Atlanta’s Woodruff Park downtown was the location of choice for Takiya and Richie’s engagement photography session. The easy going Chicagoan had a chance encounter with the vivacious Atlantan a three years earlier. They both started working at the same company and met in the late summer. There were a few fits and starts but eventually, with some help from co-workers their office romance blossomed.
A few days before her April birthday, he concocted an elaborate scheme for his proposal. The text message read. “I’m not feeling well they are going to call an ambulance, needed you to come to my department.” Here is how she relayed the rest of the plot for his marriage proposal.
“I rushed over and everyone was looking around and I thought they were being nosey. When I got to Richie’s desk he had his head down and told me that his back & leg were hurting. I asked him what he needed me to do, and he told me that he needed me to help him walk to the men’s room. Richie got up limping and holding his back. Once we got to an opening, Richie suddenly dropped down holding his back. I thought he had fallen and when I looked at him he had the ring in his hand. Everyone started cheering and I started crying. Richie was on one knee and asked me to marry him”.
Congratulations to our lovely couple, we are honored and look forward to capturing their wedding day story. Later this year they will exchange wedding vows in Atlanta. Here are a few of our favorite images from their engagement session in Atlanta. The first part of their engagement photography session took place around water fountains at Woodruff Park downtown and at the Carnegie Education Pavilion also known as the Carnegie Monument in mid-town Atlanta.
550 Trackside wedding romance
Danielle and Marcus exchanged wedding vows then celebrated at 550 Trackside. The historic cotton warehouse dates back to 1904 was the perfect event facility for out lovely couple. Here is a sneak peek from their 500 Trackside wedding celebrations. Click here to see images from their engagement photography session. Their Woodruff Park engagement photography session was one of our more popular blog features this past spring. Congratulations to the newly weds on their beautiful wedding and thanks for choosing our team as your Atlanta wedding photographers.
Chizara and Tyler’s DoubleTree Roswell wedding reception
Our college sweethearts tied the knot at their church home, and then celebrated their Wedding at the Doubletree in Roswell with family and friends. As she entered the church Chizara looked stunning in a fitted, strapless, mermaid-style wedding gown. The bejeweled sweetheart neckline then flared at the knees into a foam of ruffles. Accentuating her beauty and moving Tyler to tears. He told us how he felt on seeing his bride walking into the church. “I thought she was so beautiful walking down the aisle. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.” As Chizara entered the sanctuary at Atlanta North Seventh Day Adventist Church buttressed by her parents on either side, she looked up at her soon to be husband. She was nervous, excited, scared and super happy at the same time. She said “I started tearing up mid-way because I couldn’t believe the wedding was actually happening.”
Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and a Viola?
This was a classic wedding filled with memorable moments. Like the groomsmen pranking the groom, decorating his car with soap, shaving foam and toilet paper. Imagine the Atlanta Falcons logo painted on the grooms car’s rear window. He is a Cowboys fan. That was payback for the groom giving his groomsmen those baseball caps as a wedding gift. Others were moving such as when music filled the church as Chizara’s sister played ‘Give Thanks’ on the viola. The song is a favorite of the couple and Chizara has frequently played it on the violin at weddings. Now it was her turn to be serenaded. The performance was a special gift and the song expressed in music the overwhelming emotions the couple was feeling.
The wedding colors–plum, silver, and black–were a common thread in the attire chosen for the bridesmaids, groomsmen, the bride’s flowers, and the decor, adding to the elegant and timeless atmosphere.
After the wedding ceremony, the couple paused to could capture some photos on the Atlanta North SDA Church’s beautiful staircase. It proved to be a wonderfully romantic backdrop, complementing the joy the couple felt as they took some of their first images together as man and wife.
DoubleTree Reception and Babyface?
The Roswell Double Tree Hotel played host the couple’s elegant wedding reception. Guests snacked on hor d’oeurves (spanokopita and chicken tenders) and had fun at the photo-booth after the wedding ceremony. The DJ announced our newly wed as the newest married couple in Georgia. They entered the ballroom to loud applause here Tyler took Chizira tenderly into his arms. The couple seemed to forget everything and everyone else as locked in an embrace they swayed to the sounds of Babyface crooning ‘Everytime I Close My Eyes.’ After dining on chicken and a vegetarian pasta dish and vegetables, guests then joined in the fun, dancing to a mix of oldies and R&B music provided by a DJ.
