Monthly archives: June 2011


Can I just say that not only do I love Kiera and Nat but I love their whole family! They were so welcoming and warm, and for the whole wedding day, we felt like part of it. I love hugs, I really really love hugs. Every member of Kiera’s family is possibly the best hugger in the world, and they kept on hugging, lots, I got lots of hugs, which makes me happy (see the pictures below to get an idea of what some of the best hugs in the world look like). Kiera and Nat are just perfect for each other, so down to earth, and so in love. The whole wedding was just a breath of fresh air.

This wedding was perfect. The venue, the beautiful weather, and the all star vendor line up, made for a perfect night (not to mention all the hugs). Megan with Event Accomplished did an amazing job planning and pulling off one of the best weddings ever! The reception took place at one of my new favorite venues, the Meridian House.

I was actually really sad when the wedding was over, I didn’t want to say goodbye to the family. Thank you again for having me be a part of such a great day, and please keep in touch!
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  1. Another fantastic batch of photos! My sister got married at the Meridian House, and yes, it is positively stellar. =)
    June 29, 2011  6:11 pm
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  2. Paul said:
    Wow! Great photos. I especially like that ring shot. Very creative.
    June 29, 2011  6:54 pm
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  3. Cicely said:
    Great wedding, love that ring shot!
    June 30, 2011  7:42 am
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  4. James Reyes said:
    Love your wide angle work at this wedding. Particularly loved the moment after the kiss wide angle of them on the stairs. But the dancing around the stairs image just blew me away with the use of lines combined with the wide angle.
    June 30, 2011  6:49 pm
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  5. admin said:
    Thank you guys! I loved this wedding so much!
    June 30, 2011  7:01 pm
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I love unique sessions, and I love different ideas. I love having shoots become an experience, a crazy fun memory (with some different photos). May it be on the Cliffs of Moher, with Elephants, under waterfalls, the top of London’s tower bridge and so on. I was so excited when Kristina asked me to do an after wedding session. Immediately the planning began. Kristina has a huge love for animals. After a lot of talk, we decided to rent camels, and a few other animals. Why camels you may ask, well why not. We didn’t want pictures with horses, or cats, we talked for a long time about alpacas. I think the reason was simple, we wanted an experience, something a bit different. That we got.

This was my first ever, sunrise session, I don’t really believe that we are supposed to be up before the sun, so I never am. But when you have camels, a stunning bride and groom, 100 degree heat in the day, and beautiful morning light, I was convinced that morning was the way to go. We had so much fun! The camels had much more personality then I ever expected. There was one moment in which I asked Ryan to kiss Kristina on the cheek, a camel went and put his lips against her other cheek! I am convinced that he thought Ryan was eating something tasty off her face so he went to check it out on the other side, but it did make for one awesome moment and I just love the picture (below). The farm had many other animals. They even had doves that they let Kristina and Ryan release, the doves flew around then came back. I am kind of in love with these pictures, what an amazing day and what an amazing experience!

Thank you to Kristina and Ryan for helping me brainstorm this session, and for having so much fun (even when the camels tried to bite your heads), and thank you to Thu for waking up at such a crazy hour to help with this crazy fun session!


































  1. Cicely said:
    SOOO awesome! LOVE it!!! My favorite is the vertical where they are kissing and the camel is going "OOOH".
    June 22, 2011  7:50 am
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  2. Jason said:
    Love the Camels! Great idea!
    June 22, 2011  7:59 am
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  3. admin said:
    Thanks guys! Loved your post today as well :)
    June 22, 2011  8:07 am
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  4. erum said:
    Haha- so unique and different, such a beautiful couple and love them all!
    June 22, 2011  8:39 am
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  5. maria said:
    are you kidding me with this amazingness?! one of my favorite kristi odom sessions ever :)
    June 22, 2011  9:19 am
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  6. rebekah j. said:
    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG.

    this is amazing.
    June 22, 2011  9:46 am
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  7. Claudia said:
    Waow, I love all of them ... but my favorite may actually be the last one!
    June 22, 2011  1:46 pm
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    • admin said:
      That may just be my fav as well!
      June 22, 2011  8:37 pm
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  8. Kelley said:
    You are amazing!
    June 22, 2011  7:33 pm
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    • admin said:
      Wow, thank you so much Kelley!!!
      June 22, 2011  8:36 pm
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  9. Tracy said:
    I'm speechless. This session and the photos are AWESOME.
    June 23, 2011  5:32 am
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  10. Sarah B said:
    These are beautiful!!! I love them!! :)
    June 23, 2011  12:43 pm
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  11. Asha Lea said:
    OMG Krist, you are gorgeous! Beautiful work, Kristi, as always!
    June 30, 2011  7:31 am
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  12. Thu said:
    Love!!!
    July 6, 2011  8:52 pm
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In my last blog post I came across the above image. It is one of my all time favorite father daughter moments. There is such joy in this photo, it really makes me smile. I realized that a wedding day can be the biggest day of a dad’s life. Father’s dream of walking their daughters down the aisle, giving their daughter to a good man, their father daughter dance. They give the toasts, welcome their friends, sometimes even pay the bills. I am very privileged to photograph one of the biggest days in a father’s life. This post is a dedication to some of my favorite father moments. A big happy fathers day!




































