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Marriage Matters: Elegant Hometown Vow Renewal in Atlanta

Although Nikki + Jason eloped in heart-flutteringly-gorgeous Hawaii months ago, it’s their hometown vow renewal that’ll really take your breath away. From their symbolic sand ceremony, to the Mai Tai’s served at their gorg reception, every detail is tropical with a traditional twist. Sawyer Baird captured it all in THE VAULT, and every single moment is about to show you exactly why marriage matters!


From Sawyer BairdNikki & Jason eloped earlier this year in beautiful Hawaii and decided that they wanted to have a vow renewal in their hometown later on in the year for family & friends to celebrate their love story. When Nikki reached out to me about photography and looking for a place to for photos in a natural setting I knew the perfect spot, Cator Woolford Gardens, just a short drive from the ceremony location.

Amberly with Wrennwood Designs completely transformed the Decatur Corthouse into a beautiful space. From the florals to the beautiful relaxed layout of the space.

Along with all of the beautiful details Nikki also added a fun touch for her guest to have portraits done during the reception. It was seriously such a hit and fun addition to the reception.

From The Groom.. From the moment she walked into my life, God’s journey for us began. My curiosity about her on our first date started with a flicker in my heart. When I drove away from Parish, my heart grew warm and a smile appeared on my face. At that moment I knew she was very special.

From The Bride….I walked into Parish Cafe and saw the most handsome man with sparkling blue eyes. He looked at me from across the room with a magical smile. When I walked away from him that afternoon my heart whispered “he’s the one.”

534 days later…Jason and I were married at a sunset ceremony in Maui, Hawaii. It was a private ceremony that allowed us to solely focus on our love for each other. The beauty of Hawaii and the union of two souls painted a fairy tale picture. It was the happiest, most romantic day of our lives. We said our personal vows on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, ran around the beach embracing life and laughter as the wedding photographer captured each moment. We ended the evening returning to the location where our ceremony took place and danced to “Love of My Life” under the summer stars.

Four months later, we were so grateful to have a vow renewal and reception with family and friends to celebrate our marriage. The guests were served Hawaiian Mai Tai’s as they awaited our arrival. All of the joyful emotions came to life all over again as we said our personal love and commitment vows in front of our guests, followed by a symbolic sand ceremony with sand brought back from the oceanside. We ended our ceremony with a toast thanking our family and friends for all of the support, encouragement, love and laughter they contributed to our lives. The celebration was just as much about them, so we had a card made for each place setting that read “Together is a wonderful place to be.”

As for wedding details, everything mattered from the personalized vow book design to the hand painted floral vases to the monogrammed decorative pillows. We wanted the wedding to depict modern elegance with an overtone palette of grays and whites, yet portray our playful spirit, so we had a caricature artist draw guests throughout the evening and warm krispy kreme donuts served for a late night snack. Everything about the wedding reception was a reflection of us and was simply perfect. But, the best part about our wedding day was the realization that we married our best friend and as individuals, we are beautiful people, but when our lives are blended into one we form something more miraculous. Every day Jason and I are together is the greatest day of our lives.

See why marriage matters!

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Event Planning: Wrennwood Design | Floral Design: Wrennwood Design | Venue: Decatur Courthouse | Location: Frazer Center

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Classic Southern Wedding

When a nearby hurricane delivered rainy skies to this darling duo’s big day, they didn’t let it damper their spirits one bit.  Instead, they strapped on their rain boots, grabbed an umbrella and celebrated in true Southern style with lush bouquets from Greg Hall & Company, sweet bridesmaid frocks from Show Me Your MuMu and a world of beautiful images from Sawyer Baird.  Head to THE VAULT to soak it all in.


From Sawyer BairdHillary & Jay have the sweetest and honestly the most upbeat attitude than most people. When they found out that a hurricane was hitting the coast & the major rain was going to be moving through on their wedding day – they were a little let down but not much later Hillary whipped out her Hunter boots and was a complete trooper.

Hillary wanted just a fun celebration – and I think it shows. From Show Me Your MuMu bridesmaid gowns and dancing the night away. Nobody was even focused on the weather, just the beautiful love of these two.

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Photography: Sawyer Baird | Floral Design: Greg Hall & Company | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu | Hair And Makeup: Becca Brandt For J.Thomas Salon | Groom's Attire: JR Crider's | Venue: Cateechee Golf Club | Bowties: JR Crider's | Photo Booth: Rett Webb, Club Rett

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Classically Chic Engagement Session at The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Look at these law school lovebirds; could they get any cuter?! Captured by MP Photographie at The Georgian Terrace Hotel, we get a fabulous sense of their personality and zest for life; these are the people I want to be friends with. See all the too-adorable-for-words moments in our VAULT right here!

From MP Photographie… Ginny and Billy attended a reception for new Georgia State law students in the spring of 2009. At the reception, Ginny’s mom struck up a conversation with “the two cutest guys she’d ever seen.” Regrettably, Ginny had no interest in meeting the two cute guys (what a mistake that was!), but happened to bump into them in the elevator later that evening.

On the first day of law school orientation later that fall, a mutual friend re-introduced Ginny to the two guys, who turned out to be Billy and a friend. Ginny and Billy had every class together the first year of law school and became great friends over the next three years. One week after graduating from law school, Billy talked Ginny into driving to Charleston, South Carolina for their first date. Three years later, Billy popped the big question and Ginny said YES!

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Photography: MP Photographie | Venue: The Georgian Terrace Hotel