Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Life: An Update

I have a policy that I don't blog without including photos; however, I never really thought about what would happen if I was stuck without a computer to process photos with. So, today I'm breaking my own rule because I thought that you would rather have an update than nothing at all. The trip back to Arkansas from Florida went without too much of a hitch. There was only one incident in the middle of Florida somewhere when I managed to get stuck at a gas station.... With a car in tow something is bound to happen. For $20, we got the truck unstuck by a very trailor-savvy man. Hooray! Otherwise, it was a great trip full of talking with my mom, a wonderful stay with my cousin (photos of kite-surfing to follow), and the open road. We are home safe and sound, and I am beginning to sort through this new chapter in my life. Stay tuned for photos to come!

Best - MT

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Onward and Upward

It's Sunday afternoon. What a weekend we've had. Caroline and I shot a beautiful wedding in Stuart, Florida yesterday. We photographed it all... and there was plenty to photograph. The bride and her precious mother attended to ALL the details. After a joyous celebration, I am back in Gainesville on a mission - to pack up all my earthly belongings for my journey back home to Arkansas. My time here in Florida is coming to a fast and furious end. It has a been 10 months of constant learning & eye-opening experiences. I am walking away from this time with a knowledge base I never could have asked for. This experience has been thoroughly challenging and totally gratifying. I am headed back to Arkansas to settle back into life with my husband who returned home 3 weeks ago. It will be a whole new chapter for us, and I am so excited about it. Things we have to look forward to: buying a home for the first time, buying a car (I don't recommend sharing one car... can we say stressful?), and starting a new photography business! If you or any of your friends have photographic needs, give me a shout. In the meantime, enjoy the occasional blog post and wish me luck as I hit the road in a Budget truck! Cheers - MT

The view from my living room! YIKES!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Courtney and James' Wedding Celebration

Attitude, style, love, understanding, family, friends, tradition... these are a few words I would use to describe the wedding of Courtney and James. These two are more than just clients. They are friends - maybe even family. It was such a priveldge to be with them on one of the biggest days of their lives! Courtney and James had a beautiful service at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church in downtown Gainesville. Generally speaking, I am pretty tunnel-visioned the day of the wedding, but the minister was wonderful. She spoke directly to Courtney and James and loved them through the process. They loved her right back. We all cried! It was a beautiful thing to watch - to document. The ceremony ended just before noon last Saturday. A note about last Saturday in Gainesville, Florida - it reached a high of 96 degrees! SUPER HOT! Props to the wedding party and family who endured with me and made it through famously. I am grateful to you all! Courtney and James, best wishes to you as you begin this journey. I am excited for you. You have a beautiful life ahead of you. Please keep in touch! Love - Mary

Friday, June 6, 2008

Lynn and Glynn's Wedding

Lynn is quite possibly THE MOST enthusiastic bride I have ever photographed. She was soooo excited about being married! It was adorable. Lynn walked in our studio last fall. Typically there is a sales session that happens - why you would want to hire us for the job. I soon realized that Lynn was sold from the moment she walked in the door. In a very quick, professional manner, the contract was signed and deposit paid. A few months later, I was commissioned to design their wedding invites to be sent to family and very few close friends to an intimate ceremony held at the Haile Village Center Fountain. Lynn's brother officiated. It was quick and energetic. The family gathered around on the park benches. It was perfect! From there, the family celebrated at Lynn's house with a brunch put on my Glynn's sister - a caterer by trade. She really outdid herself! It was all delicious! The whole day was simple and sophisticated. The underlying motivation... the honeymoon! I wish you both years of happiness! Best Wishes - Mary

Lynn wore the cutest, t-length dress! Why don't more brides wear these?!

Glynn's gift to Lynn was this beautiful pearl necklace.

Sending up a word of thanks.