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.

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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.

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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.

Are You Recently Engaged and Looking for Wedding Day Resources?

As an Atlanta Wedding Photographer, I speak with lots of newly engaged couples and also other Wedding Vendors. Sometimes I get into conversations with people about On-line Wedding Vendor listings. I often hear "We signed up for XYZ on-line and we've received dozens of emails from vendors that we have no interest in!

Unfortunately it's a side effect of our digital world and the big players are big because they have marketing programs that will automatically send you ads.

Wedding Venues


One of things I've learned, is that the Wedding Venues Near me and wedding vendors like myself are small businesses, that don't have the time and resources to continually market to prospective wedding clients.

Groom Tuxedo Vest

Groom Tuxedo Vest


Modern Maid of Honor

One of the best, little known resources for a Maid of Honor is Modern MOH. Modern MOH have an absolutely brilliant library of resources for the Maid of Honor. From what your responsibilities are to your MOH speech on the big day. The great thing is that they won't bombard you with unwanted advertisements for other vendors you might be interested in. This is a fantastic resource for Maids of Honor and I would highly recommend checking it out.

Victorian Style Door at Wedding Venue

Victorian Style Door at Wedding Venue


Here Comes the Guide

Recently I was talking with Rhonda Eggert at The Whitlock Inn and she shared with me "Here Comes the Guide". I was so surprised when I went to their website and took a peak! It's one fo the best organized and easy to find things, website I have ever used. Beautifully designed, easy to read and an absolute pleasure to spend a little time on. The restricted, vetted vendor list is set up not to be annoying to people who register with them which has got to be a huge plus for the Bride to be. Here Comes the Guide is one of the best resources for todays Bride.

Wedding Venue in North Georgia

Wedding Venue in North Georgia


Basic Invite

If you are looking for a place to set up Wedding Website without being subjected to all the ads that the big ones send you check out Basic Invite. Primarily a great resource for custom and stock designed Save-the Date cards, Wedding Invitations, Baby Shower cards and Holidy cards, Basic Invite offer a free, easy to set up and customize for your needs, Wedding Website. You can add your gift register stores, your awesome Cottrell Photographers Engagement Photos and more. Plus if you do order paper products from Basic Invite you can get a 20% discount by using my coupon code: COTTRELL20

Rings and Invitation

Rings and Invitation


Wedding Photography Under $2,000

I hope you found this post helpful and as one of Atlanta's Best Wedding Photographers under $2,000 please feel free to contact me with any questions.



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.

Imagine Your Perfect Wedding Day Photographed by Cottrell Photographers

Can you imagine the most perfect Wedding of your dreams? I have everything organized and under control, there’s no stress as I, deftly begin to document your day.

My wedding day photography packages start with a complimentary consultation that’s most often followed by an Engagement Photo Session. I really enjoy these as they allow us time to get to know each other and discuss your wedding venue and day in a more relaxed setting.

"We love all the photos! and Chris was such a fun photographer to work with. I would highly recommend him to any other couple getting married!" - Anna Cowart

I arrive early on your wedding day and by then I have usually contacted your other vendors to see if there’s anything I can help them with to make the day run smoothly. My first thing is to start in the bridal suite with getting hair, makeup shots and all the laughs as you start the day with your friends and family.

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The groom and groomsman are my next stop and I shoot them getting ready, messing around just being guys I guess! If the situation is right I usually take them outside and get some fun, stunning photographs of him with his best friends.

Then I take a little time to shoot your wedding gown, shoes, the rings, cufflinks, flowers, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and any other details that you would like to have part of your memories of the day.

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Back to the bridal suite to get the final touches of getting ready, getting into the dress and all the help you’ll be getting with that. I also like to document you with your Mum, sisters, close friends and really capture the love and closeness of your wedding day.

If a first look is on the cards this is where we do that part. I’ll work with you both and the event coordinator to really make this a special part of your day for you both to remember and enjoy.

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On to the ceremony, I usually speak with the Minister or officiant before hand to make sure there are no restrictions for you. Being a very quiet and unobtrusive photographer, I quietly get all the details, rings going on to fingers, tear drops on the guests cheeks, the worried groom’s expression, First Kiss and more.

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I love the first alone moments as a married couple. We’ll go off alone for about 20 minutes, catch your breath! and then we'll create some awesome portraits of you both. These images will be your first heirloom art for your new family…I love this part!!

