Millennium Gate Engagement Session | Atlanta Photographer | Jemal and Kinte

Millennium Gate Engagement Session | Atlanta Photographer | Jemal and Kinte

Engagement Session at the Millennium Gate

I was excited to hear that Jemal found me via WeddingWire and we scheduled a phone consultation. After learning more about Kinte and Jemal, I was super excited to be their wedding photographer. Their royal blue, gold, and white wedding will take place at The Biltmore on June 28th, 2020 and I know it’s going to be an amazing event! Vendors include The Modern Officiant, O’How Sweet (Cake Artist), and the planner Angelica Rose from Unique Rose Events.

It was great to learn more about Jemal and Kinte during the couple’s engagement session at the Millennium Gate at Atlantic Station. Come to find out Jemal and I went to the same school – Florida A&M University. Their love for one another was apparent with the couple’s candid laughter and smiles during the session. During the session, I wanted to focus on the architecture of the Millennium Gate and make sure of the bridge that was in the same vicinity. When the sun set, the couple did an outfit change. I took advantage of some motion blur from the cars in the background and made use of flashes in the background. If you are interested in photographing here, you will need a permit. A stop from security is a guarantee 🙂

If you are interested in booking Cain’s Camera for your wedding, please visit my Contact page.

Their Story

Who proposed and how?
Kinte proposed during his birthday party. He had our family fly up for the party and proposal. He had me and two others play a guessing game that required us to take a double shot, spin around, and glance back quickly behind you and to see who could guess how many people were behind you. Of course, I was last to go, after my final spin I was face to face with Kinte on one knee asking me to marry him.

 

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Dekalb History Center Wedding Photos | Atlanta, GA Photographer | Elizabeth and Dennis

Dekalb History Center Wedding Photos | Atlanta, GA Photographer | Elizabeth and Dennis

The Wedding Day of Elizabeth and Dennis

The wedding of Elizabeth and Dennis at the Dekalb History Center was a special occasion with family and friends. Instead of traditional bouquets, the bride and groom decided to use herbs instead. Additionally, the couple vowed their love by performing a Celtic hand-fasting. This is traditionally performed at Irish weddings. The night ended with music by Exquisite Sounds Entertainment and music from the couple’s alma mater Virginia Tech.

Cain’s Camera would like to thank Elizabeth and Dennis for choosing me to photograph their wedding. It was truly my pleasure and an honor to serve.

Their Story

How did the two of you meet?
We were in the same second year architectural studio but we didn’t talk to each other. Fast forward to fourth year when we were traveling abroad with a group of 35 architecture students and we actually met each other on that trip.

What did you do for your first date?
Our first date was unplanned. We were on our study abroad trip and no one else wanted to go to diknner except us. We found a hole in the wall Italian restaurant where they only spoke Italian and had a prefixed three course meal. We spent the evening drinking the table wine and eating delicious food. It gave us the opportunity to actually get to know each other without all our friends around.

Who proposed and how?
Dennis proposed to me while we were having a little picnic in a park near the Avondale MARTA stop. He had to wait a couple of hours because a family decided to picnic right next to us.

Lastly, can you tell us a bit about your plans for your wedding?
The wedding is on October 14, 2018 at the Historic Dekalb Courthouse. My dress is blush and Dennis’s suit is navy blue. Our bridesmaids (my sister and bf) will be wearing burgundy/wine colored dresses. We will be having herbs as our decorations instead of flowers. Herbs symbolize different aspects of life (joy, long life, etc). We are designing our own save the dates and invitations. Most of the people invited to the wedding are from out of town (CT and VA) and it will be a little bit like a college reunion for most.

If you are interested in booking Cain’s Camera for your wedding, please visit my Contact Us page.

Wedding Vendors
Venue: Dekalb History Center
Wedding Coordinator: Stephanie Mule / Endive Publik House
Hair Artist: Kat Batch / Salon Red
Makeup Artist: Hafsa Haseeb / Salon Red
Cake Artist: Confection Perfection Cakes
DJ: Exquisite Sounds Entertainment

 

The Temple | Atlanta, GA Photographer | Sandra and Otega | Part 2

The Temple | Atlanta, GA Photographer | Sandra and Otega | Part 2

White Wedding at The Temple

Following the traditional Nigerian Ceremony on Thursday, Sandra and Otega had their White Wedding that Saturday. The ceremony took place at Haygood United Methodist Church and this was followed by the reception at The Temple. The guest count was close to 200 people. The couple entered in style with Otega showering Sandra with money, tears being shed during the mother/son dance, and a dance competition between the bridal party. Sandra and Otega’s wedding was an event inspired by love and happiness and I wish them all the best!

