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We are so excited for our beautiful couple, Kimberly and Ralph. They had a fabulous engagement session with their wedding photographer Livingston Jaxon of Jaxon Photography.RC14E3571

 

We always tell our couples to incorporate things they love in their engagement session and have fun. That is just what Kimberly and Ralph did in these gorgeous images! This energetic and fun loving couple enjoyed one of their favorite past times – playing golf and Jaxon Photography captured it beautifully. After an exciting round of golf; the couple opted to change their attire and have a more sophisticated photo shoot at Stone Mountain.RC14E3548RC14E3523RC14E3511RC14E3561CollageRC14E3593

 

The couple’s ceremony will be hosted at the Fairfield Baptist Church in Lithonia this coming Saturday. Followed by a beautiful dinner with friends and family. After dinner is complete, they will head over to Stone Mountain for an exciting after party. We can’t wait to show you details! Stay Tuned!

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We had the honor of planning the beautiful union of Chakeeta and Serome and the day came together beautifully!Chakeeta-and-Serome-Portraits-114

 

Chakeeta and Serome opted for a “First Look” before the ceremony and with the help of Sophia Barrett Studios, staged a playful (although a little rainy) meeting in midtown near the Federal Reserve Building.Chakeeta-and-Serome-Portraits-45Chakeeta-and-Serome-Portraits-70

 

The April showers didn’t dampen their spirits as they exchanged vows among their closest family and friends at the Defoor Center. Chakeeta and Serome’s wedding color palette of eggplant, teal and gold made a grand statement in the venue. They chose purple up-lighting for a dramatic effect and Stylish Stems provided floral décor with lots of glitz to create a very high style look.Chakeeta-and-Serome-Ceremony-65Chakeeta-and-Serome-Details-43Chakeeta-and-Serome-Details-36Chakeeta-and-Serome-Details-49

 

Once the ceremony was over and the introductions were complete, DJ Tron of Urban Legend had the guests on their feet and working up an appetite on the dance floor! Soon the gourmet dinner of Tuscan stuff chicken or Black and White sesame crusted salmon were served and they were delicious! Of course, no wedding would be complete without a wedding cake and Perfect Wedding Cake did not disappoint with a cake that was both stunning as well as delectable!Chakeeta-and-Serome-Reception-183Chakeeta-and-Serome-Reception-177Chakeeta-and-Serome-Reception-157

 

These beautiful images are courtesy of Sophia Barrett Studios. Congratulations Chakeeta and Serome!

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Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with Aria Zambataro, Director of Client Relations at Beauty Bar of Buckhead. With her background as a make-up artist for over 14 years, she has had the opportunity to make women feel empowered, confident, and beautiful from the inside out which gives her a bird’s eye perspective on what it takes to create the perfect wedding day look. We wanted to share some of her tips and reasons why hiring a professional make-up artist and hairstylist is important!Makeup-Collage1

 

DIY- Why You Shouldn’t: With the trend of youtube make-up tutorials, women are feeling more comfortable with personal make-up application. However, there is a vast difference from applying day to day make-up versus application for a special event, particularly a “once in a lifetime” celebration. Although the wedding day make-up may appear very natural, there is a lot of preparation to give the appearance of a “blushing bride”. Working with an expert, one can achieve a natural look more efficiently and effortlessly. In addition, some women might think that the usual day-to-day look will suffice for the camera. It is a well-known industry fact that more make-up (in particular areas, such as the eyes, lips and cheeks) is needed for pictures so that the bride and her bridesmaids refrain from looking washed-out.IMG_6069-copy

 

Photography- Editing is costly: Another aspect to consider is the lengthy and costly chore of photography editing. Having a seasoned hair & makeup artist on hand, there will be far less editing required, as the artist has a knack for concealing blemishes, birthmarks, scars, etc. that the bride and/or bridesmaids will surely want to mask. Not only will concealing properly from the beginning save time and money, it will also provide the woman a “peace of mind” as she will be more confident in her appearance.IMG_6078-copy

 

Cohesive Look: Maintaining a cohesive look among the bride and bridesmaids is key! Leaving each woman to her own creative hair and make-up licenses is a recipe for disaster! Just as the bride carefully chooses both she and her bridesmaids’ dresses so that they ever-so-gracefully glide amongst one another, she too must take into consideration that both the hair and make-up looks are meticulously on point. Reflecting a clean, classic and polished look will be acknowledged and appreciated by everyone on her special day as well as for years to come.Wedding-Talk-89-of-123

 

Peace of Mind: And, lastly, Brides! Let’s not forget that this is YOUR day!!! YOUR day to be the “belle of the ball”, YOUR day to be a stress-free queen, YOUR day to enjoy essential time with your family, dearest friends and soon-to-be hubby! Why not have your cake and eat it too!?

