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Fernbank Museum Wedding – Alyssa and Brandon’s Trailer by Rodinis Films

So I have to start off this email with a conversation I had with Alyssa and Brandon after their wedding day.  Brandon told me in all his 7ft glory, that the two vendors he was on the fence with is the two he enjoyed working with the most.  I am spoiled to say I am one of those vendors, but the other one was my bro Ryan from Rodinis Films.

If you listen to national surveys from places like theknot.com, when they poll newlyweds, not getting a planner and videographer are their biggest regrets. I really can’t seem to understand why when planners makes sure everything is fabulous and the videographers captures all of that fabulousness in film!

As I explain to my clients, cinematography is not the same video we have seen over the years and it is not a trend that will fade anytime soon. It’s classic!

So of course I have to list a few reasons why you need video:

  • Wouldn’t you love to hear what your fiancée was doing or saying as they were preparing to spend the rest of their life with you?
  • How else would you be able to hear your mother’s reaction after she just put your veil on? (see video)
  • Did you see all the action from the soul train line?
  • What about that choreography that you practiced in your living room once a week, how will you see how it turned out?
  • Did you see the look on everyone’s faces during the ceremony, nope chances are your back was turned.
  • How would you be able to see that special surprise over and over again that your fiancée and planner surprised you with! (YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS VIDEO!)

Ok I can go on and on but I think this trailer from Alyssa and Brandon says it all. I heart the trailer, I heart them, oh what the heck, I heart my LIFE!


Alternative Ceremony Readings

There are many couples that are non-traditional and would like to incorporate readings into their ceremony but do not want to do scripture readings.  I was so excited when Alyssa and Brandon told me of their idea of doing Lyric’s of love instead.  What might this be you ask? Each member of the bridal party read a lyric from the couple’s favorite songs during the ceremony to further share with the crowd their words of love.

It further helps that Brandon is a musician and actual sung and wrote a song for his lovely bride during the reception. Stay tuned for the video of that soon.  But for now I would love to share those lyrics with you:


Don’t go changing to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
And I don’t see you anymore
I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times
I love you just the way you are
– Billy Joel, “Just the Way you are”

You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
You say you want your story to remain untold
But all the promises we make from the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you.
– U2, “All I want is You”

I look and stare so deep in your eyes
I touch on you more and more every time
When you leave i’m beggin you not to go
Call your name two, three times in a row
Such a funny thing for me to try to explain
How i’m feeling and my pride is the one to blame
Yeah, cause i know i don’t understand
Just how your love can do what no one else can
– Beyonce, “Crazy in Love”

And with all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
And I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I loved you more
– The Beatles, “In my life”

At last my love has come along,
my lonely days are over
and life is like a song
– Etta James, “At Last”

I’m awake, you’re still sleeping
The sun will rise like yesterday
Everything that we are now
Is everything we can’t let go
Or its gone forever, far away
I hope tomorrow is like today.
– Guster “I hope tomorrow is like today”

However far away, I will always love you
However long I stay, I will always love you
Whatever words I say, I will always love you
– The Cure, “Love Song”

Can’t explain all the feelings that you’re making me feel
My heart’s in overdrive and you’re behind the steering wheel
I believe in a thing called love
Just listen to the rhythm of my heart
– The Darkness, “I believe in a thing called love”

If I wrote you a symphony,
Just to say how much you mean to me, what would you do?
If I told you you were beautiful
Would you date me on the regular, tell me would you?
Well baby I’ve been around the world
But I ain’t seen myself another girl like you
This ring here represents my heart
But there’s just one thing I need from you, say “I do”
– Justin Timberlake, “My love”

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game, it’s easy
All you need is love.
– The Beatles, “All you need is love”

ellyB Sneak Peeks: Alyssa and Brandon

So I have to start this post to tell you a little bit about my relationship with this uber fun couple.  Brandon I swear is about 7ft tall. Each time we see each other we must do a height check. If you met me in person you would know I don’t even clear 5’5 so it is our little joke to see how much of a midget I am to him!

Alyssa my darling dear. I still till this day do not really get all the Bio Chemistry stuff she does, but we had fun meeting at Georgia Tech so I can hear all about the lab, then ask her what she does again! LOL 

We are also planning a trip to Thailand (as you can see this is really on my bucket list!) and I hope to share their pics from their Italian honeymoon where they stayed in a castle with you guys soon.  But for now here is a sneak peek of their wedding day complete with pics from the Thai ceremony.  Will share those traditions as well! The wedding and reception took place here in Atlanta at the Fernbank Museum.  Their first look took place on the patio of the Lowes Atlanta hotel. Thanks to the fabulous Adam from W. Scott Chester for the amazing images.

Atlanta Wedding - Fernbank Museum

Atlanta Wedding - Thai Ceremony

ellyB Couples: Alyssa and Brandon featured on Brooklyn Bride

YAY! This makes a great return from the holiday’s!  We are so excited when our couples get the publicity they deserve.  Alyssa and Brandon on fun, lovable and down to earth.  heir love and youthfulness showed in their engagement pictures shot by Adam of W.Scott Chester at the infamous King of Pops and other locales around Atlanta.

So I adore all of my couples for several reasons. I adore Alyssa because every time we meet by Georgia Tech she takes the time to explain to me what she is getting her doctorate degree in and does not mind when I just don’t get it!  I adore Brandon for his height! I know weird but every time I am around Brandon, he makes me feel like a midget every time because I am pretty sure he is over 7ft all.


Here are a few of my favorite images from the shoot:


Adam I cannot wait to work with you in May! And Vane thanks so much for the awesome feature.