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!
Our favorite part of capturing this beautiful Piedmont Park wedding was documenting the genuine emotion between Christina and Matt! We are talking the kind of emotion where you know (I mean, you really know) that they’re in that in-for-the-long-haul kind of love.
Getting ready, Christina was calm, collected and shared a lot of laughs with her bridesmaids and the family. It was a very lighthearted atmosphere–one that illustrated a celebration of true love and the butterfly-type nerves that come with it.
“They were truly best friends,” lead photographer Jason Seagle observed once he photographed them together. “I have a number of great images of Christina leaning in close to Matt. You could see how comfortable they were with each other, and that’s not really something you can pose.”
The two chose Greystone at Piedmont Park for the party (an Atlanta wedding favorite for summer soirees), hosting a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the patio accented by gorgeous florals by Tulip! The ceremony was followed by a lively dance party (literally all of the guests were dancing, no matter how young or old), complete with root beer floats (a fun alternative to the traditional wedding cake) and King of Pops to celebrate.
We couldn’t keep all of the fun to ourselves, so check out a few of our favorites from Jason below!
It’s that time of year again!! As the weather is cooling off and the trees are showing the slightest hint that they are thinking about change, we get ready for our annual Atlanta Holiday Portraits in the park. Now is the time to book one of our limited edition Holiday Portrait in the Park sessions! Portraits in the park will take place October 26th and 27th - just before we start the downhill race past Halloween, Thanksgiving and into the Holidays! Our Portraits In The Park sessions are 25 minutes long. We focus on capturing that epic holiday card family photo as well as individual images to make everyone ooh and ahh! We have two locations this year. Piedmont Park on Saturday October 26th and Lake Avondale on Octoer 27th! We have a limited number of sessions each day so sign up early to secure your spot! With each session we include a Holiday gift to you! You will receive a $250 gift credit towards prints, holiday cards, canvases or books! We only offer this once a year and can only do a limited number! We can’t wait to capture beautiful holiday portraits of you and yours this season! View additional details below and click on your preferred date to reserve a spot before they are gone!
Click to Purchase Online: Piedmont Park Holiday Sessions, Atlanta GA on October 26th Adam and Jessica will both be doing sessions at Piedmont Park between 8:30 am and 11am.
Click to Purchase Online: Lake Avondale Holiday Sessions, Avondale Estates, GA on October 27th Adam will be doing all sessions at Lake Avondale between 9am – 11am and again from 3pm – 5pm.
Who is Art of Life Photography? We are the same team of artists as The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism. Signature photographers Jessica McGowan and Adam Linke bring their talents to documenting the next chapter of many couples lives through Art of Life Photography! After nearly a decade of documenting I dos, couples often asked us to continue to document their changing lives and families! We LOVE to capture families with the same spirit and approach as our weddings. We strive to capture real moments genuine emotions through lifestyle photography!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or visit us at our studio in Decatur! We would love to chat about the upcoming sessions and share ideas on how to get the look you want this year!
Aside from this being an incredibly beautiful Foundry at Puritan Mill wedding, Ellen and Hunter were an awesome couple to work with.
Readers, we have to be honest. We LOVE this couple.
Hunter grew up in Avondale Estates, Jenn and Adam’s beloved neighborhood, and returned to his roots for an awesome rehearsal dinner at the Lakehouse in Avondale! This was definitely the first rehearsal dinner Adam has been able to walk to! Ellen knew she wanted something meaningful and fun, so starting her ‘garden party’ in Hunter’s old neighborhood hit the perfect note. The quaint setting, loving sentiment and garden style of the rehearsal dinner all came together for a perfect beginning to this great celebration.
The wedding day found us at the beautiful Foundry at Puritan Mill for both ceremony and reception. The incomparable Christina Zubowitz of Magnolia Events and Planning artfully orchestrated every detail. Barbara Roos and the Bold American Design Team created a gorgeous, simple and elegant backdrop for the days events that flowed seamlessly in the space. This dynamic team wowed us with the exquisite floral arrangements that tied it all together. Bold American impressed once again with a delicious menu and Rupert’s Orchestra got the party rockin like only they can! Add one stunning Eileen Carter Creations cake, a GORGEOUS bride and her handsome groom and voila! – we had one beautiful event on our hands.
Jenn said, “When I met with Ellen and Hunter I felt like I was hanging out with great friends! After learning about the Avondale connection I instantly developed an ‘OMG, I want my son to grow up just like you’ crush on Hunter. He’s smart, sophisticated, polite, adorable and marrying an amazing,sharp, gorgeous gal who is equally savvy. Every mother’s dream right!”
It was obvious from moment one that the celebration would be super heartfelt, absolutely beautiful and wonderfully sincere (not to mention, really fun for us to photograph!). Their incredible connection showed throughout the entire event. From the super sweet ‘First Look’, to the intense connection during the ceremony to totally rocking it out together on the dance floor , this is one seriously in love couple. That’s something any photographer would swoon over.
In fact, here’s a few of our favorite swoon-inducing moments from lead photographer, Adam. Enjoy!
A huge thanks to these wedding industry all stars for making this event as fantastic as it was!
Event Coordination: Christina Zubowicz at Magnolia Events
Venue: The Foundry at Puritan Mill
Event Design: Bold American Design
Catering: Bold American Catering
Entertainment: Ruperts Orchestra
Floral: Barbara Roos events
Cake artist: Eileen Carter Creations
Gourmet Popcorn: Caja Popcorn