Atlanta Outdoor Wedding at River Run

Joy Thigpen and I have always been surprised how few options exist for couples looking to have their wedding outside in Atlanta, so imagine our excitement when River Run Stables right here in Sandy Springs, GA(only a short drive out of the city) approached us about working with them on a shoot to help promote their new event venue. Nestled in a pocket of trees on the banks of the Chattahoochee, River Run is an oasis perfect for any couple hoping to have a more casual, intimate outdoor wedding or rehearsal dinner.

Guys, the first time I drove up to River Run I was amazed at not only how beautiful the property was, but how peaceful and removed it felt from the city even being only a short drive away from Atlanta. A wide and peaceful section of the Chattahoochee River runs along one side and a smaller offshoot of the river runs along the other side so its actually a thin strip of land resting between flowing water. It really is a “jewel on the river”.

Joy and I had a wonderful time working in such a magical place with such a great crew. Atlanta couples be sure to check out River Run if you are considering an outdoor wedding.

Photography: Buffy Dekmar | Creative Direction + Styling: Joy Thigpen | Venue: River Run | Flowers: Joy Thigpen | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye “Ophelia” from The Sentimentalist | Catering: Sun in My Belly | Flower Girl Dress: Gap Kids | Hair and Makeup: Joy Thigpen | Calligraphy: Neithersnow

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12.30.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Studio Sessions for Photographers

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WHEN + WHERE:

JAN 6 (AND 7) — ATL (ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!)

FEB 3 (AND 4) — LA (ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!)

APRIL 7 (AND 8) — NYC

MAY 5 – 6 (AND 7) — MALLORCA

 

We only have a few seats left in some of our cities(ATL, LA, NYC, and Mallorca) for Studio Sessions. Whether you are looking to style your own images better or photograph more weddings like you see on Once Wed, Studio Sessions is the workshop for you.

Joy Thigpen and I have picked several dates and locations to come to you and do some intensive one-day sessions to help you continue to grow as artists. This won’t be about how to use your camera or how to run your business; we’re only speaking to what we know from our seats. Nor will these sessions be a particularly pampered or posh time; we want to make it affordable and accessible for you as small businesses. It will be light on fluff and heavy on the content that we think will make a big difference in your work.

 

WHAT WE’LL COVER:

AESTHETICS + DISCOVERING YOUR PERSONAL AESTHETIC

HOW TO COMPOSE GOOD IMAGES

WHAT MAKES A GOOD IMAGE

STYLING PEOPLE — WARDROBE, HAIR + MAKEUP

STYLING TABLETOP — FOOD AND TABLESCAPES

STYLING DETAILS — FLOWERS, PAPER + ACCESSORIES

EDITING

HOW TO WORK WITH A STYLIST

HOW TO WORK WITHOUT A STYLIST

TIPS, TOOLS, AND TRICKS

GETTING PUBLISHED

BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO

ROOKIE/EASY-TO-FIX MISTAKES THAT MAKE OR BREAK AN IMAGE

 

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHER’S ARE SAYING…

Do you know those few people and moments in your life you can list as being monumentally influential in your life? There are just a couple and they change the route of your life. Without those people and moments you would be going somewhere entirely different, right?… Emily & Joy are on that list for me. And, anyone who has attended Joy’s previous workshops would likely say the same thing!

Working with & learning from Emily & Joy opened my eyes to a new way of seeing things- a new way of seeing dresses, and flowers, and hair, and ribbon, and paper goods. You didn’t know there was another way of seeing these things? Well, there is… and its like putting on a new pair of glasses! This workshop is your opportunity for new glasses. Why would you go a moment longer without being able to see!

Maybe you want to start over from scratch and attract a new client or maybe you just want to see more clearly … either way, this is all you need. 

Learning from two of the most humble and beautiful people I know, you will leave going “oohhhh! That’s all that was missing!”

—  Rylee Hitchner  —

I highly recommend the workshop for photographers looking to gain insight on the editorial process, how to tell a story, and refine their eye. There is so much to learn from Joy and Emily. Working, creating, and collaborating with Joy and Emily has been amazing. Their eye for detail, nuance, overall design and telling a story is remarkable. It is great to learn from their perspectives and experience–the way they see fashion, color palettes, tablescapes, the meaning of objects, and more. The way Joy pays attention to how the bride holds the dress just so — so that the lines fall in the most flattering way to the dress and the brides form, or how Emily provides a layout telling the story with establishing photos, details, portraits and movement… Understanding and hearing the way they look to tell a story helps make a photographer better.

— Bryce Covey —

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12.27.13 / Featured, News Blog

Rustic Outdoor Fall Wedding

Before we head out for the week to celebrate Christmas, I am sharing this gorgeous wedding submitted by Landon Jacob. The beautiful bride, Meredith, was sweet enough to share more details behind their wedding below…

We chose to have an intimate garden ceremony with only our immediate families and wedding party at a Historic House. After the ceremony we enjoyed a farm to table dinner with our ceremony guests and spent a few hours simply celebrating! Later in the evening we welcomed more guests to a cupcake reception in the carriage house on the Historic grounds. We vetoed a dj and in place enjoyed our favorite “hipster” beers to the sound of vinyl.

Our wedding was inspired by a series of images from a Tuscan style garden wedding, numerous greenery wreaths and anything with a natural bohemian flare! We wanted an intimate and casual affair from the beginning, more dinner party less traditional event.

Our favorite memories from our wedding day: we’re into collecting vintage cameras and have quite the Polaroid collection; for the same experience on our wedding day we used an instax camera to capture the ceremony and exchanged photos of ourselves before the ceremony took place. We also used these instant photos to display for our guests at a larger reception later in the day so everyone could experience the ceremony. We will always cherish these.

If I had to give advice for anyone planning their wedding I would hands down without a doubt recommend to go small and invite the people that mean the most and will always be around, the immediate family and the lifelong friends. Getting to actually spend time and have good conversations and laughs with them on our wedding day was the best. Don’t be afraid to ditch the traditions and enjoy the day!

Photography:  Landon Jacob | Designer: Jessica Rourke | Venue: Robert Mills House | Dress: Grace loves Lace| Bride’s belt: Anthropologie | Floral: Fern Studios | Ties: Jcrew | Hair and Makeup: Brittany Cox with Clines Salon | Cake: A friend of the bride | Linen: Dropcloth | Caterer: Rosso | Bride’s earrings: Piperlime

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12.23.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Easy DIY Holiday Wreath

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Today we have a gorgeous holiday wreath how to from Laura Murray. Wreaths can be a bit daunting, but the tutorial Laura sent over makes the whole process really easy…..

I wanted to make some organic-styled wreaths to decorate my home over the holidays. I gathered much of the materials used to make these wreaths from my in law’s property in the mountains.  I like how these wreaths feel more organic in style and are a bit imperfect.  Plus they are a special reminder of my time spent up in the mountains of Colorado.

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First gather the materials you would like to use from nature.  I used scissors to clip greenery from each plant.  To be environmentally friendly, I pulled a little bit from the bottom of a few different trees, as not to harm the tree.

Materials

Blue Spruce Clippings
20 Inch Box Wire Wreath Frame
Scissors
Ribbon
Floral Tape
Floral Design Wire
Hot Glue Gun

Instructions

1. Arrange the blue spruce clippings around the wreath frame, until you have no blank spaces remaining.
2. Use a mix of floral tap and wire to attach the clippings to the frame.
3. Tie a bow and hot glue it to the bottom of the wreath.

Photography and Tutorial: Laura Murray Photography

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12.19.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured