Quietly Capturing all the Moments of the Day

Quite often during the ceremony I'll stand a ways off the action and using a long lens, photograph the Bride, Groom and Wedding Officiant. I love this one of Taylor looking at their officiant, a guest looking on and Alex focused on Taylor! Also love the way black and white really draws you into the scene.

Atlanta Wedding Photography Under $2,000

With my quiet, relaxed style I can anticipate the tears, laughter and special moments at your wedding. My affordable, packed full of value Wedding Collections offer a full day of wedding coverage for under $2,000 and include a custom designed wedding album.

Creative Wedding Photography

Often I see the photos I’m taking in black and white as I’m photographing weddings. This unique ability coupled with my extensive knowledge of digital photography’s technology allows me a creative freedom that is often hard to find.

Chris Cottrell, Certified Professional Photographer lives in Kennesaw, near Atlanta Georgia. British born and available worldwide he is a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) certified Professional Photographer.

Bride and Groom black and white photo

Bride and Groom black and white photo

My Ideal Wedding Photography Client

What's your ideal client? was the question that stared at me from my computer as I sat at my desk in Kennesaw Georgia in the USA. I began to reminisce the fantastic client's and couple's weddings I have the honor photograph over the years.


Although I love all my couples and have become friends with all of them, I had to be honest with myself and now you as your read this.

Wedding Photography

So my ideal client is 38 to 50 years old. Second marriage, may or may not have children from a previous marriage. They view their upcoming wedding as the most important thing they've embarked on in many years and.....

  • They're open-minded to different photo ideas

  • Love the creative side of photography

  • Delegate all the key parts of their wedding day

  • Love their families

  • Want a custom designed wedding album

  • Love wall art created from their photos

  • Enjoy a healthy lifestyle

  • Totally trust me to capture the day - they can relax!

If you know a couple who fits "my ideal couple" I would be grateful for the referral.

I have photographed weddings at Little Gardens in Atlanta, The Grande, Juliette Chapel, Smith-Gilbert, Omni Hotel, Ponte Vedra Inn and Lodge to name a few. I'm looking forward to my upcoming weddings and shooting at Embassy Suites, East Cobb Center, Marietta Garden Center, Gardens at Kennesaw, The Whitlock Inn, The Magnolia House and The Brickyard.

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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.


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.


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.


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


Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Georgia is one of the Atlanta Metros hidden gems. Imagine having your wedding photography shot in this unique, small wedding venue within a botanical garden.

Living in Kennesaw myself, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a wedding venue near me that I love and visit often.

I've shot many, many times at Smith-Gilbert Gardens and I can, from experience say that there is definetley something for everyone and it is constantly changing with the seasons.

Engagement Photos

Engagement photography sessions are so special here, as I can always find a super cool backdrop for my couples what ever the weather or season. Depending on the couple, I might stay in one fairly close area for the whole session or spend a little time just wandering around with them and capturing the mood as it unfolds.

Wedding Photos

With awesome opportunities for pre-ceremony photography in and around the Hiram Butler House (ca.1880) this small Georgia Wedding Venue offers so much. If "First Look" is on your agenda, I would love to help you plan, execute and document this special moment before your wedding ceremony.

Bridal & Groom Portraits

After the ceremony wedding photography can be so relaxing here in the tranquility of the garden. I think it's a moment for newly-weds to catch their breath and let me create some stunning portraits for them in a more intimate setting.

Let me know if you have any questions or visit my website and I'll be happy to help.

Engagement Photo Session at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Engagement Photo Session at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Smith-Gilbert Daffodils

Smith-Gilbert Daffodils

Bridal Portraits by the Koi Pond

Bridal Portraits by the Koi Pond

Late Spring Flowering Laurels

Late Spring Flowering Laurels

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

Wedding Receptions and Families

One of my favorite parts of shooting weddings is the reception. Why? I guess it’s because you never know what might happen in terms of the guests behavior, children misbehaving, adults misbehaving and of course the parent’s & sibling’s tears of joy.


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