Mac and Chelsea were married at Southall Meadows in Franklin, TN on September 11, 2015. I’ve known Mac for a number of years and was excited to be a part of their special day.
With a venue like this, you can’t help but want an outdoor wedding…despite the threat of rain. Dodging in and out of buildings and under umbrellas, the few showers that passed through only aided in the beautiful backdrop of the ceremony and pictures that we would capture.
But once the ceremony was over, the real party began as food trucks arrived for dinner and the dance floor opened. It was an incredible night with some wonderful people and a whole lot of laughter.
We wish Mac and Chelsea all the best!
Orry and Kodi were married in Monroe, GA at the beautiful Engine Room venue, which is part of the old Monroe Cotton Mill. Touches of their college allegiance showed up in all of the details of the day; from socks to the garter and all the way to their reception entrance…their love for UGA was only outmatched by their love for each other. As these two families came together, it was evident just how excited they were to be becoming one. It was a beautiful day and the beginning of a beautiful family.
“Go to The Masters.” Now I can check that off my bucket list.
Not that it was on my bucket list (I’ve always been more of a baseball guy), but after going to the practice round/par 3 tournament on Wednesday (April 8), I’m glad I went. It was definitely an experience to be had. I’ve had college roommates and friends make the trek many times before (some even returning with souvenirs for me), but this was my first chance. I’m thankful for the Day family that offered the ticket up via Shonda. (I’m also thankful for the sick roommate that had to back out at the last minute that opened up the free ticket).
If you’ve ever been to the Masters, then the first thing you probably noticed, like me, was that everything is green. I mean, everything…and perfect. I enjoy cutting my grass every now and then, but the pristine condition of every part of the course was what amazed me so much. I’ve already started calculating how much land I would need to carve out my own par 3 hole and putting green…I’ve yet to figure out how to pay for/supply the amount of workers it would take to keep it looking slick.
The thing I’ve always heard (or at least what I’ve always listened to) is that the concessions are very reasonable. After having just spent $8.50 on a Souvenir Cup at the Braves game on Friday, I can appreciate reasonably priced refreshments and snacks. I decided to make it my goal to try out the goods in the food line and make a sampling of each product offered…for science. It was 7am, so a sausage biscuit was my first experience…that was a $1.50 well spent.
When the course finally opened at 8am, the first thing that greeted us was the Masters Scoreboard. So I had to grab a quick picture there to signify that I was actually there…so here I am…
Most people knew what they were doing, where they were going, and how they were going to get there. I just knew I was on a golf course without a cart and we were about to start walking somewhere…
Our first stop was at Hole 10.
We were able to catch Mark O’Meara and Hideki Matsuyama approaching the green. I quickly learned that since it was a practice round, each golfer putted an absurd amount of times on each green while their caddies paced from fringe to fringe, trying to capture just the right measurements and slopes and breaks while diligently keeping notes in what appeared to be a Waffle House Short Order Pad for further tournament play.
Since we were already on that side of the course, we made our way down to Amen Corner. I can honestly say this was the only area of the course I could tell you about before I went. Perhaps because of the “Amen” in the name and correlation with my profession (youth minister).
I also learned about the green chair(s).
1. Everyone has a green chair
2. You can leave your green chair anywhere you want.
3. You don’t mess with the green chair.
Let it be noted that I DID NOT have a green chair.
I had a Coleman camping chair that I borrowed from a friend
Steven Bowditch came along shortly thereafter. Despite the “No Cell Phone” policy of the Masters, you could tell this was Bowditch’s first appearance here…and he was pretty enthralled to take it all in.
This sign made me chuckle all day.
My second favorite spot on the day was the finish of 15 (seen below) and the start of 16. Several people had said this was the spot to be, so I was definitely looking forward to watching this turn, and the grandstands made for some great views.
I’ve never seen these things before…I don’t know what they are called…sand sweepers, perhaps…but these guys sure did have some fun swooshing those things back and forth to get the sand off the putting green.
16 was the hole I heard they skipped it on. Sure enough, one after the other, each guy walked up, set their ball on the bank, then pulled out their four iron. And the crowd cheered in excitement as the ball careened across the pond with ease and elegance. I tried this a few times myself…it is NOT as easy as they made it look.
And now we’ve come to the part of the day I was most looking forward to…the dining.
