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Neema + Farnaz | Wedding | Intercontinental Hotel | Buckhead | Atlanta Georgia

Neema + Farnaz | Wedding | Intercontinental Hotel | Buckhead | Atlanta Georgia – Oh yes, we’ve got an amazing one for you today ladies and gents! As you know (if you follow the blog) Neema and Farnaz were engaged over the summer and we were excited to run all over the city to shoot their engagement session.

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Neema and Farnaz’s wedding was a day full of amazing beauty and love. Let’s hear all about it right from the bride:

Neema and I believe that if you can get through planning a wedding together you can get through a lot of things Neema and I were the type of couple that knew exactly what we wanted; it was just a matter of finding it.  It was a little challenging because I was not from Atlanta, GA and wasn’t familiar with what the city had to offer in terms of venues/vendors so we literally started from scratch.   One of the most important things for both of us was to work with vendors who matched our personality and whom we felt really enjoyed what they did!  Our hard work finally paid off because we exceeded even our own expectations.  Every single vendor that we worked with was amazing and I can say that I have made some truly good friends in Atlanta from the wedding planning process!  

It may sound cliché, but the wedding day was truly a fairytale.  The day of the wedding, I woke up in a breathtaking suite made only for a princess on the highest floor at the Intercontinental Buckhead, overlooking the entire city.  My mom came to my room with the most gorgeous red roses in a beautiful crystal vase.  I was then pampered the rest of the day while getting ready. The hardest and most special moment was when I had my first look with my dad.  The moments before my dad entered the room, a deep silence fell on the room as we all waited on him to enter.  In that moment, all I could think was how lucky I was to have such a wonderful dad and how much he has done for me.  During the father daughter look, my dad put the most gorgeous diamond necklace and bracelet on me.  The father daughter look was the most touching moment during my wedding and a memory I will forever treasure. 

 My wedding day was full of surprises. First, when my dad walked me down the isle, the pianist surprised me by playing such an upbeat song for my entrance!  The song was a traditional Persian wedding song and the guests started clapping and were very lively. I couldn’t have imagined a more amazing way to enter!  I remember receiving advice from other brides, to take your time walking down the aisle and to look at your guests and I made sure to take in the moment and remember it all! My brother also had a wonderful surprise for me!  He arranged one of his friends to sing our first song, All of Me! I really wanted him to sing at our wedding because he has such an amazing voice and my brother was able to arrange it!  The photographer did an amazing job capturing my reaction when they announced him!   Our wedding day was from 4:00 pm until 2:30 in the morning! It was a night full of dancing, drinking and celebrating our love. 

The theme of the wedding was pearls and diamonds because that is my favorite jewelry combination. I absolutely love pearls and diamonds mixed or separate and I always knew when I got married that would be the theme of my wedding.  In fact, when Neema and I used to talk, he would tease me about my email that included the words pearls and diamonds. There were touches of pearls and diamonds throughout the ceremony on the sofreh aghd, in the reception décor and tables and around my bouqet. The wedding reception was very classic with white and blush peonies and hydrangeas.  We wanted a very chic and classic look for our wedding.  We had a very long estate table with our bridal party and their dates and an oversized dance floor because we knew how much dancing we would be doing! 

At the end of the wedding, I couldn’t believe how wonderful everything went and that we were married! The day of the wedding I didn’t worry about anything.  I knew that all my hard word was done the day of the wedding because I placed my wedding in the hands of people I genuinely trusted. We put in over one year of work in our wedding and it was well worth it! If I had to do it all over again, I would! 

A huge thanks to Hester and her team at Park Avenue Events! We were so excited to meet and work with you guys. Cheers to this lovely couple! We were so excited to be apart of your day!

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Angie + Gerald | Wedding | Vinewood Plantation

Angie + Gerald | Wedding | Vinewood Plantation - Greetings fans and thanks for coming by. Meet Angie and Gerald. Bowie and I had the honor of photographing this lovely couples wedding at Vinewood Plantation this fall. We were so lucky to meet these guys thanks for another amazing couple, Zach and Heather!

