Since moving to Georgia, we definitely have seen our fair share of wedding traditions. Southern weddings are a celebration full of joy and hospitality. Everyone greets everyone as if they were a family member, and has made attending such intimate affairs as a photographer all the more welcoming. One such wedding we celebrated last fall was Ginny and Lenny’s sweet and Southern ceremony on the lawn of Naylor Hall. For them, the plantation home was an absolute dream to get married at. Family and friends surrounded them as Ginny and her daughter arrived in a horse drawn carriage, as was the custom of the home. Afterwards, the carriage ride would continue with the new family and newlyweds, waving to the crowd of downtown Roswell patrons as the passed. From Ginny’s form-fitting lace gown, to the calla lily centerpieces, and all the laughter and joy in between- the whole day had the feeling of being together at a Southern family reunion. Congratulations Ginny and Lenny!

  • Marsha - Love these! especially the detail photosReplyCancel

  • Corey - What a beautiful wedding! Naylor Hall is such a great southern venue and I love that the newlyweds they had a carriage ride around Roswell afterward! How fun!ReplyCancel

  • sarah sweetman - Oh my goodness – what an amazing wedding – I love the classic details the bride chose – she obviously put a lot of thought into her special day and you photographed it perfectly. The location in historic Roswell at the Naylor Hall is awesome and set the tone for this gorgeous wedding. They are totally in love and you can feel that through every single image. Congratulations all round to the families and the happy couple!ReplyCancel

  • Patty - your Atlanta Wedding Photography is stunning. I love this location. , Roswell, Naylor Hall is just gorgeous. I think the horse and carriage is such a beautiful addition to this wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Wow, Ginny was just so stunning at her wedding at the Historic Roswell Naylor Hall. I love how you perfectly captured everything from start to finish, but what I love the most is the emotion that brings you into the photos. From the excitement of your sweet couple and their daughter riding around in a horse drawn carriage to the natural light reflecting on the gown. All beautiful wedding moments in Atlanta!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Storment - This Naylor Hall wedding was beautiful. Historic Roswell is a perfect place to get married and hiring you as their Atlanta wedding photographer was a smart move. Beautiful job.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - What a gorgeous wedding at Naylor Hall! I love all of the detail shots that you incorporated! The Horse Drawn Carriage is such a cool tradition! Amazing job photographing such a beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Christine D - I had a horse-drawn carriage at my wedding, so seeing this one takes me back! Naylor Hall looks like the perfect southern wedding location!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - This Roswell wedding is gorgeous and you totally rocked it!! I love how clean and beautiful each image is. I’m sure your Atlanta wedding clients love your storytelling skills!!ReplyCancel

  • Laci Patten - This wedding was gorgeous! I will recommend you to anyone looking for an Atlanta wedding photographer! Naylor Hall was absolutely gorgeous. I love all of the emotion you captured and the attention to the little details.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rittenberry - The Naylor Hall was the perfect venue for this Atlanta wedding. It offers everything southern from the grand plantation, old south charm and historic nod with the horse drawn carriage tradition. I see exactly why Ginny and her hubby chose this location to celebrate their special day!ReplyCancel

  • Harshita - I love this idea about the wedding done at the plantation home…beautiful setting and gorgeous wedding. I love your work ūüôāReplyCancel

  • laura - that was a real horse drawn carriage at Naywell Hall! beautiful wedding photos. my favorite is the bride sitting on the mustard colored sofa. lovely. how special to include the young girl in the walking down the aisle and in the carriage.ReplyCancel

    • peachandoak - Thank you Laura, that picture is our favorite too:)ReplyCancel

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Happy New Year!! It’s been a minute since we sat down to write a blog, but since New Year’s Resolutions are running wild, we thought we would start by fulfilling ours right away. Before we showcase our gorgeous couples from¬†2015 , we want to recap¬†how amazing 2015 was for us!

LAST YEAR WE:

* went from 11 weddings (2014) to 22 weddings!

