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Posted by Dawn  -  06.28.15

Weddings, Photographers, Workshops

Real Wedding Workshop | Lauren & Justin | Day 1


Workshop Venue: Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation
Rehearsal Dinner: Sandy Creek Barn
Rehearsal Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg
Daywear Dress: Lilly Pulitzer
Daywear Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Evening Shoes: Betsy Johnson
It was a cold January night, the stars were so bright, and Lauren and Justin were game when Bob asked them if they were up for an adventure! They braved the weather and this is one of the images that he captured. One of my favorite images from the day!


One may ask "What is a Real Wedding Workshop?" That is such a great question! I've posted all about this experience in our last Real Wedding Workshop post that you can read HERE. If you type in "Real Wedding Workshops" in the "Search Us" tab up at the top by our logo, you will be able to see the all the posts from our past workshops.

Where to begin is the question, always way too much to say! This post is about our 6th Real Wedding Workshop at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation where we spent 3 glorious days basking in the beauty on property, under the star filled skies, with our gorgeous bride and groom, Lauren and Justin. They happen to be best friends with Jenni and Stevn, who was our 5th Real Wedding Workshop bride and groom. Lauren was also one of Jenni's bridesmaids. Because of that experience, Lauren and Justin and their family were all on board the crazy train! I know, it's so confusing but stay with me.


Day one, we began the morning with Bob reviewing gear, light modifiers and radio triggers (all the super fun and exciting stuff), then we headed out to photograph Lauren and Justin, engagement session style, out on "The Landing" and in "The Forest" on the Ritz property. It's such a gorgeous backdrop for photos. This is where everyone begins shooting by pushing speedlights to their limits, using high speed sync, and combining speedlights in conjunction with their radio triggers.

One would think having 19 photographers taking your photos would be a little intimidating but for Lauren and Justin having already experienced this with Jenni and Stevn, this was a piece of cake... true pros! Lauren is a southern belle, fashion & lifestyle blogger, a super sweet Georgia peach who is always dressed to perfection! She wore the cutest Lilly Pulitzer dress and Christian Louboutin shoes. And Justin, well he's a Southern gentleman who loves his belle, just look at the way he smiles at her. A match made in heaven!

Later that evening, we all got dolled up and headed off to photograph their rehearsal dinner at the Sandy Creek Barn, which is so fabulous! I mean... just wait till you see the images! Lauren wore the most fabulous Diane Von Furstenberg dress and the cutest Betsy Johnson boots! The guitarist played throughout the evening and their friends gave the best speeches, the love in the room was contagious! A big thank you to Justin's gorgeous mom, Laurie, for making sure we all got to eat. Thank you, thank you... everything was delicious and the day was perfect!

I have to mention, Bob and I had the most amazing group of photographers join us on this adventure. A huge thank you to Jensen Bell, Pam Bell, Whitney Bower, Marisa Carey, Christina Corneau, Melissa Del Vecchio, Greg & Theresa Favello, Jasleen Kaur, Chrissy Kruger-Gruendyke, Greg Moran, Sebastian Orr, Felix Peter, Shayla Samples, and Rochelle Wilhelms for joining us in the ever so crazy 3 day weekend. You invested and believed in us and we can't thank you enough. We truly want to see each of you succeed so always know that we are here for you if you ever have any questions.

What would we do without our team? Our Operations Manager, Michele, for being our rock and getting us organized for this workshop. There is so much behind the scenes logistics that is involved when preparing for a workshop, especially a destination one, it just wouldn't be possible without her. We love you girlie so much! And then there is Zach Brake, who is one of our regular second shooters. He is the very best and so very good to us, I just can't say enough about him. He's everything you'd ever want in a second shooter... and more! Then we have Tracey Taylor and Dee Green who also assisted us with our workshop. They are talented Nikon shooters who came all the way from Japan to help us. We met them at our 3rd Real Wedding Workshop in Nashville, and these beauties have become dear friends. Without this team, this workshop would not have been successful. Bob and I are forever grateful.

So, this is Day 1. Look for 2 more posts about Day 2 and Day 3 from this Real Wedding Workshop. We hope that you can experience how incredible this adventure was for us all through our photos! Enjoy!

xoxo!!!

