We’ve been looking forward to working with Sarah ever since she continued to hire us after we found out her last name was Palmer and decided to send her the Twin Peaks clip of Sarah Palmer removing her face with nothing but space and a Cheshire Cat smile underneath. This did not deter our own personal Sarah Palmer from responding to us. Instead, it seemed to encourage her. We liked that. Her and her husband Brandon also like Steely Dan and Monty Python and Halloween so they literally check every single one of my personal boxes of coolness (not sure if this is a low or high bar – probably depends on who you ask). Their wedding was going to include a Monty Python intermission as well as tacos and we were already all in, but then they threw in costumes and we were sold completely. Then they told us that Brandon would be performing “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney for Sarah Palmer, but then their friend would come out to “Jump” by Van Halen and he did…in complete spandex leggings with see-through mesh sides. Then a banana got dressed up and a space man danced like a robot and somebody put on underpants on the outside of their real pants and things got real strange. Not Sarah Palmer removing her space face strange, but a happy, wedding strange that only people who really prefer Halloween to every other holiday can enjoy and appreciate. We love you Sarah Palmer and Brandon – thank you for having us be a part of your world.
Date: September 28, 2019 Ceremony+Reception Venue: The Barn at Valhalla // Chapel Hill, NC First Dance Song: “Harvest Moon” – Neil Young Sarah’s Occupation: School Psychologist Brandon’s Occupation: Musician How You Met: Brandon went to college with Janelle and Michael in PA (Juniata College). Grad school at UNC (school psychology program) brought Janelle and Michael to NC, where they met Sarah. After a year of working for Habitat for Humanity in LA, Brandon moved to NC on a whim. About 6 months later we started dating! Interesting Face: Brandon and Sarah play Mario Kart together at least once a day, will always order fried pickles if they’re on the menu, and throw a killer Halloween party. Honeymoon: Mexico Officiant: Michael Meadows MC: Adam Stanley Florist: Pine State Flowers- assembled and delivered by friend Natalie Reder Donuts: Monuts Caterer: Nuvo Taco (formerly NanaTaco) Hair: Rachel from Syd’s Hair Shop in Carrboro Makeup: Sarah Palmer Coordinator: Michael Meadows
WE NEED MORE ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS WITH CATS. Do you hear me, internet? Cats. More cats. We are not short on adorable doggos, but we are short on cats. That being said, you have to hire us fully prepared that your engagement session is just going to turn into pictures of your cats. Jessica was prepared for that (cat dress, cat blanket, book on how to talk to your cat about guns). RJ did stop us during the session to say something like, “Wait, aren’t these supposed to be pictures of us?” but I’m pretty sure he was joking due to the cat salt & pepper shakers, Jackson Galaxy books, and polaroids of their cats adorning their walls.
These guys have two cats: Lola, a tortie, who gave us several hisses of love while trying to drag away an entire bag of treats with her teeth up the stairs, and Misha, a black and white tripod cow cat from Russia. Yes, literally from Russia. Jessica and RJ adopted him in the states after he was already a tripod. We have been told he was “in a car accident in Russia” when he lost his leg, which brings up several questions for me. The phrasing wasn’t “hit by a car,” which is what it normally would be, but rather that he was “in a car accident,” which to me implies that he might have been driving. So, my conclusion is that Misha is possibly (probably) a Russian spy. His owners claim he’s not smart enough, but he’s literally the only cat I’ve ever know who can do tricks (sit, shake, turn around). Jessica and RJ claim that this is because RJ works from home and has time to train him, but both Geoff and myself work from home, and our cats are untrained in almost every way. So… before I get all the evidence in, I’ll watch what I say around Misha… just in case. Both cats are adorable.
So now that their cats have been covered, I need to move on the second most interesting fact of this session, which is how Jessica and RJ met, because it’s quite possibly the best meeting story we’ve ever heard in our 10 years of doing this. Jessica needed a wedding date “to show up an ex who was a groomsman, [and] naturally, I posted an ad to Craigslist.” Then, bold soul that Jessica is, she met several people who responded in order to conduct interviews as to who would be the most convincing/best date to show up the ex-boyfriend. RJ claimed in an e-mail that he’s taller than he really is (Jessica had a height requirement), but they met, instantly clicked, and Jessica decided she could overlook his lying about his height. I can’t even make this stuff up you guys. Best. meeting. story. ever. In like, one million ways. And it gets even better, because several people asked RJ how he met Jessica while they were at the wedding, and RJ recounted a very emotional fake story. This worked for a while until one of the other guests said, “Isn’t that a Subaru commercial?” (and it was), and his cover was blown. But guys… clearly this couple was tailor made just for us. We love everything about them. We are so excited to shoot their wedding in DC next year… where I can only hope that one of the guests brings a plus one and then steals another Subaru commercial ad to explain how they met.
Crystal and Jason seem to be like an adorable rain magnet. And if raining in the form of a hurricane on your wedding day is some sort of good luck, then having it rain againnnn during your anniversary portrait session you drove in from Charlotte to accomplish, then I’d say that they’re neck-deep in luck and need to play the lottery ASAP. 1870 Farm, where they were married, were gracious enough to have us return to shoot their portrait session. I got to pet a goat. It was great. They showed me all the areas that they were supposed to take pictures at had Hurricane Matthew not been an uninvited guest at their wedding. And this was the lake we were going to take pictures at! And this was the tree we were supposed to get married under! The tour was lovely, but interrupted halfway through by a turkey that meant business, and stopped me from spending as much time with the adorable goat as I would’ve preferred. Atlas, Crystal and Jason’s really cute little teddy bear dog, was also hell bent on killing said turkey, although I’m fairly confident he would’ve lost due to his small stature and the look of utter annihilation that the turkey had in its eye, and we moved on. We were supposed to shoot in the evening, but we moved it up to try and shoot in the space between the rain and were mostly successful, but it did start to rain toward the end. They busted out the white wedding umbrellas they used to shield themselves a year ago at their wedding and we continued onward. Rain cannot stop them. We are so glad to have been a part of their rainy wedding and their rainy anniversary shoot and their lives. Now please play the lottery and share some of it with us, thanks.