Lauren+Justin // Married.

Lauren and Justin were married in March in a small courthouse ceremony in Asheville. :) They thankfully contacted us to take their wedding portraits in Saxapahaw as they’re frequent visitors of the Haw River Ballroom and often walk along the river trails. We said YES! (because Saxapahaw rules, because they listed the Neverending Story as their favorite movie, and because they have two cats and sounded really nice). It turns out that all of those things are true! They are indeed very nice and Saxapahaw is still awesome and so is the Neverending Story (of course). They also weirdly enough live in the same neighborhood as us!

Anyway – we had an awesome time getting to know these guys. They love music and hiking and generally hanging out being awesome (Lauren does graphic design and Justin purchase ordering). Bonus points: Justin is the first person I’ve ever met besides myself that owns Songs in the Key of X: Music from and inspired by the X-Files (hah!). I’m thankful to know that I don’t own the only copy and that I’m only kind of nuts. ;) Please join us in wishing these two a very heartfelt congratulations on their marriage!

THESE TWO. We’re kind of partial to them because they lend us awesome British sci-fi movies with tag lines like “Inner City vs. Outer Space” and make us gluten-free cupcakes. Emmanuel currently has some of our comics out on loan, and we’d totally be borrowing his Walking Dead video game right now if we had a Playstation, but we don’t, so that exchange will have to wait. We even played Catch Phrase once where Erika was on my team, and I’m pretty sure she said, “Wild Goose Run” at least twice before I could coax “Wild Goose Chase” out of her and I won’t let her live it down (despite us being the best team and always winning). We like ’em a whole lot.

So they wanted to do a more candid-type engagement shoot because Erika’s smile starts to fade after forced-smiling for so long, so they proposed a cooking photo shoot. They both like cooking and baking. A lot. A whole, whole lot. Brunch is their favorite meal and I am pretty sure each time we’ve been with them, they talk about recipes. It’s pretty adorable, and I envy their knowledge of how to make things super tasty as well as local restaurant knowledge. They also watch a lot of Drunk Kitchen on Youtube (Google this – it’s awesome) so it was an appropriate idea. But they needed a kitchen and asked if they could use ours, and we said SURE! Because we like them, and also knew we’d get tasty things out of the deal (which we certainly did – jerk chicken with rice and margarita cupcakes!). So it’s kind of strange to see our own kitchen on the blog, but here it is!

They also just recently completed a Color Run, and liked it a whole lot. So they bought the colored powder for the session and threw it at each other (not in our kitchen). Then, covered in colored powder, we drove them back and ate delicious things and were very happy. Erika and Emmanuel get married in July and we will be there to eat their tasty food (and photograph them).