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This Georgia wedding was one of the most joyful I’ve experienced. This couple is as genuine as they come! The early April weather was perfect and the day centered around love and meaning.

Big hugs to a lovely team:

Florals design: Jane Rogers, By Special Arrangement // Gown: An Affair to Remember // Venue: Chapel in the Pines // Tuxedos: Vera Wang // Photography Assistance: Melissa Schollaert // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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I am honored to have collaborated with an extremely talented group of friends to create something unique in our industry. A couple of years ago, Jessica Gallo of Fine and Fleurie and I mentioned collaborating on a gathering of sorts. We didn’t want to do a workshop, but a gathering. We wanted to bring together like-minded photographers and other wedding professionals to share a memorable and meaningful experience and form lasting bonds. We are both passionate about authenticity in the wedding industry, so we sought to plan an event that would be as real as it was beautiful.

We called upon some of our dearest friends to help bring our vision to life. As that vision unfolded, so did the most incredible group of helping hands. Each of our team members contributed their gifts. Photographers from around the world signed up to come and spend time with us. And the desire to amaze and inspire grew exponentially. There were pros and cons of the intercontinental partnership Jessica and I shared, but we kept the butterflies at bay as we spent a few short months feverishly preparing for our guests.

Before I knew it, December had arrived. Read or not, I boarded a plan to Italy. With a big hug, Retreat began much more quickly than it had been invented. The team assembled first, and then a day later the photographers gathered (and they were just as lovely as we had imagined them). Our four days together were too short, but they were each packed to the brim with fun and excitement. We made flower crowns, photographed craft tutorials, practiced yoga together, braved the metro trains in Rome, photographed each other, and shared vino and espresso on a beautiful Italian terrace. It was sort of like the ultimate sleepover, except prettier.

Undoubtedly, though, the biggest and most memorable event of our gathering is featured above. On the second day of our retreat, after photographing Jackie and Trebor’s engagement session in Rome, we shared an incredible Italian dinner with our beloved team, the adorable engaged couple, and our seven photographer attendees. We all laughed together with warm hearts and talked about how much we had grown to love each other in such a short time. The retreat could have ended there, but it didn’t. After the meal, Jessica and I gave each other the nod and we both knew what was happening. We couldn’t wait until morning. She ran upstairs to our hotel room and returned with the most spectacularly decorated envelopes, created with love by the insanely talented Katie of Signora e Mare. With trembling hands, Jessica and I distributed the letters. As the envelopes began to open, the tears began to flow. Jessica and I embraced each other, and it was all we could do to nod, when the other women looked at us in disbelief.

You see, the women at the table with us each came to our gathering valuing authenticity just as much as we do. They were content knowing that they had come to photograph a real couple (not models), but they thought they were only going to photograph a pretend wedding, styled and designed to enhance their photography portfolios. As they read the invitations inside of their envelopes, they realized that the following day we would all be witness to Jacqueline and Trebor’s REAL wedding. They were eloping in Italy, and we all had the honor of helping to facilitate and create art from the romance. This moment made every ounce of effort worthwhile–better than a dream.

 

You can see more from this shoot on Elizabeth Anne Designs!

Florals by Bo Boutique // Hair and Makeup by Jen Lewis of Pastel Makeup and Hair // Tuxedo via The Modern Gent // Planning and Coordination by The Wedding Care // Bridal Gown by Liz White Couture // at the beautiful Villa Bertolami // Styling and Accessories by Jessica of Fine and Fleurie // Officiated by Tuscan Pledges // Catering and cake by Natalizi // Music by Professionisti della Musica // Favors by Wedding Sparrow // Lettering by Signora e Mare // Photography by Buffy Dekmar

2 Responses to Jacqueline & Trebor

  1. Lisa Gillenwater

    Hello,

    Your photos are incredible. My fiancé and I are getting married on september 27th out at my parent’s farm, just outside DC. We are going for a chill, BBQ kinfolk type vibe for the wedding. I know its late in the game, but are you be available? We have looked at some pretty talented film photographers and we are both floored at your work.
    Hope to hear from you.

    Lisa

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This classic Charleston wedding is so full of style I can hardly stand it: from the bride’s timeless Vera Wang gown to the soft neutral color palette of grey, ivory, gold and blush… and OH the garden roses… How I love those garden roses! This stylish bride is the talented wedding designer behind South Florida’s Kellie Ryan Designs, so I expected nothing less. It is always such an honor when respected wedding industry professionals trust us to photograph their wedding days!

We began this wedding day at Kellie’s parents house right on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, where she was spending time with her bridesmaids, stylishly lounging in their Plum Pretty Sugar robes. From there, the ladies got dressed and we made the short trip over to Lowndes Grove Plantation, a beautiful Charleston wedding venue located right on the water. The guys were already there, looking ever so dapper in their Vera Wang tuxedos. Kellie and Christopher decided to see each other before their wedding ceremony so that we could take most of their posed photos before the ceremony and to ease any nerves that might have arisen before going in front of the congregation. With this polished, fun-loving wedding party, the group photo session was more like a party than a photo shoot. One of the groomsmen played music on his phone and the group laughed together and truly celebrated the adorable bride and groom.

