One of the first things Melissa and Jay told me prior to their big day is that they did not want a typical wedding.  They made sure I knew it would not be by the book.  No cake cutting, no toasts.  The ceremony was reserved for family, a small, intimate gathering. Car-loads of friends arrived just in time for cocktails, dinner and dancing.

Chukkar Farm is a family-owned farm and polo club in the midst of miles of lush green rolling Georgia hills.  On the way to the wedding site, I passed 19th Century family graveyards, and welcoming little benches tucked quietly under sprawling oak trees.  When I arrived at Chukkar, I was greeted by friendly horses coming right up to the fence, and the two farm dogs not far behind.  The place is loaded with antique horse trinkets and polo memorabilia.  The bar stools are made of old saddles, and the walls are covered with paintings of polo matches of yore.

It was, as is to be expected in Georgia in June, a muggy, thick summer day.  But Melissa, the gracious and happy bride, didn’t seem to notice.  Before she went in to put on her dress, she walked quickly around the grounds, making sure flowers, food and drinks found their perfect place.

Once she was dressed, and Jay had arrived, the two walked together around the property, sweetly reassuring each other that the day was all about fun and love, and gently leading a horse, their sidekick for portraits, out of the barn and down the hill to the bridge.

And the day was all about fun.  From top to bottom.  It was loving and genuine and so very tasty, and fun.

I first met Alechia and Jolan in the spring for their maternity session.  It was such a joy getting to know them — they are so loving to each other that I knew they’d be just incredibly gentle and wonderful parents to their little one when he arrived.

And, just days after our session, baby Elijah made his first appearance.  Baby Elijah arrived on the scene ready to go.  In the few hours I was in their home, I didn’t see Elijah fuss one bit.  He was charming, alert, delightfully sweet and energetic.

This day was so beautiful, personal, and absolutely filled with love.  I had an amazing time documenting Becca and Kai’s intimate spring Jewish wedding.  Tucked in the back of a local Decatur Restaurant, Wahoo Grill, the two wonderful women tied the knot surrounded only by their closest friends and family.  The shofar was blown, Jewish melodies sung, vows read in English and Spanish.  There was dancing, a few tears, and so much love abound.  These two women are just so honestly themselves.  The ceremony and the celebration reflected them and their love for each other completely.

Lee and Maya are some of the most kind, generous, loving people I know.  Their love is quiet and playful, but it’s also enduring, and strong as hell, and incredibly sweet.  I love how their feelings for each other radiate through these photographs. It was such an honor to capture a bit of their relationship, their love for each other, and, obviously, their love for their dog, Charlie.

  • Charlotta Norby - So sweet. Wishing them much love. It doesn’t hurt that they’re all very beautiful, but I hope and believe that their love will and would’ve endured regardless. ❤❤❤ReplyCancel

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