If you are interested in booking Cain’s Camera for your wedding, please visit my Contact page.

Their Story (Continued)

**Who Proposed and How?**

Of course Otega proposed! Haha!

So it was Saturday August 6th, 2016, my sister Precious was having a baby shower that Sunday so my other sister Jennifer & her husband Dami decided to come in town to attend the baby shower. Prior to that weekend, Otega and Dami were looking for something for us to do so we could catch up. The guys decided that we will go to Georgia Aquarium and watch the dolphin show (honestly cannot remember if it was a dolphin show or what type of show it was). I was not super ecstatic about going because I was not interested in going to the aquarium. I was however interested in catching up with Jen & Dami.

Upon getting there, we walked around the various exhibits then finally attended the show. During the show, the moderator asked a question along the lines of, “How big is a whale shark?” And of course, Otega raised his hand to answer the question; I was not surprised he knew the answer because Otega knows weird facts like that. The moderator then told him to come down and bring someone down with him for a demonstration. He grabs me and takes me down for the demonstration.

Quick fact about me: I am a shy person; I hate crowds and being the center of attention. I was ready to get back to my seat! The moderator positioned us facing opposite direction and gave me a tape measure to do a demonstration and after we were done, she said “Okay let’s turn around and see what they are doing back there!” I turn around and Otega is on one knee! I was appalled—I did not see it coming! Before I knew it my family and my best friend popped up out of nowhere! I was in a state of confusion and shock; I could not believe they pulled it off without me knowing.

Wedding Vendors at The Temple

Venue: The Temple
Wedding Coordinator: C4S Events
Videographer: B. Bryant Productions
Hair Artist: Lindz Stylez
Makeup Artist: Dlux Glamour

 

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Atlanta Event Hall | Atlanta, GA Photographer | Sandra and Otega | Part 1

Atlanta Event Hall | Atlanta, GA Photographer | Sandra and Otega | Part 1

Wedding at Atlanta Event Hall

When I am asked to photograph a wedding that infuses traditions and culture, I get excited. So as soon as Sandra contacted me detailing her two day wedding ceremony at the Atlanta Event Hall, I could not wait until the end of June 2018. Their engagement session was nothing but amazing and this got me even more excited for their traditional Nigerian wedding.

Traditional Nigerian Wedding

One thing you will notice within the photos is the vibrant outfits worn by guests. Not only this, but families of the couples wear identical colors and fabrics to identify themselves. This is known as Aso-Ebi. Both the soon to be bride and groom had entrances with music and friends around them. Once the family members approved of the marriage and the traditions were complete, it was time to dance. Guests “sprayed money” on Sandra and Otega as a sign of happiness. With the traditional ceremony complete, the next portion of the wedding took place two days later at Haygood United Methodist Church and The Temple.

Cain’s Camera would like to thank Sandra and Otega for choosing me to photograph an extremely important day in their lives. It was my pleasure to photograph your wedding and it was my honor to serve. If you are interested in booking Cain’s Camera for your wedding, please visit my Contact page.

Their Story

**How did the two of you meet?**
Our meeting was very unexpected. Otega & I met 6 years ago; at the time, my best friend Seyi lived in the same apartment complex with Otega. His first-year med school classmates were having a kickback and Seyi had a friend that was having a birthday party at the pool as well. Upon arriving at the pool, Otega came to introduce himself to us and my first impression of him was…“wow this dude is too happy and hype”. After finding out that me & his mom were from the same place Otega got super excited and proceeded to ask me for my number. I do not like giving “random” guys my number so I said “how about I get your number?” Few days later, I texted Otega and told him it was nice meeting him and he asked me out on a date.

