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Emily & Cody – A Nautical Blue, White & Silver Wedding at Lake Lanier Islands


March 31, 2016


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 A child of the ocean, always seeking coastline. Film-obsessed. Organized to the Nth degree.





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When Emily & Cody first met they were working at the docks & Cody patiently waited until the end of Emily’s shift so that he could go over & say “Hi” – how cute is that? From the first moment they met Cody has been patient, a gentle leader, respectful and sweet. And, Emily is also patient, forgiving, and incredibly artistic (Courtney explained during her toast how Emily quickly learns a new hobby and becomes accomplished in no time!). It was incredible seeing these two sweethearts wed!

Cody & Emily’s wedding day was blessed with beautiful weather. As history has shone us, anything can happen with the weather in Georgia in mid-March, but with temperatures in the mid to high 70s and a refreshing breeze coming off the water, it really couldn’t have been more perfect!

Another reason Emily & Cody’s day was incredibly blessed was through their family & friends. It was such a wonderful group who obviously love Emily & Cody immensely. From Reverend Meemaw who performed the ceremony to Julia, Emily’s Mom, who put so much time and effort into making the day special for Emily & Cody – it was a day overflowing with love & care down to the smallest detail. I was also blessed to work with the incredible Jackie Raez of Smooth Tie the Knots who helped the day run seamlessly. The MVP band really brought the party, and both Emily & Cody were impressing me with their dancing skills by the end of the night!

Emily & Cody – I am so happy for you both! You have so much to look forward to in marriage & many more adventures to come! As change and pressure comes, I hope you’ll lean on the support of friends and family and look to the Lord as the anchor in your marriage. Thank you both for the honor of capturing your beautiful day! Much love & appreciation – Carrie Joy

I just LOVE the buttons and beautiful detailing on Emily’s gown!

I just love Emily’s laugh – isn’t she just adorable?

The Bridesmaids’ dresses were just the most gorgeous shade of blue – perfect for this lakeside celebration!

Not only was Cody’s expression the sweetest when Emily came down the aisle, but I just adore this image Kristina captured of Emily’s Mom, Julia, in that moment!

After portraits, we took a trolley from the Venetian Pier up to the Plantation Ballroom for the reception!

I just LOVED Emily & Cody’s adorable cake topper – the perfect touch for their nautical wedding!

I loved the family’s sweet expression during the cake cutting!

The MVP band was absolutely fantastic! They brought such energy and soul to the party!

Congratulations, Emily & Cody! Thank you for the privilege of being a part of your day!

Thank you to Kristina Lawson who photographed this wedding with me & to the following vendors who made Emily & Cody’s day a success:

Ceremony Venue – Venetian Pier at Lake Lanier Islands Resort | Reception Venue – Plantation Ballroom at Legacy Lodge at Lanier Islands Resort | Wedding Coordinator – Jackie Raez, Smooth Tie the Knots | Band – MVP EastCoast Entertainment | Floral Design – Jessica Holden, Design House | Cake Artist – Malinda McCaslin, The Baking Grounds | Hair & Makeup – Amber Lott | Bridal Gown – Bride Beautiful | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bride Beautiful | Menswear: Mens Wearhouse | Ceremony String Players: Ken Lambert Music

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