Biltmore Same Sex Wedding – Jemal and Kinte

Biltmore Same Sex Wedding – Jemal and Kinte

Same Sex Wedding at the Biltmore

After photographing Jemal and Kinte’s engagement session at the Millennium Gate, I was extremely excited for their wedding day at the Biltmore in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve photographed at the Biltmore many times before and there are always an endless amount of possibilities. Guests entered the ceremony space with sounds by harpist Lyrika Holmes. The same sex couple exchanged vows surrounded by loved ones as The Modern Officiant officiated. The couple wore matching tuxes from Bespokture. Directly after the ceremony, I took the couple outside for portraits and also to have a moment to themselves. The decor by Unique Rose Events was amazing to say the least. Multiple angles of the reception space were captured to truly appreciate the amount of detail that went into the decor. Their wedding day was truly one to remember!

Their Engagement 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.

Jemal and Kinte’s Wedding Testimonial

We found Jabari on WeddingWire and once we viewed his work, we had no hesitations. We selected Jabari because of his availability, price, quality, and personality. Jabari takes pride in his work, he’s patient, humble, and the results were amazing. Just from the sneak peek photos, everyone loved his work. We had an amazing experience and he was the perfect choice for us. I would recommend Cain’s Camera’s services to friends and family.

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Wedding Vendors

Venue: The Biltmore
Wedding Coordinator: Unique Rose Events
Officiant: The Modern Officiant
Harpist: Lyrika Holmes
Grooms’ Tux: Bespokuture
Floral and Decor: Unique Rose Events
Cake Artist: O’ How Sweet
Videographer: Wedding Film Pros


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Rhodes Hall Wedding | Atlanta Photographer | Buket and Aaron

Rhodes Hall Wedding | Atlanta Photographer | Buket and Aaron

Wedding at Rhodes Hall

To begin, this was the second wedding ceremony of Buket and Aaron as they had a ceremony in the bride’s native home of Turkey. They were both excited about the small wedding ceremony at Rhodes Hall. The wedding day began with getting ready photos of the couple at the W Hotel in downtown. I began with robe shots of the bride with her bridesmaids and some popping of champagne to get the day started. Additional prep shots of Buket were taken including her details and dress from Ivory and White Bridal Bridal Boutique. Afterward, I captured some getting ready photos of Aaron in his suit with some amazing window light. Finally, we departed to Rhodes Hall for the couple’s first look.

I’m a huge fan of first looks for many reasons, so I was excited to hear Buket and Aaron’s interest in seeing each other before the wedding ceremony. The couple had a moment to themselves and this was followed by completing all the formal photos. During the ceremony, the guests were serenaded by violinists from Mariwell Strings Quartet. After the ceremony the took advantage of the sun setting on the rooftop of Rhodes Hall overseeing downtown Atlanta. Party Time Productions provided music during the reception including traditional Turkish music for the guest to dance to. I wish you two the best and thank you for including me on your wedding day!

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Their Story

How did the two of you meet?
We met in graduate school at Auburn University through a mutual friend named Levent. Levent was in the same program as Aaron (Structural Engineering) and introduced him to Buket one night at a gathering of mutual friends.

What did you do for your first date?
We went to an Italian restaurant in Auburn called Venditori’s.

Who proposed and how?
Aaron proposed to Buket in Piedmont Park on December 9, 2018. Our mutual friends Frankie and Al helped Aaron with the proposal and were there to photograph the moment.

Wedding Vendors

Venue: Rhodes Hall
Wedding Coordinator: Your Nuptial Doc
Hair and Makeup Artist: Vigilante Cosmetics
Wedding Dress: Ivory and White Bridal Bridal Boutique
Floral and Decor: The Perfect Posey
Cake Artist: The Cake Hag
DJ: Party Time Productions
Violinists: The Mariwell Strings Quartet
Caterer: Chef Cary’s Cousine


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 🙂

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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.

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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!

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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