Bright, Sunny January Wedding at Juliette Chapel in Dahlonega Georgia

Zoe and Brandon got married in the middle of January at Juliette Chapel, Dahlonega. Juliette Chapel is a beautiful country, wedding venue in North Georgia, just a short drive from Atlanta. It was a gorgeous, but cool day and the sun shone the whole afternoon and into the early evening.

Bride and groom prep

Zoe and Brandon got ready in the adequate, but small bridal rooms in the adjacent reception hall, and the atmosphere was full of laaughter and excitement. Brandon and the guys took no time at all!! Zoe, her sister and best friends were being pampered by the hair and makeup artists and took the amount of time that they wanted.


First Look

The couple had decided on a first look, which I carefully orchestrated for them. It was an emotionally charged few minutes which took place outside or the reception hall and right before the ceremony.

The ceremony

The ceremony was an intimate affair in Juliette Chapel. With the late winter evening sun streaming through the large windows it could not have been more perfect! During the ceremony the officiant, Reverend James Hamp had the guests and bridal party and the photographers laughing with his quick, witty humor. It was so relaxing with all the laughter and it truly was a beautiful way of involving everyone in the ceremony.


After the ceremony

The reception was in the adjacent reception hall at the venue. They chose Juliette Chapel because because it was a little out of the city, but not too far as to make it a long drive. The ambiance with being in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the ability to totally personalise their day made it so special. It was a relaxed, but not rustic wedding, which meant people could totally have fun without the fear of breaking anything. I love shooting Juliette Chapel weddings because the surroundings are absolutely amazing. All around the buildings are great vistas and and intimate little areas to photograph the Bride, Groom and families etc.


For dinner they self catered which meant everyone got their favorites!!, which was such a great idea. The cake was amazing and created by Chef Pavla of The Bohemian Bakery. The first dance was a good old traditional wedding shuffle, and they finished off the evening with the craziest garter throw and bouquet toss!! Which made it very difficult to photograph as I was laughing so much!!


One of the most memorable parts of the day was the bride and bridesmaids outside in the chilly, January air in their little kimonos getting their photos taken, because it made everyone laugh and the photos came out so beautifully.

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

The Three Most Important Things on Your Wedding Day - Atlanta, Georgia

Last Wedding Season I sat down to interview local bridal boutique manager Sheilah Barnhart. We were at “Impressions Bridal” in Kennesaw, near Atlanta Georgia. The interview was part of a project I started early in March of 2017 that centered around wedding venues near me and wedding vendors in the North Georgia area.

Wedding Planning

After our interview had finished I asked Sheilah a question. “In your opinion, Sheilah, what are the three things a bride to be should be aware of as the wedding planning process unfolds?”

Sheilah didn't answer me right away, but stopped and thought for a minute and then said.

Wedding Gown

“I think a bride has to find the absolute right dress. It’s got to be comfortable, look beautiful and make the bride look and feel like a million dollars on the the big day. The dress has to fit right as she could be in it for a many hours".

Wedding Photography

Next, "the photography, these are memories that are being created on that day with family, friends and loved ones. The day needs to be captured and an album created so as husband, wife and family will have the images of the day forever". As a Certified Professional Photographer (PPA) I couldn't agree more and when the big day is over the photos are the visual record of the day.

Wedding Entertainment

Thirdly, (with a huge smile on her face) "the band or DJ have to be the best! If there’s a celebration there needs to be something to get people up on the dance floor and have a good time and it’s those great times that people will always remember.” Some of my favorite DJs to work with are With Class, Celebration Crew and SE Events in Norcross near Atlanta.

Flowers and Wedding Cakes

Additional to Sheilah's comments, I would add the flowers for the day. Three of my all time favorite floral designers are Mike Whittle in Marietta, Moonflower near Athens GA and Liz Stewart in Jacksonville Beach Florida

Wedding cakes, I like them all! Bobbie Ruth's are awesome as are Gabriel's In Marietta.

Photos shown are from The Grande at Kennesaw, Bluff View Art District, Rock Spring Church


Sheilah Barnhart is the manager of Impressions Bridal, Kennesaw Georgia.

Chris Cottrell is a Certified Professional Photographer based in Kennesaw, near Atlanta Georgia

OMNI CNN CENTER, ATLANTA GEORGIA WEDDINGS

I loved the vastness of the Omni, it's huge! I was there to shoot a wedding fashion show for Impressions Bridal. I got to see tons of wedding gowns, selfie stations, invitations and of course wedding cake bakers. My job was to photograph the behind the scenes getting ready images of the brides and the grooms and then shoot during the afternoon as they walked the runway in their beautiful outfits.


Wedding Photography

The ironic thing was that I truly felt like I was shooting a wedding and did pretty much treat the day like that, except for the runway shots. It was so funny that between the runway shows I took some of the "brides" to a quiet area In the Omni to shoot little tighter than for detail. I wanted to shoot as close to one of my real wedding photography assignments as I could and took time to shoot the dress details to perfection!


