Classy 1950’s Style Wedding

Jessica & StevenIn Athens GA a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing a lovely 50’s style wedding. The bride & groom tastefully incorporated the 50’s theme into their day. Guests were asked to dress to match as well. I have to admit–I loved changing up my usual suit a bit and wearing my pink button-up with my black suit. Guests arrived in colorful skirts and dresses and guys wore Zoot suits and even cuffed jeans and white T’s w/ sleeves rolled.Pre-Wedding

This was an artistic crowd, too. At many weddings, couples will light a unity candle or pour unity sand, but Jessica & Steven chose to pour paint onto a golden canvas. I love this concept–especially for artist! They now have a unique art piece that I am certain will become a family heirloom. What a great idea!

Congratulations, Jessica & Steven!Jessica & Steven

It’s Time To Think Ahead!

Christmas LightsIt’s that time, again! A lot will be happening this month…dance recitals, chorus & band productions, plays, parades, Santa…and you will want to get some pictures to remember them by. So here are some of my holiday tips:

1) Load NEW batteries into your camera (and keep spare ones on-hand)

2) Make sure you have plenty of free space on your  camera’s memory cards

3) Take pictures BEFORE anyone eats!!!

4) Remember to put your camera away after you take your pictures…this is a hard one (I know!) It is important you actually enjoy the moment. You will not want to miss your child’s acting, dancing, singing…etc. because you were looking down at your camera. The image your mind creates is the most important one…and allowing your child to see you watching him/her during the performance is a memory he/she will cherish forever!

Traditional Rice Throwing – Italian Style

Guests pelt the bride & groom with rice as they leave the church in Asiago Italy.

Guests pelt the bride & groom with rice as they leave the church in Asiago Italy.

Did you know throwing rice at a bride and groom after their wedding ceremony is perfectly acceptable with the birds? Yes, if birds could talk, they would tell you they will not be harmed by this long standing tradition…that is, unless they fly in the direct path of the flying rice.

Pictured here is the joyous pelting of a bride & groom after their ceremony in Asiago, Italy. I couldn’t help but laugh as I took these photos…between the happy shouting and what must have been at least 100 bags of riso (Italian for rice), this 15-20 minute event was one of the highlights of this particular Italy trip…yes! the B&G had rice thrown at them for THAT long!

If you want to read more about the myth that surfaced regarding rice being harmful for birds, check out the link on Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/birdrice.asp

Echos of the Dance…

 

Echos of the Dance - ©Georgia P ZumwaltRecently, I have been studying the great photographic works of David Hockney. Mr Hockney created amazing works of art with multiple photographs of just one scene. What you see here is my attempt to create a similar style of art. Resting on this old trunk, this old Hohner accordion holds untold memories of music that must have brought joy to many. Was it played at a wedding? Did it sing the sounds of beloved old anthems from someone’s home country? We will never know. I found this beautiful piece sitting by itself in an antique store a while ago. It’s a circa 1930’s instrument…and it was begging to be revived. I hope the echos of the dances that made people smile breathe through the bellows of this accordion very soon.

Almost too pretty to eat…but too delicious to pass up!

Once again, Sue at Ferranti’s Cakery in Jefferson GA has created an amazing piece of edible art – a true artist! As you can tell, I LOVE this place!!! What is even better about this art is that it is scrumptious!

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