This past Valentine’s Day, we photographed our very first SURPRISE PROPOSAL! We were very excited to be a part of such an amazing day in Jonathan and Vanessa’s lives. Jonathan had contacted us a few weeks prior and said that he and Vanessa were coming down for a weekend visit and wanted to propose to her during the trip. They planned to hang out at World of Coke and the Aquarium and then walk naturally through Centennial Olympic Park where we would be there to capture the proposal. Little did they know, that the weather that day would be bitter cold and Vanessa almost didn’t want to walk through the park! When we saw them coming up the path, Matthew and I were posing as tourists, but ready for the big moment! It was so cool to see her reaction. She dropped her souvenir bag, but held tightly onto her phone as Jonathan asked her to marry him! She immediately said yes!! She was so happy and giggling that she didn’t even notice we were there to photograph until she had made a phone call to one of her close friends:) We waited until she was finished relaying the information and quickly took a few engagement type pictures (did we mention it was cold?). It was really neat to hear all about their relationship and see their love continue to this next level. Congratulations Jonathan and Vanessa!

  • Christine D - This groom gets so many points for booking a photographer for a surprise proposal! He has to be awesome! This couple will treasure these moments you caught in photos. I will be excited to see their engagement and wedding photos next!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - You did such a great job capturing this couple’s proposal! I love that you captured her telling people on the phone and the city in the background is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - How amazing is this!! To have such an amazing moment in your life captured in such a wonderful way! Congratulations to the happy couple!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Gleave - Beautiful images! I love this Atlanta proposal session. So joyful, candid, and well done! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Wow Atlanta makes an amazing backdrop for a proposal!!
    Such beautiful photography – congrats to the happy coupleReplyCancel

  • Esther Edith - What a special engagement session for this couple! Centennial Olympic Park looks like a great place to do a photoshoot.ReplyCancel

  • bailey - I LOVE the surprise proposal photography. Such a cool niche to be in I’m so glad she said yes and you were there to document itReplyCancel

  • Doru - Amazing! What a paparazzi you were! I love the images. Every image is so suggestive and tells the story of the engagement proposal. You are so talented!ReplyCancel

  • Sweet Plum Photography - I love surprise proposal sessions!!! What a beautiful spot in Atlanta for it to!! I love her expressions.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - How great is this proposal session! You can tell she is so surprised!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Oh my word. What a great capture! I can’t believe that you were able to get all of these beautiful memories of this engagement session. Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Anderson - Awwww what a special opportunity for this Atlanta couple to have their engagement in photographs. It’s something I would have loved to have had happen when my husband proposed to me. Congratulations to them!ReplyCancel

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It is March and you know what time it is? Spring Training! We thought it would be great to showcase one of our gorgeous couples’ engagement session alongside the start of baseball season. Stacie and Tyler contacted us and suggested this fun and whimsical baseball themed engagement session. Who can say no to that?! They picked Russ Chandler Stadium at Georgia Tech for the location and it was a dream to photograph! The city skyline in the background and pristine field were the best choice for their pictures. Stacie and Tyler had a lot of fun posing on the infield, dressed in complimentary navy and gold to pay homage to Georgia Tech, where Tyler went to school. Stacie looked flawless with the classic white tank and navy skirt, perfect for the warm day we were photographing on. She absolutely glowed with love toward Tyler and couldn’t help but smile every time we asked her to look at him. For their more casual look, they wore matching baseball style shirts, while Tyler playfully taught Stacie the best way to hold a bat and teased her about the helmet (which was too big:). Out in the outfield, Matthew and I were witness to their true athleticism while Stacie ran to Tyler and he expertly lifted her high above.   We caught Stacie’s wonderful mid-air planking on one such jump as Tyler lifted her up. We had so much fun photographing these two at such a great location, we cannot wait for their wedding is a little over a month! Congratulations Stacie and Tyler, you both are such genuinely amazing people!

