This is a long one. And for good reason. This backyard fall wedding in Georgia and this couple are so special, and having the honor to capture their day has meant so much to me, so I included a whole lot of the moments and memories.
Lindsay is one of the sweetest people I know. From her warm smile, her comforting hugs, and her encouraging spirit, she’s someone that always radiates love and friendliness. We met in college through our campus ministry and bonded over photography. When I had the opportunity to photograph my first wedding, I asked her to join as my second shooter and we made a wonderful team! We got to shoot a handful of weddings together years ago, and I’ll always treasure those whirlwind wedding days together! We learned SO much together and she’s been a great cheerleader of my business ever since. And I’ve admired all that she’s done with her work for an amazing nonprofit called Kula Project, which is how she met Zac. Together, they’ve traveled the world photographing and filming beautiful places and each other. Zac is an extremely talented cinematographer and the way he brings stories to life is outstanding. He’s creative, witty, fun-loving, and not one to ever turn down an adventure.
So, it was time to start their biggest adventure of all—marriage. It was their day to bring together their families, friends, and beloved golden retriever, George, to celebrate and laugh and cry and dance and eat all in the name of becoming husband and wife, forever. Lindsay & Zac knew they didn’t need all the bells and whistles that typically come with wedding days. They wanted their day to be comfortable, fully unique to them, and surrounded by nature, so they chose to get married on Lindsay’s parents’ property in Fayetteville, Georgia. What a perfect location and perfect weather for this early November day! The autumn colors were at their peak and the sunshine was ideal. So much of their day was put together by loved ones. Lindsay’s good friend, Gita, made her bouquet and greenery headpieces. She had a family friend design and make her dress. Another college friend, Anton, was the DJ, and another good friend, Kelli, was their officiant. For dessert, her mom made the most delicious pound cake!
Leading up to the ceremony, Zac and his brother prepped for the day while Lindsay did too with the help from her big sister, mom, and a few friends. She shared a heartfelt first look with her dad before everyone headed to the field via golf carts for the ceremony. I couldn’t help but tear up as Zac beamed with joy seeing Lindsay come down the aisle. They wrote their own vows and had two special readings—one by their friend who came all the way from Rwanda for the wedding and one by a couple that they love and admire. And I can’t forget to to highlight George! He was such a good boy running down the aisle as the ring bearer and then returning again (unexpectedly) after their kiss. Lindsay & Zac wanted a special moment alone, so after the ceremony, they walked down to the creek nearby to share communion and pray. I loved that moment and the pictures captured from it.
The reception was just as laid-back, special, and fun! Guests were welcomed with a campfire, s’mores, an open bar, and dinner catered by Chuy’s all overlooking the lake in the backyard. After formal dances and eating, we all listened to a few friends and family give beautiful speeches, including one from Lindsay’s boss, who said she had started writing this speech soon after the first time Lindsay & Zac met before they were even dating! Everyone seemed to agree that they were just always the right fit together. After dancing and more s’mores, Lindsay & Zac gave a grand exit riding away on a motorcycle that Zac built himself. If I could witness and photograph this backyard fall wedding day over and over again, I would. It was incredible and my heart is so happy for The Holbens.