Austin and Nikki Toccoa Falls Wedding | Toccoa Georgia Wedding Photographers

Capturing our couples’ engagements and wedding days is always an honor, but that honor is even sweeter when our friends and families allow us to not only be a part of their celebration but also capture it all for them.

We once again got to kick off a new year of weddings with my family.‚̧¬†ūü§ó On March 30th, we kicked off 2019 with my cousin Austin and his now wife Nikki at Toccoa Falls, located in Toccoa, Georgia¬† The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a March wedding, it was sunny and warm and the breeze coming off the falls was just right. Surrounded by family and friends, Nikki and Austin said I do at the base of the falls at 3:30 pm on 3/30. Can you think of a more dreamy setting?! I think my favorite moments from the day came during the ceremony as little Camden held on tight to his mom and took in every second of the ceremony. It was precious! After the ceremony, we headed to The Links at Lake Toccoa to celebrate with BBQ and dancing to the sounds of the Dave Anderson band.

It was a beautiful day and I’m so honored I got to be a small part of it all!

Congratulations Austin and Nikki!

~Alison

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Ceremony Venue: Toccoa Falls |  Reception Venue: The Links at Lake Toccoa | Music: Dave Anderson Band

Lucas and Katie | Kellum Valley Engagement Session

We love it when our couples take us to places and spaces they love or have special meaning to them. When we joined Katie and Lucas at their favorite spot in the Kellum Valley, it wasn’t hard to see why they love this spot so very much. Not only is this where Lucas proposed to Katie, but it is such a quiet peaceful and reflective little spot. We could have stayed in this little corner of the world for forever! So it’s no wonder Katie and Lucas love it so much. Hanging out with these two in this place was just what we needed on this Friday night. Katie and Lucas, thank you for sharing one of your favorite places with us, and for letting us capture this sweet season in life for you! We can’t wait to celebrate with you in June!

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Hannah and Caleb | Gainesville Georgia Engagement Session

Hannah and Caleb are engaged!

Y’all it is literally love to the moon and back with these two! ūüĆúūüíĖūüĆé We met up with Hannah and Caleb the other week in the same place Caleb proposed in front of the moon and Earth on the square in downtown Gainesville, Georgia. On a day that was supposed to be rainy and messy… we had a beautiful spring day complete with spring blooms all around! The gorgeous weather brought the crowds out to the square with prom groups, outdoor concert attendees and shoppers but you would never know it looking at these two! We made our way around the square and took advantage of the nice day and we even made our way to the Veteran’s Park just a few blocks away to catch even more spring blooms. We had a great Saturday afternoon with these two soaking up the beauty of a perfect spring day and we cannot wait to celebrate with them in August!

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Dusty and Nicole | Hoschton, Georgia Engagement Session

Our spring busy season is in full swing this month and we’ve been catching up with several of our 2019 couples for their engagement sessions! Just the other week, we met Dusty and Nicole at Sells Mill Park located in Hoschton, Georgia, for their April engagement session. We loved Nicole’s floral dress and Dusty’s blue jacket, and how they popped against the background of the water and the green leaves on the trees. After spending some time by the water, we headed to a pretty wooded path where we weren’t the only ones there… we met our first slithery friend or should we say foe of the season. ūüźćūüė¨ We’re not sure how but we all managed to keep our composure and with a little help from Dusty, our snake friend slithered on its way… but you better believe we kept our eyes on every tree and twig of grass that moved! Let’s just say we didn’t linger on that path too long! Snake friends, aside we had a great evening with these two and we can’t wait to celebrate with them in May!

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Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia, serving the North Georgia areas and beyond! We currently still have a few wedding dates available for 2019 and are already booking some early 2020 weddings. If you would like more information on our wedding day investments, we would love to chat with you! 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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Andrew + Rachel Hurricane Shoals Engagement | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

Spring has sprung here in North Georgia friends!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be joining several of our Capture Thirteen couples for their engagement sessions and wedding day and we can’t wait!

We had our first engagement session of the new year with Andrew and Rachel last weekend at Hurricane Shoals Park, located in Maysville, Georgia. We had the perfect spring day for their session and loved soaking in some sunshine and warmth with them. Rachel looked beautiful in her purple dress and we love how she pops in all of the pictures! Her dress even matched her purple diamond engagement ring, which by the way we love! We had a wonderful time with these two and we cannot wait to celebrate with them this October at Koury Farms!

