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Atlanta Engagement: Mikhaela + Andrey

Andre and Mikhaela met through mutual friends of her family and over time they became great friends who discovered they had a much more "special" relationship.  The problem was, she lived in Boston and he was here in Georgia.  As you may have guessed, after a few years of Andre pursuing and a lot of phone calls, he convinced her to move to Georgia so they could further their relationship and finally have the opportunity to experience a new chapter in their relationship. 

When she first got settled in, she recalls that they spent a great deal of time doing all the "normal" couple things–watching movies, being outdoors, going to the lake, park and beach but one particular night, things changed.  They had been exhausted from the day, and decided to lie down and watch the next episode of "House" on Netflix.  Mikhaela reminiscences that she could tell he was fidgety and nervous but she couldn’t quite figure out what was up.  A few minutes later, he opened up a little white box with a gorgeous, sparkly ring and the rest was history.

Andrey and Mikhaela, thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph such an amazing time in your life and for being willing trust my crazy ideas and possibly get locked in a historic cemetery, lol.  I am absolutely over the moon excited to photograph your wedding this September in Helen, I just know it will be epic.  Much love, Amber

This was one of my absolute favorite parts of the session.  The way he makes Mikhaela laugh so easily is just too cute.

Since it was a bit windy that day in Atlanta, the street between the two high rise buildings was a perfect buffer to provide just enough movement of her dress but not mess up Mikhaela's hair.

Mikhaela and Andre you two couldn't be any more lovely.

After leaving Atlantic Station, we decided to head over to get some city shots.  I absolutely love how these turned out.

Congrats again you two!  See you next month!

Backyard Wedding: Becky + Devin

I love everything about backyard weddings and receptions.  There is just something SO romantic about inviting your closest friends and family to your home and the possibilities for making it completely personal are endless!  Seriously, it is a planner’s dream and Becky and Devin did not disappoint!

I have known Becky for about 16 years now (which would mean that we met when we were 10, right Becky? ;) ) and anyone who knows her, loves her.  I am quite certain of it.  She is the epitome of a southern woman: beautiful (inside and out), thoughtful and kind.  Oh, and she is a planner like me so I consider it destiny that we would become instant friends.  So needless to say when she contacted me last fall about photographing her wedding to her sweetheart, Devin, I was over the moon excited and beyond honored.

Drawing their inspiration from a rustic, backyard BBQ wedding, Becky and Devin wanted a comfortable, laid back atmosphere where it felt like it was a party their guests would throw themselves.  From hay bale couches covered with gorgeous quilts to a fun game of corn hole, guests celebrated with the guests of honor well into the evening.

Becky and Devin, thank you again for the opportunity to witness such a beautiful display of love.  From start to finish, in every detail, you made everyone feel so at home and welcomed.  Your longing gazes, tearful prayers and thoughtful words were full of emotion and I could not have been more happy and grateful to capture your first day as husband and wife (even if that did mean we had to run from a large snake in the pasture, lol).  May God bless your marriage and I look forward to capturing many more “firsts”.  Love you, Amber.

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Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Caterer: Shane’s Rib Shack & Lois Peters

Cake: Walmart Bakery 

Villa Christina Wedding: Kelsey + Wez

One of my most favorite parts about meeting with my clients before they have booked is the opportunity to hear how they met and how he proposed.  These stories not only give me insight into how I can convey their love in still photography but well, I am a hopeless romantic and I just LOVE love.  After all, who doesn’t love a good love story?!  These stories not only make me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside but I really enjoy getting the opportunity to not just hear their story but to tell others about it as well.

When I met with Kelsey and Wez last fall I knew instantly theirs was a story that I could not wait to tell.  Much like two of my other favorite Young Harris alumni clients, Sam and Kayla Walker, Wez and Kelsey met on the soccer field.  He was there from South Africa to play soccer as the men’s goalkeeper and she was the goalkeeper on the women’s team.  They often joke with each other that their love is in “safe hands” and from watching their interactions with each other, I wholeheartedly agree.

Near to far away, friends, family and loved ones traveled the world to have the opportunity to surround Kelsey and Wez as they said “I Do” at the Villa Christina in Atlanta, Georgia—and what a day it was!

Kelsey and Wez, thank you again for the opportunity to document a love that knows no boundaries.  Watching your day unfold and having the chance to see over and over again how gentle and selfless you are to each other was such an amazing experience and I know everyone there felt the same way.  Your wedding was perfect and I cannot think of a better way to spend your first day as husband and wife.  Congratulations again you two! MUAH… Amber

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Since Kelsey and Wez were having an outdoor spring wedding at Villa Christina’s garden, they knew that they did not want to compete with its natural beauty.  Together with Joan Spinney of Atlanta Cottage Flowers, they created an elegant atmosphere that complimented Villa Christina’s already stunning venue.

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Kelsey wore a breathtaking Stella York gown from Bel Fiore Bridal while Wez donned a stylish suit from H&M.

WEDDING DRESS and SUIT SHOTS

Kelsey’s mom and best friends gathered in the bridal suite laughing, singing, toasting and preparing for the long awaited moment: when she stepped into THE dress.

Of course, I have to do a quick shout out to Kelsey’s makeup artist, Kallie Ingram, for being on standby the whole day to make sure Kelsey’s face was completely flawless.  Have I told you lately how much you rock?!

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Seriously, doesn’t she look AMAZING?!  

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Along with coordinating all the details of Kelsey and Wez’s BIG day, Atlanta Cottage Flowers also designed Kelsey’s lovely bouquet, ceremony and reception arrangements.

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Since Wez and Kelsey decided to save their first look until the wedding we decided to sneak in a few shots of Kelsey and her girls and Wez with his guys before their guests arrived.

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Speaking of their first look, I think all who were there were overwhelmed with emotion the moment they locked eyes.  You know, “that” moment.

Officially Mr. and Mrs. Barnard!!

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And, of course, shared some fun shots with their wedding party…

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The fun continued at the reception where Kelsey and Wez shared their first dance as husband and wife to Craig David’s “Unbelievable”.

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And, they were toasted (and at times roasted) by their family and friends…

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Once again, the amazing team at Villa Christina outdid themselves with the delicious dinner and stunning cake.  I think Kelsey & Wez really enjoyed it!

Then we (I may or may not have been dancing as well) danced the night away while DJ Mickey Nightrain created some of the best wedding mixes I have ever heard.  Seriously, he was amazing!

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To see more of Kelsey and Wez’s Atlanta wedding photos, like By Design Creations' Facebook page and follow @bdcphotos on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

As always, many thanks to the creative team for all of your hard work in making Kelsey & Wez’s dream wedding a reality.

Venue: Villa Christina

Floral, Design and Coordination: Atlanta Cottage Flowers

Makeup: Kallie Ingram

Catering and Cake: Villa Christina

DJ: Mickey Nightrain

Photographer: By Design Creations

2nd Shooter: Meridyth Thomas Photography