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The story of their engagement story involves an adorable furry pet. Hear the story right from the bride:

I am a physical therapist and Gerald is a paralegal. We like outdoor activities or DIY projects. We met here in Atlanta out and about on the town one night. We have been together a little over two years. Most weekends we are tinkering in the yard or working on a home project, and having cookouts with friends. We recently got a new puppy and he was used in the proposal as a prop. Gerald had a new name tag made with the big question on it and sprung the question on a Thursday. He really wanted to surprise me which is hard to do because usually I can read him like a book, and he is always trying to give gifts early on gift giving occasions. 

This couple’s wedding day was one of the most relaxed of the season. The weather was cold and wet but you could never tell. Angie and Gerald did not have a care in the world other than showing their love for each other and their family and friends.  The weather held just long enough to have a lovely ceremony out doors! Thankfully we were able to get a great rainy night shot for them to remember just how great the weather was on their wedding day.:D

We were so happy to be apart of their wedding day. A big thanks to Jamie at Vinewood for such an amazing experience. I hope we get to see you again this year. Cheers to love!

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Leah + Grant | Wedding | Grand Hyatt Hotel Buckhead

Leah + Grant | Wedding | Grand Hyatt Hotel Buckhead

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Greetings fans! We are excited to share such a lovely wedding and couple with you guys today. Leah and Grant were married at the lovely, and recently renovated, Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead! This was the first time Bowie and I had the pleasure of woking at this lovely hotel. If there is one thing I can say about this location, other than its beauty, it’s that they staff is fantastic. Anything we needed, any questions we had, all situations were handled with care and excitement. From the top executive right down to the hotel staff, everyone greeted us with smiles and consideration.

We were also very excited to work with a few new vendors this wedding. Terry from Special-T-Events was the head of the show and Flowers by Yona created all the beautiful flowers and reception design. It was a great team and a beautiful day! Take some time and check out Leah and Grant’s amazing wedding.

To the bride and groom: Bowie and I were so, so happy to be a part of your amazing day of joy and love. Your family treated us as we were one of their own and we were so happy to be there for everyone. Here’s to an amazing marriage full of adventure, love, excitement and great surprises!

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Dannah + Sam | Married | Alpharetta Athletic Club

Dannah + Sam | Married | Alpharetta Athletic ClubGreetings fan! It’s that time of year again. Time for all you wonderful to see how our 2014 season shaped up! We had such a busy year that we want to share all our bride’s and groom’s stories with all of you. First up, we’ve got Dannah and Sam. This adorable couple were married at the Alpharetta Athletic Club this spring. It was a lovely day filled with joy and happiness. Let’s find out a little bit about Dannah and Sam and how they got to this magical day. We we’re so honored to be apart of such a special day. Read below a little more about Dannah and Sam! To the happy couple. Dannah, I’m so thankful for your spicy personality! I know that Sam has choose the perfect girl for his mellow take-it-as-it-come personality. It reminds me very much of Bowie and I. I hope that you guys have so many years of love, happiness and bliss. We are so happy for you both. Cheers!!

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The story of Dannah + Sam:

What’s your story? My fiance, Sam, is a golf enthusiast. No, unfortunately, he is not a professional golfer (maybe one day!). He is the Assistant Superintendent at Ansley Golf Course at Settindown Creek and is (not so) humble about the quality of course that he works on.  I am the Assistant Brand Manager for CosMedix, a professional skincare line. I am also in school getting my MBA and trying not to go crazy between work, school and wedding planning! We are both huge football fans, which shows the strength of our relationship – we’ve made it through three UGA vs SC games and are still together!:)

How did you and your love meet and how were you engaged? I  dated a guy named Doug my senior year of high school  and we kept in touch throughout the years. I was living in Cumming, GA with my mom when Doug moved to Canton, GA with his buddy Sam. My family has a favorite hole-in-the-wall wings place (seriously – definition of redneck) in downtown Cumming called Roosters. Doug, some friends and I were all going to Roosters one night for dinner and Doug asked if he could bring his roommate along. From then on, it was history! I must look real cute eating chicken wings – ha! That will be three years ago this February. The proposal came at the UGA vs SC football tailgate this year in Athens. We were there with about 40 family and friends and they did a flash mob to Bruno Mars “Marry You”. 

