Grooms & Groomsmen Haircuts

I got my haircut the other day because I'll be shooting a wedding this weekend! I don’t know about you, but if I know that I have a function coming up, like a family event, invited to a party, shooting a wedding or going away for a holiday - I get my hair cut.


Why is important for a Groom to have his hair cut and styled for the big day?

Betsy Franklin said "Your Wedding photos will reveal if you are groomed or not. Get a fresh cut 1-2 weeks before your wedding day. If your neck and hairline are unruly it will be noticeable in the pictures. If your hair grows quickly, (most men's do) and there is time, ask your stylist or barber for a clean up around your neck and hairline a day or two before." 

Betsy also added "My husband wears short hair and it grows quickly, we were so busy we forgot to schedule a haircut for him. When we look at our wedding photographs it’s the first thing we notice, it just didn't look like him."


Thinking of Trying a New Hair Style?

If you decide you'd like to try a new hair style or something that is not the norm for you, speak with your stylist a few months before your wedding day. That way you'll have plenty of time to change to change back to your old style well before the big day.

Huge thanks to Betsy for answering my many questions, go over to Dyer & Posta's website to see how creative Betsy and the salon are. Have a great weekend, look out for the answers to other “guy” haircut questions soon.


The Grooms Photos

I shot these photographs at The Ponte Vedra Lodge, The Grande at Kennesaw, Smith-Gilbert Gardens, Omni Atlanta, Little Gardens, Atlanta Georgia and The Ponte Vedra Inn, Florida.


Let me know if you have any questions or would like to book a complimentary wedding day photography consultation. - Chris

Clean cut groomsmen getting ready for wedding

Clean cut groomsmen getting ready for wedding

Groom with boutonniere and short haircut

Groom with boutonniere and short haircut

Bride and Groom at the Ponte Vedra Inn, Florida

Bride and Groom at the Ponte Vedra Inn, Florida

clean cute Groom getting help with cufflinks from his Best Man

clean cute Groom getting help with cufflinks from his Best Man

Groom getting ready at The Grande

Groom getting ready at The Grande

Rustic Country Weddings in North Georgia

Looking at my schedule for January and into February and it's looking like a great start to 2019! I was looking at upcoming garden wedding photography assigments later this year.


Rustic Country Style Weddings

I love the relaxed feel of rustic country style weddings. In some ways it makes my job a little easier because there are usually lots of cool, natural bakcdrops that I can pull into my couples wedding photos.

Weather Challenges

With outside weddings and garden or rustic country weddings I always like to have a plan B in place well before the wedding day.

At Jashira and Giovanny's wedding, see attached photos, we had the threat of a major tropical storm. Our plan was to move the reception to the large covered deck at the back of her parents house in Acworth, very close to Kennesaw, Georgia, in the event of a downpour. Luckily everything went off without a hitch.


Fun, as it Happens Wedding Photos

Thinking about their rustic, country style wedding and all of the fun, documentary style photos from Jashira and Giovanny's wedding, reminded me that I have never shot a wedding at a barn - perhaps a goal for 2019!! Or, if you are having or considering a Rustic Country Barn Wedding let's talk!


Barn Weddings

As I am writing this, I'm thinking about a few of the wedding venues near me that are barn wedding venues where I have not photographed weddings yet. The ones I'm thinking of are, Rustix Manor, The Rock Barn, The Farmhouse at 30542 to name a few. I'm sure there are tons of other outdoor wedding venues around here that I may not be aware of.

Photos shown were shot in Kennesaw, Acworth and Locust Grove Georgia including The Grande at Kennesaw and a barn in very rural Georgia! Let me know if you have any questions - Chris

Wedding Photography Styles - Kennesaw Georgia

Wedding photographers styles are so different across the board! I've been told my style is creative or artistic. I think I offer a unique style for my couples in that I can quickly adjust their stance to create a more natural looking and stunning portrait. I love documenting the day as it unfolds, then recreating the wedding day in chronilogical order for wedding albums.

Wedding Photos

The accompanying images were shot at The Kennesaw Grande, Kennesaw, Georgia. I can see a lot of influence from one of the photographers I respect, Jerry Ghionis from Australia in some of my photography.

Getting Ready Shots

I love to create unique getting ready photos for my couples and I always take time to look around the room, window light and furnishing to get ideas to create something special. One of the photos here was shot at Little Gardens in Lawrenceville, near Atlanta in Georgia and reminds of Yervant's style.


Wedding Dress Details

This photo shot at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church is one of my favorites. I love the light, the bride interacting with the bridesmaids who are helping get the dress buttoned up.

New Wedding Venues

Super excited this first week of 2019 as I have weddings coming up this year in three wedding venues near me that I've never shot at before. Embassy Suites in Kennesaw, Georgia, Juliette Chapel in Dalonaga, Georgia and The Magnolia House, Powder Springs, Georgia

Have a great weekend, let me now if you have any questions - Chris

Getting into the Wedding dress - Bride and Bridesmaids, Atlanta Georgia

Getting into the Wedding dress - Bride and Bridesmaids, Atlanta Georgia

Grooms details, Kennesaw, Georgia

Grooms details, Kennesaw, Georgia

Bride getting makeup applied, Acworth, Georgia

Bride getting makeup applied, Acworth, Georgia

Bride and groom laugh at Wedding Photographer, Little Gardens, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Bride and groom laugh at Wedding Photographer, Little Gardens, Lawrenceville, Georgia

10 Questions to Ask your Prospective Wedding Photographer - Atlanta Georgia

Recently I was listening to a photography webinar that was specific to sales and customer service. While listening I started thinking about great questions for a Bride and Groom to ask a professional photographer they were considering. I came up with a really long list, I’ve narrowed it down to the ten below.

Are you available on my wedding date?

If no, don't waste anymore time! you have to keep looking for the right one. It reminds me of a somewhat related blog post I wrote earlier this year Three Important Things…

Will you, (the person you’re speaking with) be the photographer at my wedding?

Make sure that you talk with the photographer and connect with him or her, feel comfortable asking for what you want. Communication on your Wedding Day is very important. Look here for more info Atlanta Wedding Photography Additionally, you may want to make sure that all of your “special shots” are taken care of and not missed by a message not getting to the right person.


What camera system do you use? Do you have back up cameras in case of a malfunction?

You may want to make sure that your Wedding Day Photographer has professional grade cameras and lenses plus back ups. With the big names Nikon and Canon, there are other fantastic professional cameras being used, ask see samples of the work they have produced with their preferred system. Additionally, it’s might be a good idea to find out if they use a lighting system for evening or low light situations.


Are you a technical photographer or creative, what’s your style?

Ideally you need a photographer who is technically proficient and also creative - let’s be honest the great wedding photos are the ones that capture the emotions of the day and are exposed correctly, composed correctly and processed correctly. Documentary or Photo-journalistic styles may be your choice, or you may need a more traditional look. I like the idea of a combination of a more formal look for the family and documentary style as the day unfolds. It’s also important that your photographer has the ability to talk with you both, your family, wedding planner and other vendors during the day to ensure that every opportunity to capture great photos as the situations dictate are taken advantage of.


How many years have you been photographing weddings?

You may also ask about product and fashion abilities, as there will be rings, shoes, cufflinks, cakes, flowers, a Wedding Gown, Tuxedos etc. to be documented that have nothing to do with the people that will need to be photographed on the day.

Can I see samples of your wedding, engagement, portrait, and wedding day details photography?

Along with this question you should confirm that all of the images you are being shown were taken by the photographer you are speaking with. Look for a complete wedding day start to finish, also if you are having them take care of your Engagement Photo Session, check their engagement photography to avoid disappointment or misunderstanding.


Do you have liability and equipment insurance?

I know it’s rare, but things can go awry, All vendors should have insurance to cover the what ifs. Some venues require all vendors to have insurance coverage - check well before your wedding day.


Are you a member of a professional association?

It’s so important nowadays with technology spilling into the creative arena that your photographer keeps up with the ever changing technological improvement and uses them to creatively capture your day. In the USA the Professional Photographers of America based in Atlanta, GA are the oldest and largest association specific to photography in the world.


Can you stay longer if the reception runs later and how much would that cost?

Very important to establish this up front rather than on the day. Make sure that your contract clearly says what to expect if the wedding runs later that planned.


Do you have any type of certification or education in photography?

A certified professional photographer will have the ability and competence to shoot your wedding and produce great images without you having to worry how things may or may not turn out. Also, consider asking about post-wedding processing of images, does the photographer do it or is someone else responsible for that. Be clear about your expectations for the photography, on-line galleries, wedding albums and wall art etc. Always ask what’s included and what’s an additional cost.


The photos shown with this post are taken by myself at The Grande in Kennesaw, Little Gardens, Atlanta, Rock Springs Church, Atlanta and Ponte Vedra Inn, Florida. I hope you found this helpful. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have - Chris


Chris Cottrell, CPP (Certified Professional Photographer), British born Wedding and Portrait Photographer based Kennesaw, near Atlanta, Georgia USA. Available worldwide for near-to -home or destination weddings.


chris.cottrellco@gmail.com on IG @cottrellandco, FB cottrell & Co. Photographers or www.cottrellphotographers.com

Smiling Bride surrounded by Bridesmaids at Ponte Vedra Inn, Florida

Smiling Bride surrounded by Bridesmaids at Ponte Vedra Inn, Florida

Groom & Groomsman share a laugh at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Atlanta Georgia

Groom & Groomsman share a laugh at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Atlanta Georgia

Bride Getting ready photos at The Grande in Kennesaw, Georgia

Bride Getting ready photos at The Grande in Kennesaw, Georgia

Wedding rings photograph in rustic window at Little Gardens, Lawrenceville, Atlanta Georgia

Wedding rings photograph in rustic window at Little Gardens, Lawrenceville, Atlanta Georgia

The Grande at Kennesaw Georgia Wedding Getting Ready

Some of the most cherished and loved memories of your wedding day are your getting ready photos. The Grande at Kennesaw is such a great wedding venue as they have excellent facilities for both the Bride, Bridesmaids and also the Groom and Groomsman.


Bridal Suite

The upstairs bridal suite has great light, even on a cloudy day that comes through the large windows. There's a full bathroom with a vanity and two large window which throw awesome light into the room.

The large main room have lots of room for makeup artists etc. and is well lit for working.


Hanging the Dresses

There is a large walk-in type closet to hang the gowns which makes it perfect for me, the wedding day photographer to easily get for wedding dress shots.


Landing and Stairs

The landing and stairs at the Grande are large and open which has afforded me the ability to photograph dresses, shoes, rings etc right close to the bridal suite. Additional, the door to the balcony is at the top of the stairs adjacent to the bridal suite.


Grooms Room

Down in the lower level is the grooms area. Equipped with a TV, bathroom and large sofa and chairs for the guys to hang out in. There are a lovely areas just outside for the guys shots. I love the big wooden doors and the rock wall for the groomsman and groom photos.


Location

Located on Main Street close to downtown Kennesaw and very close to Smith-Gilbert Gardens the Grande really has a lot to offer for newly engaged couples looking for a great wedding venue nearby or as a destination wedding venue.


Message me if you have any questions or would like to explore wedding photogrpahy options in Kennesaw, Georgia. - Chris

Groom and Pug Getting Ready

Groom and Pug Getting Ready

Bride getting makeup artist attention at The Grande at Kennesaw

Bride getting makeup artist attention at The Grande at Kennesaw

Bride and Bridesmaid sharing a laugh in Kennesaw

Bride and Bridesmaid sharing a laugh in Kennesaw

Groom by Large Wooden Doors at The Grande at Kennesaw

Groom by Large Wooden Doors at The Grande at Kennesaw

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THE GRANDE IN KENNESAW, GEORGIA - WEDDING VENUE

The Grand in Kennesaw is large Victorian-style wedding venue with a very intimate feel. I love shooting weddings in the lush gardens and surrounding structures. There are so many little spots to capture all the memories of your special day. Additionally, the outside ceremony spots with seating are gorgeous. I love the barn and have successfully photographed weddings from outside looking in and inside the barn also.


Location

Conveniently located on Main Street, close to downtown Kennesaw, the Grande in Kennesaw offers lots of parking, easy access and some of the friendliest, efficient event staff around. Minutes from I-75, Kennesaw State University with lots of hotels like my favorite Embassy Suites Kennesaw which has a Ruth's Chris Steak House within the hotel.


First Look

The Grande in Kennesaw offers unprecedented opportunities for your first look! The are so many secret little places to get that first glimpse. I love planning first looks with my couples to make that special moment extra special.


Food

In my experience it's hard to beat the dishes that they serve up! The food from main to dessert, is absolutely delicious. The staff are on the ball where dinner, cake cutting, toasts etc are concerned. They offer great packages for food options and are super accommodating when guests bring in cakes etc.


Timing

On your wedding day timing is everything and having a manageable timeline is key to everything going off without a hitch. I work closely with the Grande's staff to keep my couples weddings on schedule. Stress levels are usually non-existent with close communication between myself, (the photographer), The Grande's entertainment staff and your other vendors.


Large or small, destination or close to home wedding, the Grande in Kennesaw has a lot to offer. Let me know if you have any questions.


The Grande in Kennesaw a Victorian Style House

The Grande in Kennesaw a Victorian Style House

The Garden Swing, Groom and Pug

The Garden Swing, Groom and Pug

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony area at the Grande in Kennesaw

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony area at the Grande in Kennesaw

The Barn at the Grande in Kennesaw, Georgia

The Barn at the Grande in Kennesaw, Georgia

Wedding Ceremonies and Our Pets

Should you bring your pet to your wedding? How will your dog react to all the guests? 

Hmmm, well here goes. Being an animal lover it’s easy for me to answer “yes - I do!” and I know without question we would have had both of our now Social Media famous rescue Pugs at our wedding if we had them at that time. However, I think we would need to be careful about over committing with Spanky who is blind and 14 years old, but very active and adventurous. Bodie the the other rescue Pug, loves to get dressed up with his bowties and waist coats and will sit and pose for me. Spanky does really well too, as long as there’s a “snackie" for his modeling fees! 

That said, I think that if you and your spouse to be have a pet that you absolutely adore you should have them in the wedding ceremony - after all aren’t our pets like family? As Martin Clunes (Doc Martin fame) says “They love us so much, we are entangled in this centuries old relationship with our dogs, the least we can do is feed them and look after them”.

I’ve not had the pleasure of shooting a wedding with dogs in the ceremony, but I think some of the cutest, emotion filled wedding photographs I’ve seen have the Bride and Groom interacting with their dogs. I say, if the venues right go for it!

Bodie and Spanky can be found on Instagram @bodiespanky

Chris Cottrell is a British Wedding and Portrait Photographer based near Atlanta, Georgia USA

 

Bodie Pug

Spanky Pug

Bodie Pug

Spanky Pug

Bodie and Spanky Pugs

Bodie Pug...ha ha ha