Did Your Valentines Week = Wedding Day Dreams?! | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day to get engaged?!

Not only is Valentine’s Day at the top of the list but also included in the top ten is the Saturday before Valentine’s Day!

With a holiday all about love, and romance… what could make Valentine’s Day more romantic than a proposal?!

It’s what my Hallmark movie dreams are made of!ūüėć Anybody else dreaming of having their Hallmark movie moment?! ūüôč‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ

Goodness, I LOVE the Hallmark channel, of course, I don’t know that there’s a wedding photographer out there who doesn’t love those cheesy, romantic, feel-good movies! I mean there’s a proposal story or wedding in almost every single one!

Around here we love hearing and talking with our couples about how they met, fell in love, how the proposal happened, and of course all those wedding day and happily ever after dreams!

If you found yourself with a sparkly new ring on this Valentine’s week… Congratulations sweet friend!

Or maybe you got engaged over the Christmas or New Year holidays and stumbled upon our page as you work on wedding plans this weekend!

We would absolutely love to chat with you about your wedding day dreams and plans… its one of our favorite things to do!

A little bit about us…

We’re Capture Thirteen Photography, the combined talents of natural light photographers Alison and Brandy. We’re based out of the Northeast Georiga area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia. We serve the North Georgia area and beyond. We’re all about capturing life and love and work together as a team of two on all wedding day investments. Our goal with every wedding is to tell the story of your special day.

We offer both elopement/small wedding and full day wedding investments. You can learn more about our wedding day investments here!

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We’re currently booking 2019 weddings and some early 2020 weddings. We would love to chat with you about your wedding day! Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia, serving the North Georgia areas and beyond! To view more from information on our wedding day investments click here. Or to check your wedding date, please fill out the form below!

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A Valentine’s Day Challenge | North Georgia Wedding Photographer

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February… it’s often referred to as the month of LOVE! ūüíē

With Valentine’s Day falling right in the middle of the month, heart shapes, flowers and cards declaring love seem to be everywhere! It makes it easy to forget what love really looks and feels like.

I can honestly say, I’ve let this holiday and month of love get me down more times than I care to admit. Hearing everyone talk about their fantastic date and not having a date, or not receiving flowers during this season can feel like the worst and make this one hard month to get through. I know, I’ve been there.

But what if we didn’t make this month of love about us?! What if this month wasn’t about whether or not we got asked out on that perfect date, if we received the most beautiful bouquet of flowers or if we did or didn’t have a Valentine.

What if we made this month of love all about showing love to the people and the world around us?

For me, when I started making this month of love, not about me but about looking for ways to show love to others, that’s when the idea of Valentine’s Day really started to change for me.

Personally, I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to show a little extra love to the world around you! I think we can all agree that its something that’s needed in our world today.

So here it is my Valentine’s Day Challenge to myself and you… I challenge you to look for the friend that’s lonely, the hurt, the sick, the one in need, the people you know and the ones you don’t and spread a little extra love and cheer this month.

Maybe it will be a random act of kindness, like buying a stranger’s coffee or something as simple as smiling and saying hello as you pass someone on the street. Maybe it is passing on that romantic date and spending a little time focusing on the friend whose heart hurts a little more than normal on this particular holiday and taking them to dinner or lunch. Or maybe it’s taking some homemade goodies to your elderly neighbor who just lost her lifetime love and listening to her share her stories. Maybe its volunteering at your local soup kitchen or playing bingo at the nursing home.

I’m not for one minute pretending I have it all together here friends… I can and do still struggle with heartache and crazy expectations of this holiday just like anyone else. But I do truly believe a little bit of love can go a long way friends.

I haven’t always been the best at recognizing and reaching out to those who are hurting, but its something I’m working on being more aware of, not just this month but on the daily.

If you’re reading this a feeling down and lonely… know this sweet friend you are enough! You are beautiful, strong and smart, you are loved.

