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Hi!  My name is Cathi and I am a Wedding Photographeroholic!  What does this mean you might ask?  Pull up a chair and let me explain.



From the moment I stepped into college I knew I wanted to do weddings. Weddings and weddings only! I wanted to be able to capture people on one of their most sentimental days of their lives. I wanted to be able to translate the raw emotions of love shared between not only two soul mates but between their family and friends as well.



While getting my degree in Photography, I did absolutely everything necessary to turn my passion into a career. On the weekends everyone my age was partying while I chased down and interned my favorite photographers in the area. I was willing to do anything from sweep the floors, answer phones, billing to scheduling appointments in order to make sure I had all of the necessary skills when I was ready to open my own business. I probably cleaned a toilet or two. To be completely honest I do have a thing for office work, organization (office supplies and post it notes are my thing), production, and cleaning... so this did not feel like work at all. I still tell myself it was much better than going to those parties I missed!



Here are some other things I love in addition to my love of photography:



·      I have two of the most adorable puppies ever named Kingston and Bronx. I found them in a box on the street when they were just six weeks old. They have been such an amazing blessing ever since. I have no tolerance for animal abuse and I actively donate to animal charities monthly.

·      The artist in me loves to express my art in other ways; I am heavily into interior design (OK maybe only in my own home and possibly my friends houses!) I love to paint, walk the aisles of home decoration stores and getting my hands dirty with a power drill! Oh, I cannot walk past a cool chair without figuring out how to take it home.

·      Another way I express my art is by doing hair, nails and makeup for my friends. I designed a pretty serious vanity room in my house just for this. My "woman cave".

·      Music is a pretty big deal to me.  From the moment I wake up until I go to sleep, I either have my phone, the radio in the bathroom or the Pandora on my computer blasting. Yes, I have a karaoke machine and am currently taking lessons on how to play my guitar.

·      Eating organic and being a pescatarian is a big part of my daily lifestyle. Unfortunately, I cant kick the desserts.


Samantha & Charlie . Biltmore Ballrooms . Wedding in Atlanta

All I have to say is that I loved everything about this wedding.  The couple, their family, friends, decoration, vendors, the experience, the emotions… Everything!

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©Milanes Photography 2013
www.milanesphotography.com

Wedding Planner: ellyB Events
Venue: Biltmore Ballrooms
Flowers: A Perfect Creation
Lighting/Linens: ellyB Events
Video: Imagine VP
Entertainerment: DJ Six Five
Cake: For Goodness Cakes
Catering: Bold American
Makeup: Mimi Johnson
Hair: Sharonda Mack

Rosy & Rene . The Atrium . Wedding in Atlanta

I love how different every wedding can be.  This one was no exception.  Rosy and Rene had already gotten married at the courthouse when they later decided to have a real wedding.  Rosy’s father dreamed of the day he would walk his daughter down the aisle and she wanted to make sure his dream would come true.  <3  Here they are at the wedding, expecting their first child, where they revealed her gender and name at the reception.  Sophia Grace :0)

 

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Sheliza & Stephen . 200 Peachtree . Wedding in Atlanta

I recently had the honor of photographing the wedding of Stephen Hill from the New York Jets and his love, Sheliza. The Yellows and Corals of this wedding was the perfect way to start spring and the wedding season.

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©Milanes Photography 2014
www.milanesphotography.com

Wedding Planner: ellyB Events
Venue: 200 Peachtree Special Events and Conference Center
Flowers: Andy Beach
Lighting/Linens: ellyB Events
Video: Focal Blu
Entertainerment: DJ Six Five
Cake: For Goodness Cakes
Catering: Bold American
Makeup: Mimi J
Hair: Sharonda Mack
photo booth: ShutterBooth

Brittany & Chris . Four Seasons . Wedding in Midtown Atlanta

This wedding was the best way to end 2013… I had the pleasure of photographing professional baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds, Chris Nelson & his love Brittany. The day was freezing but that did not stop anyone from turning up the heat with their hot pink & black decor. Talk about fun :) Thank you to their amazing planner Eliana from ellyB Events and Andy Beach their florist for putting together another beautiful event!

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©Milanes Photography 2013
www.milanesphotography.com

Wedding Planner: ellyB Events

Venue: Four Seasons Midtown Atlanta
Flowers: Andy Beach and Co.
Lighting/Linens: ellyB Events
Video: Focal Blu
Stationary & Gifts: Paper Parfait
Pillows & Decals: Ten23designs
Chairs: Andy Beach and Co.
Entertainerment: Djsixfive
Cake: Bakers Man
Catering: Four Seasons
Dance Floor: Indaglow Productions
Makeup: Stephen Berry
Hair: Sharonda Mack
Tuxes: The Modern Gent
Dresses: Winnie Couture & Sweet Elegance
Photobooth: Shutter Booth
Second Shooters: Kate Belle Photography, Dana Ebron

Andrea & Johnny . Biltmore Ballrooms . Wedding in Atlanta

Once and a while we get a couple where the roles are reversed. Johnny was very involved with the planning of their wedding and Andrea let him take the reigns :0) Love this couple!

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©Milanes Photography 2013
www.milanesphotography.com

Wedding Planner: ellyB Events
Venue: Biltmore Ballrooms
Floral/Design: Andy Beach and Co.
Catering: Bold American Events
Cake: Couture Cakes
Stationary: made by bride
Band/DJ: DJ Six five
lighting/linens: provided by ellyB Events
Videographer: Focal Blu
Table Numbers: Ten23 Designs
Menswear: The Modern Gent
Hair/Makeup: Tori Williams
Transportation: Georgia Trolley