We had planned to do this engagement session back in the Spring, but then COVID hit and postponed everything by a few months! I was excited to finally get to meet Michelle and Cody in person, and have a little fun hanging out and getting to know them better before their Fall wedding! It was also a great chance for us to explore the property at Dunaway Gardens, and plot out the best locations for where we want to do portraits on their wedding day! Michelle and Cody were great sports tolerating the heat, and laughing as we ran around, and got a little lost amidst the gardens. Here are a few of my favorite images from our shoot!

  1. Stuart Jones said:
    Just beautiful! These pictures truly convey the love and devotion you have for each other.
    July 29, 2020  9:35 pm
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What I love about the intimate weddings I have been shooting lately, is really getting to focus in on the couple, and the few close family members in attendance. When there are only a handful of guests, and no bridal party, or big dance floor moments happening, I get to devote all of my energy to documenting the love and connection between the couple, and their loved ones. And at the end of the day, I can’t think of anything more beautiful than that to focus on!

It’s also been fun getting to capture the things that mark this unique time in history the wedding is taking place. For example, there being no staff to serve the food (because of COVID they just prep it and leave) so the groom poured the champagne, and bride became the best dressed server I’ve ever seen! There were also a lot of gloves floating around, for people to wear while serving themselves, so Amy’s nieces decided the extra gloves, could also double as a toy, and started blowing them up for fun. While weddings do look a little different than any of us expected they would in 2020, it warms my heart to see that celebrating love doesn’t have to wait!

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day!

Outdoor summer wedding at Callanwolde fine arts center
Outdoor couples portrait in the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Garden

Amy & Pat- It was great getting to celebrate this special occasion with you! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. All the best, Bre

Ceremony Venue: The Garden at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Brushworx / Caterering and Cake: Sun in My Belly / Bride’s Dress: Catherine Deane online store / Groom’s Suit: Bonobo

I thought this wedding would be the first of my spring wedding season. I had no idea it would likely turn out to be my one and only spring wedding this year! Unfortunately with COVID-19 in full force, it looks like it will be awhile before I get to shoot another wedding. As a small business owner, it’s a tricky time. While I am eager to get back to work, to help provide for my family, I am absolutely supportive of all the restrictions currently being put in place. We need to do everything we can to help flatten the curve and slow the virus down as much as possible. So while I am sharing the beautiful story of this day, please know a lot of care went into following the CDC guidelines, and ensuring this was as safe as possible for everyone involved. If you do have a Spring wedding, with the latest updates, I would encourage you to make plans to postpone to a later date, when it is safer for everyone involved.

Josh and Jen’s wedding was planned to be a huge celebration, with 300 guests coming in from all over the world! So with travel bans happening, and the CoronaVirus starting to head our way, a lot of hard decisions had to be made in the last week or two leading up to their wedding. With the news of government restrictions changing daily, they made the difficult call to downsize to a very intimate gathering, that would take place at Josh’s sisters home. The ceremony was on the upstairs deck, and the few guests they allowed, sat downstairs with their chairs separated. The neighbors heard about the plans and tied white balloons on their mailboxes, made signs to hang around the neighborhood, and cheered them on from windows next door.

This Orthodox Jewish ceremony looked a little different than it normally would, with everyone spaced out, and wiping down the pen with Clorox wipes, and using hand sanitizer in between signing the Ketubah. During the ceremony the Rabbi said he normally he tells couples that their marriage is not going to be like their wedding day, because it won’t always feel like a fancy celebration. This wedding however, was different. He said their wedding day is exactly what marriage is all about, it’s facing the hard times that life throws at you, and overcoming those obstacles together. While it wasn’t the elaborate celebration they had originally envisioned, the stripped down nature of the day, made it all about the two of them, and the commitment they were making to one another, and in the end what is more beautiful than that?