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Class of 2019: Emily | Braselton, Georgia Photographers

Spring arrived here in North Georgia last week, but before it arrived it was very much so still winter and we had one last winter session.

Our last winter session was a beautiful senior session with Emily in downtown Braselton, Georgia. We had so much fun in our own backyard of Braselton! We loved how Emily accessorized her wardrobe with her black and white winter coat. We’ve got all the ūüėć’s for that coat + that champagne dress! It was the perfect look for this winter session!

Class of 2019 if you haven’t booked your senior session yet… it’s still not too late!

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Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia, serving the North Georgia area and beyond. For more information on our senior sessions contact us capturephotography13@gmail.com

Why You Should Do An Engagement Session | North Georgia Wedding Photographer

The Engagement Season is Coming!!! ‚̧ūüíć‚̧

In just the matter of a few weeks, our blog will be flowing with spring engagement sessions and we cannot wait! We’re so excited!

Here at Capture Thirteen, we love engagement sessions because they give us an opportunity to spend time with our couples and get to know them before the wedding day and it’s an opportunity for them to get to know us as well. Connecting with our couples and building relationships with them along the way are really important to us. Our three main meeting points with our couples before the wedding are the consult, the engagement session, and our final wedding timeline meeting, many times our brides attend most of these meetings, alone or with their mother or their wedding coordinator. So the engagement session provides a time in which we can get to know both our bride and groom! We love chatting about all things weddings, and we also love finding out that our couples love tacos as much as we do or sharing our favorite shows to binge watch!

If you’re on the fence about doing an engagement session, we’ve got all the reasons why you should do it! Well we’ve narrowed it down to our top five reasons you should do an engagement session! ūüėČ

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1.) Get Comfortable! The number one reason we love engagement sessions… it allows our couples to get comfortable in front of the camera together! For most of our couples, the engagement session is their first photo session together and that can bring a lot of nerves, even for someone who loves being in front of the camera! The engagement session will give you time to get comfortable posing in front of the camera together and will help you be more relaxed for pictures on the wedding day. By the time your wedding day rolls around, you’ll be pros in front of the camera! ūüėČ

2.) We Get to Know You! Getting to know our couples and connecting with them is one of our favorite things about being a wedding photographer. The Engagement Session gives not only a time for us to get to know our couples better but it allows you guys to get to know us! We’re learning what poses or style of posing works best for you, what makes you laugh and how to get those genuine smiles and reactions for the camera! At the same time, we’re also learning what you don’t like… what poses seem stiff or unnatural for the two of you, or if you don’t like being photographed from certain angles. Our goal is for you to leave the engagement session feeling like you’ve been hanging out with friends, who just so happen to have cameras! ūüėÄ We’ll be spending lots of time together on the wedding day so part of doing the engagement session is helping us all to feel comfortable and get rid of any awkwardness so that everything seems natural on the wedding day!

3.) Savor the Moment! Our third reason is a little more sentimental… you know the saying time flies when your having fun?! Well, it’s true for the engagement season as well! Whether your engagement season is 3 months or 1 year, that sweet time will fly by and it will be your wedding day before you know it! We can’t think of a better excuse than your engagement session to take some time away from your wedding planning and to do lists and just go be in the moment together and bonus… have it documented! Plus you’ll love looking back on this moment and will be so thankful you took the time to do it years down the road.

4.) Pretty Pictures!¬†Pretty Pictures… really that’s it! The engagement session is the perfect opportunity to get some pretty pictures of just the two of you! Pictures to fill your future home, or to use for save the dates or even display at your wedding! Use this session as an opportunity to take pictures in one of your favorite spots… do you love the mountains or hanging out downtown, hiking, being near the water, or do you enjoy eating ice cream together?! Make it personal and make it fun!

5.) Take Some Time Away! The wedding planning process can be overwhelming and stressful! Use your engagement session time to take a day away from it all and spend some purposeful time together. Go pamper yourself, go relax a little and get your nails done, you could go for a trial run with your hair and makeup artist. Since you’ll have your hair and makeup done… come to your session and then go have fun or romantic date night!

