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Crane Cottage, Jekyll Island: Sarah and Doug’s Summer Wedding

We started the day with Sarah and Doug jumping right into their first look– and from then I knew, they were complete naturals! Hardly needing any direction at all, we let them interact with each other and just enjoy their wedding day. 🙂 

Enjoy these sneak peeks of some of our faves!

 

 

 

Florist: Straton Hall Events

Venue: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Hair: Blush and Mane

Stationer: Minted

Music: The Cover Band

Calligrapher:Calligraphy Atlanta

Bride’s Shoes: M. Gemi

Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza

 

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Blueberry Family Portrait Session

My clients came to me with this fun idea– A Lifestyle Session where they pick Blueberries. I was thrilled to put it together! So I found Morning Belle Farms, met the Walls, and we had a blast walking around picking berries!

Here’s a fun tip: When you book your family portraits this year, have an activity in mind that your whole family will enjoy doing. It is so much more meaningful when you look back and remember that day you picked blueberries together, or made pizzas from scratch at home!

It can turn a simple snapshot into a memorable moment you’ll want to keepsake forever. Take a look!

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Top 3 Reasons to Say YES to a First Look!


I (Caitlin) have been photographing weddings for five years now. If you ask me what my absolute favorite trend from the past decade was, I would cry out, First Look! What is a First Look? It’s a unique opportunity for the Bride and Groom to have a private moment to see each other before the ceremony. Now I know, your grandmother’s voice is in the back of your head saying

“It’s bad luck to see the Bride before the Wedding.”

but ladies, I think it’s bad luck to run out of daylight for photos..

Nightmare, am I right? I don’t think your grandmother is going to shame you for making a smart decision. I know most photographers, myself included, have our brides and grooms fill out a timeline beforehand so we make sure to have plenty of time after the ceremony to get your formal photos done. But darlings, we all understand life, sometimes things don’t always go as planned. The flower girl doesn’t want to go down the aisle, people are running late, it starts raining.. Things happen.

So let’s say you’ve set formals from 5:30-6:30p.m. with a 5:00p.m. Ceremony. The Ceremony starts late, which believe me happens, well that leaves you with 15-20 min LESS time for formals. Sunset is at 6:30p.m., we are now in a race for time. Just typing this makes me queasy.

 

“go mingle with your guests!”

 

Why not, take out the stress of “What if?” and plan for the worst and come out with time to spare, which means more time for your family and friends! Go ahead and get all of your formals out of the way before the ceremony. I mean, your family is already dressed and ready to go! Then, you can do a few romantic sunset photos in the evening, but all of your portraits will have already been finished and you’re free to go mingle with your guests! Pop the champagne!

 

I mentioned, Sunset photos. Those thirty minutes before the sun fully sets is my absolute fave time for portraits! Everything looks like an absolute dream– The pinks and deep purple hues.. Why waste such a beautiful moment?!

“TWICE the amount of portraits”

 

So maybe instead of going back to your guests, you take advantage of that gorgeous Golden Hour and get almost TWICE the amount of Bride and Groom Portraits?? Remember, you already got all of those bridal party + family group shots out of the way before the Ceremony, why not go nuts? Let your photographer use this time to go above and beyond and hopefully exceed your expectations. After all, these photos are all you have to look back on, right? We would love to give you the opportunity for even more lovely photos! “I wish we had taken more photos.” these words should never follow your Wedding Day.

 

 

All of this by no means is saying you have to hire your photographer for 10 hours in order to capture all of the important moments that encompass your Wedding Day. No, you can be savvy with managing your time and have a lovely, no stress(!) photography experience. You can absolutely schedule your hair and make up to be finished an hour and a half before your Ceremony. Start Formal photos of you (Bride) with bridesmaids (15 min), Bride’s immediate family (15 min) and then portraits of the Bride (15-30 min). Same scenario with the Groom– you should still be rocking to have 30 min to get tucked away before the Ceremony, grab a drink of water, touch up on hair and make up before you have to walk down the aisle.

In this case, I would highly suggest an earlier Ceremony time. I gave an example earlier, just bump that 5 o’clock Ceremony up 30 min to an hour and you’re golden! Remember things do not always start on time, plan for ample time and you’re in the clear!

But I want to make sure you’re ok with possibly missing some or perhaps all of your cocktail hour still getting photos with both of your families, the whole bridal party, and Bride + Groom shots. I want to make sure you’re ok with this being the only opportunity for your Bride and Groom portraits and I want to make sure you understand, that as much as I wish I could, I can not control the weather. I can’t shoo clouds, rain, or gnats (thanks Georgia) away.

I’ve done Weddings with First Looks and without. I will say with 100% certainty, that the one’s with, go more smoothly. If you don’t feel comfortable with taking the risk, save yourself the stress and schedule a First Look.

