Lindsay + Todd – Atlanta Wedding Photographer

Lindsay + Todd

We may have had an ice storm and snowy winter weather in Atlanta just two days before, but the skies cleared and this day was nothing short of perfect for Lindsay & Todd – The new Mr. and Mrs. Greener!

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Todd and Lindsay have a love that is so real and infectious. The way they looked and smiled into each other’s eyes all day long warmed my heart! I love being able to document true love and the beginning of such a wonderful journey for two people. It was apparent how perfect Lindsay and Todd are for each other and I wish them all the best in their adventures ahead.

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One Year Anniversary / Nashville / Taylor Swift

Happy  O N E   Y E A R   of marriage to James and me! September 29th is a golden date to us.

I would have to say that this last year has been an adventure for us both. They say that the first year is the hardest, and not to toot our own horn, but if that’s true… we’ve got smooth sailin’ for years to come! Not to say everything has always gone perfectly for us… Small things like the toilet seat being left up or the shower curtain left open (you know, so it can’t dry and mold will start to grow in the folds??) have been the source of irritation now and again. And I know my many moods and overly emotional nature have made James want to escape now and again. In all honesty though, if minor arguments over our space in the bed continues to be the worst of it – we’ve got this! I really have been blessed with a terribly patient and understanding husband. I’ve tried to return the favor as well (you’d have to ask him though…ha). Looking back over this last year, all I can see are the great memories and our relationship growing stronger.

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(awesome photo cred to BP FILM!)

And just because… here’s a little on us…

  • 99% of the time, she falls asleep way before him
  • 99% of the time, she wakes up before him
  • she can usually out-eat him when it comes to food
  • he can always out-eat her when it comes to sweets
  • he wrote her cute notes and letters when they first started dating – they have all been kept
  • now we write letters back and forth in a special leather bound book he gifted her for Christmas
  • she can’t stand when he lays on the couch or bed with his shoes on
  • he doesn’t like how she sings along to the radio – – or anything for that matter
  • we like to go out for thai often. specifically for chicken satay, coconut soup, and masaman curry. every. time.
  • we’ve put ~60,000 miles on our vehicle in one year
  • since we met, we have been in 23 states together & to mexico and back
  • lettuce wraps are on our at home menu rather frequently
  • so is chicken tortilla soup (w/avocado & lime!!!)
  • carpooling to work is how our relationship started – we still carpool to work  : )
  • his favorite shows are Top Gear & Fast N Loud
  • she doesn’t really have any, but loves the Food Network
  • we both speak Spanish – but not to each other
  • we plan to one day return to Argentina together where he served his mission
  • we also plan to return to Puerto Rico together where she served hers
  • he loves planning surprises for her
  • she loves his surprises
  • he frequently misplaces his wallet – she tries not to tease him about it
  • we can’t wait to be parents
  • she loves halloween, dressing up, holidays, decor & festive get-togethers… he is learning
  • he absolutely loves all things Georgia football & she is learning
  • she has never mowed a lawn and refuses to ever do so
  • he takes many more showers than she does
  • she prefers hot bubble baths
  • we can handle any road trip & quite love them
  • he plays the violin
  • we both play piano
  • she cooks and cleans when she feels stressed
  • he prefers driving – not because she’s bad at it but because he says he does it better
  • she loves grocery shopping
  • he loves online shopping
  • we are cat people – even though he is allergic
  • he tells her she is his best friend
  • she agrees

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We had a great 1st anniversary celebration! Last November I just HAD to get tickets to see my girl, Taylor Swift. I know, I’m 26, but the older I get – the more ridiculous it will be for me to want to go to her concert. Turns out that the most affordable tickets left over were for her last show in Nashville, Tennessee. James agreed that it would be fun – as we’d never been there before – and he was put in charge of planning the trip. A couple of our best friends told us how they take turns planning their anniversaries and valentine’s day… that way each person only has to worry about those days every other year. Does that make sense? We though it was brilliant, so this year… I had a load off worrying about plans and gifts for our anniversary – because it’s James year and he was in charge (next year it will be all me).

And as James always does… he planned a great surprise for me! He booked a nice hotel right across the street from the concert venue – in the heart of downtown Nashville (thank you, Marriott rewards points!). It was nice to be in walking distance of most everything. He said he planned for us to just walk around and see things before heading to dinner. So we did! We eventually made our way back to the hotel to get the truck to head to dinner. On our way we passed this exquisite 1961 Bentley that was very hard not to notice. James, of course, thinks taking a picture with it would be cool! As the chauffeur was standing outside the vehicle – I didn’t want to bother her, so I told James “No, it’s ok.”  I mean… she’s probably waiting for someone very important and doesn’t want people all over the car…. admiring from a distance should be sufficient. BUT… he insisted…. and here is the photo:

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I’m ok with saying that I had a very gullible and blonde moment because it took me a while to figure out what was going on. After taking a picture, James asked if we could take a spin in it. I was shocked, not only that James asked, but because the woman responded, “Well SURE! I’m just waiting on a special couple, but we could take it for a spin around the block!”.

