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Atlanta Wedding Photographers Under 2000

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Here’s the thing with Atlanta Wedding Photographers Under $2,000 – they may or may not be pretty awesome. Actually – that’s also the thing with wedding photographers that are over $5,000. Heck – that’s also the thing with wedding photographers under $1,000. Basically – everyone at all price points can be great or not so great. 

Atlanta Wedding Photographers Under 2000

Now – we all know that wedding planners are a special type of people (because come on, only the truly crazy would decide to plan weddings for their job) – but wedding photographers are truly a different breed of bonkers. They like people but they don’t like people – which is why they like to keep that barrier of the camera between you and them. But then they also just desperately WANT TO HANG OUT WITH YOU for 10 hours on your wedding day. Who does that? 

Wedding photographers that’s who!

But let’s talk about YOU. You may have arrived here because you were looking for a wedding photographer under $2,000. I’m writing this because I may be a wedding photographer that you can hire for under $2,000. Possibly. Maybe. Bjork. (nevermind.)

The point is – all things are possible and depending on your wedding date, depending on how nicely you ask – I might totally be like – aw F*ck yeah let’s do this. (But really you should be asking everyone nicely about many things, anyways.)

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I mean – it’s all in the asking right? Look. $2,000 is on the lower side of things for photography budgets for us – but it’s not impossible. I photograph a billion weddings a year and (not literally) – and some weddings are more, and some weddings are less. At least when it comes to our fee. Maybe you can be on the less side of the fee. Clear? No? Well – if you’ve stumbled across this blog post where I’m basically saying – YES I WILL DO YOUR WEDDING FOR UNDER $2,000 – then you’re who this blog post was written for. Other people who want to pay more than $2,000 probably won’t find this blog post. Because I’m going to BURY THIS F*CKER so deep that only the truly committed to saving money will find it. Like you.

Now – obviously you’re going to want to say that you read this blog post so that I can be like aw hellz yeah they found the blog post! YESSSSSSSSSSSssssssss

Atlanta Wedding Photographers Under 1000 (yeah no)

I mean. That’s kind of cool. Besides. Realistically – honestly – there just aren’t too many really great Atlanta wedding photographers under 2000. (don’t worry about that phrasing there, that’s just for SEO stuff). But THIS IS MY JOB. I’m a Professional Wedding Photographer and I gots bills to pay. Lots of bills to pay. So how about you and me make a deal where you pay me what you can, I make you ridiculously amazing wedding photos – and no one else needs to know any of the details. Right? Yeah! Hi-FIVE!

Boom. So. Atlanta Wedding Photographers Under $2,000 – okay that’s probably ALSO me. 

But hey while we’re at it working on the SEO terms – Atlanta Wedding Photographers Over $7,000 – that’s DEFINITELY ME TOO.

Hey. Send me a message and let’s do this thing.

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The Top 10 Best Atlanta Wedding Photographers

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Here’s the thing right? I’m a wedding photographer. So of course I’m going to include myself on this list – and that’s not just some crazy amount of pride. It’s just… well… why wouldn’t you include yourself in the top 10 of your profession in a specific category? Why Not. Besides – maybe we ARE one of the top 10 best Atlanta wedding photographers. Maybe not. It’s not exactly a science that can be measured with math and more math. 

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The Top 10 Best Atlanta Wedding Photographers

It’s art right? That’s what we’d all have you believe. Wedding Photography is art and so you’re hiring an artist along with a professional. Because you definitely want a ‘Professional’ wedding photographer and not just a talented every now and then wedding photographer. I’m not talking about everyone – I’m talking about YOU. I’m talking about YOU and what you want. There’s a reason you’ve spent more time searching for a wedding photographer than your officiant. There’s a reason you’ve spent more time looking at wedding photo gallery after gallery and more galleries. Because you’ve seen SO MANY bad wedding photos. You’ve experienced so many bad wedding photographers – and now it’s your turn and you want great photos, a great experience, and… all around awesome from your wedding photographer.

But how do you find them? How do you find these elusive amazingly talented wedding photographers that aren’t a scam, that aren’t jerks (well, jerks in a way that doesn’t rock with how you’re a jerk) and that can be the ONLY person you’re paying to hangout with you for 10 hours on your wedding day. I know – you might be paying for a planner as well but honestly – they’re busy planning and running your wedding. While you’re photographer? They’re busy… watching you guys. ALL. DAY. 

