Mr. + Mrs. Turner//Southern Charm Wedding

Imagine taking a big piece of land near Macon, Georgia and creating an entire wedding venue from scratch.  And not just putting up some folding chairs and round tables but chandeliers, couches, monogrammed hand-dyed burlap, and real "church-like" doors for the bride to enter in through.  I have to say I don't even think these pictures will do it full justice because of what a beautiful occasion it was for Brad and Ginny Rae's wedding.  Thanks to the talented Molly McKinley of Chancey Charm weddings this day was filled with the most amazing details, and it really was incredible to see how a venue was created from the ground up.  The reception food was a dream come true for most southern guests with one buffet dedicated to starch foods like macaroni and cheese and cornbread, and a taco bar and soup bar with bags of Fritos.  And to top it off- an elegant wedding cake and a GREEN EGG groom's cake! This was the first I had ever seen, and anyone familiar with the Green Egg knows what a following that smoker has.  Ginny Rae and Brad might have had the most fun of any bride or groom in history at their reception, and it was so fun to photograph all the dance moves and happy faces.  I'm sure their wedding video is going to be amazing with the talent of Hampton Road Studios (check out their videography work here, including a little trailer for this lovely wedding).  I felt honored to be a part of this wedding!!

quick note about this next picture... Ginny Rae had seen a fun shot on Pinterest with the groomsmen jumping over the bridesmaids.  She really wanted to get that picture so I gathered the wedding party to attempt it.  BUT after consulting with the bridesmaids who were going to have to be on the ground with guys potentially falling on their head we decided to spread out a little and stagger everyone.  And then we did some practice rounds, which turned out to be pretty funny.  It really was just a big wedding party leap frog- and the bridesmaids kept saying, "Only Ginny Rae would want this!" and "This is how much we love Ginny Rae!"  The picture didn't turn out quite like the Pinterest one but nonetheless it made for a memorable wedding moment!!


This next picture maybe one of my favorite photo booth pictures ever.  The hat, the parrot, the hook... there is so much to love about this

and an epic bouquet catch caught on camera with my talented second shooter, Alyssa Alig!

Best wishes to Mr. + Mrs. Turner and thanks for asking me to photograph an INCREDIBLE wedding!

Dr. + Mrs. Hutchins//Celebrating God's Goodness

I just love this couple.  The groom, Julian, was my husband's roommate in college and a good friend of mine, too.  Julian was in our wedding almost 9 years ago, and at that point he was just beginning medical school.  It was so good to get a message from him a few months back asking me about wedding photography because he was about to ask his then girlfriend, Emily to marry him.  Jared and I did a little stalking of Emily on Facebook (shameless) and saw that Julian landed a beautiful lady and realized we had met her before at UGA through Reformed University Fellowship (RUF).  Emily is a amazing- beautiful and smart and heart for people and God.  She is PA (physician's assistant), so between her and Dr. Julian Hutchins their wedding turned out to be full of more physicians than I had ever been around.  I think someone from every area of medicine was represented!! I am so so so glad that these two were brought together.  They clearly adore each other and the wedding was such a celebration of God's grace and goodness in bringing them together.  So now for some pictures...

Right across from the historic First Presbyterian Church is Macon's Grand Opera House.  So it only made sense that we ventured across the street to get a few pictures in front of this cool building!

Emily- you are BEAUTIFUL! these next two pictures just radiate beauty!!!

I don't think I've ever posted a benediction photo from the ceremony, but this shot just really meant a lot to me.  A benediction is just a pronouncement of blessing on something.  I love the hand raised by Rev. Stevenson- it just speaks volumes of God's blessing on this couple.  I love Julian's face as he takes in the blessing of God on his marriage, and the smile on Emily's face speaks a perfect satisfaction in that moment.  I just feel like it is a picture of God saying, "this is good."

I asked Julian and Emily to come over to another spot for pictures, and they over a little wall and then jumped from the bench to the ground... and so of course we had to get their picture being wild and free husband and wife! I know you see pictures of wedding parties jumping in the air but usually not the bride and groom! they are that laid back and comfortable with themselves and each other:) 

Emily grew up going to First Pres Macon and climbed up this tree on numerous occasions when she was little, so it was significant to capture a few pictures of her and Julian under the same tree she spent so much time on when she was younger...

and now for the reception at the amazing Macon Terminal Station! This place was grand and beautiful.

love the smile on Emily's face in this shot!! Good job with the first dance Jules:)

Jules and Emily breaking it down..

this photo cracks me up- it is of Julian after throwing the garter with his friend from college, Tim.  Julian was on stage and after Tim caught it, he ran and hugged Julian like a victory hug after winning a game! It was an epic moment.

Thanks so much to Page Hall for second shooting with me, and for Julian and Emily and their parents for planning and hosting such an incredibly meaningful and fun wedding!!!