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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Mineral Bluff, N. Georgia Elopement Photo Story Award

GA Couple Wedding Day Portrait with the mountain landscape in the background

GA Couple Wedding Day Portrait | A photograph of the couple with the mountain landscape in the background

A photograph of the couple with the mountain landscape, a special photo request from the couple.

Email from John: "My fiancée and I are eloping at an AirBNB in Mineral Bluff, Georgia, the end of May. There are no guests, just us and an officiant. We were hoping you would be available to come take photos."

Thankfully, I was free the Thursday the couple had chosen to tie the knot and excited to see the cabin where they would be wed. (I love a good mountain cabin.)

John and Emily looked forward to getting away from it all and to enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains. They told me they wanted real photographs of the two of them enjoying their wedding ceremony and the celebrations following. Great, that's just what I do.

In addition, they requested one of those beautiful landscape photos where they would be small in the frame, which I affectionately refer to as “ant people” photos. Wait ...

I don’t take photographs like that very often. Hmmm ... maybe never?

So I studied up on the way photographers who take the beautiful landscape with tiny people photos on a regular basis frame the images, and the way they pose the couples. I imagined how I would place the couple into the north Georgia mountain landscape -- smoky mountains receding into the distance -- the couple perfectly placed on a bluff bathed in golden hour light.

But alas, when I arrived at the cabin, I remembered that the best-laid plans of mice and men often do not play out as planned.

The cabin was perched on the side of the mountain and there was no way John and Emily could walk off into the distance and become tiny in the frame. So, I had to do what photojournalists usually have to do, figure out how to work with what we're given. (See silhouette above.)

Georgia Wedding Image from Mineral Bluff of the bride and groom on a video call with his kids

Georgia Wedding Image - Mineral Bluff | the bride and groom on a video call with his kids

Emily and John on a video call with his kids right before the ceremony.

Mineral Bluff, Georgia Wedding Photo of bride walking down the aisle from the cabin door

Mineral Bluff, Georgia Wedding Photography | the bride walks down the aisle from the cabin door

Emily walks down "the aisle" from the cabin door towards John.

Atlanta, GA Wedding Image of the bride reacting after reading the ring inscription

Atlanta, GA Wedding Image | the bride reacts after reading the ring inscription

Emily reacts after reading the inscription John had engraved inside her wedding ring.

Northern Georgia Wedding Photo of the groom attaching the We Do cake topper

Northern Georgia Wedding Photos | the groom attaches the We Do cake topper

John attaches the "We Do" topper to their wedding cake.

Northern Georgia Outdoor Wedding Picture of The newlywed couple celebrating together

Northern Georgia Outdoor Wedding Picture | The newlywed couple celebrate together

The newlywed couple celebrate together after being pronounced officially wed.

Northern GA Outdoor BW Wedding Image during A toast to each other

Northern GA Outdoor Wedding Images | A toast to each other

A toast to each other with a fine bottle of champagne.