Fall Into Thanksgiving for your table

I’m showing you an easy way to transition from Fall to Thanksgiving for your table.f9I love displaying my grandmother’s old aqua dishes, especially for the holidays.  It gives me a sense of my heritage and family.  I combined rusty orange, navy, aqua, green and tan to bring Fall into a complete circlef7                       This is an easy transition from fall to Thanksgiving.f8Because I’m only using as decoration, I chose to fold a set of placemats to mock a napkin instead of purchasing real napkins.f5I love using white in my home but I don’t limit my self to the same shade of white when grouping accessories.  This is my way of decorating for Thanksgiving without adding the color orange everywhere (This may seem weird but I don’t decorate my home with colors I don’t look good in.)  I live on the coast, so I added a white star fish in the mix.  I follow no rules in decorating.f1        Layering is a way to bring textures and dimension to your table setting. f6                              Happy Thanksgiving and bless God today!

Stacey & Tasha Wed @ The Mackey House

This premier wedding venue overflowed with southern charm for this Illinois couple.  Of course, Stacey and Tasha brought their own charm to The Mackey House along with friends and family from all over the United States.  Not only was the venue a premier venue, the vendors chosen by the bride were also premier vendors.  The list includes Jerina Mac Photography (Savannah), Southern Graces (caterer, florist and detail decor from Beaufort, SC), Rev. Joe Wadas (Savannah), DJ Joe Kollege (Chicago, Ill.), and planners Jackie Weems & Genise Walker.

The Couple.  Stacey & Tasha met in September of 2001.  Tasha had been out with her friends, celebrating her birthday.  At the end of the night, hugs and goodbyes were said to her friends and there stood “Mr. Right”.  Yes, I’m talking about Stacey; who at that time was a stranger asking, “Where’s my hug?”.  Now who in their right mind would turn down a request from such a handsome.  Well, of course, Tasha being the friendly person that she is, gave Stacey a hug that would make him think he had been a friend forever.

Although their courtship was brief, they maintained their friendship over the years.  In August 2010, they rekindled their relationship and on September 6, 2015 they became engaged.

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Home Decor Ideas by Jerina Mac

Guest Bedroom Ideas

When I’m not shooting a wedding or families,  I’m decorating my home.  I can’t afford to hire a professional so the only way I can get what I want is to do it myself.  First and foremost, for this to be successful, you have to have a true passion for it.  Hopefully, this guestroom will be an inspiration to you or at least an encouragement to get started.

b1Just to let you know, I always start shopping at the least expensive store and then work my way up.  I find all of my decorations at the following places:  Ross,  HomeGoods, Kirkland’s,  Target, Hobby Lobby, TJmaxx, Marshall’s and Steinmart.b2I looked everywhere for bedding and couldn’t find anything that I fell in love with so I ordered this particular one from Soft Surroundings online.  The bedskirt was one I already had (Steinmart)b4I love using the “unexpected” on my walls.  I screwed in a small picture hanger on the back and randomly placed them on the floor first.  Once I got it the way I liked it, I hung it!  LOVE TEXTURESb5Most of the walls in my home are “white-white” (flat) so that I can add a pop of color and change my decor.  This is much easier than repainting every time I change my color scheme.b6It’s very rare that I like the knobs that come with my furniture so I make a trip to Hobby Lobby on the week they have their knobs for 50% off and save a ton.  It really personalizes the furniture with the decor.

b9Over the past 13 years, I bet I’ve painted this armoire 6 different colors.  I store a small tv with movies for the grandchildren to watch their favorite movies when they visit us.  b10Every green plant you’ll see me use is artificial;  as long as it looks real.  (I am the worst at keeping real plants alive) I use lanterns for everything but candles.  Here, I’ve got my collection of seashells displayed.b14Again, artificial greenery and more seashells displayed on a cake platter.  Underneath, I used two very old books that belonged to our family decades ago.b16This bedroom is so big I had enough room to add a small sofa for my guests to relax on or just sit their “stuff” on during their visit. (This use to be in my photography studio but I didn’t want to get rid of it.)  Before getting rid of something, see if it can be used in another room for a different function and don’t be afraid to change the paint colors.  These end tables and the legs on this sofa use to be silver.  Now that I’m using a touch of brass in my house, I spray painted the tables and hand painted the legs.

