Adoption Magazine Cover

Yesterday UPS left a package on my doorstep, and I was delighted to find that it was the spring edition of Bethany Adoption Services “Lifelines” magazine, with our daughter Lindsey on the cover! Even cooler: Ken shot the photo, which is very cool for us as photographers (our first magazine cover!). Lindsey is really excited about it, too; after all, being on a magazine cover is a dream come true for many sixteen-year-old girls!

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Our story (a slightly tweaked version of the one on my blog) is featured on a two-page spread. They were kind enough to send extra copies so we can share with family and friends.

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After our story appeared in the regional magazine, we were contacted and asked if they could run our story in the national publication. (Of course!) Later, they said they’d chosen to run our story as the cover story. (Woohoo!) And then they asked if we’d like to shoot the cover shot since we’re photographers. (Okay!)

Even more exciting than all of that other stuff is that we’ve been blessed with yet another avenue to share our story, and we hope it may encourage others to at least consider adopting an older child.

Jessica & Jake’s Wedding!

Jessica and Jake are such a fun couple, and so well-suited for one another. They met in a Bible study class at church a couple of years ago, and friendship soon blossomed into love. The adoration they feel for each other is clearly evident in the way they interact, the way they touch, the looks they exchange. It’s delightful to see.

The spring-like February day was perfect for Jessica and Jake to begin their marriage. Ken took advantage of the just-opened cherry blossoms for a shot of the couple’s wedding rings. (He asked if I added the “bling” when I edited this image, but I didn’t!)
wedding rings on cherry tree

One of Jessica’s gifts is playing the cello, and her mom really wanted a few photos of her playing while in her wedding dress. Love it! While Ken was playing with wedding rings, I had the pleasure of listening to the bride play her cello. (Ken was jealous when he found out he missed it. Bwahaha!)

bride playing cello

Once all the girls were ready, we set out to play. Jessica and her bridesmaids all brought a pair of funky shoes for a fun photo. Feather boas accompanied the funky shoes! Fun, fun, fun!

fun laughing bridesmaids funky shoes

We did a few photos without funky shoes and boas, too.

smiling bride bridesmaids

Once Jessica and the girls sequestered themselves away in the Bride’s Room (with a supply of sweet tea), we spent some time with Jake and the guys. His brother Daniel served as best man.

groom best man boutonnière

Boutonnières and bouquets by Sherilyn Franklin are fab-u-lous! The groom’s boutonnière is a succulent with one anemone flower. (I know flowers pretty well, but I totally blanked on the anemone!)

amazing bridal bouquet

Jessica and Jake’s wedding ceremony was so sweet. Since they met in Bible study, their class teacher officiated the meaningful ceremony. Once vows and rings were exchanged, Jake was instructed to kiss his bride. He did so — and for such a long time that the guests all began giggling, which led to Jessica and Jake laughing, too.

wedding ceremony kiss

This look they exchanged tells me they are delighted to be husband and wife.

recessional bride groom

After formal photos with family, we spent a little time with just Jessica and Jake.

adoring groom and his bride

The images below are my faves of the day. Jake is a handsome guy, but Jessica’s eyes — and this look — oh, my!

stunning bride and groom

The reception at Olde Towne Club was just across the street from the ceremony location, (our home church, Johnson Ferry). The couple displayed engagement photos on their sign-in table, and the wooden pen for the guest book was made by Jake’s brother.

guest book and photos

cake and table centerpieces

The first dance…

bride groom first dance

And a sweet father-daughter and mother-son dance followed soon after.

father-daughter mother-son dance

Thanks to a fun crowd and a rockin’ band, NU Sol, the dance floor stayed packed.

reception party dancing

After a fabulous party, Jessica and Jake sprinted through sparklers to the limo awaiting them.

sparkler exit bride and groom

Jessica and Jake, we wish you all the best, and pray many blessings on your marriage!

Amber & Skylar: Engagement Session

Amber and Skylar are engaged!
cute engaged couple near brick building

Skylar and our son Brandon are good friends. Amber and Skylar got engaged shortly after Brandon got engaged, but Amber and Skylar are getting married this summer, while Brandon and Diane plan to wait another year. Skylar and Amber’s wedding will be fun for a number of reasons, including the fact that Brandon will be one of the groomsmen!
Amber and Skylar Engagement session(Good job on the ring, Skylar!)
engagement ring hands

Laughter. Amber and Skylar are full of laughter.
engaged couple at marble courthouse

And Amber — you are gorgeous! Clearly, Skylar thinks so, too.
engaged couple by streetlights

It was so very cold during this session, but Amber and Skylar didn’t let it show. They even let a bit of silliness emerge. (We like that because we’re rather silly ourselves!)
engaged couple by painted wall
This painted brick wall is fantastic, complete with peeling plaster. Ken and I each had a different take on this shot. Ken’s, at left, is very dramatic. I love it! But I like my sweet and sentimental version, too.
red brick wall engaged couple

Skylar and Amber, thank you for braving the cold with us! June will be here before you know it! Enjoy the next few months, and we look forward to photographing your big day!

