Mac + Austin’s wedding was perfectly situated in between our two trips to Europe. It was a nice little visit back to the States because we got some beach time in! They were married at the Ribault Club. It was obviously hot weather (and not a cloud in the sky), but they had a perfect setup with an air-conditioned tent. And the party couldn’t have gotten any better because the best band was on the stage all night – Az Izz! Video coming soon!
We warned you – this is our longest blog post ever. But it’s well worth the scrolling! Loved everything about this wedding, especially the couple. Melanie + Cale got married on her family farm in Odum, GA along the river. Take a look at their video and then start scrolling! (If you need some background music while looking at the photos, click here after you watch the video and enjoy! We’ve always wanted a couple to play this at a wedding – Melanie + Cale had the guitar player learn it as they were walking out of the ceremony. Made our day!)
For the rehearsal dinner, there was a low country boil – yum!
Melanie’s dress was stunning – her mom crocheted it and her sister made the belt! Unbelievable – talk about one of a kind.
Melanie’s something blue was her granddad’s old work patch (he drove a truck for PBR) – her and her mom surprised her grandma with this cute detail under her dress.
The girls looked like they were straight out of an Anthropologie ad – we wanted to showcase each of them since Melanie let them show of their own unique styles.
The guys were chilling with some skeet shooting at Cale’s place before getting ready.
The ceremony was by the river on an 80+ degree day. We won’t lie… there were bugs. At least they didn’t bite!
How great is this setup?
Yes, the dinner was breakfast!
We have quite a few weddings at Neverland Farms this year, but it just never gets old. A few items that made Jami + Jeremy’s wedding stand out were the vows (made us cry!), the peacock DIY details, and when the couple sang “Islands in the Stream” karaoke-style at the end of the night with the band!
if you’ve been to our websites (www.thereasonilove.com or www.thereasonismile.com), you’ve heard the awesomeness that is family force 5. when we released our new brand a few months back we decided we wanted something more than just our photos to depict what we were all about; we wanted music to be played as you browse, but didn’t really want the usual songs you would hear on a wedding photography site. we didn’t really need to sit down and think about it, we just needed ff5’s blessing to have their songs played. they approved. since then we’ve had huge interest from our blog stalkers, so this edition of “the reason we love…” belongs to ff5 because, well, they complete us. (and they make us laugh).
the guys are from atlanta, and it just so happens that they’re playing here on october 17th! not only do their songs make you want to get up and dance, but their live performances are so much fun that you’ll just have to go see it for yourself – there’s no possible way for us to explain it in words! we’ll be there – come party with us! follow this link to get your tix now – hurry before it sells out! until then, get to know the band through a little q+a with their guitarist, our friend derek, a.k.a. chap stique. (he’s 2nd from the left in the photo below). enjoy, and let us know if you’ll be at the show so we can dance with you!
the*reason : what’s the meaning behind your stage name?
Chap Stique : The Family Force 5 was created during a massive hip hop movement, and our roots are in the ATL. Every artist in town had an amazing name like Big Boi or Lil’ John, so FF5 decided to try out some gangsta names. Although “Nathan” and “Jacob” didn’t sound nearly as cool as Nelly and Andre 3000, “Nadaddy” and “Crouton” had a ghetto flavor that made the band seem much more legit.
When I joined the band, the guys asked me to create a gangsta name, so i chose Teen Wolf. After an extensive marketing meeting, our record label called and told me to pick a new alias because they didn’t want to get sued by Michael J. Fox. I opted for the name Lazer Show, but then the band discovered my unfortunate addiction to chapstick, and we realized it would be much more authentic to go by Chap Stique, seeing as though I’ve never cried during “Proud to be an American” at the Stone Mountain lazer show.
how do you have so much energy?
When I was in college, I couldn’t afford to buy a parking pass for the campus, so I walked several miles a day between River Club Apartments and my weather and climate class. Because of the tremendous weight of the Beljean packets in my backpack, I built up a lot of strength in my lumbar spine and in my calves, so I guess I’ve just never lost the results of that cardiovascular work.
(a little inside joke for UGA grads and students of ElGene Box)
what’s your favorite song to play live?
Party Foul! It’s funky, and I get to use some swirly delays on the main riff. It also has a guitar solo, so I sometimes slide on my knees while all the black-t-shirt-wearing dudes wiggle their fingers as a gesture of rock-and-roll approval.
what’s the coolest place you’ve been to on tour?