Savannah Wedding at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

The Historic River Street in Savannah, Georgia reins as the perfect backdrop for Savannah weddings at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.  The elegant hotel provides spectacular grounds for any destination wedding.  It’s spacious outdoors accommodates any size guest list and is a dreamy location overlooking the first city of Georgia.  I’m sure these reasons are why Lindsey and Chad chose their wedding to take place at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.

Lindsey and Chad first met on New Years Day 2015 and three weeks later they had their first date.  They both love to travel every chance they get but it was home where Chad chose to pop the question.

I was honored to be chosen Chad & Lindsey’s wedding photographer (Jerina Mac Photography) and find myself rubbing shoulders  among some of the top Savannah Wedding Vendors.  All About You Entertainment, Kato Floral Designs, and Savannah Rum Runners Bakery to name a few.

Enjoy the moments I captured of Chad and Lindsey’s Wedding.

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Ryan & Gillian|Jerina Mac Photography

What do you get when you put two Hilton Head school teachers together?  Answer:  Mr. and Mrs. Johnson!  Ryan and Gillian are the perfect match for one another and it was prevalent on May 27 as they said, “I DO” to one another at the Callawassie Island Club in Okatie, South Carolina.  Enjoy their images as their love story unfolds.

Vendors for Ryan & Gillian’s Wedding:

Photographer:  Jerina Mac Photography

Flowers:  Gardenias Event Floral

Officiant:  Doug Gillie

DJ:  Jesse Gavigan

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Blog: Brent & Brandee Tie The Knot

I see so many sweet “fairy tale” love stories as a wedding photographer and Brent and Brandee’s is definitely fairy tale worthy.  I know you’ll enjoy this Charlotte, North Carolina couple as their wedding day unfolds with these gorgeous photos. There wedding ceremony took place at the historic Whitefield Chapel and reception at Vic’s On The River, in the historic downtown, Savannah, Georgia.

Jerina Mac Photography, Savannah, Georgia Wedding Photographer

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Collin & Casey’s Wedding Blog

How They Met

Collin and Casey started dating in 2010 at the age of 16 when they met in high school at North Cobb Christian.  They dated throughout high school and continued dating while attending  college together at Kennesaw State University.

The Proposal

On February 20, 2016, Casey woke up for a mother/daughter tea at the St. Regis.  The waiter brought her iPad with a video which Collin had made for her.  After watching the video, Casey was given a “clue” to go to the next location to watch the next video.  After several clues and videos, the last video led Casey out to the pool area where Collin was waiting with these huge “MARRY ME” letters floating in the pool.  All of their closest friends and family were on the balcony watching over this madly in love couple as Collin popped the question.

The Ceremony

The White Oaks Barn which is located in Dahlonega, Georgia was such a beautiful backdrop for Collin and Casey’s wedding.  The weather was perfect, the rolling mountains were picturesque and the wedding party was so cute, I just wanted to bring all of them home with me.  You should look at The White Oaks Barn website and take a look for yourself.  Enjoy the photos and feel free to lose yourselves in the fairytale love story of Casey and Collin.

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Tim & Ashley | Jerina Mac Photography

How They Met

Tim and Ashley met the year of 2007 at high school in Cherry Hill, New Jersey during rehearsals for “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Ashley was in the cast and Tim was part of the stage crew.  They met when their mutual friend, and now best man Don, suggested they all go out for pizza together.  After nine years, separate colleges, Ashley’s internship at Disney World, Tim’s moving to Savannah, and graduating from police academy…whew…they finally tied the knot. 

The Proposal

Christmas 2015 was their first Christmas together in Savannah.  On Christmas Eve they were opening presents and Tim insisted that Ashley open her card from him last.  As presents were being opened, Ashley kept asking about the card but Tim insisted, “not yet”.  Finally came time for the card to be opened.  Ashley opened it and read it. It kept mentioning “three words” and different ways to say, “I love you”.  Tim had written “how about four more words.”  When Ashley looked up Tim was on one knee and had the ring box out.

