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Karen and Frank Neely Wedding // Hephzibah, GA

Karen and Frank Neely Wedding // Hephzibah, GA

This wedding. I can't begin to tell you how thrilling this day was. Last year I was able to capture family pictures of Karen, Frank & their kids...little did Karen know that Frank had planned to propose during that family session. So to be here almost a year later, and have the pleasure of capturing their wedding day, was the biggest joy for me. (You can see a few of the family/proposal photos in this blog post from last year.)

This year Frank and Karen researched, planned and began construction of the most beautiful barn on their property. Located in Hephzibah, GA, the beauty of the barn and the nature surrounding it is unspeakable --  you'll just have to see for yourself in the photos below. The Southern Barn at Neely Farms was built first for Karen and Frank's wedding, but ultimately as a new facility for hosting weddings, banquets and events. In the pictures from Frank and Karen's wedding you'll see the bare bones of the barn, the first wedding, the true beginning of so many memories that will be made from now on. 

This wedding was beautiful, fun, and relaxing. Watching Karen, Frank and their kids come together for this special celebration was touching. And being a part of this first wedding to be held in the barn -- that was priceless. 

Dress: House of the Bride
Hair: Karen Cruz (Just for You Hair Salon - Hephzibah, GA)
Make-Up: Brittany Stapleton (Blush Salon - Harlem, GA)
Catering: Willie Jewels BBQ
Floral Arrangements: Elizabeth Perez
Venue: The Southern Barn at Neely Farms 

And for a few updated photos of the barn....

Styled Bridal Session // Becca

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Styled Bridal Session // Becca

At the end of August I had the opportunity to work with a handful of fabulous vendors. Leah Janik and I have done many photo shoots together, including paint wars & weddings. Over the years, it has been a privilege watching her grow as a person and an artist. It's easy to grow your talents when you use them with someone who has similar passions and vision. I love being able to grow WITH someone, sharing ideas and expanding a thought in a way that makes something even better than I could have planned alone. This styled shoot was one of those ideas. 

Leah and I knew we wanted to keep it as simple as possible, so we handpicked the vendors we wanted to work with, vendors who graciously gave their talents, time and materials to be a part of this. We want to continue growing the idea of #CommunityOverCompetition by reaching out to the community around us, both physically in our area and in the online realm.  With all that said, I would like to introduce you to our vendors and models. Our model for this blog post is Becca, who was also part of our hair styling duo for the shoot. 

Dress & Hairpiece: House of the Bride

Hair: Becca Powell at Studio 285 & Dalton Harnage at Studio 285

Make-up: Becca Powell at Studio 285

Floral Arrangement: Waiting on Wildflowers

Co-photographer: LuMarie Photo & Design

Since we swapped models during the hours of our shoot, we were able to work doubletime. You can see the photos from the first part of Leah's shoot here. We will post our part two from this shoot during the next week or two. Hopefully you'll be able to enjoy our styles and seeing photos of our models from two different perspectives. 

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T+Z Engagement Session

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T+Z Engagement Session

Taylor and Zach. These two have the most incredible "breauxmance" (and I'm pretty sure this is the wedding hashtag). In February I was honored to take photos of Zach 'popping the question'. As he slipped a ring on the finger of the girl who had the biggest smile on her face and tears of happiness in her eyes, I could tell how much these two cared for each other.

Although that was the first time I had met Zach, I've known Taylor for a few years. She is one of the sweetest, most genuine people I know. Since their proposal, it's been so fun to get to know the two of them a little more. They bring so much joy and laughter to each other's lives....it's really a fun thing to watch. 

Earlier this year I was working on a giveaway with a few other fantastic vendors. Taylor and Zach won 2nd place in the giveaway and we were finally able to schedule their photo session. I might be biased, but I think these photos turned out pretty darn well. Though when you have a couple of fabulous models, it makes shooting even easier. 



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