**What did you do for your first date?**
Otega suggested that we go out to dinner. He chose RuSan’s, which is a Sushi and Seafood restaurant. Unbeknownst to him, I actually hate Sushi. Instead of changing the location, I decided to be adventurous and give sushi another shot. Dinner at RuSan’s was awesome; we talked about so many different things, almost as if we’ve known for years. Otega eventually realized my dislike for sushi and appreciated me still accepting to have dinner at RuSan’s. After dinner, I immediately knew that Otega was a good listener, could hold a good conversation and an overall down to earth person.

Wedding Vendors at Atlanta Event Hall

Venue: Atlanta Events Hall
Wedding Coordinator: C4S Events
Videographer: B. Bryant Productions
Hair Artist: Lindz Stylez
Makeup Artist: Dlux Glamour

Ashton Gardens Wedding Photos | Atlanta, GA Photographer | Gabrielle and Jeremy

Ashton Gardens Wedding Photos | Atlanta, GA Photographer | Gabrielle and Jeremy

Wedding at Ashton Gardens

I was excited to learn Gabrielle and Jeremy chose Aston Gardens as their wedding venue. I’ve photographed at Ashton Gardens before and could not wait to capture some memorable photos. Their wedding was in the earlier part of the day, so we captured some amazing daytime photos. This included some photos of the bride outside the chapel and the groom with this groomsmen. Gabrielle looked amazing as she walked down the aisle as she greeted Jeremy.

Directly after the ceremony the guests were in for a treat as they all participated in the Grand March. During the reception the bride’s Liberian family and guests got up and danced to Liberian style music. The also formed a circle around the bride and groom in the middle of the dance floor. Afterward guests enjoyed the music of Glass Dee and sent the couple off formally with bubbles.

Special Thanks

Cain’s Camera would like to thank Gabrielle and Jeremy for choosing us to photograph an extremely important day in their lives. It was our pleasure to photograph your wedding and it was our honor to serve. If you are interested in booking Cain’s Camera for your wedding, please visit our Contact Us page.

Testimonial

Once Gabrielle and Jeremy received their wedding photos, here is what this had to say:

When we saw Cain’s Camera work on WeddingWire, we had no hesitations to work with him. We selected Jabari as opposed to other photographers because we noticed his extreme attention to detail. We also could tell that he had extensive experience in photographing people of color in various lighting scenarios (i.e. – well-light and not so well-light). In general, however, we were particularly interested in how well he captured images in low-light scenarios. When we looked at other photographers we noticed a large variance in their photographs, as it related to lighting (i.e. – some of their pictures were dark) which lead us to choose Jabari as our wedding photographer. We are so glad that we did! We receive compliments daily on how beautiful all the wedding pictures came out.

Jabari is an extremely creative visionary who allowed us to give our input on the photos. He has a positive attitude and is always professional. We also appreciated that he offered a full wedding day “sneak peek” of photos as opposed to limiting it to just a few (i.e. 1 to 5 photos). Thank you so much for helping to make our Wedding Day the most memorable day of our lives! We cannot stop looking at the photos! They are beyond amazing and greatly exceeded our expectations! We would ABSOLUTELY recommend Cain’s Camera services because he is the best photographer we’ve ever had!

Their Story

How did the two of you meet? Jeremy and I officially met through E-Harmony

What did you do for your first date? Instead of a 1st date, Jeremy and I had a 1st weekend with each other. After communicating for over three months, we were super excited to finally met. During our “1st weekend,” we visited several restaurants, rode go-carts, visited the swamps of Louisiana and so much more.

Who proposed and how? Jeremy made a surprise visit on the weekend after Valentine’s day. Initially, he told me that he came to spend time with me because he was unable to spend Valentine’s Day with me. I thought this was so sweet. He also mentioned that his surprise visit was due to our upcoming  “one year of dating” anniversary, which was Feb. 21st. During his visit, we relived our 1st weekend together. Surprisingly. I never actually suspected a proposal would serve as the final finale.  All in all, at the end of our “1st-weekend of dates re-enactment” he proposed.

Lastly, can you tell us a bit about your plans for your wedding? We plan on having a traditional wedding. It will take place at Ashton Gardens. Our goal is to create a simple yet elegant environment.

