Archive for September, 2008

End of a busy, busy summer!

Posted in Bridals, Engagements, Trash the Dress, Weddings with tags , on September 3, 2008 by sharizellers

So, for quite a few weeks – too many to count right now – I had a lot of trouble accessing my blog.  It’s been a little too low on my priority list since I had so many wonderful engagement sessions, trash the dress session, and weddings to work on and deliver to my anxious clients.  I just decided that when I could address the problem, I would get to blog again.  Now, the amount of work has caught up and I’m happy to say that I can access my blog again! 

What I’ve decided to do is rather than write a long post about each event, (which would take me weeks to finish) I’ll do a mini-blog about each!  I definitely want to honor my amazing clients this summer and we’ve had so many beautiful weddings that I would be sad if I didn’t get to share them with folks.

Paula & Chad, May 24, 2008

We left off with me trying to blog about Paula & Chad’s wedding.  Paula & Chad were married at their church, Grayson United Methodist, and hosted their reception at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse – both new venues for me!  My two favorite things about their wedding:  Paula’s gorgeous coral shoes and the beautiful streaming sunlight in the courthouse during their first dance.    You can watch their slideshow here:  Paula & Chad 

Shira & David, May 25th, 2008

I felt as if I’d waited so long for this wedding.  I first met Shira & Dave last summer in New York to shoot their engagment session – and now their spectacular wedding was set in the awesome Georgia Aquarium.  I had never shot a wedding in the aquarium so I was nervous but so excited, too.  It was even more incredible than I’d imagined.  Shira and Dave were just as beautiful as when I met them last year of course, and we had the most fun.  I really loved the entire atmosphere and there simply isn’t a bad angle in the whole place!  See their beautiful wedding day here:  Shira & Dave

Julie & Jon’s Engagement Session

Julie & Jon’s wedding is actually coming up this weekend!!!!  I’m super happy to be going back to Callanwolde again.  We started their e-sesh in Virginia Highlands where they had their first date at Hand in Hand.  Wandering around the VAHI, I had fun finding little areas to shoot them and my favorite has to be the Coca-Cola sign on the side of the building.  Hmmm, Coca-Cola is what built Callanwolde!  Since they loved the architecture of their wedding venue, we headed over there to finish up their session in and around the historic grounds.  Enjoy their slideshow here:  Julie & Jon


Elizabeth & George, June 6, 2008

Elizabeth & George exchanged their vows at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in downtown Decatur. Another first time for me!  I immediately fell in love with the stained glass at this church and made a point to feature it in several of their images.  After the traditional ceremony, we headed to the park next door for some romantics – and it was HOT – literally!  Whew – but they really held up in the heat well. ;o)  Their reception was at the Marriott at Century Center on Clairmont.  The hardest part of this day for me?  My car died when trying to get from the hotel to the church.  Luckily Sam was able to drive us around the rest of the day (yay for second shooters!).  However, when we could not get the car to start at all after the reception, I called AAA and they did not show up with a tow truck until 4:00 am!  YES!  4 A.M. in the morning…and guess what????  I had to be to another wedding then next day at noon…

Brittany & Gladin, June 7, 2008

but, that’s the kinda thing you do!  Yes, I had to be at Brittany’s church, John’s Creek Baptist Church, the next day at noon!  It was family to the rescue as I borrowed my mom’s car and Steven fixed my car for me.  Brittany & Gladin’s wedding and reception were both held in their church.  This was my first Christian Indian wedding.  I discovered that less than 2% of the Indian population is Christian.  It was a very moving ceremony and the reception was so fun with hilarious games played by the wedding party.   A lot of warm family moments were shared with a moving slideshow, too.

Lisa’s Trash the Dress Session!

Yes!  I was so happy when my assistant/photographer Alicia told me her friend, Lisa, was looking to have a trash the dress session.  Lisa wanted to do this session as a present to her husband who was deployed to Iraq shortly after their wedding.  The plan was to start at GA Tech where Scott attended school, go to Centennial Park next, and then finish up at my favorite rustic location, Sope Creek Park.  I’d been so hoping to go back to Sope Creek for a TTD session and now I had my chance!  The only downside to our session is that almost every fountain was not running that day due to the drought conditions we’ve been experiencing here in Georgia.  Oh well!  We still found plenty of water – even if it was shallow…and uckily warm.  Click here to see Lisa’s Trash the Dress!

Haley & Cameron, June 21, 2008

After three years, I finally got to go back to Villa Christina to shoot a wedding – twice in one week!  Though Haley & Cameron exchanged vows at their church, First United Methodist of Marietta, they had their reception at Villa Christina.  This venue is one of my all-time favorites with it’s amazing landscaped grounds – there are so many places to take gorgeous photos.  I’m SO glad that Haley and Cameron loved taking photos so much!  They were definitely tops on my list of great subjects to work with.  Be sure to watch their slideshow here:  Haley & Cameron

Deborah & Tony’s Engagement Session

Wanna see some fun?  This was one of the most creative engagement sessions I ever had. Well, I’m biased, see, Deborah and Tony met in Little Five Points – a place really dear to my heart.  I used to hang out there a lot in my high school and college days -being an  artist and all…SO, when they suggested doing their e-session there, I was very, very down with that!  After all, there are so many cool nooks and crannies, painted walls, grundgy, edgy backdrops.  And of course, this also meant that the music had to be cool, too (Tony is an amazing drummer)!  Their wedding was just this past weekend at the Fox so I will post a blog about that later!  See their Little Five Love here: Deborah & Tony

Michelle & Scott, June 28, 2008

Back to Villa Christina again!  However, this time, Michelle & Scott had their ceremony there, too.  I love this family – I get to shoot for them twice this summer!  Michelle’s sister, Wendy, is also getting married this summer (uh, now she IS married- just this last Saturday!) and this is round one for the Stone family.  To date, I have counted six families that I’ve shot two siblings weddings for. Four sets were sisters, one set of brothers, and one brother/sister!  I really love working for a family and seeing everyone again – it’s like a reunion for me, too!  Michelle and Scott had a beautiful day and a gorgeous sunset ceremony in the back pavillion of the Villa.  The most touching thing was the Father/Daughter dance that Michelle and her dad, David, recreated from a dance they performed together when Michelle was a little girl.  Magic!  Watch their whole day here:  Michelle & Scott 

Brittany & Chuck’s Engagement Session

Another fabulous couple – despite the fact that they are camera shy, they are so beautiful together it makes my eyes hurt sometimes!  Brittany is a dead-ringer for Christie Brinkley – don’tcha think???  Brittany attended a wedding I shot last year, friends of hers, Melissa & David Peterson.  Now that she and Chuck are tying the knot, she called me to photograph her outdoor wedding on a hillside overlooking Lake Rabun in north Georgia.  The couple wanted to have their e-session up at the lake, too and we got to go out on Chuck’s dad’s antique boat – a Chris Craft.  I love the vintage feel of the images and it was a perfect summer day.  Next year, we’ve gotta go see the fireworks on the 4th at Lake Rabun!  Have fun watching their slideshow here:  Brittany & Chuck

So that’s the wrap up!  I have several more weddings being processed right now and also I wanna share some new albums with you, too.  Check back – I promise it won’t be months now!