Rankin Gardens Wedding – David & Michelle

This was my first experience at Rankin Gardens, but wow! What a lovely venue. I love the character that downtown Columbus, GA has. It’s such a historic riverfront city, and it was the perfect location for David & Michelle to say “I Do!”bride crying with motherThis is just the perfect image to start off the blog post.. there were so many happy tears shed that day!

wedding dresses hangingcustom bride hangerI loved her personalized hanger! And the detailing on her dress was wonderful!

bridal converse shoesFor all the glamorous details, Michelle and her bridal party were decked out in Converse shoes! Her and David’s were even personalized!

bride getting dressedbride with mother Michelle had so many lovely ladies there to help her get ready. The Rankin Gardens bridal suite was a great location to get dressed!

rankin gardens wedding bridewedding flowersgroom portraitThe best part of David’s outfit were his Dr. Who Tardis cufflinks! What an awesome way to personalize his day.

bride peeking out doorMichelle requested a first look on the balcony…

first look bride and groomAnd I’m so glad she did! There were some many great photo opportunities.

first look balconybride and groom kissing through windowI kid you not, during the few moments they had alone together on the balcony, I was taking photos through the window. I was *willing* them to kiss at this moment, and they did! That’s what I call perfection.bride and groom on balconybride and groom bokehShout out to my AWESOME second shooter, Jessica, who captured a TON of special moments, including this one!bride and groom urbanbride and groom portraitbride and groom exposed brickbridesmaidsbridal party Rankin GardensCheck out their sweet kicks! I loved it.groomsmenbridal flowerswedding ceremony rankin gardensThe light entering the ceremony spot was so perfect! Check out those adorable ring bearers!rankin gardens weddingbride during ceremonyrankin gardens wedding ceremonybride and groom first dancebride and groom first dancewedding first dancesMy favorite place to look during the father/daughter and the mother/son dance are at the MOB and the bride! They always have a sweet expression.

wedding grandpaDavid & Michelle both had pretty feisty grandpas! These were two of my favorite photos of Michelle’s grandfather.head table weddingdr who wedding cakeHere’s another awesome Dr. Who touch! It was a delicious caramel cake! cakewedding rings on invitationglow stick wedding exit

The evening finished with a fun glowstick wedding exit! David & Michelle’s wedding was such a sweet celebration of their love and commitment to each other. They had lots of Disney touches throughout the day, and not only did they get engaged at Magic Kingdom, they’re spending their honeymoon there right now! Have fun! :)

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Vendors: Photography: Paula Davis Wedding Photography // Venue: Rankin Gardens & Atrium with coordinator Dana Coburn // Catering: Aramark // Florist: Designs by Mayumi // Cake: Midtown Cakes // Bridal Hair: Doddy at Trendz // Makeup: Olivia Elliott // DJ: DJ Gary-D // Bridalwear: David’s Bridal // Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse