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1920’s Themed Wedding (NOT Gatsby) | North Carolina Wedding Photographer

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1920’s Themed Wedding

When I spoke with Tracy on the phone about her wedding – she made it clear that it was 1920’s themed wedding – and NOT Gatsby. Because you know – The Great Gatsby is our default reference for any 1920’s party right? LOL. Except the book isn’t exactly the happiest cheeriest story out there. SO.

1920’s – not Gatsby.

And you know what – It. Was. Awesome.

Like all kinds of Awesome.

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I actually brought along my crew and we all hopped in the car to get up to High Point, NC. where the wedding took place. Nearly everyone had to travel (including Tracy and Patrick) to be there – so it was a destination wedding for most of the people involved. The Centennial Arts Center is an old train depot and of course it still has a few train cars outside (which we made use of during their portrait session as you saw above!)

But really – what was great about this wedding – and many weddings – is that you could tell that all of these people – this collection of friends and family really did care about and love both Tracy and Patrick. (I know – that was totally a super long run on sentence strung together but the illegal use of – – – – )

Of course the stage was dramatically lit – and of course Tracy and Patrick had prepared and rehearsed their first dance! And it was so awesome! Her dress! Those moves! Exclamation point!

1920’s Themed Wedding. (don’t mind that – it’s just for SEO reasons you know.)

There was also a definite library theme alongside the 1920’s part and you can see that in their center pieces being stacked of old books and other bits of the decor as well. Yes. The Centennial Arts Center in High Point, North Carolina is a great wedding venue. And I’m not struggling to hit my 500 word count for the darn SEO points!… not at all.

Oh yeah – the food was amazing, and the music was great and they also had a selection of craft beers for their guests. And and and… why did it take me so long to blog this wedding? AHHHH! It took place back in April and I’m only blogging it now? What is wrong with me? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with you Mark. You just happen to think that a 1920’s themed wedding (not Gatsby) is really great and you wanted to try to do the blog post justice so you wanted to take your time. I wanted to take my time… even though now that’s not really reflected in this blog post. 500 words is SO MANY WORDS. Alright. 460. Almost there.

Oh yeah – I also got to finally meet a few people in real life that at this wedding that I had only known from the Facebook. So that was cool. And Juliana up there playing the guitar – always good to see her… and… that’s 510! Boom SEO Suckas! I’m OUT.

Oh yeah – Tracy and Patrick. Thank you so much.

How to Create and Make a Wedding Budget

How to Plan, Make, Create, a Wedding Budget

First. Honesty.

Modern weddings often cost way too much. It’s true. You know this.

How much do weddings cost? How much will YOUR wedding cost?

It matters AND doesn’t matter. Because really – you CAN get married and have a wedding too. So yeah. How DO you create a wedding budget? How do you make a wedding budget?

1. Do some research.

Most of us don’t worry in any kind of event-facilitation-capacity. Basically – we don’t plan and put on regular events for more than 30 people. So most of us really don’t have any clue about everything needed for such an event, nevermind the costs that are involved. But you will have to do some research and find out what things cost in your area (or the area where you plan on having your wedding take place.) Major vendors such as venues and caterers are easy to find. Start finding price sheets or get quotes just to see what things cost. Even if they’re way out of your target price range – you have some idea of what the ballpark looks like.

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2. Decide what you really want to spend.

Don’t let anyone else tell you what you should spend. You decide how much you want to spend and then go from there. Not the other way around. Remember that. Seriously. Remember that.

Also remember that not everything is worth it.

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3. Write It All Down.

Don’t hold anything in your head. Don’t estimate if you have exact numbers. Write it all down. Everything. Write down everything related to your wedding that you will have to spend money on. EVERYTHING. Add it up. Add it ALL UP.

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4. Decide what is actually, actually important to you. 

Seat covers costing too much money? F*ck em. Hand written calligraphy invitations more than you want to spend? F*ck em. Decide what is important to you and keep it. Everything else – is on the list of things that can be CUT if it needs to be. Those are your two lists.

