First of all, I'd like to thank Abbey and Zack for being so kind to me when I totally blanked on Zack's name
and started to call him Justin for about 10 minutes at the beginning of their engagement shoot.
I have no idea where the name Justin came from, but they were both so incredibly sweet and laughed it off.
I was completely embarrassed, but that's a typical day in the life of Marianne. haha.
We walked around to some of our favorite spots in downtown Savannah including Monterey Square,
Alex Raskin's Antique Shop, Forsyth Park and then Lafayette Square - where Abbey and Zack were
planning on having their wedding the following January. The afternoon was so much fun, especially when
Zack mentioned that he wanted some of their photos to look like an album cover.
I tried my best to capture some album cover worthy photos. Not sure if I succeeded, but I definitely
got a lot of really sweet shots of the two of them (a score in my book, that's for sure!!).
Scroll down to see more from their gorgeous engagement shoot below!
I know that I have been a little MIA recently... There is a reason for it! I promise!! During the past two years, I have been completing the HARDEST thing I think I've ever signed up for - Nursing School! I graduated in December with honors (magna cum laude - whoop whoop!) and I accepted a position at a local hospital on their Mother/Baby unit. THEN I had to take the hardest test that I've ever had to study for - the dreaded NCLEX. There's so much anxiety and many sleepless nights that occur before you sit in front of your computer to take this licensing test. I was SO nervous and not really sure if I was 100% ready for what was about to happen. 75 questions later, I was done. However, the waiting game started. The anxiety remained while I wondered if passed or not... (and yes, I googled how likely it was for me to fail in 75 questions too.... Yikes!)
That evening, the anxiety got the best of me and I had to do something so that I could finally get a full night of sleep. I tried what the nursing community calls the "PVT" trick. There are a ton of youtube videos explaining what this is, but it's basically a way to try to calm your nerves before the news becomes official on whether you passed or failed. I checked and I got "the good pop-up". And for the first time in about 3 days, I slept through the night!!
The following morning I woke up to a voicemail from my HR recruiter from the hospital congratulating me on passing my NCLEX. There was instant tears of joy and a smile across my face. It was official. I am now official.
So basically, now that nursing school is over and I've passed my boards, I will have more free time to devote to updating: my website / welcome kit magazine / pricing guide / BLOG.
I'm SOOOOO excited to share with you all the amazing weddings that I shot last year!!!
We are first starting with Casey and Harley's wedding, mostly because I'm a terrible blogger (who's trying to fix this bad habit) and I still haven't shared this GORGEOUS / FUN / AWESOME wedding yet. Casey and Harley's wedding was gorgeous and full of floral crowns (YES), a bridal gown with sleeves (DOUBLE YES) and a New Orleans style exit (HOLY COW YES). Fast forward a little more than a year, Casey and Harley are now the parents of the sweetest baby ever. I can't how much time has gone by since their amazing wedding day.
So please, take your time this evening and scroll through this rockin' wedding at Ships of the Sea, with amazing florals provided by Wilson Designs Group, rentals from Amazing Event Rentals, the bride's dress from Ivory + Beau, wedding ending location at Congress Street Social Club, Music from Voodoo Soup and
shout out to my second shooter Josh Morehouse.
When Morgan first emailed me to shoot her wedding, I was SO excited. Her fiancé is related to two awesome girls that I went to high school with, so I just knew that this wedding was going to be a special one. As time went on and Morgan updated me about the other vendors who were part of her wedding day, I was even more ready to start shooting this gorgeous wedding! Everything from the lovely light filled rental house that the girls got ready in, to the spectacularly decorated Charles Morris Center - was all so perfect for Morgan and Brian's wedding day.
One of my favorite things to photograph on a wedding day are all the little details that the bride or groom will be wearing on their wedding day. Morgan made sure that I had plenty of time to photograph all of these items on her wedding day and I was so thrilled to be able to set everything up without having to watch the clock as closely as I usually have to do. In the rental house they were staying in, there was a bed with a white quilt on it right next to a window that was letting in that gorgeous natural lighting, that I just LOVE. So shooting these details was pretty much making my heart so happy. I had everything that makes for great details shots - a neutral backdrop, lots of natural light, lovely paper goods and many of the special items that were used to complete Morgan's wedding day attire.
To see more from this beautiful wedding, scroll down!
Elizabeth asked me if I had ever shot anything at the Coastal Empire Fair before... And then when I thought back on it, I hadn't. Which is nuts! Then she asked if I would be willing to shoot her and Kevin's engagement shoot there. Without hesitation, I said "Of course! Let's do it!!".
If you love bright colors, watching a couple have a ton of fun and lovely afternoon light, then this engagement session is a perfect one for you to take a peek at!! Check it out below!!
Sarah and Brett's wedding was at Grant Hill Farms, right outside Athens. I've known Sarah since we were little kids. She's always been someone you could turn to for a laugh or a jam out session with the Backstreet Boys and Aaron Carter (ohhh yess). I was honored when she reached out to ask me to shoot her wedding to Brett. I was excited to get out of Savannah for a few days and take in the fall colors in Athens.
The wedding was beautiful. Sarah wore a gorgeous Hayley Paige dress that she purchased from Ivory & Beau. The archway for the ceremony was full of greenery and roses and it made me smile ear to ear. A little less wind would have made it completely perfect... and I'm sure Sarah would agree with me about that. ;)
Everyone had a blast during the reception. Everything from the food to the music was pretty amazing. All of the guests were out on the dance floor showing off their awesome dance moves. Even a little Aaron Carter "Aaron's Party" was thrown in there. It was a pretty magical evening if you ask me!!
See for yourself by checking out the photos below!!
So, these photos were taken in the spring of 2016... as stated by the balloons in some of the photos. I know that a year has gone by since I took these photos, but how could I not share them?! These girls were great and I was so happy that I was able to spend an afternoon with them in all their favorite places on Georgia Southern's campus.
Scroll down to see more from this fun graduation shoot!!
Sally and David are the sweetest, most kind people that you will ever meet. Ever since I took their engagement photos (where we laughed the entire afternoon away), I knew that these two had a love that was extremely special and oh so real. Their wedding day started at the Belle House in Statesboro, GA. Both the girls and the guys got ready in the same place, so David had to be tucked away for most of the morning. Once the girls were ready and Sally was dressed, I could finally get David out of his quarters and set him up for a little prayer with Sally and then the big reveal.
Before the ceremony, Sally and her bridesmaids joined to prayed over Sally. It was here that I fully realized how many lives Sally and David had truly touched both individually and as a couple. The ceremony space was FILLED to the brim with so many happy people, ready to witness these two become man and wife.
Sally and David's wedding was not only emotional, but also filled with love and laughter. The reception was a blast and so many people got out on the dance floor to show off their moves. The room was full of music and dancing from the second we walked in till it was time for the exit.
Scroll down to see more from Sally and David's beautiful wedding day!!