Category archives: Events

Scout Turns 5

When your best friend’s daughter turns 5, you slumber party and celebrate three days in a row, because that’s the way to birthday. The birthday girl also wakes up to heart-shaped waffles, and bacon, and orange juice, and homemade hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles. Because that is also how you birthday. And OFCOURSE, if you’re a kid during this Frozen era, you have a party with Anna and Elsa, because no one these days, and I mean No. One. compares to Anna and Elsa.

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Stephanie + Dan

Excited glances, nervous smiles, giddy giggling from the bride and groom with sweet ceremony moments and even sweeter dance moves at the reception. That’s so our kind of wedding.

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Boski + Dhrunal

These two are getting married in Pennsylvania next August, but we first celebrated their engagement in style. Just look at all the details and work on her gorgeous sari. And the smiles in their eyes.

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Sharen + Sahib

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with some pictures of love. Sharen & Sahib’s engagement was a beautifully heartfelt and touching ceremony at her brother’s clubhouse in Atlantic Station. These two braved the wind & cold for a few portraits beforehand, and then moved inside to the warm surroundings of family & friends, prayers & food. They not only celebrated their engagement this day, but also their aunt & uncle’s 40th wedding anniversary. Tales of love, I told you! Happy Valentine’s, friends!
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Laura + Eric

Okay, you guys. Things just might get a little cheesy on the blog today, so feel free to scroll past my rambles and straight to the photos at the bottom! Because today I’m going to talk about how I have the most amazing family. And how recently, the Sonderman brothers & sisters have grown +1.Because, this bride is my baby sister.

First things first, though. These photos are all Nirmal’s– the obvious choice to photograph their day, because he has crazy talent. So, you know, duh. And our friend Shawn came in as a relief-photographer during the reception, because Nirmal likes to dance, and because Shawn also has crazy talent 🙂

My sister is adorably and hilariously quirky. She makes me laugh all the time. She’s brilliant in any conversation, and my go-to for all advice and answers. She has always been good at everything: soccer, dance, cheerleading, gymnastics, school. She skipped her Senior year at highschool to start college… …which is when she met the love of her life– her lobster, if you will. Eric is equally as funny. And stupidly smart. And talented. And full of encouragement (which is a welcomed quality in our very sarcastic family!) And I may have jumped the gun a little thinking my siblings were the only awesome people out there, because then Eric came along, and he’s that other brother we never knew we missed. So Eric and Laura now get to live happily ever after, reveling for the rest of their lives in each other’s brilliance and hilarity and adorableness. Welcome to the family, Eric. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect match for my baby sister, and for our whole family. I love both of you beautiful people so, so much.

Okay, so now for the reason all you guys are here– the photos! Quick wedding details first: They married at the Conservatory at Waterstone in Acworth, GA. It’s a smaller, all-inclusive venue, so they kept their wedding party limited to Eric’s best friend, Beth, as his “Best Beth” and me as Laura’s maid-of-honor. They also had their ceremony officiated by Eric’s step-brother. Close, intimate, and just so perfect.

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Amanda + Chris

A wedding is always a happy day for couples (and for their the guests!) But these two…. just look at these faces… this is some other level of happy. Those grins? Glued to their faces just like that all day long. It was a beautiful thing to be around. We had so much fun following these two and all of their guests around the picture-perfect venue, A Place to Share, in Villa Rica, GA. You might notice one photo in here where the bride & groom aren’t wearing their trademark smiles– when it was time to exchange rings, they noticed the ring pillow was empty. Luckily, a guest was able to retrace the ring bearer’s steps and find both rings safely waiting in the grass. And then all the smiles returned 🙂 Hope you guys like the pictures!