Wedding Vendors at Ashton Gardens

Venue: Ashton Gardens
Wedding Coordinator & Florist: Peachy Keen Planners
Cake: Publix
DJ & MC: Glass Dee
Videographer: Helena Films
Hair Artist: Renee Hall
Makeup Artist: Sydney Wingate

Pristine Chapel Lakeside Wedding Photos | Atlanta, GA Photographer | Chaundra and Frank

Pristine Chapel Lakeside Wedding Photos | Atlanta, GA Photographer | Chaundra and Frank

An Instant Connection

One thing I enjoy about clients that contact me over the phone for the first time is that instant connection. This was definitely the case when I spoke to Chaundra. I learned more about her fiancĂ© Frank, their wedding vision, and the venue they selected – Pristine Chapel Lakeside. I’ve photographed at Pristine Chapel Lakeside in the past and I always look forward to capturing some amazing pictures.

Wedding at Pristine Chapel Lakeside

The wedding day finally arrived on July 29th, 2017. The guest were energetic and the large bridal party were even more enthused. Frank couldn’t wait to see his bride walk down the aisle as he smiled ear to ear. When there was a little down time during the reception, I escorted Chaundra and Frank outside for couple’s portraits. I love taking couple’s portraits when it’s completed dark outside and the results came out stunning.

Special Thanks

Cain’s Camera would like to thank Chaundra and Frank for choosing us to photograph an extremely important day in their lives. It was our pleasure to photograph your wedding and it was our honor to serve. Congratulations on the baby and I know you two will be amazing parents!

Their Story

How did the two of you meet?
Frank and I went to Jackson State University in Jackson, MS both on athletic scholarships. He played baseball and I played softball. We hung around the same people so it was bound for us to meet. One day he approached my best friend Jessica, who also played softball and he let her know that he was interested in getting to know me, so she said she would help him out lol.

One day Jessica and I were headed to one of the baseball boys little get together and she tells me that there may be someone there that wants my number. I immediately wanted to know who, but she said she would let me know find out, but when the sparks fly to take things slow. I’ll never forget walking into Michael Bravo’s room and seeing a bunch of guys there, but there was one particular guy smiling and staring at me so I immediately knew that was him. We sat at the table and played spades against each other and the entire time we were taunting one another. Once it was time to leave he came up to me and asked if he could have my number.

What did you do on your first date?
We went to see Law Abiding Citizen around Halloween 2009. He came to pick me up from the dorm and everything about that night was perfect. He came to my dorm and walked me to the car like a gentleman. I know in his head he probably thought, “why does this girl want to see an action movie on our first date?” but it was everything I thought it would be. Tinseltown movie theater was the name of the movie theater in Pearl, MS. We officially became boyfriend and girlfriend December 07, 2009 after we came from grabbing food at our favorite Chinese restaurant. We sat in the car and he turned to me and said “I have to tell you something, will you be my girlfriend?” I smiled from the inside and out and said yes. He walked me to my dorm and kissed me goodnight.

Who proposed and how?
Super bowl 50!!!! Panthers versus Broncos! February 7th, 2016 I will never forget this day! Back in Ridgeland, MS we invited a couple of friends over to watch the game. We had everything you could possibly think of at the house. We really were enjoying ourselves. The talk of the day was what would Beyoncé do for the halftime show. As the game was going on I was being a typical hostess making sure everyone had enough to drink enough to eat giving that good southern hospitality.

Halftime came around and Frank comes into the living room and asked me to take a seat. I didn’t understand why he wanted me to sit down but I said ok. He comes in front of me and told me, “do you remember the very first thing I ever told you”? I looked at him and said no lol we had been together for a little over six years so I couldn’t think back that far. The next thing still makes my hands shake. He said I told you I would never leave your side then he gets down on one knee. I immediately threw my hands in my face I wasn’t sure if I would cry or if I was just in shock when he said, Chaundra Latrice Greer, will you marry me? I SAID YES! Needless to say, no one knew what BeyoncĂ© did for halftime lol.

If you are interested in booking Cain’s Camera for your wedding, please visit our Contact Us page.

Wedding Vendors at Pristine Chapel Lakeside

Venue: Pristine Chapel Lakeside
Wedding Coordinator/Cake/DJ: Pristine Chapel Lakeside
Videographer: J and J Digital Media
Makeup Artist: Chanissa Greer