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I can’t believe I’m finally sharing these images! So this past September Matthew and I took a week-long trip to California. I was lucky enough to have my own personal tour guide during our travels! Matt went to Stanford and spent many years living in various locations in California, so he was very excited to show me around. We started the trip in San Francisco, which I had been to before but was so excited to go back and explore it with someone who was more familiar with the local spots etc. In San Fran we biked the golden gate bridge, ate my first artichoke in Sausalito, caught a Giants game at their beautiful stadium overlooking the ocean, got lost in nostalgia at Amoeba Records, and of course ate about every 2 hours.

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From there I got a nice tour of Matt’s alma mater. I always enjoy visiting college campuses especially if they are completely different from my college experience. After exploring the campus we made sure to hit up In-and-Out burger on our way to Big Sur!

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A road trip on Highway 1 has always been on my bucket list but of course, I didn’t realize how twisty and wild the ride would be….I ended up having to take Drymamine which caused a little drowsiness but at least caught a few beautiful photos on the way. It’s truly a spectacular view. We stayed the evening at Ventana Inn & Spa, which was such an amazing experience. If you ever find yourself in Big Sur, you must check this place out. From the views, the branding, the rustic but luxary look of the entire place, and the dining experience….this place is a class act. We had two meals at their restaurant and I have to say it was the best food and best dining experience I’ve ever had. We also enjoyed the heated pool which was open all night!!! We had it all to ourselves and it was incredibly romantic.

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Of course leaving Ventana and Big Sur was hard to do but I was excited to finally see what L.A. is like. I had always wanted to see what L.A. was like and Matt was so excited to show me around. We started the trip with a bang by staying at Chateua Marmont. Our room was spectacular and felt like a old movie stars apartment. Because we were a guest in the hotel, we were able to dine in their restaurant which is crawling with celebs! We had a lovely time spotting a few of our faves. Matt’s being J-La and Chris from Coldplay and mine being Neve from Catfish:DSweetTeaPhotography-14

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The next evening we stayed at the Bel Air Hotel which was a totally different experience from the evening before but just as lovely. During our time in L.A. I got to see the Holloywood sign, the stars on the sidewalk, and I went shopping on Rodeo Drive just like Pretty Woman!

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The last night we spent at Shutters which is a lovely Santa Monica Hotel overlooking the beach! We were able to rent bikes from the hotel and ride around exploring Santa Monica and Venice Beach! It was such a hoot! Needless to say, my sweet butterbean spoils me and I feel so blessed to have such a adventurous man in my life.

Last summer I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful bride. Today has been such a beautiful Winter day..almost Spring like and it’s really making me excited for warm weather!

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Savannah is such a enchanting place and I feel truly fortunate to have studied photography in such exquisite town.  As most of you might know, I went to Savannah College of Art & Design for my graduate studies, about 6 years ago. My time in Savannah has proven to be invaluable. I guess you would say that I found myself in Savannah. I realized my passion for wedding photography and nurtured some of my most treasured friendships. One of those friends has been working by my side for most of my weddings for the past 3.5 – 4 years. Many of you know who I’m talking about…it’s Michelle! During our time in Savannah, Michelle and I knew from the very beginning that our interests lined up. We were both crazy about fashion photography and styling shoots…..and just crazy in general. I fell in love with her work ethic, her creativity, and pretty much everything she created. I really don’t know what I would have done without her these past few years. Sweet Tea Photography would not be where it is without her help and encouragement. Next week Michelle will be moving to Denver, Colorado and she will be dearly missed. *My eyes just filled up with tears*

Another friendship that blossomed while studying in Savannah, was with the fabulous Mrs. Bevin Valentine Jalbert. When moving to Savannah, I knew there was another Hollins alum in the photography graduate program and reached out to her immediately. She proved to be one of the most darling, intelligent, and fun gals I have ever met. When I found out that Bevin was getting married this August to her true love, I was so excited to make the trip down to Savannah! The months before the wedding, I was filled with inspiration and the desire to add some moss-draped oaks to my portfolio. Eventually I talked to Bevin and Siobhan about doing a styled bridal shoot for their southern Art & Style webzine. They were completely on board and we started planning from there. We brought on some of the most amazing vendors and I am thrilled to share the photos with you!

