Archive for 2014

Megan & Frank’s Winter Ranch Wedding

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Megan and Frank planned a beautiful December wedding at the Santa Fe River Ranch.  As we have said before, we just love how this venue is a beautiful, blank canvas for each wedding and can be transformed for any colors or style.  Megan and Frank are very special to us as we have had the opportunity to get to know them well and work with them in other weddings we have photographed.  There is a sweet group of friends from our area that have each contacted us when it was their turn to plan a wedding, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  (You will probably recognize Andrea & Daniel in their bridal party!)

Megan and Frank are both so much fun and wanted their wedding day to be a reflection of that part of their personalities.  Even when the rain came, they still had their smiles on, knowing this was a sweet celebration.  We love how they chose to use very classic black, white, and red details, not going over the top with “Christmas” decorations, but giving a sweet nod to the special time of year.

When we delivered Megan’s album and her mom’s parent album, her mom gave us a compliment that we’ll never forget. She said she was amazed at how when putting the images together in the way we did, created an exact story of how the wedding day unfolded.  She shared it was exactly how she remembered it.  Thank you for sharing that, Ms. Kim! And congratulations Megan and Frank!  We love your family and have treasured being a part of so many of your friends’ weddings.  I know there’s still a few unwed family members so hopefully we’ll be seeing you again soon.

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Coordinator/Decor : Beyond Expectations

Cake : Ruth Lord

Musician: Clay Brooker

Catering : Hill’s BBQ & Catering

Venue : Santa Fe River Ranch

Wedding Gown : David’s Bridal

Tuesday Tips | Family Milestones

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Footstone Photography

In our last Tuesday Tips post, we were suggesting all the important baby milestones to make sure you capture in your baby’s first year.  Once this initial growth spurt has passed and maybe other little ones come to be a part of the picture, there are still some very special times that you won’t want to miss getting professional pictures done as a family.  Before you know it, we will both be 20 years older, and will have some fantastic memories together as we have walked with your family through all of these special times!

Here are some milestones we love to capture of each of your children individually, but also of your family as a whole:

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Toddler & Preschool (around 2-5 years)

This is a special age when all your children start to become friends and they are joyful and curious about just about everything.  They may have a hard time sitting still and they may be silly the entire time, but isn’t that all part of the memories from this age group?! When to schedule your family's portrait sessions - Preschool Milestone by Footstone Photography www.footstonephotography.comWhen to Photography Kids Preschool Family Portrait Session - www.footstonephotography.com

Starting School (around 5-10 years)

We start to see individual personalities really shine in each child and growth spurts are all too common.  You may feel like you can barely keep up with your children as they start to get busy will all kinds of fun activities and homework, but set aside some time during these elementary years to capture some memories together!  When to schedule your family's portrait sessions - School Age Children Milestone by Footstone Photography www.footstonephotography.comOutdoor Country Railroad Tracks Family Portrait Session - www.footstonephotography.com

Pre-Teen & Early Teen (around 10-15 years)

We have decided that kids don’t really go through an awkward phase anymore, like we feel that we did when we were young!  You can definitely convince them to take some fun images during this time of life when they are trying to really define who they are.  This is such a self-esteem building session.Gainesville Family Portrait Photographer - www.footstonephotography.comWhen to schedule your family's portrait sessions - Teen Milestone by Footstone Photography www.footstonephotography.com

High School Senior (around 16-18 years)

This stage comes way too soon for most parents.  That’s why it’s so important to not let is pass by.  Believe us, once that first child leaves the “nest” it is very difficult to get everyone back together again for a family portrait session.  Make this a priority before your little chicks fly away!  When to schedule your family's portrait sessions - High School Senior Milestone by Footstone Photography www.footstonephotography.comFootstone Photography Gainesville High School Senior Photography - www.footstonephotography.com

College Grad (4+ years later?!)

They will reach great accomplishments all throughout their life, but this one is not one to be missed!  We tend to focus so much on high school seniors, but those 4+ years of college can have a profound impact on your children’s lives.  Let us help you capture the young man or woman they have become!

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Your iPhone photos may be great for instant sharing today, but trust us when we say you will want a collection of beautiful images on your wall that you will treasure forever.  We have a beautiful folder full of this information and much more to help you plan your family’s sessions.  Contact us to schedule a consultation, and we will start making getting all the details in place with you!

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Ashley & Ryan’s Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Where do we even begin with Ashley & Ryan’s amazing wedding?  You did see a special preview of their album yesterday, but while the beauty in the wedding speaks for itself, of course, we’d love to share just a little bit about this special couple.

