Category archives: couples

Chelsea + Sean | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends,
Something fun, a little industrial, an adorable coffee spot, ending in a walk through a pretty naturey park, oh and bringing our sweet pup were just a few from the top of Chelsea’s engagement session wish list and not to boast, but I would say we tackled all of those very things!
I loved getting to know these two and their hearts for each other!! Enjoy their sneak peek!!

much joy!
Alea

McKinlie + Eric | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!
I met Mckinlie and Eric at the lovely Cator Woolford Gardens, a secret gem in Atlanta. Goodness, I love this place, ad the light that afternoon was just lovely. It is small and quaint, but has so many lovely little spots throughout the gardens which makes it perfect for an engagement session.

The way these talked about how they met, and about each other, I could tell that they were each others very best friends. And sure enough when we got together for their engagement session things just flowed. They love being with each other regardless of what they are doing and their engagement session felt so comfortable and relaxed, not to mention the light was so incredibly dreamy!

Mckinlie and Eric, I can’t wait for your wedding day, it is going to be so wonderful!!
JOY!
Alea


Melissa + Andrew | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!!
Oh for the love of mondays! From the moment my eyes open on Mondays, I feel like I am being pulled in a milling different directions for a million different things that need to all be done at the same time. Does anyone else feel that way too? surely, that just a case of mondays!
So to escape I am going to blog and share these wonderful sweet captures of Melissa and Andrew’s engagement session. These two are just so lovely. They are so laid back, it’s like they were meant to do life together. And can we please just talk about how wonderful Melissa’s outfit are? It was so much fun just chatting with them, getting to know them as a couple. Plus, they brought their adorable little puppy, she truly stole my heart, and I love seeing little puppy photobombs throughout the session. 🙂

Andrew and Melissa, I know you guys are just dying to see these! So, I hope they make your “case of the mondays” wonderful!! 🙂
Much joy!
Alea

Ashby + Brenda | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!

I loved the first set of emails I got from Ashby, I felt like I was talking to a high powered business man, but the nice kind. So, when meeting for coffee, I was expecting a suit and tie, but instead, I was greeted by two absolutely adorable, snappy casual, and a wonderfully witty couple. I don’t think I stopped laughing for a solid five minutes and had to message my cheeks back to their normal state.

Their engagement shoot came around, and we ran around their alumni and then end capped at their venue, Cator Woolford. I loved watching the two of them together. They are mature and confident in who they are, but at the same time have a silly and laid back attitude about life. They love just being together, whether it’s on one of their many travelings, eating tacos downtown or walking around GT campus reminiscing, as long as they are together they are happy which I absolutely love.

Congratulations Ashby and Brenda! I am so excited to capture your wedding THIS year!
JOY!
Alea

Olivia + Paul | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!!

You guys… this couple! I can’t even tell you how much I already love them. Is it okay for me to have a crush on a couple? Because I totally do. Olivia and Paul are pure fun, they are beautiful people, they are spontaneous and adventurous, so easy to talk to, and my favorite party, they really, really love each other. Just in our little time together I think we had 30 different convos.. from things about life, living a full life, travel, New York, LA, England, soccer, taking adventures, favorite restaurants, whats really important, and I honestly was a little sad when their engagement session was over, because I wanted to just put my camera gear down and go have dinner with them…
Olivia and Paul, I know you guys are so excited to finally get to see these and I am so SO excited to finally get to share them!! I had such a blast with you both, truly!! I know you guys are in NYC right now, so I hope you are having a blast about to bring in the new year together, and the extra perk of getting to see your engagement photos!!!

Much joy!
Alea

 

Brenna + Bo | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!
These two have such a fun story! They met at Georgia the very first week, and from then on he was the guy she saw all over campus. So naturally they became friends, and then really great friends, and then the type of friends that everyone else around them knew they were more than just friends, but to them they were just great friends type friends. Until one night while sitting on a bench overlooking the savannah river, bo says, “I would really like to be more than friends.” and Brenna said, “me too!”. Of course, this is the very short abbreviated version, but over a little cup of Jenis ice cream, Brenna and I chatted about for nearly two hours over their story, and I loved every second.
Brenna and Bo, thank you both for such a fun afternoon! I probably said it a million times during the shoot, but ahhh this was so awesome, and so much fun, so thanks again for such a fun shoot with you both and the jeep!!!
Much joy!
Alea

Kristen + Adam | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi Friends!

I truly wish every session could be this wonderful. If I could custom order an engagement session to look a certain way, this would be exactly what I want.

But do you want to know something even better than the beautiful session and lovely light? Kristen and Adam. Two of my new most favorite people. There is a sweetness and humility and love about this couple that is tangible. They draw you in with their gracious Southern personalities. Adam is the ultimate southern gentlemen, a pilot (amazing!), and it is absolutely so evident how much he loves his girl! And Kristen is the sweetest thing I’ve ever met. She genuinely cares about those around her, thanking me profusely for driving the extra distance, asking me about my family, and bragging on Adam the whole time. I kept thinking to myself, “Their friends are so lucky.” I think anyone who has Kristen and Adam in their lives are so blessed.

I loved every second, and I drove home from with a heart overflowing with gratitude, thanking God for the wonderful clients and work that I love so much.

Kristen and Adam, to say I’m excited about your wedding is an understatement. I literally cannot WAIT!
Much joy!
Alea

Caroline + Brian | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!
I know these two have been so excited to see these photos!!! Have you ever seen two people who just fit together so well? As if you can’t imagine them being with anyone else, and you know they have found the perfect mate in each other. The moment I met Caroline and Brian I felt that. They compliment each other so well, but also are incredibly similar; both very driven, but with gentle and laid back personalities.

We met at Piedmont Park and walked and talked. They told me about how they met, how Carolines friend had literally just asked her, “hey, what type of fella are you looking for?” and took the list, and brought her Brian. Well, lets just give this friend a big ol’hug because Brian is perfect for Caroline. I watched as Brian lit up when he told me how he had proposed to Caroline. We talked about their wedding and all that they are looking forward to come next June.

I am so excited for your big day, you two! It was such a joy photographing you both at Piedmont, and I know your wedding day will be filled with so much celebration!!! Can’t wait!

Much joy!
Alea
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Callie + Teddy | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!!
You know those people that within the first 5 minutes of meeting of them you want to instantly say they’re your new best friends. But, for the sake of not coming across like a super weird-o, you play it real cool, and don’t act at all over zealous for finding your new best friends of all time. Serious, just loved meeting these two and getting to know them while we walked all over piedmont park (oh did I mention it was Music Midtown).  These two are full of so much love, joy and adventure and it is so evident that the only thing that they need is each other. I loved that they have known each other since high school, and truly as a result they know the other so well. How Callie is spontaneous and wears all of her heart on her sleeves, and Teddy is calm and composed, but how they both just love each others differences and how it makes them a perfect match.

Congratulations Callie and Teddy! Really if you guys are looking for a couple new best friends, know that AP and I would raise our hands!! I am beyond excited for your wedding, and absolutely can’t wait!!!
JOY!
Alea
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Mackie + Kale | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!!
I love telling my clients, the perfect place for your engagements is somewhere you two you would enjoy going on a date together. Somewhere, more than just “pretty”, but a place that will represent something meaningful to them, somewhere you can relax, and ultimately just enjoy each others company. And for Mackie and Kale, that was the beltline and piedmont park.
These two met while in college at a mutual friends party and from that moment on were inseparable. You can tell by the way they look at each other, talk with one another, and laugh at each other that they, they were so laid back, its like they were meant to do life together. And can we please just talk about how adorable her outfit is?? It was so much fun just chatting with them, getting to know them as a couple.

much joy!
Alea
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Tara + Bert | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!
It is a dream of mine to have a home one day that at least one of our four girls will want to get married at. It would be so special to me that the home they got off the school bus too, made messes in, countless family dinners, just all the sweet countless memories that pour out of the walls of a home that you have grown up in, could also possibly be where they would get married. Truly this sentimental mama’s heart would be so overjoyed….just with the thought!
I was so excited to see the beautiful home and wedding venue for Tara and Roberts wedding. Tara was sharing with me how their family moved in when she was a wee kiddo, and as we walked around the property she would talk about her fond memories. And now, to add to her memories, she will be marrying her best friend. It was also a perfect spot for their engagement photos, and allowed me the opportunity to get well acquainted with their “venue”.
Tara and Bert, despite the crazy crazy heat, I had the blast hanging out with you both. It was such a treat getting to know you both a little better, and to see two sweet souls who are ready for some serious
“i do’s” in October!!!
Joy!
Alea

