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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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A Real Chattahoochee Riverfront Wedding, as seen on Snippet & Ink.

This wedding is one of my favorites of all time… Not because of the bride’s impeccable style or the beautiful color palette she chose, not because of the brilliant moss covering that she and her florist designed together to compliment the industrial modern setting of the beautiful mill ruins on the banks of the Chattahoochee, not even because of the perfect Georgia spring weather that smiled on us this day… I love this wedding because of something you may or may not even be able to see in the photographs.

This bride and groom are some of the most genuine and lovely people I know. The details on their wedding day were important to them, but they didn’t (and never will) trump the love that the couple shares and the love that surrounds them. This wedding day was grand and thoughtfully orchestrated, but none of the glorious styling overpowered Sarah and Matt. The bride and groom didn’t want to see any of the set-up until it was time for the wedding and reception to begin, and throughout the day I kept seeing them stop just to take in the sights and be present in the celebration. Sarah thanked her parents at every turn for providing such a beautiful affair in her honor. The couple and their families were fully committed to celebrating their love and the meaning of marriage. What a graceful testament to love!

Sarah and Matt are both attractive people, but it is clear that they actually glow when they are together. In their set of wedding photos, I wanted to create something representative of their attitude. I want their children to see these wedding photos one day and be reminded what a blessing they have in the their family. This is why I have chosen to spend my life photograph weddings, and I am ever thankful for precious couples like Sarah and Matt who remind me of the importance of my work. I am humbled that they trust me and oh so honored to help create the art that will serve as the basis for their family history together.

Venue: Rivermill Event Centre // Planning & Floral Design: Glen Albright // Bride’s Gown: Oscar de la Renta via Joan Pillow Bridal // Entertainment: Party on the Moon // Bridesmaids Gowns: Monique Lhuillier // Catering: Jamie Keating Culinary // Film Processing and Scanning: Richard Photo Lab

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Never underestimate a day at home with the family: Soak in the sweetness. Allow silliness. Hug. Swing. Drink hot cocoa and know that it’s okay if a little bit is spilled. Read a story. Tell a joke. Be present. Listen and answer. And love. Love knowing that one day you will wish to be back here. Close your eyes and memorize the way you feel. Take photos.

A note from Heather:

“I’m not even halfway through… and just had to say thank you!!! These are absolutely amazing and I will cherish them forever. You captured us beautifully. Now back to the prints!”

 

{Buffy Dekmar is a fine art film photographer, specializing in meaningful, authentic, luminous portraiture for families and weddings. Contact her by phone at 706-333-3216 or via the contact page in the “connect” tab on the top of this website. Thanks for visiting.}

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  1. Toni Raper

    now back to the prints~ awesome, hooray for holding something in their hand! I adore your families Buffy… timeless and honest as always

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Visiting Atlanta’s artists, makers, and doers in their creative spaces often involves meeting their furry friends. In the same way that animals comfort and soothe us when we are sad, they can also inspire and energize us when we are in the mood to create… I’m not sure if little Maebe had much to do with the spectacular designs and hand-carved rubber stamps that Native Bear’s Leela Hoehn uses in her block printing, but I do think she approves of the process. Here you’ll see a glimpse of the goodness Native Bear offers (cards, calendars, custom address stamps, and tea towels to name a few… just in time for the holidays). After you’ve read about the lovely Leela, make sure to click on over to her Etsy shop and see what you can find for the hippest ones on your Christmas shopping list!

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Name and age: Leela Hoehn Robinson, 29
Current neighborhood: East Lake
Hometown: Augusta, GA

What brought you to (or kept you in, or brought you back to) Atlanta?
I knew that once I was finished with my bachelors that I wanted to move to Atlanta. I was ready to live in a bigger city again, and it’s close enough to my home town so that I can still visit family. My husband plays music and we’ve both been able to launch ourselves with the help of Atlanta’s creative community.

How do you pay the bills? What is your “slash”? (i.e. teacher/ amateur cupcake baker)
I can joyfully say that I am able to pay the bills with my art! I started the NATIVE BEAR line of block printed goods and custom stamps a little over 2 years ago, and I’ve been full time for over a year. It’s stressful at times, but nothing makes you feel more fulfilled than being able to pay the bills with the (sometimes measly) fruits of your labor.

