The week before Justin and Bryn’s wedding, the forecast wasn’t looking good. I’ve learned too not trust the weather forecast until pretty much 24 hours out, and sometimes even that isn’t accurate…but in watching, I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen so many changes—it was almost comical—it went from 50% chance of rain to 30% chance of rain, to possible snow flurries and freezing temperatures after dark, to sunny and 0% chance of rain, back to rain and finally the day before 10% chance of rain….the final verdict was that we got a quick rain shower early that morning and then some sun and clouds the rest of the day with temperatures near 60—lots of prayers went up for Bryn and Justin to have a beautiful day, and ultimately, those prayers were answered!
Bryn grew up in New Jersey and Justin grew up in Georgia. Both went to the University of Georgia (my alma mater…GO DAWGS!!) and graduated this past May. Bryn had a UGA garter and Justin’s groom cake was probably the most awesome one I’ve ever seen!! (Keep scrolling—you’ll see it!) If I can, I always love to incorporate something special into the detail shots…and a few days before their wedding I was out at an antique store when I came across some oval brass numbers. Curious, I asked the owner of the shop what they were—and when she told me they were seat numbers in the 1960’s of chairs in Sanford Stadium, I knew I had found the perfect thing to use! I dug around for a few moments and found the numbers to make up their wedding date—I was pretty excited about this little find!
Bryn and Justin were getting married at Indigo Falls—which was nestled down in a valley and resembled a rustic but elegant village. The reception hall was across from a flagstone courtyard with a fireplace, string lights and rocking chairs that invited guests to sit and enjoy the cozy view. There is an outdoor bar with a winding wooden bridge connected to a small water wheel and a covered bridge leading to the ceremony location which overlooks the lake. Paved pathways lined with outdoor lights encircle the lake, inviting guests to meander through the peaceful property. When I arrived at Indigo Falls, Bryn and her beautiful bridesmaids were busy with hair and make-up. I started on detailed shots and a while later, their caterer, who was AMAZING, brought sandwiches and the most amazing chocolate covered strawberries for lunch—and she had prepared enough for me and my second photographer!! (Which was a first for us!)
After shooting Bryn with her girls, and Justin with his guys, we prepped for the first look down by the lake. Justin was all smiles when he turned to see his stunning bride—and after a few sweet private moments, they were ready for their portraits.
At 5:00, the shuttles began bringing guests down to the ceremony location. The peaked outdoor location was beautifully adorned with white sheer drapes, and cascades of burgundy, dusty pink and cream roses. A lighted chandelier hung over a rustic cross also draped with roses.
The guests were enjoying the string quartet as they found their seats and one of Bryn’s sorority sisters was busy painting the background on the canvas that would depict a scene from their wedding. On her father’s arm, Bryn seemed to float down the stone steps in her gown, and she and Justin exchanged vows and rings, and sealed their promises with a kiss.
I followed Bryn and Justin out to the small island in the middle of the lake where we shot some “just married” portraits and then they hurried to cocktail hour to enjoy their guests, the giant bowl of shrimp cocktail and the professional cigar roller who was busy making custom cigars for guests. Inside the reception hall, there was a 9 foot Ice cream bar, a full bar for guests, a five-layer wedding cake ringed with red roses, and the toast glasses that Bryn’s mother and father celebrated with at their wedding, nestled in a pile of rose petals.
At the reception, Justin and Bryn shared their first dance, and that was followed by Bryn’s dance with her father. One of the sweetest moments was when Bryn teared up and her father gently wiped a tear from her cheek. After Justin and his mother’s dance, the servers began to flood the room with plated dinners for the guests.
Following the toasts, cake-cutting and bouquet and garter toss, the 1965 Corvette that Bryn and Justin were to drive away in was pulled down under the covered bridge—and I took advantage of it being there with some portraits! Once the last dance was played, the guests lined the road with sparkers to send Justin and Bryn off in the Corvette! It was truly a gorgeous day, and one I know Justin and Bryn will always remember! I am so honored to have been able to capture their day—it’s definitely one I will always remember!! Justin and Bryn, may God bless you on this new journey—and GO DAWGS!!
Second Photographer: Kristal Whitley
Caterer: Atlanta’s Finest Caterer: www.atlantasfc.com
Cakes: Confection Perfection Cakes: www.confectionperfectioncakes.com
Flowers: A Perfect Wedding Floral Design
Bridal Gown: Christina Wu; Wedding Angels, Roswell www.weddingangels.com
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse: www.menswearhouse.com