Ashley and Drew were so loving to one another. Like…. so loving that I had to remind them to look at the camera because they were so focused on one another. It was so sweet. We pounded the pavement of downtown Savannah and ended up making our way to Six Pence Pub, where Ashley and Drew met on a pub crawl. It seems the stars aligned that night, as neither Ashley, nor Drew would consider themselves regular pub crawlers. After that we headed off to Forsyth Park to grab some fountain photos. It had been so overcast all day, and just as we were were finishing up, the sun popped out for just a few minutes before setting to give us just a few twinkles and sparkles. I’m pretty sure these two are each other’s good luck charm.
Everyone, I’d like to introduce you to Lauren and Mike. You might recognize them from my most recent Facebook contest. Lauren and Mike came in third thanks to the many many votes from their friends and family! I headed up to Charleston on a beautiful spring day for the engagement session. Lauren attended school in Charleston (the couple currently lives in cold and snowy Chicago), and decided she wanted to grab some photos on the beautiful College of Charleston campus. We followed that up with a nice walk along the water front. It was a bit chilly out, but I think we all had a really fun time galavanting around. Enjoy their cute engagement session, and please feel free to leave the couple some love in the comments section.
Let me take you on a journey……
Haha, just kidding. Seriously though, Shraddha and Will’s wedding was one of the most visually stunning weddings I’ve had the pleasure of documenting. A real cultural stew, if you will. Beautiful statues, flowers, and colors everywhere.
Let’s talk first about Shraddha and Will. So I’m not into reading auras or anything, but if i were, theirs would be an awesome amber light. They are two of the warmest, friendliest, and most outgoing people I’ve met in my life. Both are smart and witty, and immediately had me rolling in laughter. I thought to myself…. could it be true? Could I not only have this great opportunity to shoot an Indian wedding (something on every wedding photographer’s bucket list), but to do it for an awesome couple like this? Holy cow (no pun intended). Shraddha decided she wanted a traditional Hindu wedding like her mother and father had. During her thank you speech, Shraddha even admitted, she knew what she was asking for. The time, work, and effort that went into this beautiful fairy tale day was that of a community and family’s love for their daughter and new son. Will, an Italian-American Brooklyn boy played his part beautifully, as did his “game for anything” parents. There were so many heartwarming moments between Shraddha and Will. Loving glances and knowing smiles. I’m going to embarrass myself if I attempt to tell you what each part of the ceremony represented, so I will let your imagination/google help you out with that if you don’t know.
Enough of that sugary glaze… Lets get to the details! The morning ceremony was bright and colorful featuring beautiful reds and golds. Behind the couple during the ceremony were beautiful curtains of fresh red flowers and gold chiffon swags. I don’t think I was expecting so much beautiful fruit to be involved! Over the course of the day the bride had THREE outfit changes. Two beautiful saris, and a stunning peacock colored Indian gown. That brings us to our evening reception. The Mackey House was transformed in the matter of a few hours into a full peacock affair! Beautiful blue and green table settings and details. Peacocks on balcony railings, peacock favors and peacock centerpieces. If I didn’t know any better I’d think Shraddha might be a peacock-aholic (say it out loud, its fun). The party was epic. There was singing, dancing, rap-battling, drink balancing, flaming donuts, and the piece de resistance: a T-Rex ice louge sculpture. It is also worthy of mentioning the couple made there grand entrance to the Jurassic Park theme music. I LOVE THIS COUPLE! I just want to thank Shraddha and Will for letting me be a part of this amazing day, and for their continued friendships. Special shout out to my second shooter for the day, Shannon Christopher, who is an extremely talented wing man. I hope you all enjoy the visual feast you are about to be served.
Location – Mackey House, Savannah, GA
Flowers: Anmol Kismet Weddings
Wedding Dress: Pam Mehta
Ice Sculpture: Ice Age Sculptures
Officiant: Velaturi Rangachari
Bar: Randy’s Beverages
Mehendhi Art: Monica Jain
Special note from the bride: “I do want to give a shout out all the uncles and aunties who came together to make the wedding possible. Nalini Auntie with Anmol Kismet Weddings had the vision and direction for decorations, but the Indian community was more than generous with their time and effort.”
Oh my goodness, this wedding was a “Ragin’ Cajun” good time. The couple was beautiful and the party was outrageous. Overall, my kind of wedding.
