Monroe Ga Wedding Photographers

KayLeigh and Michael | Arabia Mountain Engagement Session

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I am so excited for this couple!! I met KayLeigh through her grandmother, Pamela. Pamela and I have been friends for about eight years or so and I just love her! When Pamela would talk about her granddaughter, I knew that I would love her too! KayLeigh arrived at my office for her consultation after her and Michael got engaged and she was just beaming!! I got to meet Michael for their engagement session just a few weeks ago and he is a wonderful person and, together, they are just amazing!

KayLeigh and Michael went to middle and high school together but they never knew each other existed until years later. KayLeigh’s best friend, Samantha, was also Michael’s best friend in high school. Out of the blue, Samantha said to KayLeigh, “You know who you would be good with?" Michael Baker!” Kayleigh immediately went to social media and looked him up. She realized they were already Facebook friends. She never reached out to him after looking him up but she did think he was SUPER handsome!

Several months later, she was scrolling through social media and his picture popped up, so she gave it a little “thumbs up” and went on about her day. About two months later HE reached out to her AND asked her on a date!! KayLeigh was filled with joy that he had asked her on a date.

Their first date was such a huge hit, they went to Tin Lizzie’s and became best friends instantly and have been inseparable ever since. 

A few months before Michael proposed, he went to KayLeigh’s grandparents house and asked for her Poppie’s blessing. He knew he couldn’t tell her mom OR her grandmother because they aren’t the best at keeping secrets from KayLeigh. They are just so close!

KayLeigh and Michael had a weekend getaway planned for Jekyll Island in Georgia. On May 25th he wanted to go grab dinner at this place next to their hotel. KayLeigh thought that was odd because she didn’t realize there was anything next to their hotel. But, of course she agreed. Instead of walking on the sidewalk to go the restaurant, Michael asked if she wanted to walk on the beach to get to it which was an immediate YES from her. As they were walking down the beach, KayLeigh saw a man down on one knee and a woman standing up next to him. Her immediate reaction was “Oh my goodness, how sweet! I think he is proposing”. She later found out that this was the guy who Michael had hired to take pictures of their engagement and the woman was his assistant. At last, Michael was able to get KayLeigh in front of him and when she turned around to see why he stopped walking, he was down on one knee asking her to marry him!!!

PURE shock ran through her! While she knew with everything inside of her that she would marry this man, she had NO clue that he would be asking her to be his wife that weekend. She shed so many happy tears that day. 

KayLeigh mentioned in an email to me, “I fell in love with Michael extremely fast & it truly surprised me how strong my feelings were for him. He has showed to be the most caring, loving, funniest, most adorable human being I’ve ever met. While our story brought us together on social media, there is no doubt in my mind that God would have drawn us together another way if social media didn’t work. God knew exactly who my soulmate and partner would be the moment he made me and I’m so glad that Michael was that person.”

And that is so true! God has created us and our partners WAY before we knew how to talk! Isn’t that so beautiful?! To know that when we walk in faith and trust our Savior, He will always be there to provide our hearts desires!

KayLeigh and Michael, Congratulations!! I cannot wait to see you two say “I Do”!!

 
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Lacey & Matt | Mansfield, Ga. Engagement Session

Lacey & Matt | Mansfield, Ga. Engagement Session

Lacey & Matt’s Engagement/Just Married Session!

Yes, you read that correctly! Lacey and Matt have known each other since the beginning of their lives! Their families have been friends for generations. They grew up in a small farming town and that’s just how it is there - the roots are deep and friends become more like family!
Although Matt and Lacey’s story starts off very bitter sweet but was perfectly planned out by God! Lacey and Matt’s moms are best friends and both ended up expecting babies at that same time. Matt was born on February 13th, 1980. A couple of months later, Lacey’s mom and dad suffered a loss that too many are forced to face with the death of their baby, Judson on his due date.

The Westside Warehouse Wedding | Erin and Josh

The Westside Warehouse Wedding | Erin and Josh

Erin and Josh | The Westside Warehouse Wedding

Erin woke up on her wedding day knowing it was going to be one of the most magical day’s of her life! She felt the calm, the excitement, the nerves, all rushing through and it was going to be an amazing day! As I was driving to the Loew’s Hotel in Atlanta, where I knew they wanted to share their first look on the tree lined streets, I started thinking about a plan B because it was raining cats and dogs.

