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The Boathouse Wedding in Atlanta, GA // Jess & Matt

Jess & Matt’s wedding was an intimate event where every single moment felt deliberate and full of meaning. Their first look was back at their home, the apartments in Atlanta where we did their engagement session. We explored what used to be the hotel lobby {back when the building was a hotel}. It was fun playing with reflections and tons of ornate details. The weather was chilly and overcast… So, we had perfect excuses for these two to cuddle and some fantastic even lighting. 

Getting Ready and First Look

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Wedding Portraits

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Their wedding, held with family-only to keep things small, was at the Boathouse in Atlanta. If you’ve never been there, it’s an art gallery/AirBnb/really neat event space that everyone should check out. The ceremony was kept short and sweet: rings, a short vow exchange, and a kiss, so that they could exchange more personal vows privately on the balcony of a room upstairs.

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What were you most anxious or nervous about regarding your wedding day and how did it turn out?

The ceremony. My husband and I are both extremely anxious people and were not looking forward to doing something so personal in front of so many people. Honestly, it was exactly what I expected. I was so nervous, it felt like an out of body experience. But it was over quickly and obviously a big moment for us as a couple so I am glad we faced it together.

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This is one of my absolute favorite choices I’ve ever had a couple make, keeping this moment private and just for the two of them. I maintained my distance to keep the moment as private and the space as sacred as possible while capturing some of their emotions, and then we all joined the party!

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Most memorable moment from your wedding day?

Our vows. We decided to do them privately after the ceremony and it was a really special moment for both of us.

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The reception was full of delicious snacks and drinks, tons of mingling with some of the people the couple loves most. We closed out the evening with a few portraits with the art, and I left them to continue their festivities. It was such a perfect plan for them, full of meaningful choices and a lot of heart.

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What advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?

If you don’t want to do something, don’t. It’s your day. You only get to do this once. Make it about you and your partner and don’t feel like you have to spend a ton of money or invite a ton of people to make it special.

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If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

I wouldn’t change anything. I was always way more excited to marry Matt than I was about the wedding day, so my expectations for the day of weren’t super high to begin with but it was everything I imagined it would be. I am glad we decided to have a wedding and got to celebrate with our family.

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Atlanta, GA Wedding Vendors

Planner/Coordinator: Aerial Adams

Getting Ready, Ceremony, & Reception Venues: The Boathouse Atlanta

Caterer: Gotta Have It Catering

Cakes/Desserts: Piece of Cake

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Raven is an Atlanta Wedding Photographer who captures real people on their totally unique and awesome wedding day, specializing in people who feel awkward in front of the camera. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens, North Georgia, and beyond.

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