Stay “Tuned” for Baby Allard - Peachtree City Announcement Session

I was beyond thrilled to be in on this exciting surprise, and to share in this once-in-a-lifetime announcement.  (Drumroll please!) Megan and Dustin are expecting their family to grow!

Our Story:

I captured the Wheeler-Allard wedding in September 2018 at the Cotton Warehouse in Monroe, GA (you can see the magic for yourself here), and celebrated their first home with them in March of 2019 (take the tour here), so it feels amazing to be there for yet another milestone in this SAPPY couple’s journey.

Their Story:

Megan and Dustin met in 2014, at a local college in their hometown of Lake Worth, Florida.  Dustin was head over heels when he heard Meg sing and play guitar for the first time. Since then, they have been writing their story together, savoring every chapter.

If you have followed along with the Allards, you know what a huge part that music has played in their love story. We decided to make that the center of this shoot to incorporate this important theme, having tons of fun with their guitars, and their sweet little ukulele.

The Next Chapter:

When Megan called me to tell me that they were expecting a little one, I was overjoyed to be sharing in this early excitement with them.  We immediately started brainstorming ideas for this unique session.

We decided to meet in a beautiful open field in Peachtree City during the golden hour to capture these images.  Megan and Dustin brought their collection of instruments to play and pose with. We really had so much fun creating these photos together, and I hope you can see that in every image.

Megan and Dustin are thrilled to grow their little family and can not wait for Baby Allard’s arrival in January 2020.  I just know the pair will make amazing parents.

A Note to the SAPPY Couple:

Megan and Dustin, I am so grateful to have been invited to share in your excitement, and to have played a part in telling your story.  I can not wait to meet Baby Allard, and to see all that the future holds for your sweet little family.

XOXO Staci

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The Veal's Wedding | Roanoke, Alabama

I’m not sure that I have ever witnessed two people more in love than this duo.  John and Hannah leave me speechless time after time with their admiration for one another, their thoughtfulness, and their creativity.  You may recall hearing their beautiful love story back in January when I shot their engagement session. (If you would like to relive the magic of that day, click here.) Though that feels like just yesterday, I am beyond thrilled to share the gorgeous photos from their beautiful wedding!

 It was an honor to make the trip from Newnan to the family’s private estate in Alabama to spend the day as their wedding photographer.  It was an amazing experience to shoot this wedding, and I am so excited to share that I shot this beautiful day in film! This was a huge milestone for me, and I am so excited to share the results with my SAPPY family!

Their Story:

John and Hannah  met in the summer of 2012 at a summer camp. Although they had both arrived at the camp as adults, both signing on to be counselors, their story evokes such a romantic nostalgia-- full of youthful wonder and, yes, summer lovin’.

After being adorned with their whistles and tee shirts, the two were assigned to their campers.  In a twist of fate, John and Hannah were assigned to the same age group, which meant spending a great deal of time together under the summer sun.  Both John and Hannah had sweethearts of their own at that time, so what blossomed between the two was a deep friendship. They spent time laughing and getting to know one another over one-dollar night at the local bowling alley-- a tradition they still honor to this day. When summer faded, a cool autumn wind took its place, sweeping the two in different directions.  

It wasn’t until winter, five years later, that the two found one another again.  Hannah was sitting at home, scrolling through Facebook, when she stumbled upon a familiar face.  The five years that had passed had brought a whirlwind of changes for them both, and it looked as though the timing might finally be right for their friendship to blossom into something deeper.  Hannah decided to send John a text.

The two caught up over the next few days, chatting endlessly. John finally asked Hannah out to a movie to celebrate his birthday in mid December.  It was a group outing, with both John’s friends and family in attendance, but the pair still consider it their first date. They were both in awe of the way that the five years that had stretched between them had faded so quickly.  The two laughed as though not a day had passed, and never looked back.

Both Hannah and John admit that there were a few times where they almost slipped up and said “I love you” before the timing was quite right.  Although they both knew what they were feeling, they tried their hardest to slow down and enjoy every chapter of their story.

In February, at a family gathering, John shared those words out loud.  

