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    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.

Atlanta History Center Wedding |Celebrating Family Traditions

tra·di·tion  noun \tr?-?di-sh?n\

1 :  an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom)
:  the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction
:  cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions

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There are so many things that made Dana and Tyler’s wedding an epic event!  We could go on for days about the incredible setting, Atlanta’s Swan House and The Atlanta History Center, the beyond fabulous floral, Barbara Roos at her best, or the gorgeous couple that sweetly said I DO.  However, we feel there was something that far outshone all of those things and it was tradition.  A tradition of love, family, celebration and faith was evident throughout this celebration and it took our breath away!

From the very start you could tell that this celebration was all about family and passed down sentiment.  The lace gorgeously stitched around Dana’s veil was taken from her mother’s wedding dress.  She carried a small family Bible that had been signed by every woman in her family on her mom’s side, dating back to her great aunt.  And talk about a legacy of love, one look at the faces of mom, dad or both sisters upon seeing Dana in her dress will tell you that THIS is a loving family!

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After, quite possibly, one of the most romantic first looks you have ever witnessed the celebration continued with a traditional Jewish ceremony underneath a breathtaking chuppah adorned with flowers by Barbara Roos and Bold American Event Design.  The backdrop was the awe inspiring facade of The Swan House under a beautiful blue sky.  It was just one of those occasions where everything fell into place so that the focus could remain on the beautiful couple and their families!  This was in no small part thanks to a team of spot on wedding coordinators lead by Suzanne Reinhard of Magnolia Events.
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A gorgeous reception at The Atlanta History Center continued with the tear-jerking traditions. Dana explained that her family members would likely all tie their cloth napkins into hats and wear them around all night. It was a tradition started at her uncle’s wedding almost 30 years ago in support of a family member with cancer, and let us be the first to tell you, this pastime hasn’t lost its vigor.
The Decisive Moment Atlanta Wedding Photographers
The Decisive Moment Atlanta Wedding Photographers
The Decisive Moment Atlanta Wedding Photographers
The Decisive Moment Atlanta Wedding Photographers
All in all, this couple (and their family) remains close to our hearts, so we’re excited to let you revel in their traditions for a moment as well….

Photography: Jessica McGowan and Andrew Niesen Ceremony: Swan House Garden | Reception: Atlanta History Center | Planning: Magnolia Events | Event Design and Floral: Barbara Roos with Bold American | Cake: Bakers Man Inc. | Dress: Anne Barge gown from Buckhead Bridals by Guffey’s

A Love Story by The Atlanta Wedding Loft

Logan + Chuck

The only thing more fun than getting to work with fun brides and grooms, is getting to execute their big day alongside our friends! So, when Logan and Chuck hired not only The Decisive Moment, but also Bloomin’ Bouquets and Frosted Pumpkin from The Atlanta Wedding Loft, we knew this fete would be something worth talking about.

“We loved the documentary-style look of the pictures,” Logan said, about why she chose us for photography. “I want Chuck and I to be able to flip back through the album years later and really remember the feel of the day,” she told us.
“Logan and Chuck were a pleasure to work with,” Jes McGowan said, who documented their big day with Jason Getz. “Logan is a strong, confident and calm bride, but she was a bit nervous once the big day was here. …That is, until she saw Chuck. Their first look was incredibly sweet with Logan beaming and Chuck tearing up. After that, it was all smiles for this couple.”
After the fact, she thanked us for the “amazing pictures.” She said we, “captured all of the excitement, nerves, and love of our wedding. Looking at the pictures takes us right back to the day, and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.”
Venue: Cathedral of St. Philip and Capital City Club -
Downtown Floral and Design: Bloomin Bouquets

An Intimate I Do in Cumming, Georgia

Catherine + Jeremy | Family Farm Wedding

One of the most special ways to tie the knot – we think – is at home with family and friends. Yes, there are hundreds of breathtaking venues throughout the city and beyond, but there’s just something about being inside the four walls where you grew up, where your family carries on or in the place where your heart truly resides that makes the big day even better.
When we heard from Jeremy and Catherine that their wedding was going to be at the gorgeous family farmhouse in Cumming, we couldn’t wait to join in on documenting such a special day for them. The celebration was intimate, just about 100 people, so our new shutterbugg, Melissa, made the drive to join the fun.
“The three words that come to mind when I think of their wedding are home, family and love,” Melissa says. “This was a beautiful outdoor ceremony and reception on a horse farm owned by the bride’s parents. A photographer’s dream, the hills were lush, the grass was green and the light was perfect.”
“One thing I loved was how the family traditions and keepsakes were ever present,” Melissa added. “The spirit of loved ones no longer with us and the love of family members made this wedding intimate and special. Plus, as an animal lover myself, their passion for horses and their desire to include their pets in their wedding day hit a soft spot in my heart.”
Ours too… so we can’t help but show off this gorgeous couple’s big day. Enjoy our picks from Melissa’s collection below!
Photography: Melissa Bugg of The Decisive Moment
Catering & Decor: Sun In My Belly

A Home Run Wedding at Barnsley Gardens Resort

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Skyla + Josh | A Barnsley Gardens Resort Wedding

We are having a bit of a #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) on our blog today as we celebrate one of our awesome couples featured in the latest edition of Atlantan Brides Magazine!  You can see Skyla and Joshua in the latest issue and peruse a few more of the fabulous details here!