Shelley + Drew | Prospect Farms Engagement Session

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Oh my goodness you guys!! I am love!!! These two are just adorable and were so fun to photograph! They chose a beautiful farm in Lawrenceville, Ga. for their engagement session. Prospect Farms allows photographers to photograph in their gorgeous pastures of wild flowers and their blueberry fields. . .We just had SO much fun all over their farm! And y'all know I LOVE cows. . .they have sweet cows on their farm! And those girls wanted in on the photos too!

So, let me tell you a little about Shelley and Drew! They met while working out at the gym - which by the way seems like such a great place to meet someone!! The day they met, was also the day they had their first date! Drew asked her out and she was just smitten from the get go! Their date was amazing and Shelley knew he was a special guy!

After dating for some time and falling in love, Drew was ready to pop the question. He thought of it all too!! Shelley and her mom go for regular mani and pedi's so it wasn't strange at all that her mom called and asked Shelley to join her at the nail salon before the weekend. Shelley and Drew had a fun weekend planned in Helen, Ga.

While they were on a romantic hike by the river, Drew stopped as Shelley took a few steps ahead of him on the trail. He then called her name. When she turned around he was on one knee asking Shelley to be his wife!!! To memorialize this amazing moment, they carved their names in a tree - so dang sweet!!!

The surprises didn't stop there! They drove back to Shelley's mom's house to celebrate. When she walked into the house she found their entire family there to congratulate the newly engaged couple! As if this wasn't enough, Drew also flew in her brother and sister-in-law! As they peeked around the corner to surprise Shelley, she burst into tears of joy!

It's such a small world y'all! Shelley heard about me from a friend but later realized I photographed her cousin, Haley's wedding! Shelley, I'm so happy to be your wedding photographer! I can't wait until November 2018!

 
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Tara and Tommy | A Buckhead, Georgia Wedding

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This past Saturday, I photographed my first wedding of 2018! I've been so nervous about it. Not that I didn't think I would be able to photograph their beautiful wedding well but just nervous because it's been almost ten months since I've photographed a wedding!!! After taking a super long extended maternity leave, I'm SOOOO thankful to be back in action and serving my couples again!! Y'all it feels so good and I can't thank God enough for blessing me with that extra time I got to spend with my family BUT being a wedding photographer is my JAM!!

So, let me tell you about this fabulous first wedding of twenty-eighteen! Tara and Tommy go WAAAAY back! You can read their love store here! Their wedding day was incredibly emotional. . .not only for them BUT this girl was shedding tears too! Tara and Tommy put so much thought into every moment of their special day! They chose to get married on an over 300 acre farm in the middle of nowhere. Originally they didn't want to see each other before their ceremony but due to a late ceremony time we were worried it would be dark before we could photograph their sunset photographs as husband and wife. I'm SO glad they decided on a first look!!! It was my favorite part of their day! 

After Tara's momma got her all buttoned in her gown, Tommy sent a note in with one of their little girl's. It was the funniest sweetest note that had us all laughing AND crying too!

We then headed outside towards the treelined drive for Tara and Tommy's first look! Oh you guys!!! It was so so sweet! You can just SEE how much these two love each other!!

As if the tree-lined drive wasn’t gorgeous enough, after their first look we had plenty of time to drive around the 300 acre farm for several other beautiful locations!

Tara and Tommy have two little girls (Remi is their daughter together and Bella is Tara's daughter) and they are the cutest and sweetest! Tommy loves those girls with ALL his heart!

Tara and Tommy found a pasture near one of the lakes for their ceremony site. And that’s where they became husband and wife!

Tara's cousin, Ian, is the guitarist and band manager for the band, Mariah Shea and the Story. Not only did Ian become ordained and marry Tara and Tommy but their band also played during their reception! They were SO good!! They sang a lot of songs that have meaning in my life so naturally I was emotional seeing Tara, Tommy and their family enjoy these songs as well! It's amazing how we can hold so much memory in a song!

Tommy wanted Bella (Tara's daughter) to know that she was very much a part his life! They shared their own ring ceremony and Bella was so surprised!

Congratulations Tara + Tommy!

 
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Vendor List:
Venue: Private Farm in Buckhead, Georgia
Florals: Conyers Flower Shop, Jennifer Gaddy
Band: Mariah Shea and the Story
Cake: Le Chic Confections