Now I realize that I didn’t give my dad many of these moments as a bride, instead my dad got a bit more of an nontraditional experience. Below are two images of my dad, taken in Zimbabwe the day after my wedding. The first we are feeding elephants, the second yes he is rubbing the belly of a lion. Thanks for all the amazing memories and for all the adventures! Happy Father’s day.


  1. Kristi, You are an adventure! Although you rarely show your emotion on your persona, you certainly know how to capture and express emotion in your photography. That is why your wedding photos, sports photos, event photos, nature photos, underwater photos and all other photos shine above all others. Your talent cannot be learned in school as it is embedded in your soul. You are a very special daughter and I am a very proud father. I love you very much. D.O.D.
    June 19, 2011  9:33 am
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  2. LeeAnn said:
    Thank you Kristi to such a wonderful tribute to not only your own father but to so many father's and brides that you have captured at such a memorable moment. Your wedding may not have captured the same pictures but believe me the moments were there!!! We love you and are so very proud that you are able to share your love and talent with so many people! Have fun next week!!
    June 19, 2011  7:09 pm
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The Plains, Virginia

I just loved everything about Lyndsey and John and I loved everything about this wedding! Lyndsey and John are both very environmentally conscious, and their wedding was one of the greenest weddings I have ever seen. Their flowers were the seasonal flowers from Whole Foods, their rings were made by Brilliant Earth, which uses recycled gold and platinum and sources materials and gems from mines that use sustainable practices, their favors were Newman’s Own organic rainforest alliance certified chocolate, the caterer used local food and all of the meat came from a small farm where the animals were treated well, recycled paper was used for the invitations, envelopes, reply cards, seating cards, menus, favor boxes and signs, the venue was family owned, the list goes on and on.

Lyndsey is just the sweetest person ever! Her smile is so warm, and very contagious! Every time I met up with Lyndsey I always felt so relaxed and happy. Plus for the three times we met, every time involved her giving me chocolate. Coolest person ever. John is just as relaxed and down to earth. This wedding was full of love, happiness, and just a good ole relaxed time. It was beautiful!


















































  1. Chris said:
    These are brilliant! That little girl is so funny.
    June 16, 2011  11:10 am
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  2. Jason said:
    Beautiful Kristi!
    June 16, 2011  11:33 am
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  3. admin said:
    Thanks guys!
    June 16, 2011  11:35 am
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  4. What a beautiful venue! Gorgeous couple. Gorgeous wedding. And of course, gorgeous photos as always!
    June 17, 2011  5:30 am
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  5. Patrick said:
    Lyndsey and John are great together, so no surprise that they look good in photographs, but these also capture the rest of the beauty in the scene quite nicely. Great pictures.
    June 17, 2011  6:32 am
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  6. Thomas and Marion said:
    Beautiful couple, beautiful pictures. Two people in perfect harmony. Just wonderful.
    June 24, 2011  12:53 am
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  7. Matt Bonn said:
    What a beautiful couple !! Congratulations to the wedding couple, and also to you, Brenda and Steve !!
    June 24, 2011  8:22 am
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  8. Jim and Nancy said:
    What a joyful event. Both Lyndsey and John make a beautiful couple. And Steve appears as a proud Father. Gradulations to the lovely bride and groom and to Brenda and Steve. The first wedding out of your old neighborhood.
    July 3, 2011  5:29 pm
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Cassie and Devin had a private ceremony and got married just the two of them. A month or so later they hired me to get some shots around DC and Old Town. It was really funny, I was kind of expecting the shoot to be a bit like an engagement shoot, casual clothing, low key… I showed up to find Cassie stunning in her beautiful wedding dress, high pink heals, hair done, make-up perfect and Devin in his Marine Dress Blues. It was hard taking my eyes off this beautiful couple. I all the sudden got really excited.

The shoot ended up a bit of a production. Devin is a bit quiet and doesn’t like a lot of attention. Having a Marine plus a breathtaking bride walking through the DC monuments ended up being quiet the spectacle. Groups were standing and applauding, people were coming out of the blue thanking Devin for his service, a tour bus even slowed down so that everyone on board could take photos. It was definitely not the low key shoot I was expecting.

We quickly moved out of the city and somewhere more quiet, we moved to the back cobble stone streets in old town. Both Cassie and Devin have such a fun laid back personally. They started playing around, laughing, smiling, and just goofing off. It was tons of fun!






















