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Pristine Chapel Lakeside Wedding - Ashley + David

Pristine Chapel Lakeside is a wedding venue located in Jonesboro, GA. We had the opportunity to shoot Ashley and David’s wedding there, and well, the venue is gorgeous, the staff could be a bit flexible. More on this later, but something you should know before booking your wedding at the Pristine Chapel Lakeside Wedding Venue.

Ashley had only booked one photographer for the wedding day, for 8hrs. It’s a bit difficult to photograph a wedding with multiple locations with just one photographer running around. This eats up so much time that the time-traveling around could’ve been spent photographing.

The original plan was to go to the groom’s hotel location for getting ready shots, but after realizing that the traffic from the groom’s hotel to the Airbnb of Ashely’s getting was not going to work out, we opt to start at Ashley’s Airbnb location. I am relished Ashley realized this before the wedding day, as it would’ve been a nightmare trying to get all the photographs complete.

View the full gallery for Ashley and David’s Wedding at the Pristine Lakeside Chapel in Jonesboro, GA

Getting Ready at Airbnb


Ashley rented an Airbnb close to the Pristine Chapel Lakeside wedding venue to get ready. We started the coverage at Airbnb, where we had plenty of time to get all the standard wedding photos captured.

  • Candid shots of getting ready
  • Wedding Dress
  • Bouquet Details
  • Wedding Ring
  • Group shot of girls on the bed with robes
  • Mother zipping up the dress

I had to do a little housekeeping to ensure the bed was nice and clean without any clutter. So, I just started moving things around, yelling at Ashley that I am moving crap around 🙂

Pristine Chapel Lakeside Wedding Venue


Upon arriving at the Pristine Chapel Lakeside wedding venue, I immediately text David asking where he was. I had less than two hours to complete the next shot, so I was rushing a bit.

  • David Getting Ready
  • David with groomsmen group
  • David with groomsmen single
  • Ashley with bridesmaid group
  • Ashley with bridesmaid singles
  • Ashley first look with the bridesmaid.

I was able to knock out David in less than 30 minutes quickly. Since I knew photographing the girls would take a bit longer than the boys.

Once David was finished, we had to make sure that the girls were not around either. Since David hasn’t seen Ashely, we had to play a little bit of hide and seek; of course, we never did the seeking part.

Since the actual wedding was outside near the lake, I took the girls inside the chapel to photograph the group shot and the solo shot with Ashley.

Wedding Ceremony


It was scorching hot outside, sweat was dripping into my eyes, and it didn’t feel good at all. However, the ceremony lasts only 30 minutes, and we were done.

Ashley and I decided to the Dad’s First look while he goes to get Ashley. So I was only able to photography a few of the groomsmen and bridesmaids entering the ceremony. It was a big mistake to do this, as I had to run back to the chapel in the extreme heat, and I quickly ran out of breathing.

Even the first look with dad was a bit rush, but I notified Ashely that we didn’t get any good shots from it. Ashley being cool and awesome about it was ok with that. She knew how hard I was working on getting the shots she needed.

Portraits with Ashley and David


The wedding ceremony was at 7:30 pm, which meant I had only 20 minutes of good light before it got too dark for any portraits. This is where I was a bit annoyed with the staff of Pristine Chapel Lakeside.

Before the wedding, I addressed this concern to the staff, and they said you have plenty of time. Having photographed weddings for the past five years, I knew it wasn’t. Suppose you want some good photos you need at least 1hour with good light. Sun had already set, and I was losing light quickly.

Reception and Grand Exit


After the portrait session with Ashley and David, we had the reception. Grand entrance with the bridal party and bride and groom. Cake cutting was right after they enter the reception.

Usually traditional wedding reception and nothing new to talk about, just capturing candid moments throughout the reception.

The grand exit was another issue I had. Instead of having the grand exit at the front of the chapel or venue entrance, the staff at Pristine Chapel Lakeside had it right outside the reception. Which had chairs, tables, and a tent, and it wasn’t perfect.

The grand exit photos would’ve been so much better at the entrance of the venue. I hated that they didn’t ask the photographer for any suggestion on where I prefer to do the exit or anything about time for the portrait session.

Final thoughts on Pristine Chapel Lakeside Wedding


Both Ashley and David were terrific couples to work with, and I wish my future couples are the same as Ashley and David. Easy to get along with and always up for photos suggestion. And they both understood my suggestion for photographs which is rare. They are my perfect couple.

