Photos by Drew
Just a few weeks ago Drew and I were talking about how nice this summer has been here in Atlanta—not too hot and not all that humid—and how supposedly we were going to have a mild summer since we had a mild winter. Well, after this weekend we changed our minds. The same heatwave that hit a lot of the country hit Atlanta, and supposedly Saturday’s high of 106 degrees beat the record for Atlanta’s hottest day. Great.
You’d think we would have spent the weekend huddled inside the house like hermits, but we actually got out a little. My sister Ashley and her family and the seven boys they take care of at a children’s home called Thornwell came to Atlanta for the weekend, so I got to see them all a few times. Once on Friday before they went to a Braves’ game, and then on Sunday when Drew and his coworkers gave them all a little tour of their company. It was great to see them all, but sad to see them go back to South Carolina.
On Saturday I (sort of) helped Drew shoot some engagement photos for our friends. It was the same Saturday of the 106 degree temperatures, so before we went I was terrified I’d get heat-sick, the same way I did in Palm Springs two years ago when we were on our way to Joshua Tree. That time I blacked out and ended up having to lie down in a booth in some Southwest-themed McDonalds, and it wasn’t my proudest moment.
This time we went to Vaughter’s Farm (I stole the location idea from Jamie, since I loved it so much on our shoot last November), and even though we were out in the middle of an open field it didn’t feel all that hot. There was all this air pollution haziness, which I think ended up protecting us from the sun. I just ran around dressed like a farmer in boots and a big floppy hat, trying to scout out locations but only coming up with them accidentally. I think the pictures will be really good though, thanks mostly to photogenic subjects and Drew’s photography.
After that I was a little lightheaded, so I spent all the time I could lying down with a book or with the new issue of Lula, which I finally managed to find at Barnes and Noble. I’d already seen almost all the editorials online, but as usual they look a billion times better in the actual magazine. Then I read some of the books I got from the library on Friday, including The Women on the Porch, which I have to say is the only thing I’ve enjoyed from Caroline Gordon so far. Well, I’m still reading it, but I like that it’s not a historical fiction novel (I couldn’t get through Gordon’s Penhally), and that there are references to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. I’m pretty easy to please.
PS, Drew’s paintings are featured today on Design*Sponge! I always love his work (I’m biased) but I especially love the paintings he’s made over the last few months, so it’s exciting to see them on such a great design blog. You can check it out here . . .