St. Augustine Wedding Photographer-Dawn Black Photography » St Augustine, Florida photographer specializing in portraits, engagements, and weddings.

Chimneys at Big Canoe {Georgia Mountains Wedding}

We met Matt and Kathleen through another wonderful couple we photographed , Andrew and Sherri. Andrew is Matt’s brother and we are so thankful to have been a part of both of their weddings this year! We had such a great time getting to know the Littlefield family and were a little sad when wedding season was over. But on a beautiful, rainy day in July, my partner Matthew and I photographed a SPECTACULAR wedding in Big Canoe that celebrated Matt and Kathleen’s long time love for each other. When we arrived at the Chimneys at Big Canoe, their outdoor wedding ceremony plans were moved inside, but the decor was gorgeous with origami cranes, bright wild flowers and lanterns adorning the fireplace where they would share vows. It was only sprinkling rain, so we went ahead with our plan to do bride and groom portraits at the cabin where Matt had proposed to Kathleen. We literally had to ford a river to get there by truck, but it was so worth it! This cute little cabin was nestled on a trail that the couple had hiked one day. Matt’s family worked hard to set up a little picnic the day he proposed so the couple could celebrate in style. Everything was brought full circle as we photographed them on their wedding day.

The wedding ceremony was held in the beautiful room, where Matt and Kathleen made their way to the altar together. There was nary a dry eye in the room as the readings were read and the vows were said. The love these two had for each other was so real and vibrant, it was a joy to observe. After the ceremony we made our way to Matt’s parents’ house in Big Canoe, that made for a wonderful backdrop for the celebrations of the day. Backing up to the forest and the mountains, their home was so inviting and felt made for this occasion. The biggest surprise was the homemade quilt that hung on the fireplace, that guests made patches for beforehand. It was so moving to watch Matt and Kathleen look at all the love their family and friends showed them. Both families made us feel, well, right at home, and we chatted and celebrated well into the evening. The day was a mix of perfect love and vintage touches. From the cute lace dress that Kathleen wore, to the burlap sign on the wedding cake, the family transformed the day into a timeless masterpiece to remember. Congratulations Matt and Kathleen Littlefield! We were so happy to share in your wedding day!

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Westside Engagement Session { Atlanta, Georgia}

When I met Andrew and Erica, I had a feeling they were a “power” couple. Y0u know, one of those couples that are incredibly compatible and amazingly accomplished? Their personalities complimented one another perfectly during our Westside Atlanta engagement session. We met at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for a sweet and cold treat on a Sunday afternoon in HOT-lanta (I now know the true meaning of that term of endearment for this wonderful city). Jeni’s provided a cute backdrop for them to share a few scoops of ice cream. One of which that caught our eye was Jeni’s “Buckeye State” flavor, peanut butter and chocolate ice cream named after the candy awesomeness known as a “buckeye” in Ohio. Both Andrew and Erica are Northerners from Ohio and moved to Atlanta together.  When we were talking, I mentioned that I grew up in Ohio as well and missed seeing the seasons changing, which definitely was something Erica loved (sweaters, boots, scarves, all the cute stuff:) They also told us they were Ohio State Buckeyes fans and at that moment I KNEW they power couple! We had a great time hanging out around Star Provisions area, laughing and getting chased by security guards (who knew a brick wall was privately owned?) and then over to Atlantic Station for a stroll around the lake. Congratulations on your engagement Andrew and Erica, we wish you much happiness in your life together!

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Athens, Georgia Wedding {First Presbyterian Church}

I am so happy to share this summer wedding! Yes, I know, summer:) School started for me about 6 weeks ago and finding a balance in a new job and a new city has been rewarding, yet challenging. Onto the wedding!

Carolin and Greg were married at First Presbyterian Church of Athens on July 12th. I photographed their engagement session at the University of Georgia on a beautiful spring day. Carolin wore yellow and scarlet, which she continued into her wedding day color scheme. The weather on that summer day was gorgeous as well (boy are they lucky!) and we had a great venue to work with. The First Presbyterian Church is so breathtaking, you really need to see it in person. The sanctuary alone will give you goosebumps! When we arrived, I found Carolin lounging with a coffee, fully dressed and fresh hair and makeup with her bridesmaids. She was stunning! I have not seen someone so relaxed and poised before their wedding day and she just was positively glowing with excitement. Greg, although he did not show it, was nervous. He was handsome in the gray suit and soft yellow vest. Surrounded by friends and family, they shared sweet vows with each other and before God in that beautiful sanctuary. Matthew and I were met with such a warm reception from their families, it was awesome to see such love each of them had from Carolin and Greg. Congratulations to the two of you! Cheers!

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Del’Avant Center Wedding {La Grange, Georgia}

Rose and Adam as such a brilliant and amazing couple! They planned their wedding at the Del’Avant Center is La Grange, Georgia, which was the PERFECT backdrop for their vintage themed wedding. The center itself used to be the Kress and McLellan five and dime store with all the charm and character of the turn of the century still intact. Rose and Adam are extremely intelligent individuals, with Rose as a science teacher and Adam as an engineer, there was no shortage of science jokes and random references during the wedding day. At their ceremony, they invited couples at various stages of their marriage and they shared their words of wisdom for them going forward. They read their own vows with references to Cosmos and Carl Sagan, which made Matthew and I both giddy with delight. Congratulation to you both on your beautiful wedding day and your equally beautiful marriage!

 

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North Carolina Museum of Art {Raleigh, North Carolina Engagement Session}

When Morgan and Aubrey contacted me about their engagement session at the North Carolina Museum of Art that also involved long board skateboarding, I was immediately sold! We met on a wonderful North Carolina summer night, not too hot, but I definitely wanted a large sweet tea after the session. We toured around the Art Park and started right around the reflecting pool and gorgeous glass tunnel leading to the other art museum building. Morgan and Aubrey were so sweet together as they told us about how they met and fell in love. They both were instantly drawn to each other’s humor and spontaneous personalities. We had a great time taking our formal portraits, but we soon changed gears and they brought out their long boards. The gorgeous  “Gyre” sculpture provided a great backdrop to their skate boarding and we moved around to the pond and lovely weeping willow trees (which Morgan proclaimed was her favorite tree:). Matthew and I had such a great time getting to know them both and experiencing some great art in the process. Congratulations Morgan and Aubrey on your engagement, we cannot wait to photograph your wedding in September!

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