Wedding Bells are Ringing At Cowan Historic Mill | Alyssa and Matthew

Mathew and Alyssa’s wedding at Cowan Historic Mill located in Georgia was nothing short but magical. It was a pure vision from the bride and groom and let me be the first to tell you the details in this wedding were EVERYTHING! I cannot wait to take you on this wedding day journey and the love story between these two University of North Georgia love birds.

wedding photo, bride and groom posing side to side at a historical wedding venue

Engagement Session at Millennium  Gate

Mathew and Alyssa began working with me back in 2020 when I first started on my photography journey using more moody brown colors. They always loved my photography style and when they got engaged I was so honored they chose me to be their photographer and videographer!

I took their engagement photos around Atlanta in the area around Millennium Gate Museum. Their chemistry is completely contagious and they were super comfortable in front of the camera. We even ended the session with a good old trip to Taco Bell!

I always tell my clients that engagement photos are so important because they can be used for a variety of things. From home decor, save the dates, and elements of your wedding. Alyssa and Mathew totally followed through with that by incorporating their photos as wedding decor pieces like their guest book and framed photos. (Scroll below to check it out!)

Getting Ready!

Their wedding took place on January 20th and the day was beautiful. The getting ready process was a breeze and Laura Cross Makeup Artistry killed it with Alyssa’s hair and makeup as well as her bridal party. I loved Alyssa’s dress and the train she had. It was from Belfiore Bridal. It not only photographed so well, but looked even more beautiful in person. The lace on the train looked one of a kind. We even almost had a near miss when someone knocked over a glass onto a bit of her dress! We were able to save it with some cleaning solution and the holy grail: a tide pen!

It’s All In The Details!

No personal touch the bride and groom included on their special day didn’t go unnoticed. Alyssa and Mathew had a vision for their wedding and I was so eager to be able to capture every moment of it. Alyssa had tons of different flat lay options ready for us to use. She really trusted me, and as a photographer, my relationship and trust between my client and I is so important to me. I would show her different photos we took during and after and I can see how excited she got seeing what we were able to create!

With the ceremony coming close, our bridal party photos started rolling in! My assistants took the Groomsmen’s photos on the train tracks. The timing was perfect as the train had stopped to load supplies. The lighting was every photographer’s dream and it created perfect shots in the shade for Mathew and his groomsmen. I love how these photos came out!

Alyssa’s bridesmaid’s photos we decided would be perfect right by the entrance of the venue. The white brick background worked perfect with the vision I was going for. Alyssa’s bridal portraits were on the second level of the venue which included a lot of editorial and moody photos with the hard sunlight peaking it. It allowed me to experiment with different lighting and shadows, and my client’s allowing me to try something new is an honor and the end result of these were awesome!

Bridal Gown: (Instagram) @belfiorebridal
Florist: (Instagram) @herehopeblooms

Cowan Historic Mill

Cowan Historic Mill is such an amazing venue. It has so much to offer as well as different floors with different lighting so you can get a lot of variety. It offers an indoor ceremony site which is the route that Alyssa and Matthew went with. It does get tricky with lighting so me and my team made sure to use our spotlights to give enough lighting to the couple and make the photos and videos match our clean moody style. I think it is worth considering a photographer and videographer that uses indoor lighting like this to get the best possible photos and videos.

Cowan Historic Mill also has a handful of places to take photos off site. We ended up going to the park within 5 minutes away to take their photos. Afterward, we found an elevator by the bridge and took some trendy flash photos I got from my inspiration board. Mathew and Alyssa were amazing with me and my team at all these locations. This gave their wedding gallery has so much variety with different lighting and backgrounds!

Time To Party!

We made it back to the venue with spare time for the reception after the ceremony. Again, we love using lighting that we set up to give the best possible quality and background separation. This worked out best for the night time reception photos. The photos and videos ended up looking incredible with the lighting peeking through the background and onto our couple! With my videography style, I also really like incorporating audio from reception speeches to make our videos really intimate and personable. To make this possible, we work with DJ’s to use our audio equipment to pull from their audio.

During the dancing, they had glow sticks that looked incredible in the photos. With my style, I switched over to a flash system that makes everything look very vintage. Their guests at their wedding had a blast. Their reception was filled with personal touches, surprise dances and gestures. While you scroll, take a look at their cake! They had two, one personalized for the bride and groom who LOVES Spiderman. (Fun Fact, Spiderman was a major inspo for the groom’s all black tux and some of his poses on the big day!)

At the end of the night, the newly married couple stepped out to cheers from all their guests holding up their glow sticks and cheering once more to the bride and groom! A last kiss locked in and ended an amazing day. With the 2023 wedding season coming up, I cannot wait to photograph more weddings not only at this amazing venue but venture out and see what else is in store! If you’re in the Georgia area and looking for a photographer for this venue or any venue please be sure to look at my website for package details and ways to contact me!


Caterer: (Facebook) Adrianes Delectables Catering

Florist: (Instagram) herehopeblooms

Hair/Makeup: (Instagram) lauracrossmakeupartistry

Bakery: (Facebook) Ricks Cakes and Pastries 

DJ: (Facebook) MSA Entertainment

Coffee Bar: (Instagram) travelintomscoffee

Event Rentals: (Instagram)

Bridal Gown: (Instagram) belfiorebridal

Coordinator: (Instagram) starrloweevents

Venue: (Instagram) thecowanhistoricmill

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  1. Jonathan Brown says:

    The pictures look amazing, Congratulations you two!

  2. Jorge Isidoro says:

    These look great! What a way to savor the memory.

