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Friday Fun – Ok, I was actually terrified!

by Zach on July 31, 2009, posted in Friday Fun

What have we been up to this week?  … about 60 feet!

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I love roller coasters, don’t mind being up in high places, and like to do some dare-devilish things with no fear, but I have to admit this past week I truly had a moment where I was a bit freaked!

This whole week we have been in Wisconsin hanging with Zach’s family.  The first half of the week we were at a family camp at Camp Forest Springs with the whole Gray crew and I had the sweet opportunity to do the high ropes course at camp with one of Zach’s younger brother’s Sam.

We had a great time going through the challenges as a team, and then comes the last part – getting down.  The course reaches over 65 feet in the air, and at this point you have already chose to exit the High Ropes Course via swing, but now you’re looking down and not so sure you made the right choice… Let me give you an idea of what we were looking at…

You’re practically eye level with the tree tops… everyone on the ground looks like ants (ok, maybe giant ants at least)… the only way down is 25 feet of free fall before the arch catches you and swings you back into the air…. and the only thing preventing you from crashing to the ground in a heap of flesh and bones, is a cable and the harness you have on.

Yeah, I was a bit nervous I’d say.  But Sam and I did it and it was a blast!!!  Ah!!!

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Swinging back up on the other side.

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What a rush!



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Of course our group prayed together before going up!

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Another highlight of our time at family camp was when we went on what’s called the Voyager’s Breakfast.  We get up at the crack of dawn (yes, 6:45AM is really early for us), canoe out across the lake to a spot where breakfast is made and cooked for us over a fire, and then canoe back.

This is Sam (one of Zach’s younger brothers) and myself…

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Zach and I, with a shot taken by his bro Gabe.

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Here are Zach’s brothers! L to R – Sam, Noah, & Gabe

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This was the view as we were getting ready to canoe out to our breakfast spot!

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Canoeing over!  This is Zach’s dad :)




This is Zach’s dad, Keith and wife Jan.  Awww… aren’t they cute?


We had a really great time.  We even got to make our own dessert involving donuts, pineapple, butter, jelly, and cinnamon!  After putting them together, you roll ‘em up in tinfoil and put them over the fire!  Fun and delicious times.


It was great getting away and we had a really fun time being with Zach’s family there at camp.

Zach’s family does this every summer and Zach and I think it’s so cool to have a family tradition like this that is done with the kids.  You get away with no work, no TV, no cell phone service, no dishes and just relax together!

We most definitely want to create our own familiy traditions like this when we have kids.  Did your family growing up, or does your current family do anything along those lines? We want to hear about it!


Nashville Scene 20th Anniversary Shoot

by Jody on July 30, 2009, posted in Vendor Spotlights

Jody and I had the privilege of shooting the 20th anniversary party for the Nashville Scene/NFocus magazines. It was a really fun night filled with fun and frivolity and we met a ton of super cool “who’s who” folks in Nashville! The event was sponsored by some different companies in town that you will see in some of the detail shots and was held at the awesome venue One Eleven.

It is really cool that we have been asked to take part in events like this and hope to continue to do more of them in the future! Enjoy the pics!






Thanks to Mike, Carla, Megan, Evan, and the rest of the fantabulous Nashville Scene team and sponsors who put on this grrrrrreat and happening  party!


Friday Fun – Toilet Training Our Now Named Kitty!

by Jody on July 24, 2009, posted in Friday Fun

And for this week’s Friday Fun blog post we bring you…. (drum-roll please)…

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Yes, it’s true.  We are going to be teaching our kitty how to use the toilet!!  It can be done, my friends!  We have ordered CitiKitty’s Cat Toilet Training Kit and are ready to start training our little buddy!

If you don’t believe us that this is possible, just check this video out (this is one of MANY on YouTube, so if you’re bored….).  For the faint of heart, feel free to skip to 1:00, and THEN skip to 1:14 for a special trick this cat can do!  Amazing..

Here is our kitty getting excited about using her new Toilet Training Kit! We leave this Saturday to go out of town for a week (no worries, we still will be blogging), so when we get back, the training will begin!

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We know you all have been anxiously waiting to find out the name of our new kitty!  Due to the overwhelming response, we had it in our minds to name her Pixel and then we found out that when we actually called her, it didn’t work so well.  Then the crazy idea popped in our minds to name her…. (another drum-roll please)… …


Lame?  Maybe.

This is why we named her Starbucks:

- We (well, Zach more) love Starbucks, and we love our kitty!
- We can call her Star for short, which also happens to be the name of the leading lady in The Lost Boys (another um, interesting 80′s movie Zach is a fan of)
- She’s black like coffee, but sweet like coffee with cream (she has white cream-like hair in her armpits and a dab on her chest! How cute!)
- She has the faintest brown hair on her back that looks like brown sugar (are you putting this all together yet?)
- She has stars on her collar

So, in honor of the many votes placed for our new kitty, her official name is Starbucks Pixel Gray.

*Cheers* *Applause*

Wow, can you believe we have now posted twice on this cat, including a video of a cat doing its business?  We’re turning into those people who start treating their pets like their kids and get all weird about it…  ;o)  No worries though.  We feel that cat toilet training may be very interesting to people so we’ll at least have another blog and maybe even a video of her toilet attempts… as long as she’s not embarrassed by it… ha ha

PS. If any of you out there are looking to add an older, but stinkin’ cool cat to your family, our friend, Jill is needing to give-a-way hers… the cat is friendly, chill,meows when you sneeze, and even takes baths.. all true…


Contact Jill on her Facebook page for more info!


For those of you who may have missed it, Gray Photography was selected by Wedding from over 200 nominations as finalists in the category for Best Photography Blog.  We were up against 4 other great photographers and the voting was intense!

A HUGE thank-you to all of you who voted!  We know lots of you spent your valuable time voting away for us and we appreciate you for that!!  We also want to congratulate Elizabeth Messina from Kiss The Groom who took 1st place!

A Big Surprise
We took a look at the winners in each category this morning and as we were scrolling down we were thrilled to see that we received the award for Editor’s Pick for the Best Wedding Photography Blog!!!  Oh wow!  How cool!  What an honor!!!

Thanks again to all of you for voting so hard for us and thanks to for taking the time to recognize and honor those who blog!!


Voting Ends Today!

by Jody on July 21, 2009, posted in Uncategorized


Take ten minutes (ok, even five) and vote!!  The votes are coming in fast now and we need your help!

We would love your continuous votes today.

Voting Ends at Midnight!


Thanks to you all for your support! You guys are the best :)