~ Dawn and Bob
















Lauren and Justin both attended the University of Florida and graduated the same year, in 2009, but didn't officially meet until after college in 2011 when they were both living in Tampa, FL. As you can tell, they are both Gator fans by the 5' long Gator cake wearing a University of Florida helmet! Love, love, love!!!!









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Posted by Dawn  -  06.28.15

Weddings, Photographers, Workshops

Lauren & Justin | Wedding | Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation


Venue: Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation
Event Planner: Ashley Scott | Ritz Coordinator
Day of Planner: Ashley Baber Weddings
Florals: Kent Duffey | Designs by Kent
Entertainment: East Coast Entertainment
Printed Materials: Kathy Davidson Paces Papers
Transportation: 1966 RR Princess Vanden Plas
Hair: Ritz-Carlton Spa
Wedding Gown: Rivini | Amahalia
Tux: Black by Vera Wang

Ready for Day 2 of 3 of our Real Wedding Workshop? The BIG day.... Lauren and Justin's beautiful wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. We certainly were... all 19 photographers. Yes, this is always crazy... but crazy fun!

Lauren and Justin visited Hawks Cay Resort in Florida every August around his birthday since they started dating in 2011. Little did she know when he made it a couples trip with three of her best friends and their husbands, in 2013, that he would be planning a little surprise for her that would change her life forever. Their first day there, they all spent the day boating. As they were walking back to the resort, hand in hand, she said to Justin that she wanted to make this an annual trip for them and bring their kids one day. That's when he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him with the promise that the resort would always be their special place.

A year and a half later, their wedding day had arrived. The most beautiful day - picture perfect! The sun was shining and everyone was smiling. Lauren and her bridesmaids have an incredible bond, they love each other like they are sisters. Justin and his boys are equally tight, and his dad was his best man. How cool is that? The love that surrounds them is undeniable. Lauren looked incredibly beautiful in her stunning Rivini gown with a gorgeous pair of satin red Badgley Mischka shoes with an embellished peep toe. The Rivini jewelry she wore was equally beautifully. All her college friends have been passing down a Gator garter, and they each have it monogramed after wearing it. I mean seriously, that is the best! Her girls all wore Amsale with a faux fur grey wrap, while Justin and his boys were looking dapper in their slim fit tuxes by Black by Vera Wang. I'd say this was a beautiful bridal party!

Their first look was like no other! It took place on a spectacular bridge, surrounded by trees everywhere which made for a romantic setting and so many photographic opportunities. Lauren and her daddy headed to the Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church in a white 1966 RR Princess Vanden Plas. Can it get any better than this? The service was beautiful. I think I cried through the whole thing, it's a good thing I wasn't holding a camera... lol.

The cocktail hour took place in The Forest on the Ritz property, with hanging bistro lights, beautiful lanterns everywhere, and beautiful lounge furniture, not to mention the view of the lake in the background. The cocktail hour music was dedicated to Lauren's late Grandmother who loved Frank Sinatra. The food served had a southern flare including tomato soup with heart shaped grilled cheese... just incredible!!! Their winter southern wedding was romantic and classical with beautiful red roses everywhere! Their reception was in the Ballroom and the decor took your breath away when you walked in. The entertainment, the cake, the dessert table, the first dance, the speeches, the sparkler exit... OMG...

I think I've said too much.... so why not discover for yourselves how incredibly beautiful this wedding was. A huge thank you to Lauren and Justin and their families for welcoming our group with open arms. They treated us with such grace and I just can't thank them enough for all their kindness. Same to Ashley Scott at the Ritz, who was truly an amazing coordinator! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

And before I forget... we need to thank Zach Brake, who is one of our regular second shooters. He is the very best and so very good to us, I just can't say enough about him. He's everything you'd ever want in a second shooter... and more! Then we have Tracey Taylor and Dee Green who also assisted us as well. They came all the way from Japan to help us. We met them at our 3rd Real Wedding Workshop in Nashville, and these beauties have become dear friends. Without this them, we would the coverage of this wedding would never be what it is... so thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Lauren and Justin, we love you both and wish you a lifetime of happiness together!!!!

xxoo!!!

~ Dawn and Bob

Ps: Be ready for Day 3 of the workshop up next...

























































































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