Danielle contacted me earlier this summer wanting to meet about photographing her upcoming wedding. We set up an appointment and my first impression of Danielle was that she was prompt and on time for her appointment. I opened the door and probably startled her because I said "Hello! You are on time - yay!" I"m surprised she didn't turn and run!!
My second impression was how dainty and beautiful she was. We spent the first meeting getting to know each other and it wasn't long before I started hoping she would want to work with me. She was so sweet! At the end of our visit, she hired me to photograph her wedding and I was thrilled!
After the inital consultation, we also added the engagament photo session at which time I got to meet her son Aiden and her fiancee Ray. As I said in a prior blog - it was very obvious that Ray was completely head over heels in love with Danielle and Aiden. It just warmed my heart to be around them all. My favorite part of the engagement session was when Aiden suggested I photograph their "sandwich hug" which is when he gets between Danielle & Ray and they squish together for a tight hug. It was the best photo ever.
Then it came time for Danielle's bridal photo shoot. I had no idea what to expect - she asked me to come to her family's property in Cordele. She gave me directions and when I typed them into Google Maps, I was given directions that led me to Ohio! Even google didn't seem to know where this property was. But my husband is much better at directions that I am (yes, I am extremely directionally challenged) and he found it on the map for me.
So my assistant Vickie and I left very, very early to give ourselves time to find this property. My husband's instructions were on point and we found it with no problem. We were almost an hour early. No problem, I usually like to arrive early to a location that I've never been to so I can make a "photo map" of the best places for photos. Danielle was already there and guess what - even though we were an hour early - she was ready! All she had to do was slip on her dress!
Her mother Susie immediately welcomed us and told us to make ourselves at home. We told her we wanted to look around and see what were the best places for photos. She led us first to a sun room that she had decorated for the photo shoot. It was lovely, very shabby chic with a cream colored bench, some rustic shutters and a soft flowly sheer curtain, plus some flowers and other decor. This little set up was a photographer's dream! And it didn't stop there - she led us outside and their property was beautiful! From the white picket fence, to the arbors, to the wide open spaces - I was in love!!
Then Danielle came out and she was an absolute vision in her beautiful gown. Can this get any better? Well - did I mention the sun? It was late afternoon so the sun was soft and yellow. This photo shoot was flawless.
For the next two hours we took pictures to our hearts delight. Well at least my heart. I think I wore my bride out - but I just couldn't stop snapping pictures! I didn't want to let her go!
Her wedding was this past Saturday and her mother did not disappoint. The venue was so soft and pretty and decorations were awesome. More to come on the wedding soon!!!