Photographed by Jessica McGowan and Adam Linke
We love our job to begin with. So, when you throw us two smart and sophisticated love birds, with incredible taste and an appreciation for the details, we know we’ve died and gone to photography heaven. This is how we’d describe the relationship with our bride and groom, Katie and Jeremy.
These two wanted a party created especially for them, and one that would be a really good time with their family and friends. By default, what we witnessed was something truly romantic and full of fun, personal Atlanta details. Katie said up front, “Our ceremony is somewhat unique and special to us. We’ve put details representing us into the ceremony, and we’re excited about the vendors we’ve booked.”
Those details included a personal score to the wedding processional, a close friend officiating and a string quartet made up of Jeremy’s actual students. The rehearsal dinner included cameos from King of Pops, plenty of outdoor games and an incredible craft beer station for guests to sip and mingle between tossing a bean bag.
We love that Katie and Jeremy wanted us to document their wedding festivities. They wanted us to capture the natural feel that the party would have, letting the emotions and actions tell their own story through our lens. With that creative license, we were able to capture the day’s memory in its entirety, more than posed photos would do.
Here’s a sneak peek at our favorites from the day – Enjoy!
The Couple’s Team of Talent | Photography by The Decisive Moment | Rehearsal Dinner at Trolley Barn | Ceremony at Cator – Wolford Gardens | Wedding Celebration at Fernbank Museum | Floral Design by Parties 2 Die For | Planning and Coordination by Event Perfect | Catering by Affairs to Remember | Wedding Cake by Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet | Reception Music by Atlanta Showstoppers | Invites, Menus & Paper Goods Julia’s Poppies
Jason Seagle | Atlanta Wedding Photojournalist
Now available through October 2014!
You’ve heard about the many folds of talent that exist within The Decisive Moment’s team of photographers. What you may not have heard about is exactly how deep their skill sets go, and how their behind-the-lens passion projects stretch way beyond our U.S. border. Our team at The Decisive Moment is so fortunate to work with this amazing group of talented photojournalists. Their knack for creating beautiful storytelling images keeps them in high demand, not only for our weddings but also documenting stories for newspapers, magazines and much more! One of those “much mores” is Jason Seagle’s involvement with the project Vayando! Vayando keeps Jason (an Atlanta native) traveling far and wide, allowing him to take his creative goodwill overseas and meet handfuls of fascinating people who shared his love for gaining a direct connection with the locals everywhere he went. Now, as a part of Vayando (a play on the Spanish word, “to go”), he takes that human interest a step farther, offering tourists the chance to immerse themselves deeper into the local culture and its economy. So, as tourists look for sideline activities during their one-of-a-kind Gorilla Tours in Rwanda, or as an add-on to their West African Safaris, they can book intimate itineraries with local entrepreneurs for a seriously up close and personal look at real life.
We love Jason’s passion and commitment to this amazing humanitarian project! In support of his work, The Decisive Moment will donate 5% from each of Jason’s 2014 wedding packages to Vayando.
His pending travels often impact his availability but we are thrilled that Jason will be in Atlanta through October and is now accepting weddings for many of our previously sold out dates! Take a peek at his gorgeous work below and we would love to talk further about having him document YOUR story!
Click Here to learn more about Jason Seagle – Atlanta Wedding Photojournalist…
More about Vayando…
Vayando is a community-driven tool connecting travelers with micro-entrepreneurs in emerging economies around the world. We promote households that have interest and motivation in sharing local knowledge, activities, experience, and skills with those visiting their area. Travelers get a homegrown experience while local entrepreneurs gain opportunity to build their own small business.
“It’s an online platform for curious travelers,” Seagle says, describing the project’s ultimate purpose. “We look to connect the local person and their economy to interested tourists, which helps improve their life through small-scale business development.”
For example, schedule a day at the textile market with local seamstress Mama Claudie. She’ll sketch out a custom design, take you shopping for the perfect fabric and make it for you at her shop, all in a day’s work. For the get-your-hands-dirty type, you can visit Sylvestre the beekeeper on his bee farm. Tourists can do everything from coffee farming to painting to basket weaving and more. Bottom-line, Seagle has years of amazing experiences he’s itching to share with fellow travelers – and by sending these travelers to these local businesses, those entrepreneurs increase their own livelihood (hopefully, in time, ten-fold).
You can read so much more about the start-up of this project online here, or hop over to the Vayando Facebook Page to read stories of the business owners who have open arms to welcome you into their own version of a buzzing economy.
