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What should a bachelor know before moving in with his spouse?

We recently posted this question on our Facebook Page (click on post below)

The answers are pretty entertaining. Most answers have to do with bathrooms and closets, as you could imagine.  Some answers include:

The toilet paper goes OVER, not under.

Your laundry goes into the basket not beside it!

Be prepared to give up 3/4 of the bedroom closet.

Your bathroom is no longer YOUR bathroom. Yes there are 2 sinks, one for all my stuff to be set up around and the other to brush my teeth in.

How to put a toilet seat down!!!!!!!!

Take one big step forward, Toilet is not as close as u think.

Do you have anything to add?

What should a bachelor know before moving in with his spouse?
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A little something different, LSU vs N Texas

Getting back to my roots of sports photography,   this was a rare treat for me.  I’ve never shot an LSU game until now.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.    Enjoy!

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Our Super Bowl Experience

Those who follow us on Facebook know that we won tickets to the SuperBowl through a contest that Drew Brees was hosting via Fantapper.  When we received the email, we really thought it was too good to be true,  but after some research we realized that we had actually won!  We could only hope that our beloved Saints would make it back to the big game so we could be there in person to cheer them on, but a certain Marshawn Lynch run ended our hopes of that.  Of course, I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to see a SuperBowl in person, since I am a huge football fan.  Heather, on the other hand, was extremely excited to go to Dallas to shop and enjoy some beloved stadium nachos at the game. I tried several times offering the extra seat to Drew, since he was nice enough to give them to us,  but I’m sure his busy schedule kept him from returning any of my tweets or facebook messages.  In the end, I brought my best friend-  my wife (even though I knew that this would mean that my SuperBowl trip would become a shopping trip).

We braved the icy roads and drove to Dallas on Thursday Night-  just in time to experience our first Blizzard.  We woke up Friday morning to more snow than we’ve seen in our lifetime (when you live in Louisiana, snow comes around as often as Haley’s Comet).  Of course, Heather was determined to shop- so we hired a crew of Clydesdale Horses to pull us to the Galleria.  (Actually, we drove on the snow and ice-  if only we had video to show  that experience!).   Saturday, we shopped some more as the ice finally began to melt.  As much as I hated to, I took a break from the shopping to go pick up our tickets at the stadium.

Sunday was game day-  and my first day away from the shopping centers!  We slept in, grabbed a late lunch at Houston’s Restaurant (I love their Prime Rib Sandwhich!), then headed to the game.  Fearing the traffic, I had purchased a set of shuttle tickets through the local transit authority.  The shuttle bus dropped us off in front of Ranger’s Ballpark, which is about a half mile from Cowboys Stadium.  We walked from there.  At this point, I still didn’t know who I was going to root for.  Heather had decided that she would root for the Packers since they have the CheeseHeads.  She loves Nacho’s, Nachos have Cheese, so it made perfect sense to her.  Part of me wanted to root for the Steelers simply because the Saints had beaten them earlier in the year-  then we could say that we beat the SuperBowl champs had they won.  But in the end, I stuck with the NFC and cheered on the Packers- mostly to annoy the Steelers fan beside me who kept waving his terrible towel in my face.

During the game, we received several tweets and  facebook messages asking us if the halftime show was as bad in person as it was on TV.  We thought the Black Eyed Peas, Slash, and Usher did an amazing job-  the show was very good in person!  We did watch the televised version yesterday when we came home, and I have to agree that TV didn’t do it justice. Of course,  we did catch Christina’s slip up of the National Anthem- wow!

All in All,  we had a great time!  Thanks to Fantapper and Drew Brees!

  1. Michelle Schmalz: LOL, I have never seen an open swimming pool with a snow covered surrounding, thanks for that. But up here is cheese head country, snow covers cars are the norm 5 months out of the year! I must say I am glad you chose the right team to cheer for!! February 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm
  2. Alyssa Lang: Still not sure I believe you about the halftime show. lol February 8, 2011 at 10:00 am
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From a photographers perspective: 10 things to know about wedding cakes

1. Lattice is not to be placed any where near a wedding cake.  Not even the Groom’s cake.


2. Save the candles for the birthday cakes.  (Candles around the cake are great!  Candles on the cake- not so great.)


3. Fire extinguishers are important, but put them next to the  drunk guests with sparklers (not behind the wedding cake).  Unless the cake has candles- in which case, refer to number 2 above.


4. Place the cake a few feet from the wall (before putting the cake on it) so that people can get behind it for the cake cutting.  Those people on the Food Network Challenges make it look easy,  but moving a 7-tier cake is no cake walk.


5. Heaters + Cakes = Fondue Fountain.


6. That private room to the side may look like  a great location-  perhaps the kids will hang around the cake instead of the D.J.’s equipment.


7. Silverware, Champagne, and Glasses should always be around the table before the cake cutting.  But if not,  it’s always fun to watch the planner, caterer, and venue try to pin the blame on each other.

8.  If your best man and maid of honor or giving toasts before the cake cutting-  make sure they know about it.  Also, make sure they give the toast, not Captain Morgan.

9.  Even if Aunt Jane or the venue tells you that you have to do the cross arm toast-  you really don’t.

10.  The cake cutting is the unofficial segue from reception to party.  Most elderly and families with kids wait until the cake before they leave.  If you don’t want to see Aunt Jane do the Stanky Leg-  serve the cake sooner, so she can catch the nightly news.

  1. Catherine Guidry: Nice write up....lol. December 13, 2010 at 9:52 am
  2. Maree Rolfe: Great tips, its a shame that people actually need you to point out the obvious though! Thanks Mark, and thanks Kara for sharing! December 13, 2010 at 8:37 am
  3. Kara Buntin: Hahaha! I'm a baker in RIchmond VA, and I'm going to link to this article. Unfortunately, your points are all very true... www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com December 8, 2010 at 10:59 am
    • Mark Eric: Thanks Kara! December 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm
  4. Amanda Crooks: WOW! Whose cake is that in the last picture??? It's seriously the most gorgeous cake I've ever laid my eyes on! December 7, 2010 at 8:50 pm
    • Mark Eric: Thanks Amanda- that cake was from Terrica and Tony's wedding in Lafayette (you can use the search bar up top to find the blog post- beautiful wedding) :) December 8, 2010 at 10:40 am
  5. Sarah Upshaw: Another good one for Southern Brides: Don't forget to do the Charm Pulls BEFORE you cut the cake. We don't wont anyone swallowing a bean charm or something! December 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm
  6. Lucky Red Hen: BEAUTIFUL cake photos, Mark! I second the lattice objection ;) December 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm
  7. Sarah Backstrom: Haha!! Great post, Mark!! December 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm
  8. Courtney Dellafiora: Hahahaha, I love you Mark. 'Nuff said. December 7, 2010 at 10:38 am
  9. Sabrina Bowen: #11 - Do not place directly in front of an exit sign so that just about every shot of the happy couple (and those of just the cakes) includes the exit sign. December 7, 2010 at 10:30 am
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When I say Black, you say Gold!

This is an visually driven blog, but today we’re going to mix it up with an audio post. I wanted to introduce our readers to one of the best Saint’s songs I’ve heard. The New Orleans based band, MoJeaux performed this at Rachel and Brian’s wedding last weekend. Check it out! The song is available on iTunes as well.

Black and Gold, click here to listen

For even more ear candy, check out a very extensive list of great Saint’s songs at www.Nola.com

  1. Cindy Martin: Any pictures available from Rachel and Brians wedding yet. Can't wait to see them. January 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm