Cloudland Canyon Elopement | North Georgia Wedding Photographer

We started the day with a little hike down to Cloudland Canyon, talking and laughing like old buds that haven’t seen each other in years. As we approached Hemock Falls the sound of the water made my heart flutter. This was my first time visiting Cloudland Canyon State Park, right outside of Chattanooga in a cute little town called Rising Fawn. Once we reached the bottom, Shelby and Mike headed off into a little patch of forest to get dressed. Listening to the laughter coming from behind me while staring at this beautiful waterfall made me realize how honored I was to experience this with them. We spent the day climbing rocks, playing in water while talking, listening and connecting. As Mike began reading his vows, Shelby started to cry. Gently wiping away the tears and kissing her hand, he continued reading. In that moment, I realized how much couple’s need a space away from people on a wedding day. A moment to just breathe and be in each others arms. A space filled with authenticity and connection. We ended the day with tears and big hugs. I love you guys!

Big thanks to Laura for doing a last minute floral arrangement. You’re the best!! Here’s a link to her amazing work. @flaurabotanica

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Black Balsam Knob Elopement | Ashville Wedding Photographer

If your local to the Ashville area, you’ve probably heard of Black Balsam Knob in the Pisgah National Forest. With easy access right of the parkway and a fairly easy hike with stunningly beautiful views from the top, make this a perfect destination for eloping. For years I’ve dreamed of photographing an intimate wedding or elopement in a place like this and now that the experience has happened, there is so much I have to say. Firstly I want to thank everyone involved in this shoot, who I will list below. It was a dream working with you all and from the bottom of my heart thank you.

Our day started with a 3am alarm and a two hour drive to meet Josh and Anna near Looking Glass Falls. While they were waiting for us to arrive, they seen a bear. Totally freaked out they gave us a ring and we talked to them almost the entire drive there. We could not stop laughing. Giving suggestions about what to do if the bear approached them. Stand up big and tall, make big noises, run, get on the ground in the fetal position, it was hilarious. Once we arrived and gave them a big hug, we all jumped in the car and headed up the mountain. When we arrived to the trail head we all realized how dark it was going to be while hiking…. in bear infested woods.. truth be told, we were scared shitless. We huddled together, never getting as far as arms reach from each other. Once we neared the top, Josh got a huge cramp in his leg (remember to stretch before a hike) which we did not do because the excitement to reach the top made us forget everything about everything. He was a trooper and finished the hike.

Once we reached the top, we all just stood there and said nothing. Blown away by the beauty that was around us. It truly took our breath away. I love places like this. Places that force you to put down your camera and just gaze in its beauty. The sunrise, views, clouds, weather was perfect. Our adventure was perfect. We ended our time together with breakfast at Granny’s. A little restaurant tucked away in a little shopping center in Brevard, NC. If you get the chance to go, do it and make sure to order one of her giant pancakes!

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Josh Royston

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Anna Gilliland

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Russell Double

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Melissa Runyon

www.sweetmelissa.work

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Anna + Josh | Toccoa Falls Engagement

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I want to thank you for being the love I needed when I thought I didn't need love.

It changed me.

It softened me.

And even though I didn't know it at the time, it saved me.

- JmStorm

Alan & Kristie | First Presbyterian Church Wedding | Macon, GA

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Alan & Kristie, two of the most humble, kind and loving humans I've ever met, married at First Presbyterian Church in Macon, GA amongst thirty of their closest friends and family. Their wedding was unique in so many ways but the moment that stood out to me the most was during the ceremony when the preacher asked them to stop,  take a moment and enjoy what they were doing. The emotion overcome me to the point I put my camera away and allowed myself to be in the moment with them.  So often in life we let the moments slip away from us and its hard to enjoy the little things that matter most. I am so humbled to have experienced this. Congratulations Alan & Kristie!

Sanctuary Estate Wedding | Cleveland Wedding Photographers

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You know when you meet new people and you just want to hug them because their smiles and personalities are so warm and welcoming? Well that's Casie and Tyler. No words can describe how awesome these two truly are. There was an abundance of joy throughout the entire day. All the emotion, hugs, laughter and excitement any couple would hope for. Surrounded by their friends and family, Casie and Tyler said their vows and headed to the reception to celebrate. I hope you all feel the joy we felt as you relive this day with us.

Venue | The Sanctuary Estates

Kalen + Crystal | Anniversary Session | Crescent Beach Florida

I've said it time and time again but I seriously LOVE anniversary sessions. So much in fact I think I'm going to start including them in my wedding collections. I wholeheartedly believe as your love grows into a new life and new memories are made, it is so important to document each season of your love story. But enough about me, lets get to the good stuff. These two have traveled the world with their warm personalities, huge hearts and big, genuine smiles so to celebrate six years of marriage and seven years as a couple, we decided Crescent Beach, Florida would be the perfect place for a romantic anniversary session.

Matt + Renee | Duncan Estate Wedding | Spartanburg, SC

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A few weeks ago I went to Spartanburg, SC to second shoot with Sweet Melissa at a gorgeous venue for the most precious couple.

Matt & Renee have known each other since High School and reconnected years later to say I Do in the gardens of Duncan estate amongst fifty of theirs closest friends and family.

The song "Greatest Love Story" by Lanco reminds me so much of their perfect day. Congratulations Matt & Renee!

Seth & Mitzi | Tybee Island Couples Session | Savannah, GA

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There's an island where all things are silent
I'm gonna whistle a tune
Oh, there's a desert that size can't be measured
I'm gonna count all the dunes

To the ends of the earth, would you follow me
There's a world that was meant for our eyes to see
To the ends of the earth, would you follow me
Well if you want, I will say my goodbyes to me

- Lord Huron

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Kyle + Kayla | Ponce City Market Engagement

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I arrived at Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Georgia to meet Kyle and Kayla for their engagement session, It was my first time ever being there and I have to say I was very nervous. If you follow any of my work you know metro areas typically aren't my first choice but Kyle and Kayla love Ponce so much, I knew it had to be there. After arriving and walking around I started to really connect and love it! All the shops, food, music and people were amazing. I'm so glad Kayla and Kyle chose this location and took me out of my comfort zone. I can't to go back!

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Matt + Ashleigh | Ocilla Georgia Wedding

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l will never forget the first conversation with Ashleigh, the way she talked about Matt, their love and details of their wedding truly gave me chills. After getting to know them during the months leading up to their wedding, these two left such a mark on my heart. Their wedding day was nothing short of perfect, just like the sweet love they share. I feel lucky to call these two friends.