We shot Alex and Lyndsey's wedding at the end of July. We were so excited that Lyndsey wanted to have a bridal session. She opted for having her bridals after the wedding so that her dress was sparkly clean for the big day and that she would feel more relaxed. We shot these bridals in the sweet countryside of south Georgia. Despite all the bugs and the south Georgia heat, Lyndsey looked beautiful!
-Rick & Bethany
We were looking forward to Alex and Lyndsey's wedding, especially after their beautiful engagement session at Maclay Gardens. Just like in our own wedding, Lyndsey's dad would be walking her down the aisle and also performing part of the ceremony. The venue--First Methodist Monticello--is a historic church built in the late 1800s. We just oo-ed and ah-ed over the stain glassed windows! Lyndsey and Alex exchanged presents before the ceremony, but chose not to see each other before the ceremony, except for one sweet moment when they held hands and prayed together (around a door). This day was filled with family, tears, laughter, and a great deal of love.
Alex and Lyndsey, thank you for letting us share in your special day! May your love and commitment last for a lifetime!
-Rick & Bethany-
ceremony & reception | First United Methodist Church
florist | Helen Braswell
dress, shoes, bridesmaids | David's Bridal
groomsmen | Men's Wearhouse
videographer | Justin Clark & Lazer Kopansky
coordinator | Marguerite Bulloch
hair | Meghan Gross, Synergy Salon
invitations | Basic Invite
cake | The Rosemary Tree/Carrie Ann & Co.
Even though the day was very hot and humid, we were able to get some great shots. When you see these two together, you just know that they are in love. Paul, I am so glad that you found such a sweet girl to marry. Jessica, I am excited to have you as a sister-in-law. Thanks for letting us capture a few photos of you two together!
I used to have this one word on our bedroom wall, "LOVE." It looked so lonely there by itself. So after a little pinning, planning, and purchasing, I came up with a little college of pictures, colorful frames, and mirrors that I am quite happy with.
These two photos from Better Homes and Gardens brought the inspiration...
What makes these two photo collages go together well is 1) Unity--the monochromatic white frames 2) Variety--different colors (left) or shapes (right). Thinking of these two elements--unity and variety--I came up with this wall art for our bedroom.
I used the black and white photos and well as the teal color palette to create unity and the different shapes arrangement to create variety.
The frames are wooden and hand-painted with acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby (love that store!). The mirrors are candle coasters from the Dollar Tree that I painted with enamel paint and attached wall hooks to the back. The "LOVE" sign is from Hobby Lobby given to us for our wedding.
I am happy with the way it turned out and I think the "LOVE" sign is happy to have company. :)
What do you think?
We love taking our vacation time to visit family. The first week of June, we decided to visit Rick's family in Illinois and make our way back down through north Georgia for a wedding for Rick to be the best man.
First Stop: Illinois
A highlight of our Illinois visit was enjoying the cool Illinois weather and flying kites with Rick's siblings. On Tuesday, we celebrated Rick's upcoming birthday by eating tacos and cheesecake and playing games with the family.
Second Stop: Chattanooga
On our way back down to Georgia, we stayed overnight at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel. We just love history and great architecture.
Thursday was Rick's birthday. Since we knew the evening would be filled with wedding activities (picking up tuxes, dress rehearsal, etc.), we decided to celebrate with a nice birthday breakfast. We found a recommended restaurant called "Bluegrass Grill" about a block away from our hotel. We enjoyed our southern style breakfast of omelets, fruit, bacon, and of course, lots of coffee! Rick found a new favorite--jalapeno bacon! Yum, who knew bacon could get better?!
Thanks to my friend Kristin's post about Capturing Life as it is, I (Bethany) am learning to use my phone to take pictures to capture the moments when I am not carrying my big DSLR.
Third Stop: Union Point, north Georgia
We had a great time seeing our college friends, Josh and Laura, get married! We didn't take many pictures...only a quick one of us with a friend's iphone.
We shot Alex and Lyndsey's engagement session at the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee, Florida. These gardens are soo beautiful and and the perfect place to shoot an engagement session.
Congratulations Alex and Lyndsey! We are looking forward to your July wedding!
We had a great time shooting Ashton's senior session last Saturday. Ashton brought along some important friends to her shoot--her boyfriend Harlan, her childhood best friend Hailey, and her sweet dog Bella. After graduation, Ashton plans to pursue studies in pharmacy. Ashton loves the south Georgia dirt roads and fields. We had quite the adventure climbing through the fields to find the perfect picture spot...but it was oh, so worth it!
Congratulations Ashton! Always pursue your dreams and strive to be excellent in all that you do! We are so happy for you!
Rick and Bethany McDonnell | Thomas County Senior Portrait Photographers
When we first moved into our cute little house a year and a half ago, we didn't have much furniture. I suppose many newly married couples start out this way. Knowing my love for classy antiques, a family friend brought Rick and I a 1960's French Provincial sofa and chair for our living room. I love them! It has taken me a while, but I have finally managed to buy/make accent pieces for this adorable sofa and chair. Enjoy the details.
Well, for the first time, folks (in my life), I got my email inbox down to zero!!! For anyone who knows me well, I get 100s of emails (literally) a day. I receive emails that are business-related, online deals, coupons, newsletters, and lots of other great stuff. And I have been pretty good about deleting quickly what I don't want to read or unsubscribing from newsletters/junk mail that I don't need. My usual way of processing through emails was to read/respond to the easy ones and "mark as unread" the ones that I needed to respond to but need more time. It was such a faulty system....and my emails (*that needed action*) sometimes slipped through the cracks and seemed to disappear into a virtual nothingness...until this book...
Getting Things Done is about developing a stress-free productive lifestyle. Most of this book is about getting all of your projects, responsibilities, etc. in order. I am still working on getting my life inbox to zero (*you will understand when you read the book*) because there is way more going on in my life than in my email.
Here are some changes I made in my email processing that helped me:
Taking Control of Your Email
*Note: Of course, always delete emails you are never going to read/use again. And better still, if you find yourself never reading on of those email subscriptions, unsubscribe!
Now you may be thinking "Erg! I'm so confused!" And that's ok. Try reading this great book Getting Things Done and maybe things will get clearer.