If you are a greeting card company or hopeless romantics reading this please, don’t get mad at me… I’m not hating on Valentines! Trust me, I’m just as big of a fan of a surprise date, bouquet of flowers, and card professing ones love as the next gal! I mean I am a wedding photographer and a devoted watcher of all the Hallmark movies. I can listen to and watch love stories alll day long! I attend weddings on the regular. What can I say, I love, LOVE! By all means, go on those romantic dates and shower your love with flowers, cards, and chocolates! Just don’t forget to look around you and love on the people around you too!

Here are a few ways I’ve thought of to spread a little love this month…

Send a note!

  • A text or an email is great, but I think we can all agree a handwritten note of encouragement slipped onto your desk or hidden in the mail makes for an even better surprise.

Send a Valentine!

  • Yep head to the store and buy those yummy chocolates, and find a sweet card and surprise a friend who isn’t expecting it at all!

Make Some Homemade Goodies!

  • Make a homemade treat and hand deliver it to someone and then maybe even enjoy the treat with them! Maybe it’s a grandparent, or a neighbor whose spouse has passed or maybe it’s your best friend. Surprise them with that yummy treat and spend some time with them.

Just Be Present!

  • Just being fully present with someone can go a long way! In today’s world its so easy to get distracted, we touch our phones countless times a day just scrolling. Put your phone away and ask a friend to go for a walk or join you for dinner.

Buy A Coffee!

  • Surprise the person in the coffee drive-thru line behind you and purchase their coffee! It’s a super easy way to help someone start their day with a smile! ūüôā Or bring an extra for your co-worker or friend.

Volunteer!

  • Check with your local nursing home, soup kitchen or homeless shelter about volunteer opportunities. Gather some friends and go spread some love. Host a bingo game, deliver a meal or read a book.

A Guide to Family Pictures on Your Wedding Day | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

©CaptureThirteenPhotographyFamily Pictures on a wedding day can be a tricky thing.

Knowing who you should include can be difficult to figure out because no one wants to hurt anyone’s feelings over a picture, however, including every single family member distant and close can quickly consume all of your post-ceremony time if you aren’t careful!

Worry over including or not including a family member can make the family picture list quickly become a sore subject for couples.

From the very first meeting with our couples, we encourage them to consider who they would like to include in their family pictures and to start creating a list with the names of family members and their relations. We ask for names because its easier on our end if we say we need Aunt Sally for a picture than we need your aunt for a picture. Then we know for sure we got Aunt Sally’s picture. ūüôā We ask for a list from our couples for two reasons…

  • Number One: There is a less likely chance that someone will get left out or a photo grouping forgotten.
  • Number Two: So our couples can see just how many family pictures will need to be taken.

We then ask for them to bring or send us their list before their final wedding day meeting so we can go over their list with them.

Once they’ve made their list and we’ve gone over it with them we add this into our wedding day timeline. After we’ve determined about what time family pictures will occur we strongly encourage our couples to communicate with their family members involved in wedding day pictures prior to the wedding, the time pictures will be taking place and where they need to gather for pictures. Having all the family gathered together helps prevent lost time spent looking for missing family members.

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For us family pictures take place either just before or just after the ceremony, depending on whether or not our couples choose to do a first look. If our couples aren’t seeing each other prior to the ceremony, it means we have all of the following pictures to take before our couples arrival at the reception…

  • Family
  • Full Bridal Party
  • Bride and Groom Portraits

Our goal is to spend as much picture time on our bride and groom as possible because, well,¬† you guys are the focus of the day! Your what it’s all about! On average family pictures take about 30 minutes on a wedding day, the longer your family picture list is the longer it takes. With that said, family pictures on a wedding day can quickly eat away at your own personal portrait time if you aren’t careful and your wedding day can quickly turn into a family photo shoot!

We never want our couples to miss out on desired family photos but we also don’t want them to miss out or take away from their own personal picture time either. So we often suggest to them to think of ways they can group family members together… for example instead of a picture with each individual aunt and uncle… is there a way you could group them… maybe a picture with all of your aunts and uncle together instead of multiple picture breakdowns. Or instead of a picture of you and your aunt and then you, your aunt and your groom… maybe keep it at just the two of you with your aunt included… and if a picture of just you and your aunt is needed grab it as a fun snapshot at the reception! We’ve even seen a growing trend of couples just doing one or two big group shots.