Well, now that sounds creepy. AND IT COULD BE.

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SO obviously you’ll want someone you’re comfortable with. Someone who doesn’t creep you out. Along with them being able to make ridiculously amazing photos. Right? Right. 

Now. Who are these people? Maybe you know someone already. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you know someone but they’re already booked. NOW WHAT? 

Keep searching. There are about 9 billion wedding photographers out there in the greater metro Atlanta area – so I’m sure you can find one that IS available and happy to be there with you. 

And now. We come to the list. Well. In a little bit. Because obviously I have a pitch. You know. A Pitch. Because obviously we would like to be your wedding photographer. We want to be there making all the amazing photos on your wedding day. Right? Of course. It’s practically why we exists. We’re full time wedding photographers and THIS IS WHAT WE DO. We don’t dabble. We don’t only do this on the weekends while we go back to our day jobs on Monday.

This is our profession. Wedding Photography is OUR JOB. Your wedding photography IS OUR JOB. 

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And that’s why we’re all here. You. Us. Me. We. That’s why we’re here. Because you’re searching for that special wedding photographer that will flat out KICK ASS at your wedding while being all kinds of Ninja and not weird and not creepy or lame – and still delivering bags full of AWESOME PHOTOS. You know. You’re looking for that wedding photographer that will BRING IT and make magic that just shows the world HOW F*CKEN BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE!

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Alright! YEAH! Hi-FIVE!

Let’s do this.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSssssssssssssss Thank you.

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Different Food & Dinner Options for Your Wedding

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I’m making a few assumptions with this post.

  1. You want food available/to feed your guests something
  2. You’re feeding them dinner

Of course you absolutely have the option of not really providing any food for your guests (just make sure you let me know that this is NOT THAT KIND OF WEDDING). This is not unheard of – you can simply have a ‘cocktail reception’ as they say – which would still kind of mean that you’d be providing some food but more like simple appetizers and bites. Nothing resembling a meal. Unless you eat 34 bites.

Wedding Catering Food Dinner Ideas

SO. What are the dinner food options for your wedding? Or more appropriate and specifically – what are the different food service options for your wedding reception? Ah yes – Food Service Options.

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Say it again – Food Service Options for Your Wedding Reception (that’s just SEO junk there)

  • Seated Meal
    • Alright – this is you probably already know as one of your main options. Just feed everyone a seated meal like it was a restaurant with a very limited menu. Yes there are some great benefits to having full seated meal service – but those benefits definitely add up in costs. Largely in the costs to provide enough servers/waitstaff to make sure that the plates get served in a timely manner. The problem or costs can get exponentially greater as the number of your guests grows. Definitely something to keep in mind. You’ll also want to balance out the quality of the food with the number of guests and costs. A seated meal/dinner service is often thought of as the most traditional food service but that doesn’t mean that you can’t go with one of the other options and still have an amazingly impressive wedding reception.
  • Family-Style Meal
    • You know how some restaurants say they serve food ‘family style’? Which really just means they bring the food on slightly larger plates to your table and make you serve yourselves. Right. Okay. This is sort of in between a seated meal and a buffet. More like… a seated buffet. YES. EXACTLY. Feels fancy like a seated meal but unfancy like Golden Corral…
  • Buffet Meal
    • Ahahaha I just made a Golden Corral joke just now and it was HILARIOUS (see above like two lines.) – okay your wedding reception buffet doesn’t have to be like the amazing buffet at Golden Corral – because that’s some DAMN FINE FOOD THEY HAVE THERE. No seriously. I LOVE Golden Corral. I only eat like 3 things and pile on 5 plates of the stuff – but I LOVE those three things. Same with your wedding reception buffet. You give people the opportunity to eat as much as they want of the same 3 things and leave the rest for the rest of the people… often times cheaper than a seated meal and with way more food for everyone. Just don’t go cheap okay? As in – barely enough food for people. I’ve seen roast beef sliced so thin and small that it was basically cold cuts.
  • Brunch or Lunch
    • This changes your whole day. If you’re not having a dinner reception then you don’t have to have dinner food. Heck – if you’re having a dinner reception, you don’t have to have dinner food either. Anyway – breakfast – everyone loves breakfast food. And if they don’t love breakfast food then they don’t need to be attending your wedding because they’re probably some kind of miserable f*cker. (WHO DOESN’T LIKE BREAKFAST FOOD?!) Oh yeah – and if you’re having a brunch/breakfast/lunch wedding reception – the drinking will probably be WAY LESS than if you were just partying the night away. Boom. Saved you some money. YOU’RE WELCOME.
  • Heavy H’orderves/Cocktail hour
    • IDK. I said something up there earlier about how you don’t have to serve as much food if you’re just serving heavy h’orderves – unless that’s what you’re serving for dinner – then you DO have to serve just as much food… which may or may not save you money. Because I know we served heavy h’orderves for dinner at our wedding and that was still damn expensive. What do I know about any of this really – I’m a photographer.