*cultivated a business and a relationship

*photographed in 4 states (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee)

*Got Engaged!!! (Wedding Date: 10/29/2016…and no, we haven’t found a wedding photographer yet..yikes!:)

*Lived in a swanky 7th floor apt overlooking Downtown Atlanta

 

This year we¬†happily drove 50+ hours to photograph our couples, endured rain, rain, and more rain, experienced one horrified (yet later funny) moment that our car was stuck in the mud at a venue, photographed in awe at a¬†Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center. We had the honor of photographing: A¬†St. Augustine, Florida wedding during the holidays; a beautiful fairy-tale woodland wedding; a plantation home where the horses were the friendliest we had ever seen; a Roswell tradition of a carriage ride downtown;¬†a lovely backyard wedding with plenty of personal touches; an incredibly friendly Bulldog who slipped out of her leash when walking down the aisle; lanterns/fireworks/sparklers all at the same wedding; a one in a million¬†“Pi Day” wedding; celebrated intimate elopements; a lovely barn wedding with the most amazing sunset that stopped each guest in their tracks; a posh Downtown Atlanta wedding near Piedmont Park;¬†and gorgeous Chattanooga Riverfront portraits. The flowergirls had the cutest curls, the ring bearers wore the most adorable suspenders. Bridesmaids filled the day with laughter and fun, while the groomsmen were a bit mischievous. The brides were simply stunning and the grooms were all handsome gentlemen.

It was, without a doubt, one of the most challenging and fulfilling year of our life so far. We tried, failed, learned, failed, then learned again. Our business grew and with it came new obstacles. We had to admit a lot to ourselves about where we are as business owners and ponder a future where we only photograph and not have “day” jobs. But in the end, the thing that made it all worth it at the end of the day, was witnessing 22 couples pledge to love and cherish each other for the rest of their lives. That is such a beautiful thing, to share in all of that love. Our love is better because of it. Thank you.

THIS YEAR, WE HOPE TO:

*Travel to Europe

*photograph 25-30 weddings

*Make healthier choices and up the cardio:)

*Learn to manage our time better PLUS give quality time to ourselves more.

*become Crockpot cooking experts:)

*Blog More!(See, we told you we were getting started on our resolutions:)

We would love to hear all about your achievements and goals and what life has in store for you in 2016! Enjoy our year in Review:) Cheers!

-Dawn and Matthew

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 To Our 2015 Couples: Thank you so much for choosing us to be your wedding photographers. From Central Florida to Chattanooga, we have been so fortunate to have met each and every one of you. Thank you for trusting us to capture your memories! May 2016 bring  you all much love and happiness!

To Our 2016 Couples:¬†It’s your turn soon, YAY!!! Let the laughter and tears flow like crazy:) Thank you for choosing to be a Peach & Oak couple and we look forward to photographing your wonderful wedding day. 2015 was a pretty epic year, but we know 2016 is going to be beyond stellar as well!

Cheers! And Happy New Year!

Dawn and Matthew

 

 

 

 

  • Katie - Beautiful job! You had a stellar year ūüôāReplyCancel

  • Laura Hernandez - These are just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Blocker - Loved seeing all of your work + hearing how great 2015 was for you!!! So excited to see you succeed at all your goals for this new year. Way to go!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Wonderful look back on your 2015 wedding season!Looks like you had an amazing year! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Brenden - What an amazing and beautiful way to recap 2015! We got engaged this year too, and we are getting married in April. Everyone kept asking us about our wedding photographer, and lord knows i would doit myself if I could, lol. Good luck on your search, and I’m looking forward to seeing more beautiful work in 206!ReplyCancel

  • Patty - What an amazing year you had!! Congrats on your engagement, you better get on the photographer thing! lolReplyCancel

  • Christine D - Your wedding photography is beautiful! I can see why your demand has been growing. I am sure working together will help you reach all of your goals for this year too. And if you master the crock pot one, send some tips my way!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Can I just say how incredible it is you double in size for the scope of beautiful weddings you captured across Atlanta in 2015. It is incredible how your wedding photography captures every beautiful moment for couples to remember years to come. It has been incredible to follow along and see your progress!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - These are truly stunning, I love the creativity that comes out in your wedding photos. So many photos I was in Awe, and so many gave a chuckle. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for you.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Hindman - What a neat recap of 2015 and it looks like it was a great year for Peach and Oak. I am sure with your hard work you will be booking all the weddings for your next goal for 2016!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - Gorgeous Atlanta weddings from 2015! I look forward to seeing what 2016 holds for you!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Storment - Congratulation on a fantastic year! All your weddings this year were stunning and in 2016 you get to plan your own even better! Good luck on your goals and PS I do travel for weddings if you can’t find a photographer you like in your area. ūüėČReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - they look like so much fun, I love the highlights from this wedding.ReplyCancel

  • connie - Wow! You had a lot going on in 2015. It’s no wonder why you are an up and coming wedding photographer in Atlanta, you’re really good!ReplyCancel

