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a new season

It’s a funny thing, this Spring.
Especially since I grew up in a perpetual state of summer, thanks to the geographical location I called home all these years.
But this? This is divine.
Flowers budding everywhere you look, birds chirping as though they have a million songs to sing, breezy afternoons that still catch me off guard and leave me lingering outside just a little bit longer.
But you know what else?
All of this growth and newness that our Creator is so miraculously putting on display; it’s as though He’s doing the same thing in my heart.
Ideas and dreams stirring in my soul, waiting to burst forth in a beautiful array of pastel colors. Prayers being lifted and answers being given.
It’s beautiful and overwhelming –
To have a relationship with the God who formed it all. To know that He cares about the details of our lives. To confidently rest in the fact that the dreams He has given will one day find their time of fruition.
Sometimes it just takes the birth of a new season. Some waiting. Tending. Praying. Trusting. Sometimes it’s tangible. Sometimes it’s just a radical change of heart.
But then, you find yourself there.
Spring.
And oh what a glorious experience that is!
I’d love to know what God is growing in your heart these days!

4 legacy reminders

4 things I’ve been reminded of today:
1)When God asks you to do something bold, something that seems a little crazy, just do it. Because you never know what hangs in the balance of your obedience.
2)God still uses broken and imperfect people to share His story of forgiveness and new life. I never want that truth to be lost on me.
3)God can absolutely blow your mind and do the impossible. Never underestimate what He is up too!
4)When it’s all said and done, it won’t matter what you have gained here on Earth; not the size of your house or the size of your bank account… but what you’ve given and shared and how you’ve loved .

May our legacy be more than “stuff;” may it be that we loved Jesus fiercely and shared Him with others no matter the cost!

emily’s senior story // buford senior photographer

One of the beauties of social media is it connects us with people we may never have met otherwise.
Such was the case in this sweet senior story.

Since moving to Georgia, I’ve been on the look out for fun little shops and antique stores to frequent. I came across a spectacular one and began following some of their talented artists. It just so happened, that one of these ladies had a gorgeous daughter about to graduate from Buford High School. With a little help from Instagram and a ton of other fun emails in between, we decided on the perfect spot to meet up and capture this incredible season in Emily’s life.

The moment Emily stepped out of the car, it was obvious this girl was the definition of joy. She was bubbly and kind, with a smile that sparkled. She was up for crazy adventures, like hiking through tall weeds in sandals, without even a hint of hesitation. She was thoughtful and witty and so much fun to get to know. Listening to her, I could sense her genuine passion for others and her zeal for life.

Emily serves others by leading both a preschool class and an 8th grade girls small group at her church! But it doesn’t stop there- she’s making another trip to Haiti this summer to work with children, teaching them lessons in both English and God’s Word.

Seriously.
This girl is a dream!

Emily has wanted to be a kindergarten teacher for as long as anyone can remember and she’s been a cheerleader for nearly that long too! She’s just so well rounded, with a heart as big as her smile. I know her parents must be so incredibly honored to call her their daughter.

And here’s what I can picture over Emily’s college career- she’ll make waves- waves that will ripple out and impact countless others. She’ll take her faith and her passion and apply it. She’ll take her goals and crush them. She’ll take that smile and that joy and people will notice- there’s something about this girl that’s different. And they’ll be right!

And those unique qualities, those differences will make her stand out and give her the perfect platform to stand up and change the world!

So congratulations sweet Emily!

I’m so honored and thankful that our Instagram worlds collided and that I was able to serve you and your family. I pray these images will sit in frames and hang on walls and remind everyone who walks by what a treasure you really are!

“Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.” C.S. Lewis

Special thanks to Grace for joining us, for adding to the fun and for helping us get those beautiful authentic smiles! Congratulations on your graduation as well! 

nicole and tommy’s engagement story \\ buford engagement photographer

We sat by each other on a cozy couch in an even cozier local coffee shop. We chatted about their story, their dreams and their wedding and it didn’t take long before I realized we’d easily become good friends!