Make sure to check out the editorial spread in Paprika Southern!

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Creative Team:
Venue: September Oaks
Art Direction: Paprika Southern
Stylist: Yoj Events
Florals: Colonial House Flowers
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Wedding Gown: Ivory & Beau
Groom’s Jacket: Charleston Tuxedo
Rentals: Snyder Rentals
Beauty: Megan Mateo
Male Model: Sergi Saurus
Female Model: Dallas Johnson

I hold my portrait sessions with these two gals close to my heart. They are incredibly energetic little whipper snappers. I have so much fun getting great candids of these two. Their sessions allow me to show a different side of creativity that I rarely show on my blog. As a typical Gemini I have two sides to me. One side is minimalistic, Type A, obsessively precise, and clean. The other side of me is carefree, messy, wild, and child-like. These girls remind me that I just need to have fun…after all I’m living the dream!

I usually shoot digitally with these gals but this time I brought my Canon EOS-1 35mm camera and shot a few rolls of black-and-white film. I was so happy how these came out!

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This past July, I had the privilege of documenting Mallory and Phil’s July 26th wedding classically romantic wedding. They started their day by getting ready at both the Hay Adams Hotel and Anderson House in Dupont Circle. The love birds said their vows at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Old Town Alexandria and their reception was held at Hay Adams Hotel, in downtown Washington, DC. I just fell in love with the light blue accents especially the gorgeous bridesmaids gowns! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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All the guests took home some candy to snack on!

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Creative Team:
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Hay Adams Hotel
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography, Lisa Marie & Michelle
Planner: Roberts & Co
Wedding Gown, Bridesmaid dresses, & veil: Hitched Salon
Stationairy: Digby & Rose
Floral Design: Distinctive Floral Design
DJ & Band: Davis Entertainment Group
Transportation: Chariots of Fire
Hair & Make-up: Sarah Mason of Salon Dezen

Tamara & Ted were married at Tudor Place, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. What a beautiful day it was for an afternoon outdoor wedding! How cute is the tiny pineapple detailing in the boutonnieres?!? Such a picture perfect garden party!

Make sure to view this wedding on Style Me Pretty today!

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Vendors:

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography

Florist: Ultra Violet Flowers

Caterer: Susan Gage Caterers

Dress: Vera Wang

Invitations: Just Paper and Tea

Cake: Susan Gage Caterers

I’ve been holding back this wedding since May and I am so excited to finally show it off!! Anne-Marie and Adam were such a delight to photograph! Make sure to check out today’s post of Style Me Pretty!

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Creative Team:
Venue: River Farm
Photographer: Sweet Tea Photography
Planner: Roberts & Co.
Floral Design: Dogwood Events
Stationary: Minted
Catering: Main Event Caterers
DJ: Chris Laich Services
Cupcake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery
Wedding Gown: Sarah Seven
Beauty: Bridal Artistry
Officiant: Say I do, Your Way
Linens: Select Rentals
Guitar: Classical Guitar Ceremonies

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I’d like to start off by giving a big thanks to Margo of Bright Occasions for referring this sweet couple! Their photographer bailed on them last minute, so I was happy to come to the rescue! After chatting with them on the phone I knew we were the perfect match and boy do I love photographing at Woodend Sanctuary.

Lauren and Will were married on Friday, June the 27th. They couldn’t have asked for better weather! You can tell that Lauren put a lot of thought into the details and decor for your wedding day. My favorite detail from this wedding would be the Jack Roger sandals on the bridesmaids! I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed documenting their special day!

Make sure to check out their wedding on Wedding Chicks today!

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Creative Team:

Venue: Woodend Sanctuary

Day of Coordinator: Bright Occasions

Photographer: Sweet Tea Photography

Catering: Main Event Caterers

Florals: Philippa Tarrant

DJ: Above and Beyond Deejays

Hair & Make-up: Behind the Veil

Cake: Whole Foods

Dress: Vows of Boston

Table Numbers: MasonRabbitsPaperie

Burlap Pillows: TwoPeachesDesign

Photo Assistant: Emily Clack