My Kind of Burger and Fries

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I am such a lucky girl today!  Not only is my mom flying in from Tennessee, but my Dad was in the area and stopped by for lunch:


My dad recently lost 35 pounds through portion-control and healthy eating.  Yay, Dad!  And his blood pressure dropped from 185/110 to 117/73. πŸ™‚


I made us a veggie-packed lunch.  I need vitamins to ward off this sickness! 


I marinated mushrooms and zucchini in organic Italian dressing and then grilled them on the George Foreman.  Combined with mustard and lettuce, this is my kind of burger!


Plus, a side salad topped with carrots and feta:


And Baby Dutch Yellow potatoes, roasted in the oven to make my kind of fries!


Before lunch, I snacked on a Oh She Glows bar.  Delicious Γ’β‚¬β€œ my favorite flavor yet!


Wedding Photographs


As you know, the Husband and I recently worked with Adam Wiggall, a local photographer who I HIGHLY recommend if you are in the area, to reshoot my wedding photographs.  


IÒ€ℒm not saying my original photographer is a bad photographer overall, but he really did not do a good job at my wedding.  I originally prepared a post that compared my original pictures to  Adam WiggallÒ€ℒs, but decided that probably could get me in legal trouble.  πŸ™‚


SoÒ€¦ letÒ€ℒs just feast our eyes on these beautiful pictures by Adam!


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Basically, I feel like my old photographs were awkward, poorly light, horribly staged, and uncomfortable to look at.  Adam Wiggall took clean, crisp, beautiful pictures. 


After 10 months of marriage, I will be buying MANY large prints and HAPPILY hanging these on my wall.  Yay!


My advice for brides-to-be? Research your photographer.  DonÒ€ℒt go with the first person that a friend recommends.  Also, do an engagement session BEFORE paying for the wedding package with them so you can get a really clear idea of how your photographs will ultimately look. It may cost you some money, but TRUST ME Γ’β‚¬β€œ it will be worth it in the end.  The photographs are the most important part of your wedding (because the actually commitment, of course).


To see the rest of our photographs, check out AdamÒ€ℒs post on how he saved us!


If you could go back and re-take photographs of any event, what would it be?  I would love to have photographs of my mom moving me into the freshmen dorms at college Γ’β‚¬β€œ I donÒ€ℒt have any!



  • Marlene October 23, 2009, 2:21 pm

    I took theatre in university, and although I acted in a lot of plays, my favourite was when I played “the mother” in Luigi Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of An Author”. It was such a great experience, and I really loved the role and my castmates, but I’ve never seen a single photo of any of the rehearsals, sets, props, cast, or scene shots.

    I really wish I had a visual reminder of that great time in my life.

  • emily October 23, 2009, 2:24 pm

    Congrats on the lovely new photos! I would revideo tape my wedding if I could. I insisted I didn’t care about having a video (we did a veeeeery low budget wedding, one of my friends took the photos which I actually love) but my father in law took one for us anyway. I ended up cherishing that video so much and I wish I had a more professional one so badly!

  • Shannon October 23, 2009, 2:31 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I would love to have the opportunity to do that. I love the picture we have of our wedding, but I would love the excuse to put on my dress again and get all dolled up!

  • greenbean October 23, 2009, 2:34 pm

    i was just thinking that i thought your dad looks trim. looks like he worked super hard and it’s paying off. he looks great! congratulations!

  • Ally October 23, 2009, 2:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! The first thing I thought of is that they look like movie star wedding photos–sooooo gorgeous and classic. How fun–so glad you were able to do that and finally have pictures that you love–it’s such a wonderful day and such a bummer when you aren’t pleased with your pictures.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 23, 2009, 2:42 pm

    The pictures are incredible. That is my favorite way to eat potatoes, too.

  • Andee (RuntoLive) October 23, 2009, 2:44 pm

    Love the pictures! I would have liked a good picture of me finishing my first marathon, but I haven’t found a good race picture yet!

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats October 23, 2009, 2:45 pm

    CONGRATS TO DADDY HTP!!! He is seriously awesome!

    The lighting, focus and color is so much better in your new photographs. Thank goodness!

