Brooke & Ryan!

Brooke and Ryan were married on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, Georgia. Throughout my time working with Brooke and Ryan, they showed the true meaning of partnership. They've created an intimate community of friends whom they call family who were all there witnessing the union of these two beautiful individuals. It was truly an honor to have been a part of their day!

Adwoa & Haigo!

Adwoa and Haigo were married in Tuscaloosa, AL surrounded by their family and friends. The day was a beautiful mixture of Adwoa's Ghanaian culture and the couple's Bahai religion. The sheer joy and love between Haigo, Adowa and their families was infectious. The blending of cultures and families made for the most perfect day.


"Through Our Journey"

Dede & Stephen's love story is one for the books!  Take a look at their stunning engagement video shot by Eric Blanks of Eric Blanks Media.

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors who made this shoot possible:

Loyall Hart
Ross Oscar Knight Photography

The Swan House at the Atlanta History Center

Dede’s Gown:
Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique

Stephen’s Tuxedo:
The Modern Gent

Some Theme To Talk About

Paula Xiong


Carmen & Jonathan!

I always talk about how I observe my couples and how much I learn about them just by watching and listening to them interact. When I met Carmen, she was in the middle of renovating her new home and overly stressed out with that project. We talked about that for about 20 minutes until Jonathan called...Carmen was instantly calm. What I realized later was that they both had this calming effect on each other. It was truly an honor to plan their day.


In the Fight of Her Life, She Is Not Alone

“I thought I was going in for a check-up. I didn’t expect to hear that it was cancer,” Dede explained through her strong, syrupy, Southern twang. “I went to the appointment alone because we all thought it was just fibrosis. When they said it was breast cancer, I was shocked. The doctors talked for about an hour but I didn’t hear anything after ‘cancer.’ It was kind of like Charlie Brown’s teacher. All of the words were jumbled and nothing made sense.”

I met Dede through The Bert Show, a local Atlanta morning radio show. Our initial wedding planning meeting was during one of her chemotherapy treatments since she wanted to keep her mind off cancer and on the planning. “You know, life doesn’t stop because you’re engaged.” I laughed when Dede quipped, “life doesn’t stop because you have cancer!” That became apparent while trying to schedule the venue tour, dress fitting, and the meetings with the florist around chemo treatments and weekly activities with Dede and Stephen’s now blended family.
During their recent engagement shoot, Dede, Stephen and I talked about the fears they both faced. I asked her if she was worried that Stephen would leave her after her diagnosis. She said she was scared that it would be too much for him to take on but he reassured her then and again right after she mentioned this to me, that he was in this for the long-haul. Stephen, with his reassuring smile, almost seemed shocked that that was even a concern. Dede talked about being worried that her children would view her as the “lazy mom” because she is rendered incapacitated days after her chemo treatments. As an adult, I’m understanding of the limitations that illness can bring but when I realized that children don’t always understand those things, it broke my heart.
When I think of Dede, I see that she is every woman. I think about the women I know who have been touched in some way by breast cancer. I think of Duette, Liz, and Ellie... I think of the lives they have affected. I think of Niloufar, Alisha, Lua and Niya. I’m sure you can think of a sister, mom, friend or co-worker who is fighting the same battle. There are more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. in 2016 alone. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment. With a double mastectomy and her wedding scheduled for later this summer, Dede’s journey is far from over. We are with them and now we are with you, Dede.
Thank you to all of the vendors who made Dede and Stephen’s engagement shoot possible: