Intimate Backyard Wedding In Georgia | Savannah Wedding Photographer

I shot Olivia’s friends wedding in North Georgia a few months back and us girls had the best time together. It’s such an honor when a client hires you from a past experience at a wedding. Olivia and Austin chose a small, intimate backyard wedding on her grandfathers property. The house is everything my creative mind desires, history, character and amazing light. They started their ceremony with hand written vows. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, Austin washed Olivia’s feet. It was the sweetest gesture I’ve ever seen during a ceremony and overwhelmed me with joy. After the ceremony we transitioned to the reception area where pizza and cake were waiting. I repeat, PIZZA and CAKE were waiting. I have to admit that pizza was crazy good and I devoured it in like two seconds, not joking. They finished the evening with a beautiful sunset sendoff in one of America’s classic muscle cars. It was a dream.

Intimate Elopement in the Blue Ridge Mountains | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

From the moment I spoke with Natalie during our phone consultation, I knew she was special. The way she described the moment they met and everything they went through that led to something amazing, each other. I went silent as I listened and cried because the truth is, I have been through the same situations as them. A past marriage, countless dates, disconnection, heartache but most of all pain. When Natalie met John, his love for her was nothing like she’d experienced before. On their wedding day, you could feel every bit of that emotion. Surrounded by the love of their closest family, together in the Blue Ridge Mountains, they shared their hand written vows. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Family members came together to help make this day special for John and Natalie. John’s father married them. Natalie’s grandmother sang to them as they danced and John’s grandmother made all the food for the wedding. It was one of the most emotional weddings Ive had the privilege to be a part of. I feel blessed to know someone as wonderful as Natalie. She is an angel and one of my dearest friends. Natalie, I wish you all the love and happiness your heart can bare. I love you.

Adventurous Engagement Session in Blue Ridge

We had such a great time during Audrey & Jake’s adventurous engagement session. We started our night together after I left an elopement in the Blue Ridge mountains to spend the night with them because we were starting our hike at sunrise. Sweet Audrey waited on me to arrive with open arms. Her hugs are truly the very best. We all talked, laughed, shared stories of life as we drank around a warm fire. We woke to rain but decided to grab Starbucks and start our adventure. We drove over an hour into the mountains jamming out to Odesza. We danced and laughed to entire way there. We ran around Boyd Gap then hiked 3 miles to the most beautiful waterfall at Turtletown Creek. We ran around barefoot as we danced in the rain while jumping over rocks getting blasted from a raging waterfall. It was an epic adventure I will never ever forget. Cheers to their love for adventure but most of all their love for each other.

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Wedding at Enterprise Mill Events & Catering | Augusta Wedding Photographers

Kaley & Darrell are just incredible people. You may remember them from their engagement session I shared and if you missed it, here it is - Kaley & Darrell. Kaley is also a photographer and her work is absolutely beautiful. So, I knew when she reached out to me about shooting her wedding at Enterprise Mill, it would be insanely stunning and I had to be a part of it.

Everything about their day was meaningful and intentional. From Kaley’s sister being there every step of the way and being her maid of honor. Her father praying over Darrell before the ceremony. Darrell’s father being his best man. Having a first look with Kaley’s father and grandfather. This couple is all about family and that is exactly how they envisioned their wedding day to feel like. Surround by the love of their families as they embark on this grand journey as one.

I’m super thankful for these two and the lifelong friendship we have made. Cheers to Kaley & Darrell!

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Intimate Wedding at Big Canoe | Blue Ridge Wedding Photographers

McKenzie and Taylor reached out to me about 30 days before their wedding in Big Canoe and I remember barely sleeping that night from the excitement, not just because I was eager to explore more of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but because everything they valued, I valued, and the way McKenzie described her thoughts into every part of their planning, I knew I had to be a part of it.

The biggest thing they wanted was for their wedding to be an experience, one that everyone close to them was a part of in some way and in a special place that held meaning for them. Their wedding day was so beautiful and full of meaning and emotion. From hand written letters, getting ready with their dearest people, McKenzie’s sister making all the floral arrangements, Taylor’s family catering all the amazing food, lots of laughs and even more I love yous. These are good people and I still can’t believe I was there to witness this genuine, joy-filled celebration.

Cheers to my first wedding in 2019! We celebrated hard but loved even harder. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year holds.

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The Barn at Collins Family Farm Wedding | Augusta Wedding Photographers

Allie & Jonathan proved that a large wedding can feel intimate and wildly romantic. Focused on family and celebration, they chose The Barn at Collins to share their vows with 200 of their closest family and friends. They began the day with little loves notes and laughs, followed by the sweetest first look I’ve ever seen. A rainy forecast may have been stressful for some couples but not Johnathan and Allie. They simply moved their ceremony inside, which was absolutely perfect. After an emotional vow exchange, they ran outside to celebrate in the rain. Regardless of the weather, they laughed, kissed and danced the night away. It was clear from the beginning how much family means to them. They ended the night surrounded by love as their family and friends prayed over them. It was beautiful.

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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

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