Kristie and Sean’s romantic wedding at Lake Lanier was beautiful! Their original plans changed because of the virus, but it was still lovely. What meant to be a big Fall wedding in Middle GA, turned into a smaller, Summer wedding at Lake Lanier. More plans changed when we finished the bridal portraits, as a sudden downpour came out of nowhere. After a 2 hour rain delay, changing the ceremony location, and resetting the reception tables, they were married! Kristie held herself together so beautifully through it all, and everything turned out to be beautiful in the end. I feel so much for these couples during this pandemic, and Kristie and Sean were rockstars as plans kept changing. I wish them the very best in their new marriage!
How They Met
It was the summer of 2016. Sean had recently moved home from Georgia Southern University and had taken a year off of dating to focus on his faith and family. Kristie was in junior year of college at Mercer University, working hard to get into PA school, and recently out of a long relationship. Kristie’s sister, Megan, knew Sean from church that she believed would be perfect for her baby sister. Sean knew about Kristie long before she knew about him. He waited patiently for her for several months. After appropriate timing, Kristie learned about Sean. From what her sister said, Sean seemed like an amazing guy who had his eyes set on Jesus and would make some girl very happy one day. Megan invited Kristie to Longleaf church one Sunday, knowing this could be an opportunity for them to meet for the first time. They did meet but it was simply a brief introduction. A short time after they met, Sean got up the courage to message Kristie on Facebook asking for her number. On their first date, they carved pumpkins outside of Willingham Chapel on Mercer University’s campus. Pumpkin carving is not the easiest thing to do when nerves are involved, so the pumpkins were not the best to say the least. But they laughed it off and continued on with the date. Kristie vividly remembers eating dinner at Sauced Pizza that night and Sean asking if he could bless the meal. Her heart became very happy from this genuine gestor. This was that moment when Kristie believed this relationship could be something special. They officially began dating on December 20th, 2016. Sean says he would have married Kristie a month after meeting her, however Kristie was in PA school and was requiring her to live in Atlanta at the time. Because of this, Kristie wanted to wait on engagement until she was able to move home.
Fast forward to February 8th, 2019, Sean proposed to Kristie and they became an engaged couple! This was the day Kristie finished her didactic year, meaning she was able to move home, and Sean proposed….he didn’t wait long! February 8th was a chilly Friday evening, Kristie was busy getting dressed and ready to go on a “fancy date night out on the town to celebrate the end of didactic year” – so she thought. They walk out of Kristie’s apartment to hit the road when Sean says he wants to give her a present first. They walk to a cute, quaint and secluded park in the apartment complex. The gift included several pictures of Sean and Kristie, a journal of Sean’s that he had written letters to his future wife over the past several years, and a bible with Kristie’s soon to be new name engraved on it, Kristie Ann McCann. Of course by this time, Kristie was crying and then Sean got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. It was very sweet and special moment, just the two of them.
Kristie and Sean originally set a wedding date of October 10th, 2020. This was their ideal timeline which would of allowed Kristie to complete PA and get a job prior to getting married. But Coronavirus caused them to reconsider their plans. They decided to move their wedding date up to June 27 th (trying to avoid potential worsening of the virus in the fall…hopefully not) and also drastically reduce their guest list. They had a wedding at Hampton Hill Estates on Lake Lanier with their family and closest friends. It was absolutely beautiful, relaxing, and an unforgettable wedding weekend.
Though we are all living through uncertain times right now, Kristie and Sean can confidently say that God is good and fully in control…even when it doesn’t seem like it. The couple truly believe that this was God’s plan for them and that they were made for one another. They want to love one another for eternity, just as He has loved us.
Romantic Wedding at Lake Lanier | Kristie + Sean
Venue | Hampton Hill Estates on Lake Lanier
Flowers | Downtown Flowers
Dress | Bridals by Gilberts
Catering | Oakwood Occasions
Hair and Makeup | Chelsea Hunter
Coordinator | Dannella Burnett
Videographer | Danielle Rojas Crosby
DJ | Jeff McClure
MORE ABOUT ME
I’m Candice Emerson and I’ve been a family and wedding photographer for over 10 years now! I’m a hybrid photographer, which means I shoot on digital cameras as well as film cameras. My style is considered fine art, “light and airy”, romantic, and timeless. I absolutely love every wedding I have the honor to photograph whether it be an elegant black-tie wedding, beach wedding, barn wedding, destination wedding, elopement, church wedding, or even an intimate woodland wedding. I’m a photographer serving in Macon, GA and photograph weddings and families in Macon, Fort Valley, Perry, Milledgeville, Savannah, and Atlanta. I’m always up for an adventure and ready for destination weddings or engagement sessions any day of the year! Contact me for more information on meeting for coffee and booking your wedding! I would love to be your wedding or family photographer! Contact me for availability!