Mai + Justin's Historic Augusta Wedding Preview

Hermine ushered in Labor Day with thick, dark clouds pouring out torrential rain. Luckily for us, the storm pushed through just quick enough to bring on more-than-welcomed warm weather and sunny skies for Mai and Justin’s wedding the following Saturday. The beautiful weather felt like a sign that the day was sure to be perfect, and, boy, was it!

The girls started off the wedding day bright and early with luxurious pampering at Cucumber and Mint in Surrey Center. The light and airy salon, accented by charming wood finishes, provided a serene atmosphere for the ladies of the wedding day to get prettied up. I feel as though it’s necessary to mention that as we were taking bridal portraits later in the day, a car stopped on the side of the road so that a passenger could ask us who fixed the bride’s hair and makeup. Not only is this a testament to the talented artists at Cucumber and Mint (Merrill and Crystal, in this case), but it also means Mai looked so gorgeous she was literally stopping traffic!

After the girls finished at the salon, they headed over to Bodega Ultima (also in Surrey Center) for lunch and coffee, while I made my way to the venue to start location scouting, and wow, what a setting! The Augusta Museum of History is a stunning brick structure housing glossy floors, large scale windows, iron balconies, and towering columns. There was an homage to Great Gatsby throughout the day with 1920s inspired decor, blue and gold detailing, and feather and pearl accents sweeping into the centerpieces and bouquets. Mai’s family hails from Japan, and she created origami paper cranes to grace the tables and provide a meaningful touch from her family’s rich culture. The details added an extra bit of sparkle to the already beautiful museum.

One of the highlights of the wedding day was the first look with Justin and then Mai’s parents shortly thereafter. As I mentioned, the weather was sunny, but in the afternoon it was getting a bit too hot for portraits. Thankfully the museum provided an ideal location for photos due to its tall, white ceilings draped with cafe lights, and we opted for the second floor balcony for the first look (and everyone stayed about 30 degrees cooler!). First looks are generally one of my favorite moments during a wedding day, and I love that Mai requested to have one not just with her now-husband, but also with her parents and brother. Seeing your wife, daughter, or sister dolled up in her wedding gown for the first time is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and I love that I was able to capture it for them.

Mai and Justin’s wedding was beautiful with sweet details, and there was so much love flooding the room. Here’s to a lifetime of sunshine, Kings!


Coordinator: Amanda Brewer

Videography: Reflexio Digital

Hair and Makeup: Merrill and Crystal at Cucumber and Mint

Venue: Augusta Museum of History 

Florals: The Bloom Closet 

Dress: House of the Bride

Cake: The Southern Sweet Shoppe

Catering: Roux's Catering