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Greece is the perfect spot for honeymooners looking for just the right mix of sun, amazing food and luxury accommodations. This picturesque country is every bit as beautiful as you’ve seen in the magazines with its pristine white houses and blue roof tops nestled in the hills overlooking tranquil blue waterscapes. Whether you decide to just visit one island such as Santorini or Mykonos or island hop, you will not be disappointed with all this country has to offer.

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece is photographed at the perfect time of night.  Taken by architectural photographer Chris Hamilton.

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece is photographed at the perfect time of night. Taken by architectural photographer Chris Hamilton.

Greece boasts of plethora of historical sites that are must-sees! Here are a few favorites: Athens – The capital city, also known for the Parthenon. Ithaca – Home of the Greek poet Homer’s famous Odysseus Olympia – Site of the original Olympic Games Take note that Greece’s Mediterranean climate equates to hot summers. I recommend that you enjoy the mild weather months, which are May-June and September-October. Also, be mindful July and August attract the most tourists so travel rates and prices on the islands tend to go up.Food

 

FOODIE ALERT: Greek cuisine is divine! I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy the decadent Mediterranean dishes with their bountiful fresh seafood and produce. Here are just a few mouthwatering pictures of the dishes that I enjoyed while vacationing there.Food3Food2

 

Luxurious accommodations in Greece for your honeymoon are numerous. I suggest starting with a price point for your nightly stay and go from there to see the many choices you can have. Below is a picture of the St. John’s Resort on the island of Mykonos when I vacationed there. It was gorgeous!IMG_3840IMG_3930-copy

 

My Recommended DO’s:

– Rent a car while in Greece. While the shops and restaurants on the islands may stay open late, there are a limited number of taxis on some of the island.It’s always best to have a backup plan after some late night shopping or partying.

– Do bring lots of Euros for spending money. There are so many great shops, you won’t be disappointed!

– Wear comfortable shoes. There is lots to do and see in Greece and the country tends to be rocky, even some of the beaches.

– Sample the local cuisine. There are so many great dishes, you will love it!

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The beauty of a beachside wedding is the way it evokes an ambiance of tranquility, natural beauty and love at its purest form. This neutral scene allows for the perfect combination of feminine and masculine elements to come together to create the perfect beach wedding setup. The burlap draped chuppah and classic white place settings adorned with starfish compliment the groom’s style. While the golden accents and a clean white floral palette deliver just the right balance of femininity to an ocean blue backdrop. Bold uses of seashells and starfish as embellishments on the cake table, champagne flutes and the gift table give a playful yet elegant nod to the beach theme.NeutralBeachBoard

 

Using a significant contrast in design elements and color, this scene offers inspiration for the beachside bride that wants a little more glitz!   The use of chandeliers, crystals and pops of seaside color add a special glamour to the beauty of the shore. A reception area draped in soft- billowy fabric serves as a cool yet enchanting entrance/exit for the newlyweds. The dining table designs incorporate soft placid blue chargers underneath seashell-shaped plates to take it up a notch from the traditional white or clear glass option. You can also add a quirky cheerfulness to the overall design by using a mix of turquoise seashells or even starfish topped cupcakes.BoldBeachBoard

 

For your consideration: Choose flowers that not only compliment your beach theme but that can withstand the humidity of beachside nuptials. Choose flowers with a sturdy stem that can hold more water throughout the ceremony or flowers that are natural to the climate of your destination wedding. Examples of these types of flowers are; Lantana’s, Dahlias, Calla Lilies, Orchids and Succulents. Avoid flowers that cannot stand humid weather conditions such as Lilacs, Tulips, and Hydrangeas.

Consider the wind gusts along the beach and this could affect your ceremony and décor. You may want to utilize surrounding elements like seashells or starfish as table weights to keep your napkins and menu cards anchored. Large wind gust will cause some sand blowing. We suggest including a mini fan for guests to block their faces from the sand and sun. If your beach wedding is casual, offering flip-flops to guest as they arrive will get guest into the mood and are great little favors.

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