If you want to include cousins, aunts, and uncles, consider doing one big group shot on the dance floor. Maybe even make it a fun one with everyone striking a pose! If your family is anything like mine… a shot like this is more true to our family dynamic and honestly so much fun to look back on! Who says all your wedding family photos have to be formal anyways! Make family pictures your own we say!

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Everyone’s family make up looks different… the good news is there is really no right or wrong way to go about family pictures on your wedding day!

If you’re not sure where to start on your family picture list here is our recommended list for all our couples.

Our recommended list for formal family pictures…

  • Bride with Bride’s Mother and Father
  • Bride and Mother of the Bride
  • Bride and Father of the Bride
  • Bride with Siblings
  • Bride and Groom with Bride’s Parents
  • Bride, Groom, Bride’s Parents, and Bride’s Siblings
  • Bride and Groom with Bride’s Grandparents
  • Groom with Groom’s Mother and Father
  • Groom with Mother of the Groom
  • Groom with Father of the Groom
  • Groom with Siblings
  • Groom, Bride and Groom’s Parents
  • Groom, Bride, Groom’s Parents, and Grooms Siblings
  • Groom and Bride with Groom’s Grandparents

We’re currently booking 2019 weddings and some early 2020 weddings. We would love to chat with you about your wedding day! Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia, serving the North Georgia areas and beyond! To view more from information on our wedding day investments click here. Or to check your wedding date, please fill out the form below!

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Choosing Your Wedding Day Investment… Which Photography Package is Right for you?! | North Georgia Wedding Photographer

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What is the difference between 6¬† and 8 hours of wedding day coverage?”¬†

It’s one of the most common questions we hear from new brides. If this is a question you’ve been pondering too… no worries friend! We’re breaking our wedding day investments down for you today!

For all of our couples regardless of how many hours of coverage they book, our goal is the same… to tell the story of your day. Every bride is different, and every wedding is unique to each couple we serve. It’s one of the things we love most about our job… no two weddings are the same, each wedding is its own unique love story!

So when it comes to choosing which investment is the best choice for you… a lot of personal choices come into play, your likes and dislikes, and what you want to see when you look back on your wedding day.

Some brides want us there from the moment they arrive at the venue until the very moment that they leave, while some brides might find that a bit overwhelming. While brides with ceremonies lasting longer than 30 minutes or brides with full wedding weekends may need more than 8 hours of wedding day coverage.

With that said we try to follow the same basic timeline with all of our wedding investments, with the biggest difference between them being time. While some may look at it as only a 2-hour difference… wedding days are long fast-moving days with a lot of activity and moments tucked into them. While 30 mins here or 15 mins there may not seem like much can happen during that time… on a wedding day a LOT can happen in less than 15 mins… for example the moment a dad sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, or the moments of a bride and grooms first look, we’ve even had ceremonies that were 15 minutes or less!

Since time is the biggest difference in our two full-day investments, we’re breaking our wedding investments down for you and sharing our basic timeline with you.

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8 Hour Wedding Investment

  • Our 8 hour wedding day investment option is probably our most popular investment. An 8-hour wedding day investment basically covers the full wedding day. We typically arrive just as hair and make-up are being finished and stay with you until the time you leave! If you are a bride who loves the idea of pictures of you and your bridesmaids in matching robes enjoying the moments as you get ready, all the way to the moment you leave in your car this is the investment for you! With an 8 hour investment, we’re able to stretch our time spent on each area of the day, giving more time for getting ready moments, bride/groom portraits, bridal party, and reception. With an 8 hour investment we have a typically have a little bit of wiggle room, so when going over our timeline for the day with a bride if she wants to spend more time in one area and less in another we have a little bit more time to play with. In an 8 hour day, we are able to cover the following…
    • Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready ( The finishing touches 30mins)
    • Dress, and other Bride and Groom Details (up to 30 mins)
    • Bridal Portraits (30 mins)
    • Bride and Bridesmaids (30 mins)
    • Goom Portraits (30mins)
    • Groom and Groomsmen (20-30 mins)
    • First Look or Between the Door Moments (15-30 mins)
    • Ceremony Details/Ceremony (30 mins max)
    • Family (up to 30 mins)
    • Full Bridal Party(20-30 mins)
    • Bride and Groom (30-45 mins)
    • Reception/Reception Details
    • Sendoff

(Of course with all of these time increments have the ability to vary some based on each bride’s desired images from her wedding day.)

