Stories, re-telling my latest Adventures, Daydreams, random thoughts, & my everyday encounters with the things I love.
My (borrowed) mission statement for life:
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." - Neil Gaiman
In the past week, I have been in California, Oregon and Washington enjoying two magical and lovely weddings that deserve shout-outs.
The first, was for one of my best friends who I’ve known since middle school, who married her elementary school sweetheart—yes that’s right—at the amazing summer camp in Saratoga, CA that we all grew up at. She looked like a 1940’s Movie Star in her vintage dress, champagne-colored heels, ruby red lipstick and curls. The night was full of sparkling white lights, raspberry cupcakes, champagne, a first dance to Pink Martini’s Everywhere, delicious chicken curry, a toast I didn’t screw up (whew!) and an amazing Glee-soundtrack-heavy dance party. My favorite touch? Table signs of different Comic book characters in honor of the comic-book obsessed groom.
The second wedding was at a campgrounds in Washington for a co-worker from Outdoor School. The ceremony was beautiful and full of music, including the gorgeous & woodsy looking bride walking down the aisle to Rent’s Seasons of Love, a surprise song sung to the groom by the several incredibly musically talented members of the wedding party, and a parting song sung by every single guest. The night was full of greenery, blue and purple flowers, white candles, fabric flags and beach balls, a Delicious BBQ dinner of pulled pork and ribs, chocolate fondue, a Photobooth complete with a trunk of costumes, Dancing the Virgina Reel, and my favorite touch, a Juice Bar run by Tuxedo-T-shirt & Fedora clad younger brothers.
I am so glad I know such down-to-earth, amazing, lovely people and to have been able to be a part of their beautiful weddings!
"An optimist is the human personification of spring." — Susan J. Bissonette
Today is the first day of March, and in my book, that means it is officially SPRING. Nevermind those pesky calenders that try to tell us otherwise…So, in honor of spring and all it’s glory—tulips, warm rain, the return of longer nights, the re-opening of Portland’s Saturday market to name a few—and the optimism it always brings, I’ve decided that the theme of everyday encounters this month is going to be Positivity. I will be posting only about things I am grateful for, things that brighten my day big and small, shout-out’s to the people I love, and whatever else make me happy. To start things off, here are some of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken that remind me of spring, and are a good reminder of one of the things that brings me joy—photography. Also, I would love any feedback on which photo you like the best!