New Zealand. Before our show, we all got inside a giant, water-filled gerbil ball, and then they rolled us down the side of a mountain at a frightening speed. It was ridiculo and hilarious, and that night’s concert was magical. We also really enjoyed eating Tim Tams and watching Eagle vs. Shark.
Do you have a favorite photographer FF5 has worked with and/or a favorite photo of yourself?
Family Force 5 is an extremely visual band, and we’ve had the privilege of working with plenty of unbelievable photographers. Some of the most notable ones for us have been Michael Pisarri, Angela Morris, Michelle Star, Kristin Burns, Neil Visel, James Ellis, and plenty of others. (see photos on this post) *click to see his favorite photo taken by Roberto Chamorro*
do you take a lot of photos while traveling or in general?
No, we never take enough! The five of us usually grab pictures from fans on Facebook and MySpace, but we’ve recently realized that most of our amazing backstage memories have not been chronicled. Therefore, we’ve asked Tofu Pup (our merch girl) to do the honors of taking plenty of candids. If the band members have the camera, we always end up with about 80 pictures of ourselves arm-wrestling or doing something crappy.
describe each of the guys in 3 words or less.
Crouton: diva, danseur, Krystal
Fatty: Fabio, cellphone, Hall & Oates
Soul Glow Activatur: dice, hulk fists, blood-boil
Nadaddy: keytar, headband, ninja
Xanadu: afro, Farmville, Darren’s Dance Grooves
we chose to have ff5 blare from the speakers instead of an acoustic rock song like most other wedding photography sites. what are your thoughts on this?
That’s amazing, and it makes us feel pressured to record our version of “Endless Love” on the next record!
tell us a little bit about the atlanta show at center stage on 10/17 and what to expect.
Soul Glow will be punching people with silver-studded hilk fists. Nadaddy will be playing a 6-and-a-half foot tall, 800-pound drum machine. Crouton will be doing handstands on his drum kit. Fatty and I will be spinning guitars like Yngwie Malmsteen, and Xanadu will be doing the moonwalk the entire time. We also have some posh outfits and a few brand-new audio visual goodies to debut on the Dance Rawr Dance III Tour. It will be organized chaos!
how can fans-to-be access your music and more information?
more from chap stique :
We just released a sci-fi, Neverending-Story-influenced video for our song “Dance or Die,” on YouTube, ModLife, etc. Please make sure to watch it for a mere glimpse into our lives during the epic dance wars of Edwon. Also, please make sure to visit your local Target stores during this Halloween season to watch the animated short film of Skelanimals featuring our new song “Keep the Party Alive.” We worked hard on it!
Finally, heal the world and make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race!
See you on October 17th! (we know you wanna leave a comment, too.)
chris + allie
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we’ve been away from the computer for a while, but it’s nice to be back home! we have some new blog posts comin’ your way this week. first up is emily + adam! they got hitched last saturday, june 27th, in fairburn, georgia at first baptist church. it was HOT, but they had plenty of cold drinks and fans at the reception in an old barn with tents set up outside!
makeup : mirror mirror makeup
band : peachtree jazz edition
caterer : janice redding
the guys wore brown suits and looked great!
emily had the perfect number of bridesmaids – she had to use all of them to help her put on her dress!
emily had green shoes to match the bridesmaids dresses… and her eyes, which are absolutely gorgeous!
trying to cool down before the walk to adam. as soon as she saw adam when they opened the doors, her face went from nervous to happy in less than a second. she even gave him a little wave, which made him smile even bigger! so cute.
adam had a special song prepared for emily – he sang and played piano. how romantic is that??
the kiss! mr. + mrs. palmer!
we stole the happy couple away for a few shots before they hit the dance floor the rest of the night!
the whole bridal party showing off their poses.
check out the bling!
how HOT are emily’s legs?? adam, you are one lucky guy!
everything at the reception was amazing – the cupcake bridal cake, the glass bottles of coke, lemonade in mason jars with straws, and the live band!
this couple was ridiculous on the dance floor!
a BIG thank you to camille for second shooting with me (allie) and grabbing some super awesome shots! everyone should check her out.
emily + adam : congratulations! we hope your honeymoon was amazing. thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day. it was beautiful and so much fun, just like the two of you!
and now for a slideshow with a few more photos – enjoy!