Hoschton Engagement Session | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

Summer.

It will be mid-summer before we have golden wedding nights again.

Full transparency and honesty… due to the Coronavirus the earliest known date for any kind of session or wedding on our calendar is July. Weddings have all been pushed back and sessions are on hold during our current shelter in place.

Friends, that’s a hard thing for us to soak in and wrap our minds around. So while we won’t have any new sessions or weddings to share with you for a while, we thought it would be a good time to look back at some of our favorite spring engagement sessions and weddings from last year with you! A series of throwbacks if you will!

First up we thought we would share Dusty and Nicole’s spring engagement session.

This time last year, we met up with Dusty and Nicole for their spring engagement session at one of our favorite parks located in Hoschton, Georgia. Nicole’s floral sundress popped against Dusty’s blue sports coat and together they popped against the newly green trees and water feature. {Tip: Shades of blue will always pop against all the green we get here in the spring and summer in North Georgia. ūüėČ }

This engagement session is definitely one we won’t soon forget and not just because of its beauty! After we had some time by the water, we headed to a pretty wooded path where we weren’t the only ones there… we met a slithery friend or should we say foe. It was a baby, but we all know where a baby snake is a mama can’t be too far behind! ūüźćūüė¨ūüŹÉ‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ Outdoor critters come with the territory of working out in nature but that doesn’t mean we’ve grown accustomed to their appearances. ūüėā We’re still not quite sure how but we all managed to keep our composure but with a little help from Dusty, our snake friend slithered on its away. While we always try to be extra mindful and aware of our surroundings this spotting made us extra, extra, extra mindful that night! There wasn’t a twig of grass or tree branch movement that didn’t catch our eye that night! All in agreement we didn’t linger on that path too long but the moments we caught there were gorgeous!

We hope you enjoy looking back on this sweet North Georgia engagement session with us friends. We’re missing evenings like this so much right now but we know we’ll be back out there soon! Until then stay safe and stay home!

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Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia. We serve the North Georgia area and beyond! We currently still have some availability for 2020 weddings and we’re currently booking for early 2021, for more information on our wedding day investments or to check your wedding date please fill out and submit out our wedding day questionnaire! Or email us at capturephotography13@gmail.com

**All Information submitted is gathered solely for the administration purposes for Capture Thirteen Photography and is not sold to third parties.**

 

 

Wedding Planning During the Coronavirus | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

¬© Capture Thirteen Photography 2019 Cornelia Georgia WeddingFebruary 14th… Valentine’s Day.

It’s one of the most popular times of the year to become engaged coming in just after Christmas and the New Year’s holidays. Just as many new couples were starting the journey to plan their dream wedding day, for many it came to a screeching halt with the arrival of the coronavirus.

With its arrival the Coronavirus hit weddings and the wedding industry like a ton of bricks. With weddings being limited to 50 guests or less, then down to 10 guests and now currently with everyone sheltering in place… most current couples are having to make the hard choice to post-pone or elope in place of their original wedding plans.

We can only imagine how disheartening it must be for our newly engaged friends, seeing and hearing this news on repeat. For many couples, it’s caused them to hit pause on their wedding planning, while for others it’s left them not knowing how to go about planning their wedding.

If that’s you, friend… then, first of all, we encourage you to take heart friend! This too shall pass and things will get better!¬† Secondly not to scare you, or stress you any further but to make you aware… with many couples choosing to post-pone their wedding dates or celebrations… the summer, fall winter and even into 2021 just became a whole lot busier for most wedding vendors. Dates available they may have had when you first reached out to them may now no longer be available. So if you had specific vendors you absolutely wanted in place for your wedding day… now is the time to get them locked in!

With that said here are a few tips to get your wedding day plans rolling again!

Virtual Venue Tours

  • With current shelter in place mandates, many venues are posting virtual tours to their websites and social media pages. While we still feel venue visits are best done in person, this is a great way to get a sneak peek at some of your top choice venues and could even help you narrow your list down! If a venue you are interested in doesn’t currently have a virtual tour posted, contact them and ask them for one! We can’t think of a single venue owner who wouldn’t love to show you around their venue whether it’s in person or a virtual tour. If you find a venue you are seriously interested in booking, contact that venue and ask if they are still holding one on one meetings.

