Monthly Archives: March 2011

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Monica & Michael Get Married

Photos by Anne Almasy

Monica and Michael are both educators, writers, and creatives.  Monica is a minister.  Michael is a meditator.  Family and community are everything to them.  (She’s also hooked on Bravo reality TV, and I hear he has a killer jump shot!)  Their ceremony reflected their personalities and values through a beautifully-crafted blend of KMT, Yoruba, and progressive Christian traditions.

I was excited when I learned that they had chosen the Atlanta Friends Meeting House as their ceremony location, a light-filled Quaker worship center just around the corner from where Dan and I live.

A Blooming Earth provided Monica’s bouquet of roses, and Therez Fleetwood designed Monica’s gown.

Michael arrived at the Meeting House ready to go, so he relaxed in one of the classrooms, talking religion and politics until wedding time.  They were all so engrossed in conversation they didn’t pay any attention to me!

Monica’s friend and hair stylist Chakayah, slipping small shells onto the hair pins for Monica’s hair…

Ashley Morton did a beautiful job on Monica’s makeup…

Monica and her mom…

One of the ministers puts the finishing touches on her sermon while friends sign the guest book…

Michael played the djembe as Monica danced down the aisle toward him…

They remembered and honored their ancestors with a libation…

Their guests were invited to participate in a Meal of Freedom, which Monica and Michael shared with each person in turn.

The clergy…

Monica and Michael with their matchmaker!

Instead of numbering the dinner tables, Monica and Michael identified each table with a portrait of one of their favorite authors.  Since they initially bonded over their love of “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” James Baldwin’s photograph was front and center at their table.

A prayer before the meal…

Monica and Michael signed a traditional Quaker marriage contract, and their guests added their names as witnesses and supporters of their partnership.  Since many of their friends and family were unable to be at their Atlanta celebration, they will take the contract with them around the country as they celebrate with their loved ones, adding signatures along the way.  Monica’s talented cousins Cynithea and Jared designed their logo.

A vegan meal was prepared and served family-style by Healthful Essence.

Monica’s father passed several years ago, so she shared the traditional father-daughter dance with her uncle…

Monica and Michael, thank you for honoring me by including me in your celebration of marriage!  I was so blessed to experience the day with you!

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WPJA 2010 Q4

Anne’s winning image from the latest WPJA contest… check out all of the winning images here!

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Minishoot: Jordon & Henry

We left town before I could blog the last of my weekday Mini Shoots, so with no further ado, here’s Jordon and her beautiful new little boy Henry…

Henry had absolutely no interest in waking up, even when he was jostled, tickled, and forced to to the YMCS.  But that’s okay.  Sleeping babies ARE pretty priceless!

Besties!  Jordon was in Allison’s wedding, and it was really fun to see the two of them together with their kiddos!

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Caden is new here!

My sweet friend Cayla never planned on being a mom, but when you see her now with her new little son Caden, it’s so clear that she was meant to be a mother!  (And Caden has his daddy Ryan wrapped completely around his little finger!)

Love you guys!!

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Minishoot: Allison & The Twins

It’s always an honor to photograph a photographer!  Allison is a wonderful children’s portrait photographer here in Atlanta; check out her work here.  She said she didn’t have any good photos of just her and the twins, so she came out for a weekday Mini Shoot with her two sweet, chubby babies!

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Minishoot: The Lays

Another of my weekday Mini Shoot families!  Baby Vivi Charles is sure to be an amazing, creative little lady, with her designer parents as an example!  Check out Chip’s beautiful web designs and Joni’s fantastic letterpress cards and custom signs!

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