John proposed on Thanksgiving. As both families joined together at the dinner table, John gave the blessing.  He shared all of the things he was thankful for, saving the best for last. Surrounded by their closest family, he shared the gratitude he felt for his biggest blessing: Hannah. As his speech began winding down, John got on one knee, and popped the big question, revealing a delicate ring in the shape of a wildflower: a ring that once belonged to her mother.

Their Favorite Things:

I usually ask my SAPPY couples to tell me their three favorite things about one another,  but neither John nor Hannah could narrow it down to just three things!  

John said, “It would be impossible to choose one thing... she is the most amazing person I have ever met.”  He goes on to say, “Every time I see her face or hear her sweet voice my heart jumps for joy. She makes happier than I ever thought possible.”  

Hannah said, “ I can’t choose just three things. He has an amazing heart. He loves unconditionally. He is such an amazing leader and he teaches me more about God every single day. He is so smart and so talented, and he doesn’t even realize it. He loves me so much, and he makes me feel it every day. He makes me feel beautiful, and he is my number one fan. He wants me to pursue all of my dreams,  and he would do anything to make that happen. On top of all of that (which isn’t even all of it) he is beautiful, and his laugh makes my soul happy.  I thank God for him every single day.”

The Big Day:

This was such a beautiful wedding to capture because every single detail was enveloped in so much meaning and purpose.  Several key pieces were handmade with love. Their flowers, for example, were all handmade from paper. John also made their wedding arch from twigs that all intertwined to create a gorgeous piece.  The venue was the family’s private estate, where John and Hannah will be building their home. Hannah’s uncle was the DJ, her grandmother made the cake, her aunt did her hair. It was very intimate in the sense that the day was a total family affair-- with everyone contributing in one way or another to make the day as magical as possible.

He also crafted all of the bowties for the groomsmen out of wood! . It was amazing to see so many details so lovingly executed, and it was truly a joy to capture these details.

The wedding was so beautiful, so creative, and so emotional. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not sure if I’ve actually ever seen two people as in love as these two. The way they look at each other and care for each other gives me chills. They were truly made for each other.

Everyone, and I mean everyone,  that made a speech during their wedding day said they knew that when they introduced each other to their friends and family... that they would get married. Hannah’s dad actually told my husband, Joel that he knew from the very first time he met John that he was his future son-in-law.

One of my favorite moments from the wedding was when Hannah privately gave John the most meaningful gift after their first look--  a gorgeous compass engraved with the words: 

“My Adventure

My Leader

My Friend

My Life

My Husband.” 

It was clear how deeply the gift touched John, and it was a joy to witness this tender moment.

After the ceremony, the party went back and enjoyed lots of food, drinks, and dancing with their friends and family. When it came time for the toasts, Hannah’s cousin (and Matron of Honor) made one of the best toasts I’ve ever heard. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

 They ended the day with a special exit with Chinese lanterns! I’ve never seen that before but it was so unique and beautiful!

A Note to the SAPPY Couple:

Keep living each day for each other.  You two are a beautiful example of what love can look like when both people enter soberly, without hesitation, and without doubt.  It gives me chills to hear you both express that your love was part of a divine plan, and that trust in God makes you two so strong.  Keep making things with love-- by hand, keep savoring the details.


Vendor Love | Wedding Coordinator: G&A Weddings | Lead Photographer: Staci Addison Photography | Second Photographer: Darian Reilly Photography | Dresses: Affair to Remember | Videographer: Pork Pie Pictures | Catering: San Antonio La Hacienda

Julie & Peter | Engagement Session in Newnan, GA

I had so much fun shooting this joyful and  lighthearted engagement and family session, especially after knowing the bride-to-be for so long!  Julie and I met in middle school, and hit it off right away.  She is so fun loving and really knows how to be goofy and let go, and so does her fiance, Peter!  Watching them make each other laugh during this session was an absolute treat, and I can't wait to share the photos with my SAPPY family.

We started out the session with some family photos at the couple’s gorgeous property in Newnan, GA.  Julie’s girls were so great and amazing to work with-- Ellie ran up for a big hug as soon as she saw me, and Charlotte helped me pick out great spots for the photos!

Once we had taken some great shots with the kids, it was time for some couple’s photos!  For these, Julie and Peter changed into their second outfits, and Peter emerged with a replica Game of Thrones sword that Julie had given him. Julie and Peter are huge Game of Thrones fans, and plan to have a Game of Thrones themed wedding in Newnan in October.  Peter even proposed to Julie at the Renaissance Fair, keeping with their theme.  How cute is that? It was amazing to see these two letting go and having fun in these photos.  

