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Fall Wedding at the Kimpton Brice Savannah

They say it’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding day. Now  I’m not sure how many brides feel that way in the moment, but stories abound from different cultures around the world celebrating rain. From signifying that you will have children to the idea of renewal and starting your married life cleansed almost all versions of this superstition mean good luck.

Alyssa and Michael took it all in stride as Mother Nature forced a change of plans for their outdoor destination wedding. The team at The Brice did an amazing job as they moved the ceremony inside. 

No matter the weather Alyssa and Michael celebrated their love and joy with friends and family as they danced the night away. We even managed to get a photo of the two of them out in the courtyard during a break in the rain.

Congratulations Alyssa and Michael. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day!

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Capturing Your Surprise Proposal

I love surprise proposals! Nothing reminds me more of my days as a newspaper photographer than documenting a proposal. From the anticipation, to capturing the decisive moment, it has everything that I loved about being a photojournalist. Plus we get to be a part of one of the most exciting events in a couple’s relationship.

An engagement is an extremely important milestone in your life. It can also be pretty nerve-racking. Believe me, I know from experience.  I had a beautiful speech planned out, but that was not what came out of my mouth. Add to the nerves, the thought of someone hovering around taking photos during this monumental occasion and it can be a little overwhelming. 

Don’t worry, it's possible to document the “big moment” without being obtrusive. Besides, once you get on your knee and the ring comes out she won’t notice anyone else.

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Forsyth Park and Soho South Wedding

It’s hard to top Forsyth Park when it comes to a truly “Savannah” location for your wedding. Whether it’s just the two of you and an officiant or you’ve got 200 guests, Forsyth Park can accommodate your wedding. It was the perfect venue for Tiffany and Tyson’s elegant Savannah wedding.

After they exchanged vows we strolled around the park to capture some gorgeous photos as Tiffany and Tyson shared in these  first moments as husband and wife.

The reception was held at Soho South Cafe where they shared in some good food, big laughs, and lots of love and fellowship with family and friends.

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Forsyth Park and The Whitman Wedding

Throughout most of my time living in Savannah, hurricanes have not been a major threat. Over the past few years that has changed. Last week we all watched and waited as Hurricane Dorian slowly headed toward the US. Thankfully the monster storm turned and headed to the north, staying well off our beautiful coast. I’m sure it caused plenty of tense moments for couples who had planned for months to have their wedding in areas that were being evacuated. 

Plamena and Justin had been planning their destination wedding for over a year. Family and friends would be flying in from near and far to celebrate with them. As the sun rose Saturday morning you couldn’t even imagine that just days before Savannah was a ghost town. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and Plamena and Justin’s day was so amazing.

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Be Present and Experience Life

As guests entered the wedding, a sign requesting they turn off cell phones, cameras, and other devices welcomed them to the unplugged ceremony. When the bride made her grand entrance, all of the guests stood up and cell phones came out from every corner. As she made her way down the aisle, two guests stepped to the center behind her for a better shot, temporarily blocking my view as well as the videographer’s.

Every so often, I see posts and blogs from wedding photographers about how inconsiderate guests can be at weddings. One went viral not too long ago and was all over social media. However, I learned long ago that this has simply become part of the modern times, and it’s my job as a professional to honestly document events as they happen. Sometimes that may even mean a few photos have cell phones in them.

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