  1. Asha Lea said:
    These are stunning, Kristi! As always. Beautiful work!
    June 8, 2011  12:15 pm
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  2. Melody said:
    These pictures are beautiful!!! Love them! Do you have a shot of her pink heels? :)
    June 8, 2011  12:40 pm
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    • admin said:
      Thanks Melody! I added a shoe shot for you :)
      June 8, 2011  12:57 pm
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  3. Gorgeous! I love this, they are so classic and romantic! Thanks for sharing.
    June 8, 2011  12:56 pm
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  4. Jill said:
    Gorgeous shots! I especially like the B&W ones with the wood door behind them.
    June 8, 2011  1:04 pm
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    • admin said:
      Thank you so much! Those were my favorite as well.
      June 8, 2011  5:38 pm
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  5. Lauren B said:
    LOVE the b&w between the monument pillars!
    June 8, 2011  1:32 pm
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  6. Cassie said:
    Kristi - these are awesome! I can't wait to see the rest, yay!! :)
    June 8, 2011  1:43 pm
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  7. Paul said:
    great work baby! beautiful photos.
    June 8, 2011  1:59 pm
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  8. LeeAnn said:
    What a stunning couple...Beautiful photos Kristi!
    June 8, 2011  3:30 pm
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  9. kristina said:
    umm.. WOW! I was excited from the description (hehe) but the pictures.. between the eyes, the shoes, their chemistry, the setting, and your creative genius... perfect :)
    June 8, 2011  4:45 pm
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  10. rebekah j. said:
    ADORE the shoe/dress silhouette shot!! amazing, wow.
    June 8, 2011  9:23 pm
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  11. Marty Aulner said:
    These Photos are Awesome Cassie is my Daughter and Devin is my new son in law what a Awesome Couple I Love them both Dad !
    June 8, 2011  9:43 pm
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  12. Laura said:
    Beautiful!!!
    June 9, 2011  6:43 am
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Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
Young Harris, Georgia

It is really hard to start with this post, so I am going to start by saying, I just love these two! I have known these two for a while now. Kristina is so wonderful, she is very caring, sweet, and just simply nice to everyone. She likes making people happy and smile. I always loved hanging out with her. We have gotten to know each other over the last few years, but really got to spend some time together when she started planning her own wedding. She has quickly become one of my good friends, and I feel very fortunate to have her as part of my life. I didn’t get to know Ryan well until his wedding day, and I could not be happier for the two of them. I think that the phrase that comes to mind when I think of these two is “simply happy”. There is so much drama in the world, and amongst crazy drama is just Kristina and Ryan hugging and smiling. I absolutely love that, it is a very inspiring type of love.

I think my favorite moment was when Ryan saw Kristina for the first time, just the two of them (and us photogs of course). His smile started small, then erupted, the he threw his arms out and she ran to him. They landed in a huge hug, with smiles over each other shoulders that only us photographer could see. We then had a few hours to just take pictures (and video which I can’t wait to share). The time we spent before the wedding, was priceless, and I am just in love with some of the pictures. Kristina danced around on a hill, Ryan said his vows to her privately amongst tall grass, then we wondered over to take some photos with horses. It was amazing!

A big thank you to Chris for traveling down to Georgia to capture video, another big thanks to Thu for all your talent and friendship (and awesome pictures). It was an amazing day, and I hope you guys love the images as much as I loved taking them (if that is even possible)!
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  1. Amazing photos Kristi - made me tear up a little bit! Love the shots in the field, magical...
    June 2, 2011  7:40 am
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  2. Ryan Hawkinson said:
    Wow, Kristi! THank YOu so much, they are amazing! We had a great time making them with you and the crew. And thank you for your kind words, so sweet.
    June 2, 2011  8:00 am
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  3. Sarah B said:
    Beautiful work!
    June 2, 2011  8:30 am
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  4. Jason said:
    Beautiful Kristi!
    June 2, 2011  8:34 am
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  5. Asha Lea said:
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I seriously gasped when I saw them! Gorgerous, Kristi!
    June 2, 2011  10:07 am
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  6. Tanja said:
    Love these Kristi! :)
    June 2, 2011  10:07 am
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  7. Chris said:
    Really awesome work! These look fantastic!
    June 2, 2011  11:02 am
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  8. Julie Schroeder said:
    Kristi,

    Thank you so much for the peek at these wonderful pictures! You have done a great job at capturing what makes Kristina and Ryan so special.
    June 2, 2011  11:03 am
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  9. I want horses! Gorgeous as always Kristi. My fav is the set with the horses :)
    June 2, 2011  11:23 am
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  10. jenn fortune said:
    Fantastical Photos!!!! Amazing as always!
    June 2, 2011  2:01 pm
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  11. admin said:
    Wow, thank you guys so much! Such a beautiful couple and such a beautiful wedding!
    June 2, 2011  3:02 pm
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  12. Mark Hawkinson said:
    Again, you da woman! Great work. I"ll see if I can get you more business ;)
    June 3, 2011  6:41 pm
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    • admin said:
      Thank you Mark! You are awesome!
      June 3, 2011  6:48 pm
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  13. Thu said:
    swoon!
    June 4, 2011  1:13 am
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  14. Gregg Hawkinson said:
    Kristi