However, I felt that Pristine Chapel Lakeside did not care for the couples nor the photographer. It seems like it was just another wedding they are hosting and getting paid for it.

They would not allow Ashley and David on the property a bit early for photos (and yes, I told Ashley what a $%#$ venue). We were told strictly to be there at 6 pm. They didn’t care for the time of portraits, nor did they make any attempt to ask for suggestions for photos for the grand exit.

I have worked with many wedding venues, and this was the first time in my five years of photographing weddings where I was not too fond of the venue. Would I recommend them? Nope, unless you want to be rushed on your wedding day, go for it.

It’s not my nature to complain, and matter of fact, I often don’t. But in the end, it was about Ashley and David, not me or nor the wedding venue. Ok, I am done; enjoy the photos, and don’t contact me if you are getting married at this venue 🙂


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Bullock Springs Manor - Hailey + Brett

Bullock Springs Manor is a wedding venue (duh) located in Dallas, GA. The venue has just been renovated, and all I can say is that it looks incredible.

Bullock Springs Manor can host up to 200 guests at their venue, so if you have a bigger wedding, this really shouldn’t be a problem.

Upon arriving at Bullock Springs Manor, I thought it would be a relatively small venue, but it’s pretty significant when you start walking around the place, to my surprise.

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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA

Getting Ready at Bullock Springs Manor


For Hailey and Brett’s wedding, they were in front of the venue to get ready. The girls’ room looks amazing! It feels like you are in a professional makeup studio with mirrors and lights all around. I love the fact that they separated the makeup room.

While Hailey was getting her makeup still done, I went off to capture the wedding dress. In the front of the venue house, there were terrific hanging lights that I had to make use of.

I always get the wedding dress outside, but this time I wanted something different. Since Hailey gave me complete creative control, I took advantage of my creativity 🙂

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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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beautiful wedding dress hung on those light thingy (forgot the name)

Once the boys were ready, I took them outright in the front of the house. Grab a few group shots and solo shots. They also had some cool sunglasses, so I made sure I used them.

After finishing up Brett and his groomsmen, we went out for the girl’s group and solo shots. The girls also had some pretty nifty sunglasses, so we used them, of course :).

It’s pretty cool to have a group shot of both the bridal party wearing sunglasses.

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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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it's game on with the bride and her bridesmaid

Ceremony Inside the Barn


Hailey and Brett’s wedding was held inside the open barn towards the back of the venue. The first time, I was in a barn where it was white! This makes it so much easier to bounce light and get natural-looking images.

We did the family photos right after the ceremony (which I always do) at the wedding ceremony altar. I forgot to tell Hailey to make a list of family photos before the wedding day, so it took a bit longer than expected.

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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA

Portraits at Bullock Spring Manor


The day turned cloudy quickly after the ceremony, which I was very grateful for. I love that the clouds start rolling in; they make the perfect light, creating some fantastic portraits.

I shot most of the portraits in natural light, beside one with off-camera light. I wanted one dramatic shot.

We did Hailey’s and Brett’s portrait session right in the middle of the Bullock Spring Manor venue. They have a beautiful garden between the barn and venue that I had to take advantage of.

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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA
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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA

Wedding Reception


The wedding reception was in the back of the Bullock Springs Manor venue house. However, I missed the bridal party entrance. As I went to get the lights out of my car, they started without me 🙁

I immediately went to Hailey and told her that I missed all of it and asked if she wanted to re-do her entrance since we still had plenty of time. Being sports about, she said, “that’s fine, no worries.”

When you have only one wedding photographer, stuff like this can happen, thus, why I don’t usually shot alone. But for this, I wanted to make up to Hailey and Brett by creating something epic.

So, during the dancing…

I told Hailey, “Hey, I am gonna set up a creative photo for guys.”

Because I create these photos, I need to have a second shooter on hand, so I don’t miss anything inside, but Hailey was super cool anyways.

Bullock Springs Manor had an amazing tree covered with Christmas lights. I knew the lights would naturally be in the shot if I shot here, making it a nice-looking photo. All I had to do was to light the couple. And below is the photo that was stuck in my head.

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Hailey & Brett Wedding at the Bullock Springs Manor in Dallas, GA

The Grand Exit, a sparkler exit with rain! As it was time to end the fun, it started to rain! We had planned to do the sparkler exit in the front, but we had to narrow our view to just inside the driveway with the rain.

