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Welcome

Hi there!  And welcome to my blog! 

I'm Brenda, and I LOVE my job.  Being able to do something for a living that never really feels like "work" is amazing.  I am a 2005 graduate of the University of Georgia where I studied art and photography.  Since then I started digging my heels into all areas of photography, trying to find my niche.  Once I tagged along as a second shooter at a wedding with a friend, I knew I had found it.  I love that I get to be a part of such an important day in people's lives and document it for generations to pass on. 



The Stables at Foxhall Resort Wedding | Genevieve and Daniel | Georgia Wedding Photographer

Genevieve and Daniel’s wedding day at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville, Georgia didn’t exactly go quite as planned. When you spend months upon months planning your dream wedding and all the details you agonize over, you never expect a food allergy to come into play. But, unfortunately the night before the wedding, the bride ate something that must have contained Cocoa. And she’s really allergic to Cocoa. My second shooter, Stacy and I arrived at 1pm expecting it to be a typical Saturday. When I saw Gen, I knew something was wrong. I felt so terrible for her. She was nauseous and weak and could barely stand for longer than a minute. The couple had planned to do a first look, but it was looking more and more like everything for the day would be off schedule. So, with tears in her eyes she called Daniel and told him the news (he had no idea at this point that she was sick). Of course, he rushed over to take care of her. They decided to do the first look anyway; him in his t-shirt and jeans…her in her robe and flip flops. Not exactly the picture she had in her mind, but seeing him settled her nerves and she was already starting to feel better. And I love this part of their wedding story we captured.

Her rockstar bridesmaids were scrambling and finally found a medicine combination/miracle that was starting to work. The incredible team of hair and makeup artists at Brushworx did an amazing job and were so patient with her. She was made up, dressed and ready with about 10 minutes before it was time to walk down the aisle.  She look SO beautiful and radiant that her guests had no idea she was sick at all.

The ceremony at the Stables was stunning. We were able to get all the pics we weren’t able to do before the ceremony afterward. And we were blessed with a gorgeous sunset over the lake. Genevieve and Daniel had a blast at the reception. In the end I know that Gen looks back on the day with so much joy. She remembers the chaos, of course, but she treasures her photos that captured the crazy, wonderful day in all it’s glory. :)2017-02-06_0282017-02-06_019 2017-02-06_020 2017-02-06_021 2017-02-06_022 2017-02-06_023 2017-02-06_024 2017-02-06_025 2017-02-06_026

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Chateau Elan Wedding | Braselton, Georgia | Carrie + Alex

Carrie & Alex’s Wedding at Chateau Elan was a photographer’s dream! Here are my favorite images from the day…

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CeNita Vineyard Wedding | Cleveland, Georgia | Lindy & Zachary

Lindy & Zachary had their ceremony and reception at the gorgeous CeNita Vineyards in Cleveland Georgia. Here are my faves of the day!


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Peachtree Presbyterian Church | Carlyle House | Cameron + Ethan

 

A couple of weeks before Cameron and Ethan’s wedding in May, we got the opportunity to do a Bridal Portrait session at the Carlyle House in Norcross where their reception would be held. Cameron was just radiant on both days and I’m so happy with the photos we got. Here are faves!
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Country Club of the South | Saint Brigid Church | Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Catie & Dan

Catie and Dan are the sweetest! Their May wedding at Saint Brigid Catholic Church and Reception at Country Club of the South in Alpharetta was such a fun day. Here are some of my favorites!

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Sapelo Island Wedding | Reynold’s Mansion | Jayne & Josh

This blog post has been a long time coming. I knew that it was going to take a while because it would be so hard to narrow down the best images…because honestly all of the images from this wedding are my favorite of all time! So, basically I am just going to post a billion. You’re welcome.

This wedding was so special to me in so many ways. It was the wedding of my second shooter and good friend, Jayne! It was located on one of the most GORGEOUS and secluded islands in Georgia, Sapelo Island. And it is where my boyfriend, Patrick asked me to marry him! It was such a surprise and just the perfect place for our engagement!

We stayed with Jayne and Josh and her closest family and friends at the Reynold’s Mansion. This place is amazing. If you have never been, it should be on your bucket list. The whole weekend was filled with so much love and looking back through these images is taking me right back there. I am so happy for my friend and so happy she chose me to come along to capture this amazing time in her life.

And by the way, how STUNNING is she???!?? Radiant!

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Kimball Hall Wedding | Monica + Greg

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Flint Hill Wedding | Norcross, Georgia | Megan + Eric

Ceremony + Reception Catering + Flowers : Flint Hill, A Divine Event
Bride’s Dress : Atlanta Bridal Couture in Alpharetta
Bridesmaid Dresses : Bridals by Lori

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Atlanta Botanical Gardens | Fuqua Orchid Center | Michelle + Mary

Michelle and Mary’s intimate wedding at Atlanta Botanical Gardens was magical. With a weather forecast of rain all week, everyone was extremely relieved when there wasn’t a single drop. We were so honored to be a part of this special day, to celebrate this amazing couple with their closest friends and family.

Wedding Planner: Camellia Blossom Events

 

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Biltmore Ballrooms, Atlanta | Betsy + Joe

Betsy and Joe’s amazing February wedding at Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta! Here are my favorites of their big day.

Wedding Consultant: A Flawless Event, Amy DiLoreti
Hair and Makeup: Beauty Bar of Buckhead
Bridal Dress Salon: Wedding Angels
Cake: Lush Cakery, Kat Steed
Caterer: Bold American
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Biltmore Ballrooms
Event Design / Florist: Bloomin Bouquets
Officiant: Taylor-made Weddings
DJ: Amp’d Entertainment

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