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Wish you were here! | by +Krisandra

Get ready! A post about how awesome my vacation was! Yep, I am going to post photos from my vacation. No models, no wedding, no babies… none of that! Just pure tourist type photos (ok, there are a couple people here and there). You know the photos that have “wish you were here” written across the top. Yea, those.

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I am the girl who at 30 something years old took her first vacation, a real vacation. The type of vacation where my only worry was if my flip flop was going to get washed away by a wave that surprised attacked me.

My boyfriend and I traveled 10 hours to the Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX) where we met up with a group of friends. And yes, I vacationed right as wedding season started. Why? Well, because at the beach it’s still considered “off season” and we got a great deal on a beach house! Although, this was not my first time in OBX. Last year I traveled to the same beach house to celebrate and photograph the wedding of one of my very best friends. You may have seen this image before.

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But this time it was about collecting 10 lbs of seashells, flying a kite, reading a book, falling asleep poolside, watching sunrises, searching for sea glass, seeing a rainbow over the ocean, baking… actually relaxing! *see my instagram

I toured the Nags Head Fishing Pier.

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I toured Jennette’s Pier.

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And my big bucket list day trip to Rodanthe! Yep, from the Nicholas Sparks book turned into movie, Nights in Rodanthe. My girlfriends and I drove the hour to Rodanthe, North Carolina on the same path Richard Gere took in the movie to see the house, “Serendipity”! Although the house is not in its original location (it was moved a few blocks after the hurricane last year, yes they moved the whole house) it is still just as breathtaking as ever. Yea, yea, I like romance movies.

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We stopped by the Rodanthe Pier on Hatteras Island. The pier was also in the movie. Even though it was still being re-built from the hurricane and quite wobbly we as far out on it as possible.

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On the way back from Rodanthe we passed the Bodie Lighthouse. It’s pronounced like Body. Next year we plan to climb the 10 flights to the top. Told you these images are the stuff postcards are made from.

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If you follow my *instagram or facebook then you have seen my week long journey, but if you don’t I highly suggest you should. Otherwise you might miss some pretty amazing stuff!

But, I am back refreshed inspired and ready to go! OBX, you haven’t seen the last of us! Countdown to OBX ’14 has begun.

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Until then….

Paddle Faster

About a million years ago, when I was applying for the LeahAndMark internship, I kept seeing the same foreshadowing sentence everywhere I turned: “You’re going to shoot more in the next three months than you’ve probably ever shot in your life.” And, because Mark is [almost] always right, I did. In the three months during my internship, I blogged 27 different shoots. (Stickler that I am, that didn’t include two more shoots + one wedding that I never blogged, simply because the end of the internship happened SO. FREAKING. FAST.) But then Leah and Mark bestowed Plusdom upon me, not to mention some of the best advice ever (“shoot a lot. then shoot more.”), and I’ve stayed crazily/ dizzily/ awesomely busy ever since. I like staying busy. It’s sort of my thing.

But last week, I took a week off. (Well. Aside from shooting a Yelp event and being spoiled with amazing Mexican food.) And to celebrate, my husband and I did the Babysitter Shuffle, packed our water shoes and blackjack chips, and spent a kid-free weekend away with our friends in the mountains.

We ate too much (shrimp and grits and snails and tails), drank too much (dear pinot noir, i love you), and gambled our tiny young parents’ casino budget away (dear blackjack, i love you anyway). I directed the Road Trip Crawl: “Hey! Antique shop. Need to stop!” … “Fruit stand! PEACHES! Buy local!” … “STOOOOP! Apple butter!”. And most of all, I nervously anticipated the main purpose of our trip: rafting down the Nantahala River.

You should know that I’m probably not a very outdoorsy gal. Or at the very least, not a mountain-y gal. I grew up spending summers at the beach and the rest of the year dreaming of a big city life in New York or Paris. The idea of careening down a river in an inflatable raft, my face at the mercy of the river currents and bone-crushing rocks all around, has not been my idea of a good time since… ever. But. If nothing else, the last few years of my life have taught me to jump in and experience life like never before. So I did- literally. Though with a lifejacket of course. Safety first, kids. We rafted with an outfitter called Rolling Thunder River Company and they were amazing. (And also, possibly nicknamed the Thunder Gods.)