Client review | Atlanta Wedding Photographers
In reviewing our service Chizara wrote. “I would recommend Jaxon Photography, Mr. Jackson and his team were kind, respectful, and very professional on our wedding day. The final product (pictures and album) was beautiful. We (my entire family) were so happy with our wedding photography experience, he was hired as my sister’s wedding photographer.”
We are delighted you chose Jaxon Photography as your team of Atlanta wedding photographers. That we have also earned your family’s trust and confidence in the process is priceless. Thanks for the beautiful timeless images and the opportunity to photograph your lovely wedding story. It was a delight to serving you and your family and look forward to a life long relationship.
Venue – Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta-Roswell | Event Planner, Make-up, Hair – Scoobie West & Co. | Flowers – Rooms in Bloom | Dress – Winnie Couture | DJ – DJ Tron | Cakes – Publix
A Waterfall and Relay bikes at Woodruff Park engagement
We met Danielle and Marcus at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta for their engagement photo session. Our bride to be was wore a multi colored floral sundress. Her fiancé was smartly dressed in a yellow polo shirt and blue slacks. The quickly got loss in their own world and we just captured the moments they shared, including them riding the Relay rental bikes, the tender moments amongst the flowers and the Jackson Street bridge part of their session.
The cascading waterfall at the northern end of the park gave is a different feel to the images. Added to that feature is the abundance greenery and flowering plants, it’s easy to forget you are in the middle of Atlanta. We ended their Woodruff Park engagement photo session on the Jackson Street bridge showcasing downtown Atlanta’s skyline.
Tinder, a forgettable meal
Yes, they both swiped right on Tinder and had their first date at Atlantic Station. Unfortunately there will be no second chance for that restaurant to make an impression. On the flip side they had a great night together. So good that Marcus knew that “that was going to be my girl.”
They shared many dates since their first meeting and now he wanted to pull off his proposal on her birthday. Marcus hatched a plan to propose to Danielle at one of Atlanta’s iconic restaurants. The revolving Sun Dial restaurant sits atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel with unrivalled views of the city. He recruited her best friend to help with ring selection and keep a secret. Next he convinced her to let him plan her birthday activities.
Diamonds, apple pie and chocolate
At the end of a wonderful meal he ordered desert for his already full, then girlfriend as she took a rest room break. Unbeknown to Danielle her best friend was waiting in the restroom. Marcus had to find a way to inform her what was about to happen. After a few tense moments he was successful and the plan was back on.
The fried apple pie desert arrived with a cinnamon stick topped diamond engagement ring. On the platter written in chocolate, the question asked ‘will you marry me Danielle.’ Marcus said a lot during his proposal, however the one thing he remembers is that she said ‘YES.’ And we are happy she did.
The basic training connection
Atlanta transplants Razzilee and Josh, made their first connection during Army Basic Training. And for four years through the magic of social media they kept in touch. During a brief period off from protecting the rest of us they had heir first date. Their tickets to the UGA Bulldogs football game was sponsored by the Georgia Army National Guard. They have been ever since dating ever since that day.
More training, an airport, sushi and a proposal
They discussed the idea of marriage from time to time and things were beginning to heat up. After two months of military training she returned home, craving the familiar, sushi, her own bed and Josh. Not necessarily in that order. Because of all the marriage talk and his nervousness she knew something was up. It didn’t happen at the airport. In her mind it was the most likely place after being away for so long.
They planned to satisfy her sixty-day craving for sushi they following day. Here is the rest of the story in her words, as he surprised her with the question. “After our food arrived, Josh held my hands, looked me in the eyes, and said, “I can’t do this any more”. I was very confused. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I said, “yes” of course! I did not cry, but I smiled for almost three hours straight.”
Piedmont Park Atlanta engagement photography session
Our couple wanted a their engagement pictures to reflect their life style. They chose Piedmont Park for the first phase of the engagement photography session. We started at the Peace Monument and got some beautiful moody romantic images. However Razzilee’s favorites are the pictures beneath the tulip magnolia. The grass seemed carpeted by the large purple, pink and white blossoms of the Mulan trees also known as saucer magnolias. The photographs from above looks almost dream like. They then donned their work out gear and had some fun. The midtown Atlanta skyline from the soccer fields provided an impressive backdrop as they went through their work out routine.
Nighttime portraits at Woodruff Park
The engagement session ended on the streets around Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta. We captured some tender romantic portraits of the couple as twilight ceded to the streetlights at Five Points in the city.
Our charming couple will exchange their marriage vows later this year. We are thankful that we are the photographers to capture their engagement photos and we look forward to documenting the wedding day story.