becca + louie's bohemian chattanooga dream wedding

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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wedding ceremony altar first kiss chattanooga Tennessee
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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.

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wedding dancing reception Chattanooga Tennessee
wedding dancing reception Chattanooga Tennessee
wedding dancing reception Chattanooga Tennessee
wedding bride dancing reception Chattanooga Tennessee

i LOVED how eco-friendly this wedding was! the plateware was all compostable, and the confetti for the exit was biodegradable.

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wedding reception exit confetti Chattanooga Tennessee
wedding reception exit confetti Chattanooga Tennessee
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wedding reception exit confetti getaway car Chattanooga Tennessee

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

sangku + lindsey's elegant korean-american wedding

i’m making it a goal of mine to blog as many weddings as i can this year! so here it goes.

i met lindsey and sangku literal days before their wedding - obviously we had spoken before this, and they had booked many months in advance, but we met in person at a starbucks mere days before their wedding. they’re from san Francisco but were having a wedding where i live in atlanta. family was flying in all the way from korea. needless to say, this couple’s main focus was spending as much time with their guests as possible.

their dedication to their family and friends, to me, is the most special part of sangku and lindsey’s love. the way in which they celebrated, honored, and served their loved ones speaks volumes of how they celebrate, honor, and serve each other. this day went so smoothly, so beautifully, with some happy tears shed by my team for sure. (peek at the moment during the ceremony when the couple spoke sans mic to their parents, making promises to them as well as each other. it was such a special moment.) the sappy moments were followed by a whole lot of fun, complete with a surprise choreographed bride + groom dance, a “gangnam style” dance dominated by the mothers, and some kids going absolute nuts over “baby shark”. all in all, an amazing day. and it can’t hurt that they might be the most attractive couple of all time.

thank you, lindsey and sangku, for having me! your generosity and gentleness don’t go unnoticed.

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Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
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Korean wedding atlanta entrance
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Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
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Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house first dance
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Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house first dance
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house first dance
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house first dance
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Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house
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Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house sparkler exit
Korean wedding atlanta 173 Carlyle house sparkler exit

this day made possible by some amazing vendors:

venue + catering - the 173 carlyle house
bridesmaids’ dresses - birdy grey
menswear - combatant gentlemen
cupcakes - publix
dj - dj swoosh
rings - trabert goldsmiths
ring box - the mrs. box
makeup - susanna wom
florals - done by the bride’s sister-in-law
videographer - olivia johnson of silver iris entertainment
photography - gabbie burseth photography


andrea + stuart's dinosaur and mario kart wedding in athens, GA

here i am, finally getting around to blogging another wedding! fall and winter wedding season kicked my ass, so february down-time is for blogging. and this nasty, rainy, cold weather is making me miss the perfection that is october in the south. this october wedding from last year was full of so much fun and (literal) games. mario kart at the reception and a lite-brite sign? yes please.

andrea found me through our mutual friend, jomaree (who also happens to be one of my past boudoir AND grad clients!) and emailed me to meet up. she is a wonderful human being, so bubbly and bright and smart. she is a certified yoga instructor, knows her way around craft beer, loves her pugs, and runs shit over at UGA as a creative design specialist. stuart is 100% her match - i’ve rarely seen two people in love who also make such excellent best friends. they had one of the most fun and laid-back weddings i’ve ever been to, and if you know me, you know how important it is that a wedding is relaxed. take a look below for some awesome inspiration!

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isn’t their wedding hashtag the cutest thing? their last name is piazza so they really went with the whole theme… you’ll see more below!

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instead of doing a first look with her fiance stuart, andrea opted to do a first look with her dad and brother, which was about the sweetest thing i’ve ever seen.

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there were definite tears on my part.

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poor andrea, the wind was so bad that day that her veil kept getting got on chairs and concrete and guests’ faces as she walked down the aisle. it definitely fit the couple though - everyone was laughing and relaxed, which is completely the vibe i get from stuart and andrea.

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bride groom wedding Athens Georgia

man, i LOVED that moment.

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peep their names up there on the marquee sign!

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bride groom wedding the graduateAthens Georgia
bride groom wedding Athens Georgia
bride groom wedding Athens Georgia

i thought it was so funny that andrea (and all of her bridesmaids too) kept their apple watches on for the day. a girl after my own heart!

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bride groom wedding Athens Georgia
bride groom wedding Athens Georgia
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i really loved all the deep autumn colors in andrea’s bouquet! it was so perfectly wild.

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bride bouquet wedding Athens Georgia
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the reception was full of fun little things that are unique to stuart and andrea’s relationship. they went the extra mile to include everyone and really made it an occasion for all ages. and of course the foundry is the best backdrop for such an event!

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the gold dinosaur table centerpieces made me SO happy. andrea made them herself and they were easily my favorite wedding decorations of the year.

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wedding the foundry Athens Georgia photobooth
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i told you the pizza thing would come back later… because of their last name (piazza), pizza was a huge themed joke of the evening. stuart’s mom and sister made this incredible cookie cake by hand and decorated it as a pizza, complete with white “cheese” sprinkles and fruit roll-up “pepperonis”. they even had this pizza cutter for it.

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dancing reception wedding the foundry Athens georgia

one of my favorite parts of the reception was the wii they had set up with mario kart queued and ready to play. so unique to the couple, added another layer of fun to the party, and great for the kids (and adults, let’s be real).

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sparkler exit wedding the foundry Athens georgia

i am so unbelievably thankful for the clients i have, and stuart + andrea were no exception (and maybe some of my faves shhh don’t tell anyone). their love is so, for lack of a better word, FUN. it’s full of joy and spark and best-friendship. and their wedding absolutely reflected that.

venue: the foundry athens + the graduate athens
florals: bud & bloom athens
catering: the graduate athens
photo booth: off the wall photo booth
DJ: dj boots entertainment

ayesha + tommy's pakistani-american fusion wedding

haven’t blogged in a couple months so i thought i’d share this lovely wedding from july. these past few months have been insanely hectic, and i can’t wait to show more weddings and other sessions here and on my instagram.

this was the first south asian wedding i have ever had the privilege to shoot, and it did not disappoint. ayesha & tommy are the sweetest people, and their love for their family, friends, and a good party were evident in every detail. most south asian weddings are multi-day events, so to make this fusion wedding (tommy is from good ol’ wisconsin, while ayesha is from pakistan) a reality, they started with a saturday-night mehndi party. the mehndi party, or sanjeet, is a long-rooted tradition in indian and pakistani weddings - ayesha & tommy made it their own with lot of choreographed dancing, incredible food, and even a henna artist on demand. the next afternoon, the couple wed at the gorgeous rocky’s lake estate in woodstock, georgia surrounded by their family and friends (and their puppy). check it out below, and don’t forget to check the vendor list at the bottom!

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nikhil + priya's rooftop helicopter proposal

i’ve always said that i would never blog… but here i am! i’ve been wanting to share more content in larger batches, which is hard to do on instagram. so welcome to my new portion of the site, where i will (hopefully) update with all my faves from the sessions and weddings i do!

nikhil was referred to me through my lovely friend connie marina who is my personal mentor and all time fave gal to work with. nikhil had planned a helicopter ride all over the city of atlanta, landing at the rooftop of the popular venue ventanas. he tricked his now-fiancee into thinking it was a work-related event, and although she says she knew a proposal was coming soon, she was completely surprised! both of their families were hiding there as well to wish them congratulations and get some sweet photos together. this couple is absolutely the sweetest - you can see how much they love each other and each others’ family. and not to mention they are both drop-dead gorgeous, like model gorgeous. and that RING.

thanks so much for having me, nikhil + priya!

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