Did you know that here at Capture Thirteen Photography, when a bride books any full day wedding investment (6 hours or more) they receive their choice of a complimentary engagement or bridal session! Want to learn more about our Engagement Sessions or Wedding Day Investments…

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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Vendor Spotlight: Acuna’s Custom Cakes | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

Look at us throwing back Thursday on the blog again! ūüėāūüėāūüėā

This time, this #tbt is to highlight one of our favorite wedding vendors!

Bride Friends… if you’re looking for the perfect wedding cake still, today’s blog post is for you!

Like most wedding photographers we too LOVE wedding cake, especially when it’s from Acuna’s Custom Cakes!

Odds are if you’ve been following us for any length of time you’ve heard us rave about our favorite cake lady, Diane of Acuna’s Custom Cakes!

We first met Diane and Joel of Acuna’s Custom Cakes a few years back and Diane quickly became one of our dear friends. Diane’s friendship in this industry is one we treasure and not just because she makes us yummy cakes to eat! ūüėČ Over the past couple of years, we’ve had the honor of watching Diane’s talent and creativeness grow and just when we think we’ve seen her most beautiful cake creation yet… she makes a new one that tops it!

While we love the artistry of her cakes, we love the taste of them even more! While we’re partial to her semi-naked wedding cakes… we haven’t met an Acuna’s cake creation we didn’t want to devour! Buttercream, Strawberry, Chocolate… we’ve loved them all! lol Whenever we need a cake, she’s the first person we call.

And while we love the beauty, artistry and taste of her wedding cakes… we love the artist behind them even more. We’ve seen firsthand just how much Diane cares about her clients and how she takes interest in their whole wedding day… not just their cake. ‚̧

Here’s a look back at some of our favorite wedding cakes made by Diane. We can honestly say these cakes were just as yummy as they are beautiful!

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Brides, if you are drooling over these gorgeous wedding cakes like we are… run don’t walk over to Acuna’s Custom Cakes! Acuna’s Custom Cakes is based out of the Gainesville, Georgia area.

Our Best Engagement Session Advice | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

Over the next couple of months, engagement sessions will slowly start to take over our blog… and we cannot wait! We absolutely love engagement sessions!

We love engagement sessions because they provide a time for our couples to get to know us better and for us to get to know them before their wedding day! Plus for many of our couples, it is their first photo session together and it provides a chance for them to get comfortable in front of the camera together!

With engagement season coming, we’re sharing some of our top tips and suggestions to help make your engagement session the best ever!

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1.) Come have fun! If we could only give you one tip… it would be to just come have fun! Come to your engagement session ready to laugh, smile, cuddle up, hug, hold hands as you walk thru a field or twirl in the sun! Be yourselves!¬† Don’t be afraid to giggle or give a spontaneous kiss on the check. That’s how some of the best moments are captured! We try to make our engagement sessions as much fun as possible and put our couples at ease. Our sessions are laidback and full of laughs, smiles, and conversation… our goal is to make you feel like your hanging out with your friends… who just so happen to have cameras! ūüėČ

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2.) Wear clothes you are comfortable in! This one is a big one! We like to move around in our sessions… we love pictures of our couples walking thru fields, or dancing in the sun. We stand, sit, walk, twirl and who knows maybe even jump lol so make sure you can move around with ease and comfort in your clothes. Also, make sure you are comfortable with where your hemlines and necklines hit… if you aren’t comfortable with how your clothes look on or how they fit it will show through in your photos.

¬© Capture Thirteen Photography3.) Give the hair and makeup duties to someone else! Some of you ladies out there are makeup and hair experts! You are #goals when it comes to hair and makeup! However, if you are anything like me… hair and makeup are the ultimate stressers especially when I have an event or photo session to go to! So keep yourself relaxed by scheduling a hair and makeup appointment and take that worry away! Or call up your sister or friend who’s got the makeup and hair skills down and ask them to come help you get ready! It makes for a great excuse for some fun girls time!

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5.) Wardrobe! For our engagement sessions, we recommend that if you want to switch up your looks, keep your wardrobe to two outfits. One casual look and then a more dressed up look. When choosing your wardrobe pieces don’t get too matchy-matchy ūüėČ go for more complimentary colors. Stay away from busy patterns as they will become distorted in camera. Go for classic instead of trendy looks to keep your engagement pictures looking timeless!¬† Things that always look good…for the guy’s, khakis or dark denim jeans, paired with button-down shirts in solids or plaids, or a pullover sweater. For the ladies… long flowy dresses, knee-length sundresses, and dark wash denim jeans paired with a sweater or a cardigan combo.

