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Brett + Susan | Savannah Documentary Romantic Intimate Wedding Photographer

Springtime Savannah Wedding - Brett + Susan

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“This isn’t sometimes / yeah, its for alwaysif I’m gonna love you with all of my heart / and if there is no more time,this always remains / even as the world spins itself apart…”
— - Alabama Shakes, I Found You (Brett + Susan’s first dance song)
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If you know me at all, you probably know how much I adore Savannah. I’ve been exploring the cobblestone streets + seafood restaurants every summer of my life, which only made shooting Brett + Susan’s dreamy wedding that much sweeter! Brett + Susan gathered with their closest family + friends in Savannah, Georgia on March 2nd, 2019 to promise to spend the rest of their lives together.


documenting the 'getting ready’ portion of the day

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Often, couples think the “getting ready” portion of the day is just “fluff,” but it’s a time of such sweet moments between some of the people that have been through the moments that have made you who you are. Who zips up your dress, who straightens your bowtie - those moments are beautiful, and they deserve to be remembered too! The two exchanged letters before their first look, and I loved the emotional moments we were able to capture.

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first look in downtown savannah - chippewa square

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Brett + Susan met for a first look in Chippewa Square, in the heart of downtown Savannah. I loved capturing the emotion on Susan’s face when she and Brett looked at each other for the first time on their wedding day! We took some fun portraits at Chippewa and the Savannah Theater and I love how much excitement comes through these!

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a sweet + emotional ceremony at Bethesda

after the first look, we got to Bethesda to take family photos + bridal party photos - here are a few of my favorite posed + unposed images!

just before she walked down the aisle with her Papa, Susan had a quiet moment alone outside

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Bethesda is a small chapel that meant so much to the couple because Brett’s parents actually got married here! People gathered on the same wooden pews that were there decades before when his parents said “I do.” A friend officiated for Brett + Susan, which always makes for lots of laughs. The couple then exchanged hand-written vows together that were incredible!

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candid + authentic couples portraits in Savannah

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Afterwards, we hopped on a trolley to take portraits in front of the iconic arch at the Bethesda gate. These feel so romantic and classic. When Brett + Susan first reached out, they emphasized how they loved my documentary style! Capturing moments that feel candid + authentic to each couple is vital to my work. Rather than put each couple in a one-size-fits-all pose, each session/ wedding day is customized to reflect the personalities of the couple I’m shooting! This makes the experience feel so much more natural and organic.

After the church had emptied out, we went back inside to grab a few shots of the two alone. It was a quiet moment inserted into a day that was moving so fast, and the two of them got to connect and just spend time with each other for a few minutes.

a beautiful wedding reception at soho south bistro in savannah

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When I first started talking to Brett + Susan, they told me they wanted their wedding to feel like “one big party, with all of our closest family + friends” and y’all, this reception was nothing less! It was so clear to see how much love they were surrounded by and the dance floor didn’t empty all night! The night ended with one last dance alone on the dancefloor, a super fun sparkler exit, and the two rode off in a pedicab.

What do you think of this gorgeous Savannah day? Tell me in the comments below!