April 26, 2022
Three words: tea, creativity, sunset. The Farm at High Shoals was the perfect wedding venue for an English Garden style wedding (teatime included)! And if you can believe it, the bride designed her own shoes and made her own getaway dress!! We used it as the background for a few detail photos and it was gorgeous!
I would have never guessed my days as a college ministry intern would collide with my wedding photography world years later. I met Melissa while interning for UGA Wesley Foundation – funny enough, my second shooter (and best friend) even went to Scotland with Melissa on a mission trip! When I told Melissa we would both be there, she was even more excited for out little Wesley-alum reunion 🙂
As you scroll through this blog post, you will notice a few major things.. one is that Melissa & John Ryan are one of the sweetest couples you’ll ever meet. They have been together for over 4 years which meant they were very relaxed with each other the whole wedding day. Another thing.. their entire wedding day felt like a Disney princess dream – which is not accident since they love Disney and are visiting for their honeymoon!!
But lastly, their sunset portraits might be some of my new FAVORITES! By sunset time, I’m always thinking “I feel like I already got great stuff, but it’ll be nice to get a few more”. And then after we do sunset portraits I’m thinking, “Holy cow?! I’m SO GLAD they agreed to take a few minutes out of their reception for this!!!” Her flowy princess dress in the sunset glow made me die and go to heaven!! 🙂
I MEAN?!? The Farm at High Shoals is such a stunningly epic wedding venue to visit. It’s right outside of Athens, GA and was the perfect backdrop for what felt like a royal day.
Melissa!!! I’ve already said it, but you truly looked like a princess!!
Such sweet moments! They seem like simple moments if you’re an outsider looking in, but I can only imagine how emotional I will be to see my husband Levi pinning my two boys’ boutonniere on their wedding days!!
These daddy/daughter first looks always get me. I love them!
A sweet first look followed by tea together! This was a special, private moment for them together.
These were so fun!
I love love love mix n match bridesmaids dress colors! Especially for spring 🙂
All the COLOR! I love it.
A sweet ceremony with an EPIC bridal entrance!
They are MARRIED!
Obsessed with their cake design!! And guys.. it’s PUBLIX!
HERE THEY ARE! The sunset locations at the Farm at High Shoals do NOT disappoint! I am obsessed.
Congratulations you two!! We were SO happy to get to be a part of your big day!!
(HAVE FUN AT DISNEY!!!!)
Photographer // Michele Houston Photography
Venue // The Farm at High Shoals
Planner // Susan Gunter
Hair // The Haven Hair Loft
Make-Up // The Haven Hair Loft
Florist // Thistle and Bloom Design
Caterer // Trumps Catering
DJ // My Big Day Music
Cake / Dessert // Publix
Rentals // Oconee Events
Stationery // Gwinnett Graphics (bride designed)!
Bride Dress // Wedding Angels
Rings // Bashinski Fine Gems and Jewelry
Bridesmaids // Wedding Angels
Veil // Wedding Angels
Bride Shoes // (decorated by bride)!
Bride Jewelry // Etsy (SymilaAccessories)
Gifts // Robes: LamarieeNewYork (Etsy)
Black bags: (decorated by bride)!
Mothers’ Gifts: ABitOfAlexandria (Etsy)
Fathers’ Gifts: ShannahJSmith (Etsy)
Groom Attire // Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Attire // Men’s Wearhouse
Groom Shoes // Men’s Wearhouse
Reception Table Decor // Thistle and Bloom Design
An absolutely beautiful wedding!
May your union be blessed with much love, patience, and understanding!!
Blessings and ❤️ love!
Melissa and John
Seeing these photos reminds me of a fairytale wedding so so beautiful there are no words to describe. It’s absolutely gorgeous!!! U both look very happy. Your families I can see their love and joy for both of you. I know you will always Remember your wedding day. May you have many many years of love joy and happiness together as a married couple.
Blessings and God’s love Patty Dawson
Susan’s friend from Paula’s Bible study
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