Jonathan and Megan are the sweet souls of this beautiful engagement session at Vickery Creek Falls Roswell Mill. The first time I met these two was with Megans family in December to go over wedding details for what is going to be a beautiful wedding in Destin, Florida this October. I absolutely cannot wait for their wedding on the Bay! Megans mom, Carmen, texted me a couple of weeks ago and let me know that Megan was recently diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and it made me even more excited for these engagement pictures because we both knew it would be a perfect day to take her mind off of everything that has been going on lately with her diagnosis. Megan is such an warm-hearted and positive woman and I know she is going to take on this diagnosis with the most uplifting attitude and it truly makes you realize how precious life is and how important it is to surround yourself with people who lift you up, care deeply for you and allow you to care deeply for them. I could truly see the passion and endearment between Jonathan and Megan at their engagement session and how sweetly he cares for her. They brought along their sweet puppers that complete their little family as we explored the park and took in the sunshine, which was a nice break in all this rain we have had lately! Check out all of their love and sweetness below.
DIY 6 Step $11 Fresh Flower Crown
Flower crowns have been all over the photography and wedding scene for the past year and they certainly aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Flower crowns are becoming more natural looking and are including several different kinds of flowers now. I hope this trend sticks around for a while as I have just learned how to make my own! I had a photoshoot on Sunday for a wooded boudoir session and I knew exactly what I wanted for the headpiece that would wrap everything up in a nice little bow. I went on a search Saturday for the most perfect fake flowers but kept ending up disappointed. I then decided to take a huge leap of faith in myself and bought fresh flowers; I was determined to make this work. Much to my surprise it was extremely easy to make a fresh flower crown (a bit tedious but easy)!
Don't mind the bad picture quality but I took these at 11pm the night before the shoot because I totally needed to document this process so all of you could do this at home! Follow the directions below and you will have a winning flower crown in no time!
- Floral wire ($1 @ Dollar store)
- Floral Tape ($1 @ Dollar store)
- Wire cutters ($1 @ Dollar store)
- Fresh flowers ($8 @ Publix or your newest grocery store)
Step 1: Gather your fresh flowers. I bought these two bouquets at Publix for $4 each. Cut a few inches off the ends of the flowers, just enough so they sit nicely in a vase with water to keep them fresh while you are working with them.
Step 2: Remove the leaves from the stems of the flowers.
Step 3: Cut 3 pieces of floral wire a few inches larger than your head or clients head circumference. This will give you enough length to braid the 3 wires together. I used floral wire that wasn't very thick because I wanted to keep my cost down so I braided 3 wires together to make it stronger. You could also twist them together because you will be taping them together anyways as you will see in the next step. I secured the ends together by wrapping the ends together.
Step 4: Take the floral tape and start wrapping all the way around the wire until you reach the other end.
Step 5: To keep heavy flowers together and not breaking off from the stem I pulled wire through the base of the rose. You will puncture the base of the flower and work it in until you can see it come out of the top of the flower. Bend the wire to make a hook and pull back through until its tight. Wrap the excess wire around the stem and tape with floral tape.
Step 6: This is the fun part, this is where your creative juices start flowing and your vision can come to life! I started with a bundle of babies breath (on the far left of the crown in the picture below and started adding to the crown from that point. To attach the flowers to the crown you will place the flower stem even with the crown wire and tape the stem to the crown. For the larger and heavier flowers like the roses, I used the floral wire to attach them before taping it; this will give the flower more support.
Step 7: Enjoy your flower crown to its fullest extent! The below image was from after it sat in the hot car all day after the photo shoot that we used it for, but I will post a few images from the shoot in a later blog post.
Check back for more DIY props for your photo sessions!
Prince Charming and his bride; that's all I kept saying to myself as I looked over these images after editing. Everything about these lovebirds remind me of a modern day fairy tale! I can't get over how absolutely in love and happy these two are. Their Wednesday afternoon courthouse wedding was embraced with such love as they were surrounded by the ones who mean the most to them while they said "I do" in courtroom 1H in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
I was a tad nervous going into the courthouse that afternoon as I had never shot a courthouse wedding before but I had a clear idea of how I wanted my images to turn out so I garnered my inner photojournalist and went back to my roots to "document" their emotions on this monumental day.
Thank you Joe and Kylee for letting me be a part of your big day!