Facetime/Skype/Zoom Meetings

  • Here at Capture Thirteen, we love to meet our couples for coffee to chat about their wedding day dreams, get to know each other better and make sure we’re the perfect fit for them on their wedding day. Sometimes this happens before our couples officially book and sometimes it is a combo get to know you/contract signing moment. We recommend face to face meetings with all your vendors before you book to help ensure they are the perfect vendor for you and to make sure you feel comfortable entrusting them with your special day. Whether it’s creating the vision, carrying out the vision, capturing the day or getting the party started. While grabbing coffee together isn’t really possible right now online meetings are! So don’t hesitate to grab your favorite drink and join your vendors for a virtual coffee meeting!

Tackle the To-Do List

  • While many of the fun aspects of wedding preparation are currently on hold like… showers, engagement parties, dress shopping etc. there are still several things you can get checked off your to-do list in your downtime. Things like determining your wedding budget, work on your wedding guest list, choosing your wedding day colors, or figuring out your reception table seating. Or if you are a DIY bride, get busy making those wedding day detail pieces, and wedding guests party favors!

 

Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia. We serve the North Georgia area and beyond! We’re currently booking 2020 weddings and early 2021, for more information on our wedding day investments or to check your wedding date please fill out and submit out our wedding day questionnaire! Or email us at capturephotography13@gmail.com

**All Information submitted is gathered solely for the administration purposes for Capture Thirteen Photography and is not sold to third parties.**

 

 

 

 

The Coronavirus and Weddings | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

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We’re not sure that we’ve ever heard the words uncharted, and unprecedented more in our lives than we have in the last three weeks. There’s been no escaping the 24-hour news coverage as the Coronavirus has swept over our nation and our region.

When we were first told to prepare to stay at home for two weeks we thought, no big deal we can handle that. We had just come off of our 2020 winter weddings and were already expecting and honestly looking forward to a slower month of March and early April.

As what would be our first week of staying at home approached we began to hear buzz from other local vendor friends here in North Georgia, of wedding cancellations and postponements due to the virus. Our hearts broke for our vendor friends as they shared their losses with us and for these couples who were faced with the hard decisions to either postpone or move forward with an elopement styled day.¬† During this time we felt grateful for a later start to our spring season thinking that surely this would pass and our brides wouldn’t have to be faced with the making those same choices.

Naive… probably yes… but we were holding onto the hope.

As week one of staying at home passed, we watched helplessly as our nation, state and local virus numbers climbed and businesses of all types began to close their doors. We’ve felt all the things… fear, worry, overwhelmed, heartbroken, helplessness, and we’ve cried all the tears, watching the news coming out of Italy as they have been hit hard by the virus and closer to home New York City.

With week two of staying home approaching and new guidelines/mandates from our local, state and nation’s government changing and being put in place daily to help keep us all safe, we soon realized this would indeed affect our couples and their wedding days. It wouldn’t be long before we too began working on postponements for our brides.

Thankfully we have postponements/cancellations covered in our wedding day contracts, so our brides had knowledge of what to expect from us here at Capture Thirteen. This knowledge helped them make their decisions and we’re so grateful to now have them all successfully moved to new future dates.

With our CTP brides now taken care of, we began to wonder what we could do for other brides out there who’s wedding day dreams have been shattered. You see brides work hard on planning their special day for months some even a year or more and while yes, there are worse things happening with this virus than canceled events,¬† it is never easy to watch something you’ve worked so hard towards fall apart before you. That heartache is real.

With so many couples dealing with making the hard decisions of whether to postpone or move to an elopement style wedding we felt the best thing we could do right away is offer our advice.

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First of all, remember this… the most beautiful thing about your wedding day is your commitment to one another, so no matter what you choose to do or what changes come your way, your wedding day will still be the most beautiful day.¬†

Know that it’s your choice as a couple. The deciding factors for each couple on whether to postpone or elope and celebrate later are different for every couple. Make the choice you feel most comfortable with as a couple.