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Heather + Andrew | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi Friends!
Hopefully each of you enjoyed a wonderful fourth of July weekend!!! We had a busy but incredibly fun one. We traveled a lot, shoot a lot, played a lot, swam a lot, just a good ol fun fourth for us! 🙂 I am happy to be home though, and happy to play some catch up!! I am so excited to share these two’s engagement session! We were thinking of a ton of different options for this session, and we when we nailed down shooting it at their families lake house, it was almost a no brainer! This beautiful home with it’s lake views and cutie dock, and of course, this adorable couple, made for such a fun afternoon. 🙂

Enjoy your sneak peek you two!! So enjoyed our time together, and can’t wait till the wedding in October!!

joy!
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Ellen + Chip | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!
Mondays are always just chalk full… calls and emails from over the weekend, and playing tons of catch up… But, posting engagement photos on the blog is always a wonderful way to make monday’s happy.

I had so much fun with these two as we explored their favorite atlanta park where they venture often with their sweet puppy. And loved a little margarita making time while we enjoyed the pretty views of the creekside!
Can’t wait till their Charleston wedding in 2017!
JOY!
alea
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Allen Family | Atlanta Lifestyle Photographers

Hi Friends!!
Oh for the joy of mondays!! We got home from our wedding last night at one and then had to be up and at’em bright and early to get our girlies to school. So, I’ve been feeling a little bit like I have been chasing the day this entire monday! I am knee deep in emails, editing, blogging, mommying, but it has been my goal to get a blog up all day, so Im just so proud of myself because here ya go!!
Danielle and Donald were absolutely the sweetest! These two are definitely the type of people who love big and spread joy. The type of people you know are such treasures, and you find yourself feeling so lucky you found them some how. We had so much fun running, well, hiking around Sope Creek, and cerebrating their anniversary with some photos!

Much joy!
Alea

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Amber + Ross | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi Sweet friends!
We are in Charleston shooting a fun wedding weekend, so I don’t have a ton of time to write all the goodies I usually do! But, I know these two are so excited for their sneak peek that I didn’t want to hold out any longer!!
Had so much fun with these two and their sweet pup as we ran around piedmont park!! It was such a beautiful day, and I loved getting to know these two better!! Amber and Ross!! Hope you love your sneak peek, and oh so excited for the wedding in February!!!
Joy!
Alea
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Amy + Justin | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi Friends!
Amy and Justin are one of those couples that I instantly feel connected with. They are so easy to talk to, easy to laugh with, easy to photograph. They feel like old friends that I’ve known for a long time, even though we’ve just met. They are down to earth, warm, and not afraid to laugh and have fun together.

But, my favorite part was getting to watch how much they love each other. I know that sounds simple, but it’s true: their love for one another is so straight forward. There’s no hiding it, there’s no faking it… it is real, and such a tangible thing about their relationship. They care about the way they speak to one another, they are kind, and even in the smallest gestures, they put the other person first. I was so thankful to get a glimpse into their every day, and I could so easily see the beautiful life together they were creating. I seriously loved these two and can’t wait till their wedding in September!!!

joy!
Alea

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Christine + Corey | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi Friends!

When I first met Christine and her sweet mama, we were at a little coffee shop on the westside and we sat and chatted for what seemed like 5 minutes, but well exceeded her lunch break. She is kind, funny, and loves Corey with her whole heart. We talked wedding details, proposal stories, and just engagement life in general. I walked away feeling like I had just met up with one of my dearest friends!

When it came time for their engagement session I was so excited! Christine and Corey were a dream come true; they were fun, silly, and naturals in front of the camera. While taking photos during their session, I kept envisioning these pictures shared with family to come and displayed all around their new home, and how special it would feel to them one day.

