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I had the total pleasure of photographing the wedding of Ayana and Marlon, aka ‘Maxwell’ last weekend at the beautiful Ventanas in Atlanta. With skyline views, perfect weather, palpable love in the air and wonderful people all around, it couldn’t have been any sweeter.

Edge Design Group did an incredible job as always on florals and design.

This is Brian Green from F and G Weddings. He brings the fabulous to every wedding he deisgns and coordinates. His weddings are so hip, so smooth and so over the top, and I always look forward to working with him. Rob rocked it that night too!

I love this elevator shot.

Sweet Cheats of Atlanta providedpure joy to any sweet toother all night long.

The food was incredible. A Divine Event went over the top on presentation and artistry. There was a gourmet mac and cheese station that totally ruined me for every other kind of mac and cheese I’ve ever had.

The first dance was like watching a personal version of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ No kidding. Ayana and Marlon slipped into full dance mode for a sexy tango number and I can safely say that they won the vote for best first dance EVER. Hands Down!

Bradley snapped this awesome shot from above.

There is nothing like making a big exit, and leaving in a bright, shiny, red, helicopter is pretty big. 

Congratulations Mr and Mrs. Baker!! You are inspiring as individuals and even more as husband and wife.

Vendor list that rocked the house!
Venue: Ventanas
Creators and Coordinators: F and G Weddings
Design and Florals: Edge Design Group
Catering: A Divine Event
Wedding Cake:  Bakers Man
Yummy Cupcakes: Sweet Cheats
Stationary: Papered Wonders
High energy and full service child care: Elegant Event Sitters
Entertainment: DJ Truski
Makeup: Sylvia Smith
Hair: Tina Marie
Officiant: Rev. Annette
Videographer: Three Ring Media

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“Ten years in the making” was the theme for the romantic Savannah wedding of Nikki Johnson and Tyrone Walker. Ten years of dating, of discovering each other, of planning their lives together and of breaking familiar patterns within relationships that would have otherwise certainly have come between them. They worked it out, step by step, day by day, year by year and on May 27th they became husband and wife. The cycle has been broken, Nikki. Congratulations are definitely in order.
Their beautiful invitations were nestled into spanish moss in a custom designed box and delivered to each guest as an indication of what was to come. Papered Wonders creates incredible stationary and The Mansion at Forsyth was the perfect place for the event with it’s swanky decor and Southern charm.

Nikki was filmed for the show, “Say Yes to the Dress” which will air July 8th on TLC. Three Ring Media also did a stellar job.  This was the first time I worked with them and I was totally impressed to see that they offer same-day-edit.  Guests were able to watch a beautiful story line of the couple including segments of the wedding day itself.  The segment was shown on a monitor next to my slideshow during the cocktail hour/reception, which I thought was a fabulous addition.

Nikki and Tyrone’s story is a testimony to the conquering power of love and commitment. It was intoxicating just to be around them. The entire planning process leading up to the day was meticulously attended to by Michelle and her team at Lemiga Events. She brought calm precision to every detail and the entire day was flawless.

The Ceremony was located at Orleans Square with Spanish Moss stretching to listen all around.  The rain fell for almost 2 hours before the wedding and graciously stopped 5 minutes before the Ceremony started.

The lighting in the ballroom was beautifully created by JLK Events and table linens were custom designed by I Do Linens.  Florals by Aesthetic Floral & Event Artistry. The bride was brought to tears when she saw the completed room.

I loved every minute of this wedding. As always, the bulk of the details and all my favorite images can be found in the slideshow below.

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Meet Dante the Doberman. He’s the proud owner of Sara and Michael and when I arrived at their home he had decided to take us all for a walk. He’s the coolest dog and rightfully so becuase hanging out with Sara and Michael, it didn’t take long to see where he got his awesomeness from. We strolled around Virginia Highlands and stopped at their favorite coffee shop where we I asked Michael about how they met. I’ll just say right now that he wins the prize for telling the story ( sorry Sara ) becuase a few sentences have been stuck in my head for days. “I had been on the road traveling with the band and I basically burned myself out. It wasn’t fun anymore and I just felt tired so I came home to try and remember why I was doing it in the first place and as fate would have it I ended up falling in love. It’s been a strange and wonderful year.” I’m not sure if it’s the combination of strange and wonderful that rang a bell in my chest or the thoughful way he told his story about being a professional musician since the age of 18. My friend Adrian later said, “They fell in love at their place of rest.” That’s exactly what happened too. Sara just finished her first year of law school, she’s confident, giddy and crazy-in-love with Michael.

I seriously love this image. We drove to one of their favorite tattoo shops and the side of the building was blazing bright but a tree on the curb cast a shadow on the wall and gave us a spot to shoot.

I had such a great time with the two of you. I left feeling richer for knowing you and looking forward to the next time we get to hang out.

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  • Sara + Michael - We can’t wait to take more pictures with you soon at the wedding!! You’re the best, you have such a unique vision…

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Ayana is a fellow Californian and Maxwell is the name of a favorite musician of mine and a very cool grey persian cat I had in California. Beyond the name association, they are a super hip couple getting married in 3 weeks and I can’t wait. They met online over 3 1/2 years ago and theirs is a story of “after the first date they’ve pretty much been inseparable.”

One of their hobbies is working out. Maxwell often RUNS to the top of Stone Mountain, where we met for their session and Ayana says that she’s always loved working out but Maxwell has helped her “take it to the next level.” Oh yea, baby.