People say that rain on your wedding day is
ironic good luck. If this is true, Joel & Liza Burnsed are about to be one of the luckiest couples anyone I have ever known. While the rain might have put a damper on some couples’ special day, the newlyweds and everyone involved took it all in stride. Not a single beat was missed. The bride-to-be and the bridesmaids prepared for the big day on a breakfast of mimosas and lunch of giant slices of supreme pizza inside the beautiful Demosethian Hall on the University of Georgia Campus. Maybe that was the secret to them staying so composed all day.
Liza is a high school friend who I have known since my first day of high school. Over the course of the last year I have been honored to get to know Liza, Joel, their family, and friends better while planning for this day. It all paid off. I wish Joel and Liza Burnsed the BEST of luck in the future and I hope to keep capturing memories for their families for years to come!
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Burnsed est. 2013
Liza reads her new bible before preparing for the big day
The bridal bouquet
Joel Burnsed waiting
Liza fixing her wedding dress
Liza and her sister prepping the dress for photographs
The bridal party prepares Liza for the ceremony
Liza’s mother prepare the final touches on Liza’s dress while her younger neice looks on in the background
(ed. note: I think rain is one of the most beautiful and underrated photographic elements. While running in the rain all day might not be any fun, it makes for a compelling photograph)
Joel and Liza meet to pray together one time before their marriage.
Liza stands in front of the window in Demosthenian Hall
The entry way
Joel anxiously awaits his bride
“Here comes the bride”
The couple sits on the stage watching the ceremony
Joel slides the ring on to his bride’s finger.
The newlyweds glance into each others’ eyes before their first kiss.
For the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Burnsed
It is tradition to ring the bell outside of the chapel
The entire wedding party in front of the famed arch at UGA
Mr. and Mrs. Burnsed are introduced to the guests
A tender moment during their first dance as husband and wife
Wedding guests then partied the rest of the night away
The groomsmen lift Joel on their shoulders
With the day officially over, the newlyweds head towards their future together.