Wedding planning is a great game of hurry up and wait - a giant game of Tetris where each event must delicately be completed in a particular order to allow the following sequence to occur, and there isn't a second to lose!
Save The Dates are a crucial part of this puzzle. You can't even think about them until the wedding date and venue are a done-deal, but you can't wait too long to alert your guests - especially for an out-of-town wedding on a holiday weekend, like ours. Amid the date-choosing and location-scouting, you must also find time for engagement photos.
!! Spoiler alert - all our engagement photos are posted in this blog!!
Choosing a location for our engagement pictures was easy. While Evan and I very much miss our Edgewood Ave home in Atlanta and relate to the urban downtown scene, we knew we had to take advantage of the enviable setting in our current backyard : the beach! We chose Jekyll Island with its interesting Driftwood Beach and less touristy setting. I pulled together some Pintrest photos I loved that felt natural, not staged and were playful, action shots. Yes, I'm a photographer's worst nightmare. Thankfully, the fabulous Kelli Boyd entertained all my ideas and our photos turned out way better than my inspiration pages, if I do say so myself.
For the shoot, I gathered a few props and we decided on two outfits for the two settings - one more casual/fun and one more formal/romantic. Due to our New Years weekend wedding, I wanted to incorporate confetti (bad idea) and champagne (good idea). We also brought was my 1960s turquoise bicycle Evan got me when we fist moved to the island, complete with white wicker basket.
As I mentioned, Kelli was a dream! She made us feel so comfortable and had us laughing for the entire two hours. The bike was everything and more I had hoped it to be and brought an unexpected pop of color to our classic, white-wash look. The confetti left something to be desired as I looked like Spiderman every time to tried to toss it in the air! We waited until the final shots to pop (spray) the champagne, which was good, because not only did I soak Evan, but the bugs quickly found a liking to the sticky-sweetness in which we were now covered.
Finally, despite Evan's objections, I dragged us into the water for the last few pictures. Perfection. The stillness of the water created a subtle reflection, while the iconic bridge in the background faded into the water. I couldn't be more thrilled with the picture that would later be the front of our Save The Date!
HUGE thank you to Kelli Boyd Photography !
Your talent is unmatched and we are so lucky to have you be a part of special moment.