All photos by LeahAndMark & Co.
Wedding Planner: Melanie Hobert
Venue: SugarBoo Farms
Atlanta. Wedding. Photographer. North. Georgia. Woods. Mountain. Forest. Parade. LeahAndMark & Co.
Lately, I’ve been shooting a lot of babies and weddings. Which is awesome, because being the total girl that I am, I happen to love babies and weddings. BUT. I also happen to love other stuff too. Like, you know, a styled shoot in the woods with a psychic. And the bonus? I left this shoot more at peace than I’d felt in weeks. I’ll explain that part in a minute.
Sheri is this amazing clairvoyant that I met a few years back when I hired her to do readings at a party I threw. (Fun fact about me: Halloween is a big deal in my family, and I’ve been known to go a bit overboard with the annual Halloween parties I host every year. As in: I may or may not have transformed my house into a bayou last fall, complete with trees, vines, Spanish moss, and a bar in my living room. Just sayin’.)
I think styled shoots like this are important because you give your audience a chance to get lost in the details. It’s the same reason why I love weddings; the details are what transport you back to the moment, be it a string of pearls and a pair of high heels or a champagne glass reflection of a packed dance floor. And the details of this shoot were incredible. Books. Candlesticks. Intricate beading on fabric and scarves and saris. And naturally, tarot cards. Being a photographer and finding myself in the most unique of situations never ceases to amaze me. Who can say they’ve been on a photo shoot in the woods, crawling over and under branches and trees and I-hope-that’s-not-poison-ivy, ALL WHILE GETTING YOUR OWN PERSONALIZED TAROT READING? Um. Me.
And of course, Sheri’s reading was delightfully (and a little weirdly) accurate for me. Again. Did I mention I met her a few years ago? When I met her, I was newly pregnant with my second daughter and desperately needed somebody to tell me that me and the little life stirring inside me were going to be alright… cue Sheri and her Awesomeness. So this time around, after some back-and-forth of her literally reading my mind and me responding with constant, “YES. EXACTLY.”, I walked away feeling at peace. Because I made some beautiful photos, yes, but mostly because a little spiritual reassurance on a Wednesday afternoon was exactly what I needed.
And that’s what true peace really feels like.
– Posted by Mark
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 weekend from the beginning of 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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