 

“Have a moment to yourselves”

 

 

My last ditch effort at convincing you shouldn’t take much. More alone time– the two of you can sneak away from your family and friends before the party gets started, and just TALK. Stare at each other. Giggle. Jump up and down. Cry (happy tears!). Your Wedding is going to be emotional. Have a moment to yourselves to take all of that in. I promise, you are not going to ruin any emotional response he’ll have when he sees you walking down the aisle. He’ll probably cry then too. I’ve actually seen that. I cried watching it. It’s a very emotional thing, it’s the Big Moment. You’re not taking THAT moment away from him. You’re multiplying it. This time, you’re walking towards him to take his hand in marriage. Believe me, he’ll understand the heaviness of that moment. And it will hit him all over again.

 

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Crane Cottage, Jekyll Island: Natasha and Jonathon’s Spring Wedding

 


 

 

Florist: Straton Hall Events

Designer: Bride

Planner: Liza Isenbarger with Jekyll Island

Hair: Blush and Mane by Sara Jane Maples

Makeup: Micayla Bautista

Stationer: Missy Thieman

Name Cards: www.etsy.com/EvasFeathers

Robes: www.etsy.com/Sharbathi

Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell, Everthine Bridal Boutique

Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani

Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHLDN, Adrianna Papell, Free People, Pisarro Nights, Show Me Your MuMu

Groom’s Shoes: Giorgio Brutini

Gold Chargers: Bed Bath and Beyond

Lanterns: Ebay

Napkins: Table Linens Dyed by Bridal party

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Mekka Swim ♡ ♡ ♡

I had the pleasure recently to meet and work with Megan Gilmartin, the CEO and lead designer at Mekka Swim. She is certainly a woman driven by a dream and I believe she’s going to be making huge waves (pun intended) this Summer. 😉 I absolutely love the way she gushes about her goals, her team and her line of bikinis!

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Here’s Her Story:

I would love to tell you a little bit about myself and the brand. I grew up in South Georgia. If you ever follow my personal Instagram (@meganngilmartin) you can probably tell that from the pictures of my pet peacocks, tractors, and hobbies.

Usually you hear the same old, “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little girl story”. Well that wasn’t me. I always found myself day dreaming about life. I may not have known exactly what I wanted to do, but I definitely knew what I didn’t want. I didn’t want to wake up and have to convince myself every morning to go to a job that didn’t light a fire in my heart. 

I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design (shoutout to the talented, Hope Wallace). I had no direction or plan for myself. The plans I did have took a 180 degree turn. That’s life I guess huh? I set off into the world, knowing I wanted to create something I could be proud of. For me, it took years of setbacks, failed plans, moving across the country and back, and waiting tables to discover exactly what I wanted. Let me tell you something, waking up everyday and having to spend all of your time, money, and energy on a “dream” that doesn’t exist yet is absolutely grueling. If you make it through that, one day you wake up with something you thought was once impossible. That feeling is pretty indescribable. ANYWAYS, enough about me…let me tell you about the love of my life, Mekka Swim.

Mekka is more than a line of bikinis. It’s a brand and a lifestyle. It’s enjoying the smallest moments in life and celebrating every tiny victory. If I had one piece of advice for anyone in the world, it’s to just keep going. You will have setbacks. You will have moments you feel like nothing is working. There have been a million and one times in life that I have failed at a plan or a goal. Just keep moving forward.

Mekka Swim is my inspiration. It is so much more than selling bikinis. It is waking up in the morning and working hard at something I am so in love with everyday. It’s sharing that feeling with other people. That is what I strive for.  I want the Mekka brand to motivate people to keep pushing towards whatever it is in life that keeps them above water.

“Mekka Babe”

 She is every woman who loves to sing, dance, and play in the sun. Her favorite moments are those spent with the people she cares for most in the world. She surrounds herself with adventure, but at the end of a long week, knows how to relax. To become a Mekka babe, all you really need is a bikini and the right attitude. #girlpower 

“Where did the name Mekka come from?”

Easy! It is a made up word because I wanted it to have an “M” for Megan and a “K” for my BFFL Kelsey. The best part of the made up name is that it gives the Mekka babes the chance to create the meaning behind it. 

Let me introduce ya’ll to my BBF, Kelsey Henjum, who just so happens to be the Vice President of Mekka Swim.

Besides being the funniest person in the entire world, she’s smart. I wouldn’t be where I am in life or with Mekka Swim without her. She graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Communications and Public Relations. She busts her butt here at Mekka Swim and has that fighter spirit every girl strives to have. 

Fun story: A few years ago, Kelsey and I were floating around in the pool daydreaming. We talked about life, plans, goals, and boys (duh). We were talking about what would be the most amazing job to have if we could do anything in the world. (At the time, we both served people cheeseburgers and beer at Brogens South) We both laughed at the the idea of traveling the world, drinking smoothies with each other and a line of swimwear that we created in our heads. What started as a girls day at the pool, is currently what we wake up to and work at everyday. That in itself is a dream come true. 

So that’s our story… Bikinis designed in the south, made to roam the world, for the girls who live fiercely. Let’s cheers to all the badass babes out there and to one hell of an adventure. 

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Inspired yet? I love meeting new women entrepreneurs and hearing just what drives them. Plus it’s always a bonus when I get to work with them! 🙂 Go check out Megan’s shop at Mekka Swim!

XO!

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