With over 50 weddings booked for this year alone – we have the good fortune to have seven of them taking place at Sugarboo Farms up in North Georgia. First – it’s always nice to get out of the summer heat and head up to the mountains. Second – Sugarboo Farms is a unique venue, hidden in the mountains where you can literally have all of your guests essentially camp out and party all weekend without anyone bothering you.
The truth is – we know that any couple that decides on Sugarboo Farms for their wedding venue is going to be ALL KINDS OF AWESOME.
We first discovered the venue when Sarah & Max had their wedding there last year – and now we know that it’s always going to not only be a party – but a different party every time we have a wedding there.
This is Jocelyn & Jon – and we really wanted to flex our storytelling muscles on this one. So I brought along Ellie & Kezia to help out, told them the super secret instructions for wedding photography magic – and we went to work.
Thank you very much Jocelyn & Jon – You. Are. Awesome.
Since our last wedding was this past Saturday, I’ve a little bit of time to catch up with all of the editing. We had a wedding practically every weekendfromthe beginningof August until last weekend, and along with the interns, family portraits and well, BabyRoX – finding time to edit has been a struggle. Of course that’s just an excuse. Suck it up sucker. It’s MY JOB.
Lindsay emailed me a few months ago about her small wedding in a secluded area of the North Georgia woods. She found us through Offbeat Bride and even though she and Chance live in Mississippi, they were coming to Georgia and having a small wedding. Now – honestly lots of people tell us they’re having a ‘small wedding’ – but this was the smallest so far – eight people and that includes the bride & groom.
Even better – the directions to the cabin was exactly this:
– Drive to Mile Marker 18
– Take the first left
– Take the dirt road across the railroad tracks
– Slowly drive .09 miles up the mountain
– Turn right at the 4.5th mailbox
– Follow the dirt road until you see the cabin on the right – if you fall off the mountain then you’ve gone too far.
When there are only six people invited to a wedding, and you’re one of the lucky people there to witness the event, it’s quite a special thing. Lindsay emailed me, kindly asked for a discount, said their wedding was going to be in the woods somewhere and that it’d just be her and a few family members. Beyond that they didn’t know much else at the time. They didn’t know that they would have the ceremony on an ISLAND. They didn’t know that the leaves and trees would be perfect – and they didn’t know that it would storm so hard the night before that the mere fact that it was a perfect day was a relative miracle.
But that’s how these things work out. Everything comes together, whether you plan it, or don’t plan it – and whether you hire a photographer or not. Of course Lindsay & Chance’s wedding would’ve been perfect with or without me (obviously) – but I’m grateful that they did invite me to be there. Because damn – it was beautiful, they’re beautiful, and I’m completely honored to have been there.
Lindsay & Chance – You. Are. Awesome.
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We took a break this weekend. Kind of. See, we drove over to Birmingham, Alabama to attend a wedding for Leah’s cousin Allison to her man Ross. Since our friend Renee was photographing the wedding, we decided to ‘video’ a good bit of it (and since we have a hard time only attending weddings these days). The above video is a short, unedited clip (mostly) – and it’s THE REASON why you should consider hiring a GREAT wedding band instead of having only a DJ. I wish I knew what their name was – but they were honestly so awesome, that I’ll edit this post later and put it up.
We primarily shot our video using a Nikon D90 – which meant manually focusing the lens… but it’s alright because back when I started learning photography, I actually shot events with a manual lens from 1968 – so you either learn how to focus REALLY FAST, or you end up with way too many unusable and blurry photos. We have skillz. Sometimes (or we just get really lucky ðŸ™‚
The next day, Leah and I had brunch with the Leah’s family on her mother’s side.
And THEN we drove back to Atlanta, had dinner with her new-ish family (Leah found her birth mother) and celebrated her brother and cousin graduating from high school!
I miss my family out west – but it helps that Leah has 34 cousins (she recently counted) – and that means she has even more aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews. I think I’m going to make it my mission to have my picture taken with… EVERYONE.
Hey. This was at the wedding. Free drinks are FREE!
Have an awesome week. We’re gonna be posting like crazy. Weddings, Engagements, NonProfits, Newborns, and You.
We knew there was a chance that it was going to rain this past Saturday during Megan & Josh’s wedding. When we arrived it was just cloudy. About an hour before the ceremony, the skies let go and it was raining hard + thunder-storming. So we all waited. And then it rained… less. The photos might look like it was just a cloudy day, but I assure you – it went from a hard rain to sprinkling the entire day – and it almost never stopped coming down. Water was still coming down during all of these outdoor photos. Of course – that wasn’t going to stop Megan and Josh from having an excellent wedding day.
One of the things I enjoy about wedding photography is the pressure to deliver absolutely beautiful photos. I’m not talking about photos that are ‘good enough’ – or that just ‘cover’ the event. I want to make absolutely beautiful photos – because that’s what I want to give to the bride and groom – no matter what – even if I’m unprepared for rain and I don’t have a rain cover for myself or my camera – I’ll make one for my camera and I’ll just have to stand out in the rain (small price to pay for getting the shots I want).
I’m always telling our interns about how ‘restrictions’ force you to be more creative – well, the rain definitely forced that on us – not only in what photos we were going to shoot, but HOW we photographed them. Because you can’t spend forever taking formals if you’re asking people to actually stand in the drizzling sprinkle of rain in their fancy clothes. Heck, you can’t even go at a normal pace. You have to be really quick, know what you shots you’re going to take, take them and then make sure that they’re in focus, people’s eyes are open, direct the whole show AND you need to throw in some amount of creativity into the photos. Hopefully. Because ‘just getting the shot’ isn’t worth it if it’s not a shot worth looking at.
So I dragged everyone out walking into the rain to get to the small old barn at the edge of the property just for some photos, and I stood some people on a plow and had the flower girls pose on the bales of hay. Because I was there earlier and since portrait photography is 98% moving furniture – it might as well include moving farm equipment because that’s what I did beforehand, along with moving planks of wood, and the bales of hay.
It was a beautiful wedding and these are the preview photos. We can’t thank Megan & Josh enough for having us be a part of their wedding day.