That sucked because if we had a broader view, it would’ve looked better. But ah, the things that happen at weddings. Always an adventure 🙂 And yup, I drove home wet.

Bullock Springs Manor Wedding Venue


Bullock Springs Manor is a fantastic wedding venue. Everything is in close proximity, so walking isn’t an issue. With multiple locations for some great photos, you can go wrong with this venue.

We got some fantastic photos during the portrait session; the clouds coming help a lot. But I am sure I can take some fantastic sunset photos here as well.

Make sure to see their full gallery here.

If you like my wedding photography, let’s chat. Just remember to grab more hours to make your wedding photos stand out. After all, it does take time to create amazing photos.

And you will never really know what will happen on your wedding day. The last thing you want is an incomplete wedding documented.


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Atlanta History Center Wedding - Daniella + Keron

The Atlanta History Center Wedding

It is always a hassle driving to downtown Atlanta, GA, due to the traffic you run into. It was excellent driving on one of the busiest highways with little to no traffic during the pandemic. But now it’s back to normal.

The Atlanta History Center is located in downtown Atlanta, GA. They offer a couple of indoor and outdoor areas to host your wedding.

However, you’re expected to get ready at a nearby hotel as they have no bridal room to get ready at.

We had the opportunity to shoot Daniella and Keron’s wedding at the Atlanta History Center, and we truly enjoyed our time at the venue.

Getting Ready at The Atlanta Marriott Marquis


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Both Daniella and Keron were getting ready at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis in downtown Atlanta, GA. Daniela was on the 40th floor or something, and Keron was a few floors down.

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis looks quite ordinary from the outside, but once you get inside, it’s super epic. It is super scary for me, though, since I am afraid of heights. I had to make sure I wasn’t walking towards the edge.

Daniella gives me complete creative control for the entire day, and I love that. There is no shot list, and just going by what I usually do and doing some creative shots in between.

I split my time with Daniella and Keron. I wanted to get the details for the dress and some makeup shots of Daniella before I headed to Keron.

We had a bit too much fun with the guys. Trying to get creative, I wanted a shot with the guys smoking on the table. But “no smoking” is allowed in the room, haha. We did, however, have one groomsman missing.

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The Atlanta History Center Wedding

I headed out to the wedding ceremony while Daniella was still putting on the wedding dress. After getting my zip-up shots, I packed up and left for the ceremony. Daniella was an hour late for the ceremony and pushed back a few things.

The wedding ceremony took place at the Olguita Gardens, which was terrific. It’s relatively small and condensed, but still makes some fantastic photos.

Daniella had to be super careful at the wedding alter since there was a pond-like ring just before the center. And with her long dress, she took her time getting to the center.

For the family photos, I had to move them to behind the Atlanta History Museum. There was no way we could fit an entire family right in front of the Olguita Gardens Alter.

Wedding Reception at Swan House and McElrath Hall.


The Atlanta History Center Wedding

Since we had lost an hour because Daniella was behind a bit, we didn’t have ample time for a good shot for the entire bridal party right in front of the Swan House. This was the one-shot I wanted to get from the entire wedding day, and well, I got it, but not to the extent I had imagined.

After the family photos session, everyone was getting extremely tired due to the heat, and one of the bridesmaids even got sick. I knew Daniella was also not feeling well, and I didn’t want to force her for the shot, but she also wanted it.

The heat can wear you out if you are not prepared for it. So, during extreme weather, I always try to give my couple a break if we have enough time. This is why you should always book more hours than what you think you’ll need. Very rarely do weddings go according to plan.

The rest of the time was just laid back, capturing the day as it unfolded. We were all glad to be back inside McElreath Hall. The AC feels like a blessing in the heat.

Around 10 pm, I called it the night. Daniella and Keron didn’t have a grand exit planned, and there are only so many images I can take during the dancing part that it’s pointless for me even to be there.

Be sure to also check out our other weddings we captured in a natural candid style.


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Backyard Wedding - Amy + Brian

Super small wedding taking place right in the parent’s backyard for Amy and Brian in Dacula, GA.  Because of the covid pandemic, they decided to keep it nice and small.  Only inviting family and close friends.

Everything was set up in the house, with the wedding ceremony taking place on the backyard deck which looked really good.  We took all the portraits in the backyard as well, since it looked very good and we kept the traveling distances to very minimal.

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