 

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Alexis and Jeff | Marriott Marquis Hotel | Atlanta Wedding

 

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Alexis and Jeff | Marriott Marquis Hotel | Atlanta Wedding

Greetings fans! Today’s blog post is about a lovely couple—Alexis and Jeff! We asked these two about their story and how they were engaged. Here’s the cute tale straight from the bride!

How did you and your love meet, and what’s your story?

     ”Jeff and I met through mutual friends during the summer between his freshman/sophomore year and my sophomore/junior year. Jeff was pretty quiet the first few times we all hung out together, so I was pretty sure he was overwhelmed by me. One night, out on the town, we started talking and I was pretty surprised to find that he knew my name. He held my hand that night as we walked down the streets of Athens and the rest is history. . . 

     Jeff is a financial planner, and works at a fee-only firm in Buckhead. I am just starting out in the work force as a Dietitian at Piedmont Hospital. We just bought a house in Sandy Springs and are in the process of furnishing/decorating our home. It’s pretty awesome! We are both dying to get a dog. Not really sure how this ties in, but it seems important.”


How were you engaged? 

     ”Jeff is the sneakiest—not usually—but in the case of the engagement he was.

     I did not suspect a proposal at all! We had planned to go to Blue Ridge, GA (where my parents live) the weekend of April 19th. My grandparents were also supposed to come up Saturday to spend the day with us. The Mountains and family is something that’s really important to me. Jeff and I had spent a lot of weekends there. We have a pond on the property that we love to sit by. 

     I picked Jeff up from work that Friday so that we could leave as early as possible (versus driving home separately and then leaving). We had to stop at Costco to pick up crackers and strawberries for my mom on the way up. Once we left Costco, Jeff was adamant about driving the rest of the way. I thought he was being sweet and trying to save me from sitting in crazy traffic—so I told him that I didn’t mind and I would drive. He ended up jumping into the front seat ahead of me, which I thought nothing of. 

     On the drive Jeff asked me to DJ—I, of course, played all our favorite songs. It had been a rainy day and as we got closer to Blue Ridge, the clouds began to clear and there was a beautiful sunset. As we pulled down the driveway, there was a beautiful mist coming off the pasture and the pond. There was also a nip in the air. Jeff pulled the car over by the pond and stopped. I let him know that I had to pee really bad, and that we needed to keep heading towards the house so I could relieve myself. Jeff insisted that it was gorgeous outside and that we needed to go look at the pond. He turned the car off, and jumped out of the car. When I opened the door to follow him, the cool air hit me. . .  and reminded me even more of how badly I had to pee.
     I said to Jeff, ‘I have to pee, it’s freezing, and I’m ready to see the dog. . . Can we go up now?’ 
     He said, ‘It’s so beautiful, come here,’ and opened his arms for a hug. As I hugged him, I could feel his heart racing.
     ’Your heart’s beating really fast!’
     He pulled back and looked at me, and said goofily, ‘. . . Your heart’s beating really fast.’ I was a little confused but kept hugging him.
     He then said, ‘You’re the most important person in my life.’ 
     To which I responded, ‘Aw, you’re the most important person in my life.’

     Jeff: ‘I love you more than anything in the world!’ 

     Me (clueless): ‘Aw, Jeff, I love you more than anything in the world!’ 

     Then he got this weird look in his eye and took a really deep breath and said, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.
     (Aaaaand I was still clueless….)
     ’I'm ready to spend the rest of my life with you.’
     Then he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. I burst into tears. I could not believe it. . . We hugged and laughed and cried and I screamed, “No way! No Way! Are you Serious?!” Then he put the ring on, and it was/is gorgeous!

     We called Jeff’s parents, our grandparents, our siblings, our friends, and our parents friends, and repeatedly said, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’ It was an awesome night. . . Oh yeah, and I totally forgot how bad I had to pee for another 2 hours! The next day, we got to spend time with the family and friends. It was an amazing and surreal weekend.”

 Aww! What a beautiful story! Alexis later mentioned that the moment on her special day in which she was most excited for would be to walk down the aisle towards her man! Judging from her brilliant smile in the shots below, I’d say that was definitely true! We wish this couple the best of luck in their lives together! Big thanks to Stella-Harper Events , The Marriott and Bloomin Bouquets for another amazing wedding! Enjoy!

 

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