current obsessions :: greensboro photographer

In hopes that all you fabulous folks out there in cyberspace don't choose to label me as a loser forever, I have a confession. Today, I went to a movie. All by myself. But that's not the worst of it... I may have also eaten a large popcorn with extra butter. NO JUDGING, REMEMBER?

I haven't been to see a movie alone since college, and I must admit, it's pretty relaxing to be the only one there in the middle of the day with no long lines or trying to avoid having to sit next to someone else in a packed theatre.

And it all inspired me to do a post on my current obsessions. One that appeals to the senses... what I'm watching, reading, writing, eating, and listening to this week. So without further ado, here's this week's Friday Five.

1. Watch :: My solo movie adventure was all to see The Descendants. I'd been wanting to see it since it was released months ago, but never got around to it. Now that it's in the running for this weekend's Oscar for Best Picture, I decided there was no better excuse to go to the movies. It's horribly tragic and beautiful all at the same time. I'm not certain how it will fair at the Academy Awards with so many other great movies, but it's a winner in my book.

2. Read :: Yes. I do read Oprah magazine. I have to admit, my mom's the one that gifted the subscription to me, but I've grown to love it. The stories featured in each issue of women succeeding at what they love inspire my when I'm uninspired and lift me up when I'm down on myself. Plus, who can turn down advice from Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Dr. Oz all combined in one magazine?! Not this girl.

3. Taste :: Earlier this week, in an effort to try something new, I browsed my Pinterest board and discovered a gem of a recipe. Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta. Easy, vegetarian (if you're into that - personally, I'm an avid lover of bacon) and delish! Thank you Martha Stewart.

4. Write :: While I was in Chicago, my friend Miranda introduced me to this awesome little book called Wreck this Journal, full of crazy directions for filling and destroying it's pages. My favorite: tie a string around the journal and take it on a walk. It's definitely a great way to: A. make people believe you're clinically insane and/or B. release your inner child. Go. Buy it. Now.

5. Hear :: Young the Giant. I seriously had the song "Cough Syrup" stuck in my head for weeks after first hearing it on Alt Nation, and now, it's stuck there again after seeing it on the most recent episode of Glee. The rest of their self-titled debut album isn't to shabby either. Check it...

Now go out and enjoy the weekend!

bin 33 and AM rOdeO :: greensboro wedding photographer

Last night, Josh and I, along with a few friends, old and new, went to the fabulous Bin 33 to eat, drink and be merry, and boy, we did all three. We photographed a wedding at the restaurant a few weeks ago, but in the hustle and bustle of the day, we didn't have the chance to eat. We knew, just from the looks of it, we would have to get back to try the food and it sure was tasty (be sure to try the arborio rice fritters)!

I had seen earlier on Bin 33's Facebook page that a local pop band, AM rOdeO, was going to be playing there and decided we'd go check them out since we haven't really taken in any of the local music scene, even after nearly two years of living here. The duo was incredibly entertaining playing lots of popular cover songs, as well as a few originals.

They have a standing gig at Print Works Bistro in Greensboro, so if you get the chance, be sure to check them out on Wednesday nights! For more images from last night, head on over to our Facebook page.

It should also be noted that our table won two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert, so next week, I may be rocking to some angsty teenage country music in the midst of hundreds of 13 year old girls. More info to come on that!

love is in the air :: greensboro wedding photographer

Today, May 23, marks mine and Josh's two year wedding anniversary. TWO YEARS! It's hard to believe that it's been that long since that exciting day when we vowed to love, honor and cherish one another for the rest of our lives (which I'm determined is going to be at least another 100+ years). I am so lucky to say that I have the most wonderful husband in the world. He is loving (even when I don't deserve it), supportive of my dreams and ambitions, and willing to deal with my crazy (yes - crazy is a noun in our house - you would understand if you had to live with me) on a daily basis and for that alone, he should receive a gold medal.

We didn't spend the weekend vacationing or indulging in couples massages and fine dining, but I believe this weekend's activities were the best reminder of our own special day. We were blessed to spend our anniversary weekend photographing an absolutely beautiful wedding for an equally as beautiful couple. Check back tomorrow for a preview of their wedding!

During yesterday's celebration, I couldn't help but notice that everyone from the father of the groom to the DJ was more than willing to offer the happy couple words of wisdom for a successful marriage. I, myself, was posed the question of what makes for a happy marriage just a few days ago. It seems that the #1 response is communication, and I have to agree that it is very important to make a point to communicate and continue to know one another. 

However, I think in the hustle and bustle of married life - the stresses of work, adjusting to another person's annoying habits (like leaving their dirty socks on the living room floor or squeezing toothpaste from the middle of the tube - these issues are real folks), or dealing with finances... don't even get me started on finances - it's important to just have fun together. When you fell in love, were you talking about money and complaining about your boyfriend or girlfriend not doing the dishes? Are those the good times that come to mind when you think of your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife? I'm betting not - i'm betting that you were on a date, having FUN, getting to know one another. It's easy to just coast through life, only dealing with the stuff you have to, but when you add a little fun in there - even something as simple as a casual dinner date or in the Glessner house, the ever popular Starbucks coffee date - it's so much easier to deal with all that serious stuff. But really, what do I know? I've only been married for two years - maybe you should check back with me in another 50 :)

Us having fun with our bridal party on our wedding day! Photo courtesy of the lovely Sarah Gutin Beaty of Eyeris Photography.