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Spring Green, Easter and more of our favorite things

It may be that we're finally out of the woods for any sort of winter weather with Easter around the corner and our favorite shade of green on display at every turn.   One look out our studio window at the bright white pompoms of the false pear tree that fills that 'frame' put's one in the merriest of spring moods.   Speaking of some of our favorite things, here are some green products that caught our eye. Feminine green pumps by Oscar de la Renta. The prettiest pale green cocktail - yes pour us a glass please! Look at this mint green hair color.  Well, not everyone can wear it, true, but when it works, wow! If you're planning a wedding for the spring of 2017, consider using shades of green for more than your bouquet.  Linens, bridesmaids dresses, even the icing on the cake.  Think outside the box and invite the outdoors in.   See you on the road less traveled!

March 15th, 2016|

Choosing a wedding photographer

Making the right choice for your wedding photographer. The new year has begun and we are starting a new season of meetings with engaged couples working to make the right choice for their photographer. We sit across the table at our studio from their fresh, happy faces and enjoy watching them tell us how they met, what they're dreaming of and what they hope will be the most perfect, personal story they've ever told. Hearing these tales never gets old for us. But it does remind us that there are pitfalls to every step of wedding planning, and our area of expertise, photography, is no exception.

January 14th, 2016|

Bohemian Luxe Bridal Style

The inspiration behind this bohemian styled shoot was to create a festive yet sophisticated mood incorporating vivid hues and design elements.  Perfect for the world traveled couple who dreams of a colorfully cultural and stylishly rustic wedding day setting. To bring the bohemian luxe vision to life Liz Messick (Liz Messick Design) juxtaposed vibrant color and opulent details on worn wooden surfaces adjacent to an old historic mill. The Boho look truly came together with brightly colored elements, a rustic wood table and  some outdoor ambiance. The tablescape was styled blending brass candlesticks, gold chargers and metallic gold calligraphy with a custom woven turquoise runner and contrasting fuchsia floral centerpieces.   Menus featuring water-color designs and whimsical calligraphy, by the talented Allison Cape of Lady Dale Letters and topped with orange clementines completed each place setting.  Handmade frozen treats from  Hip Pops with names like MC Slammer and Gucci Mango, served as the perfect sweet treat. The lovely model is from a group of talent that we work with regularly.  Her gown from I Do I Do Bridal, with it's sheer sleeves and back, was the perfect compliment to her dark beauty and a subtle way to show off tattoos if you have them.   Makeup by Jeni Smith and hair by Marisu of Zoomworks.  Thanks everyone for bringing it all together in such a beautiful way.  Inspiration certainly to couples looking for that little something different! See you on the road less traveled.......

September 30th, 2015|

Moroccan Theme | Athens weddings | Styled Shoot

When our friend and  event coordinator/designer Liz Messick of Liz Messick Designs came to us with a Moroccan themed styled shoot idea, we jumped at the chance to play. Her addition of jewel tone fabric and pillows, flowers, gold candle holders and chargers, and the divine pops (a welcome treat with degrees north of 90 outside!) and pretty place cards came together so beautifully.  Great ideas for an easy but elegant outdoor affair. Add our beautiful model, Ashley, with styling services by Jeni and Marisu of Zoomworks, draped in a unique gown and hair band from I Do I Do Bridal and you have all the inspiration you need.  Let's toast to dining al fresco and color!! See you on the road less traveled..... Shannah and Marisu

August 27th, 2015|

Wedding Lovely Blog features Athens, Georgia

We're honored to have been asked by the WeddingLovely Blog editors to talk a bit about what wedding couples might find should they choose to get married in and around Athens, Georgia. Whether they are coming back because Athens is where they met, or simply to explore other options besides Atlanta, brides and grooms will find a wealth of options for any budget and personal style. Have a read!   See you on the road less traveled....... Shannah and Marisu

August 18th, 2015|

Mallory & Colby | Spring winery wedding

There is nothing prettier than rows and rows of spring green vines on rolling hills - vineyard weddings just ooze romance.  After all, one could say the primary focus of a vineyard's business is to create a beverage that turns any occasion into something special.  Sounds pretty wonderful to us. Mallory and Colby had a long-distance relationship for awhile, having met by happy accident at a party neither were invited to (they tagged along with family).  After their initial connection,  Words With Friends factored heavily into their early communications, helping them reach out across the miles to each other.  Knowing that, doesn't it make perfect sense that they would use Scrabble as a design solution?    And you know, it worked really well.  Tied everything together and said exactly what they wanted to in a whimsical way.  It also provided an economical solution for that 'common thread' aspect of the wedding and reception planning. Thanks you two for hiring us to be with you on such an amazing night.  We laughed, got teary eyed and just generally found ourselves smiling all night long.    And we'd like to commend Frogtown Vineyards on their customer service for both vendors and guests.   We look forward to coming back to shoot there again soon. See you on the road less traveled.... Shannah and Marisu