Tap on the Shoulder

I had just walked with the "Brides and Grooms" to a quiet area that was flooded with natural light from the huge windows that look to the front of the CNN building. I felt a tap on my shoulder and at almost a whisper a little voice said "Excuse me, could you possibly take some photographs of my bride?" It was the owner of Sweet Elegance Bridal. I looked around, "Of course" I replied without hesitation, and began to use the natural light flooding in from the windows. The bride looked stunning and it didn't take me more than a few minutes to get her positioned and a few instructions later we began creating some beautiful wedding-like portraits.

In the accompanying photos at the Omni CNN Atlanta are gowns from Impressions Bridal and Sweet Elegance Bridal

I haven't shot a full, "real wedding" at the Omni, but would love to if given the opportunity!

Let me know if you have any questions - Chris

Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Buckhead, Georgia - Wedding Day First Looks

Rock Springs Presbyterian Church is a 150 year old stone built church in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. It was a warm, late spring day with early clouds giving way to brilliant sunshine that flooded into the building through the large antique windows as I began to document the bride, groom and rest of bridal party getting ready.

Wedding Venue

The church, surrounded by lush gardens and a super courtyard in the middle of the buildings which became an awesome location for Heeyoung and Daniel's "First Look". Rock Spring Presbyterian has lots of nice features that are tucked out of the way and serve as great photography spots.

Timing

With the ceremony time fast approaching, we had a narrow window to setup and shoot the first look. With Daniel and the groomsman facing the little gate in the corner near the fountain, I had Heeyoung and the bridesmaid quietly walk into the courtyard.

At just the right moment I told Daniel to "turn around and look at your beautiful bride". There were a few seconds of silence, then smiles and tears of happiness from both of them as they hugged and kissed each other.

The Bridal Party

I did notice the wedding party wiping the odd tear away too! As for me and my second shooter, well let's just say I always have a pack of tissues in my camera bag for first looks! I love First Looks and documenting the emotions around a special moments like these, I think are priceless.


The Weather

The weather was changing from clouds to sun faster than a British summer! which meant we were getting a little sheen coming off the bridal party's faces. I quickly grabbed some paper blotters for them and that did the trick and kept them all looking great. Being a PPA, Certified Professional Photography the changing light and challenging situations are never a problem.

Rock Spring has fun, traditional yet contemporary feel and I love photographing in wedding venues like Rock Spring Presbyterian Church.


Message me if you have any questions or would just like to chat about weddings and first looks. - Chris

Shy Bride at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

Shy Bride at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

Bride & Groom at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church

Bride & Groom at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church

Bridal Party Surprise at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

Bridal Party Surprise at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

The Three Most Important Things to Think of When Planning Your Wedding

About a week ago I sat down tointerview local bridal boutique “Impressions Bridal” and the manager Sheilah Barnhart. The interview was part of a project I started early in March and will most likely take me a few months to complete, however we’ll talk about that at a later date. 

After our interview had finished I asked a question “In your opinion what are the three things a bride to be should be aware of as the wedding planning process starts?”

Sheilah didn't answer me right away, she stopped and thought for a minute and then said “I think a bride has to find the absolute right dress. It’s got to be comfortable, look beautiful and make the bride look and feel like a million dollars on the the big day. . Next, the photography, these are memories that are being created on that day with family, friends and loved ones. The day needs to be captured and an album created so as husband and wife they will have the images of the day forever. Thirdly, (with a huge smile on her face) the band or DJ have to be the best!  If there’s a celebration there needs to be something to get people up on the dance floor and have a good time and it’s those great times that people will always remember.”

Sheilah Barnhart is the manager of Impressions Bridal, Kennesaw Georgia.

Chris Cottrell is a Professional Photographerbased in Kennesaw, near Atlanta Georgia

 

The right dress
Chris Cottrell - Photographer
Wedding Reception Dancing

How do you Know What to Wear on your Wedding day?

What do you wear on your wedding day? For the Groom, probably a dark color 3 piece suit, the traditional look always stands the test of time. White shirt, nice tie or bowtie in a a color that matches the Wedding theme color scheme. I think the more traditional look, although sometimes a little stuffy looking does appeal to a lot of people and therefore should keep everyone in the family happy.

On to the Wedding dress. I always feel badly for the Bride, it is such a huge responsibility finding the right dress. It’s got to please everyone in the family, be the right style, not too old fashioned, not too modern in fact the wedding dress has to be prefect!

If it were me choosing I would go for comfort first, then looks. I must admit I do look at the little details that are put into a dress - I should, being a photographer I suppose, but I am often held in awe at the detail and the amount of time that was devoted to creating the perfect wedding dress and all for one day that will be captured forever in photography. 

 It's becoming more common nowadays and I do somewhat agree, dress smart, more relaxed and go for a nontraditional wedding and I think that’s great. Bottomline, it’s your day, design it around what you both like, feel good about, and most of all enjoy the day!

Chris Cottrell, Professional Photographer, Atlanta, Georgia

Found the Right Wedding Dress