Archive for Jul 2011

Kristina and Hans were married at their home church of Alpharetta First Presbyterian and then celebrated their union with an elegant reception at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Milton, GA.  I know I say this all of the time, but I must just have the sweetest couples as clients because Kristina and Hans are were just delightful!  I was greeted with a squeal when I arrived in Kristina’s getting ready room and the entire wedding day was full of laughs, sweet moments, and TONS of fun!  You’ll see from the pictures that this was an elegant affair with gorgeous tablescapes adorned with the prettiest flowers.  However, at this wedding, elegant did not mean stuffy!  Kristina, Hans and all of their guests knew how to party!  The dance floor was packed all night, the photobooth brought lots of laughter, and the candy bar topped off the night with a sugar rush.  Kristina and Hans it was a pleasure working with you and your amazing families!  Enjoy the images from your big day!

Kristina and Hans Wedding web Milton, GA | The Manor Country Club | BerryTree Photography | Wedding Photographer

Kristina and Hans Wedding1 web Milton, GA | The Manor Country Club | BerryTree Photography | Wedding Photographer

Hans releasing some pre-wedding jitters with a bit of fun!

Kristina and Hans Wedding2 web Milton, GA | The Manor Country Club | BerryTree Photography | Wedding Photographer

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I asked the girls to come up with their own “silly” pose…they channeled their inner cheesy 80′s music video selves!

Kristina and Hans Wedding4 web Milton, GA | The Manor Country Club | BerryTree Photography | Wedding Photographer

Kristina and Hans Wedding5 web Milton, GA | The Manor Country Club | BerryTree Photography | Wedding Photographer

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Kristina and Hans Wedding14 web Milton, GA | The Manor Country Club | BerryTree Photography | Wedding Photographer

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When I think of Ashley and Chris the first word that pops into my head is – PRECIOUS!  These too are so in love and even more importantly that love is deeply routed first in God.  I know without a doubt that their wedding day was surely precious in the eyes of the Lord.  Ashley and Chris were married at their home church, Greater Heights Baptist Church, in Cumming, GA and had an incredibly sweet reception at Chukkar Farms and Polo Club in Alpharetta.  Let me tell you what a fun place that was to shoot!  First…there is a gorgeous green barn with yellow accents…fun!  Then, there are all of the animals – pigs, chickens, horses, and even a farm cat.  My favorite pictures from the day were when a HUGE clydesdale horse came RUNNING towards us – seriously…so fun!  (Make sure you make it to the bottom of the post to see them!)  What else?  Ashley’s dress had pockets!  Her bridesmaid dresses were from Banana Republic – love this idea!  All in all the wedding was personal, sweet, and a joy to photograph!  Enjoy the images!

Ringel Rayner Final Images Full Size web Chukkar Farms & Polo Club | Alpharetta, GA | Ashley & Chris | BerryTree Photography | Wedding Photography

Ringel Rayner Final Images Full Size1 web Chukkar Farms & Polo Club | Alpharetta, GA | Ashley & Chris | BerryTree Photography | Wedding Photography

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Ringel and Rayner Wedding web Chukkar Farms & Polo Club | Alpharetta, GA | Ashley & Chris | BerryTree Photography | Wedding Photography

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I love a good project, but rarely do I take time out of my busy schedule to actually make things that have forever been on my “someday to do list”.  Today, I decided to venture into making my own sugar scrub!  I figured this would make the perfect gift for either bridesmaids or guests at your wedding and so I took some pictures of the process so I could share!  All of the ingredients in this sugar scrub are natural and it will give you the SMOOTHEST skin!  I personally love using it on my legs after a shave and I’ve created this scrub with ingredients that make it perfectly safe (and awesome) to use on your face as well!

The ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. tea tree oil
  • this has a very strong odor and can be omitted if the odor bothers you, but I love the benefits it provides (see below)
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • approx. 10 oz. olive oil

(I also added some drops of a “home fragrance oil” from Bath and Body Works…normally something you would put in a diffuser and burn…to help mask the smell of the tea tree oil.  An essential oil would probably have been a better choice, but this is what I had in the house and really…it was so little compared to the amount of sugar I was using I didn’t think it would matter much!)

ok…so I started with an old mason jar from my grandmother’s house – I just love these jars…they make me smile…so why not!  This is a 1 Quart jar and this recipe fills the jar perfectly!  (I would break it into MUCH smaller (4-8oz jars) if you are making this for a gift!)
Sugar Scrub DSC 3337 Just Because | Sugar Scrub | Perfect gift for bridesmaids or wedding thank you gifts!

next…mix the brown and regular sugar together until smooth
Sugar Scrub DSC 3338 Just Because | Sugar Scrub | Perfect gift for bridesmaids or wedding thank you gifts!

Sugar Scrub DSC 3339 Just Because | Sugar Scrub | Perfect gift for bridesmaids or wedding thank you gifts!

add tea tree oil, Vitamin E oil, vanilla extract, and any other “smell good” items you want to add.  Here’s a good time to answer…why tea tree oil and Vitamin E oil?  Because they are AWESOME for your skin!

some of the benefits of tea tree oil:

  • general disinfectant that fights bacteria in all kinds of wounds and infections
  • treats fungal diseases
  • helps skin to heal by by encouraging the formation of new scar tissue
  • gives relief from muscular pain, aches, sprains

some of the benefits of Vitamin E:

  • strong antioxidant that prevents premature aging
  • prevents and repairs free radical damage
  • has anti-inflammatory properties
  • used to treat sunburns
  • prevents water loss from the skin and helps to retain its natural moisture

Sugar Scrub DSC 3354 Just Because | Sugar Scrub | Perfect gift for bridesmaids or wedding thank you gifts!

next…add olive oil to wet the mixture.  I didn’t measure…just poured until the sugar mixture was wet and there was a LITTLE extra olive oil.  If I had to guestimate I would say I used about 10 oz. of olive oil.
Sugar scrub DSC 3349 Just Because | Sugar Scrub | Perfect gift for bridesmaids or wedding thank you gifts! Sugar Scrub DSC 3350 Just Because | Sugar Scrub | Perfect gift for bridesmaids or wedding thank you gifts!

scoop into your jar!  It will look like the below…a bit lumpy…just put the lid on and shake the jar and it will even all of that out!
Then…you are D.O.N.E. – DONE!

Sugar scrub DSC 3352 Just Because | Sugar Scrub | Perfect gift for bridesmaids or wedding thank you gifts!

for my final step I threw a ribbon and some yarn around the jar to just pretty it up!  Use your wedding colors and decorate away!

Sugar Scrub DSC 3370 Just Because | Sugar Scrub | Perfect gift for bridesmaids or wedding thank you gifts!