    And that is exactly my kind of burger and fries!! πŸ™‚

  • Carolyn October 23, 2009, 2:45 pm

    I got married a year ago and didn’t like my pictures much either, but it was all we could afford. The engagement pictures were actually better than the wedding photos. πŸ™ I know exactly who I would get to re-take my pictures if I could, but I’ve already sold my wedding dress.

  • Matt October 23, 2009, 2:45 pm

    Congrats to your dad! It is great to see people getting healthier these days!

  • girlrunningaround October 23, 2009, 2:46 pm

    The Hubs and I may redo our wedding pics as well. The whole ordeal we went through was hell, and just looking at the pics we did get makes me angry. I have not printed one pic from our wedding b/c of the whole situation.

    Your new pics are gorgeous!

  • Runeatrepeat October 23, 2009, 2:46 pm

    I was not happy with my wedding pics at all. After you mentioned a “re-do” I told my hubby that I wanted to do our pics over. He’s not too excited about it, but I may be able to convince him…the hard part would be doing it back in CA where my dress is.

  • Lindsay October 23, 2009, 2:46 pm

    Love love love those pictures! I’m so glad you got a second chance at wedding photos! In some ways I would love to re-take my wedding pictures. I love some of them but wish we had some that were a little more artsy.

  • skinnyrunner October 23, 2009, 2:47 pm

    gorgeous! i love the one with the sun setting in the background. simple, beautiful and elegant.

  • Shana October 23, 2009, 2:47 pm

    Love the pictures! I would love to have my wedding pictures retaken! Some of my wedding pictures are ok but most aren’t that great. I really don’t think our photographer knew what she was doing (at least not at my wedding).

  • Whit October 23, 2009, 2:48 pm

    Oh, your dad is so cute!

    Love, love the pictures. Gorgeous!

  • Stephanie October 23, 2009, 2:49 pm

    Congrats to your dad!! That’s awesome! I only have like 2 pictures of my high school graduation! I think I was so excited and running around trying to get everyone that I actually missed everyone and I’m sad that I don’t even have a picture of my husband and I on our graduation day. πŸ™

  • Janel October 23, 2009, 2:50 pm

    Love the photos! Quality Canvas Photos (google-able) print large canvas photos that come out GORGEOUS. I’d highly recommend them if you get large prints! And if any of your readers are in New England, my photo rec goes to – they’re close friends so I’m biased but their shots are fab!

  • Sara October 23, 2009, 2:51 pm

    wow! Your pictures are great!! and congrats to your Dad! That takes a lot of self discipline and out right hard work! that is GREAT!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 23, 2009, 2:56 pm

    Your new pics look like a wedding magazine πŸ™‚ Good call on not doing the comparison post.

    I wish I have photos of my grandmother when she and my mom and my cousins whent to NYC for the day with Hunni. None of us had a camera but it was such a fun day and I miss her very much.

  • Diana October 23, 2009, 2:57 pm

    Hey, congrats to your dad! πŸ™‚ That’s awesome.

    Also, love the new pics! But if you’re talking about the photos of the event itself, it the place didn’t have decent light.. sometimes it’s hard to work with that. But that’s what the flash is for anyways, so yeah, you’re right anyway. I obvisouly didn’t see the pics, but I’m sorry you weren’t happy with your photos. But these photos are clearly… well, staged ahah It’s a photoshoot, you don’t have to deal with crappy light or whatever. There’s artificial light, which is more… predictable (well, duh ahah). Shooting events is definitely not easy (Don’t take this the wrong way, I’m just giving you a different perspective, since I sometimes shoot events).
    You’re totally right when you say that you should do some research when it comes to the wedding photographer. And the engagement session is a good idea, even for the photographer because we get to meet the couple and then everybody’s more comfortable that way. πŸ™‚

    I wish my family had more photos overall. My parents have being photographed and there are also very few pics from when I was a teen (probably a good thing? :P).

  • Carolina John October 23, 2009, 2:57 pm

    yay for your dad! he did a really good thing.

  • Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) October 23, 2009, 3:00 pm

    Congratulations to your Dad! And those are beautiful pictures (I love the B+W one!)

