Spring is springing, y’all! The trees are blooming, the pollen is pollen-ing. But a few weeks ago, it was still pretty chilly in the ATL when Brandi + Brandon got married at Ray’s on the River.

Let’s start with some pics of Brandi getting ready. I so love this gown, from Encore Bridal.

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I fell flat out in love with this lip color! It’s Smashbox Always On Maneater. The metallic shimmer just added that extra WOW factor.

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So much awesome emotion at this wedding. Like when the bride’s mom saw her getting ready and had to step out of the room to keep from crying her makeup off.

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Once Brandi was dressed, We did a reveal to her mom and then the bridesmaids. I loved seeing them look at her! So much love and happiness!

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It was a really pretty winter day at Ray’s on the River.

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And there’s something so romantic about a little wind.

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Are you ready for the sweetest part of the day? Brandi + Brandon didn’t see each other before the wedding, but they did do a “first touch” where they just held hands. There was laugher, there were tears, and Brandon came to his bride’s rescue with a handkerchief ready for her happy tears.

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The ceremony was really lovely, and just before sunset.

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I tell you what, every single bride WISHES her husband would look at her like this as she comes down the aisle. This just gives you ALL THE FEELS.

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And during a tearful moment, the groomsmen were prepared with handkerchiefs.

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This is cool … during the ceremony they tied an actual knot.

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LOL, the look on Brandon’s face as they exited the ceremony. PRICELESS.

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As the sun set, we headed out for more photos.

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Brandi + Brandon were such a joy to watch during the reception. So joyful! So appreciative of each other and of their families and friends.

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My favorite part of the reception was the toasts. They were all funny and charming, but especially when Brandon said a few words, there was not a dry eye.

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Love the sugar flowers and succulents on the cake! From Kelly’s Cakes Atlanta.

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There was lots of dancing, hugs, and fun!

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