Nilam and David | Swan House and Atlanta History Center Wedding
Being a “wedding photojournalist,” people often ask “Do you ever get tired of photographing weddings?” Though I understand where they are coming from, I feel that is like asking a bookworm if they ever get tired of reading books… Every wedding is different, from the people, to the setting, to the traditions that are important to them. A wedding is the context of the situation but the story, the heart and the details are unique to each and every celebration. It’s a very personal experience to be so involved with one of the biggest event/moment/day of someones life. I treasure that, and I treasure the people that invite me to document that story for them. I am documenting so much more than a ceremony and reception, I am creating a record of their family, their legacy, their traditions and their beliefs.
This brings me to the recent wedding of Nilam and David. It was such an honor to document this gorgeous wedding. The venue, the planning, the details, the weather all came together for a perfect day but it was THE STORY that captivated me. Nilam and David’s wedding brought together two families with very different backgrounds and masterfully combine both Hindu and Jewish traditions for one amazing celebration. What struck me was the way the families embraced ALL of the traditions with more than acceptance, with total joy and enthusiasm. David and Nilam were awesome to work with, they trusted me to do my job while they FULLY invested their energy and attention in the wedding, their families and adoringly in each other.
Here are a few highlights of this incredible blended celebration and the amazing team behind it!
Expertly Planned and Flawlessly Executed by: Lisanne McDearman of Watermark Weddings, Photography: The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism - Adam Linke and Jessica McGowan, Ceremony Venue: Swan House, Reception Venue: Atlanta History Center, Floral and Decor: A Legendary Event, Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet, Catering: Affairs to Remember Caterers Music: Atlanta Party Band – U.S. Beat, Transportation: Cooper-Global Chauffeured Transportation.
Ali and Alex’s wedding celebration at Atlanta’s Four Seasons Hotel
in Midtown is one of those events that we just can’t stop thinking about now that it’s over.
For one, Ali (of Ray’s on the River
, here in town) is a close industry friend who we adore working with. Secondly, the chemistry between Ali and her groom is contagious, so the party was seriously fun
. Of course, leave it to an industry professional to put on a fete more fabulous than you could have imagined, and Ali certainly pulled out all of the stops. With an incredible line up of vendors, we dub this one of our favorites of the year!
Ali says, “Adam and Jean were so wonderful the entire evening. They truly captured our most favorite moments and memories from the day. All we did was give them the reigns and told them to do what they do best! We would do anything to be able to go back in time experience our wedding weekend again, but thanks to Adam and his team, we have all of the photos we could ever ask for to relive the day! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
(we’re totally blushing…)
We’d like to also give out a special thank you to all the incredible industry experts below that contributed to Ali’s wedding!
You probably wouldn’t assume that someone with ties to the Japanese Imperial Family would call Georgia “home,” but that’s exactly how our bride Erina feels about Atlanta. Like many of us “Atlantans,” Travis and Erina call Atlanta home despite being born elsewhere. So, they picked a classic Atlanta landmark to bring friends and family from all over to celebrate with their Georgian Terrace Wedding!
Erina says, “
Our ideal wedding is one that everyone walks away from with the union of our marriage being at the forefront or their minds. The most important people to us will all be gathered in one room to help us celebrate our marriage and the beginning of our lives together. That could have been done anywhere, but there is something about the Georgian Terrace Ballroom that screams southern tradition. The details are just details for the day, the marriage is til death do us part.” Victoria Brown of Creme de le Chic
took care of ever detail so that the focus was truly on Erina and Travis!
This couple’s rich history extends beyond the Dixie borders, all the way across the world, actually, to Japan. At the ceremony, the couple performed a traditional Japanese ceremony called the San-San-Kudo, a sake drinking tradition. The set they used is a family heirloom, in part a gift to my Great Aunt from the Imperial family of Japan and displays the crest of the Imperial family.
In continuing with fun stories about this couple, the Bride’s parents who met in graduate school over three decades ago performed The Lord’s Prayer during the ceremony. The officiant was the same who married them those 30 years ago (her Uncle Doug, to be exact). Lastly (but not least), even the cake topper has some family history–it’s the bride’s grandparent’s cake topper from their wedding in the 40′s!
“Everything about Adam’s work makes my heart melt,” Erina said when she first met with us. We say, this slideshow of our favorites has the same effect on us!