Honestly, in my head I was thinking…. “Seriously James?? I know it’s our anniversary and all, but this woman is waiting on someone and our little spin around the block is probably going to cost us a pretty penny!”  …So I’m sliding into the back seat of this classy old car feeling very concerned about the situation.

…I got even more concerned when the driver immediately asks if we’d like something to drink. She offered water, coke, coke zero, and then even pulled up a bottle of sparkling cider with some champagne glasses. I’m thinking, “Really?? Is this how people make money off of out-of-towners? How much will the drinks add to the tab??” …I politely declined.

The driver then asks where we’re from and why we’re in town. She offers us a drink again and then says, “I even have some chocolate covered strawberries if you’d like a snack!” and holds up a cute little plate. When James accepts her drink offer and I make eye contact with him… his little smile made me feel like the biggest idiot!

DUH, Whitney!!! He just laughs and says, “Happy Anniversary!”   …It all made much more sense & my concerns about this random “spin around the block” were settled when I found out that we were the special couple she was waiting on and that this vehicle was at our beck and call for the rest of the night! A classy old car… I should’ve known James was behind it.

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Our driver, Beverly, was very nice. It was obvious that she was unaware that our “limo service” was going to  be such a surprise to me – so she played along as best she could until I realized what was going on. Once that was settled, we had our laughs, and she began to show us around all parts of Nashville for the next two hours. She stopped when we wanted her to and answered our questions. We saw more of Nashville than we ever would had we been left to explore alone. And who knew that Nashville had its very own – to scale – Parthenon?! She even showed us Big N Rich’s ridiculous home…’Mt Richmore’ and where Taylor Swift’s penthouse is. She also stopped at the pedestrian only bridge for us to walk over the Cumberland River.

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She dropped us off for our dinner reservation at Watermark. A fancy southern-inspired restaurant in an area of town known as The Gulch. Weather was perfect, so we dined outside on their upper deck. Even our server, Trish, was so very kind! She recommended the the crab cake and beet + goat cheese salad… we got both and they definitely didn’t disappoint! I enjoyed some melt-in-my-mouth venison filet and James loved his steak. Trish told us how she’s waited on Taylor Swift a couple times and how messy of an eater she is! …That because of the amount of crumbs around her plate she asked her, “Miss Swift, do I need to bring you a bib?!”  ..We thought that was funny. Also, she brought us complimentary dessert for our anniversary! Win! It was three different scoops of gelato… all very tasty. Not that we dine this fancy often, but we felt that it was food and service actually worth the price and hype. They even have a rooftop garden where they grow all of their own fresh herbs! Five gold stars to Watermark!

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Beverly and the lovely Bentley waited on us all through dinner. I won’t lie, it was rather fun having people look and think we were someone famous just because of our transportation. Quite a few people even waved! haha. Anyway… after dinner we went straight to the concert…

James was quick to notice the amount of females there. He was such a good sport to come along. I don’t think he really cared though, he enjoys TSwift, and Ed Sheeran was an amazing opener as well!

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Although I’ve heard that Taylor Swift doesn’t sound too great live – I think that’s absurd. I didn’t notice a difference at all. She put on a great performance! I was singing along to every tune with the rest of them…

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She got offstage and walked to the stage in the back… high fives the whole way of course… and performed a bit down there. With Ed Sheeran too! Then she took the floating stage back to the front.

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I was hoping that because this was her VERY LAST SHOW of the Red Tour… and that it was in Nashville… that there would be something special. She brought out as a one night guest… Hunter Hayes! Gotta love Hunter Hayes! Apparently he started out as a back-up dancer for her & worked his way up to fame.

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I loved every minute singing along to my girly songs… complete with falling confetti at the end!

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Happy Anniversary to us! Nashville definitely didn’t disappoint.

Because we celebrated our one year the weekend before our ACTUAL anniversary… the REAL 9/29/2013 was spent relaxing. James had the GA vs. LSU game on Saturday…. which he was so pumped about. He went with his oldest brother, Michael, and his wife, June. I know what you may be thinking – but there was only one spare ticket and I was very ok with staying at home and actually getting stuff done around the house. James was on cloud nine when he came home from that big win for the Dawgs and re-watched the entire game on DVR…. going to bed at 2:30am.

Sunday was spent at church. I made my very first meatloaf for dinner (turned out to be a smashing hit!). Then we went for a walk at a new beautiful park we discovered!…

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And, of course, before heading to bed…. we pulled out the cake from our wedding! Our cake “topper” is rather large…. so we have lemon cake for days now!!!! Still just as moist and delicious as before though! (Thanks, Dacy! 🙂 …. my sis made it! So good!!!)