6 Hour Wedding Investment

  • As we said earlier the biggest difference between our two investments is time. With a 6 hour wedding, day investment we stick very closely to the same photography list from above, however, because we have less time with our couples, our breakdowns on time spent on each area of the day are shorter.¬† Some brides may even choose to forgo getting ready pictures or a sendoff, in order to give themselves more time in other areas. With most 6 hour days we opt for mock getting ready moments, this means the bridal party is fully ready when we arrive and we simply re-create those getting ready moments. Sometimes even our 8-hour investment brides will choose to do this to save time to use elsewhere in the day.
    • Bride’s Dress/and other Bride and Groom Details(15 mins)
    • Mock Getting Ready (10-15 mins max)
    • Bride and Bridesmaids (1 Hour)
    • Groom and Groomsmen (30-45 mins)
    • First Look or Between the Door Moments (15-30 mins)
    • Ceremony Details/Ceremony (30 mins max)
    • Family (up to 30mins max)
    • Bridal Party (15-30 mins)
    • Bride and Groom (30 mins)
    • Reception Details/Reception
    • Sendoff

As you can see there isn’t much difference in what is covered, however, the amount of time spent on each area may be longer or shorter depending on your investment choice. With either investment, our goal is the same to tell the story of your perfect day and to give our time spent with our bride and groom priority.¬† After all, you guys are the most important part of our day!

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Other Things You may want to consider when choosing your wedding investment…

  • Venue: How long does your venue allow you to be there? Some venues have set times you may arrive and have to depart by. While some venues rent to you by the hour. If you aren’t able to be at your venue for 8 hours then you may not need an 8-hour investment. Or if you are renting a hotel for getting ready pictures your photographer may need extra time to travel between the two sites. In this case, you might need more than 6 or 8 hours to allow for ample traveling time.
  • Ceremony: How long is your ceremony time? If your ceremony is over 30 minutes you may need more than 6-8 hours of wedding coverage in order to ensure there is enough time for other parts of the wedding day to be captured. If your ceremony is longer than an hour you may need to add on extra time to our 8-hour investment.
  • Reception: How long do you plan to stay at your reception? Are you planning a full sit down meal and dancing the night away with your guests or are you are planning to keep it short and sweet, enjoying a brief time visiting, a little dancing and hors-d’oeuvres.

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Even with a breakdown list, it can be overwhelming to figure out just how much time you may need on your wedding day. We’re always happy to sit down with our brides and help them figure this part out. As part of our wedding investments, we include a pre-booking consultation to have a chance to get to know our couples better and make sure we’re a perfect fit for them on their wedding day, after all, we’re going to be spending a lot of time together on the wedding day! ūüôā We also use this time to answer any questions they may have and help as needed in determining the right amount of coverage for them. After our couples book, we provide one final pre-wedding meeting to go over our photography timeline for the big day and make sure we have all areas of the day covered that they desire and any specific picture requests. In the event that a couple feels they need more coverage time on their wedding day, during this meeting they can always add more time to their investment prior to the wedding day.

We’re currently booking 2019 weddings and some early 2020 weddings. We would love to chat with you about your wedding day! Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia, serving the North Georgia areas and beyond! To view more from information on our wedding day investments click here. Or to check your wedding date, please fill out the form below!

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Why Your Ceremony Time Matters! | North Georgia Photographers

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Last week we met with some new 2019 brides to be and any time we meet with our brides we try to give them tips to help them along the way as they plan for their day. One subject that seemed to be common between all of our brides this past week was timing. Ceremony – Reception Timing to be exact. So today we thought we would pass along some of the same information we gave to them to you today!

