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  • How Will You Tell YOUR Story?

    The Decisive Moment is a family of documentary photojournalists and artists with creative, unique and skilled approaches to wedding photography. Our passion is storytelling through images and capturing your unique story in it's very best light. At The Decisive Moment, we document your day as it happens. Our unobtrusive approach captures real events and genuine emotions of your wedding day, reflecting the spirit, spontaneity and interaction that is uniquely yours.
    Our photographers are Adam Linke, Jessica McGowan, Jean Shifrin, and Jason Seagle. We hope you will take some time to read more about each of them and view their work on their individual pages.

Charleston Weddings, Plantation Wedding

A Charleston Wedding at Middleton Place

Vista + Clifton

Oodles of Southern Style at Middleton Place



Vista + Clifton a Middleton Place, Charleston, SC Wedding

Vista + Clifton a Middleton Place, Charleston, SC Wedding

I love a Charleston Wedding, I really really do.  The spanish moss, the sprawling Oak trees, the grandiose style of an antebellum home – I can’t get enough of it!  It might be a touch of nostalgia since I was born in Charleston but regardless, Charleston weddings make me swoon.

Vista and Clifton’s Middleton Place wedding had every ounce of the southern charm this girls loves and then some and I CAN’T WAIT to share it…. but I have to.  No really, I have to wait patiently while fabulous things like honeymoons, work and travel schedules align for me to let the bride and groom see things FIRST.  I know, it’s an old fashioned idea to be patient and share a couple’s wedding images for the first time in person but thats what we do.  (whenever possible)

So until I can share more of this gorgeous fete that shows off the talents of the fabulous Christopher Confero and delightful Scoobie West I hope you enjoy this teeny sneak peek – and yes we let them see them before you. 😉



Charleston Weddings

The New Mr & Mrs at Middleton Place, Charleston SC

Charleston Weddings

Middleton Place, Charleston SC


Rehearsal Dinner at Flourish |Decor by Legendary Events | Event Planner : Helene Popowski

Photography: Adam Linke of The Decisive Moment

It is always exciting to be one of the first to photograph a new venue and Legendary Event’s new space, Flourish did not disappoint!  As you would imagine, Legendary knows that it is all in the details and there were plenty of delish details for us to document.  The expansive layout allowed guests to comfortably flow throughout the space and the decor provided a wonderful dose of drama to the room.  Flourish was a fantastic setting to begin an amazing weekend of celebration for a wonderful family and  a truly delightful couple.

Rehearsal dinners are an incredible treat to photograph!  Not only do we get a wonderful opportunity to get to know  the couple really really well (thanks to the wonderfully embarrassing toasts) we also get to know who the key players are before the big day.  The relaxed atmosphere really lets everyone’s personality shine before all the pomp and circumstance of the wedding takes over.  I love the images of Jen and Mike as they listened to the toasts and roasts of the evening!  Everything from their smiles and laughter to the way they embraced during some very touching speeches was a delight to document.  Enjoy this sneak peek – we can’t wait to share the beautiful wedding soon!!

©2016 The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism, Rehearsal Dinner at Flourish

©2016 The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism, Rehearsal Dinner at Flourish

©2016 The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism, Rehearsal Dinner at Flourish

©2016 The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism, Rehearsal Dinner at Flourish

©2016 The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism, Rehearsal Dinner at Flourish

The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism, Rehearsal Dinner at Flourish

©2016 The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism

©2016 The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism, Rehearsal Dinner at Flourish

Atlantan Brides Feature - Spring 2015

Atlantan Brides Feature – Spring 2015

We love seeing our couples in print and the feature in The Atlantan Brides on Ashley and Brandon was definitely a treat!  Now that it is finally out in the magazine we can share more of this stunning Summerour Wedding!  L.A. Dodgers  (formerly Atlanta Braves) pitcher, Brandon Beachy wed Pure Barre Bulkhead instructor Ashley Springfield at Atlanta’s beautiful Summerour Studio! We loved working with Ashley and Brandon and the team of wedding vendors that collaborated on this event were bar none!  We must give KUDOS to the amazing Alyssa Olsen of Sashay Events for orchestrating this stunning couple’s elegant soiree.  Her partner in crime was Kristine Finke of Bold American Event Design and together they created the perfect backdrop at Atlanta’s Summerour studio.

Photographed by Signature photographers Adam Linke and Jessica McGowan this picture perfect fete was a sight to behold. Adam loved that “Ashley and Brandon were so relaxed and just enjoyed every moment of this celebration with friends and family.”

Summerour, Atlanta Wedding, Atlanta Braves Wedding

Atlanta Summerour Wedding

Summer our Wedding Atlanta

Atlanta Wedding Sorority Sisters


Venue – Summerour Studio

Wedding Planner – Sashay Creative Events

Design, Floral, Catering & Favors – Bold American

Gown – Lazarro from Bridals by Lori

Tux – Savvi Formal wear

Cake – Metrotainment Bakery

Band – Party Nation Entertainment

I was blown away to receive this review today!  As I read the words, I literally had chills from head to toe because THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE TO DO and reading a review like this confirms that every step of the process is OH SO WORTH IT!  This beautiful Georgian Terrace Wedding was photographed by Melissa Bugg and Jason Getz.  The day was skillfully managed by Erica Pruitt of A Big To Do Event, flowers by the AMAZING ladies of Tulip and delightfully iced by Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet!

We adored this couple and their darling families and are so very thankful to have been a part of this stunning celebration!

Mrs. Stephanie Marcus said… 

“Look nowhere else, if you want amazing pictures you must book The Decisive Moment! Their pictures speak for themselves. My family and friends can’t get over our pictures and I’ve heard multiple times that our pictures are the best they’ve ever seen. Jen was great to work with and was able to fit our package to meet our budget. Our main photographer was Melissa Bugg-she is awesome!! Not only is she friendly, bubbly and easy to get along with, but also she takes the most beautiful pictures! We let her know what kinds of pictures we wanted and didn’t want and she performed seamlessly. She was flexible, blended in the background to truly capture the best candids that show the most emotion, and showed up early to really get a feel for everything. I can’t say enough about The Decisive Moment-they are great!!”

The Georgian Terrace Wedding

Hilary + Zach | A Perfect Piedmont Driving Club Wedding

I can’t figure out what I love most about this wedding!  I could start with the fact that this stunning bride is as lovely a person as she is beautiful.  I could also talk about the way her adorable groom, Zach looks at her…. and I mean really!  His face when she walked down the aisle was the first look people dream about – lip bite and all.  I could also talk about dad….. oh dad…. who will forever make people cry with the amount of love that radiates out of these images.  I love SO many things about this wedding but what I love most is how Jessica McGowan and Chris documented these beautiful people and these amazing moments.  It is the epitome of what we strive to do and I could not be more proud of the work!  Take a look below at the beautiful event and see exactly what it is we LOVE to do.  We could not be more thankful to this beautiful couple and this wonderful family for allowing us to do it!

Photography:  Jessica McGowan of The Decisive Moment

Planning/Floral/ Design: Brette Start

Venue: Piedmont Driving Club

Cake: PDC Pastry Chef

Officiant: Bryan Dunnagan


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