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FIVE Reasons Why Your Wedding Will Be THE BEST EVER

We don’t really give compliments around here unless we mean it. There is a disease among wedding photographers that forces them to literally vomit these words in all of their wedding recap posts:

  • This wedding was amazing
  • This couple was amazing and so in love
  • How amazing is her dress, these flowers, this blah blah blah
  • This was the most beautiful blah blah blah
  • I can’t believe blah blah blah
  • This couple was so in Love blah blah blah

Since I have fulfilled my quota of using the words “vomit”, and “disease”, we can now talk about the 5 Reasons why your wedding will be the best f*cken amazing piece of awesome anyone has ever seen.

We will start at the top because your attention span is short and you’re probably reading this at work.

1. You and your partner decided to get married because YOU WANTED TO. Not because other people said, “Hey, it’s been 9 years, maybe you should get married.” Not because it made sense tax-wise. Not because one of you got knocked up. You sat down for a second and really asked each other – do I want to get married to this person? It’s a separate question from ‘Why do I want to marry this person’. And you decided YES motherf*cker I wanna marry YOU.

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2.  Sure you had a hard time picking and choosing things but in the end you at least figured out what you DO NOT WANT – and you said to the haters – “Shut up! This is OUR Wedding, Not Yours”… I’m kidding – of course I’m kidding… sure there are a lot of choices and you still have some to decide on – but you really worked hard to not include things in your wedding that wouldn’t make you happy. Because doing the opposite of that means that you are putting things in your wedding that will make you sad.


3. You hired an amazingly talented wedding photographer that will make sure you look ridiculous awesome and epic in your photos. Nothing else needs to be said.

4. After months and months of planning – you’ve resigned yourself to that fact that what really matters is that the two of you get married, you’re surrounded by the people closest to you, and although it will be one of the best days of your life – there are so many more ahead for the both of you together.

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Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner

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This is a subject very dear to our hearts – mostly because there are so many god awful wedding coordinators that are useless and difficult at the same time. (In the same way there are so many bad “rockstar” photographers as well.)

Still – we always recommend hiring a wedding coordinator. Or designer, or planner, or whatever title they’ve created for themselves – someone to coordinate your crazy wedding day. (It’s crazy. You might not think it’s crazy, but it’s bonkers.)

We’ve worked with some amazing planners that could do magic at the drop of a hat. Need a new venue the week of your wedding because your first one turned out to be total F*ckers? Taken care of. Need someone to tell your photographer that he needs to stop being a self absorbed diva? DONE.

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Your wedding is too important. There are a lot details and things that need to happen that you don’t know about. Not because you’re dumb – but because it’s not your job to coordinate weddings 50 weekends a year. You’ve never had to coordinate the flow of 300 guests from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception while the bride and groom have been kidnapped by the photographer for photos, the band is loving the open bar too much, and the caterer is an hour behind schedule!

Hire a great wedding coordinator. You won’t know everything they did for you – and that’s kind of the point.

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All Photos by LeahAndMark & Co.

A few wedding planners you should consider:

Stella-Harper Events (Atlanta, GA.)

Natalie Bradley Events (Athens, GA.)

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Wednesday by Leah: Sleep!

– Posted by Leah

If you are a sleep-deprived parent, please don’t read this blog post!

Everyone else – I am happy to report that I’m getting a decent amount of sleep! Which is probably the biggest surprise of this parenting adventure for me. I didn’t expect to be getting as much sleep as I do, but Jonah is a super easy baby – he wakes up generally once or twice to nurse for 5 minutes and then falls back to sleep. He’s been doing that for the past 3 weeks. Before then, he was still nursing every two hours, and peeing and pooping about as often. But as he’s grown, he’s started going longer between feedings in the evening and he also doesn’t pee or poop quite so often. Which means more sleep for both of us!

Before Jonah came, I thought we’d use the Arm’s Reach co-sleeper from the get-go. It’s set up right next to our bed, so Jonah can be close by. But then Jonah arrived and he was so tiny and precious, and nursing so often, that he ended up just sleeping on my chest. Even the co-sleeper was too far away – when I would put him in it, I couldn’t sleep. I would just watch him and make sure he was breathing. On my chest, I knew he was breathing because I could feel him. I would prop myself up with pillows, and could nurse him easily throughout the night. And that’s how we slept at first. No, it is NOT the recommended way to sleep. But even the slightest movement from him would wake me up, so I wasn’t worried about his safety – if anything, I felt like he was more safe with me than lying in a bassinet, because I could keep him warm and make sure he was breathing.

Now that he’s sleeping for longer stretches, he sleeps beside me. Still not in the co-sleeper, but I think sometime between 3 and 6 months we’ll transition him over there, and then between 6 and 12 months we’ll transition him to his room. What’s worked great for me and Mark is for me to sleep on my own for a few hours in the earlier part of the evening, while Mark hangs out with Jonah. Then I wake up for a snack (breastfeeding makes me more hungry than pregnancy did!!!), and I take Jonah while Mark’s goes to sleep. Jonah nurses and then we both fall asleep…then he wakes up 4 hours later and nurses again, and falls right back to sleep, and Mark usually gets a full stretch of sleep – 6 to 8 hours.