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Alright! Thank you! You’re awesome!

 

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K + A | Monday Night Brewing | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

Monday Night Brewing Wedding Venue

When it comes to wedding venues – you can get married pretty much anywhere you want to get married (as long as you’re willing to pay…) – but also – that means you don’t have to get married at the generally obvious, regular wedding venues. FOR EXAMPLE – you can get married at a brewery – like Monday Night Brewing here in Atlanta. I’ve photographed several weddings there and it’s always a whole bag of fun and awesome. Because come on – you’re getting married at a brewery.

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Not only that – the patio area is GREAT. There’s also plenty of room inside for eating and dancing and eating and partying. PLUS – the staff is always laid back (because duh – it’s a brewery – how do you think they would be? Right? RIGHT.)

It’s just at the end of November as I write this – and I’m furiously trying to edit and edit and EDIT all of the weddings that I photographed over the last few months. Trying to finish and get caught up before the end of the year. It’s been a really, really great and amazing year – aside from the part where I’m pretty sure I had walking pneumonia during most of October. But really – in the end – come on, I have a great job. I photograph (and attend) weddings for a living. My clients are generally not crazy (well they’re crazy but in the best ways) and they’re amazing and fun and… well – if they spent any time on this website before hiring me – they know what they’re buying when they hire me. Maybe.

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Monday Night Brewing is probably one of the better breweries for weddings. It’s true. Again – because of their patio. There’s enough space and enough greenery to make it… look better than… other options. AND the beer is pretty damn good.

Kennedy and Alberto – ridiculously beautiful people and instead of a food truck they had ‘food truck stations’. Now – I know some of you may be considering having a food truck cater your wedding. Great. They’re actually pretty cheap considering the regular catering options. The main problem with a single food truck is the timing. Basically no one will be eating together. It’s like a single file line of food spaced about 1-2-3 minutes apart. So if you have say 100 guests, the last guests will eat about an hour after your first guests finished their food (hopefully that soon.)

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But food truck stations – you get all the food truck food without the bad timing. See? AWESOME! Well. I know I ate my weight in tacos for sure. (That’s a lot of tacos btw.)

Right. SO. Did I mention Monday Night Brewing? Did I mention that we’re Atlanta wedding photographers? Am I just trying to get some SEO points for Google search ranking and also hit my 500 word count somehow? Probably. And in closing I’d like to say… boom! 504!

 

 

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C + P | Flying Caballeros Ranch | California Wedding Photographer

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Flying Caballeros Ranch Wedding

A few months ago I had the honor and fortune to fly out to San Luis Obispo, California for Caroline and Paul’s wedding. It’s actually been a while since I last photographed a wedding out in California – but of course it’s always great (mostly because it’s not Georgia.) (ha but don’t get me wrong – I love Georgia weddings – duh – and I’m not just saying that because I’m SO RICH FROM ALL THE GEORGIA WEDDINGS) – but you know. California is so awesome! And I’m not just saying that in some kind of desperate wedding photographer sort of way (you know – when on their website they’re like, ‘available for destination weddings WORLDWIDE.’ – uh. That’s like DUH. Of course you’re available for weddings anywhere people will pay you. Stop begging.

