Akia & Mike // Atlanta, Georgia Wedding Video

Wedding Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Wedding Venue: Ambient Plus Studios
Photographer: Bri McDaniel Photography
Pop-tail Hour: King of Pops
Rentals and Props: Crush Event Rentals

Ambient Plus Studios is the perfect loft wedding venue in Atlanta.

It's great for couples who want a blank space to bring their vision to life. The space has great light, is spacious and allows the couple to control the style. We love to see what our creative wedding couples dream up!! Of course, Akia and Mike's vision blew us away! 

Akia and Mike brought the outdoors indoors.

They chose "grass" carpet for the ceremony area and bright florals. The natural light spilling in the windows enhanced their gorgeous decor. They had seating around the "alter" for the parents to be comfortable and have a front row seat during the ceremony. 

Akia's grandmother officiated the ceremony.

We are big softies when grandparents officiate ceremonies! We love that Akia and Mike chose to have her grandmother play such an important role in their ceremony.

Akia and Mike had the BEST personalized vows!!

Everyone (including us) was wiping away tears during the ceremony. Akia's vows were a great encouragement in any marriage, "I promise to give us a fighting chance when for better or worse gets tough." And Mike's were so sweet and heartfelt!! We loved being able to capture them writing their vows before the ceremony. It's so awesome they have those moments preserved. 

They chose to have a pop-tail hour in lieu of a cocktail hour.

King of Pops, out of Atlanta, was there handing out different flavors to the guests. The entire room was smiling! How could anyone not be happy eating popsicles? 

Pretty much everything about this wedding was our "favorite!" :) Akia and Mike had a (fake) tattoo booth set up with custom Akia and Mike tattoos. Everyone loved this! By the end of the night all of their guests were covered in tattoos, us included! We may have sported our for days afterwords. :) 

As the night ended, everyone waved glow sticks during the wedding exit and sent Akia and Mike off on their new adventures! 

L'Anda & Calvin // Montaluce Winery Wedding

Wedding Location: Dahlonega, Georgia
Wedding Venue: Montaluce Winery
Photographer: Cayce Calloway Photography

Montaluce Winery is the most beautiful vineyard in North Georgia for a wedding! 

It is located in Dahlonega, Georgia and is one of our favorite wedding venues! You feel as if you are entering a different place as you drive through the entrance. The gorgeous vineyards and architecture instantly makes you feel relaxed, or as a filmmaker, inspired. As an added bonus, the wine is really tasty! 

L'Anda and Calvin had an intimate wedding on the terrace overlooking the vineyards.

Their family and closest friends were in attendance to watch them get married. The view as they were married was gorgeous! As you watch their film, listen to the meaningful words spoken by their pastor. 

The details of the day were perfect and classic, from her stunning bouquet of red roses to the intimate setting of dinner to the table of memories. The dinner was filled with love and laughter! Their siblings both gave toasts during dinner and everyone was pleasantly surprised when Calvin's brother's toast was a poem he wrote. Laughter erupted during several lines! 

After dinner, everyone headed to the photo booth and dance floor. Everyone did not hesitate to get the party started on the dance floor! 

Allyson & Chase // Sonnet House Wedding

Wedding Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Wedding Venue: The Sonnet House
Florist: Corey Daniel Florals
Photographer: Amy Carson Photography
Cakes: Wedding Cakes By Jan
DJ: Feel the Beat Entertainment
Wedding Dress: Bella's Bridal & Formal
Menswear: Mr. Burch Formal Wear
Hair & Makeup: Molly Stilley & Morgan Ashley Studio Salon
Transportation: Coats Classic Cars

Why choosing the First Look was perfect for them.

Let's be honest ... Allyson and Chase's first look had everyone in a huge puddle of tears! Chase was so overwhelmed to see Allyson and he was so emotional. They were so happy to be getting married!! Having a First Look was the perfect choice for them because it calmed their nerves. 

Allyson, along with her whole wedding party, had their hair and makeup done at the Morgan Ashley Salon in Birmingham, Alabama. Molly Stilley did a wonderful job and Allyson look gorgeous! The bridesmaids had a blast spending the morning together and the stress of doing their own hair was taken off of them. 

