Two weeks ago, Kris and I ventured back up to Atlanta (that’s 5 times in the last 4 months… but who’s counting?) for a beautiful weekend in honor of my sister’s 40th Birthday. My brother-in-law went all out for this gorgeous evening!
The night opened with beautiful weather, drinks & appetizers, and warm embraces. 50-60 of their closest friends and our family gathered to surprise her. Friends that we get to see only every few years flew in to be a part of this night. It was one that will be remembered forever.
I am going to go over the top and post tons of photos on this one…
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens overlooks the incredible Atlanta skyline. Who could resist this scenery?
All of the beautiful details and event planning is thanks to the fabulous Layla Gunn. More of her work can be seen at C.H.E.F.
Here are my beautiful nieces and nephew – who Tori thought were snuggled into bed at home…
Kris totally took the cake on this night with this image of Logan!
She and I like to make jokes when we capture “the image” that we might as well stop then because there is no topping it. Although, the added competition makes for so much fun as we keep exceeding and finding new best images of the night/shoot. My FAVE!
This photo is especially meaningful to me. Tori’s dad (who she is hugging below) has been battling cancer for the past couple of years. It was extremely special to see Tom and Cathy all the way from California to spend an incredible night with all of our family together. Cathy and I took a few minutes to just enjoy soaking in how truly incredible God’s healing hands continue to be in our family.
Another favorite! Kris, I cannot thank you enough for taking such amazing photos to commemorate such an amazing night!
Here’s Loggie relaxing on the couch watching a slideshow of photos of Tori’s last 40 years. Kris caught her saying with a dreamy look in her eyes, “When I grow up I want to be my mommy. She is so beautiful!”
The event of the night was Erik serenading Tori to “Crush” by Dave Matthews. The band was incredible and played it beautifully! And Erik’s serenading… well let’s just let these pictures do the talking: (Just kidding Bro! You were great!)
And finally.. One just for fun : ]
Just one last quick note on the photography for the night – Kris and I both have a natural light approach to event photography whenever possible. The entire night was captured flash free, which we think keeps the essence & ambience of the night – the way we all actually remember it.