Kyle’s family and mine are close (we’re talking many generations close), and when I heard he was marrying a pretty girl named Candace in Louisiana, I immediately Facebook stalked her. She was stunning, and accomplished, and appeared to be a real catch. Kyle is an avid fisherman after all. I got ahold of Candace and Kyle and subtly reminded them of my photography business, and basically begged them to allow me to shoot their wedding. I absolutely knew it would be one of the best parties of the century, in one of the most unusual parts of the country. Thankfully they obliged, and I immediately fell in love with Candace and her easy going personality.
The Preserve at Whiskey Island in Ponchatoula, LA was a beautiful rustic setting for this country wedding. The hunting lodge style buildings gave way to a oak grove dripping with spanish moss and a beautiful pond. Can burlap be a wedding color? If so, their colors were burlap and light mint green. The bridesmaids carried simple long stem daisy bouquets, while the bride carried a rose, daisy, and cotton bouquet. The ceremony featured an impressively long burlap runner and a dramatic burlap swag over the couple strung through the trees. Candace chose to wear a simple, elegant lace halter dress, and brought the glam with crystal embellished Badgley Mischka sandals. It also must be mentioned that the wedding cake was made by Candace. Yes, Candace makes cake balls. Amazing, delicious, addictive cake balls. Check out her website here and order some for your wedding.
One of my favorite things about this wedding was the consideration given to the groom’s interests and personality. Kyle was written all over this wedding. From the hunting lodge location, to the adorable fisherman groom’s cake, to the Georgia pecan bar. Even all of the cotton used was hand picked from the fields of family and friends in the groom’s home state.
The reception was epic! The bride’s father played with the band, the dancing was hard, the sweat was pouring, and so were the drinks. Once the mardi gras favors came out and the conga lines started it was a full on ”fais do do” (don’t ask, just click). People were having so much fun, and it was just so darn hot, that many guests just had to cool off in the pool. Moments later the couple appeared out of nowhere and surprised everyone by jumping in too! Now that’s how I like to see a party end!
Caterer- O’Donnells’ Catering
Band- Todd O’Neill Band
Cake pop cake – Candace’s Cake Balls
Location- The Preserve at Whiskey Island
Hair and makeup- Lacy Campbell, http://www.jeannemaureens.com/
Groom’s Cake – The Cocoa Bean Bakery
Blush pink everywhere! Lindsey and Aaron’s wedding was like stepping onto a cloud of cotton candy. From the bride’s ballerina pink dress, to the pastel ocean theme, this wedding was a romantic fairy tale to say the least. The bride’s mother contributed her talents as a florist, and the arrangements were an array of unusual shapes dotted with crystals. Seahorse pins replaced boutonnieres and corsages. The beach meets tulle remained a theme through the wedding’s design.
Lindsey reminded me of a china doll. Beautiful, porcelain, and sweet. She said before walking down the aisle, “I feel the most beautiful I’ve ever felt.” Then my heart melted into a puddle of ooze on the floor. Aaron spent his pre-ceremony prep time pacing through Tybee Wedding Chapel waiting with anticipation for his first look at Lindsey.
Tybee Wedding Chapel provided a beautiful backdrop as always, and after the ceremony, the couple proceeded to get into one of the coolest vintage wedding cars I’ve ever seen. We all headed to Garibaldi’s Ballroom in the Savannah Historic District. My jaw dropped when I entered the elegant mirrored room (I’d just like to point out at this time that the coupled planned the wedding from Kentucky. Impressive). Crystal candelabra’s with pink candles were surrounded by roses. The cake was a simple but stunning and was bare with the exception of buttercream layers, roses and fruit (well done Tier Luxury Cakes). Lindsey and Aaron’s first dance was so sweet, and the bride opted to have everyone join them for it (a great solution for anyone who is feeling self conscious about their impending first dance).
It was such a romantic wedding, and I couldn’t have enjoyed working with Lindsey and Aaron any more than I did. I wish them all the best in their newest adventure.
Ceremony Site: Tybee Wedding Chapel
Officiant: Jack Boylston
Ceremony Music: Kelly Burke
Flowers: Red Glitter Shoes
Hair and Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather
Transportation: Luxury Limousine
Reception Site: Garibaldi’s
Wedding Cakes: Tier Luxury Cakes
DJ and Entertainment: First City Events
Ice Sculpture: Chandler Echols