First things first… Ceremony Times. Many brides plan their ceremony times based on the menu and style of reception they are having. Do they want a full sit down formal dinner, followed by dancing the night away, or do they want something a little more relaxed with finger foods or a dessert bar followed by lawn games or a time to visit with guests. Determining your budget for food is a great way to help you decide your style of reception… this, in turn, will also affect your ceremony time, but there is one more important factor to consider… what time will the sunset on the day of your wedding?

Why is this important? Well, friends, in the late spring and summer, we have longer days… in the summer sunsets are closer to 9pm which means there is plenty of light after a 6 or 6:30 evening ceremony to have pictures after. However, for our late fall and winter brides, the sun sets much much earlier! The fall and winter seasons are the seasons in which we have the least amount of light during the day time hours.¬†That means it will be completely dark out by 6:00 pm or earlier, so all of your post-ceremony pictures would be occurring after dark.

Now by no means are we saying don’t get married in the evening, we just want you to be aware there are some things you’ll need to take into consideration, especially if you are planning a fall or winter evening wedding. For example are you okay with all of your bridal party and bride and groom portraits being taken at dark or inside?

Now before you start to stress over your ceremony time, we’ve got tips!

 

  • Do a First Look!
    • If you’ve already set your wedding ceremony time and are thinking… oh no! No worries friend! Have you considered doing a first look? If not we would suggest going with a first look, many brides often worry about this taking away from the first look of the ceremony but friends these moments are so much more intimate and sweet. Honestly, we LOVE first look moments around here!¬† By doing a first look this would allow you to take all of your bridal party, family and the majority of your bride and groom portraits prior to the ceremony. With starting pictures earlier in the day, you can have most all of your formal pictures finished before the ceremony and once the ceremony is over you’ll get to relax and enjoy your party and time with your guests!

 

  • Check the time of the sunset prior to setting your ceremony time!
    • ¬†While we love a first look around here, we know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. So if you love the idea of sticking with the tradition of not to seeing each other prior to the ceremony, you may want to have an earlier ceremony time. By having an earlier ceremony time, you’ll still able to get those beautiful outdoor shots with your groom and bridal party members, that also showcase your venue’s location. No matter what season your getting married in, look up the sunset time for your wedding date and location! Once you’ve done this, you can work backwards from the sunset time (or ask your wedding coordinator, or photographer ūüėČ ) to figure out your ceremony time. In most cases, you’ll want to plan for somewhere between an hour and a half to 2 hours prior to the sunset. Here’s a peek at our normal wedding timeline for pictures for a non-first look day.
      • Ceremony Time (30 mins)
      • Family Pictures (approximately 30 mins. these pictures immediately follow the ceremony.)
      • Entire Bridal Party Together (15-20 mins)
      • Bride and Groom (30 mins)
  • Bonus Tip: If you are not planning to see each other prior to the ceremony, you’ll want to have something to entertain your guests during the picture time. A few ideas, are a mocktail or cocktail hour, lawn games, or allow them to start eating.

 

  • Sneaking Out of the Reception!
    • Whether our couples do a first look or not, if the sun will set during their reception, we offer to sneak out of the reception with them to capture a few dreamy sunset shots. This can allow our couples with earlier ceremony times, no matter what season it is to catch that evening glow. It can also help our non-first look couples get to the reception a little early because we can break the bride and groom portrait time up into two parts. For the most part, the reception time is the most flexible part of the wedding day, in that you don’t necessarily have to cut the cake at 8:05 on the dot, the reception a lot of times moves with the flow of the evening. So we sneak our couples out at times when guests will hardly realize their gone, so while everyone is hitting the dance floor or enjoying their dinner, those are the times we sneak out! ūüėČ We haven’t had a couple yet who didn’t love this moment, not only do our couples get those dreamy photos, but they also get a few quiet moments to take it all in + watch their guests enjoy the day.

