Ashley and that got married this last Saturday at a hidden gem wedding venue called The Waterfall Club in Clayton Georgia. I had previously photographed a wedding here so when I knew I was coming back for Ashley & Nat’s wedding, I was so excited! The waterfall club is nestled on top of a mountain overlook where you can see a beautiful overview of the North Georgia mountains. Not only is it located in a beautiful location, the inside offers a cozy cabin feel that is perfect for weddings. I’m all about those cozy vibes!
Ashley and Nat met at at Ashley‘s brother-in-law‘s birthday get together. And one of their first dates was going to Helen Georgia for Oktoberfest. I loved how they incorporated this into a few of their details – especially soft pretzels served during the reception. Amazing! Which btw – this is the first wedding I’ve ever been to that serve soft pretzels and I loved it!
Nat proposed to Ashleigh when they were on a family vacation in Whistler skiing. And you can obviously tell that family is very important to them and that they made it a priority for their day. From having their uncle play violin during the ceremony, to having their Aunt make their wedding cake – family was really important to them and I think that was very touching to see throughout their wedding day.
A few days before their wedding I had been looking at the weather constantly to check it and see if it was changing and it was not changing at all. Rain was inevitably happening on their wedding day. But I was confident that we were going to have such a fun time especially after I had previously photographed Ashley and Nat at their engagement session. I knew that these two truly loved each other and we’re really focused on joining their lives together, I knew that rain was not gonna affect how excited they were to get married. This is truly the secret to having really amazing photos on a rainy wedding day!
During the speeches Ashley sister quoted of of my favorite Tim Keller quotes that says “To be loved but not known as comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved as well, a lot like being loved by God” and I really feel that Ashley and Nat have this special key component to their relationship. It really is a joy to see this type of relationship.
Congratulations Ashley and that I hope you guys completely love your photos and have amazing time on your honeymoon this week in Mexico. It was so much fun to be a part of your day – rain and all!
Ceremony: The Waterfall Club // Planer: DeeDee with Waterfall Club // Hair & Makeup: Make Me Up Georgia // Catering: The Waterfall Club // Videographer: Melissa Young // Florals: Downtown Florist Toccoa // Bridal Gown, Bridesmaid Dresses & Groomsmen Attire: Wedding Angels // Cake: Gloria Gialenios // DJ: KLF entertainment // Invitations: Minted // Koozie Favors: CustomInk
One of my favorite details from the day was seeing Nat’s wedding shoes! It really surprised me that he picked out such fun & fancy wedding shoes. He is such a chill guy, so to see him with his colorful shows was a blast!
Ceremony time! Since the rain interfered with their first ceremony location, Plan b was a beautiful porch overlooking the mountains – which I think was lovely!
I loved how the fog lifted just enough to showcase the mountains for Ashley & Nat’s portraits together!
Time for the reception! I loved how heartfelt and sweet their family speeches were.
I love this photo my second shooter Glori got of the guests enjoying these donuts. The waterfall club made these donuts in-house just for Ashley & Nat. I was so impressed!
I also really loved that during the reception (while it was it was still raining) I wanted to create a fun rain picture with Ashleigh & Nat. So we ran outside with some umbrellas and flashes and took this really pretty rain photo. I’m so excited that even in the rain were able to take a creative picture that showcased part of their wedding day.
After some soft pretzels and dancing – Ashley & Nat did a quick “fake exit” and then headed back to their reception for some more fun with their family and friends. Which, I love fake exits at weddings! If you are curious what that is…see my blog post here.