    I wish I could have my wedding pictures redone too. Unfortunately – it’s not the portraits I’m missing, I actually really like those ones. But I feel like my photographer missed so many ‘moments’ that can’t be reshot πŸ™

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite October 23, 2009, 3:02 pm

    those pictures are beautiful! I love looking at wedding photos!

    Hooray for the veggie burger and fried πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

  • alyssa October 23, 2009, 3:04 pm

    first of all, you look just like your dad! it’s so cute! (okay, maybe not JUST like your dad, but your facial features are so similar!)

    second of all, holy crap. a very GOOD holy crap. those are the most gorgeous wedding pictures i think i’ve ever seen! so modern and chic yet elegant at the same time! OMG. i’m like oohing and ahhhing over them! the third one down?!?! i dieeeeeeeeee.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 23, 2009, 3:13 pm

    I’d definitely retake my wedding photos but with the same photographer because he was pretty good. I just lost 70 lbs since I got married, ha ha.

  • Monica October 23, 2009, 3:16 pm

    You look GREAT! I love the dress! I also LOVE the husb’s scruff and slight faux-hauk (or messy, piecey look). You two are quite the HOT item!

    • Caitlin October 23, 2009, 3:25 pm

      me too πŸ™‚ i loved the messy look.

      • chandra h October 23, 2009, 4:19 pm

        that thought crossed my mind too scrolling through your pics. hehe messy chic is hot ;P

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 23, 2009, 3:16 pm

    p.s. Your dad looks GREAT and it’s so awesome that he lowered his blood pressure. πŸ™‚

  • natalie October 23, 2009, 3:24 pm

    great pics. I’m glad you like them and got to take them again! that would suck to hate your first ones!! I wish i could go back and photo my husband and I’s first date! it would have been so fun to see our faces and exactly what we were doing the entire time!

  • natalie October 23, 2009, 3:24 pm

    ps…your arms look GREAT in the pics awesome definiton!!

  • Evan Thomas October 23, 2009, 3:28 pm

    Your dads story sounds like a great one! guest post maybe?
    Great photos. You and your husband looks so strong in those

  • Julie October 23, 2009, 3:30 pm

    Wow, the photos are amazing. What a great photographer (and models πŸ˜‰ ).

    Congrats to your dad!!!! That’s awesome about his blood pressure. Way to go man!

  • Jess October 23, 2009, 3:30 pm

    Your new pictures are beautiful! I think I love my wedding pictures because they aren’t super staged. Our photographer did a great job of just capturing us in the moment rather than trying to create a moment. If I could recreate photos, I think it’d be of the crazy roadtrip some of my sorority sisters and I took in college…when my computer crashed I lost all of them.:(

  • Emily Eats October 23, 2009, 3:35 pm

    Your new photos are great! You guys make an attractive couple. It’s great that you had them re-done – these ones look like art work too.
    I can’t think of a specific event I’d like to retake photos of myself, my man’s an avid photographer himself, so we have more than we know what to do with usually!
    Have a great weekend Caitlin πŸ™‚

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, On a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Foundation October 23, 2009, 3:37 pm

    Congratulations to your dad on his weight-loss! That’s brilliant! Power to him for doing it in the RIGHT way.

    And yes your new pictures are absolutely beautiful πŸ™‚ My favourite is the black and white one.

    If I could recreate any photos….It would probably be of when we went camping at a beautiful place called Marae Hako last summer. I had such an amazing time, but we don’t have many pictures πŸ™

  • Kristie Lynn October 23, 2009, 3:40 pm

    Very beautiful pictures, and congrats to your Dad!

    With my wedding our photographer’s package came with an engagement photo shoot so we could get to know each other and make the wedding day pictures less awkward. She did such an amazing job that we ordered a book of the engagement pictures as a guest book for our guests to sign at the wedding, and it made us even more excited to see the wedding photos once that came around πŸ™‚

  • Susan October 23, 2009, 3:41 pm

    Woo! Congrats to your dad! I bet he’s faster on the bike now too with 35 lbs gone πŸ˜‰

    Those photos are stunning! I’d love to go back and retake some of my university graduation pictures. It was a horribly humid and drizzly day, and my hair frizzed out to twice its size, and my face was all shiny from the moisture. I also look exhausted in those pics because I ran my first ever race just hours before the ceremony! Although, that part is a nice memory πŸ™‚

  • Liz October 23, 2009, 3:44 pm

    Great pictures! Where in Tennessee does your Mom live? I’m from Memphis and went to college in Knoxville!!

