Walnut Hill Farms | Jefferson, GA | May 21, 2016
Elizabeth and Dalton are simply the best! I cannot tell you how much fun I had at their sweet wedding this past weekend. Ben is Dalton’s cousin, so it was a perfect fit for us to shoot their wedding! I was so excited when Ben told me about the wedding last fall and when they booked us! I had such a great time getting to know them at their engagement session last fall at the Sope Creek Mill Ruins (one of my favorite spots!)
So funny story from the day: Ben and I were taking getting ready pictures when a group of girls showed up. The coordinator asked them who they were looking for, and they said the bride. She asked who they were, and they told her “we’re the photographers for today’s wedding.” The coordinator looks at me and says, “No, this is our photographer. Are you at the right location?” They look at the address and tell us this is where the bride sent them, but felt like it wasn’t the right place when they pulled up. So… there’s another venue with almost the same name in Dalton, GA (nearly 2.5 hrs from where we were) called Walnut Hill Farm (without the “S”). I worried so much that they went to the wrong venue and were going to be soooo late to the wedding they were shooting. BUT come to find out, one of my photographer friends posted a picture on Instagram on Sunday and SHE was at the other Walnut Hill Farm venue that day, so that at least told me those poor photographers didn’t have to drive all the way to Dalton. I just hope that their venue wasn’t too far from where we were!
Their wedding day was filled with tons of laughter, smiles, and love. Despite the rains early on in the day, it didn’t stress anyone out, and we prayed for the rain to scat and give us a sunny day; and the Lord answered those prayers! I didn’t even have to use my umbrella’s I brought just in case! The day couldn’t have turned out more beautiful- in fact, the sun came out and dried up all of the rain, so it wasn’t even gross outside when we took pictures!
Their love for each other was present throughout the day, but even more so was their love for the Lord. They reflect Christ in their lives. They are even moving to Zambia next year to be missionaries. Their love for Jesus shone in every moment of their day; so much so that their first act during their ceremony was to wash each other’s feet- the ultimate act of humility the same that Jesus did the night He was handed over to be crucified. It was such a sweet moment to watch and capture. They had their parents come and pray for them during the ceremony which was also amazing. Their smiles and laughter were not just from their love for each other, but also their love for Jesus.
This wedding was wonderful all around and we had such a fun time. Congratulations to Eli and Dalton! I’m so happy for the two of you!
Funny story: I took the whole set of pictures of Elizabeth’s dress and afterwards her mom asked me if I had taken off the Saran Wrap off of the dress… say what?? Her seamstress had sewn a band of Saran Wrap around the belt of the dress to prevent it from snagging (which is such a great idea!) but I didn’t even notice it! I ended up taking the thread and wrap off of the dress and put the dress back in the same spots and re-took the pictures! Can we talk about how fun Elizabeth’s shoes are?? She wrote on them all of their little things between the two of them. Zambia and their rings together! I love it!!! Elizabeth’s grandmother’s necklace! I love that she wore it on her wedding day! I love their hearts and love these favors for their guests. A little touch of Zambia! Remember playing telephone as a kid? Well you can also play it on your wedding day! Reading the sweet note from Dalton Such an amazing wedding gift!! Even Dad deserves a First Look! Three generations of rings! Grandma putting the necklace on! Dalton’s turn to read Elizabeth’s note Fun and silly pictures with the bridesmaids! Loved them! So much fun! Matron and maid of honors 🙂 Handsome Dalton!
Colored and fun socks! Elizabeth and Dalton opted to not do a First Look, but still wanted to pray together before the ceremony. It was such a sweet moment to capture on camera for them. Dalton praying with his guys And Elizabeth praying with her girls The very beautiful feet washing I mentioned. I love it! Married! We snuck out during dinner for a little bit to get some pictures of the two of them Oh I just love this! So precious! Another favorite of the day Ben told me he was channeling his “inner Mandi” when he took this one. I saw it and immediately thought it looked like one I would have taken! This is my favorite picture of the two of them of the day! Great shot, Ben! The middle tear of their cake was a globe! How cool is that?? Sweet moment to the side to pray with Granddad Beautiful painting done by Elizabeth’s cousin, Grace. This was from their proposal. So cool! Sweetest brother-sister speech I’ve ever seen. Andrew was so precious and heartfelt! Ben took a few moments to dance and enjoy the reception, so I made sure to snag a few pictures of him! These wedding guests were the best! Tons of dancing and laughter!
Because every groom plays Spike Ball at their wedding, right? So fun!!!! Anyone see the groomsman behind Eli and Dalton? His girlfriend caught the bouquet- apparently he was ready to catch to garter! Epic attempt to catch the football with garter on it- the other groomsmen picked him up to help him catch it… unfortunately it went through his legs… luckily he was stealthy and dove and ended up with it in the end!
Happy wedding day to the two of you! Thanks so much for letting Ben and me be a part of your special day!
Check out more of our 2016 wedding here!!!
Awesome Vendors from the day:
Venue: Walnut Hill Farms
Coordinator: Danielle West
Wedding Dress: Affordable Bridal
Hair Stylist: Amy Ivey
Make-up Artist: Chelsea West
Videographers: Mark Westlund and Carlos Ramirez
DJ: Chip Perry
Cake: Just Desserts
Groom/Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Party City