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"Our pictures are beyond perfect! Chris is an amazing artist/photographer. I am so pleased. They are so beautiful. Everyone loves them! Thank you." - J. Lopez

The reception and the first dances, cake cutting, speeches and bouquet toss will all be confidently photographed as the evening unfolds. I love to create different looks for your Wedding Reception guests and often work closely with the DJ or band to pull off something unique for you.

Sadly, all good things come to an end! Happily though I’ll cover you leaving through confetti storms, bubbles, sparklers, bird seeds or what ever your guests throw at you both for good luck!! I’ll end with you leaving in your vehicle.

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Every wedding I shoot includes a professionally designed, custom wedding album and an online gallery.

There are only a certain number of weekends available for me to shoot weddings each year. As you can imagine, being one of the few PPA Certified Professional Photographers, (which means I adhere to a strict code of professional conduct ensuring satisfaction and I'm accountable to the organization at all times), as you can imagine my weekend schedule can get filled up quickly.

The next step is to click the “See if your date is available” button! It doesn't cost a penny to check. Once we have established my availability I'll put together a photography package that you'll both love because it will be uniquely you and just what you have been dreaming of for years.

Your wedding day is all about having a wonderful time with your favorite people. You don’t care about formalities, or the little things that often don’t matter – you just want to have an awesome time with your favorite people.

If this sounds like you, and you don’t think I’m a total crazy Brit (or maybe you do and you like it!) then get in touch!

5 Fantastic Wedding Venues Near me in Northwest Georgia

I've been lucky enough to photograph many weddings and engagements in Kennesaw, Marietta and Cartersville and the surrounding area. I thought I would list some of my favorites and some of the wedding venues near me that I really respect and would love to shoot at.

The Grande in Kennesaw

The Grande is a beautiful Victorian-style house that stands on 2.5 acres of mature, landscaped grounds. The beautiful, romantic gardens and wedding ceremony areas are perfect! Inside the large victorian-style house are fabulous rooms for receptions that are spaceous and well appointed.

With a large, comfortable bridal suite and a fantastic "man cave' for the groom and groomsman, this all inclusive Grande is hard to beat.

The Dream Room

The Dream Room in Cartersville is ideally located close to town and major highways. The dreamy, romantic ambiance is intoxicating! Fabulously decorated to order and spaceous, The Dream Room has soem of the msot flexible options availalble for the modern bride.

The Bridal Suite is so cute and was recently enlarged so it's even cuter! The Grooms area is perfect for the guys to enjoy the game or watch movies while getting ready for the big day.

Baya and Brea, the owners will make your wedding dreams come true with some of the best values in wedding venues in the area.

The Magnolia House

I am looking forward to shooting my first wedding at The Magnolia House in Powder Springs Georgia this summer.

The house is over one hundred and twenty years old and is absolutely stunning. The lovely rooms are decorated to perfection and offer couples many options to create the perfect day.

The beautiful, immaculately maintained gardens provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding day portraits. I understand that the management team at The Magnolia House.

Stonewall Manor

Stonewall Manor in Cartersville is a grand, elegant Victorian era manor house. I love the architecture here and look forward to shooting my first wedding there in 2019 soon.

Stonewall Manor works in conjunction with Flavorful Events catering to bring you an elegant, worry-free wedding day experience.

The architecture and surrounding gardens create an ambiance that is hard to describe. The photo opportunities abound here to make and document your wedding day to perfection!

The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain

Located in the shadow of the mountain, The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain offer a unique yet timeless experience. Set on four beautiful acres the team works with their couples to create a one of a kind, memorable wedding day.

Working in conjunction with Parsley's Catering The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain offers fresh, locally sourced and organic cuisine.

Message me with any questions you may have about wedding venues near me or far away!

Chris Cottrell, CPP

Certified Wedding Photographer



Wedding Venue

Wedding Venue

Wedding Venue Steps and roses

Wedding Venue Steps and roses

Bride and Groom Through Victorian-style Doorway

Bride and Groom Through Victorian-style Doorway

Being an Atlanta Wedding Photographer, there are lots of places I would love to photography weddings. One of my recent discoveries is the Whitlock Inn, just off Marietta Square, The Whitlock Inn is a Victorian era grand house and gardens, the internal and external architecture are perfection. The gardens are stunning and would be the absolute memory makers for any Bride and Groom. My meetings with the event planners have been so pleasant and they are super accommodating. As soon as I have photos I will update this post.

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

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