Meagan describes the first time she met Ryan as “forever ago” because these two met in 2nd grade! They started dating in high school when Ryan asked her to their junior homecoming dance and they became boyfriend and girlfriend after he officially asked her after a Friday night football game. He was a football player and she was a cheerleader…I know, so cute! Meagan says she still can’t believe that her homecoming date turned out to be her husband!
Meagan and Ryan took a trip to Europe while they were dating. His family is from Germany so they started their trip there. On their second day, they were touring the city of Fulda, the own where his family lives. Towards the end of the tour, they approached a church on a hill called Kloster Frauenberg which is one of the oldest churches in Germany. As they went inside and walked down the aisle, Ryan explained that his great-grandparents were married in this church. When they reached the altar, he got down on one knee and asked Meagan to marry him! After their engagement, they had lunch with his family in Germany and continued on to see Munich, Salzburg, Venice, and Florence!
When we began planning their engagement session, Meagan and Ryan revealed that they had a bottle of wine they had bought during the trip and were waiting for a special moment to open it together. A winery with a European vibe became the perfect setting for their engagement photos which you can see here! They brought that special bottle of wine and decided to open it up and enjoy it during the session! The other bottle was saved for the wedding day at Naylor Hall.
Meagan and Ryan tied the knot at their hometown church and celebrated with the most beautiful garden inspired dinner on the lawn at Naylor Hall in Roswell. One of the best parts? THE second grade yearbook with their photos side by side. Who would have known those two little ones would grow up to become husband and wife. They chose Naylor Hall for the southern classic feel. They had their first dance on the front porch which provided the perfect view of their guests enjoying the lawn before the night of celebrating began. Before the ceremony, I was able to spend a lot of time with them for portraits since they had a private first look together. One of my favorite moments was watching them read their vows from one another silently as they rocked on wooden chairs next to one another. I imagined, years from now, that they would still be enjoying each other’s company on a southern front porch somewhere, rocking and thinking back to their wedding day.
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Braswell! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!
Venue: Naylor Hall
Planner: Naylor Hall
Florist: Flowers From Us
Hair and Makeup: Bombshell Creations
Invitations & Programs: Betty Lu Paperie
Caterer: Chef Carey’s Cuisine
DJ: Hal Mealor of Halco Services
Wedding Dress: Wedding Angels (Essence of Australia)
Cake: Sweet Caroline’s Cake
Abby Byrd is a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Atlanta specializing in joyful film photography