The Wedding

They finally tied the knot on April 7, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia.  The beautiful ceremony took place at The Marshal House with friends and family from several states. There is one special thing I want to share with you about the big hat you’ll see Tim wearing and holding throughout the photos.  Tim lost his dad at a very young age but his mother has done a remarkable job at keeping the memories of his dad very much alive.  The hat belonged to Tim’s dad so a way to have his dad present at the wedding, he carried his dad’s hat down the isle and sat it next to his mom.  I bet that hat has a lot of great stories to pass on through Tim and the generations to come.

It was my privilege to be a part of this loving, energetic, kindhearted family whom I had never met until April 7.  And what a privilege to photograph one of Savannah’s finest own police officer’s and his beautiful bride.  Thank you Tim and Ashley.  You will forever be a part of my life.

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Blog: Travis & Sydney | Jerina Mac Photography

How They Met.

Travis and Sydney first met  after a UVA college football game at a popular hangout, along with some of friends.  After Sydney’s friends deserted her for other interests, she was left in a  very crowded place bumping into the same two guys, over and over again.  Being the “chatter box” she is (Sydney called herself that), she decided to strike up a conversation with these two guys. Turns out, one of them became the love of her life.  She and Travis talked & talked & talked until the hangout closed.  Ending the night with a trip to the ice cream store and a sweet walk home, Travis was so mesmerized by Sydney, he almost forgot to ask for her number.

The Proposal.

Travis came up with an excuse for he and Sydney to walk to the “Lawn”.  It made perfectly good sense being that he worked at UVA and lived nearby.  He made up a story that he had to look at something at the rotunda so the couple walked up to the steps and no later than us turning the corner he proceeded to get down on one knee.  In his froggy little voice he said the sweetest proposal (I love the one knee proposals).  One of their friends had been hiding, taking photos; even shot a quick photo session afterwards of the newly engaged couple.  They ended the perfect night going  back to the same hangout where they first met to celebrate their engagement.

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Flying High | Jerina Mac Photography

I got a phone call a few weeks ago with a request from a mom asking if I would be interested in documenting her soon to be 10 year old son’s birthday surprise.  After she explained the surprise I quickly responded with a “yes”.

Bi-Plane Rides  Chase’s parents were on a road trip driving around  the Atlanta area and saw a sign for “bi-plane rides”.  Chase’s mom, Christina, told her husband that it was a great idea for Chase since he really loved airplanes.  The family has a few friends that are private pilots, so they were going to ask one of them.  L.D., Chase’s dad, had the idea of asking Scott Martin since he knew he owned his own plane.

To get a sense of who Chase is, he recently told his mom he wants to fly airplanes in the military and he wants to be an engineer. (What big dreams and ideas for a 10 year old…I was impressed.)  Chase began flying Radio Controlled (R/C) airplanes a little over a year ago when he was introduced to it by Christina’s family friend.  He has always loved airplanes, old cars, dirt bikes, or anything with an engine.  He gets that from his dad.  And, there’s a lot of aviation talk around the house because his dad works at Gulfstream Aerospace.  You see, his dad was in the Air Force and was in Aircraft Maintenance.  He now works at Gulfstream and has various jobs, his most current is working in Flight Test.  And, Chase’s grandfather used to fly Cessnas, a very small passenger plane, when he was younger.

1943 Stearman and owner, Pilot Scott Martin  Mr. Martin, an experimental test pilot for Gulfstream, is known to be a “hundred pound brain”.  If you’re a parent and you’re going to trust one guy to take your ten year old child up in a vintage open cockpit bi-plane, Scott Martin is your guy, according to Chase’s mom and dad.  Mr. Martin was the 2016 recipient of the Ivan C. Kincheloe test pilot award, which recognizes outstanding professional accomplishments in the area of flight test.

Through the eyes of Chase  Chase was excited and said the ride was “awesome”.  He was a little queasy after the flight because Mr. Martin did some loops and barrel rolls.  It took a little bit before he was ready to eat. (I get sick just riding in the back of a car)  Chase cannot wait to learn to fly!  His parents told him if he earns really good grades, keeps out of trouble and maintained the passion for flying, they would pay for him to get his private license.  His dad will most likely go through the process with him.

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