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6.) Patterns Beware! Lol okay so this one isn’t as ominous as the intro makes it out to be, but you should be aware of your clothing patterns! Small busy prints tend to become distorted in camera, we recommend stirring clear from lots of small tiny dots, and smalls checks. Also, limit your patterns… don’t overdo the patterns if you are wearing a floral print dress keep your guy in jeans and button up shirt in a coordinating color.

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7.) Prepare your wardrobe! Go thru your closets at least two weeks prior to your session and choose your outfits. This way if any accessories or clothing needs to be bought you’re not running thru the mall in a mad dash the day of your session, looking for that perfect dress or shoes. Pull your outfit options and lay them side by side to see if you really like his shirt next to your dress. Or put them on and stand in front of the mirror! It may sound crazy to you and make you sound crazy to your fiance but I do it all the time! ūüėā Once you’ve chosen your outfits make sure you have all your jewelry and accessory pieces selected and ready to go. If clothes need to be ironed have it all done the day before so that getting ready the day of the session is easy and you can go into your session relaxed.

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8.) Communicate with your Photographer! Communication is key in any relationship including your relationship with your wedding photographer! We’re huge on communication here at Capture Thirteen and we strongly encourage our couples to share with us their likes and dislikes. With that being said, keep your engagement session running smooth, carefree and fun by communicating any concerns or special requests to your photographer prior to the session. Keep things from getting awkward by telling your photographer ahead of time things like… if you’re saving your first kiss for the altar, or if you aren’t a fan of rustic settings or if you simply aren’t a fan of being photographed from your left side. Just don’t forget to trust the process and the creative mind of the photographer you’ve hired.

Did you know that when you book a full day wedding investment with Capture Thirteen Photography you receive your choice of a complimentary engagement or bridal session?!

Want to learn more about our Capture Thirteen Wedding Investments?!

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!

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

Wedding Season Tips | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

A new year means new friends and with new friends, new wedding dreams are being dreamt. You see it is the time of year where we find ourselves emailing and chatting with new 2019 and even some 2020 brides to be. As we chat with them we can’t help but find ourselves dreaming and getting excited for the weddings to come and all the different seasons they’ll be taking place in. We can easily go from dreaming of summer to winter, and fall to spring in a matter of hours! While we have our own personal favorite seasons, we can honestly say wedding photography has taught us to see the beauty in all four seasons.

We love the sea of colors and golden light the fall brings, the brightness of the light in the winter and the cozy feel of a warm fireplace, we even love the occasional winter white snows! We love the renewing of life as the trees and flowers bloom in the spring, and the warmth of the sunshine as longer days return and watching for the first sighting of lightning bugs in the night sky to tell us summer has returned!

As we chat with our new 2019 couples we love hearing why they chose their wedding season… for some, it’s a sentimental reason like when they first met, or maybe our bride has always dreamed of being a June bride just like her mother. Some brides make their choice because they have a strong love for the colors of the season whether its the bright vibrant flowers of the spring or the warmth of the leaf colors in the fall! While others may choose their wedding date for more practical reasons… for example here in North Georgia it gets HOT and humid in the summer… so for some couples, they might choose their season based on their love or dislike of the heat, or do they want to get married indoors or outside! Or maybe it’s the date that worked best with where our couples are in their current season of life!

Whether you’re getting married in the fall, spring, summer or winter there is beauty in every season and today we’re giving you our best tips on how to play off the beauty of your wedding season!

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Fall

  • Deep Jewel Toned Bridesmaid Dresses
    • You can’t go wrong with deep jewel-toned bridesmaids dresses in any season really but in the fall they seem to pop even more against the leaves in the fall! Think of colors like marsala, emerald greens, deep purples or even a deep muted turquoise!
  • Flowers
    • Use deep colored flowers complement your bridesmaid’s dresses think… Sunflowers, Dark Centered Poppies, Dahlias etc.
  • Timing
    • With the Fall comes gorgeous golden light reflecting off of the color filled trees. Be sure to check your ceremony time with your photographer that way you can soak up all that beautiful light in your bride and groom portraits. You’ll want to plan for a first look or an early ceremony time to get the best lighting for your pictures and take advantage of your venue’s setting. Remember daylight savings time occurs around the beginning of November but the days are already getting shorter prior to that!

