Mac and Chelsea were married at Southall Meadows in Franklin, TN on September 11, 2015. I’ve known Mac for a number of years and was excited to be a part of their special day.
With a venue like this, you can’t help but want an outdoor wedding…despite the threat of rain. Dodging in and out of buildings and under umbrellas, the few showers that passed through only aided in the beautiful backdrop of the ceremony and pictures that we would capture.
But once the ceremony was over, the real party began as food trucks arrived for dinner and the dance floor opened. It was an incredible night with some wonderful people and a whole lot of laughter.
We wish Mac and Chelsea all the best!
Orry and Kodi were married in Monroe, GA at the beautiful Engine Room venue, which is part of the old Monroe Cotton Mill. Touches of their college allegiance showed up in all of the details of the day; from socks to the garter and all the way to their reception entrance…their love for UGA was only outmatched by their love for each other. As these two families came together, it was evident just how excited they were to be becoming one. It was a beautiful day and the beginning of a beautiful family.
Jon and Lindsay were married at First United Methodist Church in Athens, GA on a brisk January day. Lots of pictures and lots of laughter would be a good summation of this beautiful wedding as we captured the First Look at the Botanical Gardens, stopped by the UGA Arch for a few shots, then ventured on to the church for the ceremony.
Surrounded by greenery, the reception back at the Botanical Gardens capped off the whole wedding day as the newlyweds danced the night away with friends and family. We wish these two the best!
David and Katie were married on December 27, 2014 in Kennesaw, GA. Without a doubt, you can tell that these two love to laugh…and have surrounded themselves with godly friends and family that keep the laughter coming. It was a joy to be able to capture that laughter on their special day and couple it with the tender moments of worship. We wish these two a wonderful marriage and hope for the absolute best in all their days to come.
Photographer: Neal Reeves Photography [nealreeves.com/]
Music: Holy Holy by The City Harmonic
Patrick and Kaitlyn were married in November in Atlanta, GA. From the getting ready at their cute newlywed house, to the beautiful ceremony at Our Lady of Assumption, all the way to the breathtaking reception at King Plow, every detail about this day was personal, heart-felt, and perfect. This has to be one of the sweetest couples we’ve ever met and their families echoed this sentiment as they joined in the merriment of the celebration with lots of laughter and sweet words for the groom and bride. We wish you guys the very best in your new life together, Patrick and Kaitlyn.
Jonathan and Chelsea were married at the Braselton-Stover House in Braselton, GA on May 25, 2014. With a courtship that began separated by the Atlantic, you could see the anticipation in their eyes and true love that they had for one another, ready to proclaim in marriage vows in front of their family and friends. Even with the looming thunder and lightning, it was a ceremony beautiful ceremony laced with the gospel…and to top it all off, right as the ceremony ended, the bottom dropped out of the sky, sending everyone scattering inside to begin the celebration. And a celebration it was, indeed. Congrats Jonathan and Chelsea, we wish you the very best.
Song: My Dear by Bethel Worship
John and Lauren were married on April 5th at Fair Weather Farms in Monroe, GA. With a gorgeous lake as their backdrop and even prettier weather they shared their vows in front of friends and family that truly loved them and wanted to be around them…which was evident by the energetic crowd that saw them off…still ready to keep the night going.
The country feel of the day, cowboy boots and all, made for a wonderful afternoon and some amazing shots. We had a blast watching their dog, Jake, run and jump (and even pose) while we captured the moments. Also, pralines. Oh, man, those pralines. I’ve been licking my lips every time I edited a clip with one of those delicious delectables.
John and Lauren, we wish you the very best and are excited for your new life together!
Song: Best Day of My Life by American Authors
“Go to The Masters.” Now I can check that off my bucket list.
Not that it was on my bucket list (I’ve always been more of a baseball guy), but after going to the practice round/par 3 tournament on Wednesday (April 8), I’m glad I went. It was definitely an experience to be had. I’ve had college roommates and friends make the trek many times before (some even returning with souvenirs for me), but this was my first chance. I’m thankful for the Day family that offered the ticket up via Shonda. (I’m also thankful for the sick roommate that had to back out at the last minute that opened up the free ticket).
If you’ve ever been to the Masters, then the first thing you probably noticed, like me, was that everything is green. I mean, everything…and perfect. I enjoy cutting my grass every now and then, but the pristine condition of every part of the course was what amazed me so much. I’ve already started calculating how much land I would need to carve out my own par 3 hole and putting green…I’ve yet to figure out how to pay for/supply the amount of workers it would take to keep it looking slick.
The thing I’ve always heard (or at least what I’ve always listened to) is that the concessions are very reasonable. After having just spent $8.50 on a Souvenir Cup at the Braves game on Friday, I can appreciate reasonably priced refreshments and snacks. I decided to make it my goal to try out the goods in the food line and make a sampling of each product offered…for science. It was 7am, so a sausage biscuit was my first experience…that was a $1.50 well spent.
When the course finally opened at 8am, the first thing that greeted us was the Masters Scoreboard. So I had to grab a quick picture there to signify that I was actually there…so here I am…
Most people knew what they were doing, where they were going, and how they were going to get there. I just knew I was on a golf course without a cart and we were about to start walking somewhere…
Our first stop was at Hole 10.
