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Classic Spring Wedding at the UGA Chapel and Georgian Hall, Athens, GA – Mary Beth & Culby


June 22, 2018


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Mary Beth & Culby’s wedding at the UGA Chapel and Georgian Hall in Athens, Georgia was a day I’ve been looking forward to since I first chatted with Mary Beth last year! I was instantly drawn to Mary Beth because of her kindness and joy, and I love that she & Culby have a beautiful friendship and heart for the Lord at the center of their relationship! Culby and Mary Beth are sweet, enthusiastic, fun-loving and adorably silly together! Capturing them was so much fun because they laughed together all day, and they naturally loved on each other without much prompting from me at all! They truly are a joy to be around!

The day began with Mary Beth and the girls getting ready in a beautiful, light-filled room at the Georgian Hall. Sun streamed in through the windows and Mary Beth was all smiles as hair and makeup commenced! Whitney of Whitewood Events and I had so much fun styling and photographing all Mary Beth’s elegant bridal details from her Badgley Mischka shoes to the family Bible! After hair and makeup were done, we headed over to UGA’s North Campus and it was time for Mary Beth to get into her gown! Once dressed, Mary Beth gave her Mom the sweetest gift – a painting of the house they’ve shared together over the past year. It was one of the sweetest gift ideas I’ve seen & I loved seeing Mary Beth and her Mom share that special moment together! Then, it was time for the Bridesmaids’ reveal and I just love the girls’ completely priceless reaction!

In a beautiful garden path next to the UGA Chapel where moments later they’d say their vows, Mary Beth & Culby shared a beautiful & joyful First Look! I loved capturing the incredible excitement on their faces as well as the moment they took to pray together. The light was absolutely beautiful, and after a very rainy spring, I was so happy it was such a gorgeous day! After capturing Bride and Groom photos, the wedding party came out to join us! I had so much fun capturing this group, and I think it’s a great testament to Mary Beth and Culby that they’re surrounded by such a great group of family and friends!

The ceremony took place inside the UGA Chapel. Mary Beth was absolutely radiant on her Dad’s arm, and I loved seeing Culby’s face light up as she came towards him! After sharing their vows, they took a special moment of prayer before exiting the chapel triumphantly as husband and wife! And once their wedding party joined them, they excitedly rang the UGA bell as the new Mr. & Mrs. Hinson!

After the ceremony, we took a few more pictures, and I loved capturing that officially married glow on Culby and Mary Beth’s faces! After a quick trolley ride back over to the Georgian Hall, it was time for the reception! We were able to sneak out during the reception for a few sunset portraits, and I’m so glad we did! The sky was full of fluffy pink and purple clouds that were absolutely gorgeous! The band kept the dance floor hopping all night, and Hairy Dawg also made an appearance and took the party to the next level! All in all, it was such a fun and perfect day for an absolutely wonderful pair!

Mary Beth and Culby – Getting to know you guys and capturing your wedding has been an absolute joy! It really felt like celebrating with two dear friends, and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to capture and be a part of all the joy! Your enthusiasm for life and love for the Lord inspires and encourages my heart! I know God has such wonderful things in store for you as a married couple! Nashville is blessed to have you, and I’m just gonna have to come visit! Love you guys – Carrie Joy

So feminine and elegant, I loved how all Mary Beth’s details matched her style so perfectly!

From the rings, hair clip and earrings to the stunning bouquet, Whitney & I had a blast styling and photographing Mary Beth’s details!

I love Mary Beth’s radiant smile here as Mom buttons up her gorgeous gown!

Mary Beth gave her Mom a beautiful painting of the house they’ve shared together. Isn’t that the sweetest?!

I just adore the bridesmaid’s reaction to seeing Mary Beth in her gown!

Aren’t these reactions amazing?! I just love First Looks!

This is one of my favorites! I just love that look of love on Culby’s face!

Mary Beth’s bouquet was such a perfect mix of soft color and texture! Isn’t it stunning?!

This film photo is another one of the favorites! I just love everything from the giggle shared between Brittany and Mary Beth to those gorgeous bouquets by Grace’s Garden Floral Design!

Aren’t they the picture of classic wedding elegance?! I loved this sweet group!

“IT’S WEDDING DAY!!” After reading their letters to each other, Culby gave a rendition of his game day pep talk just before the ceremony!

This is wedding day JOY at its finest!! LOVE!

Culby’s excitement here just makes me smile! Off the to reception at the Georgian Hall!

Full of spins and twirls, their First Dance was so fun & classy and fit them to a T!

The newlywed’s champagne flutes were absolutely beautiful paired with the flowers and this textured floral linen from BBJ Linens!

I’m so glad we were able to sneak away for a few sunset photos because the sky was absolutely stunning!

And, mid-reception, Hairy Dawg joined the party!

Congratulations, Mary Beth & Culby! I’m so happy for you guys!

And one more treat for y’all! I have Mary Beth & Culby’s Wedding Film by Shackleford Films for you guys to check out below:

A big Thank You goes out to my amazing second photographer, Corryn Lytle, and to the vendor team who made this day possible:

Planning: Whitewood Events

Primary Coordinator: Whitney Downs

Assistant Coordinator: Ashley Stalvey

Ceremony Venue: University of Georgia Chapel

Reception Venue: The Georgian Hall

Florist: Wanda Couch, Grace’s Garden Floral Design

Wedding Cake: Cecilia Villaveces Cakes

Band: Jabari Grover, Atlanta Soul Band

Rentals: Oconee Events

Ceremony Music: Laura Boyd, Athens Wedding Music

Videographer: Daniel Shackleford, Shackleford Films

Bride’s Gown: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique

Hair Stylist: Erin Ryser

Makeup Artist: Erin Ryser

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridals by Lori

Groom’s Attire: Custom

Catering: South Kitchen + Bar

Invitations: Oconee Printing

Minister: The Reverend Hace Clemons Cargo II

Wedding Vision Board Design: Rachel Slauer, Slauer Events

Film Developing: Richard Photo Lab


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