    • Caitlin October 23, 2009, 3:47 pm

      she lives in powell, which is close!

  • Elizabeth October 23, 2009, 3:46 pm

    That is so awesome you were able to get your wedding pictures redone. It would be awful to dislike them and do nothing about it. The new ones are beautiful! πŸ™‚

  • brandi October 23, 2009, 3:50 pm

    the pictures are beautiful! i hope you’re feeling better!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 23, 2009, 3:58 pm

    Aw I especially like the black and white picture- pretty!

  • Bec October 23, 2009, 3:58 pm

    the photos look great! and congrats to your dad for his excellent work πŸ™‚

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion October 23, 2009, 3:59 pm

    Congrats to your dad! Lunch looks great, I love love love grilled veggie sammies!!!!

    The new pictures look fantastic!!

  • BethT October 23, 2009, 4:06 pm

    I LOVE that sunsetty photo!!

  • chandra h October 23, 2009, 4:16 pm

    NICE pictures! so happy you found a good photographer. i totally agree with you – pictures are super important. i kinda wish i could clone myself so i could be active in a situation and then also be the photographer. lol

    mmm… you know how to do up veggie right. hope you feel better!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) October 23, 2009, 4:17 pm

    Congrats to your Dad on the weight loss! My mom is significantly overweight and I worry about her health πŸ™ I’m always trying to help her make healthier food choices/go for a walk, but it’s hard!

    Love your wedding photos – you and the husband look like models!

  • amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 23, 2009, 4:18 pm

    You look awesome in that dress!!! I love the new pictures and I’m glad you do too!

  • Rosey Rebecca October 23, 2009, 4:30 pm

    Beautiful pictures Caitlin! The photographer did an awesome job and I’m glad you’re happy! Plus, your weddding dress looks amazing on you!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) October 23, 2009, 5:00 pm

    I LOVE your pictures – you both look great and they remind me of 40’s era pictures – very class. The black & white one is one of my favorites.

  • Andrea of Care to Eat October 23, 2009, 5:09 pm

    Did your Dad shave his beard?!
    Yes, the photographer is NOT where you try to save money when getting married and it’s the most important thing you’ll book! Those shots look great!

  • Mandy October 23, 2009, 5:16 pm

    Congrats to your dad! He looks great!! Love the burger!!!! And…where is your mom coming in from Tennessee I live there too! Have a great weekend!

  • Tay October 23, 2009, 5:18 pm

    Beautiful Caitlin!!!!

  • Katherine October 23, 2009, 5:32 pm

    Great photos! You have kickin’curves girl! That dress really shows off your body well πŸ™‚

  • AshleyLauren October 23, 2009, 5:47 pm

    Big congrats to your dad for his weight loss!

    Wow!! The pictures turned out great! What perfect light πŸ™‚
    I’m totally with you on retaking pictures from moving into the dorms! I don’t have any either…Also, my wedding pictures are pretty awful. I paid WAY too much for way too little πŸ™ I’m thinking we may do a redo for our 1st anniversary in March! That way we have time to save, but I’m definitely NOT going with another high priced, over hyped photog!

  • Lara (Thinspired) October 23, 2009, 5:56 pm

    You can only get beautiful photos with beautiful subjects πŸ˜‰ They’re LOVELY!

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal October 23, 2009, 5:59 pm

    Yay for getting to see your dad:D

    Your pictures look gorgeous – as do you and the husband!

  • maria October 23, 2009, 6:03 pm

    Whoa! Those photos are beautiful and the lighting is so intense. πŸ™‚ Glad you got to end up with some awesome photos to keep for many years to come!

  • Mary @ Fit this girl October 23, 2009, 6:12 pm

    I don’t have precise before and after pics. NOT that I would have a photographer do that! LOL, but it would have been nice to do a bikini B&A…otherwise I would say, college Graduation, I would have liked more/better pics. Or even HS grad. Your photos are amazing!!! So happy for you!

  • Jenna October 23, 2009, 6:46 pm

    gorgeous pics!

