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City Mouse | by +Krista

A few days ago, I had a shoot in the country. As in, “Keep going ‘til you pass the third cow pasture on your left- and then park in the dirt” country. Now I technically define the town that I live in, on the outskirts of the outskirts of Atlanta suburbia, as the country… but this. This was different. It was quiet and peaceful and beautiful.

Alexis and Eddie made an epic trek- (seriously, anyone willing to come down from Chattanooga for a photo shoot with me is all kinds of awesome in my book)- to our location. A sunflower field. And it really was beautiful.

The farm itself is incredible. Fifteen acres of sunflowers to wander through, and at sundown, when we were there, the light casting out over the flowers literally took my breath away. It was lovely. (It was also full of about 700 billion bumble bees. And being a photographer who is frequently outside, ya know, photographing things, I’m deathly afraid of bees. Krista sees bee. Krista runs free. Well. Not really. But I’ll hustle you and my camera away from the bees in about 1.2 seconds.)

But Alexis and Eddie. They were brave. They were also adorably silly and just NICE. We laughed- sometimes at me and those damn bees, sometimes at Alexis and her constant Thor references about Eddie, who actually does look A LOT like Thor. (Especially Thor from “Adventures in Babysitting”.)

All this country talk is interesting to me. For about as long as we’ve been married, my husband and I have talked about moving. Finding our spot, putting down our roots, finding the best school systems and the best sushi take-out. That talk has resurfaced in the last year, almost like our feet are itching for a new adventure. And for us, our next adventure will hopefully take us someplace bustling and noisy and humming with lights. City mice, we are.

But the last six years that we’ve spent here, in our very first home in my version of the country, living our lives and feathering our nest and adding a few babies, has changed me. Yes. I complain when our town shuts down at eight o’clock on a Saturday night. And yes. I miss having Whole Foods and a movie theater close by. But somewhere in between all the living we’ve been doing these past few years, I realized that the “country” isn’t all that bad. On summer nights, we sit in our front yard, sprawled out in the grass with our girls, and catch fireflies. On cold winter nights, snow dusting our house if we’re lucky, our neighborhood sits so still and silent, it almost feels like a painting. And sunsets over the farmland nearby? Amazing. Really, there’s nothing like it.

So. Alexis and Eddie, thank you. For making the trip out, for being beautiful and so much fun, and for reminding me that, Whole Foods or not, whenever the time comes and we make our reverse migration back into city life, that I’m going to miss it out here a little bit too. Especially the fireflies. (Just not the bees.)

Katie + Jamie | N.C. Wedding Preview

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– Posted by Leah

This is my friend Katie.  And her brand-new husband Jamie!  Katie and I trekked in Tibet together.  Ate dal bhat in Nepal.  Met the Dalai Lama in India.  We’ve had some awesome adventures, because Katie and I are awesome people.  And also because we did a Tibetan Studies semester abroad back in 2003.

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Intense months of travel in developing countries can test a person, can wear you down, can make a not-so-nice side of you come out.  But Katie doesn’t have a not-so-nice side.  Or if she does, it’s buried so deep that even sickness, freezing temps, physical exhaustion, and a lack of hot, running water can’t bring it out.  Katie is truly one of the sweetest, happiest people I know.  So I was super excited when she asked us to come photograph her wedding at her parents’ horse farm.  A.) Because I got to see Katie again and B.) Because I like events that celebrate really nice, happy people.  Oh, and C.) because I like horse farms, too!!

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So we packed up our gear and asked Intern Jo to come along (because being 28 weeks pregnant is not conducive to running around a horse farm taking photos), and we headed to North Carolina for a beautiful Labor Day Wedding Weekend.  And we discovered that Intern Jo does nails!  So she gave the bride a french manicure at the salon.  (Like we always say, we are full-service photographers!)

 

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And we took an obligatory mirror shot.  With BabyRox.

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And then it was time to get married.  But first we asked Katie to hang her dress up in the barn.  Cuz that’s what you do when you’re at a horse farm and someone is getting married.

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

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Enough with the dress shots – Katie needed to get IN the dress.  Which wasn’t quite as easy as one would hope….

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

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Katie wasn’t sweating it, though.  She’s a laid-back bride, and she’s got her awesome Katie sweetness.  Plus, she looked AMAZING.  And with some help from her mom and the bridesmaids, the stubborn zipper was finally fixed and Katie was free to see her Jamie and get married.

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

Oh!  This cake was amazing.  It was a comic strip!  And 4 different flavors.

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

And we can’t forget the wedding chariot…

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | North Carolina

Congrats, Katie and Jamie.  We had so much fun with y’all!!  Thank you for a wonderful weekend, and for being so kind even when Mark made you take pictures in the grass with crickets hopping on you.  Big hugs to you!

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