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Sweet Tybee Island Wedding Chapel Wedding

The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel has long been one of my favorite venues. Add in a super adorable couple and you get one pretty spectacular wedding day. Sarah and John’s friends and family all agree on one thing. Sarah and John are the perfect match for one another. Spend more than 5 minutes with them and you can easily see why. 

From the sweet ceremony to all of the personal touches the day was magical from start to finish. Plus, you hardly ever go wrong with a live band and Leopold’s Ice Cream. John,  being a musician himself, totally stole the show when he joined the band for a song.

 

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What I Learned From Watching Gold Rush

Last week I decided to work at home a couple of days, which was probably my first mistake. I turned the TV on the Discovery Channel and a marathon of the series Gold Rush was on. As it turns out, the 10th season was premiering on Friday, so it was all Gold Rush all week. 

I’m sure you know what’s coming next...yup I was sucked in to watching part of a TV show marathon. I’m not sure what it is about the show. I guess it’s true that we’ll watch just about anything, as long as there’s a little drama. If you haven’t seen it- the show follows 3 gold mining crews as they use modern day techniques to mine their claims in the Yukon. It’s a lot of heavy equipment moving a lot of dirt, which is not good for the environment.

As I was watching, I began to realize that it was more than just mindless entertainment. I could see the mining bosses were giving a lesson in running a business, whether they knew it or not.

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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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Andaz Savannah Wedding

It was a hot, but a relatively quiet day in Forsyth Park. Ashley was a vision of beauty in her wedding dress. Justin held her in his arms as we captured some gorgeous photos by the fountain. It was their first quiet moments together since being announced as husband and wife.

Ashely and Justin were married during a beautiful ceremony on the rooftop deck at the Andaz Savannah. After the short trip to Forsyth Park for photos they arrived back at the Andaz to dance the night away and celebrate with family and friends.

 

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Hope, Love, and Joy

There’s a terrible old saying heard in newsrooms all over- “if it bleeds, it leads.” It seems most every news station and headline sadly leads with tragedy. Our social media feeds are filled with thoughts, prayers, well wishes, anger, and sadness. As I recently viewed news and current events, I couldn’t help but think of photojournalists working to keep us informed. After all, it was my job for 14 years. Fortunately, I never had to cover the aftermath of  a mass shooting, but I did cover plenty of senseless acts of violence. I’ve visited with grieving families, mere hours after losing a loved one. I’ve documented candlelight vigils, memorial services, and more funerals than I would like to remember. The one thing that I remember most is the feeling of hopelessness and despair in these moments. A dark cloud of grief had filled the room, and it had sucked the joy and hope from the people in it. Worst of all, the one thing that’s needed most in those tragic moments, is the one thing we rarely get a chance to document. Hope.

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