There are so many things I love about photographing weddings, and Jerry and Maureen’s Newnan, Georgia Elopement is an example of one of them. Let me explain. Maureen and Jerry met around the same time as my husband and I started dating.
I already knew Jerry and his siblings pretty well, but I got to meet Maureen during this time. We spent a little time together at The Alamo and other restaurants and bars in Downtown Newnan. I always enjoyed their company and I remember thinking they seemed like a perfect couple. Fast forward 9 years and I get an email from Maureen asking me to capture their elopement. Which brings me back to one of the many things I love about this job. I get to celebrate and capture love stories of friends that I may not have even witnessed if I wasn’t photographing it. It feels really special to celebrate love with old and new friends.
Maureen and Jerry moved out of Newnan, but they still have friends and family here. They actually had a wedding planned for 2020, but Covid came along and ruined that plan for them. However, I personally think it made their wedding day super special. They got to say their vows where it all really started. And they still had an amazing celebration after with their close family and friends at Knife and Stone in Downtown Newnan.
Maureen filled out my inquiry form on my website explaining their plans for the day and it sounded like the perfect day. They decided to elope outside of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Newnan. They chose the 2-22-22 and decided to have the ceremony at 2:22. It was a perfect idea!
Jerry met me in front of the courthouse with his dad and the officiant. We waited there for Maureen and her family. We set up the timing so these two could have a first look before the ceremony started. Maureen wore this beautiful dress with navy and gold florals and Jerry wore a navy suit to match. I captured their first look and then we went straight into the elopement ceremony. They said their vows to each other and it gave me chills to watch these two share their love.
After the ceremony, we took a few family portraits by the courthouse and then Maureen, Jerry, and I walked around Downtown Newnan for some bride and groom portraits. Once we finished portraits, we took a little break at the airbnb they rented and headed to their celebration.
After our quick break, we headed back to downtown to celebrate at Knife and Stone with their family and friends. Jerry’s sister (Jessica) and her husband own Knife and Stone restaurant. And it’s one of the BEST in Newnan. They make the best smoked old fashioneds (you know, my staple) and have AMAZING food. Plus, to tie it all together, their colors are navy and gold. So, Maureen and Jerry matched the decor! I thought that was a great touch.
As everyone first entered the celebration, they had an amazing charcuterie spread out for the guests. When you first walk in, they had a photobooth set up for guests and it was a huge hit. Later, they put out some amazing food for their guests and everyone mingled. And, my personal favorite part of the celebration was the cake! Publix made their cake, so we knew it would be delicious. Then, they topped it off with a bride and groom T-Rex. I personally loved the splash of personality!
I took a few more candids and portraits as the evening went on. And, I’m so happy these two finally got to say their vows and celebrate their love. Congratulations Maureen and Jerry! Cheers!
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