Oh right. Caroline and Paul’s wedding – it was at the amazing Flying Caballeros Ranch out in San Luis Obispo, California. SO AWESOME. I actually flew into LAX and then drove up the coast to get there and aside from the traffic – it was a great drive… IDK. I like the beach. I didn’t get to go to the beach and I barely saw the ocean but ummm, okay maybe I’m desperate for the beach and even driving by it made me happy. Okay. Right. Where was I?

Oh yeah. Caroline is Andre’s sister and Andre is an amazing photographer (artist) that worked with me a few years ago here in Atlanta. So. It was great that Andre referred Caroline to me because that’s FAMILY. And you don’t refer someone to your family unless you think good things about that someone. Plus. Photographers – we’re awful petty people so a referral from another photographer is a BIG COMPLIMENT. You know what I mean.

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Right. See? Wasn’t that awesome and amazing? Look at that landscape. Look at those people. Look at those… IDK – all those wedding things in the wedding photos! So pretty! So… awesome! So… oh yeah I was also fortunate enough to work with my friend Markie Jones on this wedding – she actually flew down from Washington state to help me out so yeah – all kinds of AWESOME RIGHT?! YES.

Now if you follow me on Instagram or if you’ve kept up with us over the years – you know that we’ve been fortunate enough to photograph weddings all over the country semi-regularly. Like more than I EVER thought I would. Seriously. Especially for wedding photography – cause come on – there are AMAZING wedding photographers EVERYWHERE. And these people could always hire someone closer to them than hiring me to fly out of Atlanta all the way to… wherever they are. Right? RIGHT. In fact – most of the time these days whenever I get an inquiry from some far away state I’m usually like… are you sure you haven’t look around locally? Because I’m sure I can find someone pretty awesome that’s RIGHT THERE.

And then sometimes they still hire me. I know. Crazy right? I don’t get it either. But I do appreciate the f*ck out of it.

AND HEY! 500 words! I’m OUT.

 

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V + T | Trees Atlanta | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

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Trees Atlanta Wedding Ceremony

We recently photographed Val & Tim’s wedding at Trees Atlanta. Tim is an amazing videographer that works with us from time to time on weddings (that’s him below on the right!) – so it was really special that Krisandra (that’s her on the left!) and I were able to photograph Tim’s wedding! Like – the band’s back together! Sort of.
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So. Trees Atlanta. Now – for those of you who don’t live here or haven’t spent any time here – as you go around the city you’re bound to run into these signs that say “Another Planting by Trees Atlanta”. And then in your head you’d say to yourself – oh that’s cool – an actual organization dedicated to planting trees around town. Because trees are SO IMPORTANT. I’m glad SOMEONE is doing that work. I should do work like that. Because trees are like the planet’s lungs and stuff. And we need more trees. They help fight global warming – I mean climate change. But yeah trees are so pretty and way better than all of the generic evil development that keeps popping up. Who needs MORE bland apartment complexes? Or more boring condominiums. We need MORE TREES. So it’s great that Trees Atlanta exists. And I’m glad they have all these signs around town to let me know they exists! Oh but now I have to go to the new Target that just opened up.

Right. Oh yeah – so Trees Atlanta. They replace trees lost to development (evil condominiums!) conserve existing trees, and protect green spaces. That’s what they do. Check them out.

Also. Who knew you could have weddings at their headquarters? Right? RIGHT?! But apparently it’s a thing – and look – they have a cool metal tree right in the center of their reception space. Cool right? And look at that outdoor garden green space area! And look at those plants! And trees… although you’d expect that there would be lots of trees over at um, you know, TREES Atlanta.

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So Val. And Tim. Awesome people and their wedding was a whole lot of fun for me and Krisandra to photograph. I mean – it’s almost always fun to attend your friends weddings (I say almost always because you know… some people are crazy and that’s why they’re your friends but that doesn’t mean that their wedding will be fun – fortunately Tim’s wedding WAS fun and it was beautiful – but I’ll give most of that credit to Val since well… WE KNOW.)

Oh – and having weddings at Trees Atlanta is great too because I’m sure the money helps them plant more trees and you know we all need more trees because climate change. Right? Right.

Also… now I’m thinking about all of the other not-for-profit type organizations with nice headquarters that would probably totally let you have your wedding there as long as you paid them money. And how cool and different it would be vs yet another (insert cliche wedding venue that I will not name because I don’t want to offend anyone because I need work because work = money.) SO YEAH!

