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Lean and Healthy: Black Bean Salad with Chicken and Rice Bowl | Wedding Details

My family loves to eat salsa & chips and anything meal related to Mexican food. However, the healthiness of that type of food is not very good. So, when my family had to make a change for the better in terms of eating earlier this year, we tried out some new recipes. One of those recipes was a Black Bean Salad with Corn and Red Peppers, and this is a fabulous dish for a bride and groom looking to get on a healthy-eating regimen for their wedding day. To make it a meal, we started making a delicious chicken and rice bowl to accompany it.

XO,
Alexis

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BLACK BEAN SALAD WITH CORN AND RED PEPPERS

Ingredients:

  • 2 15-ounce cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut off
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • green onion, chopped (as much as desired)
  • Salt to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Lime zest (as desired)

Directions:

  • Mix everything to together in a large bowl.
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours to let the cilantro taste settle into the other ingredients.
  • Serve cold.

Serves 6-8 people.

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CHICKEN AND RICE BOWL

Ingredients:

  • Yellow rice (can switch this up if you desire)
  • Grilled chicken
  • Some of the Black Bean Salad

Directions:

  • Cook rice according to directions
  • Grill chicken
  • Place rice in bottom of bowl
  • Place grilled chicken on top with the Black Bean Salad added as desired
  • Make it your own by adding any other ingredients you wish

Serve and enjoy!

P.S. Add a little avocado to the Black Bean Salad and your family will be asking for seconds.

(All photos provided by Alexis Hardman of Chancey Charm) 

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A Q&A with Haley Sheffield Photography | Atlanta Wedding Photographers

Happy spring, ladies! This month I’m proud to present a very special photographer—Haley Sheffield. Haley’s stunning work has been featured many times on the Chancey Charm blog, but this month she was kind enough to answer a few questions about her company, her inspiration, & more.

What I love most about Haley and her photos is the genuine and intimate quality that shines through in every moment she captures. Haley is a very down-to-earth gal. She is family-oriented and cares about what really matters to you. When you book her, you’re guaranteed to have 100% dedication to capturing the most important moments of your big day as well as the little, personal details. So go ahead and read all about Haley and check out her extraordinary images.

XO,
Kim

 Q: When did you first start taking photos professionally?

A: I started taking photos professionally in January of 2010. I found myself pouring over the art of photography and spending hours upon hours in the bookstore reading on the technical side of photography. As 2010 progressed, I found my bearings in portrait work and in early 2011, fell in love with photographing weddings.

Q: What camera do you usually shoot with, and what’s your go-to lens?

A: Currently, I use the Canon 5D Mark II to photograph my work. Majority of my photographs are captured with the Canon 50mm 1.2 lens–so crisp and dreamy!

Q: Where do you draw inspiration from?

A: I am mostly inspired by old photographs, nature (flowers, namely), and poetry. I love being reminded of the timelessness of a photograph—the honesty of a memory made tangible. Beyond the latest photography trend, the photographs I capture on a wedding day will be seen for generations to come. These things inspire me. In addition, there are few things that inspire me more than sitting outside on a sunny day with a good book and a vanilla latte. My favorite poetry of late is from Mary Oliver, who writes the most beautiful imagery-filled poems about nature.

Q: Other than the bride and groom, who are your favorite wedding people to shoot and why?

A: My favorite people to photograph on the wedding day (aside from the bride and groom) are the elderly couples on the dance floor. Nothing melts my heart more than seeing a love aged by life, having withstood the test of time.

Q: Describe your mindset going into a photo shoot. What kind of attitude does a photographer bring to the atmosphere?

