30.4.08

Where honor is due...

At the wedding in Atlanta, there are two women who I need to particularly honor!

The first is Heather's "mommi," Debbi.
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Debbi was a super-hero-mother-of-the-bride! I have seen some hard-working mothers before, but, wow! I think Debbi wins the award! I heard that over the whole wedding weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) she got around 5 hours of sleep. The night before the wedding she was at Kinko's until 6 AM! She slept for an hour and then was up again!Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Caring for out-of-town guests, tending to details, and just wanting to bless her daughter was her number one goal. She was so incredibly selfless and without her I don't know how this wedding would have happened!

And besides the bride and groom, I don't think there was a happier person there :)
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It was so lovely to meet you Debbi! Thank you for loving your daughter so much - you are an example to me!


The next lady is Lauren Wright - of Lauren Wright Photography.
I am based in DC and had never been to Atlanta before - sometime in the winter I realized that I needed to find a second shooter! OSP to the rescue! I posted that I was looking for a second-shooter in Atlanta, and within hours I had a whole bunch of people who were willing to help me! After checking them out, and checking their work, I decided that Lauren be perrrfect!
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{Photo by Anne Almasy}

She is a lovely lady, who is such a strong Christian - and, um, and AMazing photographer! She is much better than me and I was honored to shoot with her!

You can check out her pictures from the wedding here :)

And in "Jasmine Star" fashion, I am posting some "action shots" that Lauren got of me. I must comment on how cool I was getting a matching dress and ShootSac just for Heather's bridal party ;)
It ate me.And there is another little lady I just had to post about :)
Nyah is one of my favorite all-time subjects - she is full of personality and too cute for her own good. Nyah came to the wedding with her pregnant-mom, grandparents and aunt - it was a long trip and long weekend for her... but she did so good!

Some moments were harder than others :)

Ok, but this picture is now one of my favorite ever. All the girls were getting organized, helping Heather straighten her dress, and following my directions. As soon as they were ready we pulled the flower girls in. I start taking pictures and then I notice this little hand pop up.

"Um. Um. Etxcuse me. Idon't have flehwers. Etxcuse me."Nyah was not pleased that she didn't have her petals in her basket for the pictures and she walked out of the rest of them, but I just adore her little face and raised-arm :) :) :) It's so cute...


But, she was a magnificent flower girl who deserved her nap!

28.4.08

Heather & Michael

"And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face?
Now I see it everyday"

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"And I know
That I am...
The luckiest"


I keep typing and then backspacing this first line. I don't even know how to sum up this whole weekend.

It was just lovely and joyful and so, so romantic. Heather and her friends are beautiful women - and they all love Heather so much. Seeing these girls rally around her made me so excited for me friends when they get married! I hope that I can be like Heather's friends are!

The day went off perfectly (actually, that would be a lie - there was a big bustling disaster but it did get worked out haha - other than that the whole day went perfectly!). For months the weekends have been beautiful in Atlanta, however, everyone was worried as the weather forecast called for 3 straight days of rain. It rained the night of the rehearsal, it rained wedding morning - but in the afternoon it all came to a halt and Heather had the outdoor wedding she had dreamed of. And it was spectacular!

But, lets start at the very beginning...

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You might remember the flower girl this post back in the fall - her mom recommnded me to Heather after their family shoot. Three cheers for Jess and the Smart family!

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The ringbearers had Braves flatbills and Vans - SO adorable!
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The difference between girls.....

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and guys.... :)

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I love the vintage feel in both of these

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And the stunning bride, of course!

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Heather and her dad have such a good relationship - which made for some very sweet moments on wedding day!

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Heather's older brother and and performed a beautiful song specifically for the bride and groom

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It was very, very touching - he did an excellent job!

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Best part of the wedding! Woot woot!

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All of the girls were so excited after the recessional - it was adorable!

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This is the awesomely huge bridal party! Heather and Mike have wonderful friends - I couldn't speak more highly of them :)

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Of all the pictures, I think these sum Heather and Mike up the best haha

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And I couldn't resist one more "daddy-daughter" moment :)

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Heather and Mike ended the night by dancing under the stars all alone. Their friends watched from a distance, Ben Folds sang "I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you..." and it was the PERfect end to the fun, romantic day :)
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26.4.08

Atlanta Day 1!

Well, I must say it again. Because it's true. MY JOB IS AWESOME!

I started my Atlanta journey at Dulles International Airport. I got my boarding pass, went through security, bought a taco, found my gate and read a book. I was being a very good little traveler. On time, not lost, organized and even met some nice people. "This is a happy little trip" I thought. It was time to board, and I grabbed my polka-dot carry-on and waited to get on the plane. "I hope you have a nice flight and a greaaat day!" the ticket-taker said. "Thank you - you too!" I walked through the little hallway that goes onto the plane and I felt wind. I came around the corner and I was outside. "Ummm."All of a sudden I realized that this was the kind of plane you get to walk on from the runway! Aaaaaah! I got SO excited! I was searched through my bag for my white sunglasses, because I just felt much cooler in them. "This is how an actress would do it." The breeze was gently blowing, the lady in front of me had on a sundress. I started playing a Regina Spektor song over and over in my head - like my personal sound track for the moment. I was just so excited to be outside the small, 12-row plane.

Well, if you think that was exciting - just wait to hear about the rest of the night :)I finally got to meet the beautiful bride-to-be, Heather. From the airport we headed straight to the Bacherlette Party. All the girls met at California Pizza Kitchen for laughter, memories, encouragement and tears, of course - they're girls. It was so sweet to listen to all these different people talk about Heather's impact on their life. Heather is just FULL of spunk, fun and joy.After dinner we went to the-Ashton-Kutcher-owned bowling alley. The place was so fun, so classy and so craaaazy loud! The girls had a fun time :)There was a real old-fashioned photobooth. I was madly in love.This whole bridal party is quite fun, terrible beautiful and such good friends to Heather! I love them!We are leaving for another full day of pre-wedding stuff... should be incredible!
Be back way late!