 

  • Plan a Post Wedding Session!
    • If none of the above seem like the perfect solution for you… we still have one more suggestion. ūüôā We call these our newlywed sessions. Here Newlywed sessions most often happen sometime in the week following the wedding day. This is a session in which our brides and grooms get to wear their wedding dresses and suits and join us post wedding for formal bride and groom portraits. Sometimes couples book this to save time on the wedding day and opt to do formal pictures during a time they are more relaxed. A post-wedding day session also allows you to take advantage of all the great location options at their venue that you might not have time for on the wedding day, or to have wedding photos with a more artistic approach. There are a number of ways this session can be done and for some of our couples its the perfect solution for an evening wedding that falls in the winter. If this sounds like the best fit for you be sure to talk to your photographer and see if booking a post-wedding session will work for you!

Capture Thirteen Photography is the combined talents of photographers Alison and Brandy. We’re based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia serving the North Georgia areas and beyond. We’re currently booking 2019 weddings and some early 2020 weddings. We would love to chat with you about your wedding day! To view more from information on our wedding day investments click here. Or to check your wedding date, please fill out the form below!

**Information submitted is used solely for the administrative purposes of Capture Thirteen Photography and is not sold to third parties.**

Jackson Maternity Session | Flowery Branch Georgia Photographers

It’s been a cold and rainy January here in North Georgia this year but somewhere in between it all we’ve managed to sneak in a few nice sunny days. On one of those sunny days just the other week we caught up with the Jackson family for a sweet maternity session at Cherokee Bluffs Park, located in Flowery Branch, Georgia. They’ll be welcoming a new beautiful baby girl into their family in just a few short months and friends, this little is already so loved.

We can’t wait to meet the newest Jackson girl!

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A Stone Mountain Elopement | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

Can we throwback Thursday on a blog?! Because we are totally doing it!

Let’s #tbt to sweet mountaintop vows and kisses!

We shot Mark and Melissa’s Stone Mountain Elopement a couple of years ago and friends, it is still by far one of the coolest and sweetest moments we’ve had the honor of being a part of. We thought we would re-share this winter elopement with you all again because this wedding day is probably the one wedding our new bride to be friends ask the most questions about as they flip through our portfolios.

Melissa contacted us about a month prior to her elopement date and told us her plans for a mountaintop elopement. Of course, we were super excited, I mean can you think of a better way to spend a Monday morning at work?! We sure can’t! After contacting Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta, Georgia and receiving proper clearance for her elopement, Melissa and Mark hiked up the mountain and scouted out their perfect wedding spot a few weeks prior to their elopement date.

The two main questions everyone always asks as they look at the images in our portfolio… was it cold? and did they really not tell their parents?

The answers… yes it was a super cold and windy December morning on top of Stone Mountain, but it was such a beautiful moment to be in once we everything started we forgot about the cold! Honestly! There is so much beauty in the simple things in life, sometimes we forget because we let the little things become big things and overshadow what’s really important in life. Don’t get us wrong we love details around here… and planners please don’t hate on us… but we always tell our couples the most beautiful part of your day is your love and the two of you coming together committing¬†to each other for life! At the end of the day, you are married and that is the most beautiful thing about your wedding day!

Now for the second question… did they tell their parents? No, and yes! Haha. They were not planning to tell their parents at all. However, they were so excited they couldn’t hold their secret any longer and a couple of days prior to the elopement date, they let them in on the plan.

They added personal touches to their elopement by choosing a spot on top of the mountain overlooking their hometowns and Melissa’s twin brother Nathan performed the ceremony. With their parents and siblings gathered close by, Mark and Melissa were married on top of Stone Mountain, on a Monday morning. As they said their vows we couldn’t help but notice the clusters of strangers pausing to watch and cheering with their parents as they shared their first kiss! There was literally happiness and excitement bursting from the mountaintop that morning!

Capturing this intimate ceremony and moment for these two was such an honor. We’ve always thought the idea of an elopement was dreamy and romantic but this day made us fall in love with small weddings and elopements even more! We’ve even designed one of our wedding investments after this day!

We hope you enjoy this throwback as much as we do! Enjoy!

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We’re currently booking 2019 weddings and would love to chat with you about your wedding day! We offer both elopement/small wedding investments as well as full day wedding investments. We’re based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia, serving the North Georgia area and beyond! To view more from information on our wedding day investments click here. Or to check your wedding date, please fill out the form below!

