the last time we did this whole wedding thing together, i was the one wearing the big white dress and she was the little beauty who stood beside me with baby’s breath in her hair. we’d spent the previous four years with our lives intimately intertwined: birthday parties, ballet recitals, and countless hours of time in her home. they weren’t just the family i babysat for; it was much deeper and more meaningful than that. they were my home away from home and the family through which i learned to be a wife and a mom.

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tears filled my eyes over and over throughout catherine and paul’s wedding day. it was hard to believe that little girl whose hand i held on my own wedding day 14 years ago was standing before me with such radiance and joy; but even more than that, i cried with the peace of knowing how intentional and beautiful her life to paul would be because of how intentionally and beautifully their parents had prepared them for a lifetime of gospel-centered marriage. i PRAISE GOD for you, my sweet friends, and i eagerly wait to see how he will work in and through your lives in the years to come. i love you so dearly!

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with tremendous thanks…
ceremony: briarwood presbyterian church | reception and catering: shoal creek club | bride’s gown: allure (bella couture) | hair and makeup: lynsey richardson, jordan harrison, and augusta cole | floral designer: cindy vetrano | cake artist: olexa’s | trolley: rare transportation | reception entertainment: daniel cason (pianist) and the park band | videography: justin fincher (main street productions) | photography: allison lewis photography (with justin poland)

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beauty and brawn…that seems to be a running theme in their relationship. from his on-the-field kickball game proposal with a sparkling diamond to the impromptu football game at their beautiful engagement session, they seem to be experts at treasuring the delightful within the daily. so with anita of AK brides (and a host of other incredible vendors) at the helm, it was wonderfully fitting for them to incorporate those same characteristics into their spectacular wedding day last weekend at woodrow hall and regions field.  congratulations, jenn and chandler, on an amazing first day of marriage!!

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with tremendous thanks:
planner: AK brides | ceremony venue: woodrow hall | reception venue: regions field | bride’s gown: the white room | hair and makeup: maryjane clements | floral designer: hothouse design studio | caterer: parkview catering | cake artist: olexa’s | gourmet pops: steel city pops | entertainment: tux shop hero | rentals: regions | videographer: main street productions | transportation: joel dabbs with apex valet | photographer: allison lewis photography (with anna wamsted)

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their wedding was the perfect blend of old and new, longstanding family tradition and unique ideas. julie found her stunning wedding day ensemble of dress, belt, and veil at the always amazing carriage house weddings, and then hothouse design studio added a twist of family legacy by incorporating the lace and buttons from her grandmother’s wedding gown onto her exquisite bouquet. but thomas’ side of the family had some fantastic additions to the day as well, including having his late grandfather’s saber from the royal british navy flown in from england for the cake cutting. take all of this, add beautiful weather, fabulous vendors, and some of the sweetest families and friends on the planet, and you have the recipe for a perfectly perfect wedding day.  THANK YOU, julie and thomas, for including me in your magical wedding.  it was truly a delight at every turn!

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with tremendous thanks…
ceremony: saint stephen’s episcopal church | reception venue: the club | bride’s gown: olia zavozina (carriage house weddings) | veil and belt: jennifer leigh (carriage house weddings) | shoes: kate spade | hair and makeup: morgan ashley salon | groomsmen’s tuxes: men’s wearhouse | bridesmaids’ dresses: bridesmaids inc. | floral design: hothouse design studio | catering: the club | cake artist: kathy mccurry | entertainment: papa sol | transportation: diamond limo | videography: jwhitt productions | photography: allison lewis photography

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the torrential rain and wind was an unexpected surprise that day, but having worked with several of these incredible people before, i knew that we’d be just fine. we squeezed in shots where we could, and i think the true beauty of the day was evident despite the unpredictable weather. congratulations, dr. and mrs. trim on a wonderful first day of marriage!!!

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with tremendous thanks…
first look and portrait photos taken at brumby hall and gardens (hilton marietta hotel and conference center) | ceremony: smyrna first united methodist | reception: the brickyard | hair and makeup: scoobie west | florist: alpharetta flower market | reception décor: family friends | caterer: carriage house catering | bride’s cake: bride’s mother | pie bar: mcentyre’s bakery | reception entertainment: the mulligans | photography: allison lewis photography (with anna wamsted)

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the only thing more wonderful than getting to meet and work with incredible clients for the first time is getting to reunite and work with them again sometime down the road.  jessica and john were married last summer in one of the most beautiful and emotion-filled weekends of which i’ve ever been a part; therefore, as john’s brother and best man, chase had already spent time in front of my camera lens.  but as i now know, chase would soon be taking center stage as the groom himself when he asked sydney to be his wife.