Oh and hey – I see the 500 word count as been reached so I. Am. OUT.

 

 

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C + J | Ponce City Market Engagement Session | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

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Ponce City Market Engagement Session

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I’ve recently spent a lot of time at Ponce City Market – photographing weddings (Chelsea and Walt) – headshots… and about 78 other engagement sessions. (Like this one.) And the thing is this – THEY’RE ALL AWESOME. Sure there’s always the very high chance that you’re going to get kicked out (especially now – because you know – we photographers RUIN EVERYTHING) – but Ponce City Market really isn’t like any other development in town. (And I’m not just saying that to kiss up to them because we all know they don’t care and yeah yeah yeah.) There’s just a lot to work with AND it also connects to the Atlanta Beltline – so you can stroll along that and get more shots as well.

But really – the trick is to know what shot you’re trying to make, work fast, and then get the f*ck out of there. Well – I haven’t had any real problems but mostly because I’m really damn fast (at photography okay. Not like, everything. Okay?… nevermind.)

See. Engagement sessions at Ponce City Market right now – are still ridiculously awesome.

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Every year is different in this business – and this year (really this Fall) I’ve had more engagement sessions than the last three years combined. SO. Here’s the thing with “engagement sessions” – they don’t have to be that. They don’t have to be super cheesy we’re in love generic photos. Actually – I dare say that most engagement sessions aren’t that at all. An engagement session is really just a regular portrait session – except adult couples don’t get professional portraits so it might seem a little weird/strange/different. And you’re right. It IS.

But it’s always an easy way to get good photos of the two of you – not in wedding clothes. (By good photos I mean professional photos not taken with a cell phone camera.)

Right. So. Engagement Sessions at Ponce City Market. Where was I?

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Oh yeah. Something I’ve really, really, really been enjoying lately is COLOR. You may have noticed it from the photos I’ve been posting lately – it’s a literal color explosion. Bright Bright Bright colors! Everywhere! At least whenever I can you know.

So hey. I’m an Atlanta Wedding Photographer and one of the things that I’m supposed to know – is where the best locations are for engagement sessions. And people come to me for engagement sessions – I ask them what kind of session do they want. Basically – do you want something in the city, or in a park, or further out and wild nature? or river? Or mountain? Or OR OR Or in your home and then other places? Yeah. All that. And then I go and just MAKE AMAZING. Right?

No matter the location. Sometimes I have a little bit of say – and sometimes I don’t have any – but I’m ALWAYS supposed to bring the Awesome. It’s kind of my job.

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Alright Team. That’s it. Let’s do some of that SEO Service.

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S + R | Backyard Ceremony & Reception | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

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Alright! It’s Halloween night as I write this and my son’s full of candy but still somehow he’s asleep now. So I’m writing this blog post – while Ash Vs. Evil Dead plays in the background and I myself have consumed way too much coffee. Am I foreshadowing how much this post is going to go off the rails into who knows where? Probably. Definitely. Maybe. Who Knows. What I do know is that 500 words is a lot of words and then not a lot of words but OH MY GOD WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS SHOW?! – (sorry watching Ash Vs. Evil Dead remember?)

Right. Back to it. Backyard weddings. That’s what this was! That’s how S & R celebrated their wedding – in a big backyard here in Atlanta – and WOW. It. Was. Awesome.

Like really awesome. Like not the ‘backyard wedding’ where it’s just picnic tables and cheap barbecue and people that feel like they don’t need to dress up. Oh yeah – FOOD. S & R had Thai food catered and YEAH. I totally ATE MY WEIGHT in pad thai. They basically could’ve paid me in pad thai. And coffee. And maybe fried chicken. Probably fried chicken. What else…  oh Sesame chicken too. That’s good stuff. Right. Okay – back to this.

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Check out that backyard! It’s SO AWESOME! You wanna be like – WHO HAS A BACKYARD LIKE THAT? Apparently people here in Atlanta. Definitely no one in Phoenix, Arizona (where I grew up.)