August 5th, 2015|

Isabelle & Jake | Rustic Barn Wedding | Georgia

We wanted to share this wedding for several reasons.  One, they are just too dang cute together.  Two, they were clear from the beginning about what they wanted (prioritize!), and didn't want, in a wedding celebration which helped them stay on budget and plan a lovely affair using lots of DIY elements and help from family and friends, a trend we continue to see more of. The couple are both students of archaeology and brought elements of that into the wedding day design with their little dinosaur drawings.  That theme was carried through with little dinosaurs as cake toppers.  Precious.  A friend gave them the use of his barn as a ceremony site - Isabelle and her mother spent many days there since she was a child getting hay for their horses so it had meaning for them both.  The horse theme was present through the ceremony decor - horse sculptures, photographs of the bride and her mom and friends riding the trails and in competition.  The bouquets and boutonnieres were made by the brides mother and friends.  Beautiful vases blown by friend of the family Paul Bendzunas held fresh lavendar and calla lillies.  Music at the barn filled the space and cold beverages for the pre-ceremony party were kept iced down in a low sided horse trough.  ZoomWorks provided the styling for the bride and her gorgeous petaled organza and tulle gown  and custom cowgirl boots were a brilliant juxtaposition to the down home and casual feel of the setting, while her bridesmaids looked fresh in flirty pale green short dresses and boots.  Jake and his groomsmen smartly opted for retro suspenders less a jacket which kept them cool. And they had a friend [...]

June 4th, 2015|

True Blue Love | Shannon & Jordan | Georgia Vineyard Wedding

Shannon and Jordan are 'true blue' lovers.   You don't have to be around them for long to feel the depth and strength of what they feel for each other.  Shannon and Jordan put the plans in motion for their wedding after a visit to the Wolf Mountain Vineyard convinced them that this was indeed 'the spot'. We loved the color palette of soft blue, gray and a touch of pale pink.  And given that the day was a bit overcast, the muted shades of the gowns and the flowers kept it all very soft.  Classic.  Aren't the little slices of wood with sweet nothings written on them just perfect?  Like she took a slice of the grape vine and used it.  She continued that theme through the signage - a great and very simple way to add continuity in design. Ok, can we just say that the groom's cake was pretty darn cute!  And so Jordan. We wish this sweet couple and their families all the best in their new lives together as one big happy gathering! Sharing this day with them, seeing them get so excited in anticipation of being pronounced husband and wife, is something we never tire of.  Makes us believers in love each and every time!!! We're on the road less traveled......... Shannah and Marisu

May 26th, 2015|

Cotton Gin Wedding | Irina & Michael | Rustic Glamour

We met this really cute couple at our studio, and new immediately that we were a good fit. Their no nonsense focus on what was important (family and fun!) allowed us to create a schedule that allowed for lots of beautiful moments and great details. Their day started with lots of fun and close friends, as they got ready at the church for their formal ceremony. Irina chose a really bright coral and very very elegant jewelry (can you say 'bling'?) to tie the bridesmaids together and the groom and his friends looked sharp in fitted suits rather than the traditional tux.  Again, ways to personalize your wedding day simply and effectively. After the ceremony, friends and family had a lovely dinner at the church with lots of time to relax and connect without distraction.  Kids were free to play and run about, filled with good food and of course, sweet cake!  They scheduled their exit from the church, when there would be plenty of light and children and the elderly would not be tired or anxious.  Smart! After the formal dinner, close friends and family that wanted to continue to enjoy the day were invited down the road to the Cotton Gin, a casual barn style venue for late night sweets, cigars and dancing.  Personal details, like hand lettered signs and family made desserts, allowed family to show their love in ways that helped the couple save money without skimping on style. As the stars began to shine in the deep blue sky, uninterrupted by city lights, guests spilled out onto the porch. The sound of their laughter and conversation was interrupted only by the occasional cricket or call of the whip-o-will.   Perfect.

May 6th, 2015|

Southern Wedding | The Georgia Club | Bold color & DIY details

Some great ideas for adding color to a wedding palette and precious personalized guest gifts for adults and children. Take a look!

April 24th, 2015|

Elegant wedding designs | One Love | Charleston, South Carolina

When traveling to the east coast recently we came upon a lovely shop upstairs along one of the main streets in Charleston, SC.  Intrigued by the simple sheath that adorned the mannequin in the hall at the bottom of the stairs, we went up to see what it was all about.   What a delightful surprise!   The charming owner of One Love Designs, Rachel Gordon, was as inviting as her designs.  We chatted a bit, getting to meet another artist that also shares that space, in-house jewelry designer Jen Bonoma of Birdsong.  The shop is soft in color and demeanor and the gowns and jewelry are simply gorgeous.  Feminine, original, hand dyed fabrics that feel great to the touch, alongside delicate earrings and long necklaces perfect for the bride or as maid's gifts.  Brides should definitely add One Love Designs to their list when looking for a gown.  Rachel's designs were well received on the runway at the recent Charleston Fashion week.   It won't be long before this hidden gem is discovered.