Ashley and Ryan first met at the Opera Nightclub in Downtown Atlanta in 2008. They joke about who “wooed” whom, but Ryan’s dance moves somehow changed both of their lives forever.  Only a short 5 years later, they were married!  For their engagement, and going with the theme of the “Opera”, Ryan coordinated an evening in NYC with their family’s seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.  After, they went to the Pierre Hotel in Central Park where 6 Broadway performers, including “the Phantom” started what seemed like an impromptu performance. Moments later, Ryan stood and proposed to Ashley as part of the epic performance.  To watch the video and learn more about the proposal, check out their wedding website here – MeettheFrankels.com!  For them, photographing their Engagement Session in New York City was a must.  Do you remember these amazing images – Part 1 & Part 2?!

Now, we make it to the wedding day!  The wedding was held in the Piedmont Estate and Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia, where Ashley is from. The Piedmont is a beautiful antebellum mansion located on 3 acres in the heart of Buckhead. The venue is a traditional mansion that has recently been renovated with modern furnishings and also serves as a contemporary art gallery. The ceremony was held outside, while the reception was held inside the estate. The girls held bouquets filled with white ranunculus, white garden roses, white mums, dusty miller and brunia berries. One gray toned succulent highlighted each of their bouquets. Spectacular!

Please keep reading as you scroll through images! We have a lot more to share!

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“It was such a private and intimate moment between the two of us and I cherish the private time we had together before the ceremony. Since we knew our wedding day would be such a whirlwind, we felt that it was important to spend as much time together, take amazing photos, and talking about our big day. Looking back, I realize that seeing Ryan before the ceremony helped calm my nerves. We were able to enjoy being with each other without being rushed on time between the ceremony and the reception.”Sweet First Look - Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Bride and Groom at Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Bride and Groom at Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Outdoor Southern Wedding at Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Outdoor Southern Wedding at Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Pink and Grey Bridal Party Outfit Inspiration - Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.comPink Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration - Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Piedmont Estate Atlanta Georgia Wedding Photography - Casual Groomsmen playing Poker - www.footstonephotography.com Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.com Piedmont Estate & Gardens Wedding, Atlanta, Georgia - by www.footstonephotography.comThe wedding ceremony was held outside on the grounds of the estate. Since the wedding was in November, guests enjoyed a hot cocoa station while waiting for the ceremony to begin. A string quartet performed untraditional and contemporary music selections that had meaning to Ashley and Ryan. Song choices included, “Georgia on my Mind” by Ray Charles and “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera. The bridal entrance song was “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and the recessional selection was “Titanium” from David Guetta.

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The amazing vendors we had the honor of working with:

Coordinator: Keith Watson Events • Videographer: Wages Films • Florist, Cake Artist, Caterer, Rentals: A Legendary Event

Musician/DJ: Lethal Rhythms Entertainment Group • Makeup Artist: Jamison Shaw Hairdressers • Hair Stylist: The Moore Agency

Venue: 3109 Piedmont Estate & Gardens

Ashley & Ryan’s Atlanta Wedding Album

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

This wedding will definitely go down in the history books!  The love this couple has for each other is inspiring.  The passion they have for their families is touching.  And the energy they have for a good party is remarkable!  Today we will share their album with you.  This is the first time we included an engagement session in the final album, but what an exquisite and complete story is now told (Remember Part 1 and Part 2 of their New York City Engagement Session?!).  Tomorrow we’ll share Ashley and Ryan’s story, with more images from the wedding.  We thought the album should have a day devoted just to it!

We will be forever grateful to have shared this day with you, Ashley and Ryan, and we’re so grateful to call your our friends!

Rachel & Steve’s Downtown Engagement Session!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

We are so incredibly excited to be working with Rachel and Steve on their upcoming wedding!  It’s just a few weeks away until this amazing couple says “I DO!”  We first met Rachel when she worked with Solutions Bridal planning the Florida Bridal Expo. What a great honor it was with all the photographers she had seen in that position, to choose us for her wedding!

Rachel and Steve met about 4 years ago and were just friends for several years.  They’d hang out with groups of friends and definitely got to know each other well, but didn’t ever “date”. However, many of their friends saw the perfect match that they would make and intervened!  With pushing and prodding from these friends, they started dating in October of last year.  Rachel shares, “Soon after we started dating it became pretty clear that Steve was the one. After only a few months we started talking about marriage, and he proposed in August, on our 10 month anniversary!”

Two of their favorite spots in our area are downtown and around the University of Florida. We started at the iconic Baughman Center just in time for the beautiful sunset.  Then we headed downtown to walk the lovely streets near where Rachel and Steve had their first date.  You’ll see that Steve reluctantly practiced for their first dance in public… but how spectacular the moon is in those images?!

You’ll also see that Steve is a firefighter which is a big part of both his and Rachel’s lives.  And don’t all women love a men in uniform?

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Rachel and Steve are getting married at the charming Sweetwater Branch Inn in downtown Gainesville.  Rachel shared she “wants the wedding to be really romantic! Also, for it to be glamorous, but not TOO overdone.”  Subtle glamour is always in style!  The colors are blush pink, gold and navy blue. We can’t wait to see how beautifully everything turns out and were thrilled to share this day with everyone!