A: Oftentimes when preparing for a photo session, I have a good cup of coffee, browse my Pinterest boards, and do something away from the computer. I believe it’s my job to show up both inspired and with a positive attitude. As in love as my couples are, the anxiousness of taking photos can be a tremendous distraction to their natural inclination of happiness towards each other. I do my very best to direct their attention away from their anxieties about photos and in towards each other. I want my couples to remember their session as a fun and meaningful experience, rather than “just that time we took photos”. I also believe the session is an opportunity for me to encourage them as a couple and echo the love they share, both verbally and in the photos. It can be great to have someone else take note of how special your connection is, and even more exciting to see that in photos!

Q: What is your favorite part about engagement and wedding shoots?

A: My favorite part about photographing engagements and weddings is definitely the idea that I am documenting memories. When he looks at her that way and I capture that moment, I am moved by the thought that the bride and groom might pull out that photo ten years from now and be reminded of the love they share. When I capture a real laugh and smile from the couple, I can only think of how meaningful that photo will be to their grandchildren 60 years from now, when looking through the old photo album and exclaiming “you look so happy here, grandma!” (Honestly, I’m getting teary-eyed just writing this!)

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?

A: My advice to aspiring photographers would be to learn your craft well, don’t fret about using the latest equipment, and realize the value of what you do as a photographer. It’s not about your equipment and not about your technique, but when you know the basics of photography and how to use a camera (whether new or old), the technicalities will be second-nature, and you can focus on what is going on in front of you and how you want to capture that moment forever. What you do is immensely valuable. Don’t get caught up in the overwhelming pressure of the industry or the opportunities that so-and-so recently received. Instead, find purpose in the beautiful moments you’ve been chosen to capture. Know that the photos you take today won’t just be a profile picture or a feature on a wedding blog, but will be a treasure to your clients in their journey ahead.

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A Groom’s Wedding Attire Guide | Wedding Details

It’s no secret that weddings are usually centered around the bride, what gown she’s wearing, her flowers, her hair… Unfortunately, it seems like most grooms get lost in the background, but not today! What a groom wears on his wedding day is just as important as his blushing bride, it does happen only once in a lifetime after all! Depending on the time of day and the formality of the wedding, there are many options for groom’s wedding attire, it can be as classic or as individualized as you desire!

The Tuxedo

The most traditional of all wedding attire options is the tuxedo. Generally, tuxedos are black or navy and are worn with a pleated white button down and cumberbund or vest. While grooms have had more liberty to personalize their look in recent years, the tuxedo remains the dominant option for nighttime weddings and formal affairs. On distinguishing tuxedos from suits, tuxedos are more tailored and also incorporate an element of silk, often on the collar, pockets, and sides of the pants. All in all, tuxedos exude a classic elegance that is unmatched by any other attire option.

The Suit

Not all men feel comfortable in a tuxedo; perhaps it’s not fitting for his personality or the weather will be too warm for an all-black ensemble. Whatever the reason, a suit provides grooms a more approachable option for wedding attire. Because suits are less formal than the traditional tuxedo they lend themselves perfectly to outdoor and daytime weddings. Suits can easily be customized to fit the tone of your wedding. Generally worn with a collared button down shirt, they can be dressed up by adding a vest or dressed down by choosing a light-colored material.

The Military Uniform

Not only are military uniforms patriotic, they’re also incredibly sophisticated and absolutely stunning in wedding photos! If you are a military serviceman (thank you for your service!), consider wearing your dress uniform on your wedding day. Aside from the elegance that a dress uniform adds to your wedding, it’s the ultimate personalization of your attire!

While there are many options to consider when choosing wedding attire, most important is what you feel comfortable wearing. Your attire should be reflective of not only wedding tone but also of your personality! If you would never wear a bow tie, then don’t wear one on your wedding day either! The more comfortable you are with your attire the more that will translate to confidence and poise on your wedding day.

xoxo,
Grace

P.S. We just welcomed a fabulous vendor in the Southeast that caters to offering gentlemen bespoke suits for their wedding day and on. Say hello to T. Galyon Clothiers!

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(Photo provided by Tec Petaja Photography)

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(Photo provided by Tec Petaja Photography)

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(Photo provided by Kamariah Hajner)

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