June 11, 2024
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Hannah & Zach | Intimate Southern Catholic Wedding in Georgia

Hannah and Zach had a intimate Southern Catholic wedding at St. James the Apostle & the Queen Bee Conflux in McDonough, Georgia last weekend! I love when couples have tiny weddings – Hannah and Zach had less than 40 friends and family present. It was perfect for them and made the day so special. With pink accents, fluffy roses, and a quiet and sweet couple, it was such a wonderful wedding day.

Hannah and Zach began as friends in high school, but during college, their friendship blossomed into something more. Their first date was at the Queen Bee, where they held their wedding reception. They hit it off immediately and, by the seventh date, knew it was meant to be forever. We had such a fun time at their Marietta engagement session this spring, so I’ve been very excited for their wedding day!

We started the day with some details and getting ready photos at the church. Hannah wanted a vintage, dreamy look for her flat-lay details, and I feel like I was able to deliver! I love when brides give me fresh florals for their flat-lays, it really elevates the whole thing. Hannah got ready with her mom and her grandmother, and shared a sweet first look with her bridesmaids and dad. Her and Zach shared a private, no looking moment in the prayer garden before getting married, which brought visible ease and peace to the two of them.

Their ceremony Mass was sweet and short, with only a handful of people attending. While there weren’t any huge tearful moments, there was an abundance of peace and contentment between the couple. Hannah recently converted to Catholicism last Easter, so it was very meaningful for her to celebrate her wedding so soon after. St. James the Apostle is a beautiful and simple church to get married in, with lots of light pouring in and brightening it up.

After the Mass, we took some portraits around the church. The timing was easy and smooth, and Hannah and Zach had the chance to sneak off just the two of them to Chick-Fil-A. Their family did a fabulous job of setting up the reception space. The bride shared with me her goal for her wedding day was simplicity and for it to feel like an old-fashioned family affair, as though we were all gathered at someone’s home with lots of flowers. I would say she succeeded with that wish!

The reception was fun and full of time for the couple to visit with their guests. After their first dances, they ate dinner catered by Pasta Max, a local restaurant. The bride and groom had plenty of time to talk to everyone personally during the reception, enjoy a few dances (to 80s bops), and sneak out for sunset photos without feeling rushed. At the end of the night, the guests sent them off with sunset bubble exit!

This was one of those weddings that makes me feel so grateful that I get to do this for a living! Thank you for having me along, and congratulations Hannah and Zach!


Venues – St. James the Apostle Catholic Church & the Queen Bee Conflux | Catering – Pasta Max | Florist – Trisha Smith | Tux rental – Black Tie Formal Wear | Baker – Publix | Dress shop – Atlanta Street Bridal Company | Photography: Nicole Sandercock Photography

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