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Chelsea & Hunter // Pine Log United Methodist Church Wedding

Community-Based Pine Log United Methodist Church Wedding // Chelsea & Hunter

A lot of my couples tend to be community-based, and that’s no accident: these are some of the kinds of people I love working with. So when I say that Chelsea & Hunter’s wedding was the warmest and most community-based wedding I’ve had? Possibly ever? You know I mean it. Every minute of their Pine Log United Methodist Church wedding was a joy. Every minute you’d find people working to make sure Chelsea & Hunter were having a fantastic day, every minute you’d find a meaningful look or moment or detail. It was glorious.

bride and groom hold hands at night in front of teal wood wall of church Getting Ready at the Church & First Look

I love a wedding where you instantly feel comfortable, even {especially} coming in as a stranger. The day began with these two getting ready in separate rooms across the hall from each other in the little country church that Chelsea grew up going to. It was so special to be with them in a place that means a lot to Chelsea and her family. wedding rings lay stacked in front of gold backdrop

bride talks with flower girl in hallway at Pine Log United Methodist Church bride prepares for GA wedding at Pine Log United Methodist Church woman puts makeup on bride in orange shirt makeup artist hugs bride after helping with makeup at Pine Log United Methodist Church woman helps bride with hair before GA wedding day bridesmaid and mother help bride into wedding dress bridesmaid helps tie boots for bride before wedding at Pine Log United Methodist Church bride smiles with gold stars in hair They had their first look just outside, on a little path that leads from the sanctuary to the old cabins in the back, a path we took to shoot their portraits. It was absolutely perfect – and their reactions were amazing. I LOVE those first look moments and all of the joy on my couples’ faces.

bride approaches groom outside Pine Log United Methodist Church for first look bride and groom hold hands during first look outside white church newlyweds kiss during wedding day first look at Pine Log United Methodist Church What did you love about your venue/wedding location?

Chelsea- There’s an awesome tunnel on the road right before the church, and the church grounds themselves are so picturesque. The reception space was decorated by the people that love us the most, which made it that much more beautiful to me.

Hunter- We covered an ugly room divider with twinkle light curtains and cheap metallic gold stars, and it turned out so beautifully. Also watching our family help us pull the space together was really meaningful.

bride and groom smile and laugh during nighttime portraits at Pine Log United Methodist Church bride and groom look at Pine Log United Methodist Church holding hands newlyweds hug at night outside Pine Log United Methodist Church

Pine Log United Methodist Church Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony for Chelsea & Hunter was full of emotion. Chelsea’s brothers all played her into the ceremony, her dad walked her in, her mom ran and {so thoughtfully} grabbed the forgotten bouquet. If that weren’t enough, her sister stood up with her, and her childhood youth pastor officiated the ceremony. I have a handful of favorite moments from this ceremony: the moment these two took to allow for all the photos in the world before asking that everyone turn off their devices and stay present with them. The “ring bear” coming down the aisle with the flower/confetti girl and heaving confetti of his own out of his jacket pockets with a flourish. And their chosen unity ceremony, which included passing out pieces of bread they had backed the night before in an act of service and bonding and welcome to their loved ones and their community. It was such a special, meaningful ceremony.

bride hugs brother during portraits outside church sign welcoming guests for Pine Log United Methodist Church wedding ceremony flower girl plays with confetti on floor at Pine Log United Methodist Church musicians play guitar for ceremony at Pine Log United Methodist Church flower bear dances inside church bride walks into country church with father during ceremony Most memorable moment from your wedding day?

Chelsea- Our vows! We wrote them separately and didn’t share them beforehand, and they ended up complementing one another so very well.

Hunter- Uhhh. Being married.

bride and groom hug at front of Pine Log United Methodist Church Pine Log United Methodist Church wedding ceremony for bride and groom flower girl smells bouquet during ceremony at Pine Log United Methodist Church musicians listen to ceremony at Pine Log United Methodist Church If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

Chelsea – Even though it makes a great story now, I would hire a different caterer!