We were able to catch Mark O’Meara and Hideki Matsuyama approaching the green. I quickly learned that since it was a practice round, each golfer putted an absurd amount of times on each green while their caddies paced from fringe to fringe, trying to capture just the right measurements and slopes and breaks while diligently keeping notes in what appeared to be a Waffle House Short Order Pad for further tournament play.
Since we were already on that side of the course, we made our way down to Amen Corner. I can honestly say this was the only area of the course I could tell you about before I went. Perhaps because of the “Amen” in the name and correlation with my profession (youth minister).
I also learned about the green chair(s).
1. Everyone has a green chair
2. You can leave your green chair anywhere you want.
3. You don’t mess with the green chair.
Let it be noted that I DID NOT have a green chair.
I had a Coleman camping chair that I borrowed from a friend
Steven Bowditch came along shortly thereafter. Despite the “No Cell Phone” policy of the Masters, you could tell this was Bowditch’s first appearance here…and he was pretty enthralled to take it all in.
This sign made me chuckle all day.
My second favorite spot on the day was the finish of 15 (seen below) and the start of 16. Several people had said this was the spot to be, so I was definitely looking forward to watching this turn, and the grandstands made for some great views.
I’ve never seen these things before…I don’t know what they are called…sand sweepers, perhaps…but these guys sure did have some fun swooshing those things back and forth to get the sand off the putting green.
16 was the hole I heard they skipped it on. Sure enough, one after the other, each guy walked up, set their ball on the bank, then pulled out their four iron. And the crowd cheered in excitement as the ball careened across the pond with ease and elegance. I tried this a few times myself…it is NOT as easy as they made it look.
And now we’ve come to the part of the day I was most looking forward to…the dining.
I’d heard the stories of reasonable concessions. Sandwiches and Drinks that didn’t rip you a new one. So I made it my goal to thoroughly enjoy the food while there…and by thoroughly enjoy, I mean thoroughly enjoy.
By day’s end, I had partaken in:
1 Sausage Biscuit
1 Pimento Cheese
1 Egg Salad
1 Masters Club
1 BBQ Sandwich
and 2 Lemonades
(all before 2pm)
Jordan Niebrugge taking a cut.
One of Trisha’s concerns before I left the house was that my shirt was too flashy. Notice the picture at the beginning of the post…it wasn’t.
But man, there were some golf pants out there that definitely fit the build. I told Trisha when I got home that maybe mine wasn’t flashy enough.
After most of the players had come through on the practice round, we made our way over to the par 3 course to catch some of the action. Before getting there, we caught Adam Scott working the putting green for a bit.
Fred Ridley walks by on his way to the green. What’s more impressive? His caddy’s sideburns.
We posted up on the hill across the water to watch the 8th and 9th green. I loved watching all the people react to the shots, like a wave in the ocean.
That sums up my day (as short as it was…I was out of there by 2).
I’ve heard people talk about the prestige and awe of The Masters.
Now I’ve seen it for myself.
Jason and Kelly were married at Frost Chapel on the extraordinary campus of Berry College on November 2, 2013. A fall tree line, full of oranges, yellows, and browns made for a perfect backdrop for this wonderful couple as they shared their vows. With no detail left to chance, every part of this day was mapped to perfection…the flowers, the centerpieces, the glasses…including the weather. Everything about this day exemplified the perfect match that Jason and Kelly are for each other.
We wish you guys the very best and hope for a lifetime of happiness.
Leeland turned ONE last month. It has been a whirlwind of a year and quite frankly, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long already.
Having a one year old, I learned of this whole new world that I had never experienced called, “Planning a kids birthday party.” I’ve heard rumors of it, even seen pictures of it, but had never really experienced it…especially for a one year old.
However, thankfully, my wife took the reigns and planned an incredible party for Leeland. Much to my pleasure, it was all Braves and baseball themed…(side note: hopefully this post will help the Braves pull it out in the playoffs and be World Series bound).
Here are a few shots of the incredible decorations that adorned our home.
Maisie Sanders made and decorated both his smash cake and cupcakes for the day…all baseball/all Braves/ all the time.
We also came across a lot of Braves things to use (napkins, plates, balloons, etc.)
I loved these baseballs hanging in the kitchen.
No baseball party would be complete without the peanuts, cracker jacks, and sunflower seeds.
The way we wanted people to share that they were there, similar to a guestbook, we had everyone sign a baseball for Leeland.
If you’ve ever been to a Braves game, you’ve seen this and maybe even been a participant. They always have a 50/50 Raffle where the ticket buyer has a chance to win half of the money that goes into the pot, while the other half goes to the Braves foundation. We decided to do the same thing, but with the other half of our proceeds going to support Anna in Zambia working with WIPHAN. (I’m sure she’d love your support too!)
He’s all set for the cake.
This picture can’t even begin to put into words how excited he was when everyone was standing around and singing to him.
The cake, he was still trying to figure out. He wasn’t sure how to eat it without getting too messy.
One of the other things we set up was a big print of Turner Field for everyone to stand in front of and get their picture taken like they were at the ballpark.
And last but not least, the party planner herself (@trishabearden) and her favorite son niece.
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