Christina & Michael | {Lake Lanier Islands Wedding}

I've truly loved these two since the day I met them. Their engagement session included a beautiful little pond and some fishing poles and from that point forward I felt like we could be friends forever. Christina is such a sweetheart and she puts everyone else before herself. She's head over heels for her man and he admires and loves his bride more than words could ever describe.Christina has helped direct and pull the details together for numerous other brides on their weddings days but this time it was different because it was finally her turn to be the bride. They exchanged their vows on the shores of Lake Lanier at one of their newer ceremony sites called Oliver Point. It was such a beautiful location and the floral details by Rittenhouse Designs were absolutely stunning!

I'm slightly obsessed with her flowers. One they are peonies which happen to be my favorite and second the bridesmaids bouquets weren't only beautiful but so unique as well. First looks are always a super special time of day and theirs didn't dissapoint. I love that Michael still fought back the tears seeing her walk down the aisle and the "first look" she shared with her daddy has become a quick favorite. Such special memories I know these two will hold onto for many years to come!

They made it easy on me this day. I typically try to learn the names of the people I'll be working with on the day of the wedding. Well for this group there were about 6 or 8 people with the SAME name so my work of memorizing names was basically cut in half! I knew if I at least knew the common names I'd be able to direct and engaged with the groups as needed making the day a little easier for Rachel and I. Slightly confusing yes but extra fun? Absolutely!

Thank you to Christina and Michael for the opportunity to share in your special day. I wish you both the very best in all your years of marriage together!

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Everyone celebrated when the first loop went around the button- I can assure you it's not as easy as it looks! lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0193 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0194 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0195 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0196

The first look!

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Girl- you are stunning!

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This may be my favorite image of the day...lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0210 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0211 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0212 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0213

These father daughter moments are quickly becoming a "must have" for brides. Christina and her daddy are very close so this was extra special for her.lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0214 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0215 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0216 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0217 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0218 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0219 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0220

Can I just say this ring bear was the cutest little guy EVER> lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0221 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0222

Best capture of the day by Rachel. Mr. Personality himself. I die. lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0223  lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0225 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0226 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0227 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0228 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0229 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0230

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He couldn't look at her without crying.lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0240 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0241 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0242 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0243

See I'm telling you- it was absolutely beautiful! lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0244 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0245 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0246 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0247 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0248

Someone was excited!

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Another favorite.

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I just have to give all the credit to these two. I'm so lucky to have couples who do whatever it is I ask of them. No matter the challenge or how crazy it may seem. These two hiked up a rocky hill into the woods. They could have played it safe and stayed where the grass was short and snakes, critters seen and unseen were less likely to be living but they braved the unknown- and I'm SO grateful! lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0260 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0261 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0262   lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0265  lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0267

I loved her naval theme and decor. lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0268 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0269 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0270 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0271 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0272 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0273

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Not only is this girl absolutely stunning but she can sing too. She sang the last verse of their first dance song and knocked it out of the park! lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0285  lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0287 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0288

DJTod had everyone on the dance floor. It never fails... He always makes sure EVERYONE has a good time!lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0289 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0290

This beautiful compliments of It's a Sweet Life Bakery.lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0291

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The "Bride vs. Groom challenge" It's clear to see who has the competitive spirit. lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0295 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0296 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0297  lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0299 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0300 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0301 lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0302

Oh did I mention that the best way to light these sparklers is with a blow torch. Compliments of DJTod.lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0303

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Love this shot by Rachel.lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0305  lake_lanier_wedding_pictures_tessa_marie_weddings_0307