Earlier this year, I had the delight of photographing Helena and Sunny for their engagement in the very neighborhood I had grown up in. This November, I had the extreme joy of capturing their wedding and all the incredible moments that day held – from their tender first look on a bridge over turquoise water, to the teary-eyed faces of their friends and family as two became one, and finally the epic party that followed! The wedding of Helena and Sunny at Rocky’s Lake Estate in Woodstock, GA, was without doubt one for the record books!

Helena was the PERFECT bride on her wedding day. Thanks to her admirable planning efforts, she was so relaxed all day and bursting with laughter while hair and makeup artist Margaret Snider twisted her hair into an elegant updo. The amount of pressure that can weigh on a bride-to-be on the morning of her wedding is exhausting just to think about, but after the months spent planning, I encourage my brides to breathe deeply, surround themselves with people they love, eat a snack, and enjoy the day, come what may. Helena and Sunny never allowed the pressure of their big day to prevent them from getting lost in the moment, which made for stunning photographs set against the scenery of a perfect venue.

This was a wedding at which the little details were as fun and unique as the big ones. A personal favorite of mine was the set of labrador cufflinks Helena gave Sunny as a nod to the puppy he gave to her as a part of his proposal. Guests were wowed by an arbor covered in breathtaking fall florals by French Market Flowers, under which Helena and Sunny said their vows, and a romantic floating pavilion covered in twinkle lights, complete with s’mores station and cigar bar. Not to mention that the dance floor was the center of the party, with several of their friends even breakdancing!

This was a celebration that I never wanted to end and one that I will look back on fondly for years to come.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Rocky’s Lake Estate | Assistant Photographer: Natalie Rebecca Jackson | Film Lab: Photovision | Planning: Rachel Lin | Coordination: Candice Rich | Floral Design: French Market Flowers | Gown: Ti Adora by JLM Couture | Dress Boutique: Wedding Angels | Groom’s Tux: Armani | Hair and Makeup: Margaret Snider Makeup Artistry | Music: Fred Tian | Videography: Brandon Rice Films | Caterer: Talk of the Town | Cake Design: NanZ Cakes

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