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Marietta Square Elopement // Siera & James

Siera & James’ elopement was so true to them, which is what I think all celebrations should be. I really loved planning it together! We planned a day that centered around them tying the knot in Marietta Square while exploring and celebrating their love story. The entire day was a blast {even with the heat} and I’m so happy for Siera and James!

bride and groom kiss on top of parking garage in Marietta SquareGetting Ready

They met up at their apartment after dressing separately. I hung out with James and their dog while he got ready. After Siera got home and got ready herself, they had a casual first look moment while finishing getting ready. Many of my couples have been doing a less formal first look reveal and I’m here for it. It was so sweet. During that moment, James helped Siera finish getting ready with her shoes and jewelry.

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After bidding adieu to the doggo, we drove to the Marietta Square and the courthouse {one of my favorite spots}. They had a ceremony time picked out with the judge. We were filed in with a few other couples and everyone was married at once, such a neat experience. I’ve never been a part of that before but it was super cool: a quick ceremony, ring exchange, and a kiss. Then Siera and James were pronounced as married!

bride and groom walk through crosswalk in Marietta GAbride holds rosary before Marietta Square elopementcouple waits for courthouse wedding in Marietta GAbride smiles at groom during courthouse wedding ceremony in Marietta GAMost memorable moment from your wedding day?

The ceremony and how real it was.

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From there, we wandered Marietta Square, which is ALWAYS alive with new things to see and do. We hit the fountain in the middle, the Strand, any neat colors or light or textures we found, and then took a break for root beer floats at a parlor across the square. I love that this was something they love doing together, giving the experience even more meaning. Plus it gave us a super nice break from the heat this summer and allowed them to relax a bit and soak in the day. Having moments of slowing down are so important on wedding day and can be hard to come by! It’s one of the reasons I love elopements like this.

couple poses in archway during Marietta Square elopement portraits groom takes a photo of bride and groom's hands together showing off ringsmarried couple walks by Social House in marietta GAbride helps groom roll up sleeves during portraits in Marietta SquareWhat did you love about your venue/wedding location?

We loved how intimate it was and how many great places there were to take unique pictures.

bride and groom talk in front of white wall in Marietta Squaremarried couple smiles showing off peace signs in Marietta Squarenewlyweds enjoy root beer float in Marietta SquareWhat advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?

Do what you want, don’t worry about what other people want.

Marietta Square wedding portraits by fountain and in gazebo bride holds up sequined dress walking through Marietta SquareFinally, and most importantly, we wrapped by hitting the top of a nearby parking deck with a great view. It was here that Siera & James exchanged their personal vows with only myself as a witness! It’s an honor to get to experience these important and lovely moments with my couples.

newlyweds exchange vows privately on rooftop of Marietta Square parking garage

Any tips for future couples on how to prepare for their wedding photos?

Find a photographer that will be understanding of how you are and give you great directions.

newlyweds exchange vows privately on rooftop of Marietta Square parking garagebride hugs groom holding his pastel blue and white tie

Congratulations again, Siera and James. I’m so happy for you both!

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