I love how every wedding I have the opportunity to shoot is so different, always representing the couple in a special way. The wedding of Tania and Paul was so "them". Tania has a chic, simple, timeless style and the wedding was just that. Instead of lots of formal photos as most couples choose, Tania and Paul wanted to keep the photos very photojournalistic, telling the story of their day with lots of candid black and white photos.
Their nuptials were an intimate event, with only 20 to 25 guests in the beautiful Bistro VG in Roswell, Georgia. The bistro's clean white decor, natural textures and huge windows, allowing light to pour in, were a perfect fit for Tania and Paul... and made me very happy as a photographer!
And on to the delicious dinner, filled with music performed by various family members!
To see Tania and Paul's engagement photos, click HERE.
I'd known for a good month that I was well overdue for a real vacation. So, this past weekend, I made a little time for a quick cruise to Cozumel. I only got to spend about 6 hours on the island, but I certainly made the most of it. We rented a Jeep, unsnapped the top, and drove all around the island, marveling at the coastline, talking to locals and sipping the world's best margaritas.
Pictured above is a young man that was dressed up and hanging out at the port where the ships dock. He couldn't have been more than 16 or 17 years old and was all smiles... until I pointed the camera at him, and then he posed. He seriously would not let me snap a shot of him laughing, but I like this one because he gave me the intensity in his eyes, but couldn't completely hide his smile.
Our first stop was the village of El Cedral. We were drawn there because it boasted some Mayan ruins. The ruins were interesting to see once, though less than exciting. What WAS exciting was the beautifully colored little homes and incredibly kind (and some pushy) people who lived there.
Crosses, crosses everywhere.
Before leaving El Cedral, we were lured into a quick tequila tour and tasting. The tour guide is a member of the family who started this particular tequila distillery (Is it considered a distillery when it's tequila? I don't know... but you know what I mean.) and he was so cool... funny, knowledgable... and he fed me the most amazing tequila I'd ever had. Ever.
We drove along the coastline, looking for a lighthouse, which we never found. Sometimes that works out in your favor, though, because we found this beautiful beach with a pretty great little tiki hut. Perfect time for a beer, some guacamole and a hammock. We were the only Gringos around, so it kind of felt like we were part of the community, which is always a nice feeling when traveling.
We decided, since we had a little time left before we had to report back to the ship, that we'd swing back to the other side of the island. Earlier, we'd passed by this beach bar called Coconuts... it was positioned on a cliff with crashing waves. I'm so glad we went back. Not only were the people so much fun to hang out with, but this is where our bartender made the world's best margarita. Go ahead, test it... I dare you.
Just before I left, the man below came to me with this grasshopper he made me from leaves. He was so excited to give it to me and I happily accepted. What a cool little souvenir!
I need to go back... for longer next time. *sigh*
Have you ever seen one of those couples and just known that God put those two people here with a plan that one day their paths would cross? Well, if not, take a look at these two and your belief in true love will be renewed. Tracy and Ford have an amazing story that stretches back... well, I won't tell you how many years... but let's just say it stretches back to grade school. Tracy and Ford grew up down the street from each other and Ford, having been a friend of Tracy's big brother when they were younger, can recall seeing her scampering through the house as a child. Now, a number of years later, in a new phase of life, these two were reunited at church and have been inseparable ever since. Enjoy browsing a little piece of these two's love story!
OH, didn't I tell you? It's all about the shoes. Shoes and PURPLE.
I caught up with the groom just before go-time. Tracy had me bring him a card she made for him so that he could read it before making his way to the altar.
The two got married at Sugar Hill Church, where their love story began, and Tracy walked down the aisle to "I Could Not Ask For More" by Sara Evans.
Thank you both for choosing me to document your special day! XO
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