I’d heard the stories of reasonable concessions. Sandwiches and Drinks that didn’t rip you a new one. So I made it my goal to thoroughly enjoy the food while there…and by thoroughly enjoy, I mean thoroughly enjoy.
By day’s end, I had partaken in:
1 Sausage Biscuit
1 Pimento Cheese
1 Egg Salad
1 Masters Club
1 BBQ Sandwich
and 2 Lemonades
(all before 2pm)
Jordan Niebrugge taking a cut.
One of Trisha’s concerns before I left the house was that my shirt was too flashy. Notice the picture at the beginning of the post…it wasn’t.
But man, there were some golf pants out there that definitely fit the build. I told Trisha when I got home that maybe mine wasn’t flashy enough.
After most of the players had come through on the practice round, we made our way over to the par 3 course to catch some of the action. Before getting there, we caught Adam Scott working the putting green for a bit.
Fred Ridley walks by on his way to the green. What’s more impressive? His caddy’s sideburns.
We posted up on the hill across the water to watch the 8th and 9th green. I loved watching all the people react to the shots, like a wave in the ocean.
That sums up my day (as short as it was…I was out of there by 2).
I’ve heard people talk about the prestige and awe of The Masters.
Now I’ve seen it for myself.
Ever since college, I’ve took it upon myself to find someone to cut my hair for free. What started off as me just being cheap has turned into a sense of pride in not having to pay for a hair cut for X number of years. My wife, Trisha, has graciously taken these responsibilities upon herself and has done an exceedingly wonderful job with it ever since she took the reigns.
I hadn’t cut my hair since before Leeland was born in September (more updates on him later) so I was long overdue.
we decided I decided to set up my camera and do a time lapse of a typical hair cut for me. The only difference is that usually Trisha makes me go outside for it so my hair doesn’t get everywhere. Today worked in my favor, though, because it was windy and cold outside…and Trisha wasn’t having any of that…especially my trimmed hair blowing all over her in the gusts of wind.
So here it is…my hair cut time lapse.
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 24-70 2.8
Jesse and Rachel have such a sweet relationship together and it was evident throughout our time with them on their wedding day. Just watch the smile that comes across his face when those church doors open and he sees his bride for the very first time in her extravagant wedding dress.
They were wed at Eagles Landing Baptist Church on July 28th, 2012 with a reception that followed at Eagles Landing Country Club. With a wedding dress fit for a magnificent ball, a cake that looked like it was straight out of a wedding magazine, and a groom completely in love with his bride, this day shaped up to be absolutely perfect for these two newlyweds.
Jesse and Rachel, we loved getting to know you and we wish you the very best in the years to come in your new life together!
Music: Love Will Be Enough for Us by Dave Barnes
We’re expecting. A baby. A real, live human baby.
…and that’s exciting. Trisha is ecstatic. I’m pretty stoked myself. You can only imagine how excited our parents are about it.
Working at the church, I’ve always had the opportunity to share “news” with the congregation in unique and interesting ways. This goes back to when I first proposed to Trisha, we were having a youth auction to raise money for summer missions and before we got started I said, “Before I pray, I want to ask my fiance to come up here with me.” Excitement ensued.
If you’ve ever heard our wedding story (ask us sometime), you know that it was a surprise for the church and I basically kick started my own marriage ceremony with a Children’s Sermon that led to us getting hitched. More excitement ensued.
This time, we wanted to share with the youth first about the idea of us bringing human life on this earth, so I got this bright idea for our Wednesday Night Youth Game to be the game of charades. I made up a bunch of cards with words and phrases and we had been playing for about 20 minutes going back and forth between the two teams. Several of the youth had participated quite successfully and the time was ripe, so I asked one of the youth to come up and do the last set before we got started with our devotion. She did and her first clue was “Fire Engine.” This is where the video picks up. The next clue I gave her was “Trisha’s Pregnant.” The following takes place:
When thinking about how we wanted to tell the rest of the church about our news, there really wasn’t a better way than to let everyone in my weekly children’s sermon. We had asked/threatened the youth to keep it quiet until Sunday. For me, I knew that there would be some kids to spill the beans. It was more of a social experiement for me, since in past experience, the things you ask them to tell their parents, they don’t and the things you don’t ask them to tell their parents, they do. Despite it all, I was rather impressed that a majority of the kids kept it hush hush until Sunday morning. When the time came for the children’s sermon, it was finally time to let everyone know what was going on. Trisha decided she needed video evidence, so you can watch it:
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