It was a treat meeting out-of-town sweethearts Stephanie & Ian for the first time prior to their Maryland wedding rehearsal. Since I was photographing their rehearsal dinner, why not squeeze in a few beautiful portraits before the festivities began? The small garden at Immaculate Conception Church provided a lovely green backdrop for them to get comfortable in front of the camera. (Spoiler alert: they were perfect and didn’t need any help from me.) It just so happened that Stephanie & Ian are real nature lovers, so they were completely in their element. Dinner was held at Cunningham’s and elegantly set by planner & florist Diana of Eventi. In a nod to Ian’s southern roots, guests were greeted by a bluegrass band, crab mallet place cards, and an invitation to sip bourbon on the patio. It was the perfect kick-off to their Southern meets Lebanese wedding weekend!

Venue: Cunningham’s | Planning & Design: Eventi Floral & Events

Time and time again, I have the opportunity to serve clientele with the most welcoming spirits. Brittany and Dustin were no exception, so it was treat getting to know them during their engagement session at Arabia Mountain. During our walk and chats, I learned what brought them to their journey of marriage, and while I’d love to recount the story, who better than Brittany to share?

Here are a few words from the bride-to-be:

How did you and Dustin meet?

Dustin & I met through a group of mutual friends at Blue Steakhouse on the Square in Carrollton. I was supposed to be on duty in Greek Village at UWG that fateful Saturday night, but I ended up taking a friend that needed a ride up to the square. Intending to just drop him off, I stayed to hang out with my sorority sisters who were there, too. Some drinks and several dances later, I noticed Dustin sitting at the bar, hanging out and keeping to himself. I approached him and asked him why he wasn’t dancing, and he replied, “Well, you’ve never danced with someone sitting down before, have you?” and then spun me around while he was still sitting on his bar stool. That was all it took!

Where was your first date?

The first date took place at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park to watch the Jon Harris Band play a night of Tom Petty cover songs. Dustin and I enjoyed sushi and drinks while watching the band play all of the classics and quickly figuring out we enjoyed one another’s company more than ever before. We decided to have Jon Harris Band play at their wedding reception for old time’s sake!

How did Dustin propose?

It happened on Friday, December 9th – the day after my 27th birthday. All week Dustin had been telling me that I might have another birthday gift to open on my birthday, IF it was delivered on time. Sure enough, Dustin texted me at work that Friday saying the gift had been delivered to the house. When I got home from work, he had already set the stage by cleaning up the house, playing some good tunes, and turning on the Christmas tree lights. I was a whirlwind as I came through the front door, claiming I needed to get a load of laundry going before I would be ready to celebrate the weekend. I returned from the basement, and as I was walking up the steps, I noticed Dustin poised at the kitchen island, hands in pockets, rocking back and forth giddily. “Man, he must be really excited about this birthday gift,” I thought. Sure enough, he asked me, “Are you ready to open your gift?” He instructed me to close my eyes as he helped guide me over to the Christmas tree. “OK, open your eyes,” he said. Right in front of me was an ornament hanging on the tree that said “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” with stick figures and all. I excitedly repeated “yes!” over and over and began looking in the tree to find the ring, assuming he had hid it on a branch. “Turn around, I’m not done yet,” he said nervously. When I turned around to face him, he was on one knee and said, “I love you. You’re my best friend and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” And of course, I said yes (again).

What do you love most about Dustin?

What I really love about Dustin is his honesty and integrity as a person. He always inspires me to be a better person every day through his example, and I don’t think he even realizes it! Dustin is extremely patient with everyone he meets or knows, which makes him the best listener. He also believes in doing what’s right even if it’s not the easiest path. Through these past five years, I’ve learned how to love and appreciate others because of his kind-spirited heart. 

Katie & Randy planned a beautiful spring wedding, no doubt, but what is most striking is their commitment to each other and their preparation for marriage….

From the bride:

“Randy and I met in 2009 during our first year at Berry in our ‘Introduction to College’ class. I remember during the first few meetings, Randy didn’t show up. (He already worked on campus and didn’t want to go to the ‘Welcome to Berry’ part of the class Haha.) When he finally did, all the girls in our group were pretty much obsessed. Good looking, sweet, friendly, helpful… we all knew he was a catch! I was extremely homesick though, so while I did talk to him, I did not pursue him like the other girls. As the first semester of college slowly came to a close, I was bound and determined to leave Berry, but God had other plans. Randy began to pursue me and made me less homesick, which shocked everyone even myself. December came and instead of transferring closer to home, I stayed. We were unofficially dating at the beginning of 2010 and on March 18, 2010 he made it ‘Facebook Official.’ Over the past 6 years we have had lots of ups and downs; however, every trial we have hit has only brought us closer together. I am so thankful for him, his love, his support.”

Venue: Frost Chapel at Berry College | Dress & Veil: Stella York | Cake: Honey Moon Bakery | Videographer: Bob’s Eye View

Elegant, southern, and a little rustic, these sweet wedding details gracefully executed by Brie and Sarah of Chancey Charm paint a canvas of possibility for brides-to-be a The Greystone Estate in Ballground, GA. Many thanks to Burnett’s Boards for sharing these photos!

Venue: The Greystone Estate | Planning & Design: Brie Owens & Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm | PR + Marketing: Something New For I Do | Florals: Lindsay Coletta Designs | Furniture Rentals: Crush Event Design | Wedding Dress: Kate McDonald Bridal | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Along the Lines by KB | Cake Topper + Mr. & Mrs. Signs: Host & Toast | Monogram Plates: Sasha Nicholas | Linens: Graceful Tables | China Rentals: Vision Expressions |  Cake: Cakes by Carissa | Catering: Talk of the Town | Hair & Makeup: Melissa’s Hair Beauty Health Salon | Whoopee Pie Favors: Twigs and Lace | Earrings: Ambrosia Bridal | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Modeling Agency: Click Models

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