A couple’s wedding is a story so amazingly unique, telling about each of them as individuals but also about them joined together as one. It’s a representation of their pasts and the experiences that have shaped them into the person standing in front of the other, and diving into an unknown future head first , a commitment to love above all else. So what if that couple could use their wedding day to change someone else’s story?
We’ve been working with a local non-profit here in Atlanta called Serenity’s Steps who’s purpose is “to cultivate authentic relationships and provide support to persons in the commercial sex industry with the objective of seeing them attain dignity, hope and self-sufficiency.” These guys are doing just that, and SO much more. They’ve befriended these men and women, listened to their stories and their needs, and when the day comes where they decide they want to walk away from their life in the commercial sex industry, they do everything they can to equip them to do just that.
A lot of time these women will become sex workers at a very young age (the average is 14 years old), so they’ll have little schooling and minimal to no job experience. This can make it incredibly hard to transition into the workforce and gain real experience to move up any kind of ladder. Serenity’s Steps answer to this issue is a paid vocational development program within a paper-making company that they’ve created, That Grace Restored. That Grace Restored employs their artisans to create handmade recycled paper, which they then use for their handmade journals and their letterpress products. They are now launching a line of Letterpressed wedding products, including invitations, menus, place cards, thank you notes, you name it! They were also just selected as the paper vendor for the Big Fake Wedding here in Atlanta this past March, so these guys are doing it big!
We rallied a few AH-mazing vendors from the Atlanta wedding community together to create a styled wedding shoot featuring their paper products in celebration of their big launch. We created a Vintage-styled scene with a hint of Bohemian flare, using a dreamy color pallette with blush, peach, creams, and burgundy. We wanted there to be as many vintage and re-purposed items included as possible as a nod to That Grace Restored’s mission – taking the unwanted + discarded and restoring it to a new purpose. The day we had our venue booked to shoot was the one day it actually decided to snow in Atlanta (and if you’ve ever been here when that happens, you know how insane that can get!!) – but everyone braved the storm and powered through to make it happen. It gave the shoot a moodier vibe, which I loved. Even though the day was incredibly dreary and ominous outside, we were fearlessly making all sorts of pretty happen… and it was SO worth it!
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to create all of this pretty with such quality wedding vendors, and to just have the opportunity to know them more personally – y’all, they are totally rad. (Hire them all. Every single one of them.) Everybody put in so much time, effort, and product to make this happen, and I truly am so appreciative! It was a blast, and I can’t wait to do it all over again! Ladies… take a bow. You. are. AWESOME.
Alright, now for the good stuff! Get comfy+cozy…. there’s a lot of good lookin’ coming your way! 😉
V E N U E | Parish ATL
I N V I T A T I O N S + P A P E R | That Grace Restored
F L O R A L S | Holland Daze
D E C O R + D E S I G N | Miss Milly’s Vintage Rental
H A I R + M A K E – U P | BeautyBott
J E W E L R Y | Brette Start for Chloe+Isabel
M O D E L | Jordan Hampton
P H O T O G R A P H Y | Audra Starr Photography
Paper, love, and wedding magic to you my friend… until next time!