The cocktail hour was complete with crab claws and string music (Charleston Virtuosi), and the couple watched the sunset over the water, hand in hand. The toasts were lively and tasteful, and after a fabulous lowcountry dinner from Fish Catering, Ben Fagan and the Charleston Groove Factory kept the dance floor full. I cannot imagine how this day could have been any more joyous or well-executed! (Big hugs to The Burlap Elephant for keeping things organized, Charleston Blooms for the gorgeous flowers, Cakes by Kasarda for the lovely cake, and Paper Dolls for the superb hair and makeup! Such a great team!)

See more from this beautiful Charleston wedding on Style Me Pretty! And please get in touch with Buffy Dekmar through the contact link above, if you’d like to discuss your upcoming needs for photography. Thanks for visiting!

 

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    It’s easy to notice bride is wedding designer. Very stylish and emotional. You have caught it as well. Great job!

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It would appear that I have exhausted my list of very favorite moments of a wedding day, but I want to continue this series with some other moments and how I approach them. I won’t say that I dislike any moments of the wedding days that I get to photograph because really I don’t. Every second of these days is full of energy and beauty, and while I enjoy certain parts of the day explicitly, I find a certain satisfaction in finding that energy and beauty throughout my time working for each of my couples. Every part of a wedding day brings me some kind of happiness, believe it or not. Let’s talk about photographing the wedding party.

For me, natural is always better in a a photo. However, sometimes the definition of natural needs to be stretched… I admit that it’s just NOT natural for 10 or 20+ adults to stand really close together facing the same direction unless they are posing for a photo. But I don’t want just a photo of everybody smiling at the camera. (Well, of course I do want that, but I want much more.) So how can we achieve a “natural” feel in a large group photo? Bear with me.

The purpose in a bride and groom choosing bridesmaids and groomsmen is to surround themselves with their favorite people to help them celebrate one of the greatest days of their lives. The purpose of having these lovely chosen people dress similarly is to show the couple’s wedding style and to set the honored best friends and siblings apart from other guests. The purpose of taking a photo of all of these people together is to remember who all was in the wedding party and how they looked on that particular day. Now, let’s be honest. That is a sweet concept, but it’s not very natural. It’s a tradition which has a tendency to go awkward and cheesy really quickly. The key is to avoid being too creative. At all costs.

You see, I want to make sure my couples are having fun, so that when they look through their wedding photos, they will smile remembering excitement and joy. They won’t be embarrassed by any fashions that may have come and gone–no photoshop gimmicks or silly poses where the subjects are quite convinced they are “en vogue.” No. I don’t like that. Let’s save ourselves that humiliation, shall we?  The couple has already made it easy. They are surrounded by people who they love with all their hearts–ones who they think are beautiful, kind, and hilarious. That’s just it. I need to capture them being together, nothing more. What I want my couples and their friends and families to see when they look back over my photos of their wedding parties is true, honest, pure joy. Celebration, laugher, motion, anticipation, and sentimental gestures. They will see eyes and smiles. People. They’ll remember who was there celebrating with them on their wedding days, and they’ll remember why they chose those select few in the first place.

 

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  1. Jaime

    “They won’t be embarrassed by any fashions that may have come and gone–no photoshop gimmicks or silly poses where they subjects are quite convinced they are “en vogue.” No. I don’t like that. Let’s save ourselves that humiliation, shall we? ”

    Amen to that sister! I whole-heartedly agree. Poised over posed, styled but not stereo-typed. You do such a fabulous job of that Buffy! Inspired by you more and more all the time 🙂

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This favorite wedding moment is kind of obvious, which isn’t usually my style… But who doesn’t love a bride and groom right after they’ve said “I do,” been introduced as the new “Mr. & Mrs.” and are walking back up the aisle as husband and wife? They see the glowing faces of all of those who have come to celebrate with them, and they can’t help but grin. Sometimes one or the other thinks to do some kind of celebratory gesture. Other times the groom can’t take his eyes off of his beloved. And then there are the couples who kiss spontaneously when they reach the end of the aisle. I love them all.

My priority as a wedding photographer is to create a set of meaningful and beautifully personal art work every time I pick up my camera. I’m shooting for the bride and groom first, but I’m also shooting for their families. I’m taking photos that will remind the couple of the love they share and the love that surrounds them. I want my photos to make the bride and groom’s parents proud to have cultivated an understanding of deep loving commitment in their children, and I want the couple’s future children to smile in comfort and trust when they stumble across these images in ten, twenty or even thirty years. This is my passion.

So it is for these reasons that I deliberately anticipate the moments throughout a wedding day that will shine with the love, kindness, and the couple’s intent to cherish each other always. Wedding photography is about more than just directing a beautifully natural portrait or documenting a couple’s style on film. In order to create timeless and pure imagery, I wait and watch intently for motion and emotion that will transcend style and trend–moments where joy trumps style and love overcomes any element of appearance. The bride and groom’s exit from the ceremony is one of those moments, without exception.

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This shoot reminds me how powerful simplicity can be. Such beauty comes from pausing to appreciate the quiet.

What an honor it was to collaborate with Once Wed and Joy Thigpen on this beautiful editorial for a new Atlanta outdoor wedding venue, River Run at Huntcliff. River Run is a charming equestrian setting, situated peacefully on the banks of the Chattahoochee. Natural, serene, and lovely, this venue is just right for a couple wanting to escape the city for an intimate and relaxed wedding celebration. Sun in My Belly provided exquisite catering for this shoot, and the beautiful gown is by Elizabeth Dye, available locally at The Sentimentalist Atlanta.

Visit the Once Wed publication to see more from this shoot and to find ideas for organic, intimate, and understatedly luxurious wedding style.

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