i first met becca when i was a bridesmaid in my childhood best friend’s wedding. rachel, the bride, had met becca and her boyfriend at the time, louie, while in school at berry college in rome, georgia. being the incredibly giving and hard-working person becca is, she singlehandly decorated rachel’s entire reception venue by hand, creating magnificent floral installations and centerpieces. we immediately clicked during rachel’s bachelorette party, so i was thrilled to receive a phone call months later from becca, asking me to photograph her wedding to louie.
we shot their engagement photos at a beautiful functioning greenhouse in athens, where i quickly realized that these two are possibly the easiest couple to photograph in the world. they are so madly in love that they fall into natural positions without poking and prodding, and they are not afraid of having fun and being silly with each other. even though they told me they were nervous, no one could ever tell. they brought that same energy to their wedding day - from the first look to the exit, every moment was magical and every emotion was worn clearly on their faces. but more importantly than how my portraits turned out, the day was a beautiful example of their love for one another and their commitment to affirming and giving life to their friends and family. they love so hard. i’m really, really lucky to know them.
more stories and all the vendors found below. congratulations, becca + louie!
becca’s pre-wedding gift to louie was a box full of letters + journals she had written to him throughout dating + their engagement. tears flowed easily.
everyone in the world has heard me talk about this first look by this point. when louie turned around to see his bride for the first time, he very loudly yelled, “oh SHIT! you look GOOD!” and did a little jump. it was so precious.
the bride + her bridesmaids handmade all of the bouquets. our mutual friend rachel (far left), who i spoke of above, had the honor of making the bride’s bouquet. she absolutely killed it.
the altar was handmade by the bride’s father, and the persian rugs were donated courtesy of her grandfather. all ceramics and centerpieces for the day were handmade by the bride herself, who is a skilled ceramics artist.
becca is very close to her special needs sister rachel, who was her maid of honor. after she danced with her father, she surprised everyone with a special sister dance just for the two of them.
i LOVED how eco-friendly this wedding was! the plateware was all compostable, and the confetti for the exit was biodegradable.
special thanks to these incredible vendors:
venue: oakleaf cottage
catering: chattown catering
cake: sierra’s cakewerks
hair: lauren bohr of rogue 22 salon
makeup: abby winkles of PASHA salon
dress + dress shop: elizabeth dye via the sentimentalist
shoes: chinese laundry
rental chairs: chattanooga tent and event solutions
florals + ceramics: DIY by the bride
rings: a gilded leaf