April 23rd, 2015|

ZoomWorks Gives Back | Wedding Wish Packages

Zoomworks is always looking for ways to give back in our community of Athens, Georgia.   Having worked with hundreds of couples for their wedding day photographs over the last 15 years, we realize how challenging it can be for couples on a budget to find a photographer that offers superb images and service inexpensively.  The price tag is certainly justified for the wedding photographer who considers this their sole business:   the work that goes into prepping for, shooting and then editing the images - all the meetings before and after, maintaining insurance, good equipment, education and studio space, not to mention the experience they have that enables them to correct and adapt on the fly.  Still, our heart goes out to those couples that truly value great imagery, fall in love with an artist and their style, and just can't seem to make it work with their budget for their special day. To address this 'dilemma', ZoomWorks is setting aside specific days/months through the end of this year and on those days, we will offer our Wedding Wish Package.   This package will include two artists, and will be deeply discounted.  Those interested in applying should fill out a Contact Form and enter 'Wedding Wish' in the subject line.   An explanation of the package and an application form will be sent to you via email.  Couples can expect to hear back as to whether or not they qualify within 14 days of receipt of their application. Dates are limited and only one event will be scheduled per date.   This special offer is not be valid with any other offer or promotion through 2015.  Non-Saturday dates only. We look forward to learning more about you as [...]

April 17th, 2015|

Urban DIY wedding | Kim and Gregg | Athens, Ga

You could walk into this wedding space and feel the vibe of the couple in every detail.  Kim and Gregg were high on style but didn't want to break the bank to achieve their goal so they reached out to creative friends and local professionals.  The result was a wedding that was both cost effective and fun! Having talented friends and local vendors involved in your wedding allows couples to manage their budget and extend the opportunity to those that care for them to be involved in a meaningful way.  For instance, this love story started at one of Athen's landmark restaurants:  The Last Resort Grill.  Kim and Gregg both worked there, so when it came time to tie the knot, it made perfect sense for them to reach out to the restaurant to cater their affair.  It just so happens that a local baker provides pastries for the restaurant as well, and so they offered to do the cake and treats for the whimsical dessert bar.  A good friend at a local salon created Kim's wedding day look.  Keeping it local pays off in so many ways......connections, discounts and community. Flowers for the event were purchased at the local farmers market and then friends put them together for bouquets and table decor.  Other friends made paper pinwheels that the children carried and then were able to take away as gifts.   The bride's brother is a talented graphic designer so he offered to create the wedding invitations.  His inspiration was the old boat that is parked in the lot at Little Kings, the bar/restaurant that featured both the ceremony and the reception party.  This little boat set the tone for the colors and the decor [...]

April 11th, 2015|

Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Your engaged and now the fun begins......starting the planning process for your wedding day!  So many questions and options.  In fact it seems that every time you decide on one issue, two more crop up that need your attention.   It can make your head spin.   Our advice?   Take it one step at a time rather than look ahead at all you need or want to do.  There is an old saying, "How do you eat an elephant?"  The answer:  one bite at a time.  Granted, we're not interested in even considering eating an elephant, but you get the point.  Don't look at the whole, rather look at all the manageable parts.   Let's talk photography for a moment.  The first thing you'll want to decide, or maybe the first TWO things, are:  how much money do we realistically have or want to devote to this part of our budget and what is our style?  Once you've been able to get a handle on the answer to both of these questions, you're ready to begin the process of interviewing artists. Thanks to the internet, much of the research can be done from the comfort of your home, certainly some of the 'weeding out' of this or that artist.   Many times a website will only offer a starting point for fees, for instance.  Or perhaps none at all.  Our suggestion:  go with your gut in terms of the style/vision of the artist first.  Many times there is a happy medium that can be reached with regard to budget, adjusting time lines or even payment plans, but there is nothing 'happy' about seeing photography after the fact that you just don't respond to.  No [...]

February 16th, 2015|

Engagement Sessions | Ideas and design elements

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that often signals opportunity for those who are looking to 'pop the question'.  We like to take an editorial approach to engagement sessions, as this is the first opportunity for us to really get to know the couple, and work with them in front of our cameras.   What makes them unique?  What are their passions?  How can we best bring out the loving connection they share thru photography?   Ideas range from the sublime to the extreme, but keeping it simple - great location and a few key props - is all that's needed.  The main event is the love that the couple shares.  The excitement about the commitment that's been made.  The tenderness.  These are some of our favorite portrait sessions. The next step, which is also alot of fun, is taking the images and turning them into something whimsical to compliment the design of the wedding.  We can create original Save the Date Designs, Guest Books, custom Canvas - really anything that you can imagine to do with photographs is within the realm of possibility. Have fun with this session.  It's the first formal step in the wedding process that you undertake together.  And it's the first chapter of your wedding story.  Make it a 'must read'!! See you on the road less traveled!

February 11th, 2015|