Spring Wedding at In the Woods - Betsy & Shawn

Betsy & Shawn’s wedding at In the Woods in Rockmart, Georgia was such a beautiful day! I first met Betsy last year when I started working at the Georgia House of Representatives as their photographer for legislative session, and I had the chance to meet Shawn during session as well! I immediately loved the pair together! I adore the way they make each other laugh and the way they’ve supported each other every step of their relationship! And, I was thrilled when I saw that Shawn proposed on Betsy’s birthday down in Savannah last spring! We had an absolute blast taking their engagement photos at the North Georgia State Fair last fall, and the wedding was even more fun!

The day began with Betsy & her party getting ready in one of the cabins at In the Woods! Highlights include - Taylor Swift playing while everyone got ready, the emotional Bridesmaids’ Reveal and Betsy’s First Look with her Dad! On the other side of the property, Shawn and the guys hung out & got ready at the pool house, and I love the fun photos Steven (my second photographer for the day) captured of the guys!

The ceremony was set inside the pavilion right along the lake, and it was amazingly appropriate that the sun decided to show up right about the time Betsy made her grand entrance! One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing Shawn’s eyes well up with tears when he saw Betsy for the first time as his bride! Their entire ceremony was beautiful and emotional! After wiping away a few happy tears, the new Mr. and Mrs. left the ceremony to huge applause! I love the excitement you could see on their faces!

After the ceremony, we finished photos around the lake, and I was thrilled that the sun pierced through the trees - truly highlighting their joy & love! After photos, we went over to the reception where friends and family enjoyed margaritas - Betsy & Shawn’s signature drink in honor of Cinco de Theroux (their special spin on Cinco de Mayo!). From the memorable entrances to toasts (one even by Speaker Ralston!) their reception was full of energy and joy, and they left the reception through a tunnel of sparklers!

Betsy and Shawn - I’m so happy for you guys! You could not be more perfect for each other, and it’s been such an honor to witness and capture your love story! Betsy, your smile lights up the room, and Shawn, I adore seeing the way you love Betsy! The joy, the emotion, the party - I loved being a part of it all! I hope the photos will always bring you back to the emotions you felt on Day 1 of your marriage! Hugs! Much love & appreciation - Carrie Joy

One of my favorites (on film!) of Betsy & Shawn! Aren't they adorable?! And I love this classic shot of their wedding invitation & wedding bands!

Isn't this the sweetest Bridesmaids Reveal?!! I just love their excited expressions!

Love these sweet girls! It's been a joy getting to know Holli & Betsy the past two years!

This moment right here was one of my favorites of the entire day! Just look at the love in Shawn's eyes! Big thanks to Steven for capturing this one for me :-)

Woohoo! Officially Married! Can't you just feel their excitement?!!

The new Mr. & Mrs. Theroux! Aren't they adorable together?!

Such a fun evening! I loved capturing all the sweet dance moves over the course of the evening!

Congratulations, Betsy & Shawn! Love you guys!

A big Thank You to Steven Wallace for capturing the day with me, and to the following vendors:

Venue: In the Woods
Coordinator: Kathie Schramm
Florist: Gail Williams from A Perfect Wedding Floral Design
Wedding Cake: Honeymoon Bakery
DJ: The TC show, Cory Pass
Bride’s Gown: Morilee from Bravura
Hair Stylist: Dupree Dawkins
Makeup Artist: Ashley Mayer with Bristle & Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Attire: Jos. a. Bank
Minister: Rodney Hunt with Sensational Ceremonies
Film Developing: Richard Photo Lab

Southern Spring Wedding at the Oaks in Madison, Georgia - Annie and David

Annie and David’s wedding at the Oaks in Madison, Georgia was such an incredible day! And the cherry on top is that it's being featured over on the Southern Weddings blog today! 

I love the way Annie describes their story, "Two people from opposite sides of the country met through chance, became fast friends, went on countless trips and adventures together, and fell in love along the way." David proposed on a camping trip near Mount Rainier, and the rest, as they say, is history! Since Annie and David love being outdoors, so it was important that they have everything from the ceremony to the reception outside! Annie's parents home, the Oaks, was built in 1835 and totally fit the look they were going for with the outdoor celebration! And, it was also the perfect nod to Annie's family heritage! I love that these two were laughing together all day and were so cute and romantic together! From the loving glances to the shared giggles, they were a joy to capture, and I simply loved being around them!

The day started with Annie and her girls getting ready in the gorgeous southern home, and I loved seeing the sweet relationship Annie had with each of the girls! After hair and makeup finished, Annie got into her gown with her Mom, and I was blown away! Annie's Bo & Luca gown from the Dress Theory is really one of my favorite dresses I’ve ever seen! When she came onto the porch in her gown, the girls squealed in excitement! It was such an adorable moment! And speaking of sweet moments, I had to hold back tears during Annie’s Father/Daughter First Look when both Annie and her Dad were overcome by emotion! Gets me every time! I really enjoyed capturing David with his groomsmen and family as well! 