  • Samantha October 23, 2009, 7:08 pm

    Amazing pictures! Not only is he a master behind the lens but post production as well.

    No doubt you’ll treasure them. The only “do over” I would do is my husband’s graduation from NPTU (navy prototype school) school as an officer. We got zero photos AND it was the last time I saw my dad alive.

    Way To Go to your dad!

  • alli October 23, 2009, 7:48 pm

    wow! you look a lot like your dad! i get that a lot, too. of course regarding my dad….not yours πŸ˜‰
    that’s great he’s in better shape! if i remember right, your mom has made some healthy changes as well? sounds like your an influence to not only a lot of women and people around the world, but your family as well! πŸ™‚
    funny, since your last post, i came home sick today. major head pressure, sore throat and yucky feeling tummy..and no appetite. i should have know it was coming, i was spitting a lot on my morning run (tmi?!)
    anyways, i stopped by traders joes on my way home to get oj, echinacea, and emergen-c. they recommended emergen-c. it’s a fizzing powder you add to any drink. it has 1,000 mg of vitamin c per serving!

    sorry about the huge post! but i also want to comment on your pictures! they are beautiful! the subjects and the actual photo! i would LOVE to re-do mine. ours were okay, but they were all staged. we just stood there and smiled. i would love some “real life” ones, where they capture us in our moment of whatever! i didnt look around much and they were recommended by my MIL. so i agree with your advise to people looking for a photographer.

    • Caitlin October 23, 2009, 8:56 pm

      awww thank you for the medicine recs!! πŸ™‚

      yea both my parents are fit now – i love it.

  • E.S. the fitness freak October 23, 2009, 7:55 pm

    Beautiful pictures and your dad looks great Caitlin! Yah for the change!

  • Aggie October 23, 2009, 9:23 pm

    Fantastic lunch!!

    Your photos turned out beautiful…

    Congrats to both of your parents for their healthy lifestyles!!

  • Tyler October 23, 2009, 9:34 pm

    Your pictures are UH MAZING! My wedding was planned in a week (husband is in the Military) so they are alright. Gorgeous lady!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) October 23, 2009, 9:38 pm

    Your Dad does not look like I thought he would. πŸ˜‰

    Beautiful photos Caitlin – I love the setting sun. Gorgeous light.

  • BroccoliHut October 23, 2009, 10:58 pm

    Congrats to your dad on his weight loss–such an accomplishment!
    Love the wedding photos–very dramatic and generally gorgeous:)

  • Anna October 23, 2009, 11:21 pm

    I LOVE the 3rd one .. with the sunset in the background. Beautiful! My husband and I celebrate our first wedding anniversary Sunday and just ordered our album about 2 months ago … opps! πŸ™‚

  • Jolene ( October 23, 2009, 11:35 pm

    I would retake our wedding photos – I am really disappointed in them.

  • Heather @ For The Health Of It! October 23, 2009, 11:57 pm

    That sammy looks faboooosh!!!! YUMMM! Great wedding pics too! Also, great for your dads BP! We take our BP everyday at my office! We are all so obsessed w/making sure its god. We’ve all had issues before, so we want to make sure we are on top of it these days! YAY for you, your dad, you new pics and your mom coming in town! Looks like an exciting weekend!

  • Jessica October 24, 2009, 1:11 am

    Oh those pictures are so beautiful!! Amazing really! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren October 24, 2009, 7:42 am

    Gorgeous pictures!

  • Lizzy October 24, 2009, 4:07 pm

    congrats to your dad! thats so wonderful

  • Nicole October 24, 2009, 4:31 pm

    Wow! Your pics look great!! I love the vibrant colors!! It gives me hope for our pics. We just got married last weekend, and I won’t get to see mine for another 3 weeks!! My family’s pics are looking pretty good though!

  • Crystal October 25, 2009, 2:42 am

    I love your new pics!

    If I could recreate any photos it would actually be my labor and delivery, nothing graphic, just the room, my face, our nurse, etc. We were in such a rush we forgot the camera so there’s one crappy cell phone picture of Monkey getting weighed and then nothing until my MIL showed up 4 hours later. It makes me sad.

  • Tammy October 25, 2009, 11:59 am

    I think, in general, I would get more photos at the races I’ve run!

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