Christine and Corey, you are both a joy. I know your wedding day is going to be one for the books! September can’t come fast enough!
Much joy!
Alea

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Megan + Steven | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

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Megan and Steven’s original engagement session date got rained not; once but TWICE! They were so patient in the process and we were all thrilled to finally be together with no rain on a beautiful sunny spring day.  We had so much fun browsing the park and the beltline and laughing and getting some beautiful pictures along the way. Megan and Steven are kind, intentional, easy to be around, and just delightfully fun. AND they are foodies and frequent my Atlanta restaurant bucket list.  Their wedding late this year is going to be so awesome! I can’t wait to be a part, Friends!
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Morgan + Tyler | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi Sweet Friends!!
Thank you so much for all of your patience this past week while we took a brief pause. The girls had their spring break, so we took advantage of a little escape as a fam and headed north, but then realized it was too cold, so we packed back up, and headed south for a little sunshine! Such a blast, and loved our time, but also so pumped to to be back in the studio!!
I am so thrilled to share this sweet couple with you!! Until their session, we had done all our conversations over email and phone, so I just loved getting to finally meet these too in person especially for their engagement session because its allowed us such a great time to get to know each other, hang out and laugh a bit, and get some fun camera time for the both of us!
Morgan and Tyler, I know you guys have anxiously been waiting for this sneak peek! I hope these make you both smile and please know how much I loved getting to spend time with you both!!
much joy!
Alea

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Brittany + Austin | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!!
You guys. This couple. I can’t tell you how much I adore them. I want you to get to know this precious couple. I have actually known Brittany now for a little over 12 years; before she was even to middle school yet. Can’t believe that. She is and has always been a beautiful and kind spirit. She is outgoing, loving, and intentional. Just love this girl’s heart!
Brittany and Austin met in college and after a few encounters finally reconnected. Austin is witty, thoughtful, and loves adventure and my favorite part of their story was how they started dating…  “I was ready to just be single, and enjoy some time without a boyfriend.” “But, than I put the “moves” on her, and it was history.”
Together they adore the Lord, love adventure and family. They challenge each other, understand each other, and most importantly they absolutely love to make each other laugh. Which of course makes my job easier!

With all that said, its makes capturing this sweet season of life for these two such a honor for me! So excited to celebrate with you guys in the fall, and congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Austin King!!!

much joy!
Alea
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Kaitlin + Zac | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!!
Oh man, these two.. just absolutely too cute for words.. and truly, just too TOO many favorites from their Cator Woolford engagement session. I had so much fun wandering the gardens with these two and had so much fun chatting, getting to know them better. I loved hearing about the random run ins with each other before they really knew each other, how they both found fun ways to get to know each other better, and finally how a late night date to McDonalds had them winning each others hearts forever. They are both incredibly romantic and you guys would just love the Serenbe proposal Zac planned for his girl. Definitely one for the books.
Also, to top off all the fun chit chat, uber sweet couple, and beautiful scenery, I know you guys know what a big flower fan I am, so when Kaitlin walked up with her giant basket of flowers, I about squealed like a little girl who got a new puppy. Happy photographer for sure!
Kaitlin and Zac, I had so much fun with you guys!! I don’t think I laughed that much in a while, and you two truly made this photographers heart so happy by giving me a glimpse into your awesome love story!! Can’t wait till October!!!
joy!
Alea


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Katherine + Chris | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends!!
The blog has been feeling a little neglected, but I promise there are tons of pictures just waiting for their turn! Will be doing a lot of blog catch up after the holiday for sure, but wanted to try to squeeze a few posts in before we closed down for the holiday. So excited to share Katherine and Chris’ engagement photos. I just loved getting to spend some time with these two high school sweethearts. Who grew up just a few streets apart from each other. But now they live states apart and counting down the days until they are under the same roof.
Katherine and Chris!! Just loved you both! With as much fun as the engagement was, I can’t wait till the wedding! Hope you love this little glimpse into our time together!!
JOY!
Alea
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Tara + Judson | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi friends,
Yesterday AP and I went to a event that focused on marriage and it was so awesome to be reminded of the things that couples can do to keep their marriage alive and healthy. Not to bore you with all of the items they went over, but the one I really loved was how couples need to always have fun together. Finding the things that you two can do together that all you to play together, laugh together, and just enjoy each others company. Often times individuals reach out to their fellow gender peers and they have more fun on a guys night or gals night and the reason is because they are doing something fun! So why not make sure you are doing something fun with your spouse. Also, I know in a day and age, where technology is in our faces non stop, and life gets busy, it is so important to take the intentional time to put the phone down, turn off the tv, and go outside and lay in a hammock together and just talk, grab a football and toss to one another, go on a bike ride, pull out a board game, something that gets you two out of the normal every day, and have fun together.
After hanging out with Tara and Judson, I have no doubt these two love having fun together. They wanted their session to be held at their favorite places to spend time in, and I loved getting a glimpse into a fun date night out for them.
Tara and Judson, thank you again for such a fun afternoon! You guys sure know how to have a fun date, and Im excited that you two will have so many more fun times for a lifetime.
Much joy,
Alea

