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– Posted by +Raven [First Wedding Preview by Mark]

LeahAndMark.com | Miami Wedding Photographers | Gay WeddingWhen I was in High School, I was a theatre geek. Still am, actually.

Though I never made it into the production classes {those which put on performances people actually attended}, I dutifully took Acting I, II, and III. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty good. My teacher always complimented me, as did the other kids in the class.

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But one time, we got to partner with some of the kids from the production classes. It was my first on-stage kiss, and my first kiss ever, come to think of it. A Neil Simon scene. The guy I was working with was someone I greatly admired, someone I looked up to, someone with acting chops. Our performance came and went, but the comments from my teacher always stayed with me. She said it was the best I had ever done. And she’d seen me work through scenes for four years.

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I remain convinced that the better the people you surround yourself with, the better you are. I felt challenged when I was acting with him. Felt like I could be even better. Felt myself BE better.

And it was the same when I worked with Mark for the first time, down in Miami, Florida for Liz & Cristina’s wedding. Wait, first time? I know, it’s hard to believe. But Mark and I hadn’t ever shot a wedding together until Miami. Wouldn’t know it from how we worked together, though.

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Working with Mark for the first time was a pleasure. I love seeing how other people run shoots, especially weddings. And Mark? He’s fast. I mean damned fast. I got to see how he works a wedding. How those shots come to life.

It seems weird, I know, but I’m still learning. I don’t ever plan on stopping, either.

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Liz & Cristina are . . . how can I put this? FRAKKING AMAZING. Even before we met, in fact as soon as she found out I was shooting her wedding with Mark, she contacted me, listing the things we have in common and the reasons we should be friends. I fell head over heels for these two. And she introduced me to The Supersizers, something for which I shall always be grateful.

Recently, I found myself wondering what to call my partner, Nick. “Boyfriend” seems almost contrived, and really doesn’t even begin to scrape the surface of our relationship or my feelings for him. After meeting Liz & Cristina, I decided on “partner”. To see the two of them together is to completely and utterly understand how love is supposed to work.

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I know, love isn’t “supposed” to be anything. But they are it. They were more than together. Even before they were symbolically united as one person, they were two halves of a whole, and it was so radiantly obvious. They knew each other to an extent I was blown away by. Just being in the same room as them – hell, just in the same room as ONE of them – you feel brighter. They really are partners in life {and in crime!}.

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As we photographed the wedding weekend, I was a lucky witness to how they complemented each other, matched perfectly, worked together. The wedding was so beautiful, so well put together, so orchestrated while still being incredibly laidback.

Their wedding was one of the most absolutely happy events I’ve ever seen. Everyone was amazing. And I almost cried, TWICE. And although I’m a crybaby, weddings just don’t tend to get me often. Except this one.

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LeahAndMark.com | Miami Wedding Photographers | Gay Wedding

LeahAndMark.com | Miami Wedding Photographers | Gay Wedding

LeahAndMark.com | Miami Wedding Photographers | Gay Wedding

LeahAndMark.com | Miami Wedding Photographers | Gay Wedding

LeahAndMark.com | Miami Wedding Photographers | Gay Wedding

LeahAndMark.com | Miami Wedding Photographers | Gay Wedding

LeahAndMark.com | Miami Wedding Photographers | Gay Wedding

LeahAndMark.com | Miami Wedding Photographers | Gay Wedding

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Thank you, Liz & Cristina. Thank you. I wish we could hang out EVERY DAY. Because you’re that awesome.

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– Posted by Mark

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that we’ve recently been traveling all over the country to photograph some absolutely spectacular weddings.

[Berkeley, California] [Bethel, Maine] [New York, New York] [Waxhaw, North Carolina]

And today we get to show off Liz & Cristina and their wedding that took place this past weekend in Miami, Florida!

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+Raven and I arrived in Miami on Friday and we met up with the couple for lunch. Hey Cuban food I love you! Oh – AND it was especially great to FINALLY Meet Liz and Cristina. Seriously – they booked us almost two years ago back when we had only photographed two weddings. I have to admit that it was kind of… a new and scary thing to commit to photographing a wedding almost two years away. I mean, when they signed the contract and sent us the deposit, we had only photographed TWO weddings.

Luckily, I’m ridiculous and thought to myself ‘hey, whatever, let’s DO THIS.’

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So. I hope you look at these photos and notice a few things. Notice their dresses (of course), their boots, their BACON earrings, their epic church, the HENNA, the JUNGLE backyard – but most importantly – the Love.

Liz and Cristina spent their entire wedding day together. Obviously this is different from the normal ‘not seeing each other until the ceremony’ – but for Liz and Cristina it was the best choice and it fit them perfectly. With no one except for me and Raven hanging out with them (they didn’t have a wedding party following them around) it honestly felt like they were experiencing ALL of their wedding day, together. I’m probably not conveying this correctly – but hopefully you get the idea as you look through these photos from start to finish.

We’ve only had one other couple that got dressed together on their wedding day [Lauren & JD] and while it’s not necessarily better, it definitely makes for a different day, a different feeling. Especially on what can be such a hectic and crazy and stressful day – to be able to spend ALL OF IT with your spouse – I don’t know why more couples don’t do it that way.

As anyone who’s ever gotten married knows, it’s easy to feel like your wedding is for everyone except you and your spouse. So take a moment and see how Liz & Cristina spent their wedding day together, with each other, and really made it a day just for the two of them.

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Miami

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Miami

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Miami

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Miami

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Miami

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LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Miami

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Miami

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Thank you Liz & Cristina for having us. You. Are. Awesome.

 

ATL: Acceptance, Tolerance, Love

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The infamous Westboro Baptist Church has been hanging around Atlanta the past 2 days.  These are the folks who hold hate-filled signs at military funerals, Jewish community centers, and high schools all over the nation.

Grady High School student Becca Daniels wanted to spread a different message, so she organized a demonstration of her own, and Atlantans from all walks of life came out in droves to show their support and share messages of love and acceptance.

It was a pretty awesome sight.  Including angels with 10-foot-tall wings.

The Westboro group… all 8 or so of them… left after 30 minutes, but the ATL group continued their demonstration all along 10th Street.

I am proud of my city.

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