Oh yeah AND another thing about backyard weddings – decorate. Look – just because it’s a backyard wedding doesn’t mean that you can be lazy about things. Decorate – that’s what makes it more of a wedding ceremony in a backyard and not just… a conversation in a backyard. Right? Right. So decorate. It doesn’t take too much. Seriously. Pick up a book. Do a Google search. Check out Pinterest or something. I bought a book on kitchen spaces and now my kitchen looks ALL KINDS OF BADASS! I got one of those cool magnetic knife rack things – and then I installed some other bars and hooks and instead of everything being in a drawer they’re hanging and being all show casey. And my cutting boards are all made of wood and are GIANT (except you know, the one I use for cutting meat cause that would be unsafe germ and bacteria-wise.)

Oh. Right. Let’s keep moving along.

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No seriously – I’m watching this Ash Vs. Evil Dead show and it just keeps getting more and more impressive when it comes to the gore and blood – but not in a sick sad HOSTEL or SAW movie type of way – more of a… well, slapstick EVIL DEAD kind of way.

Oh – nevermind – that show ended. Switched over to Black Mirror. Now if you haven’t seen that show – WATCH IT. It’ll make you want to quit social media and technology and things like that. Because dammit – my happiness/meaning in life is not measured BY MY INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK SCORE!

Wait. I hit the word count.

Atlanta backyard weddings are often times the most beautiful and most amazing kinds of weddings. Just make sure you put a little effort and a lot of love into your ceremony and reception and you’re guaranteed to have an amazing wedding day.

Nailed it!

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C & W | Ponce City Market | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

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The Carter Center Wedding Ceremony

This is Chelsea and Walt – two ridiculously amazing people that somehow found me (actually their friend referred me and you know it’s ALWAYS nice when someone refers a client to us… because that’s just… AWESOME!)… where was I… Oh yes. Chelsea, Walt – amazing – people – their ceremony actually took place at The Carter Center and then the reception was on the roof at Ponce City Market.

I first talked to Chelsea… over a year ago – in fact we were traveling the country in our RV for two months when she and I talked. So we never actually met until a few weeks before their wedding – lots of trust with my clients because I rarely take meetings anymore and most of the deal making is thru phone calls, emails, and text (I like text cause then I can send all the crazy emojis I like 😉

But YES! Wedding! Ponce City Market! Carter Center! Let’s refocus here.

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Look – wedding vendors come in all… well there are many different kinds out there. Some are beginning, some are so-so and some are properly respectable. I probably fall somewhere in between all that mess and I probably slide up and down the scale – but for this one, Chelsea and Walt definitely hired proper villains. Er – I mean wedding PROFESSIONALS.

The team of wedding vendors they put together – well – we were all amazing and everything went off flawlessly… and even when it didn’t – Chelsea and Walt were super super SUPER about it all. (Because there are always hiccups on a wedding day you know.)

Ponce City Market Wedding Reception

What’s great about Ponce City Market is that it’s basically a mini-city. Seriously. So you can wander all around it and never get ALL the photos. There were photo ideas/locations I came up with that we just didn’t have time to get to – and we still covered a lot of ground! Of course – Atlanta in general is a great city for locations because it’s… endless really. Right? Wedding Photographer! (that’s just SEO junk right there – pay no attention.)

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You know what else really participated that day? The weather. Ridiculously good. It got a little warm for a second – but that’s about it – we were able to get so many outside photos because there was a breeze and none of us were melting our faces off. (Always a good thing when you have people getting married you know.)

Oh yeah – and another thing about having a wedding at Ponce City Market – they have lots and lots of people to help you get around the property. I mean… you probably have to have those people (security) especially since we went through all these hidden back corridors and things that I’m sure I’d normally get arrested for going thru – and it’s always nice to not get arrested. Trust me on that. Wait. What am I talking about?

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SO basically my job the entire day as a wedding photographer is to see photos and then capture them in my camera. Right? Right. Obviously (or not so obviously) – the more there is to work with, the easier my job is. But what there is ‘to work with’ is different for every photographer. Some photographers like… boring things. Others like interesting things. (I’m totally throwing shade.)

But now I see that I’ve hit my SEO 500 word count so let’s finish this thing.

Chelsea and Walt. You. Are. Awesome.

