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KAYLEIGH AND ALAN | Engagement Session | Leon’s | Mac McGee | Kimball House | Decatur, GA

I travelled to Decatur to photograph Alan and Kayleigh’s engagement session this past week.

They’re apartment is located in the heart of Decatur.  We shared a mutual love for music and food and sci-fi!

Kayleigh wore her grandmother’s jewelry.  I loved this sentiment.  The shoot had hints of Wes Anderson (note the symmetry, vintage look, and pops of color).  It also features a lot of the urban landscape in Decatur-this town is almost perfect.  Think Athens, but more populated and in Atlanta’s backyard.

Our locations mostly consisted of happy hour restaurants-Decatur square, Mac McGee, and Leon’s.  We ended our happy hour shoot at the Kimball House for oysters (their attention to detail is lovely-great little spot if you’re looking for a well-served meal or a glass of wine).

This is such a fun and sweet couple.  They’re set to be wed next year at Ashford Manor and I am so excited to be their photographer!

 

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Urban Ophelia Styled Shoot

It’s hard to describe the essence of living in Athens in a sentence-let alone, what it is like to fall in love here.

Seasons’ hence to romance at every corner, and for a wedding, we prefer a Warm Winter, when an Urban Ophelia comes alive, with all of the hints of what she loves. It’s in the details. Heavy intoxication of the finer things, deep tones of amber, the timeless and sturdy beauty of Marble and granite, and touches of blush that pay Winter the respect it deserves.  The cold days never last long enough, nodding to warmer times.

The seduction of a Winter wedding is inevitable. Intensified berries, and luscious golden tones accentuate the depth at the heart of every winter bride. The secret is an urban art gallery feel, captured from a past summer abroad in Europe, studying sculpture, paying respect to the art,  and reveling in the sturdy magnitude of marble and granite, a warm winter fantasy.

Our winter green is deep and intentional; evergreen. The richest and most decadent of hues. Bold against the season’s stark white, and enhanced by related amber and slate-gray dinner celebration wear, savoring every moment with guests.

Rich wine, berries, and cool tones on the Urban Ophelia’s make-up, accentuate an innocent need for warmth in a long sleeve dress, but not missing any opportunity to indulge at being adored in tulle; sassy and playful, the bigger the skirt, the more reason to be admired.

A winter bride longs to celebrate in the warmth of an Anthro Interior. After all, she could never be caged into one genre. She is inspired by the city and revived by nature.

She is brought to life by golds, intensified by hues of luscious candle light, hints of gold, and a tribute to natural beauty in it’s rawest form with her bouquet – the simplistic and effortless beauty of artichokes, rich berries, and extreme greens to pop against winter’s coldest day.

Urban Ophelia’s Warm Winter Wedding is a tribute to winter’s chilliest moment, and the depth of the warmest holiday feeling, a true celebration of romance.

In the natural beauty of an artist’s homestead, a genuine creation of nature’s greatest talent; being seasonal, not overdone, and personal. Similar to a romance and love lived in Athens, Georgia.

 

Talented vendor nods:

Venue // Stan Mullins Art Studio // www.stanmullins.com

Rentals // Barron’s Rental // www.barronsrental.com

Rentals // Lost and Found Atlanta // www.thelostandfoundatl.com

Model // Karen Powell // www.ursulawiedmannmodels.com

Bridal Gown // Colleen Quinn // www.cquinndesigns.com

Designer/Planner // Whitney Downs with Whitewood Events // www.whitewoodevents.com/

Hair // Joanna Webb with Pageboy Salon // www.pageboy.co

Make Up // Dina LaFera

Cake // Ashley King with Classic City Confections // www.classiccityconfections.com

Florals // Ashlie Johnson with Bud & Bloom // www.budandbloomathens.com

Stationary // Olive Hebert with Dearest Olive // www.mydearestolive.com

Jewelry // Jessie Jordan // www.jessiejordanjewelry.com

Copper and glass name coasters // Copper & Torch // www.copperandtorch.com

Special thanks to Joanna Webb (Hairstylist at Pageboy Salon and Culture Editor for The Broad Collective) for the lovely words.
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Smithonia Farm

This styled shoot was set in the rolling hills of Georgia land.  The calligraphy gives a nod to sentiment and tailors to each guests presence.  The estate tables, adorned with candelabras, linens, moss, and golden votives, set the scene for a joyful and lovely evening to unfold throughout the celebration of a lifetime.  The mix of golds and greens create a warm spring decor.  

Food was succulent and savory.  No fabulously fun party can be held without a succulent and sumptuous feast.  Complimented with custom cocktails for your guests.  

The feathers and the gold bodice atop the many layers of black chiffon create a statement of a dress that won’t be forgotten!

A special thank you to all vendors involved.  This beauty could not have been captured without each of your crafts.

 

Design / Coordination: Molly McKinley Designs, Molly assisted by Taylor

Florals: Gardenia Floral Design, Brittany and Laura

Paper: Plainjane Designs

Bridal: Robintreelane, Kelly

Rentals: Barron’s Rental, Whitney

Place Settings: Classic Party Rentals, Deb

Food: home.made catering

Models: Bailey – Bride, Jillian – Bridesmaid

Make up / Hair / Attire: Bombshell Creations, Jeris

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