Archive for October, 2011

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween y’all. This year Crookie and Dexter are dressing up as aerobics instructors, circa 1982 and as you can see, they are mad excited at the idea of getting their trick or treat on.

Melissa & Kevin – Wedding

October 26, 2011

Their meeting was not a meeting of chance, it was orchestrated by Kevin’s mom who saw something very special and very unique in Melissa the day she waited on her table. Kevin needed to meet this girl and his mom was going to help make it happen. She convinced Kevin to go to the same place for lunch and even called ahead to make sure Melissa would be there to serve him.

Kevin asked Melissa to recommend something from the menu. She obliged and suggested the daily special, Kevin agreed. Unfortunately, the special did not agree with Kevin and for the next 24 hours he found himself in the throws of some very serious food poison. However, he’d also walked away with Melissa’s phone number and a couple of days later, when he began feeling somewhat human again, Kevin called Melissa and took her out on their first date.¬†That was 4 years ago and this past weekend in the beautiful Fall sunshine of the North Georgia mountains, at the home of Kevin’s parents, Melissa and Kevin planned the most perfect rustic and romantic wedding. It was personalized and beautiful, but above all else, it was fun.

Melissa and Kevin, you are two of the most amazing people I could ever hope to meet. Both of you have become true friends and I was beyond honored to be part of your day. I hope your having a blast on your honeymoon, relaxing and soaking up every second of your time together.

I love Kevin’s parents home. And the views from their deck, breathtaking.

Melissa’s dress.

In keeping with the whole rustic theme, the bride donned a pair for cowboy boots.

The preparation.

I just love the expression on the face of Melissa’s dad when he walked into the room and saw his daughter as a bride.

Over at the grooms house, Kevin reads a special letter from Melissa.

Melissa, I can’t say enough times how completely stunning you are, f’real.


I just loved the pocket details of Melissa’s dress.

Workin it ladies.

Sellin the legs with cowboy boots.

Kevin has a very unique and daring sense of style and I knew he was going to bring a little some’n special to his day.

Sidenote: Kevin is a UGA fame.

Oh how I loved all of Kevin’s groomsmen, they made my job so easy and so much fun.

All the groomsmen got pocket knives as gifts and here they show their appreciation to Kevin for his thoughfulness.

The ceremony site.

Game time.

Melissa was radiant and beyond excited to be marrying the man of her dreams.

During the vows there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Mr & Mrs.

On the left is Melissa’s something blue and a gift from her new husband.

Kevin and Melissa were amazing, after the ceremony while guests enjoyed cocktail hour, they carved out a large chunk of time for their bride and groom photos. A photographers dream and as a result we were able to capture some true fierceness.

Melissa, I can’t even find the words for how fierce you are.

I see beautiful kids in their future.

Rockin the boots.

Workin it Kevin.

In their early dating days, Melissa and Kevin would sit next to this pond for hours talking and counting frogs.


Personalized beer koozies, how can you not love this couple?

Grand entrance.

First dance.

Dad just couldn’t keep it together.

Kevin’s dad watches on during the mother son dance.

After an evening of some hardcore dancing, the newlyweds where sent off in sparkling style.

To see a slideshow of even more Melissa & Kevin photo CLICK HERE.

“Slow As Molasses”

October 24, 2011

I’ve been using this phrase forever. I throw it around when I’m in a big fat hurry and overly frustrated with the lack of pace demonstrated by my fellow man. But I’m embarrassed to admit I actually had no idea what a molasses was and never really thought much about it until a friend called me out last week. At which point I was forced to admit I was using a phrase, for years now, with absolutely zero comprehension of its meaning. Deep thinkers everywhere be warned, your jobs are safe, Shinks is not a threat. Red faced by my lack of smarts, I immediately hit up the fountain of all knowledge, Google, to get an answer to the age old question of what the hell a molasses is anyway. And now I know, I felt confident throwing the word around when today, for some ungodly reason, as I sat down to edit my latest wedding, my computer began operating at the speed of molasses. On top of that I was unable to tune into the Irish radio station I enjoy as background noise to my hours spent editing because of website construction. Grrrrrr. I’m on the verge of a serious overreaction. Best if I distract myself with a sneak peek photo of the wedding I’ll be sharing with y’all later this week.

Happy Ending

October 20, 2011

Wilson has a new home. He’s packed up his leash (the 1 out of 5 he didn’t chew through) and doggie bowl and he has found himself an amazing new family. Its a bitter sweet moment for The Husband and I and I’m not gonna lie and say there wasn’t a small tear shed, cos there was, but seeing how well Wilson took to his new family, and how excited everyone was to have him, really helped lessen the tinge of loss we were both feeling. Wilson will be spoilt, we know that for sure and on top of that his new home is less than 6 miles away, so he, Dexter and Crookie can still meet up for regular play-dates at the doggie park.

A happy ending for our little Wilson. Oh and P.S, his new family is going to keep his name :)

Birthdays and Big Days

October 16, 2011

Go shorty, its m’birthday“, well, it was yesterday, but I’m never opposed to dragging out a birthday celebration, especially if its mine, and it is :)

The Husband, Dexter, Crookie and I are spending my birthday weekend (now I’m calming the whole weekend) roughing it in an adorable little cabin, complete with cable TV and wifi in the North Carolina mountains. But we spend most of the day avoiding such 21st century luxuries by hiking the Blue Ridge trails and enjoying the blaze of Fall colors.

You’ll notice little Wilson is missing from the photo, thats because Wilson is spending the weekend with his potential new family. Fingers crossed he loves them and they love him. The little guy deserves a nice place to call home.

Yesterday we also attended the wedding of our friend and former US 400m hurdler, Brenda Taylor in the picturesque town of Blowing Rock, NC. And even though I was there to enjoy the celebration as a guest, I couldn’t help grabbing a shot of the stunning bride and her dad as they began their walk down the aisle.

Big congrats to Brenda and David, it was a great wedding and an even greater party, I have the sore head to prove it ;)