Archive for October, 2008

Brittany & Chuck at Lake Rabun

Posted in Weddings with tags , , on October 16, 2008 by sharizellers

Amazing, amazing, amazing!  I’m seriously going to have to look up an online thesarus because what else can I say about this wedding?!  First of all, lake weddings in the mountains hold a special place in my heart.  A long time ago, I won my first wedding photography award for Joy & Eric’s wedding at Lake Chatuge and there is just something so magical for me about weddings on the water.  So when Brittany came to me with the plans to have her wedding overlooking Lake Rabun, another FAVORITE lake of mine (Steven and I have talked before about buying up at Lake Rabun!) that I was just giddy with excitement.

Brittany & Chuck showed me the site for their upcoming wedding when I met them there for their engagment photos back in July.  This couple (like so many) is so photogenic they almost make me cry with joy.  However, they are just a teeny bit camera shy ;o).  Not a problem!  I work very quickly and try to make our time together effortless yet come away with natural images you’ll cherish forever.

The attention to detail was delicious yet seemed so casual and effortless. Of course, Brittany used to work as an event planner with the company that helped her arrange her wedding, Soiree. The ladies did such a beautiful job on the location, the decor, and planning.  Even a bit of rain that day didn’t overshadow the events!  We just hung out under a tent for a few moments to wait for the lonely cloud to pass over and then, voila!  it was over and we came out for family formals.  The flower girls were so happy they were dancing all over the place during the ceremony!

We couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop for this ceremony.  The lake, the mountains, and this hillside adorned by the simple altar arrangements and flower petals provided by John Grady Burns really provided all we needed to make some stunning images.  This one of Brittany & Chuck walking is my favorite image of the day!

After a few romantics together on the hillside, the wedding party joined them for a casual stroll down the block to the pavillion where the reception was being held.   This took them by Louies on the Lake where they were greeted by thunderous applause from the patrons!  The pavillion was also a wonderfully rustic venue to continue our lakeside theme and once again, John’s designs were a warm and natural addition to the ambiance.

The band, Mo’ Sol’, that performed for the reception entertainment really kept the crowd hopping.  I think that everyone burned off so many calories that the McDonald’s cheeseburgers that were served near midnight were not going to affect anyones’ diet very seriously! ;o)

The gorgeous couple made a beautiful exit through long glowing sparklers and headed off into the dark night.  It was such a great wedding and a fabulous day!  You gotta check out their slideshow HERE.

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Victoria & James in Historic Duluth

Posted in Engagements with tags , on October 14, 2008 by sharizellers

So seriously, how long should it take me between blogs to get back in the habit?  Hmmm, like brushing one’s teeth I suppose – it’s a healthy habit to have of course and I LOVE sharing my most recent sessions with everyone.  It’s just I haven’t made time each day!  Gosh, and I’ve got a lot to catch up on again…three engagement sessions and a wedding in just the last week!

As many of you know by now, I really enjoy going to shoot at new locations.  Hey, I’m a traveler at heart!  There is a lovely comfort in shooting at a familiar location, however what really gets my creative juices flowing is a new venue or a new park, town, site at which I get to explore and come up with some shots never seen before.  Not that I want to necessarily do outrageous shots – just DIFFERENT!  Ya know?!

Victoria and James told me in our conversations that they love to eat at this little restuarant in downtown historic Duluth -the Park Cafe.  What a cute and quaint place for us to start their session!  Since they also enjoy a glass of wine there, why not include that in their session?  Also helps to relax, too, eh? ;o)  Wine is ordered, and photos taken!  Great beginnings!

Nice background for a shot of the bling…golden white wine!  Since I arrived early to the location, I wandered around the park and square of this adorable downtown historic district.  I really quickly fell in love with all the abundant options for backgrounds and vignettes!  The fountain, the newly built city hall…and a lush green terraced lawnWe wandered the square and the light was amazing this time of day – perfect fall weather, too!

The new city hall was apparently finished in 2007 – the same year Victoria and James met  – so I thought it would be cute to feature that date behind them with this groundlevel angle.

Just goofing around and having fun with each other makes for some natural, candid images.  You kinda have to get the ball started by just realizing how much fun it is to just enjoy each other with no other distractions…oh, except that photographer that’s following you around!  (“who is she?!”) ;o)

At the end of the day though, for me it’s all about the romance. That two people that were meant to be together found each other…and then I get this incredible opportunity to capture their love and adventure!

Check out their entire engagement slideshow by clicking HERE.