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Spring Wedding at Brawner Hall and Smyrna First United Methodist Church – Amy & Chad


April 24, 2019


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Amy and Chad’s wedding at Brawner Hall and Smyrna First United Methodist Church in Smyrna, Georgia was such a beautiful and joyful soiree! The azaleas, dogwoods and other flowering trees seemed to flourish even more this year than in years past, and the excitement that spring brings was a perfect pairing to the start of a brand new season for the new Mr. & Mrs.!

Amy and Chad are such a joy! They really bring out the best in each other, and I love the way their wedding day was full of laughter and fun from start to finish! I had such a blast taking their engagement photos at Brawner Hall last fall, and the wedding was even more fun!

The day began at Amy’s house with hair and makeup; the girls primped and hung out while “Mamma Mia” streamed in the background. Sunlight flooded her home, and I absolutely loved that the bright pink azaleas were in full bloom as well! I adored styling the bright blooms with the invitation suite and other details, including Amy’s Lilly Pulitzer perfume! Once Amy’s hair and makeup was done, she slipped into her gorgeous gown with her Mom and shared the sweetest Bridesmaids’ Reveal with her girls! Her adorable pup Lady was also a part of the fun getting ready festivities!

After getting ready, everyone headed over to the Church where Amy & Chad shared a tender First Look together before taking pictures around the property underneath a canopy of flowering trees! In pale blue with touches of light pink, the wedding party was the perfect match to the flowers and new growth of the season, and they were a blast to work with to boot! After a sweet Father-Daughter First Look and family photos, it was time for the ceremony!

The ceremony took place in the beautiful sanctuary of Smyrna First United Methodist Church. Amy looked absolutely radiant on her father’s arm as she made her way towards Chad under the sparkling chandeliers! Following their traditional ceremony, we headed outside to take portraits of the newlyweds! The sun sparkled off Amy’s train and I love just how absolutely happy Amy & Chad looked together! We also got some fun photos with their getaway car!

Then, it was time to head over to Brawner Hall for the reception! Family and friends enjoyed dinner, dancing, cake and true to Amy’s love of all things Disney – soft serve ice cream with Mickey Mouse sprinkles!! I’m so glad we were able to sneak out for a few sunset portraits with the perfect pink flowering trees and classic car, and at the end of the night, they exited the party under a shower of bubbles!

Amy & Chad – You guys are absolutely adorable together! I love that your joy and excitement overflowed from your beautiful First Look all the way through the Last Dance of the night! I’m so excited for your days ahead as a married couple! Thank you for being so fun and open, and thank you for the honor and privilege of capturing your love! I hope the photos will remind you of the joy of your wedding day for years to come! Much love and appreciation – Carrie Joy

Lilly Pulitzer perfume with wedding ringsBallroom style Wedding Dress and blue suede shoes

Amy’s beautiful blue suede pumps were the perfect something blue!

Bridal details with Bride getting readyMother of the Bride buttoning gown in black and white photoBride putting on earrings with MomBridesmaids Reveal Reactions

How sweet are the bridesmaids’ reaction to seeing Amy in her gown and veil?!! Y’all, I live for sweet moments like this one!

Classic Bride detail photos in Black and WhiteBride and Bridesmaids with pupEmotional Groom reaction during First Look

Chad absolutely melted when he saw Amy during their tender First Look!

First Look and lego cufflinksJoyful Bride with Groom Romantic Spring Wedding portrait in the treesGroom kissing Bride on cheek

Can we pause for a second to talk about how radiant Amy looks?!! Absolutely stunning!

Laughing Bride and GroomSpring Bridal portraitClassic Bride and Groom portrait at Smyrna WeddingBride and Groom portraits by themselves

I love the touch of pink in Amy’s bouquet and Chad’s tie! Perfect for spring?!!

Bride and Groom at spring wedding at Smyrna First United Methodist Elegant Wedding party in light blue and pink Wedding flowers in pinks and whites Wedding party in light spring colors Wedding party laughing togetherBride with Bridesmaids at Smyrna First United Methodist Groomsmen being sillySmyrna First United Methodist Church with classic car Sanctuary at Smryna First United Methodist Chandeliers in ChurchBride on Dad's arm walking down the aisle, Groom's face

Amy looked absolutely radiant on her father’s arm, and Chad’s emotional reaction was priceless.

Bride walking down aisle at Smyrna First United MethodistClassic Church Wedding in Smyrna Ring exchange in church wedding First Kiss as Husband and Wife Joyful Recessional

I love the look of pure joy on Amy & Chad’s faces here!

Bride and Groom kiss in classic car Just Married portraits of the Bride and Groom in classic car in Smyrna

How fun and classic is this portrait of the newlyweds?!! This film photo is one of my favorites of the day!

Bride and Groom just after ceremony in Smyrna Bride and Groom wave goodbye in classic car Excited Bride and Groom in classic carBrawner Hall Spring Wedding decorBrawner Hall with Classic CarBrawner Hall Wedding Reception in SmyrnaDisney wedding cake topperDisney themed logo for wedding cocktail glasses and napkinsFirst Dance Bride & GroomFamily dances at weddingDisney sprinkles on soft serve ice cream

In lieu of a more traditional Groom’s cake, Amy & Chad had a soft serve ice cream station complete with Mickey Mouse sprinkles!

Bride and Groom kiss under pink blossoming trees

Y’all, how romantic is this photo?!! Loved that we were able to go out for a few sunset photos with Amy & Chad!

Bride and Groom with classic getaway carBride and Groom sunset portraits with classic car at Brawner Hall in SmyrnaBride and Groom sunset photos at Brawner hallDancingBubble exitGrand exit

Congratulations, Amy & Chad! We’re so excited for you and loved being a part of your special day!

Getaway car

A special thanks goes out to my assistant Kristina & to Glorianna Chan for second shooting the day with me, along with the following vendors:

Ceremony Location: Smyrna First United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Brawner Hall
Coordination: Kristen Sudduth
Floral Design: Kara with Milestones Floral
Hair Stylist: Samantha Partin
Makeup: Laura Waldrep
Bride’s Gown: Suite Bridal by Sophia and Camilla
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: Brooks Brothers
Video & DJ: CJ Johnson
Cake: Confection Perfection
Film Developing: Richard Photo Lab

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