Scotta and Chip love the outdoors, but with the summer heat, we decided we needed to do their engagement session, somewhere where we could step inside for air occasionally! Since they live in the Alpharetta area, and like to hang out at Avalon (and it also happens to be where I met them at a Crate and Barrel bridal event) it seemed like the perfect place to capture them in their element. Since they love coffee, we made a trip to the Strabucks in the Avalon hotel to toast to their upcoming wedding, and get a little icy caffinated goodness to start our session off right!

There was some great live Music playing in the background, and thanks to the rain, it actually felt pretty good outside. We strolled the boulevard, found pretty spots to hang on the lawn, and got to enjoy the beautiful sunset, as they laughed the night away together. If “laughter is the sound of the soul dancing” then these two are going to have an amazing lifelong dance party together! I can’t wait to photograph their wedding later this Fall, but until then, here is a peek at their engagement photos!

Starbucks Engagement PhotosCheers to Scotta and Chip, looking forward to their wedding later this Fall!

If you are looking for more engagement session inspiration, or additional location ideas you can check out my last blog post!

If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear from you! -Bre

I love the intimate nature of Elopements, so when I heard about Becca and David’s vision for their wedding ceremony at the Historic Brumby Hall and Gardens, I was very excited to get to document it for them. If you have ever been to Marietta Hotel and Conference Center, you know it’s a beautiful property, but what you many not know, is that tucked away on the side of the parking lot, is a little pathway that leads you to this gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony site. With it just being their immediate family in attendance, they were all able to gather under the pavilion together as they said their “I do’s”. Becca’s dad not only walked her down the aisle, but also served as the officiant to marry them. The service was followed by a heartfelt toast from her grandfather, some yummy cake, and of course portraits of the bride and groom, and with their family. With no reception to rush off to, we had the luxury of exploring the gardens and taking pictures all the way up to sunset. Here are a few of my favorites from this charming summer elopement! I can’t wait for their party/reception that is happening later this week, to get some fun candid moments as they celebrate with the rest of their friends and family.

Outdoor ceremony at gazebo of Marietta Hotel and conference center Dad walking daughter down aisle at Marietta Hotel and Conference Center Ceremony Ceremony at the Gazebo at Marietta Hotel and Conference Center Candid wedding photography from Marietta Hotel and Conference CenterWedding Portraits at the Marietta Hotel and Conference Center Family Portraits at the Marietta Hotel and Conference Center Bride and Groom at Brumby Hall and Gardens Wedding at Brumby Hall and Gardens at the Marietta Hotel and ConferenceWedding Couple from Marietta Wedding Wedding Photography from Marietta Hotel and Conference Center Nighttime portrait of bride and groom at Marietta Hotel and Conference Center

Becca and David- It was so great getting to spend time with you and your families! I hope you are having an amazing time in Italy, and can’t wait to celebrate with you again this coming weekend! -Bre

Elopement Location: Brumby Hall and Gardens at the Marietta Hotel and Conference Center / Brides Dress: Sherri Hill Designs from Bravura Dress Shop / Flowers: Petals and Treats

And a special thank you to my assistant photographer: Katie who helped me capture the day!

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To see other weddings where the couples got ready or did portraits at the Marietta Hotel and Conference Center, check out these past weddings here and here on the blog.

Darren had almost given up on a day like this being in the cards for him, and then when he least expected it, he got connected with Sara, and his world was forever changed! The way he lights up when he is around her, it’s obvious it was worth the wait! I don’t know how else to describe Sara, other than FUN! And not only does she know how to have a great time, but it’s super important to her that those around her are having a blast too. So, I knew the dance floor was going to be on fire that night. In fact, one of her biggest concerns when trying to hire a photographer was finding someone that had good dance floor images in their portfolio. This is not a request I hear often, but since I absolutely love grabbing candid action shots on the dance floor, I was excited that she choose  to work with me!

It was a beautiful day from start to finish, Jim white designs did a fabulous job transforming the ceremony room at the Ritz with a into a sophisticated, romantic Ivory backdrop, where the chuppah could take center stage. The family Tallis were draped across the top of the birch framework for a personal touch. Amy with JDV occasions, made sure everything ran smoothly, and helped orchestrate the other special touches throughout the day. There was a memory tree in honor of loved ones who have passed, a cookie table (a Pittsburgh tradition) with cookies made by all of the guests to share, and take home, and an ice cream bar with plated desserts! I mean who needs cake when you have hundreds of cookies to choose from! Then Rupert’s Orchestra got everyone out on the dance floor, while Button it up photo booth created some fun take home images for the guests, and put them in a keepsake book for Sara and Darren to laugh about to years to come! It was quite the party, and even after the official send off, it was clear there was more fun to be had, at the lobby bar upstairs. Here are some of my favorite moments from the day. (For more vendor info, check out the bottom of the blog post.)

Sara and Darren- Thanks for entrusting me to hang with you on the dance floor, and ensure it was all documented well! Wish you guys lived closer. I could use another New York friend nearby to remisciece with about city life! Hopefully your path will lead you guys back to Atlanta one day down the road! All the best, Bre

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Ceremony and Reception: Ritz Carlton Downtown Atlanta / Wedding Planner: Amy Ackerman with JDVoccasions / Bride’s Make Up and Hair and Makeup: Cameo Atlanta and Whitley Presley / Florals and Decor: Jim White Designs/ Furniture Rentals: Collection Event Furnishings/ Photo Booth: Button it Up/ Band:The Rupert’s Orchestra/ Invitations: Quito Ollero/ Calligraphy: Kate Turner Studio

To view other weddings I have photographed at the Atlanta Ritz Carlton, click here.

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and this was one of the most intimate ones I have had the chance to be a part of. In fact, it was just Molly, Ryan, her three kids, the officiant and me, so I consider myself lucky I even got to be there to witness this special elopement. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is closed on Monday, so they rent it out for events. This ended up being the only event happening that night so we had the whole magical place to ourselves! I still remember the first time I visited the gardens after moving to Atlanta back in 2003, I knew I was about to get engaged, and I remember thinking what a beautiful place it would be for a wedding! Unfortunately for me, the timing didn’t end up working out for my own wedding to happen there, so I was excited all these years later to get to finally get to be there for one!
Molly and Ryan- Thank you for choosing me to document your wedding day! I am so glad the timing worked out for me to get back in town in time to be there with you all Monday night! I wish you guys all of the best, as you start this new chapter of your lives together and as a family.


  1. Molly Murphy said: captured the moment perfectly. I am so so happy that I found you and that you were available for us. I literally could not have asked for a more perfect night and it was such a pleasure to have you there with us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    June 9, 2018  5:23 pm
    • Bre Sessions said:
      Thank you so much for your kind words! I enjoyed getting to work with you guys and can't wait to share the rest of the photos with you!
      June 11, 2018  4:31 pm