Jen & Brandon, Roswell River Landing

So I am about a year behind on this, almost exactly. Jen and Brandon celebrated their 1 year wedding anniversary yesterday. I have tons of weddings to blog and catch up on so look out for those in coming weeks but I thought let’s start with them! Happy Anniversary you two!


Jen reached out to me about 3 months before her October wedding to help find a few remaining vendors and pull their budget, planning and vision together. They had many of the fundamentals but needed the expertise to tie it all together.

A few unique elements to their wedding was the request to serve an all Vegan Meal to the guests and the bride needing a make up artist that worked with cruelty free products only. (such a wonderful thing to look out for btw) The Catering they had already secured but we were able to use our resources to find the perfect match for them in Becca Bussert, an Atlanta based Natural Makeup artist that used free beauty products! Jen spent countless hours decorating pieces for her wedding day from spraying leaves and pinecones gold and putting together photo collages to collecting miscellaneous glass jars for her centerpieces.

I particularly loved their three cake selection. Definitely had multiple cakes before that was a thing, you’re welcome Megan Markle.

Scroll for more of my favorites from their wedding day


Southern Brunch Wedding

Brunch weddings are becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. Not only can they be more affordable but there are so many fun elements that can be added to make it a truly unique event. I mean really, who doesn't love brunch? 

Think: Waffles, Donuts and Biscuits. Mimosa, Bloody Mary and Coffee bars. If you decide to have a brunch wedding, there are so many fun menu options and decor to bring your event to the next level.

Take this Southern Style Brunch we  put together with an amazing group of Atlanta, Georgia vendors for example:

Planning, Design, Styling: Like the Dazzling LLC

Photography: Abby Waller Photography

Venue: The Parterre

Floral Design: Marigold & Moss

Hair & Makeup: Blush Studio

Cake: Cake Envy

Catering: The Cuisson Company 

Calligraphy: Honey + Olive Lettering

Furniture Rental: Presentime Coaching

China + Glassware: The Prissy Plate Company

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10 Tips for your Stress Free Wedding Morning

The morning of your wedding should be fun, relaxing and a memory that you look back upon and think, 'yes, that I will always remember.' Being surrounded by your favorite ladies as you brunch, sip champagne and prepare for a... well, truly life changing event.

There's coffee, champagne, Hair and Makeup, lunch, letters to your love, that dress that requires an army of bridesmaids to get into, not to mention the bridesmaids dresses that all need to be tied in varying forms as to not repeat. Oh, photos! You need photos in your robes, candid shots of the makeup process, one with all ladies toasting to the big day.... you see where I'm going with this?  Before you know it, you're rushing out the door to the ceremony! 

I am here to let you know that it can also be incredibly busy! Fear not, I'm sharing a few tips to help you get organized and stress free come time to walk down that aisle. 

Christina Pugh Photography

Christina Pugh Photography


     The morning truly flies by but with a good preplanned timeline of what should be done when, including time for breakfast/lunch, a hair and makeup schedule, when ladies should be in their dresses, getting ready photos and your departure time for the ceremony location or if you're getting ready at the venue, a firm photography start time or end to the getting ready process, you'll find yourself less worried about all the things that need to be squeezed in and more able to savor each moment. 


Having a timeline specifically for H+MU is a huge time saver on the morning of the wedding. If your HMUA does not provide you with this, check with your coordinator to ensure a well laid out plan is in place for who is getting Hair and Makeup services and in what order. Brides H+MU is best wedged somewhere in the middle to end time slots as to be picture perfect. Furthermore, laying out the specific order of those getting Hair and Makeup saves on time, as well as the thought process as to whose gone and hasn't. Let's face it, nobody wants to be the first one getting their makeup done on the wedding day but somebody has to. You're H+MU schedule should look something like this.... 

8:45- 9:30 Madison Hair,  Sheila Makeup

9:30- 10:15 Susan Hair,  Madison Makeup 

10:15- 11:00 Sheila Hair, Bride Makeup

11:00-11:45 MOB Hair, Susan Makeup

11:45-12:30 Bride Hair, MOB Makeup 

*note that there are names here not just bridesmaids 1 , 2 or 3 

Laura Anne Watson Photography

Laura Anne Watson Photography


Have the things you want photographed together and ready for the photographer's arrival. These include things like invitation, jewelry, shoes, veil, rings (his, hers and engagement), perfume, etc. 

Same goes for the guys. Groom details often get overlooked but make great detail shots as well. Grooms, have your cufflinks, shined shoes, bowtie, boutonniere, handkerchief, etc. in a location easily accessible to the photographer to snap a few quick shots before getting suited up. 