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Morgan + John | Atlanta Lifestyle Photographers

Hi Friends!
This sweet couple reached out to me to capture a one year anniversary shoot for them. They wanted to have a session in their first home, so they can have the photographs to look back on how they spent their first year. It was incredibly romantic and such a fun shoot. It was a dark and gloomy day, so they didn’t have any objections to cuddle tightly, and I loved that they even went as far to have cake in bed!
Morgan and John, so loved meeting you both, and getting a glimpse in your sweet little life!! Thank you for letting me, and like I shared probably a million times during the shoot.. if you ever need a puppy sitter!!! 😉

JOY!
Alea

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Drew + Meg | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi Friends!
While we were in Hawaii over the summer, I talked with Meg on the phone and we chatted away about how she and drew met(the quick version), how they found themselves in Atlanta, and all about the plans for their wedding. We were able to get a date on the calendar for their engagement session even though these two are busy with school and work. Four months passed, and we were finally getting to meet! I drove down to their cutie apartment in the Highlands, and we wandered the streets getting to chat about how they met(the longer version), how they were both studying in the same fields of study, and of course, how they got their puppy, plus a ton of other wonderful random topics.
Meg and Drew, thanks for spending an afternoon with me. You both are so natural and easy to be around, and just loved getting to know you both! Hope you love these, and can’t wait till the wedding!!
JOY!
Alea
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Kristen + Andy | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hi Friday!!!
Leaving you for the weekend with Kristen and Andy’s Piedmont Park engagement session! We had been planning on this session for what felt like months, and the day started out with sunshine, but by the afternoon, the clouds rolled in and there might have been a drop of rain or two… we also didn’t double check the parks schedule, but we got there to learn that music midtown was getting started, so the park was completely covered in festival prep! But, despite all that, we still had such a blast hanging out. I loved how comfortable and natural and totally in love these two were with each other, and they didn’t mind me following them around. 😉
Kristen and Andy, hope you guys love these. I already can’t wait till the wedding, just get to spend some more time with you guys!! Happy weekend!!
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Dorothy + Jeff | Atlanta Engagement Photographers

Hey Friends!!
I just loved meeting these two and getting the chance to dive into their lives just a little bit. My favorite part about this session was towards the end when we stopped at one of their fav restaurants, ordered some beers, and just had the chance to chit chat with of course a couple snaps in between. They really settled in, and I loved seeing some wonderful moments true to Dorothy and Jeff!
I realize that meeting with all but a stranger and having that person, i.e. stranger, take photos and invade your privacy isn’t easy. I do personally feel that it is the photographers job to make their clients feel as comfortable as possible because my goal is to get away from stiff unnatural poses, and create an environment that allows for organic and authentic images that are true to each one of my couples. Which only comes from my couples feeling comfortable and relaxed and able to show us who they really are. So, I feel like that can’t happen in a 20 minute session, or one where I am only tell them what to do, or shooting in an environment that has no ties to the couple. But, rather encouraging them to find places that are familiar, so they can settle into that familiarity and just enjoy being a couple. Blocking off a good bit of time, an hour to two hours, bc I feel like it takes folks, regardless of how comfortable they are in front of the camera, time to settle in. I always share with my couples, that they will see that in their photos too. That at first they will see a slightly uncomfortable look but as the photos progress they will see “them”.
And lastly, finding out what they love, other than just each other of course even though that is important too. They have interests and heart and people always lighten up when they talk about the things that make them happy! So, all this said, my goal for my couples is that an engagement session feels like they were all but just going on a date, and happen to have a photographer snap a few highlights of it and a glimpse into their love story.
Dorothy and Jeff, I had such a great time with you guys. Spending a day at piedmont with your puppy and hearing how you met and what you guys love to do in your free time. And ending the day at the Hand and Hand was such a treat, and loved getting to sit and chat.. and even put my camera down for second. Hope you love these, and truly can’t wait til the wedding!!
Much joy!
Alea

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