We encourage you to postpone and not cancel your wedding day. In most cases postponing your wedding date will not only keep you from losing money, but it will also help your vendors keep their work.

If you decide to change your wedding date, check with your vendors as soon as possible! You’ll want to lock your current vendors in for your new date as soon as you can!

If you decide to move forward with an elopement, we recommend communicating this to your entire vendor team. Some vendors may be willing to work with you and provide you with options from packages you’ve already purchased. Such as if you’ve reserved a vendor for 8 hours they may be willing to give you 1-2 hours for your elopement and save the other 6 hours for when you host your wedding celebration at a later date. Or they may offer you a discounted rate if they are someone who you would use for both your elopement date and wedding celebration date.

While part of the goal of postponing your wedding is to find a date that works for all your vendors and to keep your original vendor team together, we also know that it’s not always possible to make everyone’s schedule match with your new date. If you find the new date does not work for some of your current vendor team, you’ll want to start searching for new vendors to fill those spots asap.

If you’ve found yourself in need of new vendors we’ve listed for you below some of our favorite North Georgia Wedding Venues and Vendors to work with and we know they would be more than happy to chat and work with you on your wedding day.

Wedding Cakes

Acuna’s Custom Cakes

Zell’s Cottage Bakery

My Cake Lady Lynne

 

Wedding Venues 

Enotah Valley Weddings and Events Center – Blairsville, Georgia

Pleasant Union Farm – Canton, Georgia

The Walters Barn -Lula, Georgia

Braselton Event Center – Braselton, Georgia

The Farmhouse 30542 – Flowery Branch, Georgia

 

Florists

Downtown Flowers

Stems Atlanta

 

Wedding Planners/Coordinators

White Vine Weddings

Soirees Southern Events

 

Videography

Norton Aerial Media

 

Hair and Make-Up

JocSalon

JC Beauty

 

Djs

jB JAMS

Mann For All Occasions

 

If you are a current 2020 bride to be that has not finished locking in your vendors due to the coronavirus outbreak, we encourage you to take heart and get back to planning. The summer and fall wedding season just became a whole lot busier for vendors and you’ll want to get your first choice vendors locked in before its too late!!

Finally, if changing the date of your wedding has caused you to lose your photographer we would be happy to chat with you. We still have availability for both summer and fall of 2020. We would love to talk all things weddings with you and would be happy to set up a Facetime call or zoom meeting since we can’t exactly grab coffee together currently. ūüėČ Just fill out the form below!

Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia. We serve the North Georgia area and beyond! We’re currently booking 2020 weddings, for more information on our wedding day investments or to check your wedding date please fill out and submit out our wedding day questionnaire! Or email us at capturephotography13@gmail.com

**All Information submitted is gathered solely for the administration purposes for Capture Thirteen Photography and is not sold to third parties.**

Nicole and Cameron | Cornelia Community House Wedding | North Georgia Photographers

When we had our final meeting with Nicole a few weeks prior to her wedding day, we sat around a North Georgia coffee shop table dreamed dreams of a snowy wedding day scene. However, living in the south we knew that the odds for a snowy winter wedding day were slim but it didn’t stop us from dreaming anyways! Little did we know we would wake up to an unexpected snowstorm on Nicole and Cameron’s wedding day!

The day before Nicole and Cameron’s wedding the weather forecasters called for one inch or less of snow, that would be melted by noon. What we got was 6 inches of snow that began falling that morning and stayed all day! Friends, I don’t know where you are from but 6 inches of snow here is a good amount of snow for us! This snowy wedding day was a bucket list kind of day for us!

With the world outside looking like a winter wonderland and guests inside nice and cozy, Cameron and Nicole were married just as the sunset, surrounded by friends and family inside the Cornelia Community House, located in Cornelia, Georgia. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a night of dinner, dancing, and doughnuts!

Congratulations Nicole and Cameron!

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From the Engagement to the Wedding Planning | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

Maybe your holiday season brought a new shiny ring into your life or maybe cupid’s arrow came with a proposal this year! After all, the most popular times to become engaged all fall between December and February! If that’s you… first of all… Congratulations Friend!! ūüéČ What a sweet and exciting season of life you have just entered into!

We love this time of year because this is the time of year we find ourselves making new bride to be friends! We love sitting down for coffee with our couples and hearing their stories and seeing the excitement of their new season in life. One thing we’ve come to realize from these first meetings and heard time and time again from newly engaged friends is… they are so excited to be engaged and start the wedding planning process but they have no idea where to start! If this is you, know you are not alone! The task of planning a wedding can be daunting and feeling overwhelmed over how to begin planning for the wedding day is quite common among newly engaged couples.

So today on the blog we wanted to share with you some of the top tips we have for getting started with your wedding plans!

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  • ¬†Honestly our first tip of advice… may come as a surprise… it’s not to rush out and buy a wedding checklist or to start booking your vendors… but we want to encourage you to savor the moment!!¬†Take some time to just enjoy the joy of being engaged! Whether you go out and have a quiet dinner for two or have an engagement party and celebrate with family and friends take a moment to soak it all in! The engagement season goes by all too quickly, no matter if it’s just a few months or a full year, so don’t forget to take some time to just enjoy the moment!

 

  • Think it Out – Talk it Out! Share your dreams, your visions and wishes with your fiance. Make sure you each share what you envision for your special day. Do you want to keep things intimate and low key or do you want a day filled with all your friends and family followed by dancing the night away! Or maybe you want to be married in the same church as your parents, or would you rather jet set off to an exotic location for an epic ceremony location and follow it up with a dinner party. No matter what you dream or envision make sure you talk it out together, from locations to themes, to guests lists. Who knows you might just each bring an idea to the table that makes you both see your wedding day in a whole new light!

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  • Set a Wedding Budget! Okay so talking budgets is never fun, right?! But before you rush out the door and start booking venues, and paying deposits you need to sit down with your fiance and set a dollar amount that you are both comfortable with. If family members are contributing financially or covering a specific area of the wedding day, you’ll also need to have a conversation with them about their contribution. While deciding your wedding day budget discuss and allocate wedding day funds based on priorities… ask yourself what is most important to you on your wedding day.

 

  • ¬†Now that you’ve had a moment to celebrate, you’ve talked it out and set a budget in place, it’s time to go tour some venues! While this can be fun we also know it can be overwhelming! So when you go to tour, go with an open mind… visit the one that’s at the top of your list or the one with the look you love most but don’t be afraid to throw in a venue wild card. You never know you might just be pleasantly surprised when you arrive! We recommend before you visit any venues to sit down and make a list of any questions you might have. Things like what’s their rain plan, how many guests can they accommodate, who are their recommended service providers, etc. Some of the answers to these questions might affect your venue decision at the end of the day.

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  • ¬†Set the Date! You’ve got your budget set, you have a vision in mind and you’ve done the venue tour and found the dream location… now it’s time to set your timeline and lock in your wedding date! Yay! Once you’ve got your wedding date and venue locked in you can now start securing your other wedding day vendors. Photographers, Florists, Hair and Make-Up, Catering, DJs, Bands, etc.

 

  • ¬†Engagement Pictures! Obviously, this one is our favorite! With a budget in place, a date set and a venue booked. It’s time to find your wedding photographer. When looking for your wedding photographer you need to look for a photographer within your budget who not only has a body of work that you love but also you feel comfortable around! You’ll be spending a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day, so you need to make sure that your comfortable around them and will get along well with them. After our couples have had a chance to look over our photography investment options and are ready to move forward in the booking process we love to set up a time to meet them for coffee or a Skype call, it’s a great way for us all to get to know each other face to face. Doing an engagement session with your wedding photographer is another opportunity to get to know them, all while becoming comfortable in front of their camera.¬† Working with your photographer prior to the wedding day also helps them know the best poses and posing cues that work for you! Here at Capture Thirteen, one of the choices we offer with our full wedding day investments is a complimentary engagement session, so you’ve got no excuse to not take advantage of it! ūüėČ

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From here, you’ll have the big items checked off your list and it will soon be time to go dress shopping with your girls, wedding registries and bridal showers! If you weren’t quite sure where to begin we hope our top tips help make for a smooth transition from becoming engaged to full-on wedding planning!

 

Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia. We serve the North Georgia area and beyond! We’re currently booking 2020 weddings, for more information on our wedding day investments or to check your wedding date please fill out and submit out our wedding day questionnaire! Or email us at capturephotography13@gmail.com

**All Information submitted is gathered solely for the administration purposes for Capture Thirteen Photography and is not sold to third parties.**

Shannon and Seth | R-Ranch in the Mountains | Dahlonega, Georgia Wedding Photographers

‚ĚĄ‚ĚĄ‚ĚĄ Winter weddings are magical!! ‚ĚĄ‚ĚĄ‚ĚĄ

Shannon and Seth’s winter wedding at R-Ranch in the Mountains, in Dahlonega, Georgia was the perfect start to our 2020 wedding year! It was a gorgeous winter day, complete with snow starting to fall just as they were pronounced Mr. and Mrs! Friends, the timing of the snow starting to fall was truly a fairy tale kind of moment… talk about perfect timing! While friends and family stayed warm and cozy with a roaring fire going inside, we headed out with the newlyweds to try and capture some of the magic of the first snowflakes of the year!

Shannon and Seth were absolute troopers with the wind, cold and snow. They made these windy snowy moments look like an absolute dream! You would never know that within minutes of getting set we were all getting hit with the most forceful winds and snowy ice mix! As the sun began to sink behind the mountains we headed back inside to warm up by the fire before joining their guests for dinner and dancing the night away!

Congratulations Shannon and Seth! It was an absolute joy to celebrate with you!

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Venue: R-Ranch in the Mountains | Catering: Events by Dezine | DJ: JB Jams Entertainment and Events | Wedding Cake and Cake Bar: Publix

The Walters Barn | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

Bride to be friends… we’re headed back to The Walters Barn and this time you can come and join us!!

We’ll be at The Walters Barn Open House on Sunday, February 28, 2020, from 2-4pm. Come meet us, tour this gorgeous North Georgia wedding venue and meet all the other amazing vendors who will be there! For all the details on the open house click here.

If you aren’t familiar with The Walters Barn, it is a beautiful barn venue with a modern touch located in Lula, Georgia just outside of Gainesville, Georgia. We LOVE everything about this North Georgia venue from the ladies of Southern Soirees who plan and coordinate each wedding to the picturesque grounds of the property.

While the best way to see any venue is in person, we thought it might be fun to take you all with us to The Walters Barn on the blog today and share how we typically go about a wedding day at the barn plus give you all the reasons to come see it for yourself!

Ready? Here we go!

When we arrive on a wedding day, we typically start our day at the bridal cottage located just across the road from the barn. Brides you and your bridesmaids will love the light and airy space of the bridal cottage to get ready in and relax while enjoying some time together before the day begins.

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Once our bride has finished getting ready and the last finishing touches are done, we’ll make our way back across the road down the drive to the barn. With a tree-lined drive and rolling pastures, we might even hop out for a bridal portrait or two. Once we’ve arrived at the barn, the Soirees Southern team will have your gorgeous bouquet ready and waiting for you. With split rail fences, meadows, and a serene pond on the grounds there’s no shortage of picture-perfect locations. Plus let’s not forget the barn with a patio space that’s perfect for sweet first looks or if you choose to forgo the first look it’s also a perfect spot for letter exchanges or a prayer between the barn doors. Bridal portraits between the barn doors are always breathtaking too! Or we could even head up to the balcony to give you and your groom a few quiet moments to themselves while taking in the beauty of the grounds.

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One thing about The Walters Barn and the Southern Soirees team is that the details of the wedding day never disappoint here! From bouquets and boutonnieres to ceremony arbors and reception table centerpieces, nothing gets forgotten or overlooked!¬† We love seeing all the details at The Walters Barn! After all the pre-ceremony pictures are finished, you’ll be tucked away into the barn and we’ll head out to capture all these lovely details.

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Speaking of the ceremony, this is a venue with multiple options for your ceremony location. Brides here, you’ll have the option of having the barn as your backdrop or you could also choose to have your ceremony in front of the pond or facing the beautiful tree-lined pastures. If it rains or you are getting married in the winter, the inside of the barn with the barn doors open behind would be dreamy too! You’ll want to be sure to discuss with the ladies at the barn your ceremony options and the best location for your ceremony based on your ceremony time and the season you’re getting married in.

Now that it’s ceremony time, we’ll be getting in place to photograph your ceremony. We love to head up to the balcony to get a birdseye view of our brides here as they make their way down the aisle. After you’ve been pronounced Mr. and Mrs. there’s nothing like a fun celebratory picture of you and your guests taken from above!

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After the ceremony, it’s usually time for the bridal party, family pictures and bride and groom. As guests head in to cool off and have an appetizer or drink we’ll start with family and bridal party pictures. Then when it comes time for bride and groom pictures, we like to sneak off back up to the tree-lined drive to give our couples a few quiet moments to soak everything in and capture the pretty light that glows through the trees. Or we might head to the back of the barn for a walk along the split rail fence. We’ll finish up by grabbing a few sweet moments in front of the barn doors before you make your grand entrance as the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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With your bridal party or sweetheart table ready to go and a yummy meal to enjoy. You’ll have some time to enjoy dining with your friends as your guests are being served. Sometimes if our couples are up for it, after they finish eating and while their guests are still finishing up their meals, we’ll sneak away for a few quick sunset moments by the pond. We highly recommend sneaking out for sunset moments! That orange glow of light as it drops behind the trees just can’t be beaten! Plus at The Walters Barn, our couples can view the barn from the pond and have a few moments to see their guests enjoying all the fun!

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Now its time for all the FUN! Toasts, speeches, first dances, cake cutting, photo booths and dancing the night away with your people! Here you’ve got room for a dj or band set up. Either are sure to get your crew out on the dance floor! After dancing the night away guests won’t mind one bit stepping out under the night sky to send you off on your way!

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Want to learn more about our wedding day investments?!¬† We would love to share more with you, plus here all about your visions, dreams and plans for your special day! Let’s talk soon! Contact us using the form below or email us capturephotography13@gmail.com

Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia. We serve the North Georgia area and beyond! We’re currently booking 2020 weddings, for more information on our wedding day investments or to check your wedding date please fill out and submit out our wedding day questionnaire!¬†

**All Information submitted is gathered solely for the administration purposes for Capture Thirteen Photography and is not sold to third parties.**

Wedding Day Details | North Georgia Wedding Photogrpaher

When it comes to weddings, our goal here at Capture Thirteen Photography is to tell the story of your special day through pictures. From the little details of the day to sweet ceremony moments, to classic portraits that will adorn the walls of your home, even the crazy dance floor shenanigans, and the candid moments in between!

When our couples are planning out their wedding day, there is a lot of thought and sentiment behind just about everything that goes into their day. We’ve had brides who picked their wedding colors off of their favorite colors, grooms who have restored vintage cars with their dad to drive off in with their bride at the end of the night, brides who’ve worn their mother’s veils, and even headed out to a family property for bride and groom wedding day portraits beneath a massive oak tree that had been in the bride’s family for over 100 years!

One of the things we love most about wedding days is seeing how our couples make their day uniquely theirs. You see the great thing about weddings is each one is different from the next because each couple is unique so no two are ever exactly the same! When we talk about details we often talk about small things for example… something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue! Or even the more obvious ones… the bride’s shoes, her dress, bouquet, the invitation suite… we could go on and on!

Don’t get us wrong… these things are an important part of your day and are definitely important parts of the day that should be included in your list of details and documented. After all, you’ve dreamed of wearing your dress for months… maybe even years and you only wear it once! You’ve probably spent countless time searching for the perfect invitations to send out to your guests and your flowers only keep for so long. These details should totally be documented and preserved.

Here at Capture Thirteen we always have one final meeting with our couples prior to the wedding day. In this meeting, we provide a checklist of suggested detail pieces and ask for them to be gathered together in a box or bag and ready when we arrive so we can get started right away. These are typically the invitation suites, rings, bouquet, shoes, dress, etc. However, not all details fit into a box or bag, some are bigger like that classic car, while some details are tucked away so that only you know that they are there. So we also ask another question… Are there any other details, sentimental objects, or special moments happening during your day that we should be aware of? This is when we ask our couples to think outside of the box, beyond the list provided and ask them to think of any other special moments or mementos that might be a part of their day.

As photographers, we might not be able to capture the sound of the music as you dance to your favorite song with your best friends on the dance floor, or capture the taste of the cakes made by your grandmother, or actual sound of your voices as you recite your own handwritten vows BUT we can capture those emotions, the goofy fun or excitement or even the tears.

So be sure to fill your photographer in on ALL the details of your special day, after all, they are the strings that bind your story together!

To help you think outside of the box and give you a little inspiration… here are a few of our favorite detailed moments from our past brides and grooms!

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Austin’s grandfather was known for always having a red handkerchief in the front pocket of his overalls. So on his and Nikki’s wedding day, he had one of his grandfather’s old red handkerchiefs tucked inside his front jacket pocket, while Nikki carried one of his grandmother’s handkerchiefs in her bouquet as she came down the aisle.

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There was a family group picture from Kaylin’s mom’s wedding with all of her mom’s side of the family gathered together at the reception. Its was a picture that Kaylin and her mom love because it’s not perfect. Everyone is happy and laughing but not everyone was ready or aware of the click of the camera. It’s a photo that takes them back to a time and place. So for her wedding day she wanted to recreate that same kind of moment in time.

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Kaylin and Daniel aren’t big fans of iced cakes, but they do love a good ole sweet potato pie! So in place of a wedding cake, Kaylin’s grandmother made their favorite sweet potato pie for them to cut and exchange instead! They also had a pie bar full of miniature pies for guests to choose from.

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Jeff and Mallory ended their night driving off in a car that Jeff and his father had been working on to restore and finished just in time for the wedding!

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Megan and John had many sentimental details tucked into their day. They were married in the same church her parents had wed in, and Megan even wore her mother’s veil as she came down the aisle.

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For the reception and bride and groom portraits Megan changed into a flower crown and we headed with her and John to a family property just down the road from the church for portraits beneath a giant tree that had been in her family for generations!

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While they dated, Nic would write notes for Kristin and fold them up and leave them for her to find. They didn’t want to do a first look on their wedding day, but they wanted to exchange letters. So a special moment to exchange a letter between the door was just the solution!

 

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While they dated, Nic would write notes for Kristin and fold them up and leave them for her to find. They didn’t want to do a first look on their wedding day, but they wanted to exchange letters. So a special moment to exchange a letter between the door was just the solution!

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Ashley’s stepfather made the cross for their outdoor ceremony at Enotah Valley.

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Ashley chose to do a first look with both her father and stepfather and wrote each of them a letter to read to them when she saw them.

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Ashley chose to do a first look with both her father and stepfather and wrote each of them a letter to read to them when she saw them.

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When our bride Hannah was born her father gave her mother a gold rose ring. On Hannah’s wedding day, her parents gifted her the ring and during her first look with Caleb, she told him the sweet story of the ring.

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At the end of Dusty and Nicole’s wedding night, the dance floor was closed out by a sweet friend’s serenade.

What will be the details and moments that tell the story or your special day?! We’d love to hear!

Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia serving the North Georgia areas and beyond! We’re currently booking 2020 weddings and would love to hear about your dreams and plans for your special day! For more information on our wedding day investments or to check your wedding date please fill out and submit out our wedding day questionnaire!¬†

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How to Be Prepared for Inclement Weather on Your Wedding Day | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

It has been a rainy and grey winter here in North Georgia this year. It’s been so grey and rainy that warm sunny days have felt like a treat and every minute of them must be soaked up! While we enjoyed the sunshine this weekend it also had us thinking of our 2020 bride to be friends and their future wedding days.

