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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.

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The Decisive Moment 2014

JANUARY: A time to celebrate yesterday and plan for tomorrow!

I love January! For one, we have the opportunity to meet new clients and find out where and with whom we will spend the new year! We also get to take a moment to look back on the amazing moments we were able to document this past year! Our year in review slideshow has become a tradition and a labor of love that reminds us why we LOVE what we do and builds our excitement for the year ahead!

I hope you will take a moment to celebrate with us! This is just a sampling from the  images we pulled as our “favorites” from the past year! It is always a painstaking process to narrow it down enough to fit them into a 2 song slideshow!
We are SO THANKFUL that we were able to be a part of so many gorgeous celebrations! We truly appreciate the trust, confidence and openness our clients share with us! Thank you for allowing us to do a job that we believe in and create lasting memories for you and your families!

If you are planning your celebration for 2015 we would love to speak with you about The Decisive Moment and the possibility of documenting your upcoming wedding!  CONTACT US here, we would love to start a conversation!

Yours truly,

Jenn and The Decisive Moment Family!

Atlantan Brides December 2014

There is something about seeing a wedding in print that makes our hearts skip a beat!  We love when an amazing wedding and more importantly, an amazing couple gets the attention of one of our favorite publications.  It is one more celebration of not only the beautiful couple but of the amazing team of professionals that made their event something truly spectacular.

We loved documenting Lindsey and Jason’s stunning St Regis Atlanta wedding.  First and foremost because they were a JOY to work with.  As the plans developed and with Legendary Events involved, we knew that this event was going to be one visually stunning soiree.  The kicker was that amidst the beautiful setting, floating throughout the extravagant and delicious decor there was a heartfelt and beautiful love story being truly celebrated.  Lindsey and Jason soaked up every second of the occasion embracing friends, family and most definitely each other!  We really can’t ask for more than that!

Behind every successful event there is a mastermind at work.  Someone who is creating and overseeing a vision made up of a million decisions both big and small!  Putting together an amazing team of vendors is just the beginning, making sure each element works in glorious chorus is the next amazing feat.  Doing all of this and making it look easy… well that’s just Suzanne.

Suzanne Reinhard is the mastermind behind not one, not two but three of our featured weddings in this current issue of The Atlantan Brides.  That certainly says something about her vision and ability as a planner but what the glossy pages don’t show is that she does all of this with incredible joy, class and grace.

Now that the beautiful magazine has arrived, we are thrilled to show off more of this gorgeous fete!  Enjoy the images below – created by our own Jessica McGowan and Andrew Niesen and take a look at the vendor magicians responsible for it all….

Venue: St Regis – Atlanta

Planner: Suzanne Reinhard Events

Cake: Sylvia Weinstock

Floral Design and Linens: Legendary Events

Invitations: Exquisite Stationery by Harrison Rohr

Music: Amadeus String Quartet (ceremony), Perfect 10 Band(reception)

Videographer: Hammond Video

Bridal Gown: Anna Maier from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon

Bridal shoes: Christian Louboutin

Hair: James Wright

Makeup: Woo Skincare and Cosmetics

Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Michael Kors

Groom’s Attire: Canali

Transportation: Atlantic Limo

Rings: Archer Jewelry

Madison + Bacarri | A celebration of Family

photographed by Adam Linke

There are so many beautiful details that go into a wedding,  from the setting to the dress, to the the colors, the linens, lights and favors. Madison and Bacarri’s wedding had all of these things but there was something that outshone everything else during this celebration…. love.  You can see it in every image, in the way they look at each other, the way they laugh together and how much joy filled the reception tent.  This was a true family celebration and these two families melted our hearts with their sincerity and joy.

Madison and Bacarri’s romance began at the University of Georgia where they were both stellar athletes.  Madison, an accomplished soccer player and Bacarri, an All American football star shared a passion and dedication for sports and soon each other.  Their extended wedding celebration took place at The Reserve at Lake Keowee and included plenty of outdoor fun from water sports to soccer games.  The wedding day was beautifully orchestrated by one of the best, Lisa Milko of My Event Perfect.  Lisa led an amazing team of vendors to a serene field that was soon transformed to a gorgeous and fun party spot!  Kudos to Epting Events who covered everything from catering to floral and decor!  It was a gorgeous celebration of love and family!



“What can I say…….she’s stunning like her mother!! Somebody told us “don’t skimp on the photographer”! I can assure you Beth skimped on nothing but they were absolutely right . Kudos to Adam Linke from The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism for capturing the essence of a beautiful day and a beautiful couple. Praise and thanks to God!!” C. Meyer

Planning and Coordination – Lisa Milko – My Event Perfect

Photography – The Decisive Moment – Adam Linke

Catering – Epting Events

Floral & Decor – Epting Events

DJ – Lethal Rhythms

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. 


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