Kaitlyn & Patrick Are Engaged | Roswell, GA Engagement Photographer

Imagine an engagement session full of laughter and easy-going personalities, and you’ve got this one. Kaitlyn and Patrick were such a joy to be around as we explored downtown Roswell and the Roswell Mill. At one point, we even had Kaitlyn hiking in her heels (see how cute they are below!). Without further ado, I’m so excited to share a few of my favorite photos from our evening.
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Whitney & Donnie Are Engaged | Alpharetta, GA Engagement Photographer

On Sunday I had the chance to photograph a long-time dear friend of mine and her fiancé. Whitney is the kindest soul in the world, and Donnie reflects that perfectly. I’ve known both of them for years, as we grew up in middle school and high school together. They simply adore each other. From the minute our time together began until the very end, they were completely focused on each other and the love they shared. Now I’m thrilled to share a few of my favorite photos from our session with you.

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Whitney and Donnie, I can’t wait to celebrate your wedding in August and to see all that is in store for you two! Thankful our cities are close to each other!

Amber & Bo are Engaged!

This weekend I had the chance to spend the evening with Amber & Bo around Athens enjoying the amazing fall weather and hearing all of the updates about their December wedding. This couple is just the sweetest! They have been dating since middle school and are so comfortable around each other, which made for a great night! I’m so looking forward to photographing their wedding and celebrating with them! Here are a few favorites from our time together:

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Amber & Bo, thanks for a fabulous night! Can’t wait for your wedding at Vintage Oaks Farm next month!

Saving the Date for the Future Andersons

I had two dear friends in high school. We each were involved in three totally different things, but ultimately had one common bond: Spanish class. We really only became great friends our senior year, but after so many Spanish projects complete with dessert breaks, friendships like that stick like glue.

In 2011, MR got married. In 2012, I got married. And in 2013, we’re marrying off the 3rd of our trio – Katie! We couldn’t be more excited! In fact, we even have thrown out the idea of all of us living in a triplex… maybe.

Lucky for me, I had the privilege of shooting engagement photos for Katie and her man, Scott in downtown Roswell, GA. It was a blast and a beautiful day. After editing, ooh-ing and ah-ing at how great this sweet couple looked, I had the chance to help Katie’s vision for a “Save the Date” come to life!

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Yesterday, the postcard arrived in the mail and it was such fun! Not only is one of my best friends getting married, but I loved being able to see the final product come to life from photography to design to print. Now, I’m just ready for July to be here to celebrate my sweet friend!

But first, bridal shower and bachelorette planning ensues! Woo!

A special (full) weekend!

This was a big weekend in the Carnes household and full of a lot of fun!

Chip finished his last exam of the semester on Friday, so there was no doubt it would be an awesome couple days. I always cherish the weekends in between rotations, but nothing compares to a weekend where Christmas break follows.

It began with a trip to Athens’ favorite brewery, Terrapin, and out for Mexican on Friday night.

Saturday morning (at sunrise, no less), I got a chance to take New Year’s card photos of this sweet couple:

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Marilisa and Taylor were such just the sweetest. Marilisa is a long-time friend of one of my college roommates and is a fellow Athenian. I love being able to keep up with her here. Pretty soon we’re determined to get our pups together for a play-date.

Immediately after that, we made our way up to Atlanta for something unbelievably special! It was MaMa’s surprise 80th birthday party at the Swan Coach House. MaMa is Chip’s grandmother on his mom’s side and super awesome.

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If she wasn’t about the cutest Birthday Princess that I’ve ever seen, then I don’t know who is…

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All of the ladies of the family were there to celebrate one of the best, loving, (and sassiest) women I know! Here’s one of my favorite moments of the day of the sister-in-law with MaMa right after the surprise.

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From there, Chip and I met up with our best Atlanta couple friends for the Inaugural Couples Christmas! We’re talking a full afternoon and night of fun. Ice skating at Park Tavern, with a stop at Piedmont Park for some photos and serenading from a friendly guitar man…

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After, we had a delicious dinner at Barcelona (taking us back to our Spain days!), a wine experiment with inspiration a la Freakonomics podcast (yea, we’re kind of nerdy – we admit it), some Secret Santa gifting and Elf viewing. Pretty perfect.

But the fun didn’t end there! Today we celebrated the mommy-to-be, Maria, with a fun, safari themed baby shower. As one of the gifts, the sister-in-law and I sewed a baby blanket based on these DIY instructions. It was absolutely the softest thing ever! I just love seeing how little details and crafts can really make a shower or party come alive.

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Overall, it was a pretty awesome weekend and I can’t wait for more fun in the next couple weeks with Christmas right around the corner!

What is your favorite way to spend this time of year?

Sneak preview: A beautiful Athens engagement

Tonight I had the chance to shoot engagement photos of this lovely couple. Chris Burnette is #68 on the UGA football team (Go Dawgs!) and his fiancée, Arielle, is someone I recently met through a friend. It was an absolute blast and they were a ton of fun!

I can’t wait to share more photos, but for tonight, here are a few!

Stay tuned for more later!