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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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Kendall and Zach are two of the most fun-loving and genuine people I have met. I knew the moment we met them, that I wanted to be a part of their wedding day. They have a classic southern style and they wanted their day to be beautiful. However, their love for one another and the love they share with their families were paramount throughout the planning process, which was evident in so many of the details. These two knew that they wanted to celebrate their commitment to each other, surrounded by the people they love. They also knew they wanted to abandon all pretense and have a down-home wedding and reception that would allow their guests to relax and have a good time. From the back-porch rocking chairs and roaring copper fire bowls with DIY s’mores, to each creative rendition of traditional southern cuisine by the oh-so-creative Jamie Keating Culinary, this wedding day was full of thoughtful southern sweetness all around.

Set at the beautiful, historic, River Mill Event Centre in downtown Columbus, Georgia, this April wedding boasted beautiful spring weather and the gorgeous sunlight that accompanies it. Aside from the natural Spanish moss sweetly draped from the oak trees along the lane, some of my favorite details included the ambient lights against the mill ruins, the barbeque mason jars with cabbage slaw and edamame baked beans (of course the couple insisted that we eat some), and the giant lantern that slowly rose against the building as the dusk fell, mimicking the moonlight through the Georgia pines.

Even more special than the decor was the personal moments of connection throughout the day. I loved that Kendall’s grandmother was by her side all day long and Zach requested a photo with his grandad, who he called his “fishing buddy.” The bride and groom chose not to see one another before their ceremony, but they did sneak a hand squeeze because Kendall said she couldn’t wait any longer just to hear his voice. And if I could only choose one more favorite moment, it would be during the first dances. After the bride and her daddy finished their dance, I looked around in anticipation for Zach and his mom’s dance. He was nowhere to be seen. I didn’t know if he was just another transient groom or what. Just then I felt someone running up behind me. I turned and saw that it was Zach. He had come from the back of the lawn and scooped his unexpecting mother up like a baby. He carried her to the stage and they danced their turn. It gives me chills when love takes center stage on a wedding day. That is what it’s all about.

Check out the super 8mm film trailer by my favorite, Dekmar Films.

And then head on over to Style Me Pretty to see their take on this fabulous event.

Hugs to the team who made it all possible… Venue: Rivermill Event Centre | Event Planning + Design: Jodie Creswell of Weddings & Whimsy by Jodie | Venue Coordinator: Beth Milner |  Arbor: Sarah Hubbuch + Susan Amador | Floral Design: David Benefield of  Ann’s Porch | Invitations: Allegra Printing | Linens: Reception Decor | Lighting: Rich Scenery and Lighting | Tent Frames: Outdoor Events | Cakes: Pat-A-Cakes | Catering: Jamie Keating Culinary | DJ: Dave + Tonya Arwood of The DJ Company | Bride’s Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy by Alfred Sung

 

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3 Responses to Kendall & Zach

  1. neal carpenter

    The black and white images are epic. I just love them.

  2. neal carpenter

    The Super 8 is amazing. It reminds me of watching home movies with my parents when I was little.

  3. Chris

    Thank you, Neal! Film is where it’s at. Let’s meet up some time!

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