The ceremony overlooked a beautiful field on one side of the property, and a gorgeous asymmetrical floral garland featuring magnolia leaves and flowers was the perfect touch! David’s face as Annie came down the aisle was absolutely priceless, and I love that the couple had both Dads read scripture during the ceremony!

After the ceremony, we took family and wedding party photos while the rest of the guests took a short walk across the property towards the “pole barn” for cocktail hour and the reception! Afterwards, we transitioned into Bride and Groom portraits, and the light was absolutely dreamy! I loved seeing how sweet, silly and romantic Annie and David were together! They also followed the southern tradition of Burying the Bourbon to keep away the rain, and I loved capturing their retrieval & sweet toast before we all headed to the reception! The gorgeous magnolia focused design by Amanda Jewel Floral + Design really complimented the beautiful magnolias found all over the property! After guests enjoyed dinner as the sun was setting, everyone partied into the night!

Annie and David, you are truly a JOY to be around. I’m amazed by the way you both love on and admire each other. I love the way you each plan “surprise dates” and the way you love and serve those around you! Capturing your wedding day was an honor and a joy for me! I hope these photos will bring you back to the joy you felt on Day 1 of your marriage and that your love only gets stronger from here! Much love and appreciation - Carrie Joy

Isn't this stunning?!! I love that we were able to take some golden hour portraits against the gorgeous ceremony backdrop!

I love all the gorgeous details from the stunning bouquet to these adorable bouts!

One of my absolute favorite details was Annie's gorgeous two piece gown! This design by Bo & Luca from the Dress Theory is so "on trend" for 2018! I just adore it!

Can we talk about how adorable Annie's girls' reaction to see her in her gown is?!! Love!

Isn't Annie stunning?!! This is one of my favorite images from the day!

Father/Daughter First Looks are my favorite! I had to hold back tears when Annie's Dad started tearing up!

Guests arrived at the Ceremony facing this gorgeous field just behind a beautiful asymmetrical floral backdrop by Amanda Jewel Floral + Design 

David's face says it all, don't you think?!!

Can we just take a second to celebrate romance?!! This image has me feeling all the feels!!

Annie & David followed the southern tradition of Burying the Bourbon to chase away the rain! Seeing as we had the most perfect weather for their wedding, I'd say it worked!!

Annie and David shared a Bourbon Toast before heading to the reception!

Isn't this stunning?! I love the textured linens, elegantly tied napkins, pretty menus and these southern centerpieces which are the perfect mixture of magnolia leaves and florals!

Guests mingled over cocktails before settling in for Tuscan Salads served family style!

Isn't this beautiful?! When I renew my vows, I absolutely want a dinner al fresco at golden hour surrounded by all those I hold most dear!

Guests were invited to take home farm fresh eggs from the chickens that live on the property at the Oaks! Aren't they beautiful?! I love the colors!

Annie & David - so happy for you guys! Thank you for the privilege of capturing your gorgeous day!

A big Thank You to my second photographer Noi Tran and to the rest of the amazing vendor team!

Planner: Nancy Nolan-Kuperberg of No Regrets Events 

Venue: The Oaks in Madison, GA

Florist: Amanda Jewel Floral and Design 

Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes

Caterer: Hallie Jane’s Catering

Rentals: Goodwin Rentals

Band: Cashmere via ECE

Paper Products: Chez La Mariee

Bride’s Gown: “Isra” by Bo and Luca from the Dress Theory

Bride’s Hair Pin: Twigs & Honey 

Hair Stylist: Christine Verikas of Ambrosia Salon

Makeup Artist: Lauren Crossman of Ambrosia Salon

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff in Shell Pink

Groom’s Attire: Custom

Film Developing: Richard Photo Lab

Cator Woolford Garden Maternity Photo Session, Atlanta - Wenjie and Futhum

The Cator Woolford Gardens is one of my favorite portrait spots in Atlanta, and once again - it did not disappoint! I recently met up with Wenjie (who you may remember from Rosalina & Doug's wedding) and her adorable husband Futhum at CWG for maternity photos! These two are absolutely adorable together and are going to be the best parents! Their "fur baby" even made an appearance (thanks to Rosalina for being our awesome dog wrangler!). Take a look through a few of my favorites from their beautiful sunset session! Happy Thursday!

Oh y'all - this is film & it's one of my favorites - aren't Wenjie and Futhum adorable in that glowy sunset light?!!!

Isn't this romantic?! I love the soft sunset light, the flowers and Wenjie's beautiful blush gown!

Congratulations, Wenjie & Futhum! I'm so excited for you guys!