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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.

Emily + Daniel | Atlanta History Center Wedding
Atlanta History Center Wedding

I remember the day I met Emily and her mom as they were JUST embarking on the wedding planning process!  Filled with excitement, nervous anticipation and a million questions we started talking about their wedding plans and ideas!  Their excitement was contagious and they could not have been sweeter! I was thrilled that they started the planning process by securing Jessica McGowan as their photographer!  To help navigate the rest of the details we pointed them towards the wedding experts at Chancey Charm!  With the fabulous Marilisa Schachinger at the helm, the result was a STUNNING and elegant wedding celebration at Peachtree Road UMC and The Atlanta History Center!  At the center of everything was a wonderful heartfelt celebration of two families joining together.  There are so many priceless images of parent/child moments – including one of my faves – the father daughter selfie before going down the aisle!  SO SWEET!  We loved being a part of this celebration of love and family from the very beginning to the very end!  For a full list of the amazing vendors that made this day magical – see below!

Atlanta History Center Wedding

PLANNING – Marilisa Schachinger for Chancey Charm

CEREMONY VENUE – Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

RECEPTION VENUE – Atlanta History Center

HAIR/MAKEUP – Blend Beauty Group 

FLORIST – Beth Claterbaugh for Stylish Stems

CAKE – Cake Envy

GOWN STORE – Bridals By Lori

CATERING & LINENS – Dennis Dean Catering


WEDDING INVITATIONS – Puddleduck Paper Co.


Kaylah + Tyler | A Romantic Ritz Carlton – Reynolds Plantation Wedding

Primary Photographer : Melissa Bugg

We have been so fortunate to spend several weekends at one of our favorite venues this year, Ritz-Carlton – Reynolds Plantation!  Reynolds Plantation is always a beautiful venue to work at and offers such a gorgeous backdrop for pictures!  Kaylah and Tyler’s wedding was no exception – it was absolutely stunning!

Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation Wedding

We loved photographing these two gorgeous ladies!  Kaylah and her mom have such a special relationship, from the moment we met them it was clear that these two were having a ball planning this wedding together!  I love the way Bugg captured mom’s adoring expression throughout the day – these two were such a joy!


Kaylah and Tyler chose to do the ceremony in the new forest area which was a fabulous first for us!  The ceremony took on a wonderful whimsical feeling of being in a secret garden in the woods – tucked away from the rest of the world for a truly intimate moment to say I do!  The stunning flowers by Kent Duffey worked with the natural landscape and created a really unique and beautiful woodlands alter!  Kent always has something new and fabulous up his sleeve and we love seeing his creativity at work!

The celebration continued in the Lodge’s stunning ballroom with an elegant evening of dinner and dancing!  White glove service and an adoring couple  made for one beautiful celebration!  Congrats to Kaylah and Tyler and thank you for allowing us to document your beautiful story. 


Frederica Boathouse

Frederica Boathouse

The idea of saying goodbye to summer and heading into fall is bittersweet for us here at The Decisive Moment.  We can’t help but cling to some of the gorgeous wedding celebrations we photographed under the sun!  To celebrate, we bring you the ultimate summer wedding!  So, grab your fanciest flip flops as we head to the stunning Sea Island Wedding of Katie & Chris!

Katie and Chris both had fond memories of family trips to Saint Simons Island, so what better place to bring the families together and say I Do!  With a ceremony at the beautiful Wesley United Methodist Church surrounded by oak groves adorned with spanish moss to the picturesque Frederica Boathouse this wedding was island perfection!  The gorgeous, and I mean GORGEOUS, flowers were done by Julie Driscoll of Garden on the Square in Savannah, GA.  A simple yet equisitely elegant cake was created by Mary Ann Daniels of I Do Cakes in Brunswick, GA.  The day was beautifully orchestrated by the wonderful Caroline Carter of Caroline Carter Events!  A dream team of vendors under a perfect summer sky made celebrating this fabulous couple a true joy!