    Your work will provide Barbara and me wonderful memories of a very specail day for our son and daughter in law. Thank you so much. Gregg Hawkinson
    June 4, 2011  8:27 am
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Three years ago today, I got married on an island in Zambia to my best friend. There were not too many guests, instead we had hippos, elephants, and monkeys at our wedding. When I came back from Africa I was still in the middle of wedding season, and I didn’t realize until recently I never actually blogged about our wedding. So here it is!

It was a hard decision to get married overseas. I think one of the reason I became a photographer is that I just love watching others have moments. Moments of pure joy, accomplishment, and happiness. I always feel privileged to be there. But the idea of having my own moment in the middle of lots of people really worried me. I wanted to just go somewhere amazing with Paul and have our moment just the two of us. No one watching, no one needing to be fed, no flowers, no bridal party, no family conflict, just us. Plus with shooting almost 200 weddings, I wanted to do something different. We did have a few people come, my parents, my photography teacher, a friend, then two awesome girls we had met on safari the week before. The biggest issue was trying to keep the monkeys off my wedding dress.

I loved my wedding day questionare, it had three questions, How much cake do you want? Any food restrictions? What color flowers do you want? It was kind of funny, I said blue for my flowers, and when I arrived, they told me that they tried for weeks to make blue roses for me, but couldn’t figure it out, so they asked if another color was ok. I was so flattered that the locals tried to change the color of flowers for me! I laughed and told them that the color didn’t matter at all.

We got married at Tongabezi Lodge. The Lodge was beyond amazing. The rooms were open with the sounds of hippos, and monkeys occasionally visiting. Our room was called the dog house, click to take a look at their websites amazing 360 degree view. Then we moved to the bird house. The rooms at Tongabezi were just beyond words. Waking up, literally on the Zambezi, was a beautiful experience. We look forward to heading back one day. We started the day going to the courthouse and signing all the papers and such. Then we moved to an island in the middle of the Zambezi.

Before our wedding we traveled a bit through Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia. Right after we were married we went to South Luangwa national park in Zambia, where we honeymooned in the park. We did walking safaris and camped in the park. Below are some of the pictures from the whole trip.

A big thank you to everyone who came over to be with us on our wedding day! An even bigger thank you to my wonderful husband, who really makes my life complete! Happy anniversary!




Photo below by Bobby Thompson



Photo below by France Dorman






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  1. kris rupp said:
    Wow!! Unbelievable!! Thanks so much for sharing :)
    June 1, 2011  7:36 am
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  2. Mo said:
    Seems one of the only ways they could've made blue roses is by painting them, Disney style!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_rose

    I always thought putting white roses in water with blue dye worked.
    June 1, 2011  8:28 am
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  3. Alison said:
    This is amazing Kristi! Your wedding sounds wonderful and you are definitely the only person I've ever met with elephants in their wedding pictures.

    Weddings in Zambia are probably second only to weddings in Iceland (still looking for clients!)
    June 1, 2011  8:46 am
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    • admin said:
      One day we will make it to Iceland! I have a friend who did actually book a wedding in Iceland, I am so jealous!
      June 1, 2011  8:50 am
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  4. Chris said:
    These pictures are amazing! Happy anniversary!
    June 1, 2011  12:14 pm
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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Congratulations on 3 years. Time sure does fly by!!!!!
    June 1, 2011  12:55 pm
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  6. Riemke said:
    Congratulations Kristi! Still loving this beautiful wedding story!
    June 1, 2011  2:23 pm
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  7. Paul said:
    Wow... that was probably tone of the best trips of my life! I married the most wonderful woman I have ever met and we had such a great time on the safari. I love you baby! Happy anniversary!
    June 1, 2011  3:24 pm
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  8. LeeAnn said:
    First I must say that Kristi married the most awesome guy in the world too!! If I could only go back 3 years and relive every second!!! What an incredible wedding in such a memorable setting! Love you both and hope you have 36 fabulous years like your dad and I !!!
    June 1, 2011  5:57 pm
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  9. Julie Renee said:
    This is awesome, Kristi! I love how you march to your own fantastic drum! The photos are gorgeous!
    June 1, 2011  6:09 pm
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  10. maria said:
    absolutely incredible, kristi...the photos and the story. happy 3 year anniversary!!

    (i left a comment last night, but i don't think it went through :)
    June 2, 2011  6:25 am
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