Nattida + Chad = Married at Pelican Hill Resort!

It’s quite obvious that Nattida and Chad are beautiful people. Anyone can see that just by looking at them. But what was made perfectly clear at their Pelican Hill Resort wedding, was that these two beautiful people are exponentially more beautiful on the inside. On a day where it’s perfectly acceptable to make everything about the two of them, Chad and Nattida instead chose to share their day with children who need help and support. They wanted to help. And by help, I mean really help.

Chad and Nattida have started a foundation, the CN Hope Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of orphans. Six months ago they adopted an orphanage in Zimbabwe that was unsafe to live in. Through the organization they plan to rebuild the orphanage and make it a place to thrive. All of that is extraordinary and selfless on its own, but this beautiful couple went the extra mile on their wedding day. Instead of registering for wedding gifts, Chad and Nattida instead asked their friends and family to donate to this cause. It was a gesture as beautiful as the two of them.

I was so honored to photograph Chad and Nattida’s wedding day. I discovered during their engagement session that they’re extremely fun to photograph so I couldn’t wait to do it again! And I wasn’t disappointed. If Chad and Nattida decided to marry each other over and over again every weekend, I’d be there, happily making photos.

Chad and Nattida, thank you for allowing me to share in your day. I wish nothing but the best for the both of you and all that you will accomplish! Thanks also to my second shooter Candice Benjamin and my assistant for the day, Erica Romero. Center of Attention Events planned and styled the lovely event.

See more of Chad and Nattida’s wedding day by watching the slideshow.

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ruffled wedding dress

bride looking at herself in mirror

Chad and Nattida’s dog, Doobie, was around the entire day. He looked pretty handsome in his tuxedo and he LOVED the ruffles in his mom’s dress. I couldn’t get enough of him!

dog sitting on wedding dress

While processing these photos I realized that the cuffs of Chad’s shirt are embroidered with his initials. Nice touch, Chad.

groom with embroidered cuff

wedding first look

bride and groom portraits

romantic bridal photo

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bride and groom wedding shoes

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Chad and Nattida chose to see each other before their ceremony because the day’s timeline wouldn’t allow for enough portraits otherwise. Chad was worried doing so would make the ceremony less emotional. What ended up happening was Chad and Nattida cried twice when seeing each other, instead of just once. Emotions x 2! :)

father and bride recessional

groom weeping at ceremony

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bride and groom just married

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wedding signature cocktail

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wedding cake and details

bride groom first dance

first dance father daughter

cupid shuffle wedding party

wedding toasts

bride and groom laughing at reception

See even more of Chad and Nattida’s beautiful wedding day by watching the slideshow!

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  • Ala - this wedding is so fab! also, i am dying for that pup!

  • Jillian - You are my favorite photographer! I want to have an event just so I can hire you again. Is 4 years long enough to renew wedding vows?!

  • Megan Welker - gorgeous wedding Heidi! LOVE LOVE LOVE those portraits. She is fierce. …and don’t even get me started on those shoes.

  • jenberry - great dancing & reception shots of the bride and groom. that dancing shot is adorable. i’m particularly drawn to the last photo. full of the moment.

  • Jaimie Dee - Atlanta Wedding Photographer - GREAT photography work!!! I LOVE it!!! :) And her shoes are absolutely gorgeous. Great use of ambient light at the reception as well! :) Good work!

  • Megan Sanders - That dog in the ruffles of her dress…there are no word!!! :)

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