They say when you lose one sense, your body compensates by heightening the other senses. It’s hard to describe, but in the absence of hugs, when they were stuck greeting guests and family at a distance, it made the love everyone felt for each other feel even more palpable. After a brief speech the couple shared with everyone who was joining virtually, they made the walk from Josh’s sisters home, to where his parents live just a few doors down. By this point, the rain had hit, but that didn’t stop the neighbors from coming out to cheer them on as they walked down the street! It reminded me of the video of the Italians singing out their windows to one another. It was a perfect reminder that as dark as the world can feel somedays, love still shines brighter than any challenge we are facing. And that is something worth celebrating!

Here are some of my favorite moments from the day.

Jen & Josh- It has been such a joy working with you guys! I am so glad Martine referred you to me, and that I could be one of the select few to witness your wedding day live and in person! Wishing you guys a happy, healthy and blessed life together! All the best, Bre

Make up and Hair: Brushworx / Bride’s Dress: Davids Bridal / Grooms Suit: Mens Warehouse

  1. Desiree and Ben Levin. said:
    Now this is what I call a sincere wedding. Great love felt by the very distances that separated everyone. Wonderful walk Singing in the Rain . So natural and unpretentious. I could feel the beating of Josh's drums. ( That is the last time I saw him - 1999 ). MAZELTOV TO ALL THE FAMILY.
    March 25, 2020  2:13 pm
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  2. Ann Dershowitz said:
    Such a lovely introduction. We watched online, and it was certainly a wedding to remember. We missed the singing in the rain. Thanks for bringing that to us. We wish you many, many happy years together. AND much success to Bresessions.
    March 25, 2020  3:17 pm
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    • Bre Sessions said:
      Thank you!! So glad you could watch online. Hopefully the pictures help fill in the rest of the story of the day!
      March 25, 2020  5:20 pm
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  3. Neil Berkowitz said:
    It was wonderful to be able to share this Simcha with all of you in real time.If ever there was an excellent example of making lemonade from the lemons Life sometimes delivers, this was it. Wishing both of you a happy, healthy, fruitful life together.
    March 26, 2020  7:44 pm
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I have seen a lot of cool links being shared on social media with fun resources of things to do with your kids, while we are all quarantined at home. So far my daughter and I have checked out the live feed from the Georgia Aquarium, done some art off of Let’s Make Art, and toured museums around the world! So, I thought I would create a photo inspired list of ideas to share with everyone. In case you need some fresh ideas to add to the mix.

Plan a “photo shoot” with your kids – You can use a camera if you have one, or just grab a phone. Let your kids plan the shoot, where in the house they want to have it, what theme they want, and what they will wear. Ideally go someplace with some nice window light, or take it outdoors if your weather allows. The pictures below are from the impromptu shoot my daughter and I did in my studio this week. She put on her favorite dress, and she wanted to incorporate some balloons we had lying around from her last birthday. For younger kids they might enjoy throwing on an old halloween costume, or getting dressed up as their favorite super hero.

Create a video interview– Treat it like a talk show and interview your kids. Ask them what they want to be when they grow up, where they want to live, what their favorite memory was from the past year. We often have quick clips of our kids doing something, but record a little longer segment of them just talking, and hearing how they think at this stage of their lives. It will be a fun thing to look back on years from now. I wish I had done more of this before my youngest daughter passed away. I have lots of cute dancing and singing videos, but not as many of her just talking for longer stretches.

Photo scavenger hunt- If you need a break to get something done while working from home, give your kids a scavenger hunt list, and a phone. If you need ideas, @TheIdeaRoom posted some a few days ago on Instagram, you can find it here for some inspiration. If you have time you could even tie in things they are working on in their online school work. For example, if they are learning about shapes and numbers, have them find things in the house with a certain number of items, or in a particular shape. If they are older, it could be finding images to pair with their Spanish vocab words, or images that tell the visual story for a book they are reading. It can also be just for fun, like find something; “soft”, “colorful”, “shiny”, “funny”, or “sweet”.

Order prints and have them scrapbook– My daughter likes to scrapbook, but I am bad about ordering prints. This week, we went through and she selected her favorite images from last year, and I am having them printed and shipped to me, so she can put them in her album. If they are too young to do this all on their own, you could give them a small notebook and some stickers, markers and tape, and let them create their own less fancy version with a few pics you have lying around, or ones where you’ve ordered extras.

