Matthews Wedding

Mike & Abby's wedding was the most detailed affair I have ever attended. Every aspect of their wedding day celebration was customized to fit their personalities. October 1, 2016 began with preparation festivities at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Downtown Atlanta. 

A skyline view from the bridal suite and tons of natural sunlight made the morning feel bright and cheery. 

These Keds by Kate Spade made for the perfect comfortable shoe option for the practical bride. 

Speaking of comfort, Abby and her bridesmaids decided to ditch the traditional monogrammed robe and they went with comfy fleece onesies for the morning instead. 

Abby's dress was so heavy that one of her bridesmaids had to hide behind it and support it in order for us to get this shot. It's always so much fun getting to know the bridal party by doing little side projects like this one.

The bridal suite was adorned with snack food and drinks galore. Each bridesmaid had her own personalized champagne glass with a different color pop rock candy inside. Once the champagne was poured over the candy, each glass took on a different color of its own. How neat!

Mike sure does know the way to a girls heart because instead of a more traditional wedding day gift, he sent Abby her favorite snack food instead...

...and a baseball cap with her new monogram on it. 

Abby wore two garters underneath her gown. One to keep and one to give away to the winner of the garter toss at the reception. 

She also wore her great aunts wedding ring in addition to her own engagement ring as her "something borrowed" and "something old". 

Two toned bridesmaid dresses because one color just isn't enough! 

The heart on Abby's dress was made from clothing that belonged to her Nana and BobBob (maternal grandparents) and the lace was from her Mawmaw's (paternal grandmother) wedding dress. Her grandparents meant the world to her so this was a very important aspect of her wedding day. 

All the Bridesmaids had customized hangers for their dresses. 

And of course the mother of the bride had a customized hanger too! 

For the first look with her father, Abby had her dad ride up to the bridal suite in the elevator. When the doors opened he would see his baby girl as a bride for the first time. 

Meanwhile, my second shooter, Colin, was covering the guys getting ready. 

After everyone was finished getting ready it was time to head to the Sweetwater Brewery to prepare for the ceremony. Mike and Abby both love craft beer, so the Sweetwater venue was the perfect fit for them. They wanted a wedding venue that was fun, casual, and somewhere where all the guests would feel comfy.

Upon arriving to the brewery it was time for Mike and Abby to have their first look as bride and groom.

Before the ceremony started, my second shooter and I were able to get some formal group portraits of the bridal party in a part of the sweet water brewery that the general public doesn't have access to. As a Sweetwater enthusiast myself, this was a really neat experience and this group was so fun to work with. 

Mike and Abby's ceremony was just as "customized" as the rest of their day. Both Abby's Mom and Dad walked her down the isle, and the song that played after they said "I Do" was the celebration song the Chicago Blackhawks play when they score. Mike and Abby are huge hockey fans and moved to Chicago just three days after their wedding! 

After the ceremony, Mike and Abby retreated to the roof of the brewery for a quiet moment alone. My second shooter and I were able to get some amazing shots of them with the help of some artificial lighting. 

The reception had so many fun details! Sweet water beer bottles were used for centerpieces and they even got to serve a beer they brewed themselves. They named it "Big Booty Fruity".

Abby has a love for the circus so many of the reception details were inspired by that. A popcorn machine greeted guests as they entered the reception room, animal crackers were given out as party favors, and a caricature artist was available to draw the guests. There was also a really fun photo booth for guests to enjoy. 

Abby can't stand icing, so a naked cake was the perfect option for her, and of course Mike's cake was hockey themed. Abby's grandmothers cookie recipe and Krispy Kreme donuts made their debut at the desert bar. 

Who needs a sit down dinner at their wedding? Not these two. A Varsity food truck fed all the guests for the evening!

Abby got to choose what the live band wore for the reception. So she chose tuxedo t-shirts. 

Glowsticks and a trolley ride back to the hotel made for the perfect grand exit. 

The last stop of the evening was the Fox Theatre across the street from the Georgian Terrace for a few intimate portraits of the newlyweds. 

A special thanks goes to my second shooter for the day, Colin of Colin Prenger Media