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Finding the perfect engagement ring can be challenging for a guy hoping to put a twinkle in the eyes of his future fiancée. With the stress of planning the perfect proposal, he probably has a million questions running through his mind. “Does she want minimal bling or something over-the-top?” “Will she always love a colored gemstone?” “Does she prefer gold or platinum?” “Should I select a Princess or Heart-shaped stone setting?” While it may be traditional for the man to choose, and pay for the engagement ring, modern brides often tell their fiancée exactly what they want, leaving little room for deviation. However some brides are happy no matter what their guy chooses.  If he needs a little more steering, here’s some inspiration to get your man started in the right direction!

Guys, here are a few tips: It is important to incorporate her style and personality into her ring. If you aren’t sure what that is, you may want to incorporate help from a friend of hers. You can also add special touches to the ring such as selecting a gemstone that’s the color of the dress she wore on your first date or designing a band that resembles the flowers you gave her on your first Valentine’s Day together. Maybe you want to make it personal and engrave a message for her inside the band.

Ladies: He will respond to your feedback so don’t be shy, vocalize what you want in your engagement ring and if he is going overboard, gently reel him in closer to your vision. Remember, it’s yours for life, get what you want but be considerate of his input and of course his pockets! If your guy surprises you with a ring, be open to it even if you don’t love it and look forward to customization over the years to come!Rings1

If Your guy is planning to go over-the-top, here is a great place to start. A large centered stone always grabs the eye especially a yellow pear-shaped diamond underneath a white pear-shaped diamond like this beauty from Cartier.Rings2Eccentric –chic maybe?? This art-deco round floral rose gold engagement ring with a white diamond band is boldly you! If you prefer a subtle rose gold approach this double halo Tiffany Soleste is the epitome of modern timelessness.Ring-3The road to marriage can sometimes be a windy one. Symbolize those curves and the beauty at the end of the road with a twisted band and stunning rounded centered stone by Mark Schneider.Rings-4Just because you’re a flower child (like me) or a boho-earthy chick doesn’t mean you can’t turn up the bling with this floral banded ring by Mark Schneider which is a huge trend this summer (also shown with wedding band). Love it!Ring-5A Girly girl likes to get literal! If you’re into hearts, push him in the direction of a heart shaped stone! Incorporate a pop of color and a little mixed metal from in your ring like this one by Langerman Diamonds. For some brides, classic is better and nothing is more classic than this amazing Tiffany Soleste Heart diamond engagement ring! Good Luck and Happy Engaging!!

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Summer weddings are upon us and many couples opt for an outdoor wedding.  Outdoor summer weddings are beautiful and we love the natural backdrop. For summer weddings, the downside is the heat, especially here in the south which can make it uncomfortable for wedding participants and guests.  You don’t have to completely eliminate the outdoor options off your list, but remember these few tips and it will make it more enjoyable for everyone!!

Have your wedding during the cooler part of the day and in a shaded area or provide a tent if possible. Also, make sure your wedding participants’ attire are lighter in both color and material.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

Serve a frozen treat: Whether it’s gourmet ice cream or popsicles for the kids or alcohol infused treats for the adults. Something cold and flavorful is sure to be a hit.

Kingofpops_HarwellPhotographyHave lots of cool water on hand:  Water cooling stations infused with fruit or cucumber is not only pretty to look at but also great for keeping guest cool at summer outdoor weddings. Accessorize your summer outdoor wedding with cooling options for your guests: Consider printing programs on fans. Use parasols as aisle décor or at each guest seat. The parasols will not only provide guests with their own personal source of shade but if you get them in your wedding colors they will add color dimension to your outdoor celebration.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

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Featured Image at top of blog courtesy of Tec Peteja Photography

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Cassidy and Josh met while attending college at Georgia Tech and found that they many similarities including that they are both Georgia natives. To celebrate their upcoming wedding, they recently had an engagement session with Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography, who took them around Atlanta and captured these fun pictures. They were all smiles and they even  included their lovely pooch – Annabell. Cassidy and Josh plan to tie the knot in a New Year’s Eve celebration at The Georgian Terrace.  Their wedding celebration will be full of surprises and special touches for this gorgeous couple.Cassidy CollageCassidy Collage 3Cassidy Collage 2Cassidy Collage 4

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Transforming an idea into reality is an exhilarating part of my job. I listen carefully to my brides’ and grooms’ dreams, brainstorm with them and work around whatever challenges arise.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

 

Here we created a modern Western world event that meshed with the couple’s traditional Persian nuptials. The bride wanted a large clear tent set in a classic, lush location. Together we scouted many scenic venues, but when the budget would not accommodate her vision, we thought outside the box – and tent – and I was able to create the picturesque ambiance her heart desired.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

We chose Monaluce Winery & Estates, which provided a gorgeous sweeping lakeside landscape for the Persian cultural ceremony – fresh air openness in lieu of a clear tent. Continuing with the alfresco theme, the private reception area featured a grand balcony overlooking the vineyards. We designated this space for the dance floor and contemporary lounge seating.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

Focusing on the bride’s request for an abundance of flowers, I collaborated with The Perfect Stem. Taking the dramatic hydrangea-dominant arrangements that flanked the ceremony aisle as well as the bridesmaids’ bouquets, we repurposed them during the reception as dining table centerpieces to help keep costs down while amping up and maximizing use of the floral décor.Collage-2
From whisking away the newlyweds in a stylish horse-drawn carriage after declaring their “I Dos” to adding whimsical elegance with paper parasols and handmade fans that doubled as wedding programs to a magical finale with family and friends sending the lovebirds off with hundreds of sparklers ablaze, I integrated several special elements into the day to grant the bride’s wishes for a romantic, airy affair.
Photos Courtesy of Leah And Mark Photography

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | Dahlonega | Montaluce Winery | Persian Wedding

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As a bridal stylist, I encounter many brides that have varying visions for their wedding day.  If I were to define their styles, I would say the modern style incorporates a pop of color somewhere in their look, whether a bold shoe or a shimmering statement necklace. The fashion-forward style takes it up a notch by going for the glitz, the drama and that chic piece that their guests will be talking about all night long! No matter what type of bride we are referring to, the color blush is versatile for all brides…but the magic lies in how she carries that hue off on her wedding day. Every blushing bride deserves a touch of blush in her wedding day look.

A coral lip paired with blush whether it’s a shoe or your gown compliments your overall look.42605a9659fd7d659eb65807045d19bf

Lace is one of the hottest bridal trends this summer and is being fashioned into capes and forming the most beautiful-intricate backs to this season’s most stylish wedding gowns.Dress-3-e1400881757486

Personalize your look with a girl’s best friend…Diamonds! Get the diamond look with this amazing Otazu Silver Pearl and Swarovski crystal bib necklace by Max&Chloe, or these Ann Taylor Circular stone drop earrings.Round Drop EarringBling

Finish your look with light & airy makeup, a classy chignon and soft birdcage veil.  Accessorize your look to fit your personality and put fashion first. This is your day to be beautiful!Blush PumpChignon

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