Katelyn + Caleb | Mountain Shadows | Hamiton, GA

Katelyn and Caleb shared a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Mountain Shadows Community Church in Hamilton, GA. It was a gorgeous forest theme. The church grounds are already beautiful, but Katelyn added her special touches to make it one-of-a-kind. The Georgia weather was pleasantly mild and the sun was shining! It was the perfect Saturday.

I’ve known this family for 12 years and I love them so much! Katelyn is such a gorgeous young woman and I’ve the opportunity to watch her transform into the stunning woman that she is today. Photographing this wedding was very special to me. My last photo memory of Katelyn was when I photographed her senior portraits. She wanted a Lana Del Ray theme and we totally pulled it off. I don’t often photograph senior portraits, but those were some that I’ll never forget!

Katelyn and her bridemaids prepped and applied their make up as I arrived. Mac Steedly was busy working away with the girls hair. He did an amazing job with the flower crowns. The bridesmaids wore a gorgeous shade of lavender and they all had flowers in their hair. Katelyn wore a beautiful flower crown made of eucalyptus and white flowers. The girls had a blast sharing laughs and tears that morning. Katelyn was definitely surrounded by all the love!

Caleb and his groommen were prepping for some special photos of their own. They’re all pokemon lovers, so they each wore their favorite pokemon shirt under their suits to pose for a photo. Caleb looked handsome in his Gentry Shops suit and bowtie.

Katelyn’s dress was gorgeous and was MADE FOR HER. It oozed fairy tail forest wedding. Wasn’t super over the top, but its was lovely and she looked gorgeous. Everytime I look at the photos of Katelyn, I’m like #FLAWLESS.

After she was all dressed and ready for the ceremony, Katelyn shared an awesome first look with her dad and brother. Who were about equal in their enthusiasm. Runs in the fam fo sure!

The ceremony was lovely, the beautiful decor was provided WM Events. Lana del Rey was playing over the speakers as the guests arrived and took their seats. Caleb waited eagerly to see his bride for the first time as she made her way down the aisle. The couple shared a sweet marriage ceremony surround by their closest family and friends. Officiated by Don Butler.

The reception was getting started. Kately and Caleb entered and hopped right into their romantic first dance to Ed Sheeran’s Tenerife Sea. These two are such a sweet and fun loving couple. They seemed to enjoy every minute of their day.

The father of the bride, Jesse, couldn’t let Caleb one up him while dancing with his daughter, so Katelyn and her dad showed everyone their dance skills and boy was it awesome! They started out in a sweet and typical wedding waltz, but then quickly shifted to an AWESOME choreogrphed number to a medly of fun party songs! Check out the video of the whole dance here. That dance set the tone and everyone was out of their seat and on the dance floor! The DJ, George Cotton, did an awesome job getting the party started and demoing the dance moves!

When the time came for the ceremony to wind down the newlyweds were whisked away for their honeymoon through a sea of sparklers! Always a favorite shot for me!

I loved being a part of this special wedding! It was such a blast. I’m wishing Caleb and Katelyn and happy, fun filled, and long lasting marriage! And a fun time in their new state, Texas!

Check out these highlights from Katelyn and Caleb’s day!

 

 

 

 

 

untitled-3271

 

 

 

untitled-3102-Edit

 

untitled-3542-2untitled-3455

untitled-3951-2


untitled-3820

untitled-3875

untitled-3755


Jessjonesphotos-2

untitled-3910-2-Edituntitled-3890untitled-4073

untitled-3995

untitled-4292untitled-4317

untitled-4350untitled-4340


The Fab Vendors:
Venue: Mountain Shadows Community Church
Coordinator: Linda Butler
Minister- Don Butler
Event Design: Leigh Clemmings with WM Events
Hair Styling: Mac Steedly
Make up: The Bride! 
Dress: An Affair to Remember
Bridesmaids dresses: An Affair To Remember
Tuxes: Gentry Shops Formalwear
Cake: Columbus Corner Bakery
Florist: Sarah with WM Events
DJ: George Cotton

30 Second Interview| Carrie Reap |Make-Up Artist | Columbus, GA

Today, I want to intro another one of the Jess Jones Boudoir team members…

…drum roll, por favor…

 

Meet Carrie Reap!

untitled-1341-Edit
Geaorgia make-up Artist, Carrie Reap.

Carrie is one of my faves! She’s hot on the make up scene and quickly becoming one of Columbus’ most sought after make up artists. I’m so lucky to have found her and added her to the Jess Jones Boudoir Team.

