Saturday was a beautiful day in Atlanta for Lawton and Chandler’s wedding. I knew Chandler’s mom, Kim, from my days when I was teaching at Norcross High. In fact, Chandler was a student in my husband’s math class when she attended Norcross, so it was an absolute joy for me to be able to capture their wedding!
When I arrived at the Villa Christina, Chandler and her attendants were busy getting ready! Her details were just gorgeous—her earrings reminded me of angel wings when I put them together on her bouquet to photograph, and her shoes were the most vibrant color blue and adorned with sparkling jewels. Her stunning veil had belonged to her mother—what an amazing heirloom and sweet tribute to her amazing mom!
Chandler had chosen Julian, one of her good friends, as her “bride man” and he was so much fun to be around! (And, the girls found him quite convenient to have around with all the pockets he had to store their items) Meanwhile, Lawton was hanging out with his groomsmen while watching football and snacking (with Georgia plates of course)
Lawton and Chandler opted for a first look and decided to get all the photos in prior to the ceremony so they could relax and celebrate after they said their vows. The clouds were building in the afternoon, and after shooting Lawton with his groomsmen and Chandler with her attendants, Chandler went in to cool off before her first look with Lawton. It may have been the first weekend in October, but this is Georgia—and ya’ll locals know how fall goes down here in the south—this “fall” weekend, the high was 90!
We placed Lawton, and brought Chandler out when she was ready. After a few sweet moments, we moved on to their portraits, making sure to use Chandler’s stunning veil in several shots! We followed their portrait time with family photos, and Chandler’s maid of honor, Alexa, was amazing at pulling family members in and out of the combinations for an incredibly efficient family portrait time!
Their ceremony took place outside, and as guests filed in they picked up ribbon streamers. White pumpkins spilling over with flowers paired with navy pumpkins lined the aisle, and two beautiful flower arrangements marked the alter. Chandler walked down the aisle with her father and before she reached Lawton, she stopped and embraced her mother. Lawton wiped away a few tears and they stood together and exchanged their vows.
Once they were pronounced man and wife, they joyfully came down the aisle and Lawton dipped Chandler for a kiss amid a sea of waving ribbon streamers. They made their way to the portico where Chandler’s bridesmaids bustled her gown and they had some refreshments. Following that, we went out to the front of the hotel for some shots and then headed to the reception.
The ballroom was beautifully decorated with floral centerpieces, gold chargers, and navy napkins. A wall of donuts on pegs greeted guests as they filed into the ballroom. The bridal party was introduced, followed by the first dances, and then dinner was served. After dinner, the live band began playing and they were amazing! The guests danced and celebrated this sweet couple. A few hours into the celebration, Chandler and Lawton pulled out all the Georgia grads and we got a group shot with their UGA flag. (Go Dawgs!)
The bouquet was tossed, the garter was found to the music from Top Gun, and the bride and groom even got up on stage to sing with the band. It was a perfect, joy-filled day and celebration of Lawton and Chandler. I’m so thankful I was able to be a part of their beautiful wedding—Chandler and Lawton, I wish you an amazing marriage filled with joy, laughter and blessings.
Venue: The Villa Christina Hyatt Regency, Atlanta
Photographer: Audrey Herron Photography
Second Photographers: Kristal Whitley and Trish Meadows
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Robbie Dickherber, Dickherber Designs
Hair and Make-up: Bombshell Creations
Florist: Flowers From Us
Bakery: Ike and Jane Cafe & Bakery