Well… one year down… and all eternity to go! Thanks to all of the family and friends who have been there making this year as wonderful as it has been. We are truly blessed with support and love.

love you, boo!

xoxo,

whit

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Andres + Karissa …the Utah Wedding chapter

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Meet Andres and Karissa Lazarte!

These two have a very special place in mine and James’ heart. James met Andres on his mission in Argentina. They lived together for 4.5 months and have been as close as brothers ever since. I heard stories about Andres before I ever met him & it didn’t take long for me to love him too. In fact, the first night I met him, (apart from learning that he cannot parallel park a vehicle) I was already thinking of which of my single lady friends I could set him up with. Andres is the nicest guy, genuine, funny, fun, a little hipster – but good looking! (LOL 😉 ) And once you meet his family – you understand why he’s such a good egg! In no time, the Lazarte’s had adopted James and I as their own. Needless to say – we love these people. Andres would third wheel with James and I often…. more like I would third wheel with them. He came with us when we adopted Kitty. He house sat for us a couple times. He flew to Georgia to be in our wedding. He even wore suspenders for it! He is a solid friend.

SO – – -long story short. Even though nothing ever worked out with my friends – I was very excited when I heard him tell us about Karissa. Karissa was a missionary he also met in Argentina. Right as Andres was on his way home – Karissa was new in the mission. Their meeting was brief, but they became regular pen pals after. I don’t want to tell THE WHOLE STORY because you should totally watch their adorable engagement video — made by the one and only BP Film:

Andres + Karissa :: Couple’s Story from BP. Film on Vimeo.

Letter writing quickly turned into dating once she got back home to Utah. Andres could not stop talking about how great she was and that he really liked her! James and I were pumped – – – not only because they had their first date in our apartment (Andres house sat for us watching Kitty while we were out of town) – – – but there were some true sparks it seemed!

We met Karissa on a double date to the Nickelmania (super Utah, i know). And I loved her right away … it was a perfect fit! Karissa is beautiful, SO sweet, SO happy, and just a delightful person to be around. They were adorable together. She seemed to be just as excited about him as he was her. Needless to say… I was not surprised when talk of ring shopping was in the air months later.

James & I did not want to miss this union – – – Luckily, I passed well enough to be their photographer & James got to be a groomsman. And, basically, it was a perfectly happy weekend…

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The afternoon of August 24th 2013 coming out of the Salt Lake City Temple…  I may or may not have shed joyous tears multiple times throughout the day.

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So, Andres & Karissa… here’s to you! And a very very happy marriage together. For time and all eternity. : )

I love you dearly,

Whit

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It was nice to be in Utah again for a few days.

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2012 in REVIEW

dear twenty-twelve,

you were good to me.   …let’s see why!

i started the year off in ITALIA with my mom. an unforgettable trip of a lifetime that i wouldn’t want to spend with anyone else.

here she is in Florence:

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here i am in Rome:

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We made it to Venice as well:

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….and Siena and Sorrento. and ate and ate and ate. took a cooking class in Florence. fell in love with the land. and had, case in point, the greatest time! perfect start for 2012 if you ask me!

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NEXT…march 2012.    …and i stole the first hug from this certain Gossling boy who came home from his mission in Argentina…

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…i went to the beach!…

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that Gossling boy and i became pretty close and enjoyed spring together in GA…

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i moved to UTAH in April and became roommates with this crazy fun blonde bombshell…

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…and reunited with this blonde bombshell….

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…i turned 25! and a certain Gossling boy flew out to surprise me!…

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…Summer 2012, i flew home to GA and that Gossling boy and i road-tripped back out to UT together…

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…long story short…that Gossling boy proposed,  and we started planning a party…and our forever together…

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…the DMOPC family grew…our family at work….

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…the big party happened in September…(Elissa turned 26 on our big weekend!)…

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…even my Grandparents came from Mexico!…

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…married life began. it treated us right. then the husband and i road tripped to California for Thanksgiving to visit family…

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…we had fun on the way home stopping in VEGAS with our friends, Lora & Dan Grady (who made the road trip with us! so fun!)…we pinballed and dinner dated!…

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…2012 brought new friends…we are so blessed to have…

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…in 2012…Gossling Farms was established (best idea ever, Michael & June!)…which allowed for a kick-A wedding reception and for this to happen….woohoo!…

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…December brought family, friends, and fun as well with Christmas and New Year’s in Georgia….but that will get its own separate post. As well as a well-overdue post with more wedding pictures if I ever get around to it. 2013 in preview also to come…

so yes, 2012, you were good to me. thank you!

 

love, whit

p.s. – as it’s a new year…i decided to align my text to the left for Dave.

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