Dawn and Matthew

  • Gonzalo - Great great great engagement pictures. I like the creativity of the photographer. The picture with the baseball glove and the engagement ring its awesome, congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Brandie - Great job incorporating baseball into their love story!! Really love this session!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - What a super fun engagement session! I love the ring on the baseball!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - What a fun idea for an engagement session! I love the ring shot with the baseball-great idea! Georgia Tech looks like it would be a great location for an engagement session-I cannot wait to see their Atlanta Wedding!ReplyCancel

  • martha - What a fun session! The last two are my favorite images!! Stacie and Tyler are so lucky to have picked you as their Atlanta wedding photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Deanna - What a fun engagement session! Russ Chandler Stadium at Georgia Tech was a fantastic choice for this session. My favorite shot is the ring shot on the baseball.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - GORGEOUS engagement session! Looks like they had a blast! The stadium makes for a really fun backdropReplyCancel

  • Shannon Dickson - What a great looking Atlanta couple and what a fun session at Georgia Tech! I am looking forward to seeing those wedding portraits in the next month or so. I am sure they are delighted to have these special moments captured before the big day!ReplyCancel

  • Brenden - These are so cute! What a great idea to do an engagment session at the baseball park! They look like such a fun couple and this engagement session totally fits them.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - What a great idea for an engagement session!!! Love all of these images. Stunning couple – can’t wait to see their wedding photographyReplyCancel

  • Ashley Short Photography - I love this Atlanta engagement session! I was once lucky enough to photograph wedding portraits on a baseball field and it was so much fun! I’m betting these guys are going to be a blast during their wedding, too!ReplyCancel

  • Christine D - What a fun engagement photography session! Georgia Tech baseball stadium was the perfect setting for it. And I am very impressed with that perfect plank shot! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos…I am sure they will be just as fun!ReplyCancel

  • Esther Edith galleries - This is such an adorable engagement photography session! Love that you guys chose a baseball field to do this on – such a unique and creative location. And what a stunning couple!ReplyCancel

  • ashley eiban - love this fun and unique engagement session! so awesome they got their photos done at Georgia Tech! they really incorporated what they love and got some amazing photos out of it! great job!ReplyCancel

  • Doru - I can see the fun you had taking these photos. Lovely story. So nice that you had a engagement theme.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I bet your clients are in love with their photos. Gorgeous and unique engagement session. I love them all, great work!ReplyCancel

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During Thanksgiving 2013, my aunt asked me a question.

If you could sit next to anyone in the world on a 10 hour flight, who would it be?”

That was an easy one. On my nightstand was a magazine that I had read cover to cover for inspiration on building a wedding photography business. I had taken it with me on a my flight home to Cleveland that year.

Jasmine Star.”

I had answered without reservation or pondering. I knew I needed to hear the wisdom that she had to share about the experiences and love she has for photography. I did not know that 7 months down the road, I would be hearing that wisdom from both her and JD, not on a plane, but sitting among friends at dinner.

Fast forward to April 2014. Matthew emailed me to quickly check my email. I had received confirmation that I would attend a one day workshop in Atlanta with 19 other area photographers. I couldn’t believe it. My first summer that I was going to spend in Atlanta (I was moving in the summer) and I would get the opportunity of a lifetime?! It seemed unreal. I fan-girled a bit and squealed, but then I knew that this would be the start of something new and exciting and prepared myself for all the learning that would ensue.

On that July day, the weather was HOT, but inside the Decatur Courthouse, the marble room cooled us all as the morning got underway. I had one brief moment of “I do not belong here” as I was face to face with inspirational and established photographers, but that soon diminished as I realized how FAR I had actually come. I belonged there, to stand among giants.

The whole day I had a smile on my face and a pen in hand (and a camera in the other!). I learned so much about how to establish better communication with brides and couples, reach out to local businesses and vendors, and little ways to get our business seen. It was eye-opening. I realized our struggles with creating our business and wedding photography brand, we were not alone. Matthew and I knew that we were already photographing together and knew we needed to rebrand ourselves, but this was the  push we needed. To be around talented individuals who were passionate about their craft was such a blessing and I will forever count that day as a stepping stone toward our “Peach and Oak” brand (still working on it, everyday!)

To Jasmine and JD, Matthew and I thank you so much for being such an inspiration and being available to speak with even the “newest” of photographers and imparting your knowledge onto them.