A Note to the SAPPY Couple:

I had so much fun capturing your love, and I can’t wait to see your awesome ideas come to life this October!  Keep having fun together, laughing together, and never forget to stop and goof around.

A Maternity Session at Turnipseed Nursery | Fayettevile, Georgia
Maternity-Photo-Turnipseed-Nursery- Fayetteville

I met Megan last fall while shooting a first birthday session for her son, Arlin.  Megan has such an amazing eye for style and designing photoshoots, and we clicked instantly. I remember telling her that I need her to style all of my sessions!  

 I am now so excited to celebrate with her and her family that she is expecting a baby girl in July!

We met at Turnipseed Nursery Farm in Fayetteville, GA for her Maternity session. We are all from Newnan, so the spot wasn’t too far from home. Megan wanted to shoot somewhere with flowers blooming, so this location was perfect for a beautiful garden photoshoot. We met early in the morning under an overcast sky.  The expected rain held out for us, luckily.

We walked around and utilized as much of the property as we could. There was a pond with a dock and a little canoe, a field of flowers, a green house with some beautiful doors on the inside, and gorgeous plants everywhere.

It was hot and humid, but I was working with a family of troopers! You would never know how hot and sticky it was outside from looking at the photos because this amazing team really kept their cool through the session.

 This family is one of my favorite SAPPY families and I can’t wait until July for baby girl’s newborn session. Stay tuned for the name reveal!

A note to the SAPPY family:

I am so excited for you and your growing family.  The amazing thing about the love we have for our families is that it does not divide when we have another to care for-- it multiplies!  I am thrilled and honored that I was able to share in capturing and celebrating this milestone for you, and I can't wait to meet your beautiful baby girl!

Whispering Pines Wedding in Graham, Alabama

The forecast called for rain all day long, but this sunny couple didn’t bat an eye.  At a beautiful venue called Whispering Pines in Graham, Alabama, Taylor and Wes were far too overjoyed to consider the weather.   The day was full of so much laughter and light that although it was a miracle when the clouds parted and the sun came out, it wasn’t a surprise.   

Taylor & Wes Hassett

The rain held off for the ceremony, and the two were married in front of the beautiful lake on the property. After the ceremony, everyone danced the night away!  It wasn’t until the sparkler exit, that it began to pour down rain, which actually made for some amazing photos!

Taylor and Wes were lucky to be surrounded by one of the most amazing bridal parties I have ever worked with.  The group was so supportive and excited to be there celebrating the couple’s love. Taylor’s maid of honor is actually part of a wedding business called Grace & Truth, and used her experience to help make Taylor’s day go as smoothly as possible despite the rain!

Their Story

Taylor and Wes met through a mutual friend in college, and have since been inseparable.

One of the questions I always ask my couples before shooting a wedding is what their favorite thing about their partner is, and the answer that I got from Taylor and Wes really stuck with me while I was capturing their wedding:

Taylor said, “Wes is slow to anger and quick to forgive,” while Wes said, “Taylor understands me better than anyone else.”

It is impossible to overlook the way that the two love each other when working closely with them, or even when watching the pair from afar.  During their first look, as Wes turned around to face his soon-to-be bride, I remember thinking to myself-- that is the way every woman dreams of being looked at!

There were just as many awe-inspiring moments during their portraits.  Taylor and Wes are experts at making each other laugh, and it was amazing seeing two best friends head over heels in love.

A note to the SAPPY Couple:

Taylor and Wes, to capture your love was easy, and to celebrate it was an honor.  You two are truly best friends, and it is easy to see how committed you are to making eachother happy.  May you always be slow to anger, and always be quick to forgive. May you never fear a cloudy day, and always stop to dance in the rain.  Congratulations on your union! I couldn’t be happier for you.

Vendor Love: Coordinator: Grace & Truth Weddings | Venue: Whispering Pines | Dress: Casablanca Bridal, purchased at Simple Elegance Bridal and Formalwear | Florist: On the Hill Flower farm | Band: Southern City Lights Band | Cake: Publix | Catering: Debra Gibbs catering |