Next, to the best Birmingham wedding venue, The Sonnet House!

Jared, Corey and Ellen, along with the rest of The Sonnet House team, are amazing! Couple that with how gorgeous the venue is and you cannot go wrong getting married there. 

Allyson and Chase had a fun group of friends and family! There was laughter coming out of both rooms all day long. And at times a few tears, but no ugly crying (right Allyson?). 

They decided to wait until the wedding day to give the gifts to their wedding party. This was a great idea because we were able to capture those moments for them. Also, it created a really special moment for everyone. And there may have been a few tears. :) 

Their guests signed a guitar wedding guestbook! 

It was at the entrance to the ceremony as guests walked in. This was such an unique idea, especially since Chase plays the guitar. We love when couples personalize their wedding day to include touches that are very "them." Plus, it makes and awesome piece of wall art! 

Choosing Coats Classic Cars made their grand leave feel like a fairytale! 

After a night of dancing, laughing and eating, Allyson and Chase left in "Catherine." "Catherine" is a beautiful vintage Rolls-Royce provided by Coats Classic Cars. They headed to The Historic Tutwiler Hotel in downtown Birmingham to end their perfect day! 

Erica & Brad // Chattanooga Wedding Video

Wedding Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Wedding Venue: The Church On Main & Second Presbyterian Church
Photographer: Liz Powers Photography
Wedding Planner: Soiree's
Catering: On The List Catering & Events
Cake: Cakemakers by Dan The Cake Man
Florist: Divine Designs
DJ: Sound Force
 

There is nothing like a fall wedding in Chattanooga, Tennessee! The weather is perfect and the leaves are bright, vibrant and every color you can imagine. Erica and Brad's wedding day was no exception as the sun shone bright. 

It is always really special when we get to celebrate multiple events with the same family. We filmed Erica's brother wedding years ago and loved spending more time with this sweet family!!   

Why choosing not to have a first look was right for them.

Erica and Brad chose not to see each other before the ceremony. They were both really nervous as they were getting ready, but Brad was definitely the most nervous! One of our favorite moments of the day was when Erica walked with her Dad down the aisle. Brad was obviously overwhelmed when he saw Erica for the first time. He was trying to control his emotions, but at the same time he couldn't take his eyes off of her! Re-watch their wedding video at the 2:50 mark! 

They chose the best Chattanooga wedding venues! 

They were married at Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Chattanooga. This church is perfect for a wedding because it is beautiful on the inside and outside! Plus, it is conveniently located to many reception venues downtown Chattanooga. We always love filming there! 

Everyone headed to The Church on Main for their reception. Sound Force had the dance floor packed all night! Erica's wedding dress transformed from an elegant lace dress to a sleek dress perfect for the party. She was comfortable and did not leave the dance floor until their sparkler leave!

The day would not have been the same without their amazing wedding vendors from all over Chattanooga! Soiree's did a fantastic job coordinating all of the wedding events and making the venues look gorgeous! 

Heather & Austin // Peach Orchard Wedding

It's always special when two people take time to create a wedding day that is personal and represents them. Heather and Austin worked together for months (and months) to plan and design a wedding with meaning and heart.

Enjoy their story below, then hear from Heather and Austin themselves! 

Tell us about your wedding day.

{Heather} Wow. Where do I even begin? It was absolutely perfect in every way possible! Austin and I dated for 7 years and it’s something we’ve literally dreamed about from the beginning. The Abbott field has always been “our spot.” I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve made the comment to Austin that it would be cool to get married out there under the tree. But the place was a mess….for real. Anyway, on a weekend trip to the beach with my college roomates, Austin spent that time cleaning up the old house and under the tree. He proposed to me under that tree…and from then on I knew we had no choice but to get married there. SO, with that being said….Our wedding day was perfect: We were surrounded by our family and friends in the perfect place on the perfect blue-sky day.

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What was your most memorable moment of the day?

{Heather} My most memorable moment of the day had to be the moment we jumped in the truck right after we were pronounced husband and wife. Austin and I sped away through the orchard to spend a few minutes alone together. That’s when it actually hit me that we were really, truly and officially MARRIED!

