Dizzy Swallows

Honeymoon: Fiji Part I

August 4th, 2014

Oh Fiji. I have a deficit of words to describe you. Overwhelmingly friendly (the bula spirit!), gorgeous, lush, blissful, hot, so hot and humid, delicious, incredible, deeply relaxing – all seem to fall short. We were in Fiji for just five days, staying first in Nadi (pronounced “Nan-di”) at the Sofitel, and then on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca archipelago at the truly indescribable Likuliku Lagoon Resort. (I wasn’t kidding about the luxury portion.) If you have the time, inclination, and yes money, I cannot recommend it more highly. This was a huge splurge for us, but we justified it as our birthday present to each other, being there for Jacob’s 30th and my 29th.

The staff greeted us by name with a refreshing passionfruit cocktail and chilled, dreamily scented towels, wished Jacob happy birthday and brought us immediately in for lunch. The sweet servers already knew all our … Continue reading

Honeymoon: Waiheke Island

July 25th, 2014

Memory is a strange thing. The past is nothing more than stories we tell ourselves. Often, when trying to recall particulars, I wonder at how the story spins itself from fleeting fragments, and vivid shards, from the delight of the senses, from a depth of feeling. We tell ourselves these stories, and whether we lose pieces along the way, the stories become the past.

My memories of Waiheke Island are steeped in sunshine, the overwhelming, brilliant kind that makes you squint even behind sunglasses and raises the scent of hot, dry grass. They are filled with a freshening ocean breeze, laden with salt and the promise of the sea on your skin.

Our home on the island was an entirely extravagant beach cabin at Connell’s Bay. As you may have guessed, yes, we have been entering the luxury portion of our honeymoon (just wait for Fiji!).

Though our stay began … Continue reading

Honeymoon: Wanaka, Queenstown, Fiordlands

March 31st, 2014

Happy Monday lovelies! And on to the second installment of our honeymoon adventures! This section of photos proved difficult to edit down, and while I’ve hacked away whole sections with all the finesse of a chainsaw, I hope you will forgive if not enjoy the plethora of lakes/clouds/crags.

From cloudy Christchurch, we struck out across the South Island to Wanaka, stopping for a picnic beside Lake Pukaki’s glacial blue waters.

At this point I should introduce our traveling companion: our faithful Toyota (nicknamed Rana since it liked to eat bugs) which performed masterfully over our month plus New Zealand road-trip.

Beautiful views across the lake towards Aoraki (Mt. Cook).


The water was far too cold for swimming, but Jacob took a moment to skip stones across its icy surface.

After lunch we continued on towards Wanaka, passing interesting geology which I felt compelled to document if even through the … Continue reading

Our Wedding Part 3: Reception, Dinner and Dancing

October 7th, 2013

Well my dear ones, here is the final installment of our wedding photos. I do hope you have enjoyed a glimpse at our wonderful day. Have a listen to our Cocktail Hour playlist as you soak up these last looks, complete with amazing, heartfelt, hysterical toasts and much boogying down.

Don’t forget to click on an image to enlarge it!

Wedding: Cocktail Hour by danielle hendrix on Grooveshark

Our first dance was a waltz to this gorgeous Lykke Li track:

Love Out of Lust by Lykke Li on Grooveshark

I chiseled and honed our dance playlist (set in two parts: family friendly and late night) into a lean, mean machine that had everyone dancing their feet off right until the last notes. If I do say so myself.

Incidentally, one of my best friends and her boyfriend caught the bouquet and garter respectively. He proposed that night. Congrats again Rachel … Continue reading

Our Wedding Part 2: First Look, Ceremony and Formals

September 30th, 2013

Hello darlings! Here is Part 2 of our wedding. This includes a few moments of anticipation and anxiety pre-ceremony, our First Look, the ceremony (complete with weird, trying-not-to-cry faces), and a selection of formals largely for the benefit of my family. As you peruse the images, you’ll see music interspersed for your listening pleasure, placed at the time it was played during our wedding.

Don’t forget to click on an image to enlarge it and enjoy!

All photos by Andria Lindquist.

Wedding: Prelude by danielle hendrix on Grooveshark

For those of you wondering about the Fist Look debate, for us it was such a special moment to see each other before the ceremony. It was intimate, calming, and so exciting. It was lovely to quietly revel in mutual anticipation, to admire the details of our respective finery. In no way did it detract from the first time our … Continue reading