As an Atlanta Wedding Photographer being able to photograph couples from all walks of life for their engagement session is a privilege and honor. Not only because I get the chance to create beautiful images but the opportunity to get to know these wonderful couples and learn about their love story.
This Atlanta engagement shoot was special because it has been a long time coming for this couple! To hear their amazing love story was truly unforgettable !!
Meet Altrichia Cook, a Florida based Fashion Designer / CEO of Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear and Anthony Wilcox Sr, a Senior Claims Adjuster – GEICO Insurance and Athletic Director Fire Youth Sports Inc.
Altrichia’s swimwear line has been featured in various publications including Essence Magazine, People Magazine, and a guest at the White House Inaugural United State of Women Summit hosted by Former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
They met in 2002 at an AMC theaters in Lakeland, FL. They had no idea that would be the beginning of a tender love story between the two of them. At the time they were sophomores in high school.
So it wasn’t until 2003 that they officially began dating. Altrichia and Anthony dated for their junior and senior years and they both went off to college. During high school the couple became teenage parents to a beautiful son named Anthony Jr and lived on opposite sides of the US.
Anthony was in California in college, eventually transferring to University of Arizona, and Altrichia was in Tallahassee, FL. They eventually broke up for 5 years and after graduating college but they finally reconnected and rekindled their flame. Anthony Sr did not want to take another chance on losing the love of his life after all that had previously kept these two apart for so many years.
So on December 31, 2016 as they were spend their evening celebrating, bringing in a new year at their best friend’s home in Davenport FL.
Just moments after 2017 rang in, Anthony abruptly told Altrichia that he felt sick. When they went outside close friends and family had set up the inside of their home for his surprise proposal.
The hallway was adorned with rose petals and each hallway was lined with 6 vases, a rose in each vase. At the end of the hallway, their son, Anthony Jr., held the 13th vase with one-dozen roses. The vases and roses represented the years they have known each other.
As they walked back inside, Altrichia screamed with utter delight and shock as she knew that this was the moment. After a few minutes of shock and exclaim, Anthony asked her to spend forever together.
Their Atlanta engagement session was breath taking. It was in midtown Atlanta at a beautifully decorated location. This Midtown engagement shoot took place at one of Atlanta’s newest venue Upstairs Atlanta.
With every engagement shoot I photograph it is so important to captured the essence of the couple’s love story. The room at Upstairs Atlanta was decorated by Atlanta Event Planner Brittany (B. Simms) of Eternity Events by B Simms and her wonderful assistant Tiffany.
The table décor was beautifully done and set with custom designed, Elizabethan style menu cards with photos of the couple which also included an extra surprise for their son Anthony Jr.
Also the table, filled with beautiful red roses and fine China by The Prissy Plate Company added an even more special element of love.
The team had so many surprises including entertainment by DJ Twice Entertainment and special dance floor with rose petals that adorned the dance floor, like the moment of their surprise proposal. They danced to their favorite songs. It was beyond what the couple could have ever imagined.
Delicious desserts were waiting for the couple handmade by Adrienne of Just Chocolate and Strawberries.
As an Atlanta Wedding Photographer, I like to ask what do they look forward to most on their wedding day. The couple happily said that they are looking forward to taking an oath and vowing forever to one another at their destination wedding set for Fall 2018.
Wishing this couple many years of everlasting bliss!
Special thank you to all those who help to make this engagement shoot an unforgettable experience for this wonderful couple. Thank you so much!!
Venue: Upstairs Atlanta // Event Planner: Brittany (B. Simms) of Eternity Events by B Simms // Videographer: Jahim Noel of Dream Imaginations Studio// Stationery: Sophie Taylor of Castlefield Design// China and Tableware: Valerie of The Prissy Plate Company// Vintage Event & Prop Rentals: Alexandra of Present Time Rentals // Desserts : Adrienne of Just Strawberries and Chocolate // Music: Devon of DJ Twice Entertainment // Jewelry: Misayo House Jewelry // Makeup Artist: by Ashley Green MUA // Hair stylist: by Naomi Wright of HoneyiLuvMyHair // Shoes: JessicaSimpsonCollection