Christy + Cote | 10.01.01
Wow…what to say about this couple, this wedding, and the emotional attachment I have with these images. This is most sincere attempt…
This marked my first wedding whereupon I came to meet two complete strangers, and after two shoots, I walked away being a better person for having met them. From the moment I was greeted at their front door by James ( “Cotey” ) to shoot their Engagement pictures, I knew I had met some very special people. It took only 2 hours of walking a colorful path to the river for me to not only call them incredible clients, but friends as well. It was then that I became utterly ecstatic to photograph their wedding; I knew an insanely fulfilling celebration was headed my way in the near future.
My assumption could not have been more correct…
We started the day off in a cozy Buckhead salon with incredible mid-morning light seeping in as if to invite us all into the mood, and prepare us for the awesomeness to come. The mood itself was pure lavender in essence; I felt an overwhelming calm flow through me as I watched Christy’s transformation from a beautiful woman to a beautiful bride. Christy was cool, collected, and has been ready for this day since Cote placed a hand-made grass ring upon finger. (so cool by the way)
The events that followed: make-up, guests arriving to help set up, group hugs, and words of praise from their friends and family completely swept me away… Everything flowed seamlessly.
The true beauty of what I get to do has never been overwhelming until this day. I not only photographed two people that are incredibly in love, but I learned from them as well. I want to thank you both for bringing me in and allowing me to attempt to capture the feeling that was ever-so present that windy October afternoon.
As I edited this set, although the colors were amazing, I truly felt that seeing them actually took away from the overall feeling. With permission from them both, I decided to strip it to the core, and only post in black and white. Sometimes, I feel as though a lack of color allows us to really look at an image, take in the action, and process the moment. I truly hope this shines through.
Chisty + Cote, I am truly blessed to have been a part of such an incredible event. I really did learn from you both; you’ve taught me to stay true to myself and my craft, and if nothing else, to always “Celebrate Love”.
Thank you both.
P.S. – In case you missed their Engagement session, you can check them out HERE