With the new year, we know many of you are just now beginning the planning process and we have a friendly reminder/suggestion/tip for you!

Have an inclement weather plan!!

While we wish nothing but beautiful sunshine for all wedding couples, on their wedding days… rain, severe storms, snow, ice they all happen, yes even on wedding days. We know no one wants to think about inclement weather on their wedding day, but because it does happen it’s important to have a plan in place just in case, especially if your ceremony is outdoors! Having a plan in place will make things less stressful going in if you already have ideas or plans in place.

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Here are some of our tips…

As you visit and tour wedding venues be sure to ask each venue what their inclement weather plans and policies. Find out if the venue has an alternate ceremony space for you to use in the event of bad weather or will there need to be a room flip. If there is a need for a room flip ask yourself before you book are you okay with doing a room flip if necessary?

Some venues have tents readily available as a backup option, ask your venue if they provide this option and if the venue itself doesn’t have tents on hand, find out if you can bring tents in. If your venue will allow you to bring in tents, ask them for a recommendation of a local tent rental company. Contact the tent rental company early on in your planning and ask them for prices and set up polices. Don’t forget to find out how soon you would need to contact them to reserve your tent rental and set up.

For a rainy day or even light snow, have extra umbrellas on hand to keep dry and in the event of extreme cold, have blankets on hand for the bridal party and guests to cuddle up in!

As you meet with other vendors such as your photographers and videographers be sure to ask them how they handle inclement weather as well. Find out if they are equipped and willing to go out in the rain and snow with you if the weather allows.

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While we hope the biggest weather woe you have is a little rain or a few snow flurries, we also know that even extreme weather can hit on a wedding day. Which is why you should find out extreme weather policies for ALL of your vendors and venues, because snowstorm, ice storms, hurricanes they can all happen.

Now before you get too worried, know the weather of the area you are getting married in! Here in Northeast Georgia, most of our weather woes on the wedding day come from rain and thunderstorms.¬† However, if you are getting married here in the months of January or February maybe even early March you’ll want to know how your vendors handle snow.

No matter what your choices are don’t be afraid to embrace the rain or snow if it does come! We promise, if you have a plan in place… it won’t ruin your day it will only add to the story of your day, that one day you’ll look back on and tell the story of. After all, rainy days and snowy days have a romance about them that only comes with the weather! So go on and dance in the rain! ūüėČ

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2020 Pantone Color of the Year: Wedding Day Inspiration | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but we’re pretty big fans of the color blue around here! So when the Classic Blue was announced as the Pantone Color of the Year our hearts went pitter-patter!

We constantly find ourselves drawn to shades of blue when planning styled shoots and our eyes always light up when one of our CTP brides says her wedding colors are well any shade of blue! If you look thru our archives, you’ll find that our brides must love blue as much as we do and we aren’t mad about it one bit!! From deep blue suits to dusty blue bridesmaids dresses we love them all!

Now we know Classic Blue is the color of the year, but we’re sure we’ll be seeing LOTS of varying shades of blue all throughout the year… after all something blue is a wedding must have!!

Blue is the color of the sea and the sky so its no wonder that it is believed to have a calming effect and let’s just say a calming effect is always good on a wedding day! ūüėČ Blue is also considered to be representative of stability, loyalty, and dependability which in so many ways is also representative of the friends and family who’ll stand by your side on your special day.

From a visual standpoint, blues pop against our lush green North Georgia landscapes in the spring and summer. A deep dark blue brings richness to any summer or winter scene. While lighter blues are dainty and soften your images making wedding day details and moments look like a fairy tale scene!

Plus if you incorporate blue into your wedding day colors you’ll also have an easy checkmark off of your wedding day must-haves!

From suits to bridesmaids dresses, bridal details and wedding cakes we’ve pulled together some of our favorite ways our past brides have incorporated blue into their wedding day, to provide you a little wedding day inspiration! Enjoy!!

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