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Ashlyn + Peter | Engagement| Freedom Parkway Bridge | Olmsted Linear Park

Ashlyn + Peter | Atlanta Engagement Photography| Freedom Parkway Bridge | Olmsted Linear Park

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Greetings! We would like to introduce you to Ashlyn + Peter. This lovely couple comes to us from past clients Lindsey + Patrick! We’ve had the pleasure of photographing Lindsey + Patrick’s wedding a few years ago and a recent portrait session at Serenbe.

We are  thankful that our clients chat about us to their friends. We like to get to know people. Let’s get to know Ashlyn + Peter.

(S) Ashlyn and Peter, tell us a little about you and Peter:

(A+P) Ashlyn grew up in Snellville with her younger brother Ryan, and her folks and both sets of grandparents still live close by. After graduating from UGA, she got her Master’s in Public Health at Mercer and now kicks butt with her work as an in-house consultant at Northside. She is an avid tennis player, runner, loves to cook and travel, but above all loves spending time with her family and friends.

Peter’s family moved to Georgia when he was 7, but thanks to his parents being from Iowa his southern accent pretty much stops and starts with “y’all”. He’s the third of four kids, and growing up in an entrepreneurial household caused him to gravitate to working in sales at a tech startup. He is getting too old to play soccer as well as he used to and enjoys Ashlyn’s cooking very much, but above all he loves spending time with his family and friends.

(S) How did you guys meet?

(A+P) This is a very controversial subject, as recollections differ tremendously. The first time we truly spent some time together, though, was on a big group getaway set up by a mutual friend (thanks, Paul) over a weekend in the mountains.

(S) Tell us a little about your first date.

(A+P) After mountain weekend, Peter got Ashlyn’s number and asked her out for a first official date. We went to an awesome restaurant called P’cheen, and spent the next three and half hours(!) laughing and realizing how much we had in common. Needless to say, it was the perfect last first date anyone could ask for.

(S) Was there a defining moment your knew relationship was taking the step towards marriage?

(A+P) This one’s a little tricky, because having instant chemistry with someone can make it seem like it was headed there all along. Pete remembers raving to my friends extremely early on about how great Ashlyn was, and brought her to meet his family about a month after the first date. Luckily she wasn’t scared off, and the overwhelming consensus from everyone was that she was an absolute keeper. When you meet someone who’s beautiful, smart, funny, and kind enough to laugh at your dumb jokes, well- you hold onto her.

(S) Peter, how did you pop “The Question?”

(A+P) Since our birthdays, anniversary, and Valentine’s Day are all within a couple weeks of each other, we try to do a fun trip every year to celebrate. Peter’s family has a lake house in Northern Michigan that they’ve gone to for years, and it was the location of one of the first real “couple’s trip” we went on when we started dating. Although sub zero temperatures are not typically what comes to mind when most people think of a fun excursion, we decided to live a little and head up there for a few days at the end of January. We were out snowshoeing along the lake one afternoon, decided to stop and take a picture to document the fact that people still, in fact, snowshoed, and Peter set up the camera to try out the self timer feature. After proclaiming “it didn’t work” after the first attempt, he secretly turned it to video mode and hustled back over to try again…except when he got back to Ashlyn, he dropped to to a knee and popped the question. Months of throwing her off the trail (Peter’s note: be careful trying that at home) made the proposal a true surprise, and the fact that we got engaged in such a special place meant a lot to both of us.

(S) Sneaky job Peter. I love how it came together so naturally and he still captured the actual moment.

We are so excited to share Ashlyn + Peter’s engagement session with all of you. We showered the Freedom Parkway Bridge  with cheap champagne. It was awesome.

Bowie and I are thrilled to be apart of Ashlyn + Peter’s  wedding and can’t wait for Atlanta in the fall. Enjoy!

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Locations:
Olmsted Linear Park

Westside Provisions
Freedom ParkWay

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Ashlyn + Peter | Atlanta Engagement Session | Preview

Ashlyn + Peter | Atlanta Engagement Session | Preview

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Greetings Fans! I have a fun little preview to share with you guys from yesterday’s Atlanta engagement session. Ashlyn + Peter and totally adorable and we are so excited about their coming wedding.

We also have some pretty exciting new to share. Bowie and I have decided that it is time to move on from the name Alternative Life Photography & Design. This business name has served me so well and we have grown so much as a company because of our out-of-the-box name. However, I feel that my work has taken a pretty drastic turn in the last few years and we believe that with out changing styles and philosophies we are ready for a brand new business name. We are still in the works but with in the coming months some big changes will be coming to the face of our business. We will be introducing “Sharon Theresa Wheaton” before the end of this season. We are super excited for a big change and hope you will be too. For now, take a look at our preview and fall in love with Ashlyn + Peter. Cheers!

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Fox Theatre Atlanta Engagement Session Teaser

 

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Fox Theatre Atlanta Engagement Session Teaser – Greetings friends! Bowie and I are saying adios, ciao, arrivederci, dag and good-bye! We are off to Europe tomorrow for our 10 year anniversary. We’ve been working with one amazing couple and I just could not leave the country with out posting a few images from their session. There will be many more pictures to share very soon! We hope everything has an amazing month of June! Enjoy this lovely Fox Theatre teaser! We can’t wait for this amazing couples wedding when we return! Cheers!!

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Amy + Austin are Engaged! | Blue Ridge Georgia | Cooking Engagement Session

Amy + Austin are Engaged! | Blue Ridge Georgia | Cooking Engagement Session

Greetings blog fans! We are SO excited to share something a little different today.

Sometimes we have clients who are a little camera shy. We like to take clients personalities and really work them into our sessions. When clients are a little on the “shy side” we try and figure out where they are most comfortable. For this totally smitten couple – in the kitchen with wine, food and music from the 90s was the perfect fit! (I mean who does NOT like food, WINE and music):)These two love birds were able to snag this INSANE house in Blue Ridge Georgia for their amazing session! Amy and Austin have been together for a really long time (if I’m not mistake almost as long as Bowie and I have been married). We are so thrilled for these two love birds and can not WAIT to be apart of their wedding in the coming months.

We would also like to thank one of the best in the Biz – Beyond the Diamond. We have been working with Miss Senoirae Ventura on a ton of project lately and we can’t wait to work with her on Amy and Austin’s wedding in July! Ok – I’m done writing – go check out the sweet cooking engagement session! Cheers!

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Lindsay + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia

Lindsay + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia

Linsey + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia

On a very unseasonably warm winter day Bowie and I met Lindsay and Danie at the amazing, golden and beautiful Montaluce Vineyard.  Like any perfect day, we all started out the session with a great taste of wine! (I knew that Lindsay and Danie were perfect matches for Bowie and I when on our initial meeting Lindsay’s drink of choice was – you guessed it – WINE!) Once we had some time to relax and chat, we started our love session with two little puppies that are so special to the bride and groom! These adorable dogs could not steal the show from the love the Danie and Lindsay share (but they came pretty close) 😛 We are SO excited for Lindsay and Danie up coming nuptials June of this year at the Carl House. We’ve not shot there yet and can not WAIT to check out this amazing new venue. (new for us) We are so thrilled for Lindsay and Danie and we hope you guys love the photos. Drop us a line – Let us know what you think. Cheers from Bowie and Sharon!

Linsey + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia
Linsey + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia
Linsey + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia
Linsey + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia
Linsey + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia
Linsey + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia
Linsey + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia
Linsey + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia
Linsey + Danie | Engagement Session | Montaluce Vineyards | Dahlonega, Georgia

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