Carrie is a glam master. And She brings a calming spirit to our sessions and clients love the end results with Carrie.

When she’s not beautifying clients you can find her listening to true crime podcasts, cooking and hanging with her boyfriend!

 


Check out her work with some of my beautiful clients!

 


Here’s a 60-second interview with Carrie

When did you first fall in love with make-up?
I first fell in love with makeup when I saw my mom applying hers. She loves makeup! Growing up I would put a bunch of her makeup on before she got home from work. 

How long have you been in business?
This is my second year in the business!

What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love how confident my client is after I have applied their makeup.

If you could only choose one product to take with you on a deserted island which would you choose?
If I could only choose one product, it’ll have to be moisturizer LOL! As for a makeup product, it would have to be blush. 

What was the last gift you gave someone?
I gave my boyfriend a Starbucks gift card last week ️

What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
Definitely, Mariah Carey!

What do you do when your not styling?
Play with my dogs, cook, do something creative, and hangout with my man LOL

What are you known for?
I’m not really sure. I don’t want to say makeup but probably makeup! LOL

Would you rather live one life that lasts 1,000 year or live 10 lives that last 100 years each?
I would say live 10 lives that last a 100 years. That sounds so interesting! 


Find her Social Meeds:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/makeupbycarrrie

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCXa39TJji5TqW5T51QPtew


Check her out in action!

30 Second Interview| Lindsey K |Stylist | Columbus, GA

Today, I want to intro one of the Jess Jones Boudoir team members…

…drum roll, por favor…

 

Meet Lindsey K!

Lindsey K
Lindsey K Stylist Located in Columbus, GA

Lindsey is one of my go-to stylists. I can always count on her to bring the sass and talent. Clients love her personality and she really knows how to make them feel comfortable and put them at ease during the make-over hour of their session.

When she’s not styling during my boudoir sessions you can find her at Southern Glam Salon and styling women of Columbus and surrounding area as well as brides and bridesmaids for their big day!


Check out her work with some of my beautiful clients!

untitled-5339-Edit


Here’s a 60-second interview with Lindsey

When did you first fall in love with make-up?
I grew up in the beauty industry, I was 6 when my mother went to beauty school. I’ve been playing with her kit ever since.

How long have you been in business?
I’ve been styling for 17yrs hair, makeup bridal and everything in between!

What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite moment is when the model/client sees themselves for the first time after I’m finished.

If you could only choose one product to take with you on a deserted island which would you choose?
My can’t live without product is mirabella cc cream with spf.

What was the last gift you gave someone?
The last gift I gave someone was a cell phone neck holder? 

What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
Favorite 90’s jam Pour some sugar on me!

What do you do when your not styling?
When I’m not styling I’m hanging out with my son, or killing it on the tennis courts!

What are you known for?
I’m best known for my personality. I’ve never met a stranger.

Would you rather live one life that lasts 1,000 year or live 10 lives that last 100 years each?
I’d like to live 1 life for a thousand years. Think of how amazing I’d be by 999?! Lol

Find her Social Meeds
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lindseykstylist
Website: http://www.lindseykstylist.com

Check her out in action!

 

Don’t be THAT guy.

Hey dudes. LISTEN UP.

This post is for you.

Your partner wants to feel wanted and desired. She’s tired of watching the kids all day and working and doing ‘mom things’. She wants to feel like you notice her. That you appreciate her. She wants to feel like she felt when ya’ll first met.

Women want a day of pampering and they want to feel beautiful. Don’t be the guy that makes them feel like they’re not worth it. Women go through their day trying to make everyone happy and putting others first. She deserves a day to herself. She deserves to have her make up done professionally, to be photographed and feel like a model for a day and to see her self in beautiful portraits. Its important for the soul.

Moms are always the ones taking photos and rarely in the photos. She needs portraits of herself. She’ll be a better mom and wife for it. She’ll appreciate her beauty and teach her children to love themselves as well.

Imagine this…

She just left my shoot pumped and ready to take on the world. Hair and make up on point. When she walked out of her shoot after seeing her photos…in her mind she was transported back to the woman you met and fell in love with. She felt amazing, so take her on a date and show her that she deserves to feel amazing and you want to support her happiness.

 

untitled-2938

untitled-8351

Don’t be the guy that tears her down after she just floated in on Cloud 9.

-Jess

Give me 4 hours and I’ll give you more confidence than you’ve had in years.

I didn’t plan on writing this post, it started as a Facebook status, but the words just kept pouring out and I couldn’t stop them.

