Erica and Ben’s Wedding Day

 July 7, 2012

This year I shared my birthday with Erica and Ben Sheidler and 200 of their closest friends and family. I’d say that was probably the best birthday cake and the biggest crowd that ever showed up on my birthday! ūüėČ The Saturday before this was a record high in Atlanta with a temp of 108 degrees. Camilly Harvey, Erica’s mom, wasn’t about to let the heat mess up her daughters day so she packed a bag full of ice packs, little fans and cold bottled waters for the wedding party. Thank goodness because there was no way we could not take pictures on the rooftop terrace of the Loews Hotel where they got ready that day! Totally gorgeous and right in the heard of midtown Atlanta! Erica, you were stunning and Camille, I know you are so proud to see these beautiful pictures by The Photography Collection!

Erica and Ben Sheidler

Thank you to all the wonderful vendors who helped make this day perfect for Erica and Ben!

The Photography Collection, The Neons, Atlantic Limo, Claudia Mejerle, Fox Gloves and Ivy and Druid Hills Golf Club


Alaina and Kevin June 2, 2012

Finally getting to see some of the gorgeous pictures from our busy month of June! First up….Alaina and Kevin, June 2!

We were so glad to be back at Park Tavern in the Piedmont Room for Alaina and Kevin’s beautiful day. It was a hot day, but who was thinking about the heat when you had that gorgeous Atlanta skyline in the background. The park was busy, the weather was perfect and the flowers were breathtaking. Alaina was a bride that knew exactly what she wanted from the very get go and nobody was about to change her mind. While trying to complete the Physicians Assistant program at Mercer University, wedding planning never took the back burner. She was one of the most organized brides I have ever worked with and just adored her groom, Kevin Burran! This turned out to be such a magical night. We even got to hear Alaina’s grandpa sing us a Sinatra tune! Thanks guys for letting us be a part of your special day.



¬†Thank you to Lori Suzanne Photography, Nick Crowder with Atlanta Bands and Dj’s, Lulu’s Bakery, Piedmont Room at Piedmont Park, Blossoms Atlanta and Atlantic Limo for helping to make this day so perfect for Alaina and Kevin!








Tea Party Birthday for Miss Ella Grace

Definitely biased on this one, but I can imagine that no other 3 year old has a better party planner than my lovely Ella Grace! ūüôā¬†3 yrs old, 30 yrs old or 83 yrs old,¬†its hard not to¬†enjoy a frilly hat, tasty crumpets and a “spot of tea”. And that’s what my little girl got to experience at her tea party this year. It was so much fun to see the girls, and mom’s, just giggle and smile at all the pretty things. Everything on the menu was bite size, and a favorite of Ella Grace’s, of course!¬† They even got to enjoy a mani/pedi after our light lunch, complete¬†with a foot massage by big brother, Garren. I think this was the birthday girl’s favorite part!¬† Mommy and Daddy loved every minute of it. I hope you enjoy these photos….definitely some memories we will cherish forever!


The Birthday girl….quite gorgeous, if I say so myself!

Mother-of-the-Bride Gift

Sometimes it feels like the Mother-of-the-Bride gets the least amount of credit. She doesn’t get a special dance with her daughter. She doesn’t usually make a toast. And she is usually the one putting together all the last minute details (on top of dealing with all the last minute crises… Well, unless you have a coordinator, *ahem*, but I digress.)

Maybe it is Mothers Day that got us thinking of Mothers. Or maybe it is just the fact that we see these special ladies putting so much time and effort into their daughter’s wedding without much recognition in return.

So that your mom knows how much you appreciate her and all her work, it might be worth grabbing her a little something on your big day.

Here are a couple unique ideas:

A customized chalkboard, for the shabby-chic mom.

A charm bracelet, for the hip mom.

A framed picture on a plaque, for the sentimental mom.A unique piece of jewelry, for the elegant mom.An embroidered handkerchief, for the traditional mom.

Caitlin and David

Another beautiful day in Atlanta, and another fabulous wedding at the Wimbish House! Caitlin and David Chambers were married on March 24, 2012 and Neal Reeves Photography was able to capture the memories for them on their special day! It was such a pleasure working with Caitlin and her family, as I only met David at rehearsal for the first time, as I do many grooms. But, yes, he was wonderful to work with as well and really has stolen his brides heart. Both of them were so calm this day and really were able to take it all in and enjoy themselves. Caitlin along with Melanie, Le Bonne Fleur, picked out beautiful colors that worked perfectly with the syle of the house and even the bride was able to finish up a few DIY projects to tie it all together. Congratulations Caitlin and David!


Chanel inspired theme wedding

“A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous!”

…..and so should your wedding! Coco Chanel introduced the “little black dress” in 1926. At the time this modern sophistication was just another blink in the eye of the fashion world. Little would we know that the brand will carry on forever. Coco Chanel was always adorned with costume jewelry and, beautiful textiles and gogeous simplicity. Make fashion history on your big day with these ideas from the legacy of one of the best known fashion designers.


Super Succulents

“Super Succulents”

I wish we could see more of these in bouquets.¬†Succulents are so clean and their design adds such a cool element to a bouquet or arrangement. You can use succulents for southern theme decor or even in a modern museum! You don’t even think about fun stuff like this unless you are working with a super creative florist, like Le Bonne Fleur or Blossoms Atlanta, here in Atlanta, Georgia!!¬† Some are even tiny enough to go in a boutonniere. Or, what about favors, placed at each place setting? That’s definitely something that would be enjoyed long after the wedding!

DIY: Personalized Etched Glass

Ah, the wedding toast! Imagine, the Best Man, in front of everyone, trying his best to get some laughs and tears from your wedding crowd. You and your now husband are raising your flutes to a toast that did happen to make you laugh and tear up a little.
(Bravo Best Man! Bravo!)

Now imagine if that toast was even more special because you have a personalized flute to drink from.

Personalized Wedding Flutes

Or say you aren’t going for the formal look. You’re wedding is an outdoor country wedding with self service. What about placing these super cute Decanters from Simply Personalized in ice atop each¬†farm table?


What? You don’t have an extra few hundred dollars to get this look? Nonsense!
This project is easy, costs under $2 per item and seriously took 5 minutes.
(My type of DIY, right?)

For this project I imagined a Best Man giving a toast with his favorite beer in hand. He can’t give the toast with his bottle, right?
(Snooty snickers!)
So of course I made him a Best Man Glass Mug!

I started out with this old fashion glass mug.
(Something about it just screams Clint Eastwood!)


Added a “Best Man” label to it.


Liberally applied Etching Cream over the label.
(Got mine for $12 over at Hobby Lobby, just in case you were wondering.)


Let it sit for about 20 minutes and wiped away the excess.


And there you go…¬†Best Man gift and special mug!

Now go ahead, find some glassware and etch ’til your heart’s content!


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