann-Marie gave her new husband 3 of her dad’s military medals.

Look at this little wedding photographer in the making.

By some miracle the rain stopped just as the bride and groom were exiting the church. So we raced to the reception site as fast as the legal limit would allow to try and grab some sunset photos before the heavens opened up again.

The bride’s mom and her sister also married at this Church, so it was only right that they toast to the legacy.

Never would we have anticipated a sunset like this. So grateful.

Ann-Maire’s gift to Gary were little athlete cufflinks. Loved it!

Reception time.

Oh yeah, the party is officially started.

Rocking the wellies. These smart ladies came prepared to handle all kinds of rain.

To see more Ann-Marie & Gary wedding images CLICK HERE.

And Still It Rains

December 22, 2013

I’m so over the rain. It appears to have followed us from Ireland all the way back to Atlanta and I’m ready for it to move on somewhere else, anywhere else. “Just go away already”. Its ruining my Christmas spirit. Or maybe its Keane’s new jet-lag induced wake up time of 4am that has me a little off. Either way I am still managing some sort of productivity in the midst of a derailed schedule. And to prove it here is a little sneak peek from Ann-Marie & Gary’s wedding which I am currently in the midst of editing.

It was a recurring theme throughout their wedding weekend. Everyone who spoke of them all said the same thing: Emily and Cameron invest in relationships. With their families, their friends, even people they have just met. Together they make anyone who crosses their paths feel like the single most important person in the world. Its a gift they share.

Emily and Cameron, we spent most of the year looking forward to your special day. I was so very honored to be chosen as your wedding photographer. You are 2 of the most beautiful people I have ever met, inside and out and I am so happy I get to call you friends. I also want to mention both of your families, who were so so thoughtful, generous, warm and embracing. Within minutes of meeting everyone I was made feel like I was part of the crew. Like we all had a history of Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas gift exchanges. Its easy to see now where you both get your giving, generous spirits. To adequately sum up everything you are, the beauty of your day and the fun of your wedding would be impossible, but I hope these photos manage to document all that you remember of your special day.

Gotta love a picturesque plantation wedding in the midst of a perfect Fall day.

The blushing bride gets her finishing touches.

Loved this. The ladies catch a glimpse of the groom’s on site arrival.

Proud mother of the bride watches her daughter get into her perfect dress.

The grooms gift.

To my utter joy, Emily and Cameron decided to do a First Look. I love when couples do this, its such a special and private moment for any couple away from the craziness of the day. Not to mention a perfect opportunity to capture some stunning photos of a truly fabulous bride and groom. Here the bride makes her way to the awaiting groom, helped by her maid-of-honor and sister.

Look at how nervous and excited Emily is.

Cameron anxiously awaits his bride.

Gift exchange.

Emily can’t believe how stunning her new diamond and pearl earrings are.

And Cameron loves his new cufflinks.

Time for a little bride and groom fierceness.

The lads.

The little flower girl was so excited when she saw the stunning bride.

The ladies.

Emily’s adorable 3 year old nephew and ring bearer extrodinare, Stewart.

Almost game time.

The flower girl watches on as she awaits her moment to walk down the aisle.

Getting into position.

Tired of the slow walk, the ring bearer makes a break for it.

Officially husband and wife.

Clearly the groom had worked himself up a bit of a thirst.

The doors to the bathrooms were decorated with childhood photos of the bride and groom.

Bling! Bling!

To See Even More Emily & Cameron Wedding Day Photos CLICK HERE FOR SLIDESHOW.