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sydney met me at the door of what’s soon to be the home that they share together with a big smile and an even bigger hug. it was obvious from the first second that i would ADORE working with her. gracious, kind, and loving, her outward beauty is rivaled only by what shines from within. when chase arrived home from work, we spent some time shooting at their house and then finished the evening at chase’s parents’ home (remember jessica’s bridal session?).   i know their wedding is still more than a year away, but i can hardly stand the wait.  check out the photos below…you’ll understand why.  i love these two!!!

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i wrote about it after their engagement session and every word of what i’d hoped came true. anna and forrest had an incredibly beautiful wedding thanks to the amazing family and friends they had surrounding them throughout the day (AND thanks to the fabulous team of vendors that they’d assembled to create a day of beauty). it was a tremendous honor to join anna and forrest for such a special day and to have the sweet privilege of documenting the first day of the rest of their lives together. congratulations, my friends!!

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with tremendous thanks…
venue: the sonnet house | bride’s gown: maggie sottero (bella’s bridal and formal) | groom’s tux: men’s wearhouse | hair and makeup: hair and makeup by lynsey | floral design: hothouse design studio | catering: kathy g. & company | cake artist: olexa’s | entertainment: act of congress | photography: allison lewis photography (with justin poland)

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one of the sweetest blessings of shooting weddings is seeing a couple come together with their families and friends to share a beautiful day of happiness and celebration. and in audrey and justin’s case, not only have they loved well, but they have been loved well. every second of their wedding day teemed with laughter, joy, and encouragement, and i was tremendously honored to have a front-row seat in watching their precious first day of marriage unfold. congratulations, my friends, on the sweet gift of joining your lives together in covenant marriage. much love and many prayers for the years to come!

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with tremendous thanks…
event planner: harper carnes, kismet event planning | invitations: paper princess | bride’s gown: tara keely (bridals by lori) | hair stylist: samantha, the retreat | makeup artist: mallory rogers, the retreat | ceremony: first baptist church of dalton, georgia | reception venue: mason farm at river’s edge | floral design: barrett’s flower shop | catering: simply divine catering | cakes: cup a dee cakes | entertainment: sonic groove | photography: allison lewis photography (with hannah hobbs)

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most couples would understandably be disappointed if it rained off and on throughout their wedding day. but for it to begin pouring just before the outdoor ceremony began? that would be enough to devastate. as i learned last weekend, though, being surrounded by your family and friends – those you hold nearest and dearest – is enough to overcome the gloom of any situation (and it helps to have a bride who knows how to just kick off her shoes and enjoy a barefoot trip down the aisle to marry her groom)! CONGRATULATIONS, sally and max, on what turned out to be a fabulous first day of marriage for you!!!

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as the celebration continued into the night the clouds cleared, creating a gorgeous backdrop (and, eventually, a star-filled sky) for the reception and sendoff…

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with tremendous thanks…
venue: steelwood country club, loxley, al | bride’s gown: justin alexander (from bella couture) | makeup: heidi bellerjeau | hair: jodi scott, touch of class | groom’s attire: jos. a. bank | floral design: dawn kirkland | catering: steelwood country club | cake artist: little cake shop | rentals: miller’s grand events | entertainment: figure eight | photography: allison lewis photography

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there was this precious wedding that took place in late 2012. it was full of love, family, and some of the most incredible friends i’ve ever seen walk beside a bride and groom throughout their relationship.  i remember telling my husband, i would be delighted beyond words if every wedding party was just like that…
fast forward a year and a half, and many of that same group came together again, but this time, the Groomsman had become the Groom. and the woman he was marrying? she was a true gift of grace in his life and the lives of all who know her. their joy permeated every minute of their wedding day, and i was honored to have a front row seat to the first day of their beautiful and sweet covenant marriage. THANK YOU, hannah and rosson, for letting me capture those moments for you; it was a blessing and an absolute joy.

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with tremendous thanks to those who worked so beautifully…
coordinators: ashley patterson and lisa barron | venue: shoal creek country club | hair and makeup: hair and makeup by lynsey | floral design: branwyn cardwell | catering: shoal creek country club | bride’s cake: beth hamby | groom’s cake: olexa’s | entertainment: ii da maxx | photography: allison lewis photography (with anna wamsted)

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abby and cameron grew up getting messy and playing in the water so it seemed perfectly fitting to relive some of those past childhood memories at the site of her great, great grandmother’s old log cabin while celebrating their future that’s soon to come. congratulations, my friends, and i can’t wait until the big day arrives in august!

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