Intimate Outdoor Southern Wedding

Lace never gets old in my book. This pretty Southern wedding has all the lace that I love and more.  In addition to lace, this Southern bride  loves horses, and all things simple and Southern. This gorgeous couple share personal vows with their small guest count surrounded by lovely trees in a quaint  setting.  Then you have a photographer like Brandy Angel Photography who is there to capture all the lovely details. This wedding is just beautiful in every detail. I can go and on about this Southern wedding, but I think the stunning images speak for themselves. Enjoy!!









































A few words from the bride…

The Love story:  We met through a mutual acquaintance in 2009. I was in a relationship at the time so we were just friends for a year before we started dating. We would bump into each other everywhere throughout that year and Matt would tell his buddies that, “one day that girls gonna be my girlfriend.” So after numerous attempts of him asking me out and getting turned down he deleted my number from his phone. At the end of that year, when I became single again, I thought about Matt and decided to reach out to him. His response was,”who is this again?” Haha I knew I probably deserved that for all the neglect I had given him. Our first date was that night, I asked him out to a new fine dining restaurant called Three Forks. I quickly realized how much we had in common and that he had spent four summers on the lake I grew up on in Alabama which is rare to find when you are living 7 hours away from home. He asked me to go out of town with him that weekend to his families place in Crystal River and that’s where we both fell completely in love! He made me swim with manatees which was a real treat for a small town Alabama girl like me. That weekend is when we decided we were Lobsters, and would be soulmates for life. We even ironically found a wooden sign that says “Lobsters” that is still to this day hanging in our kitchen. I knew he would be my husband one day.

The Proposal: He proposed on November 8, 2013. I was about to renew another years lease on my apartment even though I spent most of my time at his house. I came straight to his house from work that day with a hope that was crushed. I desperately wanted him to propose but I had accepted that it wasn’t going to happen. He asked me to come sit on the back porch with him and watch the sunset which we did often. It’s one of our favorite spots overlooking dutton island. I told him about my day and rambled on as usual. He was pacing around, couldn’t sit still which was also usual so I didn’t think anything of it. Then he said,” I have a surprise for you little Susie.” (It’s a nickname) long story. I responded,” Oh please tell me it’s a garage door opener!” Haha the garage door had been broken for quite some time. He found that amusing and went along with it. He said I was right and he was gonna go get the opener to show me. When he came back he told me to close my eyes and he got down on one knee. He told me to open my eyes and simply asked,”I want to watch sunsets with you for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?”

The Wedding: We wanted to be engaged for a while. We knew we weren’t going to do a big wedding and even talked about eloping. About four days shy of one year later we decided on a private family wedding. Very small and quant, 17 people including the bride and groom. It was perfect timing.



Photography: Brandy Angel Photography

Venue: Five Star Lodge And Stables

Catering: Catering by Cindy

Wedding Cake:  Melissa’s Custom cakes and goodies

Flowers: The Flower Garden

“Just Married” Beach + Horse Wedding Session

When there is a photo session as pretty and quaint as this one,  my wedding loving heart is in full gear. I mean, the wedding itself has me always in love, but when you have a session with the bride and groom without all the other wedding details, it is so romantic and sweet.  Besides the lovely couple, there is one detail about this post wedding session that has won me over. It is that darn cute horse! I am not a country girl, but I love horses. There is something so dreamy and magical about them.  What a perfect compliment to a beautiful couple. Oh, and then throw in a location as gorgeous as the beach with sunset views? Then it is all over. Oh my goodness, what a truly romantic photo session, and all captured by Jessi Marri Photography.  The images are hard to look at just the one time. You have to take a second, or even third look. Yes, these photos are absolutely stunning, and worth browsing more than once.  Enjoy the photos of husband and wife enjoying a very intimate and romantic moment with each other.  What a wonderful way to celebrate marriage. So sweet!
















From Jessi Marri Photography...

This was a “Just Married” session for the couple. We got together after the wedding with her in her dress so we could get some wonderful shots of the bride and groom together. I offer these sessions to those couples that were not pleased with their photographer on the wedding day or didn’t have a traditional wedding. This way they still have AMAZING portraits to hang on their walls and share with friends/family. 