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{Austin} I don’t know how to narrow it down to just one moment. The whole day was incredible. But I have to say, when I saw Heather coming down the hill it was all I could do to keep from crying. I’ll never forget the joy I felt knowing what was about to happen. 

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What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?

{Heather} The biggest challenge while planning the wedding was getting the field ready. We literally had to bring in everything from chairs, tables, and restrooms… even electricity! But thanks to the awesome help of our wedding planner Tara, and our wonderful parents and grandparents we were able to bring it all together!

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What was most important to you when you were wedding planning?

{Heather} From the beginning, choosing our videographer and photographer were at the top of the list. I researched and researched and researched! When I found Hampton Road Studios (Ashley and Matt) and Little Acorn Photography (Jackie and Luke) my search ended immediately. They were both husband and wife teams and I knew they would be perfect for us! The guys spent the day with Austin and his groomsmen while the girls spent the day with the bridesmaids and myself.  By the end of the day, Austin and I felt like we had known Ashley, Matt, Jackie, and Luke forever.  

Tell us about any meaningful detail/special moments during your ceremony.

{Heather} There are so many! First of all, (I guess this is considered pre-ceremony but…), my Mom styled my hair for me that day. It meant so much to have her by my side and playing such a huge role! I know she was super nervous, but if I do say so myself- she nailed it! A special moment (again pre-ceremony…) was the time I got to spend with my Dad in the truck at the top of the hill. We were able to watch everyone be seated for the ceremony and that was pretty neat. My favorite moment of our time together- Dad revving the Chevy’s engine as we drove towards the ceremony- “Just so they know we’re coming,” he said.

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{Heather} The most special moment of our ceremony was removing our purity rings and putting on each other’s wedding bands. That was an indescribable feeling. Speaking of indescribable, Austin and I wrote our own vows to each other and that, too, was indescribable. It was so much harder to speak when the time came to say them, but it was worth every happy tear shed in the process!

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{Austin} In addition to getting to say “I do” and hearing Heather’s beautiful vows, I’d also say that my dad performing the ceremony was very special to me. It’s something I’ll never forget and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I don’t know how he kept it together as well as he did but I was proud to have him stand up there with Heather and me for the ceremony. 

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Tell us about meaningful details during your reception.

{AustinJust having so many loved ones there in one place was overwhelmingly awesome. We couldn’t turn a corner without seeing someone special, and all night people were coming up to us with smiling faces and best wishes.  

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{Heather} Also, the toast by Austin’s two Best Men and my Maid of Honor were pretty awesome. Robert and Marvin were hilarious, making people laugh as always. Kayla, my Maid of Honor and college roommate of 4 years, said some of the sweetest words I’ve ever heard in my life.

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Tell us about finding your wedding dress

{Heather} Well, let’s just say that was a process! I didn’t want lace and I didn’t want a long train.  Six stores and what felt like a thousand dresses later, I fell in love with a beautiful lace dress with an incredibly long train! (I think my mom and Maid of Honor knew all along I would end up with a lace dress…thankfully they were patient with me!)

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What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?

{Heather} HIRE A VIDEOGRAPHER! They are worth every single penny. I promise you.

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life?

{Austin} We’re moving to Atlanta so Heather can begin graduate school and become a Physical Therapist. It’ll be good to finally have a place there that we can call our own. We’ve always looked forward to living together. It’s been something that we’ve wanted for a long time, so it’s going to be great to finally come home to one another at the end of the day. 

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Congratulations Heather and Austin! Thank you for trusting us to capture your story and inviting us to be a part of it! 

Take time to check out Little Acorn Photography's amazing photos from the day!! 

Those who helped make Heather and Austin's wedding day perfect ...

Photographer: Little Acorn Photography 
Wedding Venue: Abbott Field
Planner/Coordinator: Any Reason to Plan, Tara Vice
Florist: Charlotte Hooper 
DJ: Matt Littlejohn 
Caterer: All Around Town Catering
Cake: Indulge Sweet Shoppe
Invitations: Austin Jones Designs
Makeup: Tasia Oliver
Hair: Teresa Chambers & Jill Cox Chambers
Bridal Salon: Bella's Bridal and Formal
Dress Designer: Sotterro and Midgley
Bridesmaids Dresses: 
Menswear: Mr. Burch Formal Wear