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Megan and Nathaniel are getting married this weekend!!! We are so excited to share their Kennedy Space Center engagement session on the blog today! Where do we start with these two?! We first met them back in April, knowing we just HAD to photograph them at Kennedy…in a rocket garden…in space suits. It was a nerd dream come true for Matthew and I! After Skyping, we knew these two were something special. They both work at NASA, Nathaniel as an Electrical Engineer and Megan as an Engineering Co-op at Kennedy Space Center. To just be around their intelligence is a privilege:) Needless to say, they are perfect for each other! When Nathaniel proposed, they knew the only place that they wanted to have their wedding was at Kennedy Space Center, with the Rocket Garden in the background. Perfection! It was also settled that we needed an engagement session in and around the Space Center, so a trip was planned Matthew and I drove to Florida to meet them first at the Astronaut Hall of Fame with the replica of the shuttle. Instantly when we pulled up, we knew we were meant to photograph them, they were warm and welcoming and had NASA space suit costumes! We spent a good deal of time hanging with them there and photographing at such an amazing building and backdrop. After, we headed to Kennedy Space Center where we photographed the Rocket Garden and the capsule where they had their first date picture (upside down and all:). It was Matthew and my first time there and we were not disappointed! Around every corner there was something to see. The best surprise was when we were trying to beat the heat and landed in a galaxy gallery. Beautiful, beautiful backdrop!!Overall, our time was spent geeking out over their NASA stories and their behind the scenes tour they gave us.¬†We cannot wait for this weekend where we can celebrate their love for each other! Congratulations you two crazy kids!

Dawn and Matthew

 

  • Corey - What a super fun couple! Love that they wore space suits for their engagement session at the Kennedy Space Center – so perfect! I can’t wait to see their wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley S. - I’m not from anywhere around Atlanta, so I don’t know anything about this, but I obviously have heard of Kennedy Space Center and never knew you could have a wedding there! That is so so cool! I hope to come and visit some day!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Storment - I love everything about this Kennedy Space Center engagement session! I love that the couple even had matching space suits.ReplyCancel

  • Christine D - When you hear the words “Kennedy Space Center Engagement” what comes to mind is nothing like the beautiful and fun images you show here! What a fun session! I can’t wait to see this couple’s wedding photos now!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Seriously Megan and Nathaniel look over the moon (hehe pun intended) during their engagement session at the Kennedy Space Center. What a beautiful and super fun engagement session.ReplyCancel

  • Esther - What an amazing location for an engagement photography session! The Kennedy space center is suddenly given a romantic, beautiful feel as depicted by your lovely photos. Great job capturing this happy couple.ReplyCancel

    • peachandoak - Kennedy Space Center was truly a remarkable backdrop for these portraits.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Ok, this is the coolest engagement session I have ever seen, hands down! I mean, really. Spacesuits at Kennedy Space Center! This makes the nerd in me soooo very happy! Looks like a very fun couple to work with and I am betting their wedding will be amazing! Great job!ReplyCancel

    • peachandoak - Isn’t it neat? We had such a “blast” being there:) Get it? Rockets?!ReplyCancel

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Matthew and I are wedding fanatics, that is for sure. We love all of the personal touches and frequently become emotional at couples reading their own vows. This past month of weddings has been extremely emotional for me, it seemed at every wedding I could not stop crying at the ceremony. And for good reason too, because a year from today, Matthew and I are going to become husband and wife. See, I can’t even type that without tearing up:) A year from now, we will be MARRIED.

What can I say about this man that is not already evident to the people around us? I could say that he is the kindest, most generous, most compassionate man I have ever met, but that makes me sound like the brides on an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress”. I could say that he is my best friend, but that is a given:) I could point out all these things and more, but still not encompass how much LOVE I have for him. The fact that he chose me, that he waited for me, that we endured a 10 month long-distance relationship are things that have already given our relationship a strong foundation. Add to that building a business together and photographing side-by-side! We knew ever since our first date that we were a great team, but being able to accomplish the delicate dance of photographing a wedding and still being able to say “I love you” at the end of the day, is one we are so proud of.¬†¬†This journey that we are on has already been a roller coaster, with changing names, changing states, starting new jobs and learning a new city, ¬†but I cannot imagine my life any differently.

“How did he ask”?¬† you say:) Well, we are quite fond of costumes and a little event here in Atlanta called Dragon*Con, you probably never heard of it, that we like to attend each year. This past year we planned all sorts of costumes, from Hobbits to pink cats, we were all ready to take on the world with our cosplay characters. That was until Matthew realized he left one of his at home. Silly Matthew:) Well, we went back to the apartment and got the costume, but also took that time to be alone and away from chaos of 70,000 people. Our conversation in our quiet apartment went a little something like this:

M: So, how about us booking our hotel for next year already? And we have our tickets for next year too, boy that’s a big commitment.