What do you create?
There are really two parts to NATIVE BEAR: custom hand carved stamps, and my own line of block printed paper and cotton goods. My custom stamps include anything from wedding invitations, logo stamps, return address stamps, and pretty much anything a person would like to make into a stamp… I can carve it. My other items include printed notebooks and stationery, tea towels, art prints, wall calendars, and the occasional tote bag.

What do you collect?
Lately I’ve been really missing my rock collection that I had as a child, so I’m slowly trying to rebuild it. Whenever I go on a trip somewhere new I make sure to bring back a rock, feather, or some other natural treasure. I just got back from a trip to Oregon and Northern California and I was able to find some lovely quartz and river rock.

Your favorite artist now and as a child:
These days I am mostly inspired by the artists that are within my family and local community. Anyone who is making a living with their art and enjoying their ‘job’ as an artist is infinitely inspiring to me. As a child you could definitely say that my favorite artist was Mary Cassatte because I loved her brush strokes and the way she could convey femininity through everyday scenes.

Last memorable home-cooked meal:
I love to cook (when I have time), and I just made one of my favorite fall recipes: African Groundnut Stew. It’s seriously the most amazing thing to eat when it starts to get chilly. It’s also super healthy and loaded with sweet potatoes, carrots, ginger, curry, cilantro…. just a few of my favorite things!

An only in Atlanta moment:
One time while selling at a local outdoor market, a huge bread truck type of vehicle pulled right up to the market. It was covered in promotional decals for some local aspiring pop singer who’s face took up pretty much the whole side of the truck. Then all of a sudden this aspiring pop singer jumps out of the driver’s seat, gets onto the roof of the truck, sings and dances for about 5 incredibly awkward minutes, and then jumps back in and drives off to the next block to do it all again. Apparently he was a contestant on ‘The Voice’ or something. It was the very definition of shameless self-promotion, and could not have been more ‘Atlanta’.

A favorite local business:
I have to say two places because they sort of go hand in hand for me. Aurora coffee and Highland Row Antiques. A good day for me is getting a ginormous coffee and going vintage shopping for home decor.

Favorite way or place to unwind:
Put me on a porch with my husband and a couple of friends and I’m a happy girl! Add a delicious beverage and I’m even happier.

What is your favorite dessert?
I’ve never met a cookie that I didn’t love.

What is your favorite artifact, heirloom, or art piece in your home?
I have a great print of Elvis that I found while walking around Brooklyn years ago. It’s a subtle drawing of Elvis in his more dreamy years, and the print had been run over a couple of times giving the print a nice rugged texture to it. It seems perfect for such an angelic image.

What song do you love most (or what’s on your playlist now)?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Kurt Vile lately. One of my favorite albums of his is Smoke Ring for my Halo and I highly suggest everyone download it.

Sweet or savory (or your favorite brunch menu item)?
I am definitely more of a savory eater. If there’s a good eggs benedict on the menu, I’m definitely ordering it.

A lesson you’ve learned the hard way:
Never sell yourself short. While building your creative business it’s important to get the word out about your brand, but it’s never OK to give too much away for free. When starting out I was very low on my prices, and I didn’t understand the value of my own time. It’s so important that artists recognize their own worth before putting themselves out there.

Favorite dog breed:
I have to say that I’m rather partial towards French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers. So much so, that I have a Frenchton…

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Atlanta Creates” is a project intiated by Buffy Dekmar Photography to build creative community and share the faces and personalities behind creative businesses in Atlanta.

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Sherry Donnelly of Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio is a true inspiration. She is one of the most original people I know… While she has her own distinct style and her work is consistently amazing, she does not like to do the same thing more than once. She is passionate about her work, approaching each project, event, wedding, and photo shoot with contagious enthusiasm, and she is usually one step ahead of whatever is trending in the wedding world. With over 10 years of experience in the floral design business, Sherry is well-respected as an expert in her field. Her beautiful work has been featured across the web and in a number of wedding publications. However, those who really know Sherry know that she is remarkably humble and is continually researching, experimenting, and collaborating, with the goal of becoming even better at her craft. It is by no accident that she is a star of our time and one of my personal favorite “friendors.”

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Name and age: Sherry Donnelly, 50 something!
Current neighborhood: Clarkesville, Georgia – the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains-God’s Country!
Hometown: Winter Park, Fla.

What brought you to (or kept you in, or brought you back to) Atlanta?
I initially moved with my fiance to Gwinnett County when his employer transferred him. We got  married in, and moved to Clarkesville, Ga. 21 years ago. We left for a bit, but made our way back as we loved the area so much…

How do you pay the bills? What is your “slash”? (i.e. teacher/ amateur cupcake baker)
I established Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio over 10 years ago and am thrilled to still be evolving!