Laurie & Sandi’s Wedding!

We love weddings, but it’s extra-special when we get to shoot a wedding for a family member. In this case, it was for Ken’s cousin Laurie and her now-husband Sandi! They chose to have the wedding at Laurie’s family’s church, McEachern Memorial United Methodist.
Laurie and Sandi

Bride Laurie and dress

brides shoes

Laurie’s mom (Ken’s aunt Martha) said her only request was to have her grandson — Laurie and Sandi’s baby Cameron — as her escort. He’s such a handsome little guy! I want to SQUEEZE those cheeks!
Martha and grandson

Meanwhile, Sandi and his groomsmen were looking good, too!
groom and groomsmen

Laurie’s niece was the flower girl/ring bearer, and took the job quite seriously.
flower girl niece

ceremony

Sandi and Lauri picked up their little boy Cameron to join them in their recessional.
bride groom son in recessional

I love the bridal party’s bouquets, which were all made by a family friend…
bouquets

Of course, after the group portraits, we took time for photos with just the bride and groom.
bride and groom stained glass church

Then, onto the reception, which was held in the fellowship hall at the church.
reception details cake

Laurie and Sandi’s gorgeous cake and all the catering were provided by Diane at Original’s Catering. Though their wedding was small, the bride and groom’s friends and family certainly kept the party hopping! DJ Mike from Avalanche Entertainment made sure there was plenty of dancing, and even joined in the fun. ;)

reception dancing

Laurie and Sandi (and Cameron!), we pray all sorts of blessings on your marriage and your family. Thank you for letting us be such a big part of your wedding day!
bride Laurie and groom Sandi

New Year’s Eve Wedding

This couple met on orientation day at Georgia Tech, and hit it off as friends because of the many interests they had in common. Soon, they were doing pretty much everything together, and had become much more than just friends! They are now alumni, and it made sense that Georgia Tech was a recurring theme throughout their wedding day, in everything from the bridal party colors to the Ramblin’ Wreck as their getaway car. The sparkle and elegance of all that gold and black was also a perfect fit for an elegant New Year’s Eve wedding!

Georgia Tech alumni black and gold wedding

The bride and bridesmaids got ready at Douglas & Co Salon, where the girls kept Margaret company and showed off the adorable gold shoes they would be wearing with short black dresses in the wedding. Each of the girls had a different dress and different shoes; I love the individuality that allows!

bride at salon

The bride joked that while she was spending all this time getting ready, her groom was probably somewhere playing frisbee; when we met up with him later, we found out that was exactly what he really was doing! Here he’s making an extra copy of his personalized vows — just in case something happened to one of them.

groom and vows

The bride’s sisters served as maid and matron of honor, and made all the floral arrangements and bouquets.

bouquet and wedding gown

The other bridesmaids are all long-time friends. They were fabulous, stylish — and gorgeous, all while helping Margaret get into her dress, do her make-up, and keep calm!

bridesmaids help Margaret into her dress

bridesmaid applying make-up

bride waits with bridesmaids

fabulous shoes

bride and her grandmother

The couple’s “stomping grounds” are in midtown Atlanta, so they chose the beautiful and historic Peachtree Christian Church for their ceremony. The sanctuary is simply breathtaking, with amazing stained glass windows and huge organ pipes.

bride and father

bride and father

The ceremony was sweet and meaningful, and included the lighting of a unity candle, the exchange of rings and personalized vows, and taking communion as their first act as husband and wife.

wedding ceremony

It’s official!

happy bride and groom Peachtree Church

We took time for a few photos of the newly minted Mr. and Mrs…

wedding Peachtree Christian Church

bride groom Peachtree Christian Church

Then, onto the reception!!!
The couple chose another beautiful historic midtown Atlanta location, Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park.

first dance

After toasts and quite a bit of dancing, the couple cut their cake — which was topped by “Just Married” mountain hikers; hiking is one of the couple’s favorite things to do, and they have hiked some pretty amazing places!   (The groom’s cake was stacked Oreo cookies! Fun!)

cake cutting

Besides being their wedding day AND New Year’s Eve, this was also the father of the bride’s 60th birthday! The bride and her sisters surprised their dad with a cake, and everyone at the reception sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

wedding birthday cake

bride and groom exit reception at Magnolia Hall

wedding couple Ramblin' Wreck Georgia Tech

Laurie & Sandi: Engagement Session

Next month, we have the pleasure of photographing Laurie and Sandi’s wedding. Recently, Ken took them to the Marietta Square for a fun (and chilly!) engagement session.
engagement photos Marietta

engaged couple sitting

cute engaged couple

Laurie bought these adorable boots just for their engagement session…
cute shoes

Sandi has looking cool down to a science, but he and Lori have a silly side, too!
Lori and Sandy

playful couple

laughing couple

We are looking forward to more fun and laughter on your wedding day — coming up SOON!