Many of you know I’m a wedding and portrait photographer and I LOVE my job. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love many forms of art and photography. It’s who I am. And I’ve always pushed forward to continue this journey even when I wanted to give up and even when other people said it would be too hard. Or that I needed to “get a real job”.

I’ve been doing this for 11 years. I’ve spent countless hours educating myself, practicing, editing and I’ve spent thousands of dollars investing in this career of mine. I’m mostly self taught, but I contribute a great portion of my photo journey to the dark room at CSU with my 35mm pawn shop Minolta. There was a lot of trial and error, a lot of bad edits that I thought were amazing at the time, to a lot of good shots that I am now confident in saying that actually are amazing shots.

I’ve recently been gravitating towards boudoir photography. Why? Because I absolutely love it and I believe there is a great need to show women who they are and what others see in a positive light.

Things change. We get older, have kids, bodies change, relationships come and go. All these things can have an impact on our self esteem, our confidence. Inner sparks get burnt out. Boudoir portraits can ignite fires in you that you forgot that you even had.

Empowering women and building their confidence is my mission. I’ve been given this photography talent and being able to use it as tool to show women how beautiful they are is something I am grateful for every day.

Boudoir is for women ALL ages, sizes and ethnicities. Don’t believe me? I have photographed size 00 to size 24, ages 20-60. Black, white, asian, hispanic. Young and old. Long hair. Short hair. Don’t care. You don’t need to wait till you lose a few pounds, get in shape, get a tan etc…(how damn long have you been saying that anyway?) You’re not getting any younger.

Every woman that comes into my studio says they were nervous and didn’t think the photos would turn out, but guess what? During the session, their nerves melt away, they feel confident in the woman that I show them on the back of the camera. They walk out feeling like they’re on top of the world. 🌎

I’m saying all this, because I want you guys to understand my passion for this art. Boudoir is a special thing that can commemorate milestones in your life as a woman. You deserve it. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. 💃

Start your confidence journey.

#YOLO

Ashley + John Wade | River Mill Event Center | Columbus, GA

Ashley and John Wade Ginn shared a fabulous wedding celebration at the one and only River Mill Event Center in Columbus, GA.

This whole celebration was laid back and The Ginn’s just wanted to have a good time and I think they nailed it! Ashley had two dresses for her celebration. The one she wore to her actual wedding in Las Vegas and her awesome comfy hi-lo party dress that she danced the night away in. This bride was stunning in both dresses.

Ashley’s beautiful sister and mother helped the bride get laced up into her formal dress and placed her veil perfectly.

The huge industrial style windows at the River Mill are always the perfect backdrop with the gorgeous light that they provide. I’m a such a huge fan of the old historic look and love when I can mix the old and new elements in one photo.

John Wade and Ashley met me in the garden for their portraits under the setting sun and the ethereal spanish moss that hangs from the trees in the River Mill Garden. They laughed and danced while I photographed. They both were totally chill and ready to party. Ashley’s gorgeous jewel toned bouquet was created by the talented B. Anderson Florals who never seems to disappoint us with her talents.

The whole family joined us in the garden for portraits and the beauty queen grandmother’s showed us all how to pose to create those flattering curves!

The time had come to get the party started. The ballroom was beautifully decorated with string lights over head and flowing white fabric. B. Anderson floral designs were on every table. She chose some really beautiful evergreen foilage paired with deep magenta toned flowers. The tables had some awesome brass candelabras and vases that lended a cool antique vintage vibe.

The Carson Hand Band totally killed it with their music and had the whole guest list on the dance floor.

The newly-weds shared an anniversary dance with all the couples in attendance and were left dancing with longest married couple in the room, John Wades’ Grandparents, with over 60+ years of marriage! How amazing is that?! Something to be celebrated for sure!

Guest mingled and snacked on the delicious food that was prepared by Jamie Keating. It all looked amazing! Oh and they had a deconstructed smore’s bar! #dead

I totally loved photographing this celebration of marriage and loved seeing tons of familiar faces. It was definitely a Harris County reunion!

Here’s to The Ginn’s! Wishing you guys many many happy years!

DILLY DILLY! 😉


untitled-3897

untitled-3936

untitled-4030


untitled-4309untitled-4329


untitled-0217

untitled-0390untitled-0391

untitled-0413untitled-0459untitled-0461


untitled-4449


untitled-0211

untitled-0509


The Fab Vendors:

Venue: River Mill Event Center
Florals: B. Anderson Florals
Band: Carson Hand

Lance + Kristi | Flint River home | Thomaston, GA

Kristi and Lance shared a fairy tale wedding at a secluded home of a family friend along the Flint River in Thomaston, GA. It was one of those places deep in the Georgia woods where you’re not sure if you’re at the right place. The wood cabin was nestled in the trees on the bank of the Flint River.