D: Yeah, crazy, do you think we’ll have our same room?

M: It’s a big commitment right, you know, a whole year in advance. You know that I really love you now that we are locked in. I hope we can keep doing this for years to come. (pause) That’s why I want to marry you. Will you marry me?

D: Yeah I kn-(look of shock on my face)….Wait, What? (slowly fading into crying)

M: Will you marry me? (now crying)

D: (shakes head) YES!! (more sobs upon sobs)

M: I don’t even have a ring!! It didn’t get sent in time, that’s why we came back here…

D: I don’t care (more sobbing)

End scene.

That’s pretty much us in a nutshell. The moment was unexpected, but completely right. He didn’t have the ring because the jeweler was waiting for the gem to come in, but Matthew still hoped it *might* have shown up. It didn’t matter at all. Just the fact that the question had been asked was enough. ¬†We went back to Dragon*Con, newly engaged, and bought “The One Ring” (you know, from Lord of the Rings?the one to Rule them all?)¬†at a vendor booth to act as place holder. Standing in the lobby of the vendor halls,¬†¬†he put the “One Ring” on my left hand and asked again “Will you marry me?”, I said yes -again- and willed myself not to cry. It was magical, we were in our own little world and had that moment among 70,000 other people. We celebrated that night by dressing up like some of our favorites cartoon characters (I was a pink cat-email me and I’ll tell you what show it was from) and just kept repeating the phrase “we are getting married¬†to one another over and over again. My actual engagement ring came a few weeks later from a local jeweler here in Atlanta, and I cried over that too.(I’m a crier:) A sky-blue sapphire in a vintage filigree setting. My heart sings when I look at it.

A year from today, I will be committing myself to my soul mate and best friend who just happens to be the most generous and most compassionate person I know. He’s not only a fabulous photographer, but he is also going to be my partner -my HUSBAND-for life, through as many adventures this world will allow us to have together.¬†I cannot wait to travel, learn, grow, and love more than I ever thought possible with him.

Cheers and Tons of Love!

Dawn

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  • Karen - I love a good “how it happened” engagement story. They always put a smile on my face.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I absolutely love this ring shot. That ring is so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa A - Beautiful ring!!!ReplyCancel

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Oh man, oh man! This next engagement session is just pure joy! Amber and Travis are getting married THIS weekend in Chattanooga and we are so excited to celebrate with them! We met them this past summer at Bluff View Arts District in Chattanooga, where we enjoyed beautiful views, cute shops and hidden nooks. The view around downtown Chattanooga are amazing and the area around the Walnut Street Bridge is perfect for afternoon strolling. When we first met up, these two were ready to take pictures from the word go!¬†Her cute coral dress matched up with his blue button down shirt and we knew we were in for some in for some great images. As we walked around the district, we learned that their friendship goes way back to their days going to church together with their families when they were young. They kept in touch over the years and over time realized they were meant to be together. They dated long-distance for awhile, but Amber moved back to Tennessee after school in 2013. They’ve been inseparable every since. You can see on their faces how much fun they have with each other It was hard to keep a straight face when around them, they were¬†always laughing and smiling! ¬†We left Bluff View Arts District around sunset and raced up Lookout Mountain to take our last images at Point Park. We loved this adventurous couple and their images sitting on the rocks overlooking the valley are some of our favorites to date. Congratulations again Amber and Travis, we cannot wait for Saturday!

Cheers!

Dawn and Matthew

 

  • Nikita - Love this! Beautiful locations!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Bartley - Beautiful Session!ReplyCancel

  • Brittney - Beautiful couple and gorgeous images – I can’t wait to see their wedding photos!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - I can’t get over how beautiful the scenery is! Wonderful work!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Eiban - What a BEAUTIFUL engagement session!! I LOVE those last ones with them overlooking that amazingingly gorgeous view!!! <3 Such a great job Peach & Oak Photography!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Magers - Love that last photo!! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Quianna Marie - Absolutely loving your locations! Beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - These colors and locations are beautiful! Reminds me of a place I shoot at in upstate NY! Gorgeous work!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Shults - Absolutely stunning location for a beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina - Beautiful Engagement Images, and congrats to Travis and Amber for their wedding coming upReplyCancel

  • Marsha - What a fun engagement session! you really seemed to capture their personalities.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Coker - Love the variety of locations in this session especially the lookout on the rocks. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Alex - So many sweet images! Love all the variety you got!ReplyCancel

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