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Jordan + Mark

This wedding wins weddings, and not to mention, a total winning bride. Biased? Why do you ask? Yes, she’s my cousin. And yes, it’s still all true :)Lake Michigan in June just might be the perfect setting for a wedding, and add to that the crazy creative, artistic talent of both of these families, including the bride and groom themselves. Mark is a potter, and handcrafted the little tumblers with the wedding date stamped on the bottom as gifts for each guest. Jordan is an artist, and chalked the personal, meaningful circle on the spot where they said their vows. The family created the photo booth wall for the reception, surrounded by pictures of both families.

The groom’s family hosted a bonfire on the lake the night before the wedding for all of the family and friends, then the ceremony was held at the Elberta Life Saving Station the next evening. All in all, it was a perfectly beautiful weekend, but enough of my babble, see for yourself!

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Kathryn + Dhaval

So, we’re slowly coming to terms with the fact that blogging’s apparently not our thing. However, we’re forever standing by the claim that taking pictures totally is 🙂 So in an effort to share more pictures with you, and to avoid feeling overwhelmed at the thought of putting our clumsy words with all of them, we’re going to start talking a lot less, and showing photos a lot more. That’s our plan, anyway. We’ll see if we’re any better at that :)Now, with nothing more than a quick introduction of the fabulous Kathryn & Dhaval who had a very beautiful and fun engagement Puja, feel free to imagine yourself there by living it through the photos below that Nirmal and I had an absolute blast taking! Thanks so much for having us join you guys, we seriously had the best time!

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Culture Connect: Staying Healthy

Chlorophyll provides the green pigment.
Carotene provides a yellowish spectrum in the cell chloroplast.
Anthocyanins make apples red.
CO2 + H2O with light & chlorophyll –> O2 + C(H2O)
How fun is all of that to know? (Besides the random chemical equation of course… unless that’s your style?) That is exactly what happened during this event that we photographed. Culture Connect, Inc. did an educational workshop for their youth on ways to stay healthy by focusing on fruits, vegetables and exercise.
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While snacking on some of the colorful foods they were studying, the kids competed in a fun version of
Diet Jeopardy to review everything they’d just learned.
Alex Trebek should keep an eye out for these awesome smart kids in the future…
cause they were going straight for the 500 points and hitting them EVERY single time!

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Next up were the Capoeira experts from Capoeira Maculele to demonstrate some of the artful dance/martial arts moves.
While the instructors are incredibly happy and fun-loving people, they did take a moment to explain that Capoeira was an art form that was both graceful, and at the same time… deadly.

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Ian translated Mestre Fran’s beautiful Portuguese explanations for everybody, describing the foundation and fun of Capoeira along with the importance of physical activity.

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Then it was time for everyone to get active: a quick demonstration, explanation, aaand action!

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This was such a special and fun experience for us. Thanks again, guys—from the looks of the shot below, you had as much fun as we did!

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Scout + Friends

One entire year has already gone by since this lovely’s very first (and actual) birthday, and seriously she just gets prettier and prettier by the day.
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Sometimes I wonder if I’m being biased bragging about her beauty, given that her mother is
(a) a fellow Erin, and really, what’s not to love about that? and…
(b) more importantly, one of my all-time best friends from a lonnggg way back.
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But then I look at these pictures, and am reminded that I’m insane, and this kind of beauty just can’t be argued.
Her eyes! Those lips! The crinkled-nose angry face! Come on.

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She celebrated her first year in style, with Bubble Guppies cakes (homemade by her mom and ultra-talented friend Kris!)
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Also homemade by this dynamic duo? The birthday girl’s tutu and pink headband. I know! Shut!Up! Those two are incredible.
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All of Scout’s best friends were there too, digging into the cake, candy, goody bags and, of course, the inflatable jumping… gym… thing…
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And now for some of my favorite moments of the day:
Sorry to break it to you, love, but boys don’t really get funnier with age Winking smile
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…but give them a chance, they definitely have their sweet sides, too. Smile
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Happy 1st birthday, beautiful Scout Hazel! I cannot wait to watch you grow more and more beautiful each year!
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