Whimsical and Romantic Post-Wedding Photo Session

Wedding photographs are my favorite type of photos. They show off all the beautiful and lovely details of a wedding day and a couple’s love for each other.  But what is even more magical is the post wedding moments. Yes, a post wedding photo session. When you have Matthew Druin Photography to capture it all, it is even better. Today’s feature is all about the post wedding details, and that means a “trash the dress” session. However, there is no trashing of the dress, but instead this couple is immersed by the most gorgeous surroundings which makes for a perfect “post-wedding” photo session. The location is just stunning and I am obsessed with how whimsical and romantic the settings are.   I have to admit, the first image that caught my eye was the one with the bride and the horse. Okay, how sweet is that? I LOVE it. I can go on and on about this breathtaking photo session, but I will let you take a look for yourself and see all the lovely details. Okay, one more thing… that bridal gown? Dying over here. Just extraordinary!





















From Matthew Druin Photography

After Maria & Kyle’s Atlanta wedding in April, they wanted to take even more photos in their wedding attire. After talking it over a bit, we decided on a semi-trash the dress / bridal type session that would allow us to capture some really beautiful photos of them. The main goal was not to trash the dress like other sessions, but if it happened in the process, no one was worried about it.

In search of a whimsical and romantic location, Maria talked to her friend Nancy about using her beautiful property deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia and she was more than willing to help out. We made the three hour drive and although the weather called for rain, we were very lucky and it turned out to be a perfect all day. Once we arrived, we met up with Nancy and her husband Tim, who were both beyond generous and more than willing to help in anyway.

After Maria and Kyle were changed and ready to go, we started in one of the barns. We were constantly followed by a curious block cat who just loved clawing and riding on Maria’s dress. I guess that’s trash the dress by cat. :) Once we finished with the barn area, the real adventure started. Nancy took us on a tour of the rugged back hill terrain of the mountains in a Cadillac Escalade no less. Surprising the Escalade handled extremely well as we crossed small rivers, drove on the edge of vertical cliffs, and over steep rocks. It really felt like an African safari, at least to us city slickers. We were only missing the wild animals.

As we journey deeper and deeper into the mountains, we would stop at various locations that looked interesting. Some times getting to the location took some legwork climbing through poison ivy and barefoot across jagged river beds. Sometimes you just have to make sacrifices to get what you want. Even being as succeeded as we were on the side of the mountains, we would occasionally run across a random person or two. Of course they would take one look at Maria and Kyle in their wedding attire, riding around in an Escalade, and laugh. I couldn’t blame though, we really kind of stuck out.  

Battling the ever setting sun, we eventually headed back to capture some photos with one of Nancy and Tim’s many horses. Between all three of us, we had about a half a day of riding experience. None the less, Nancy and Tim stayed with us the whole time to help us through it all. The black cat also made his return and showed us all how to ride a horse with ease. When Maria first mounted the horse, it took a minute of so to adjust. The particular horse we were using had what Tim called an “easy mouth”. I’m not 100% sure if the horse was trained that way or that’s just how the horse was naturally, but meant it didn’t take much on the reins to make the horse move in any direction. 

Maria quickly figured the out when she pulled back slightly on the reins to adjust herself and the horse started to quickly back up. The more he backed up the more she would pull trying to keep her balance. Faster and faster the horse ran backwards until he tripped on some wood and both Maria and the horse went down! I was in shock as all this took place and had no reaction to anything. As they fell to the ground Maria’s amazing rodeo clown skills came out and she some how did a flip / twist type of thing and rolled out of the before the horse actually landed on her.

Both Maria and the horse were perfectly okay, but after such a jarring and traumatizing experience, you would think Maria would be over the whole “photos on a horse” idea. Ha! Of course she wasn’t. She dusted herself off and hopped right back up there like she was about to go herd cattle. We took our time and slowly finished all the photos we need just as the sun really began to set.

All in all, it was really nice to get out of the city for the day and spend time with some awesome people. We had an incredible time and an amazing adventure that none of us will soon forget.