Ever thought you’d tomahawk chop your way down the aisle? Okay, we haven’t either, but getting to watch former Atlanta Braves Manager (and Atlanta legend) Bobby Cox walk his own daughter down the aisle sure does inspire us to think about it.

“We saw your book while booking the wedding at Barnsley  Gardens Resort,” Skylah said. “We fell in love with your website too and after meeting you we knew it was a great fit!”

Skyla and Josh were a dream to work with, thanks to their laid back attitude and down to earth approach to this out of this world beautiful wedding!  Skyla chose Barnsley Gardens long before Josh swept her off her feet!  She used to visit Barnsley as a child, with her grandmother, and always dreamed of a wedding there some day.  It’s safe to say that dream came true in a big way!
The edgy vintage style of creamy hues and pops of blush came across very soft and natural, especially thanks to the dream team of design and floral, Edge Design Group.  Edge created a number of gorgeous vignettes from the first look, to the guest sign in to the breathtaking tent.
“The Decisive Moment team was amazing from the very beginning to the end,” Skylah said. “Every single detail of our wedding was captured, which we were so thankful for since Joshua and I were not able to see everything. All of our photos were so breath taking that it was so hard to even decide which ones we wanted to use in our album. They truly have an artistic eye and made our wedding so special.”  - Skyla Cox Burton
Here is the feature followed by some of our favorites – including a heart-warming moment between one famous father and the beautiful bride.
Cox-Buerton Wedding Barnsley Gardens

All Star Team…

Photography: The Decisive Moment – Adam Linke and Jessica McGowan

Ceremony & Reception  Barnsley Resort

Wedding Gown & Veil Pronovias from Bride Beautiful

Hair & Makeup Renee Cerro

Bridesmaids’ Dresses Twobirds tuxedos Savvi Formalwear

Invitations & Save-the-Dates Bride’s Best Friend Wedding Invitations and Calligraphy

Programs & Guest Book  ShabbyScrap

Florals, lighting & linens  Edge Design Group

Catering Barnsley Resort

Cake Gabriel’s Desserts

Wedding & engagement Rings Blackwell’s Jewelers

Band Band-X Live

Favors Sweet Caroline’s Jams & Jellies peach jam

Videographer GAR productions 

A Lavish Lake Lanier Islands Wedding Celebration

Reena + Josh | Lake Lanier Islands Wedding Celebration

Photographed by Adam L. and Jason G. of The Decisive Moment

Do you know what the first sign is of a great party? When you do it all over again the next day, of course!

That’s how it went for our sophisticated bride and groom, Reena and Josh. With their fun group of family and friends, they had quite a bit to celebrate – and more than one way to do it. So, Adam and Jason affixed their artful eyes upon this Lake Lanier Islands Wedding Celebration and captured both parties… and a ton of  fun memories.

Day One consisted of a traditional, southern-bred ceremony and lakeside reception, packed with gorgeous, soft colors and a perfect inspiration board for the soul of springtime. We loved Reena’s abbreviated length gown that gorgeously displayed her sassy heels and evoked a romantic Audrey Hepburn sense of style!  Most importantly, Reena and Josh brought a sense of light hearted fun to the occasion sharing an evening of dancing, laughter, performances and more dancing!  Check out our picks from the first step in their weekend’s events.
Day Two changed things up, celebrating Reena’s heritage with a traditional Hindu wedding celebration. With amped up colors, vibrant energy and this amazing group of guests, the party lived up to it’s previous day’s events, making this whirlwind weekend something to talk about, and look at, forever.
Here’s our favorite shots from the Indian wedding celebration.
Indian Wedding Atlanta


Lake Lanier Islands Wedding
Lake Lanier Islands Wedding
Lake Lanier Islands Wedding

We loved being a part of this celebration and we love that we were referred to Reena by two of her closest friends!  It means the world to us to have our brides and grooms recommend us based on first hand experience!  Here are some sweet compliments from Reena….
The Decisive Moment is amazing. They made our wedding pictures look amazing and they captured everything that my husband and I were not able to see. I do not think that I could have asked for anything better. The best part is that they had a preview party with a slideshow of pictures highlighting our wedding and it was the perfect end to our fairytale story. Thank you so much for everything!!”
Photography: The Decisive Moment
Decor:  Ribha Events
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