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Thu. May 24, 2012 by Mary    Pancake Sessions

Pancake Session: Ceremony Division of Labor

Life is a little blurry at the moment.

We've literally only spent two nights in our own bed, and now we're heading back out the door again for an awesome wedding down South. Our suitcases are still hanging out upstairs, still fully packed from our Australia trip. Which you might call lazy, but I just call EFFICIENT packing. Because see, now all we have to do is grab them and go. Which by the way, was totally my plan all along. Totally.

My head is spinning a little from all we have going on over the next few months, and gearing up into the really truly busy season. While still trying to keep a handle on everything that needs our attention. But as we know, life often imitates art. And in this case, specifically photography. Because what do we do in photography when the things in front of us are blurry? We take a deep breath...and we focus.

Well that, or we blame the lens and swear to switch sides! :)

And with that, we bring you another episode of our video Pancake Sessions! This one all about our division of labor and how we tackle the ceremony on a wedding day. In this installment, we'll cover:

* The 3 reasons we always have one of us on site early at the ceremony location
* What lenses each of us are using & what shots we're focusing on
* Where each of us is positioned in the church
* Our strategy for covering the processional & recessional
* and how we deal with church restrictions & grumpy church ladies! :)

Tue. May 22, 2012 by Mary    Stuff we Love

Stuff Mary Loves: The Birthday Edition

na na na na na is my BIRTHDAY! na na na na na it your birthday TOO?!

Sometimes I think Molly Ringwald really set the bar high for what a birthday should be. I mean who doesn't want to be sitting cross legged on top of a table in a pink poofy dress with flowers in your hair while blowing out birthday candles? With Jake Ryan. I mean really, it's birthday done right.

And seriously, why on TOP of the table? I mean what, were all the chairs broken? And how did that conversation go exactly....uh, what's up Molly. Thanks for coming over and ditching your sister's wedding. All my chairs are out getting reupholstered this week....but we could just, y'know, sit on this paper thin glass pane table top. Cause y'know, even though I flunked math, geometry and physics this semester...I'm pretty sure it could hold both of us. Ahhh, the 80s.

But I digress.

Today is my birthday. My b-day. The day that I was born.

They say that as you get older, you get wiser. And I think a big part of that wisdom is just figuring out who the heck you are in the first place. Of who you were put on this planet to be. And then... being ok with it. Of finding a way to be 100% comfortable in your own skin. Because it's just like what Socrates first said with, Know Thyself,. and Will Shakespeare expounded on when he penned the words To Thine Own Self Be True.... you just gotta do you. And really, for my money, in all the annals of literature and academia I think it was the poet laureate Nikki Minaj who really said it best with somebody please tell them who the eff I is. Truth Nikki Minaj, truth.

This past year has been a real exercise in struggle with this for me. I vacillate. I wander. I flip and I flop. I go between what I think I'm supposed to be, and the person that I really am. Because sometimes I think this world has a tendency to reward the glamorous. The successful. The I have what you want's. The jet set lifestyle mixed with a Kim Kardashian sized pair of sunglasses. And above all else, whatever you do you must always. look. like. you. have. it. together.

Well here's some birthday wisdom for you. Ready? I don't always have it together. In fact, most of the time that's the case. And trust me when I say, there are 80s style tube socks out there more glamorous than me.

We showed you some pretty pictures from our time in Australia, right? But what we didn't tell you is that we were so jet lagged, that we were back in our hotel rooms by 7:15 most nights watching Big Bang Theory re-runs in our pajamas and taking in the quirky brand of creation that is the Aussie tv commercial. (My personal favorite was: Rice Milk....not as bad as you would think it would be!). And yesterday, when we shut down for the evening for the pre-birthday warm ups, I sat on our couch and watched the Lifetime Movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story on Netflix starring one Dean Cain. And then I spent the next twenty minutes reading the wikipedia entry to see what happened next. Because what can I say, I love me some Lifetime (Television for women who never want to sleep again) movies. That and obscure 80s movie references are just part of who I am.

And since today is my birthday, my b-day, the day that I was born....I thought it would be good to put together a list of some of the other things that are making up me, just as I am, right now. To help me remember that it was always enough.

Personally, I like to think Socrates and Molly Ringwald would be proud.

As I found out pretty clearly while putting together our Australia recap post, apparently I really really REALLY like navy & white clothes. Geez, talk about a style rut. As it turns out, I also really like anything with sequins and all things nautical. So after seeing this top on the website, I'm now convinced that Jenna from J.Crew is in fact Big Brother.

We've now officially watched all the seasons of Bones on Netflix and now we're starting over at the beginning hitting all of our favorites along the way. What can I say, this show is so choice. Even if we do always make the huge mistake of watching it while we're eating.

