Growing up, Logan never really dreamed of a classic fairytale wedding. All she knew was that she wanted a pretty white dress and the man she loved.
Thomas and Logan knew of each other long before they even spoke a word to each other. Growing up in the small town of Leesburg, Georgia, they had lots of mutual friends. They even rode the same bus to school when Thomas and his family moved 6 houses down from Logan and her family. But their first conversation came years later at Thomas's older brother's 21st birthday party. Having those close mutual friends, it was easy for them to break the ice. Logan was 17 and Thomas was 16. After that day, they talked non-stop on Myspace... and the rest is history!
"The morning of the wedding, I remember waking up, kissing Thomas, and telling him, 'I'll see you at the altar,' before our day got started." Logan
Logan started her morning at the salon with her mother, sister, and bridesmaids. Someone brought coffee, breakfast and of course, mimosas! As she sat in the chair getting her hair done, she kept thinking to herself, "is this real?" The fact that it was finally her wedding day hadn't hit her yet.
Logan and Thomas each spent the day with their closest friends and family as they prepared for the ceremony. Logan remembers the excitement and anticipation that built as it got closer and closer to the time she and Thomas would see one another.
Logan and Thomas decided on doing a first look before the ceremony. For them, the first look was the most nerve-racking part of the day, that was until she found out Thomas and all six groomsmen had been watching Logan take her bridal portraits from inside the clubhouse. The thought of her fiancé secretly watching as she posed for photos made her laugh and Logan instantly felt the nervousness ease. The first look was the most nerve-racking, yet memorable part of their wedding day.
"As soon as he turned around, I remember thinking, 'This is real.'" - Logan
For Logan and Thomas, it was being surrounded by their incredible family and friends that made this day so special to them.
Their ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt, officiated by Davis Thurman.
How gorgeous is she?!?! *sigh*
The sun set just behind the pond, which created a romantic mood for their photos as husband and wife.
"Our advice to any future bride or groom out there is this: Do not stress over little things. Everything will go the way it is supposed to. Enjoy everything you plan together. Do not have high expectations. Most importantly, always love each other and make beautiful memories. It will be one of the best days of your lives together." - Logan and Thomas
To Logan and Thomas, I can't thank you enough for sharing your story with me, welcoming me into your lives, and trusting me as your photographer! Can't wait to see you guys again in the future! xoxo
I love Chase and I love cake but I also love not spending more money than my budget allowed when it came to specifics that weren't our top financial priorities while wedding planning. This was the main reason we decided on having Chase's groom cake on Friday night instead of Saturday...
Chase and I recently got married on May 6, 2017 in Norcross, Ga. The evening before the big day we rehearsed at our venue and later celebrated with some of the most important people in our lives. Our rehearsal dinner was at a fun restaurant, Portico Global Cuisine in Atlanta, hosted by Chase's mom, Patty. It was one of the best nights we've had with our families and friends all together.
I learned so much while wedding planning and feel like I have a fresh perspective on them as a wedding photographer. I'm able to understand the needs of my brides and grooms better than I could before our wedding, and that's an exciting thing!
I am eager to share my experiences with you, starting with this blog post about Chase's groom's cake and why we decided on Friday and not Saturday. Keep reading to find out why it could be the right choice for you, too!
On my quest to figure out ways to save extra cash while wedding planning, I came to the realization that adding on a groom's cake to the wedding menu would cost us $500.- $1,000., depending on the design we picked. (By the way, I had no clue what wedding cakes costed until going through this process. Holy cow!!!) Being fully transparent, our actual wedding cake was $840. serving about 100 people. Adding a grooms cake on top of an $840. wedding cake would have been cray cray! (for us)
I'm happy to share this info with you because before I got engaged, I had no idea the specific costs that are involved with weddings which made planning a more stressful process for me. Of course, not every cake is going to cost the same. Some will be much more affordable and some will likely be much more expensive than ours.
We weren't required to have our wedding cakes made by the venue we got married at but if we were to bring in a cake from outside the venue, there would be a set up fee of $125. and an additional $1.25 per slice to be hand passed to our guests. That fee would be on top of the cost of the cake. As you can see, these things really start to add up.
In the midst of researching and phone calls with our venue and outside cake makers, I read an article about extra ways to save money on your wedding. One suggestion in the article was to have the wedding cake at the rehearsal dinner. Well, we weren't interested in doing the wedding cake on Friday but it sparked the idea of doing the grooms cake on Friday. We talked about it, ran the numbers, slept on it and decided that doing it this way would be an awesome and easy way to save a few hundred dollars.
On top of avoiding the additional fees we'd have to pay our venue for the grooms cake, we'd also be paying for it to serve about 3/4 of our guest list. Well, the bigger the cake, the more it costs of course. Serving it at our rehearsal dinner would only need to serve about 30 people. The way wedding cake creators tend to lay out their pricing is per slice. Therefore, if Kelly charged a base price of $3. per slice, our starting point would be $90. for the cake to serve our 30 rehearsal dinner guests. However, if the cake needed to serve our wedding guests, then our base price for the grooms cake would be $300.
Once we made our choice, Chase asked me if I would want to design his cake and keep it a secret until the weekend of the wedding. I can't turn down a good secret so I happily took on the responsibility of designing his cake!
Going with this option gave us something extra to look forward to on Friday evening. Because I had been working with Kelly on the design for months, it was exciting to finally see the end result. I appreciated having his surprise cake in a more intimate setting where I could absorb his excitement he walked into the restaurant and saw it. This decision kept us inside of our budget for the grooms cake and if we could go back and do it all again, we would not change a thing.
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