-Dawn

Venue: DeKalb History Center

Florals: Creme de le Chic

Makeup: Sarai Trammel

Hair: Alicia Igess

Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture

Models: Micheal and Kelly Lane

  • Amanda - What an amazing opportunity you had. I also agree with you every now and again we need some inspiration to keep us fresh and heading towards our goals. Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Deanna - What a fun blog! I am so happy for you that you were able to meet your photog idol, Jasmine Star! She is an inspiration, and your story is inpiring as well. I can not wait to continue to watch your journey! Your images are beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • connie - What a great opportunity to do a wedding workshop with Jasmine Star!ReplyCancel

  • Sueann - Those wedding images look amazing. It looks like that was a really fun and informative workshop.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - wow what an amazing experience working with Jasmine Star!
    beautiful photography!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rittenberry - What an incredible experience. I know what it is like to be able to train with your beloved idol photographer and there is nothing like it in the world. I cannot wait to wait you grow and flourish as the top rated wedding photographer in Atlanta from all that you have learned. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Oh this looks fabulous! Atlanta has talent, and now to top it off with a little Jasmine Star? Fantastic!ReplyCancel

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We are in LOVE with this engagement session! Kurt and Emily are the sweetest people who are so in love with each other. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park was the perfect place to meet them on a cool, breezy January afternoon. This wonderful state park is home to lovely Magnolias, gorgeous Live Oaks, and a fabulous rose garden.  We strolled through the paths, learning about Kurt and Emily and how they met and where their lives are taking them-through marriage and beyond! The sweetest thing we learned that day was that Emily’s engagement ring used to be her great-grandmother’s ring and had been passed down through the generations. It’s such a stunning white gold, organic statement piece and we cannot wait to photograph it again at their wedding! We are so excited to celebrate with Kurt and Emily at their seaside wedding in May! Congratulations again you two!

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Ahhh….love. When Matthew and I were first dating, Atlanta mystified me. I had visited before, but really never explored as much as I would have liked. But Matthew had other plans for that. As we are fast approaching Valentine’s Day, we wanted to showcase our top Atlanta date spots that we feel are just right for engaging the mind and the heart.

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(not us, but we just loved Sherri and Andrew’s engagement session🙂

1. Fernbank Museum-Martini’s and IMAX

Well, we are pretty partial to this top spot since it was where we had our first date. (Yeah, we are cheesy like that) Who does not love a nice wind down and a documentary? We love this kind of thing, so it was the perfect spot for us. The T-Rex skeleton makes for a great conversation piece and the salsa dancing(on select nights) makes for some wonderful people watching from the balcony. Make sure you check out the planetarium room next to the main area, it’s not as loud and a great place to share a quiet conversation. This place has a special place in our heart as a top date spot:)

2. Rathbun’s

This one falls into the “once every 10 years” category, but it was surely a treat that is for sure. Located in Old Fourth Ward, we celebrated Matthew’s birthday there this past year. Boasting beautiful dry aged steaks and a very posh atmosphere, we felt a little out of our element. We tried to pose for a selfie inside, but it was too dark and the flash would have alerted everyone that we were not from “around these parts”. We took a selfie in front of the door instead. But if you have a bonus from your paycheck and a special event coming up, Rathbun’s did not disappoint! Best.Steak.Ever!

3. High Museum of Art

Yep. We love our museums. And for good reason! The High Museum is so rich with wonderful pieces and exhibits, that it really is a treat. Just so happens, our second date was to the High Museum:) I had mentioned that my favorite painting was Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” in earlier conversations. A few days later, Matthew casually mentioned that we go see THAT EXACT PAINTING when he asked me to the High. Ummm…Yes?! The painting itself was beautiful, the Dutch Mona Lisa as they call it. Also. during that specific exhibition, we were treated to even more with paintings displayed by even more Dutch masters, like Rembrandt and Steen.  Such an amazing day! We have been back many times since.

4. Westside Provisions-Jeni’s Ice Cream

It is no secret that we love Atlanta, but when we found Jeni’s Ice Cream, it was love at first sight! You literally have to try to not find a flavor of ice cream that you like. Our favorites are the Buckeye State (of course:), Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Wildberry Lavender. Yep. You heard the last one right. Wildberry Lavender is sooooo good! It will go well with a Spring time date. Be prepared to stand in some long lines though, but really, that is the best time to get some good conversation going. After the ice cream, maybe stop on over to JCT Kitchen for drinks and dancing? Just a thought;)

5. A comedy show at The Goat Farm-or Dad’s Garage-or Sketchworks🙂

We LOVE to laugh. Really. We are those people that lend humor to any situation. It helps us through those rough times where all you need is a good burst of endorphins and energy. We recently saw a show at The Goat Farm Arts Center that was hysterical and have some great friends involved in sketch comedy that we go and see regularly. Every time, we end up in tears and holding each other close because one person is laughing too hard that it’s hardly containable!

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