 

Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Carter Center

Wedding Reception Venue: Ponce City Market

Atlanta Wedding Photographer: LeahAndMark & Co.

Wedding Planner/Designer: Britain Lamont Events

Wedding Videography: Trumpet Bird

Wedding Cake: The Cake Hag

Florals: Candler Park Flowers

DJ: Mike Zarin

 

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1920’s Themed Wedding (NOT Gatsby) | North Carolina Wedding Photographer

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1920’s Themed Wedding

When I spoke with Tracy on the phone about her wedding – she made it clear that it was 1920’s themed wedding – and NOT Gatsby. Because you know – The Great Gatsby is our default reference for any 1920’s party right? LOL. Except the book isn’t exactly the happiest cheeriest story out there. SO.

1920’s – not Gatsby.

And you know what – It. Was. Awesome.

Like all kinds of Awesome.

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I actually brought along my crew and we all hopped in the car to get up to High Point, NC. where the wedding took place. Nearly everyone had to travel (including Tracy and Patrick) to be there – so it was a destination wedding for most of the people involved. The Centennial Arts Center is an old train depot and of course it still has a few train cars outside (which we made use of during their portrait session as you saw above!)

But really – what was great about this wedding – and many weddings – is that you could tell that all of these people – this collection of friends and family really did care about and love both Tracy and Patrick. (I know – that was totally a super long run on sentence strung together but the illegal use of – – – – )

Of course the stage was dramatically lit – and of course Tracy and Patrick had prepared and rehearsed their first dance! And it was so awesome! Her dress! Those moves! Exclamation point!

1920’s Themed Wedding. (don’t mind that – it’s just for SEO reasons you know.)

There was also a definite library theme alongside the 1920’s part and you can see that in their center pieces being stacked of old books and other bits of the decor as well. Yes. The Centennial Arts Center in High Point, North Carolina is a great wedding venue. And I’m not struggling to hit my 500 word count for the darn SEO points!… not at all.

Oh yeah – the food was amazing, and the music was great and they also had a selection of craft beers for their guests. And and and… why did it take me so long to blog this wedding? AHHHH! It took place back in April and I’m only blogging it now? What is wrong with me? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with you Mark. You just happen to think that a 1920’s themed wedding (not Gatsby) is really great and you wanted to try to do the blog post justice so you wanted to take your time. I wanted to take my time… even though now that’s not really reflected in this blog post. 500 words is SO MANY WORDS. Alright. 460. Almost there.

Oh yeah – I also got to finally meet a few people in real life that at this wedding that I had only known from the Facebook. So that was cool. And Juliana up there playing the guitar – always good to see her… and… that’s 510! Boom SEO Suckas! I’m OUT.

Oh yeah – Tracy and Patrick. Thank you so much.

How to Hire Live Musicians for Your Wedding Ceremony | VLOG

When you’ve decided to hire ceremony musicians – you want to find someone who is very experienced playing weddings – not just in playing – but playing weddings specifically.

Do they have a list of music/songs that work really well for wedding ceremonies – that list will give you an idea of their experience – their knowledge – and the general, can they do what you want? Can they play what you want? Do they already have the sheet music for it? For example – a string quartet needs sheet music in order to play – and often times the sheet music isn’t available for popular songs you’ve heard on the radio.

So – someone – probably your musicians – are going to have to actually write that sheet music. I KNOW RIGHT? THAT’S SO PROFESSIONAL!

And if they can write the music – you know you’re working with badass musicians. Because not all musicians can actually WRITE music.

Alright – if we don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and we’ll talk to you later.

(also – that’s Kat up there in the video with me – you can hire her and her team for your wedding! Over at Luna Strings!)

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Vegas Wedding? Make Time for The Strip

If you’re having a wedding in Las Vegas, NV. – you’ll want to make time for a portrait session down on the strip – or downtown on Fremont St.

Let me say that again – MAKE TIME FOR YOUR PORTRAIT SESSION. Whether you have to do it the day before or the day after or the same evening – after your wedding reception and before the after party – MAKE TIME. It’s worth it. If you have a great photographer – it’s DEFINITELY WORTH IT. Don’t settle for only photos at your hotel – get out there and get some photos that LOOK LIKE VEGAS.

You won’t regret it.

Alright – if I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.

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