Kelley and I met up as she and her now-hubby Graham were in the midst of planning their wedding at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta. I got all the details on the wedding, got to know her a bit and their "style" - the usual that would typically happen at a consultation. At that point I had an idea, but didn't know exactly how laid back, kind, and how genuinely excited and grateful these two were for the day that they would commit their love and lives to one another. Graham is kind, funny and was a trip around buddies. Kelley is bubbly, full of laughter and so gracious to all of those that became a part of their day. I'm very lucky to have been one of them. :o)
For the very first time in my career as a photographer, I've been behind deadlines by a week as I've struggled to catch up from wedding season AND plan a wedding of our own... which at that point was a mere 2 weeks away. Kelley contacted ME to tell me to enjoy this time with Rock instead of "worrying" with editing and stressing over deadlines. She reached out and offered the kindest, most thoughtful thing I could ever imagine, and, of course, I denied. I love these two, I love this day, and while keeping things on track was definitely a challenge at that time in our lives, this sweet couple offered me grace. I've never in my professional photography career had anyone extend that to me, because she understood more than anyone how much was going on at that time.
Another reason why these two are awesome: it rained. And you didn't hear a peep. They were so much more enveloped in the joy that surrounded the day, rain or shine. They knew what it meant to get married, the magnitude of the commitment that they were about to make, and nothing could get in the way of them being together. Not years of long-distance relationship, going back and forth in college, not the stressors that can weigh on a couple that is not physically together during the majority of their relationship. Definitely not rain. :o)
Here are a few fun facts I lucked into - straight from the mouths of our sweet newlyweds!:
How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.
We met in high school where we became close through a circle of church friends. Sparks didn’t fly until my sophomore year and Graham’s senior year. Soon after, Graham went to college in Boulder, Colorado but I like to think he missed me too much and quickly transferred back to the South to attend school at South Carolina. We continued our long distance relationship after I graduated and headed off to UGA. We always stayed together during our time apart- weekends were so, so sweet! Life brought us back to Atlanta where we started our first jobs, got engaged+ married, and moved in to our first home!
What was your inspiration for the day?
Backyard style, come as you are type of wedding! What meant the most to us on this day was to have all our close friends and family together who have been a part of our 9 year journey in addition to great food, drinks, and music!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony?
Since Graham and I grew up in the same church in Marietta, we were blessed to have one of our family friends and youth pastors, Charlie Marus, officiate our wedding. The ceremony felt intimate like it was only the three of us standing up there. Charlie spoke to us about Christ in the center of our marriage and referred back to our chosen verse of Colossians 3:12-15. It’s a wonderful verse that reminds us to let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts as well as demonstrate compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love.
Looking back, what was the most memorable part of your day for you two?
The whole ceremony from start to finish was the most memorable part of the wedding day! Moments before the ceremony, the skies parted, pushing the rain aside while leaving nothing but blue skies that allowed us to have our perfect ceremony out on the polo field. We loved our long walks to the altar to finally see each other for the first time, saying our vows, partaking in a private communion as our first act as husband and wife and sealing it with a kiss! We wereboth just beaming during the recessional as it soaked in that we just committed to a lifetime of love and fun together!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?
We decided keep the Southern tradition and not to do the first look before the ceremony. With the long walk from the clubhouse of the horse farm to the ceremony on the polo field, it was such a special moment I will always treasure. We had a Southern food buffet that included Boston butt pulled pork, green beans, mashed potatoes, bread roles, and sweet tea!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert.
We steered away from the traditional multi-tiered wedding cake and went with an amazing company, Nothing Bundt Cakes, who makes delicious, drizzled Bundt cakes. We had two large Bundt cakes stacked on each other for the main wedding cake then four flavors of bundtinis, like cupcakes, where guests could choose their favorite flavor.
So very thankful for the amazing vendors that played a part in this awesome day!:
Photographer's assistant/Superman: Rock Pedigo - always to the rescue under unforeseen circumstances, always there by my side to see everything through!
Venue: Chukkar Farm
Event planner/day-of coordinator: Brekken Padgett of Events by Brekken
Floral design: Mary McLeod with Amy Osaba Events
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Catering: Cara Tadsen of Chukkar Farm
Entertainment: Sonic Groove Band
Bridal gown: Wedding Angels
Videographer: Pursuit Productions
What an honor to see these two make it official! Enjoy some of my favorite captures from their day at Chukkar Farm!