Well this post is long overdue.  But no big surprise there, huh?  LOL

You all might remember the amazingly unique and creative wedding I shot last November.  I am happy to say that it was featured on RocknRollBride.com a couple weeks ago!  Pretty freaking cool.  :)

Thanks so much for the feature, Kat!!

I shot my final wedding of the 2008 season, and I cannot think of a better way to end the year.  Or a better couple to spend it with:  Brian and Lori.

You might remember these two crazy kids from their fun engagement session last month.  I should have known right then and there that their wedding would be the most unique wedding I photographed.  I also figured it would be one of the most fun, and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed.  :)

They got married at the Houston Mill House in Decatur, and the location was just stunning.  Atlanta is gorgeous this time of year with all the brilliant fall colors, and we were lucky enough to still have leaves on the trees.  We were unlucky to have the temperatures dip a little too low for their outdoor ceremony, but moving it inside worked out really well.

Lori is incredibly creative and crafty, and she made many of the wedding decorations herself.  From the invitations to the programs to the grooms’ boutonnieres…she did it all!  And it really made the wedding her own.  Everything throughout the evening was a reflection of these two, and I loved all of it.  Be sure to check out her Etsy shop if you have a minute!  This girl has some mad skills.  :D

Lori Made these!

I don’t even know where to begin writing about this wedding.  It was an insane amount of fun, and I don’t know that I’ve ever smiled and laughed that hard while working.  I guess I should start off with a little Puma love…

Puma Love

At the engagement session Brian let me know that his Pumas are very important to him.  I believe Lori actually called him the “Imelda Marcos of Pumas” and I believe he absolutely deserves that nickname.  :D

The groomsmen all showed up in pinstripes and Pumas, and I loved the look.  It went very well with Lori’s old Hollywood style.  She looked like she stepped right out of an old black and white film!  Am I wrong?

She made an absolutely beautiful bride.  I loved how simple, elegant, and even eclectic her dress was.  It suited her perfectly.  :)

When I heard about the pinstripes and Pumas, I immediately thought of a photo I saw on Flickr a while back.  It mimicked The Godfather, and I thought these guys would be perfect for a similar photo:

We quickly did the formal photos outside before the ceremony because it was CHILLY.  We were going to have wedding party pops if we stayed out there much longer, but everyone was great about putting up with me for those photos.  Thanks, guys!  :)

The ceremony took place inside in front of this huge stone fireplace.  It was perfect for a cold fall evening, and it made for an intimate setting for their nuptials.  A good friend officiated the ceremony, and an uncle gave a wonderful reading.  And then there was the log.  :D

The log is a tradition from southern Germany/northern Italy and it represents the couple’s first challenge together.  They sawed that darn thing in half with the entire wedding crowd cheering them on.  It was awesome!  :D

After the ceremony we got to relax for a bit while the guests enjoyed the cocktail hour.  I had to laugh at the plethora of iPhones at this wedding, though.  I was totally usurped by the iPhone!  Some of the groomsmen were posting to Facebook during the wedding.  Little punks!  :D

I posted a few myself after I realized what was going on.  It’s not the equipment that matters…it’s how you use it.  ;-)

The cake cutting wasn’t actually a cake cutting at all.  Lori and Brian had a cupcake tower on a stand she designed and built herself…decorated with a map of Italy.  And topped with a couple of Star Wars characters.  :D

I was a little worried about the reception once it started, though.  No one was dancing!  The DJ was playing Frank Sinatra and other amazing music, but no one seemed to be interested in dancing to it.  I watched Brian sort of saunter over to the DJ, whisper something in his ear, and the DJ gave a knowing nod.  Next thing I know Bon Jovi’s blasting over the speakers…and the dance floor is full.  Livin’ on a Prayer, baby!  :D

Bon Jovi was followed by Def Leppard, AC/DC, Queen, Violent Femmes, and Sir Mix-a-lot.  I was in heaven.  :D  And I’m fairly certain I did my fair share of singing and dancing as well.  Oh, and here’s a polite reminder for you shutterbugs who thought it would be fun to photograph the photographer:  YOU DO NOT HAVE A SIGNED MODEL RELEASE!  :D

If you can’t tell from these photos and this post, I had an amazing time at this wedding.  Both families made me feel right at home, and I felt like I was one of the guests.  I have way too many photos to post, so I hope you’ll check out the slideshow over on Flickr to see more:

Brian and Lori’s Wedding Slideshow

I hope you two have a wonderful time on your honeymoon, and your proofs will be waiting for you when you get back.  Congratulations!!  :)

I have no doubt Friday was a busy day for wedding photographers. I know it was a busy day for me! I have to laugh, though, because I never really thought about my anniversary date when I got married. I just picked the date that was available when I found my wedding site. I do think dates like 08.08.08 are very cool, though, and hopefully it’ll make it easier for both parties to remember their anniversary. ;-)

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the wedding for T and E. It was an intimate affair in Gainesville, Georgia, and my cheeks are STILL sore from all the laughing I did! I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this wedding, and trust me when I say everyone made me feel like I was indeed a part of it all. :)

I arrived early to get photos of the bride getting ready. I really do think the getting ready shots are some of my favorites from a wedding, so I’m always excited to be a part of wedding where I get to photograph the time right before the wedding. T and her daughter were getting ready, and we had a lot of fun goofing off while we waited for the other family members to arrive. Once they did, it was a flurry of dresses and sashes and lip gloss. The bridal room at the church had a beautiful three-way mirror that I tried to use to its full advantage. I’m actually standing behind the bride in this shot, and she’s looking at her daughter’s reflection in the mirror:

It was a bit of a challenge to keep myself out of the mirror shots, and every once in a while I missed my mark. LOL

After everyone got ready we headed outside for some of the formal photos. T and E decided to go ahead and get all their photos done before the ceremony. And while I’m a sucker for romance and sentimental stuff, I really appreciate it when the couples schedule their wedding this way. It just makes the day run a bit smoother. *wink*wink* :D Here are a few shots from outside:

And this might be one of my favorite photos from the day… :D They were just being so silly. LOL

The sun was pretty brutal so we moved inside to take a few group formals inside the chapel. There was much giggling and silliness as you can probably tell from this photo:

I have no idea what they’re doing, but it just makes me smile. The wedding party had personality to spare, that’s for sure. :)

The ceremony was beautiful, but I think some of my favorite shots are of T with her dad waiting to walk down the aisle. She was tucked in a hallway waiting for the processional, and you could see how excited she was about it all. She and her dad were being really cute, and then she rested her head on his shoulder for just a moment…how sweet is this photo??

I swear I was torn between laughing and crying all day. I would see something incredibly sweet like the moment above, and then I’d turn around and catch “the boys” doing something like this:

Who knew Zoolander would be at one of my weddings? :D These two had me in stitches all night long. It was great.

I could go on and on about the rest of the evening, but I’ll just post a few more of my favorite photos instead. :)

I hope you guys have a great time on your honeymoon, and I can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back! And thanks again for letting me be a part of your wedding day. I had a blast. :)