Jessica & Joe | Historic Smithonia Farm Atlanta Athens Georgia Wedding Photographer

Jessica & Joe are high school sweethearts and first and only loves. They were introduced by a mutual friend in high school that ended up DJing their wedding. Their relationship continued as they both attended the University of Georgia. In December of 2017, Joe proposed to Jessica down by the river behind her parent’s house… where they first told each other they loved each other. They found the tree that they had carved their initials into back when they were teenagers. I think it’s so adorable that they spent their “growing up” years also growing together as a couple.

I learned via their engagement session that they’re a super adventurous couple, and that held true on their wedding day at Historic Smithonia Farm on December 15th. It was a rainy weekend, so the ground was soaking wet everywhere you walked outside. I was fearful that would keep Jessica from wanting to walk around in her dress before the ceremony… but I couldn’t have been more wrong. In Jess’s words: “I’m only going to wear it once.” So even though it was cold and windy and wet outside (aka NOT pleasant weather), that didn’t stop Jessica & Joe from adventuring through fields and enjoying each other’s company. And as a result, we actually took some of my FAVORITE wedding photos to date.

From day #1, Jessica & Joe also made it very clear that photography was a top priority for them. They allowed me to help create their timeline and they left all the shot ideas up to my artistic discretion (photographers LOVE creative freedom!). Because their wedding was in the winter and their ceremony was right around sunset time, they knew they’d have to take basically ALL of their photos beforehand. They shared a sweet First Look and then read private vows to each other. Their wedding party was a BLAST, and I could’ve photographed them all day. And then we even took the majority of their family photos prior to the ceremony. It ended up being perfect. We weren’t rushed for time, and afterward they were able to join the party!

Just a handful of the things I loved about this wedding:

  • Jessica & her bridesmaids wore slippers for most of the day!
  • Jessica’s grandmother made her wedding cake… and it was honestly one of the most delicious cakes I’ve ever tasted at a wedding
  • They played a lot of alternative music / throwback songs that I don’t typically hear at weddings, and they had SUCH a fun dancing crowd
  • They did a “blessing of the rings” or “ring warming” during the ceremony where they passed their wedding rings amongst their families
  • Even though 99% of the day was overcast, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for approximately 60 seconds RIGHT during golden hour when we were taking bride & groom photos. *swoon*
  • I got to work with a KILLER vendor team of so many of my favorite people, and teamwork makes the dream work!

All in all, it was a truly incredible day for this amazing couple. Thank you, Jessica & Joe, for your enormous trust in my services. And congratulations!!

Venue: Historic Smithonia Farm  //  Planning & Coordination: Georgia Grace Weddings  //  Makeup: JennySue Makeup  //  Florist: Gardenia Floral  //  Videography: BEV Weddings  //  Bartending: Clack Bartending  // Ceremony music: Athens Wedding Music  //  DJ: Chris Rogero  //  Hair: Lacy Patton  //  Catering: Dominick’s – Watkinsville  //  Rings: JWR Jewelers  //  Dress: Bel Fiore Bridal

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Claire Diana

Photographer at Claire Diana Photography
Claire Diana Photography is a wedding photographer located in Athens & Atlanta Georgia but available worldwide.She specializes in weddings, engagements, & senior photography, and her images are bright, timeless, & emotional. Claire Diana is also a dog person, sunlight chaser, big dreamer, and Reese's cups lover.
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