Atlanta Wedding Photography: Indian Inspired Vow Renewal at Wahoo Grill

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John and Abigail Pothen were married in the summer of 2014 in a small Virginia chapel. Their wedding was beautiful, but with John entering medical school, they had to keep it simple. For their third wedding anniversary, the couple decided to renew their vows. Only this time, they were able to add the details that reflect their unique story.

That story began just a couple of years before their wedding. Both John and Abigail are passionate about improving lives through healthcare across the globe. In her last year of training to become a nurse, Abigail traveled to India to study. Little did she know, her future husband was already there for a long term research project. They were introduced through mutual friends and had their first date on a long train ride. When the train came to a stop 30 hours later, they wanted more time together. They spent the rest of the month exploring the country, and as they did, they began to fall for one another. On one of their last dates in India, as they strolled through the streets of Mumbai, John and Abigail ducked into a sari shop. Abigail was enchanted by the soft fabrics and the rich colors. Her plane ride home was only a few days away, and the spending money she had allowed herself for her trip was just about out. She turned to leave, but John stopped her, offering to buy one of the prettiest saris in the shop as a gift. Abigail knew in this moment that their feelings for one another would continue on when they returned to the States.

Abigail's gown on their wedding day two years later was perfect, but it didn't tell the whole story. At their vow renewal, she decided to change into the sari John had given her, highlighting this piece of their story as well as John's heritage. As a venue, they chose the gardens of a restaurant that quickly became their favorite date spot upon moving to Atlanta, the place they bring their parents during visits, the place they enjoy cocktails and laughter and honest conversation with friends, the place they retreat to when they want to forget the rest of the world and focus solely on one another. So, on their anniversary, they renewed these beautiful vows they made to one another three years ago:

"I vow to become your closest friend and confidante, your faithful partner through good and bad times, a supporter of your dreams and passions, your biggest fan and a believer in your future potential. I vow to encourage you, to be honest with you, to be gracious towards you, to love you in all circumstances, and to seek reconciliation in times of conflict. I ask you, God, to sustain our marriage through the power of your grace - a perfect love given without reservation to those who do not deserve it."

Knoxville Winter Wedding Photography at The Standard Downtown: Lauren & Jeremy

Wedding colors: 
maroon, forest green, & navy 

Describe your Wedding in 3 words. 
classic, intimate, fun

What was your wedding venue and why did you choose it? 
Our wedding was at The Standard in Downtown Knoxville. After looking at several different options, we felt like this was the perfect fit for our intimate December wedding. We both loved the industrial feel with the exposed beams and brick. It was also the perfect size for our number of guests. 

What was your favorite wedding detail? 
My favorite detail was my flowers! Samuel Franklin took my vision and ran with it, and they couldn't have turned out more beautifully. The arbor was pure perfection! 

What was your favorite wedding day memory: 
It was all so great, it's hard to pick! However, I would have to say my favorite was my Dad walking me down the aisle. It was a bittersweet moment for him, but having him by my side put my nerves at ease. It was such a special feeling to walk in a see all our family and friends gathered together to celebrate us. Jeremy told me afterwards I ran down the aisle! 

Describe some personal touches:
One goal I had for my wedding was to honor and remember my Mamaw Brenda. My Mamaw lived with us for 14 years before she passed and my love for her runs deeper than our shared love for all things sweet! (and that's deep!) We had several family friends help us by using her hot chocolate recipe to make our take away favors, complete with a tag including her signature. I decided to also tie a blue topaz ring she wore often into my bouquet as my "something blue." Lastly, knowing how much I loved her, my sweet friend Sarah gave me a dress pin with her picture on it. I know she would have been tickled pink with how beautiful everything turned out. 

Describe your experience with Abigail Malone as your wedding photographer. 
We had a wonderful experience with Abigail Malone! From our first engagement session, she was helpful, professional, and so easy to work with! Her work is timeless and beautiful, which is exactly what we wanted in our photographer. We had the hardest time picking the photos for our wedding album because they were all so wonderful!! The fact that she uses film makes a huge difference in the quality of her finished products. She is well worth the investment and she has provided us with photos we will treasure for a lifetime! 

Vendors:
Floral Sam Franklin  |  HMUA Bangs and Blush  |  Venue The Standard    
Rentals Sisters Vintage Rentals |  Dress White Lace & Promises |  DJ Ogle Entertainment

Knoxville Wedding Photography at The Standard: Jessica & Bryan

Wedding colors:  
Navy & cranberry

Describe your Wedding in 3 words.
Romantic, fancy, perfect.

What was your wedding venue and why did you choose it?  
The standard. I loved how beautiful it was and that I could have the ceremony and reception at the same location. I loved the industrial warehouse feel mixed with the elegance of a wedding.

Describe some personal touches:  
Our wedding planner (Amanda Graves) put her personal touches all over the venue. She set up displays with pictures that Abby took from our engagement session, put little lights in all the greenery and was able to design this perfect serpentine table for the wedding party. She added fancy dishes and candles. It was perfect.

Describe your experience with Abigail Malone as your wedding photographer.
She was so much fun! She had great ideas for a spot for our engagement photos and did more unique poses instead of the typical poses you see. I love that she uses real film. She captured our wedding day perfectly and I can’t wait to use her again in the future! 

Amazing Vendors:

Planning: Southern Bliss Weddings

Floral: LB Floral

DJ: Jim Ogle

Venue: The Standard

Hair: Claudia Nicole Hair

Makeup: Lia Patty

Catering: Sweet Peas

Table Settings: Unique Settings Rentals

 

Nashville Wedding Photography at Bloomsbury Farm: Abby & Simon

Wedding colors:
Rose gold and Champagne

Describe your Wedding in 3 words.
Simple, Natural, Organic

What was your wedding venue and why did you choose it?
Bloomsbury Farm.  We choose this venue because we knew we wanted somewhere outside.  We toured the space in December and even in the winter the natural beauty of the location was obvious.  We wanted somewhere that was beautiful in its own right, so decorations could compliment instead of take centre stage.

Describe some personal touches:
With the wedding being cross cultural we really wanted to incorporate different elements from England and Tennessee.  Our cocktails were a Gin Earl Gray Martini and a Mint Julep.  We also had corn hole and croquet for our guests to play.  Instead of a guest book, we had a map for all of our friends and family to sign.  We also had pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days.

Describe your experience with Abigail Malone as your wedding photographer.
Abigail Malone was recommended to me from my best friend, and after meeting her and looking at her website, I knew we'd be lucky to have her as our photographer!  She brought so much love and positive energy to our day and everyone has complimented how wonderful our pictures are.  She was extremely easy to work with and caught moments throughout the day that we, as well as our friends and family, will cherish for the rest of our lives. 

  Amazing Vendors:
Venue Bloomsbury Farms
Planning Coston & Co.
Rentals Nashville Event Lighting  Liberty Party Rental Boswells Benches
Beverages : Frugal Macdoogle
Floral The Farmers Florist
HMUA Lisa Wolfe
Catering South Fork
DJ Russ Polard
Cake Signature Cakes