  3. Amy Jeanette Wallin says:

    Congratulations to the Bride and Groom! Beautiful pictures of such a memorable day. Best wishes!

  4. Joanna Clark says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful wedding.

  5. Destiny says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

  6. Sharon Crittenden says:

    Such beautiful captures and love story details of these special two. The pictures are amazing!

  7. Brad Leverrett says:

    Such a beautiful day. You guys picked the perfect venue, with absolutely amazing vendors. Your photographer did such a great job of capturing the day. Love you guys.

  8. Jarred says:

    Wedding was beautiful. Great pictures!

  9. Kevin Prewett says:

    Incredible pics! The one in front of the bridge is my favorite.

  10. Kimberly Dotson says:

    Congrats to the bride and groom! Alyssa, wow!! Such a gorgeous bride. The gown is absolutely beautiful. The venue looked incredible. The photographer did an amazing job at capturing all the special moments for Alyssa and Matthew. I especially loved the delicate details in the charm attached to Alyssa bouquet. May this be the beginning of a lifelong journey for the happy couple.

  11. Rebecca Barnette says:

    These are wonderful! So sad I could not be there to see this in person but your photographer did a spectacular job capturing all the lovely details!! So happy for you two!

  12. Delma sanders says:

    Congratluations. Beautiful

  13. Kristi Butler says:

    Great pictures!

  14. Roy Cope says:

    Such beautiful memories of an amazing couple, a gorgeous venue, and so many special events that occurred on your special day!

  15. ANGELA COPE says:

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple…such sweet memories for the entire family!

  16. Atta Brefo says:

    These pictures came out to be absolutely perfect , the angles , the lighting , and even the contrast were spot on. Genuinely some of the best wedding photos I’ve ever seen.

  17. Denise Butler says:

    Beautiful wedding and great pictures! Photographer captured such sweet moments!

  18. Jake says:

    A absolute gorgeous wedding ceremony.
    Alyssa looked stunning and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Matthew look that good and smile that much before. Best wishes to the both of them. Everyone was having an amazing time with plenty of memories made.
    Food was amazing as well as the drinks and coffee.

  19. Austin says:

    Such a beautiful wedding between two beautiful people! I love y’all ❤️

  20. Isaac says:

    You guys did an amazing job!

  21. Kayla Shalongo says:

    Beautiful dress and beautiful wedding! Love the photos 💜

  22. Dwain Lyons says:

    Great pictures and venue.

  23. I love all of the pictures!

  24. Renee Lyons says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  25. Daphne Lin says:

    The photos were incredible!! The wedding was beautiful and was captured perfectly. Such a wonderful memory for everyone.

  26. Daphne Lin says:

    Love these pictures! The wedding was beautifully captures.

  27. Lillian Pinke says:

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful wedding!!

  28. Cynthia Brown says:

    The day was incredible. You captured amazing details and we felt as you and your team we part of the family. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job!

  29. Alyssa says:

    We are so glad we know you and your team! You have all truly been so amazing to work with, and we couldn’t imagine working with anyone else. Thank you guys for always going above and beyond and producing the BEST work.

  30. Reanna Story says:

    The pictures capture the beauty of the day perfectly!

  31. Irene Houngblame says:

    This day was captured so wonderfully and I’m so incredibly happy for matthew and alyssa!

  32. Tiffany Boyd says:

    Absolutely breathtaking!!!!

  33. Kaitlyn Halsey says:

    These photos capture such a beautiful day for an even more beautiful couple!!

  34. Patty Gatlin says:

    Alyssa and Matthew. Wow. Your wedding photos are beautiful, atmospheric, unpretentious, quirky, fun, poignant and so unique. I enjoyed them all and feel like I know so much more about y’all. What wonderful memories y’all created. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Megan says:

    Thank you so much for capturing all the beautiful moments on this day- you and your team made everyone feel so connected and happy to celebrate Matthew and Alyssa’s wedding. I’ve never loved a batch of pictures so much!

  36. Rita Cantrell says:

    The photography team did an AMAZING job capturing Matthew and Alyssa’s love on camera! Their personalities were highlighted in every photo. This was such a beautiful wedding; the entire team working behind the scene was professional and truly exceptional in their talent and work.
    Congratulations Matthew and Alyssa!

  37. Tracy Johnson says:

    Beautiful pictures for such an amazing couple.

  38. Rainey Cook says:

    These pictures are absolutely amazing! I love the way the setting is done on every single picture.And I have shown them to all my work friends.

  39. Ian Rowatt says:

    Amazing pictures! Emma was finally caught in 4K making that face at Matthew

  40. Emma Leverrett says:

    These pictures captured all of the beauty of this day! Love them!

  41. Jason says:

    Those are great pictures of great people. Love it!

  42. Talisyn Ridley says:

    Beautiful wedding and love the photography. You captured the true essence of Alyssa and Matthew.

  43. Stacey Cox says:

    These pictures are absolutely amazing!

  44. Grace Films says:

    Yesss loved filming with you guys! And Matthew and Alyssa were amazing!

  45. Amanda Lawler says:

    The pictures are absolutely stunning and the venue was beautiful!!

  46. Matthew Brown says:

    We are so happy with ye results! Andres and his team could not have done a better job. Not only where they so professional but they made taking pictures fun and natural and that really comes out in the finished project! I would recommend Andres and his crew to any couples looking to capture their big day in the best way possible!

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  48. Carly Gordon says:

    Yaaaaas!!!! Love it!!

  49. Great job!! We loved your work

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