Photographed by Adam Linke of The Decisive Moment

frederica boathouse sea island weddings

From the wedding march to the marching band this Washington, DC wedding was full of excitement, surprises and COLOR!

Long View Galley Wedding – Washington, DC
Photographed by Adam Linke of The Decisive Moment

Longview Gallery Wedding

The Long View Gallery was the perfect setting for Jen & Jedd’s vibrant celebration!  It reflected their personalites and provided the ideal backdrop for them to show off their creative side with bold, bright and beautiful hues!  I LOVE that they poured so much personality into all the little details!  From metro station themed tables, custom crafted cocktails to an exhibit piece displayed in the gallery that was a sketch of the bride and groom!  However, the detail that really set this wedding apart was a little surprise Jedd had up his sleeve for his new bride!  CUE THE MARCHING BAND!  “Jen doesn’t know yet but we’re surprising her with a “mummers band” during the cocktail hour to connect to her Philly roots” says our thoughtful groom!  The surprise was AWESOME to say the least!  This wedding was a true reflection of a really fun and creative couple.  The best part – yes, even better than the marching band- was the way Jen & Jedd make each other smile.  Have a look for yourself and enjoy! This Long View Gallery wedding – it is truly a work of art!

Long View Gallery Wedding

Long View Gallery Wedding

Long View Gallery Wedding

Longview Gallery Wedding Washington DC
Long View Gallery Wedding
Long View Gallery Wedding
Long View Gallery Wedding
Long View Gallery Wedding

Venue: Long View Gallery - Washington, DC

Floral & Catering: Occasions Caterers


I LOVE working with a team of passionate people.  Our passion drives everything we do, every decision we make and every aspect of our business!  I also love getting a glimpse of where that passion stems from and how it has shaped our artists’ lives and work!  We have the honor of working with the indelible Melissa Bugg every day.  I am so thankful for her desire to share not only the root of her love of documenting moments but also the reason behind her dedication to beautifully preserving those moments!  Bugg is both a brilliant photographer and also our album designer guru here at The Decisive Moment.  Her dedication to beautifully and artistically preserving each story is evident in the stunning albums our clients treasure.  Here is a glimpse of why…

Melissa Bugg

Melissa Bugg | Atlanta Wedding Photojournalist

I am the granddaughter of a World War II Veteran. A man who loved being out in his yard, building model cars and genealogy. He was an amateur photographer, an organist and a historian. He served his country, his church, his community and his family. I never saw him without a smile on his face. He was one of the biggest loves of my life.

I was holding him when he took his last breath two years ago.  His death forever changed me. And it further strengthened my perspective on my photography and why it is that I do what I do.

After his passing, we were left with the daunting task of cleaning out his house. So many things to go through.  So many decisions to make about what to do with everything. I don’t know the exact moment, but as we were boxing and wrapping and setting things aside, I realized that we weren’t just going through his belongings, but instead his life story. His old organ he used to play at family gatherings. The chair he always sat in. The dining room table where we shared so many holiday meals. They all held so many memories. I stumbled upon shelves full of photo albums that I had never seen before. It took my breath away. I flipped through pages upon pages of carefully placed photos in scrapbooks. Photographs from his time serving during the war. From his marriage to a grandmother I never knew. To photos of my mom as a child. These photos were his way of recording history. His history. My family’s history. Now his legacy.

He must have known on some level that he was not just saving these photos for himself but that he was saving them for me and my family. That he was taking pictures not because he could, but because he *should*. That they would one day tell the story of a life well lived. He has left us a priceless gift.

Like my grandfather, I am a historian in my own way. I am a photographer not just to show what I see and who I see, but *how* I see. I understand the gravity of documenting special occasions and fleeting moments – it is such an honor for me. Because I know somewhere down the line, there will be a granddaughter who opens her grandfather’s wedding album after he’s gone and says with a smile, “Thank you, Granddaddy. This is the best gift you ever could have given me.”  

Granddaddy Wedding

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