Hunter- I wouldn’t change a single thing. Even the craziness allowed us to experience the love of our community.

Pine Log United Methodist Church wedding ceremony looking through doors bride reads vows to groom during ceremony at Pine Log United Methodist Church bride smiles looking at groom during Pine Log United Methodist Church wedding ceremony bride and groom pass around bread during communion wedding guest takes piece of homemade bread for ceremony woman holds bread pieces out during wedding ceremony at Pine Log United Methodist Church newlyweds kiss during wedding ceremony at Pine Log United Methodist Church Relaxed & Fun Wedding Reception

The reception was laidback and a blast. Full of board games, lots of silly photos in the photo booth, fancy sodas {get yourself some huckleberry soda, friends}, local Mexican food, cupcakes, and more music provided by the family. Chelsea & Hunter really focused on what they wanted their reception to be – and created just that. To me, that’s what your celebration should be about. Even with the catering mishap, the evening was a blast.

reception hall in Pine Log United Methodist Church games for wedding reception at Pine Log United Methodist Church stars hang on room divider for church wedding reception wedding reception in basement of Pine Log United Methodist Church groom hugs mother during wedding reception bride and groom kiss during wedding reception at Pine Log United Methodist Church newlyweds kiss by room divider with stars wedding gusts dance by gold backdrop guests give bride high-fives during Pine Log United Methodist Church wedding reception What were you most anxious or nervous about regarding your wedding day and how did it turn out?

Chelsea- I was extremely nervous that something would go wrong- and it did! The catering didn’t show up, and when we called the restaurant they said they had no record of our order. But it turned out fine! My sister-in-law came to the rescue and rushed to a different local restaurant and begged them to make us enough food for 60 people- and they did!

Hunter- Oh, I wasn’t anxious about anything.

guest book with polaroid for wedding reception teen takes photo of bride and groom by gold backdrop with polaroid guest hugs bride during wedding reception at Pine Log United Methodist Church bride poses by gold backdrop with guest guest dances on floor at Pine Log United Methodist Church guests laugh together in front of gold backdrop at Pine Log United Methodist Church bride speaks with guest during GA wedding reception guests play games during Pine Log United Methodist Church wedding reception three guests hug in front of gold backdrop wedding reception with fairy lights and games in basement at Pine Log United Methodist Church bride hugs guest during GA wedding reception musicians play on guitars during wedding reception What advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?

Chelsea- Spend the money on what matters the most. I wanted fun games, delicious cupcakes, and brilliant photos. That’s where we focused our money and attention, and no one cared that we didn’t buy seat covers for the folding chairs or have a fancy seated dinner. Also, if you surround yourself by people who love you, it’ll all turn out okay even if a catastrophe pops up.

Hunter- Even if the food doesn’t show up, it will end up okay.

Nighttime Portraits in the Rain in Georgia

To cap off the night, Chelsea & Hunter traipsed out into the drizzle with me for some epic portraits at the bridge tunnel. Shooting outside at night in the rain is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m so glad we got to do it! It was truly the perfect way to end my night with Chelsea & Hunter! Congratulations, you two!

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

Chelsea- Relax. I’m a naturally anxious person anyway, so I felt very frazzled and pulled in a million directions while getting ready. Then it all kind of faded away and I knew everything would be okay. Also, if you’ve hired Raven, you have nothing to worry about. She was so wonderful and supportive through the entire process. As a plus-size bride, I worked hard to make sure I wouldn’t feel the need to find a perfect pose that hid my body or made me look a certain way. Raven never once made me feel self conscious about myself or like she was posing me. When I look at the pictures she took, I see the joy and love we have for each other, and we are both beautiful.

Hunter- Hire Raven. Then relax and let her do her thing.

nighttime portrait under tunnel of bride and groom newlyweds kiss under tunnel near Pine Log United Methodist Church

Rydal, GA Wedding Vendors

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pine Log United Methodist Church
Florist: French Market Flowers
Caterer’s: Moe’s
Bakery: Heaven Scent Cupcakes
Attire: Amazon
Rings: Rob & Lean

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