Nicole and Tommy are witty and thoughtful and as they talked about how God moved in their story, I could sense deep gratitude for the way He brought them together.
This same sweet spirit was evident during their early morning engagement session.

They beamed when they caught a glance of each other. They leaned into each other’s arms with ease. And they laughed. We all laughed.
It felt like a cloud of joy was hanging us at every stop along the way!

Nicole and Tommy, I can’t wait to capture your big day and more importantly, I can’t wait to see all the ways God is going to use your beautiful marriage to encourage and bless others!

summer + hunter’s wedding story\\ wauchula wedding photographer

This day.
This couple.
It was perfection, in all the right ways.

It started with a precious email from Summer’s mom back in October. She shared not only their family’s heart for the upcoming wedding, but also the fact that nearly 30 years ago MY DAD was her wedding photographer! How incredible is that?

Over the months, countless emails and texts and a FaceTime meeting; we got to know one another better and found the most beautiful connection in our faith.  When I think back on Summer and Hunter’s wedding day, this will be one of my fondest recollections.

And I know it will be the same for their friends and family as well- because this day and this wedding were focused on the best things, the most important thing.

Summer and Hunter didn’t want a day that was just about them.
They wanted a day that honored their guests and their Savior.

The schedule, the ceremony, the celebration- they were all crafted with others in mind and they all pointed beautifully back to Jesus.

What an incredible honor it was to capture these moments as they unfolded and to do so with my sweet cousin Sarah, who years ago, when I first started this photography business, often second shot with me.

Truly, we couldn’t have asked for a lovelier day- both in the details and thoughtfulness that were on display, but even more so in the smiles, the joy and the relationships that were built along the way!

The day began watching Summer prepare to marry her love. The room was dripping with both anticipation and laughter; the joy palpable. There were smiles and tears, especially after she read the letter Hunter had sent her way. Sweet conversations were met with even sweeter hugs and the first look with Summer’s dad and brother were evidence to the depth and meaning of relationships in this family.

As we stepped outside for some portraits, the wind whirled through dresses and gave everyone a reason to snuggle in closer. The flowers, bold and breathtaking were the perfect compliment to the variety of colors the girls had selected to wear. Every ribbon, every bud, every hue seemed to flow seamlessly- the attention to detail was remarkable.

As Summer prepared to make her way down the aisle, her friends and family looked on. Her mom, clasped her hands to her mouth in absolute awe. Her groom, amazed at the beauty of his bride. And then, a time of worship etched into the middle of their ceremony and more importantly etched into the hearts of those in that sacred space.

After the ceremony, a band of celebratory guests made their way to Summer’s family property where we not only captured the newlyweds, but witnessed a stunning and heartfelt gathering to honor the bride and groom. Tables lined with greenery and flowers, twinkling lights that were matched by the twinkle in Summer’s eyes, delicious food to fill the body and soul, dancing under oak trees and a dessert bar that truly put a bow on a spectacular day.

And then they were off, leaving amidst their cheering guests in a sea of balloons. Off on this grand, refining and sanctifying adventure that is marriage- with a solid foundation, an unceasing love for others and the most important thing of all- a resolve to love forever and to fall deeper in love with Jesus together.

That my friends is what this perfect day was made of!

 

 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10

 


Hunter and Summer (and your sweet families), Thank you for trusting us with these moments and allowing us to be a part of a day that will surely live on in more than just these photos- but within your hearts for years to come. As you walk into this new season of marriage, may you always lean into one another and into Jesus. It won’t always be easy; but it will always be worth it! I can not wait to see how HE uses your marriage to share His message of hope!

Congratulations and Love,
Annie
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The Creative Team 

Dress: Essence of Australia | Florals: Cooper’s Wayside Flowers |  Make-Up: Taylor Bolin |  Hair: Lisa’s Hair and Nail Salon | Catering: Belinda Wheeler and Darin Hughes | Pie: Bride and Groom | Desserts: Jodi Albritton and Shelby Albritton | Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church Wauchula | Reception: Bar Crescent S Ranch