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This past Thursday, John and I went down to North Carolina for a few days to visit family and attend Matt & Sarah‘s wedding.  It was a nice break to attend a wedding as a guest and not the photographer.  (And no, I didn’t even take my camera to the wedding!  Their photographer was clearly awesome.)

It was seriously one of the most fun weekends ever – having everyone in town at the same time, including all of John’s siblings, was SO much fun.  But on Saturday we got a little more than we bargained for.  I’m sure you’ve heard about the tornadoes in North Carolina, and we found ourselves right in the middle of the chaos as we were getting ready for the wedding at John’s mom’s house in Cary, North Carolina.

We got ready in front of the TV, watching to see if a tornado was headed our way, everyone’s phones ringing off the hook.  The lights flickered, but amazingly we never lost power.  We were supposed to leave at 4pm, but held off a little longer until the weather calmed down.  As we were headed to Chapel Hill for the wedding, we went in and out of the storm, and as we drove on an overpass, I spotted a narrow funnel spinning off in the distance.  I think we were all a little concerned how the evening would play out.

Then – amazingly – as we got closer to Chapel Hill, the clouds parted and the sun came out.  By the time we arrived it was warm and sunny, as though there had never been a storm.  The rest of the day was perfect, with a full moon rising over the festivities as the night wore on.  Unfortunately I ended up getting a massive allergy attack that left my right eye looking like I had gotten punched in the face – the pollen in North Carolina never fails to kick my ass.  But a small price to pay to spend a gorgeous evening outside, celebrating with our lovely friends.

I know a lot of people were hurt or killed in the storms in North Carolina this weekend.  The day could have turned out very different for everyone involved, and we know how lucky we all were to have not been hurt, and to be able to spend a beautiful evening with our friends and family.  I’m definitely keeping everyone who was affected by this storm in my thoughts today.

Here are a few photos from this weekend – some just taken with my iPhone.  And the photos of John and I were taken at the rehearsal dinner Friday night by his brother, Marc.  I handed him my camera, gave him a quick lesson, and he nailed it.  (Thanks, Marc!)  I am determined to get more photos of John and I this year!  I feel like we have so few of us together – because I’m the one always taking the pictures.

thegroomsmen(The groom & groomsmen just before leaving for the rehearsal.)
theboys(Left: The groomsmen.  Right: Marc – John’s brother – and John.)
rehearsaldinner(John & I.)
rehearsal(Left: Marc & his girlfriend, Jennifer.  Right: John & I.)
smwedblog2(Left:  John’s sister – Katie – at the wedding.  Middle:  Wedding!  Right:  John & I.)
smwedblog(Left: The two Katie Goulahs.  Center: Wedding!  Right: John.)
smblog1(Left: Katie, and John’s other sister – Kim.  Middle: The awesome bluegrass band at the wedding.  Right: Me!)

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