Which brings us to...


DO NOT pack the morning of your wedding. Have the things you need pre packed or already out for ease. Ladies, this includes the hanger for your dress, robe or jammies for getting ready, comfortable shoes for the morning, wedding shoes, garter, cosmetic bag, undergarments, other wedding day essentials and your pre packed overnight bag for post reception. Don't stress over where you put your bra cups when you should be thinking about which fruit you'll have in your mimosa! 

Christina Pugh Photography

Christina Pugh Photography

5. IF IT NEEDS DOING, DELEGATE, a mimosa, feeling excited and getting pampered. If it needs doing, you have a bride tribe at the ready. One important something to note here is to have the room you are getting ready in looking good for those touch up photos and candid moments. I've seen many a getting ready room look like an explosion went off when all is said and done. Have a small task force to help tidy and stay organized. A few simple reasons for this: you don't want empty champagne glasses and breakfast crumbs in your wedding photos and your bridesmaids will be thankful to not have to sift through this war zone at the end of the evening to collect their belongings. 


Its easy to get wrapped up in all that is going on and forget to eat. You will need the energy so even if its just fresh fruit or a pastry, don't forget to eat something. You don't want your stomach rumbling during your vows or all that champagne to g straight o to your head. 

Christina Karst Photography

Christina Karst Photography


Your bridesmaids, mom and whomever else will be present for this and helping you should be 100% dressed, made up and ready before you put your own dress on. 

Leave enough time + a bit more. It's really not as simple as jumping in and zipping you up. 


If you are getting ready at a location off sight from the ceremony, you'll want to build in travel time to your pre wedding timeline. We always build in pre travel time + a bit. Sometimes traffic is heavier than anticipated, a bouquet gets left behind or someone gets lost. It's OKAY to run a few minutes behind, its actually quite normal but lets not get overly stressed. Try to leave time to sit down and relax before that walk down the aisle. 

Shannon Ford Photography

Shannon Ford Photography


If you have a coordinator, chances are they'll have one of these on sight but many a bride will pack their own full of essentials.  Having a bag of essentials will give you piece of mind.

10. DO YOU

It's your day. Make it memorable. Some brides wake early to have a moment to themselves or choose to have their hair and makeup done away from the rest of their bridal party. Whatever is going to make you feel best on your wedding day is what you should do. 


Designers + Photographers = BFFs

Back in April, Kandi Daniel invited me out to speak at her workshop series, Simply Create. These workshops are instruction based and focus on the details of the wedding day. As a wedding designer, I was thrilled to put together a short presentation and chat about what role we as designers play leading up to and on a wedding day, as well as the relationship between planner/designer and photographer. Hint: It's an important one! 


For the purpose of this post, I want to focus on the importance of the planner/photographer relationship. 

As a photographer, whether you’re working with a planner that has done Full Service planning & design or even just a Coordinator, we are there to work WITH you on a wedding day. Even a day of coordinator has to do their due diligence to get to know all the pieces of a wedding that the bride and groom have planned over the previous months to adequately build out a timeline, familiarize themselves with vendor commitments, ensure proper placement of décor pieces and personal items, the list really goes on to ensure a seamless event. 

We as planners get to know over our communications with our clients not only how the bride and groom want their event to look but how they want it to make people feel. Things like song selections, floral installations and lighting can all elicit different feelings. The design of a wedding can be a very personal journey for a couple and the details often help tell a story. Together we can ensure that their story is properly portrayed...and then captured! 


We see all too often sentimental items as brides something borrowed, a necklace passed down by a grandmother, or a photo of a deceased friend attached to the bouquet. Just as the songs that a bride and groom choose for their first dance, the story of their relationship is often in the details. 

I had the grandmother of one of my brides hand me an envelope the morning of the wedding. Inside was a piece of paper and a handkerchief. As I took it from her, she explained to me that it was from the mid 1800’s and generations of women in their family had carried it on their wedding day. Just, WOW! That is certainly an important message to pass along to the photographer so that story can be documented.

If you are a photographer reading this, I encourage you to get to know the planners that you’ll be working with, they’ll be able to help you determine what details apart from the obvious rings, invitation suite and shoes are important to the bride and groom. Use us as a resource. And for the Designers + Planners, a photographer not only helps capture the beautiful details you helped to plan and bring together but freezes the memories of that day in time. Their job is incredibly important. Let's help them :) 


All photos taken by Christa O'Brien Photography