This year I really want to start learning film. I haven't yet. I'm kind of petrified of it. But in my experience, being scared to death just means it's something I really need to do.

I la-la-LOVED all the meals we had in Australia. And the BEST part? Because that part of the world is all upside down, the calories just fall right out. True story.

I hate it when that happens! :)

I've been a long time Yankee Candle fan since I got my first vanilla cupcake candle in college. We were walking through the mall a couple days ago, and discovered that they've just come out with a line of "man candles" including Riding Mower, 2x4, and First Down. LOL! And just like that, I fell in love with them even more.

I watched The Notebook for the first time all the way through on our flight home from Australia. It made me smile. And then I found *this* on Pinterest and it made me laugh out loud. My favorite part is the quote at the bottom.

We love us some wine. And a couple months ago, Justin brought this bad boy home to have with dinner and our whole world was pretty much changed. It's a New Zealand Sav Blanc, and it tastes like grapefruit. It's perfect for those summer nights we have coming up sitting on the front porch swing.

This is my jam. J'adore from Dior is my favorite perfume ever. It was the one that I was wearing all the time when Justin & I first met, but I haven't worn it in a long time. When we were Sydney there were those Charlize Theron ads for it everywhere for some reason, and it reminded me how much I love it. I think a new bottle may have to be in my future.

In addition to 80's movies, 80's power ballads are ALSO my jam. And signing them with dramatic flair in the car? Even better.

Truth. And amen.

And I'll end on this. DONE!

Happy Birthday to me!

Tue. May 22, 2012 by Mary    Engagements

Meet: Stephanie & Stu

Good morning & Happy Tuesday!

This morning I am so excited to get to introduce you to our latest couple to hit the blog, the super cute Stephanie & Stu! These guys first met when they both went to work for the Newark Bears baseball team a few years back. I like to imagine that the sparks flew somewhere over peanuts & cracker jacks, but maybe that's just me! :) Either way, these two hit a home run (see what I did there :) when they found one another, and now we can't WAIT for their wedding in New York later this summer! Enjoy!


Mon. May 21, 2012 by Mary    Life with J&M

Life in Pictures: Scenes from Sydney

We sat in Darling Harbour in the middle of Sydney- a city fourteen hours ahead of its time- and talked about the future.

And we talked about right now.

Itís no secret that I am a girl who likes to have a plan. A plan for dinner. A plan for our day off. A plan for where we want to be in five....ten....twenty five years from now. Now, the plan can change. It can morph. Evolve. Adapt. Make hair pin turns down hidden side streets you never saw coming. But make no mistake about it, thou shalt have a plan.

Because Iím a girl who tends to live, yes just a little too much, in the future. I get so caught up worrying about whatís next, that I am often guilty of missing whatís right now. What's right in front of me. When itís Spring I canít wait for it to be Fall. When itís scarves & sweater season, Iíll find myself daydreaming about seersucker on the beach. The other day, I kid you not, the thought actually went through my head that I canít wait to be a grandma. Wait. Rewind. Play again for dramatic emphasis. A GRANDMA. Support hose and all. Watching endless rounds of Jeopardy. And petting my forty-seven cats.

Sometimes, I think if it were up to me, I might just fast forward my whole life away.

But as we sat there together half a world away somewhere fourteen hours in the future, I have to admit...

Even I couldnít think of a better place than right now.

Fri. May 18, 2012 by Mary    Engagements

Meet: Sandra & Sam

Good morning & Happy Friday!!

Right about now, Justin & I are just finishing up a 36 hour marathon of travel that brought us from Sydney-> LA->Orlando->Charlotte-> and then finally Hartford.


It's been a crazy couple of days, but it's also been some of the smoothest traveling we've ever had. You know the kind, when you get off the plane and walk right up to the baggage claim carousel only to find that the first four bags lined up in a perfect row are yours. Honestly, does it GET any better than that? And then just as you walk outside your shuttle to long term parking pulls up. And it's going to your lot first. And then bluebirds fly out when the driver opens the door. Yea, it's been that kind of amazing.

Now we're off to go retrieve a certain golden, fluffy face that we've been missing so much. But we couldn't send you off into your weekend without first introducing you to Sandra & Sam. Now let me tell you, I absolutely ADORE these two! They are getting married this weekend up in Boston at the Fairmont Copley Hotel, and for their ceremony they are doing a traditional Egyptian Orthodox service which we could not be more excited to experience & document! We got together with these guys right before we left for Australia to do a little nautical engagement shoot around the tiny town of Essex, CT. One look at these & I think you'll see why I adore these guys so much. Everything about them just oozes love & happiness. And both of them know how to bring the rawr. Plus, Sam kind of looks like The you know they must be awesome! :) Enjoy!


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