The yard was beautifully decorated with big light strands that criss crossed over the farm house style tables that were decorated with beautiful green garland and long wooden candle holders. The decor created the perfect forest wedding vibe.

The bride, her mother, sister and daughter, Talley and friend Dayna were upstairs getting their hair and make-up ready for the day. Family and friends gathered at the home helping with final prepping of food and finishing touches on the ceremony area.

Lance, his father, and Lance’s two sons, Rhett and Wyatt, were getting dressed down stairs. Lance and his dad helped the boys get their little suits and ties on. And upstairs, Lance showed me a couple of his best tips for fabulous wedding day hair. I believe the key is “low and slow” ie. Low heat, slow power. I could be wrong. Ask Lance. He has great hair.

The first look was approaching. I took the groom out to the river bank to wait for his bride to come down. I could see his nervous excitement waiting to see Kristi for the first time in her beautiful lace wedding gown. Kristi walked down the hill towards Lance who was facing the river. She tapped him on the shoulder and the look on their faces was pure joy. It was so sweet to see how happy they make each other.

Then the fire ants happened! We had a little WTF moment when Kristi had stepped into some ants. But her groom helped her dust them off and no brides were harmed during the photoshoot. We continued to take the rest of their wedding portraits as the rain clouds started rolling in. We all sprinted back up to the house at the first sign of rain drops.

It was still raining as guests were arriving. The bride was visibly bummed. I was so hoping the rain would let up in time for the ceremony. Miraculously, about ten minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start, the clouds started parting. This is not the first time this has happened at a wedding I’ve photographed, and it always seems like a miracle to me. It gives me chills thinking about the perfect timing and the perfect lighting that followed.

There was still fog hanging in the air throughout the trees. When the clouds parted this amazing warm glow enveloped the ceremony. Lance walked down the aisle with Rhett and Wyatt in each hand. The flower girl, Talley, left a trail of petals for her mother. They all waited for the beautiful bride to make her way down to the ceremony escorted by both her step-father from the house and then father who walked her the rest of the way down the aisle to meet her groom.

The short and sweet ceremony was officiated by a family friend. The couple read each other their vows through tears and laughs. They exchanged rings and shared that sweet first kiss after being pronounced man and wife.

The guests gathered round the homemade beer taps, cheese and charcuterie table. The string lights overhead made the wedding seem like a magical forest wedding. Guests mingled and chatted over dinner. The bride’s sister, gave a really sweet toast to the newlyweds and then read their father’s speech as he looked on. A couple of the groom’s friends said a few words and cracked some jokes to the new couple. Everyone could agree on how happy the two of them were together and were all thrilled to have them together.

Kristi and Lance shared their first dance as husband and wife to Chris Stapleton’s “More of You”. Then both shared a special dance with each other’s children. The band played to get the party kicked off and everyone was on the dance floor having a blast. The new siblings had run off to play some music of their own as they hijacked the drums from the band during their break.

It was time to cut the cake and as all the kids gathered round trying to get the first piece. The couple exchanges bites…nicely.

One of the bride’s friends, Katilynn, had a little fun on stage as she sang an amazing version of “Me and Bobby Mcghee” while everyone danced and sang along.

The full moon emerged from the trees and it was time to take their final exit of the night. Instead of sparklers the guests tossed lavender as they ran through the hall of people. And it smelled ahhh-mazing!

Kristi and Lance dance the night away with their closest friends and family. I’m so happy to have shared the day with these two. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness!

Here’s a peek inside their special day!

untitled-7365-2

 


untitled-7495-2

untitled-7582-2


untitled-7452-2

untitled-7586-2

untitled-7629.jpg

untitled-7640


untitled-7703

untitled-7711

untitled-7718

untitled-7725untitled-7728untitled-7732untitled-7757

untitled-7815

untitled-7897untitled-7905untitled-7932


untitled-2-17


 

untitled-2-68

untitled-2-150.jpg

untitled-7346

untitled-2-151untitled-2-160


untitled-7390-2

untitled-2-259


untitled-7358

untitled-2-252




 

untitled-2-741


 

untitled-2-664-Edit


The fabulous vendors:
Venue: Family friend’s home

Hair and Make up: Katherine Benson
Dress: BHLDN
Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal
Cake: Sent From Heaven Sweets
Florist: Branches
Band: Loose Change