This wedding was such a fun and sweet way to bring in the Spring season. It was a noon ceremony with lovely pink accents in a gorgeous chapel, filled with some of the sweetest, most laidback people you’ll ever meet.
Hayden and Blake met in 2017 through mutual friends. Blake immediately felt a connection to Hayden, but Hayden was preoccupied with her boyfriend at the time to even notice. But in 2020 after a bad breakup, Hayden began noticing how much she enjoyed hanging out with Blake and what his friendship and company meant to her. Hayden made her move and asked Blake out, and after a few more dates, they were inseparable.
In August of 2021, while on a picnic during a beautiful day by Lake Sims, Blake took Hayden’s hand and told her to close her eyes. He lead her to a nearby dock. “Open your eyes”, he said, and she looked around to find roses and candles shaped in a heart. Blake dropped to his knee, asked Hayden is she would marry him, and before he could move she quickly grabbed the ring, put it on, and exclaimed “Of course I will!!”
When I got to meet Hayden and Blake at their engagement session at Toccoa Falls I could immediately see how sweet and genuine they were. Hayden has to be one of the nicest people I have ever met. Always smiling, always kind and considerate, and so easy going! Blake was quiet at first, but as we got to know each other better, I began to get to know the fun, funny, and awesome guy that he is. They are such an amazing pair that truly love one another, and I was so excited to be able to capture their wedding day!
The wedding day was under way and we were busy taking all of the detail shots, getting ready shots, fun in-between moments shots, and more. Before we knew it the time had come for the ceremony.
The notes of the piano were heard over the quiet murmur as guests greeted one another and everyone found their seats. The officiant, one of Blake’s uncles (SUPER nice guy!), walked onto the platform. Grandparents were seated, then the parents, and then finally Blake made his way to the front with his Groomsmen in toe. He was ready to finally see her.
There was a hush, and the pianist began again. The Chapel doors opened, and there was Hayden. Grinning from ear to ear as she gazed toward Blake. The person who really caught my eye though, was Hayden’s father who smiled the biggest he had smiled all day as he looked at Blake and then at Hayden. He was clearly so happy and pleased, and my heart was in puddles! There was such unity felt in the chapel, not just between the bride and groom, but between their families as well. Even the officiant, who was Blake’s uncle, was clearly overcome by the happiness he felt for Hayden and Blake as he had to recompose himself a time or two. It was so loving.
As they made their way back up the aisle, now as Husband and Wife, they were practically floating they were so giddy! It was the sweetest!
The reception was a delicious lunch buffet where Hayden and Blake mingled and greeted all their friends and family. One of my favorite moments of the reception was right after the bouquet toss. Thinking I would move on to preparing for their exit, I turned to find Blake holding his boutonniere. “My turn”, he said looking back at his guys friends who were waiting to catch the prize! Oh man, this made me so happy! It truly was a testament to the silly fun side of Blake.
Finally, with bubbles floating through the air, everyone lined up for the exit. Cheers filled the courtyard as the couple made their way through the lines and up the stairs to their car. What a fun way to end the day!
Now, enjoy these glimpses into Hayden and Blake’s gorgeous garden wedding!!
Xoxo – Sarah B.
Dear Hayden and Blake,
It was such an honor to capture your gorgeous day and the love you hold for each other. I wish you both the most blessed future together!
Xoxo – Sarah
- Amazing Second Shooter – Skyler Slate
- Venue – Day Chapel – State Botanical Gardens of Georgia
- Wedding Planner – Celissa Jone Beck
- Florist – Bold Spring Blooms
- Dress – Dressing Dreams
- Cake – Bee’s Knees Bakery
- Catering – Juju’s Catering
- Bridesmaids Dresses – David’s Bridal
- Groom and Groomsmen Attire – Perno’s Formal Wear