What do you create?
I am blessed to create beautiful designs, with gorgeous blossoms, for happy occasions!

What do you collect?
Being a Florida gal I have an immense seashell collection…funny thing is I love the worn and discolored ones the best…especially the blue-grey ones!

Your favorite artist now and as a child:
I have always loved the Impressionists especially Monet and Renoir…the way the individual strokes of paint all together come to life so exquisitely, not to mention the emotion that leaps inside my chest every time I see one of their paintings.

Last memorable home-cooked meal:
I am a Mom and I LOVE to cook for my family-I enjoy the energy around the table when we can all be together more than the delectable food!

An only in Atlanta moment:
I revisited the tradition of taking my daughter to the Nutcracker Ballet during Christmas at the Fabulous Fox. Different experience now that she is a young adult, but no less magical!

A favorite local business:
I have made it a tradition to eat at Mykinos Tavern on Clairemont Rd. after working a wedding. Me and my staff have become regulars there…nothing like a Big Greek welcome OPAH!!

Favorite way or place to unwind:
Sitting on a beautiful beach with nothing but the sound of the waves lapping the shore and tickling my toes…heaven!

Longest plane ride:
Orlando to San Francisco accompanied by my darling husband and our new baby girl…she never made a peep!

If you were an animal, which would you be?
I would love to fly, so any kind of bird!

If you were a color in the biggest crayola box, which would you be?
I loved getting our new crayons every year for school when I was a child….my sisters and I shared the BIG box at home and I vividly remember loving Cornflower!

Latest great adventure:
I haven’t taken advantage of all the hiking where I live so I went with a dear girlfriend to hike Panther Creek trail…didn’t realize it was going to be 7 miles round trip! It was worth every step…completely immersed in God’s creation and disconnected from the stress of the outside world!

Favorite US city? Favorite international city? (And why?) I have never traveled internationally…I know…get the passport and get going…I have been all over the U.S. and I truly love Chicago. The people are friendly, the downtown is clean, and it’s definitely called the Windy City for a reason! Grabbed a street sign to keep from being knocked down from the strong gusts!!

Coolest thing you’ve ever been for Halloween:
I was Wonder Woman one year and bartended in my costume-Bought it at Fredericks of Hollywood (those who are too young- this was pre-Victoria Secret!)…made a lot of tips that night! 🙂

What is your favorite dessert?
Anything extremely chocolate!

What song do you love most (or what’s on your playlist now)?
I know this is a song connected often to funerals…I love Amazing Grace….it speaks about me and my path.

If you could have your own photo session anywhere in Atlanta, where would you choose and why?
Any rooftop…the Atlanta skyline is just gorgeous…especially at sunset!

Sweet or savory (or your favorite brunch menu item)?
Savory!

Favorite dog breed:
Border collie mix

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Hair and Makeup by Claudia Mejerle. See her Atlanta Creates feature here.

Atlanta Creates” is a project intiated by Buffy Dekmar Photography to build creative community and share the faces and personalities behind creative businesses in Atlanta.

Follow this project on Instagram (@buffydekmarphoto + @dekmarfilms + #atlantacreates) and Pinterest. You can also send us your nominations for creative people you’d like to see featured here!

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Atlanta, Georgia

Kristine  (Simply Charming Socials) brings the story of the Velveteen Rabbit to life to inspire anyone planning a baby shower.  The entire shoot was shot on location at Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Georgia. The shoot is full of handmade watercolor details by Charlotte Lane and beautiful florals by Sherry Donnelly of Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio. Occasions magazine commissioned the shoot and you can read all about it in their Summer 2013 edition.  The magazine (pg. 56-60) features gorgeous film photography shot by Buffy Dekmar if you want to see more of the shoot.  Also, be sure to check out the Style Me Pretty Living feature.  The food and desserts were as delicious as they look in the film. Enjoy!

Music for this film – “Arabesque” (L 66 Andantino Con Moto) Composed by Claude Debussy -> free download! Feature image by Buffy Dekmar Photography. Cake & Dessert – Sugar Style Events // Catering – Sun In My Belly // Cinematography – Dekmar Films // Flowers & Decor – Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio // Inspiration – Simply Charming Socials // Photography – Buffy Dekmar Photography // Rentals – Sette – Event Decor Rental // Stationery – Charlotte Lane // Venue – Summerour Studio

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