And that’s what works for us. Which is really the point of this post, other than me being really excited that Mark and I are both getting sleep, period! This is not how I pictured the whole sleep thing working out, but it most definitely is working out for us. This is not what the parenting books say to do, this is not what our pediatrician recommends, but it’s what works for us. And while I understand the concerns about co-sleeping, intuitively this feels right for us, for our family. And practically, it’s allowing us all to get a good night’s sleep. So that’s what we’re doing.

StandUp for Kids and Everyone Else

Anna & Chris came over last Tuesday evening and hung out. Sure it might not sound like much – but you have to understand that this was the 1st time that Leah and I have ever had anyone over to our place (on purpose) to just hangout. Our last place was so unbearable that we just never had anyone over – ever – at least not for hours at a time and just hanging out.

Oh Look. A Sandwich!

This is the turkey sandwich that Leah got for me on her way home last night. It’s from Alon’s Bakery in the Virginia-Highlands area and ummmm yeah – it ROCKED as much as this picture makes it look. That was a Great sandwich. I don’t even really like sandwiches that much (I say that… and then I realize that yeah – yeah I do.) Oh. Here’s another look! Food! Food!

… I’ve been really busy with things at work and life in general (school/work/school/not having a working dryer) – and I feel like I haven’t been reading people’s blogs lately – but I have! I just haven’t been commenting as much since I’ve been reading them all thru NewsGator – I think someone else said the same thing happened to them. But still. Ummm Don’t know where I was going with this. Y’all are awesome? Right!

In other news – have you ever tried to make your own social network? Like, say your name is Leah – and instead of Myspace, you create LeahSpace – where everyone gets their own individual ‘page’ and everyone can network with everyone else and blah blah blah.

Background!: StandUp for Kids is completely volunteer run except for like 2 people (maybe just 1) – and in each city a group of organized volunteers go out onto the streets on a regular basis and hand out food and hygiene packs to homeless youth. Some cities only have ‘street teams’ and other ones – like here in Atlanta, have actual Outreach Centers. At the center, we also give out the food/hygiene packs but also provide a dinner, shower facilities, computers, legal help, medical care (nurse!), ID/Social Security cards (help getting), and even housing aid.

But again – all volunteer run.

Enough of that though. SO. Birthdays are sometimes the end of the line for kids and their time spent at StandUp – when they turn 22 they are no longer eligible to receive our services. Last night one of the regular youth had her 22nd birthday and so, along with goodbyes – there was cake.

Oh it’s getting Late. I love Leah!

Moving Our Couch to the Curb


We decided that we were going to get a new couch/sofa when we moved to the new apartment. Our current one is a pull-out sofa bed and it was just torn up (by our cats) and old. Since it was an old pullout, that meant that the metal frame was actually iron – which meant that the whole sofa was REALLY heavy as far as sofas go these days. So moving it out of the house and to the curb was going to take some work. Coupled with the fact that Leah’s wearing a wrist brace right now – this wasn’t going to be easy. However, given my general stubborness when it comes to moving heavy objects (I can do it!) – I secretly vetoed Leah’s plan of helping me, and decided that I should do this when she wasn’t at home and was instead taking care of her mom/visiting her grand mother.

Couch Moving 

I can’t have some rational woman yelling at me to stop moving heavy objects – since I’m obviously not going to listen – it didn’t work when I/we moved the washer and drier up/down/up the stairs, and it was not going to work in this situation either.

After removing all of the other junk we had sitting in the front room (chairs, bikes, boxes) I put One-Two and Three-Four in the bedroom and literally pushed the couch thru the living room, out the front door, and then slid it down the front steps. That was the easy part. The couch doesn’t really slide too well on sidewalk/concrete. So it took some scraping/pushing/pulling to get it to the point you see up above.


But I couldn’t just drag it up the driveway – I don’t think it would’ve made it all the way and the scraping was making a really horrible sound. So I just sort of horizontally flipped it end by end, in a circle. The side closest to you in the left picture is the side furthest from you in the right picture. Doing it this way, I only had to lift one end and then walk it to the ‘other side’.


See? It kind of crawled up the driveway like that. 🙂 But when I got it onto the grass, things got slightly rougher because the ’feet’ were digging into the dirt – I don’t know why I didn’t just keep going up the paved driveway.

Now if you’re wondering who took the pictures – I did of course. I stopped after each turn, grabbed the camera and snapped a shot. But eventually I did get it to the curb.


And you may ask, “Why didn’t you ask for help?” – well, this is the price I pay for not having any friends close by – (not true, I could’ve probably asked Chris of Chris & Anna) – but also the price I’ve always paid for just being too stubborn to ask for help – especially when I can clearly just lift the heavy object and get the job done. *Hulk is Strong!*

Oh yeah. Doing this on a cool day is one thing – but yesterday was kind of warm and humid – so I was really sweating after the 23 minutes it took to do this. Also, in case you were wondering if I could’ve asked any passers-by for help – the only people who passed by were women running/walking with kids in their strollers.

When Leah did get home there was still more than enough daylight to take more photos.