We went rafting down the Nantahala on the most perfect Saturday morning we could’ve asked for. Seriously, blue skies and rainbows perfect. I’d been silently (and not so silently) freaking out every time I thought about what was ahead of me, and I sort of almost peed myself when it was finally time to climb in that raft and, ya know, RAFT DOWN THE RIVER. So we get in the raft. And I’m okay. I’m just sitting there, really. Bobbing around a little bit with the river. Paddling like I actually know what I’m doing. Telling myself that if the eight-year-old kid in front of me can do this, surely I can too. And looking up and realizing, “hey. this is kind of beautiful.” And it was. My biggest regret of the weekend was that I didn’t bring a disposable water camera with me while rafting. (Photographer’s shame, I know.) It was SO beautiful. Perfect blue sky, mountain laurel on either side of us, fog hovering above the water, hummingbirds flying right above our heads. Amazing.

   Then, just like that, we’d gone seven miles down the Nantahala and our guide started with the instructions and reminders about, oh, not drowning: “Lock in your feet now. And you’re going to stay locked in for the rest of the way down. Got it?” Um. Yikes? (Our guide’s name was Skittles. And when a dude named Skittles tells you to lock in, you damn well lock in.) The best part of my Saturday night was drinking a bottle (or three) of Pinot Noir with my girlfriend and dissecting the photos of us coming down through the falls. “Look at my face- that’s Stressed Out Krista”… “Look at Skittles paddling us- CRAZY!” … “Where is Erik going??” … “Aaaaand, that’s when Matt disappeared”. Our friend took one for the team that day but was totally fine. I survived. (Yay for not drowning!) And it was the most fun I’ve had in for.ever.

(P.S.: I promise I’m more help in a crisis that I look. My paddle was totally his lifeline.) Also. Isn’t The Husband cute? He’s making his blog debut this week. Bonus points for him for keeping me alive this weekend.

Almost as soon as we were back on the bus, heading back down to the outpost, I wanted to do it all over again. And I will. Did I mention we’d been back at the mountain house for about ten minutes when the next weekend’s planning already commenced? AWESOME. This is why I love our friends. And it’s also why, every time I look back at our pictures from the weekend, some from my DSLR, some off a point-and-shoot, and some just quick camera-phone shots I clicked off in a hurry, I’m so, so glad I did this.

Now. Where did I put that mountain wine?

Katie + Jamie | N.C. Wedding Preview

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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

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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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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

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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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Peyton & Gabriel | Engagement Session

We’ve been shooting a lot in the studio lately. I’m still working through ideas that I don’t always get a chance to try when we’re out on location. Besides, when you fly into town just for the day to photograph an engagement session – it might not be the time to experiment.

Peyton & Gabriel flew me into town (Wilmington, N.C.) for the day for their engagement session – we’re shooting their wedding near the beach this coming May. Left the house at 5:30am, arrived back in Atlanta at 12am midnight – four flights – long day – and totally worth it.

Aside from worrying about ‘getting good shots’ – spending 8 hours with a couple for their engagement session is considerably different than hanging out with them for just 2 hours in a park like “normal” engagement sessions. Add to that – the part where you’re in a strange city, being driven around to spots that you’ve never seen before.

We tell our Interns that much of photography is about making decisions – over and over again. There is a confidence that will show in your photos when you’re comfortable with the decisions you’re making as you shoot. If you combine that with a ‘work process’ – then you can push away all distractions or worries (hopefully).

Because you’re not always going to get some magically beautiful location or backdrop – and even if you do, it’s probably ‘obviously beautiful’ – and to me that also means that it has a chance of being ‘obviously boring’ in the same way I find ‘tourists vistas’ uninteresting. And in case you can’t tell – I really enjoy challenges.

This session with Peyton & Gabriel? Easy. I wish I could say that walking around downtown Wilmington, N.C. I struggled to find good shots. I wish I had some sort of crazy experience where all of sudden I blanked out and had no idea what I was doing and then somehow came back fighting. Fortunately – that wasn’t the case.

Peyton & Gabriel, thank you.



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