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An Unplugged Ceremony…. | North Georgia Wedding Photographer

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An unplugged ceremony… have you thought about it?

We know, this can be a touchy thing to talk about for brides and guests but in today’s time, it’s an important thing to consider and communicate to your guests your wishes for your wedding day.

We encourage all our Capture Thirteen couples to have an unplugged ceremony because we believe the wedding ceremony time is a sacred time. A time for which, you’ve given careful thought and consideration as to who you want to be there in that moment with you as you make lifelong vows to each other.

If you’re on the fence and not sure if an unplugged ceremony is right for you, we’re letting you in on all the reasons we think unplugged ceremonies are the way to go.

So take a deep breath, because we’re diving in!

We know asking your friends and family to put the phones and cameras down can seem like a daunting task and worry over hurt feelings can get the best of you, but friends, your day is worth it! We promise, we haven’t had a couple yet, who said they regretted making the choice to go unplugged.¬†If you let your guests know ahead of time and tell them in love your reasoning most will understand and put their picture taking devices away.

We can’t even begin to tell you how disheartening it is for us as photographers to pull up your ceremony photos to cull through the images and see cellphones, and cameras where faces should be and if it makes us feel this way we can’t even begin to imagine how our couples feel. If we could go into pictures and erase cellphones, cameras, and big ole ipads… (yes it has happened)… we would totally do it for you!¬†We understand your friends and families desires to capture memories for themselves, but that’s what you’ve hired a photographer for. To capture the memories and moments and you’ll be able to share those moments with them.

Honestly, most wedding guests do not mean any harm by breaking out their phones, ipads, and cameras… we know this. However what most guests don’t realize is that they’ve missed out on being fully present and in that moment with you. Plus there’s a good chance you won’t remember or know if that’s cousin Sally or your college friend Anna hiding behind that cellphone as you walk down the aisle. I don’t know about you but I would much rather see smiling faces, happy tears, laughter and the beautiful faces of my guest than their picture-taking devices.

By asking your guests to unplug for a few moments on your special day, you’ve let them know that you value their presence there with you on your wedding day. You’ve let them know that they are important to you, and you’ve let them know that the ceremony time is a sacred time to you. By asking guests to unplug you’ve also taken steps to protect your wedding photography investment and prevented social media headaches.

You’ve made an investment in your wedding photography, and while your photographer(s) are doing their best to ensure you get the best photos possible from your day, we photographers also need a little help from our couples and wedding guests. We know no guest is intentionally trying to ruin your wedding photos…at least we sure hope not, but often times that’s exactly what they are doing. A pop-up flash on a camera or phone can completely ruin your photographer’s image and with a wedding ceremony there is no…oops could you hold on a minute… let’s do that one more time. Or a guest getting caught up in the moment of capturing their own image, can cause a photographer to miss a shot because they unknowingly and sadly sometimes knowingly stepped out in front of the hired photographer to get their shot. And then there are the other guests to consider who are missing out as well because the guest in front of them is holding up or standing up to take a picture right in front of their view.

It seems silly that social media should even be a concern for our couples on their wedding day but because of the social media driven world we live in, its something to take into consideration. We have a love/hate relationship with social media around here… we love it because that’s how we connect with so many of you! Just like you guys it has brought new friends into our lives. On the flipside, it has created an I’ve got to post it first or show that I was there or get that perfect artsy Instagram shot that will get me thousands of likes mentality. A mentality that’s become so second nature to us that we forget to just be there with the people we love. We miss out and lose moments and memories with people because we’re too caught up trying to create the perfect memory. We forget that our presence and full attention are valued and important to others.

With going live features on social media it can turn what a bride and groom intended to be an intimate gathering of friends and family into a public streamed event. We know this sounds extreme but again friends, we’ve seen it happen more than once. We’ve seen brides crushed because they found out their groom saw a picture of them online when she wanted him to see her for the first time coming down the aisle. It breaks our hearts for our couples when these types of things happen on their wedding day.