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Winter

  • Bring the Greenery!¬†
    • If you are planning a winter wedding, odds are you visited your venue site when the trees were full and flowers were bloomed. However, winters here in North Georgia mean lots of bare trees and lifeless shrubs, so make sure you love the elements and location of your venue minus all the trees and flowers. Then bring the greenery back in with your wedding day decor and details to liven everything up again. Have bouquets full of greenery and use greenery in your wedding day decor. Don’t be afraid to mix varieties of greenery together!
  • Keep it Warm and Cozy!
    • There are two things we suggest to give your winter wedding a warm and cozy feel.
      • Faux Fur Wraps/Jackets or Warm Cozy Shawls/Blankets
        • Winters here in North Georgia are a tricky thing, one day it might be 60 degrees and the next it might be 17 degrees. With the Georgia Mountains all around us, odds are you’re going to want to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery at your venue, plus you’ll want to stay warm! Having fur faux wraps or nice warm shawls to wrap up in will not only help keep you all warm it will also automatically make you look all warm and cozy! Keep the colors of your bridesmaid’s dresses in mind when choosing your wraps and make yourself stand out in a warm white faux fur jacket or wrap! Having a warm blanket on hand to wrap you and your groom up in is also another great idea to keep you both warm but also add a romantic touch to your photos!
      • Light those candles and Fireplaces!
        • Glowing light from a candle makes all reception and ceremonies dreamy, but for a winter wedding, it also brings a feeling of warmth and coziness.
        • There is nothing like warming up by a fire on a cold winters day! Having a warm fire going will not only help keep you and your guests warm
  • Timing!
    • Again timing… as we said earlier check that sunset timing! The sun sets super early in the winter, and to take full advantage of your venue’s setting you don’t want the sun to set before you’ve had any pictures done!

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Spring

  • Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!
    • Spring is the season in which everything comes to life again. Its a season here that we all associate with flowers blooming and trees returning to green. Filling your wedding day with beautiful vibrant flowers will make your wedding pictures scream spring! Think tulips, sweet pea, gardenias, orchids, and roses!
  • Soft Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses
    • Nothing says spring wedding like soft pastels, spring is the perfect season for blush, pale or dusty blue bridesmaids dresses. Or if you want a little more flower power, we love pastel floral long flowy dresses!
  • Flower Crowns
    • Flower Crowns are not just for the flower girl! Have a little fun and switch from your wedding veil and into a flower crown after your ceremony! It will give you a totally different look for pictures plus it will make hitting the dance floor a lot easier! Or embrace the flower power and have flower crowns for you and your bridesmaids to have a little fun!

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  • Handheld Fans
    • It gets hot, hot, hot, here in the south in the summertime. If your planning an outdoor ceremony handheld fans and bottled waters are great wedding favors that also provide a purpose. Plan your outdoor summer ceremonies close to sunset when the day is cooling instead of heating up!
  • Cool Refreshments!
    • One of our favorite weddings favors from a summer wedding a few years back was individual ice creams for each wedding guest from the local creamery! Not only was it delicious but it was the perfect way to end summer day! Think outside of the box and have a little fun when planning your reception and have cool treats for guests to beat the summer heat! A few we’ve thought of… snowcones, ice cream, slushies!
  • Ceremony
    • There are two big things to think about if you are planning an outdoor summer ceremony…
      • Shade: Make sure you have enough shade at your ceremony spot for both your guests and you and your bridal party! Shade will provide two helpful purposes… keeping you and your guest cool while also providing better light for your pictures.
      • Timing: Just like the shade provides better light and cooler temps the timing also can help in these areas. Avoid noon or early afternoon ceremony times when the light is harsh and the temperature is at its peak. The light at noon and early afternoon is harsh and without enough shade, it creates unflattering shadows. You’ll want ample shade and indirect light to get the best pictures! Plus all that afternoon heat makes for a sweltering bride and groom and guests… nobody wants to be red and sweaty in their pictures!
  • Have a Rain Plan!
    • Rain can happen at any time during any season but here in the summer, a pop-up storm can come out of nowhere with no warning! Make sure you have a rain plan in place just in case!

Want to learn more about our Capture Thirteen Wedding Investments?!

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!

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