Send photos to loved ones– It’s a crazy time in our country, and everyone’s a little stressed, so why not take this time to encourage and send love to others. Print photos, or order cards with photos on them (I can order these for you if you want, just shoot me an email) to mail out to family or friends who might be feeling lonely right now. If your family is like mine, the grandparents are really missing seeing their grandkids, but with all the germs, we are trying to keep our distance, so this is a fun way let them know you are thinking of them, and help brighten their day from afar.

Use a photo to create painting or drawing– Find a favorite photo of a family member ,and have your kids paint or draw that person based on the photo and then send it to them. You could also use a photo of a favorite family vacation spot, like a picture of the Disney castle, as inspiration for a painting or drawing.

Send a Greetabl– I love creating these fun little gifts to send to people. You can pick the gift, the packaging, and then include a few pictures that are then printed directly on the box. (This is not in a sponsored post, just a company I have personally used and like.) Click here to check out the options.

Create an album you can enjoy together– If you are like me, and have a little less work than normal due to COVID-19 postponing or canceling work, you could take this time to create your own albums, for the kids to enjoy flipping through later. I have Chatbooks subscription (they are the little square white books below) set up for all my Instagram and phone pictures, and they automatically send a book for every 60 photos. (If you want to try them you can get $10 off your first book, with my code BSESSIONS-6HJW). My girls always loved having a tangible thing to flip through and see their memories in print. You could also create nicer version online (like bigger one below that some dear friends made for me). You can also have your photographer create a custom album from a family, or lifestyle shoot you have done, if you something high quality, that will stand the test of time.

If you are running out ideas of how to keep your kids entertained in the coming weeks, hopefully these help spark some new ideas. And of course, if you need help with ordering prints, albums, cards, etc… I am here, and have plenty of time to make it happen for you. Sending best wishes for good health! Hopefully we can hold onto our sanity, and make the most of this time stuck at home. All the best, Bre

If you try any of these things. I’d love to hear about it! Comment below and let me know. Also, if you have any ideas you think I should add, feel free to mention that as well.

When the bride is from Oklahoma, the groom is from Georgia, and they met in college at Mississippi State, trying to decide where to get married can be tough! With people coming in form all over they decided to have everyone meet up in Tennessee, to say their I do’s, and celebrate with everyone! It was an absolutely beautiful day! After weeks of rain, the sun finally decided to come out and shine down on us, as we took photos and enjoyed the scenic hillside views of Kingston, TN.

J and Jacey knew sun would be setting shortly after their ceremony, so they opted to do a first look, and even did a quick trial run of their vows prior to the ceremony. Jacey wanted to have the first time they saw each other, still be when the doors opened and she walked in to him at the end of the aisle, so that is exactly what we did! After practicing their vows, they exchanged gifts. Jacey gave J a watch with an inscription saying the very same thing J’s mom had given Jay’s dad on their wedding day. It’s clear the legacy of love, is living on as these two start this next chapter of their lives together. Here are a few of my favorite moments from their wedding day!

Jacey & J – I am so glad that despite all the craziness leading up to the wedding, that everything went so smoothly the day of! Even the sun decided to cooperate, and make an appearance after weeks of rain! Everything was absolutely beautiful, and it was so fun seeing you guys be able to laugh and cut loose on the dance floor, surrounded by your family and friends! I wish you guys all of the best as you start this next chapter of your lives as husband and wife! Best wishes, Bre

Ceremony and Reception: Noah’s Event Venue

Wedding Planning: Wed Design Co.

Videographer: Tried and True Films

Bride’s Hair: Style on Site

Bride’s Make Up: Make up by Kenji

Bride’s Dress: Sweet Elegance Bridal

Groom’s Tux: Savvi Formal Wear

Florist: Rosemary’s Florist

DJ: Sequoyah Entertainment

Cake: Gail’s Custom Cakes