Sweet wedding guest friends, if a couple has asked you to put away your devices, we implore you to please just put it down! Allow yourself to be in the moment, and for this moment in time allow someone else to capture memories for you! Let us photographers capture your beaming smile as your best friend walks down the aisle, let us capture your tears as you get caught up in the beauty of vows being made, let us capture your laughter and crazy dance moves. Most importantly… allow your newlywed friends, the beauty of being in a moment with you, and memories made with you, we promise you they will treasure that more than any cell phone, picture perfect, Instagram shot you could ever take!

So how do you communicate to your wedding guests your desires to have them unplug during your ceremony or wedding day? Ask them! Really, almost all guests will respect your wishes if you make it known. You may still have that one guest who pops out there cellphone but it won’t be a sea of devices as you come down the aisle.

How do you ask your guests to put their devices away? Have a note printed and slide it in when you send out your invitations and then remind your guests by posting a cute chalkboard sign as they enter the ceremony site. Or before things begin, ask your minister to step in and thank your guest for attending your special day and ask them to be fully present with you by putting away devices, turning off their flashes and phones. Pinterest is a great resource for finding ideas on how to ask, we’ve even pinned some ideas for you!¬†If its okay with you for guests to take pictures post-ceremony, then let them know by saying feel free to take a picture with your phone at our photo booth, or while you’re having fun on the dance floor.

Just don’t forget communication is key!

Spring Wedding | Gainesville Georgia Wedding Photographers

“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life… love gives us a fairy tale.” – Unknown

For our April bride Megan a fairy tale day meant getting married in the same church her parents were wed in surrounded by an intimate gathering of family and friends. Wearing her mother’s veil, Megan and John were married at Mountain View Baptist Church, located in Gainesville, Georgia on a Saturday morning as the sunlight poured through the stained glass windows of the church. In place of a unity candle, they locked their love and vows in with a heart-shaped love lock.¬† The ceremony was followed by a brunch and a bubble send-off sent the newlyweds on their way. Afterward, we headed to a family property to take Megan and John’s wedding day portraits beneath an old oak tree that had been a part of Megan’s family history for generations. Megan told us stories of family gatherings beneath this very tree with memories of her grandparents adding so much sweetness to these photos for them and us! For portraits, Megan switched to a beautiful flower crown perfect for the setting and this spring bride.

A fairy tale day looks different for every bride and each one is just as unique as each bride is. One of our favorite parts of the job is hearing about our bride’s dreams and visions for their special day and seeing it all come together for them. On ordinary days we are invited in to witness and capture fairytale moments and days and for that, we are truly grateful and honored.

We hope you enjoy looking back on this fairy tale wedding as much as we do!

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We currently still have some spring 2019 wedding dates available and are currently booking 2019 weddings. We would love to chat with you about your wedding day! We’re based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia. To view more from information on our wedding day investments click here. Or to check your wedding date, please fill out the form below!

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Caban Anniversary Session | Flowery Branch, Georgia Photographers

Friends, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… Anniversary Sessions… whether it’s been 1 year, 12 years or 50 years… just do them! Include the whole family or make it a special shoot for just the two of you!¬†Celebrate you and your love! Life gets crazy sometimes, littles come along, grands come along and before you know it a year or more has gone by and there aren’t pictures of just the two of you anymore!

We’ve had the honor of capturing several anniversary sessions over the past year and a half and you guys we’ve loved every single one of them! We’ve loved hearing the stories of how our couples have met, how they started out their new journey in life together, adventures they’ve been on, looked at their engagement and wedding photos with them and met their children, grandchildren and in some cases even great grandchildren! We’ve even got to be a part of a few surprise anniversary sessions, which has been so much fun to work and plan! So if you’re looking for a great anniversary present for your parents (wink wink) an anniversary session is a great idea! Your mom will love it and your dad will too.

Our most recent anniversary session was with the Caban’s, shot just a few days before Christmas, in Flowery Branch, Georgia, it was the perfect ending to our year! It’s like our year has come full circle… we kicked off 2018 with a January wedding and ended our year with an anniversary session!

Here’s a look back at this beautiful winter session! Enjoy!

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