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Wednesday by Leah: Anniversary!

Today marks 3 years of marriage for me and Mark! And the first Friday of this month was our 7th year together. When I look back over our relationship, I can’t believe that I was just 23 when we met. I wasn’t thinking about marriage then. Mark was just supposed to be a guy I dated for fun until I moved to Nepal. Because I was going to have an adventurous, exciting, and kinda crazy life… and I thought I needed to move to Nepal to do that.

Oh, 23-year-old Leah, you have no idea just how awesome life can be, and you don’t even have to be living in Nepal.

There are many things I love about Mark, and many reasons I decided not to move to Nepal, but one of my favorite things about Mark is what a great father he is. I knew he would be. It was one of his most attractive qualities, really. Even before I was considering marrying the guy, I was sure he would be an amazing dad. I loved how he treated kids with respect and humor. I loved how kids loved HIM. And I loved the fact that even at the age of 26, even just 2 weeks into dating, he openly voiced his desire to be a father. There was no wavering, no “maybe in 10 years I’d like some kids”… it was just an enthusiastic YES! OF COURSE I WANT TO BE A DAD! I love his certainty in the face of something so terrifying and life-changing and huge. It helps me get through my own fears and doubts. YES! WE ARE GONNA ROCK THIS PARENTING THING!

Photo by Arrow & Apple

Parenting is hard work. I’m glad I have a partner who is up to the challenge. Who understands that it IS okay for boys to cry or play with dolls or wear colorful leg warmers. Who knows the importance of dreaming big and working hard and playing harder. Who isn’t afraid to say I love you or admit mistakes. Who will raise our son with integrity, respect, and an unbelievable amount of love.

Happy Anniversary, babe! I love you!

(Wedding photos courtesy of Jason Spruill and Bonnie Heath!)

 

Liz + Cristina | Miami Wedding Preview

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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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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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