A winter wedding in Marietta, Georgia is usually lacking in the wintry aspects. Georgia can have a few cold winter weeks, and sporadic ice, but it’s equally interspersed with short-sleeves and sunshine. As Moriah and Josiah’s January day drew closer, the forecast became increasingly ominous, in spite of temperatures hovering near 70 the entire week before the event. Very few words can incite the terror, panic, thrill and excitement like “snow” in Atlanta. While the rest of the country chuckles, most Atlantans take it rather seriously since thousands of motorists were stranded on the interstates in January of 2014. The fear of running out of french toast and freezing to death without flashlight batteries or water sends Georgians to the grocery in droves. When most of the state was at the grocery store, I drove to Atlanta in the rain during Friday rush-hour traffic with the best second-shooter ever, a minivan full of camera gear, waterproof boots, and hoards of snacks. No milk and bread for me- beef jerkey, goat cheese, crackers, and chocolate are what I consider survival foods. We were uncertain, but we were prepared and excited.
Friday night before Mo + Jo’s big day, hunkered down at a hotel two miles from the church, I consistently flipped from the TV weather forecast, to the window, and through multiple weather apps and blogs like a rolodex.
Snow began to fall. Ice began to form. And there was nothing to do but wait, hope, wonder, and wait some more.
Saturday morning at 6 AM, we awoke to a minimal amount of snow, plenty of ice, and temperatures around 10 degrees. The sun was shining and the wedding would go on with a few schedule changes. After donning copious layers of socks and leggings, walking to Waffle House, photo schedule shuffling, car scraping, and slow driving, we loved photographing every chilly moment of Moriah and Josiah’s beautifully magical winter day in Marietta.
The Whitlock Inn was stately and a beautiful backdrop for photos. I was thrilled that Moriah & Josiah decided to do a First Look on the lovely staircase of the Inn; you can feel the difference in the photographs.
Ceremony: Community Bible Church
Reception: The Whitlock Inn
Wedding Coordinator: Betty Ann Horne
Florist: Deborah Parker
DJ: Rivet Events – Joshua Whitehead
Catering & Cake: Carriage House Catering
Bride’s and Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
I cannot say enough about The Whitlock Inn- their dedication to providing a safe, beautiful location during icy conditions was impressive. They truly went above and beyond during less than ideal weather.
Thank you Moriah & Josiah for sharing your beautiful wintry day with us. It was an adventurous weekend, and I was thrilled to be a part of the fun.