Dizzy Swallows

Our Wedding Part 1: Rehearsal Dinner and Pre-Ceremony

September 25th, 2013 2 Comments

The more momentous an occasion, the more difficult it is for me to talk about. Perhaps this is because I lack the words adequate to describe the breath of emotion, the gamut of tiny moments which make up the constellation of an such an event. Perhaps it is because once written out, memories crystalize until only the documented words represent, in our minds, just what transpired. Our wedding is the archetype of such. So please forgive me if I offer only this:

Our wedding truly came together out of so many labors of love, both tiny and large, and we could feel all that love and support throughout the weekend. Everything was so personal and unique. Our dear friends and family pitched in the day before, stringing up bistro lights, hanging the ceremony wreath, arranging flowers, laying out the amazing moss. My sister and her boyfriend created the most … Continue reading

Minimoon Part 2

August 14th, 2013 1 Comment

Hello chaps! I hope your week has been happily humming along. Today I would like to share the second installment of photos from our minimoon in British Columbia!

Though I adore camping, after a lovely four days at Ruckle, we were ready for a bit of luxury. We therefore headed to the north end of the island for a few nights stay at the gorgeous Bloom Organic B&B.

The Pond Suite at Bloom is the top floor of the owners’ gallery, and looks out over the property including the namesake pond, a grape arbor, rambling gardens, and towering, tawny-barked madronas. The suite itself is light-filled and oh so romantic, with the feel of an old farmhouse updated by modern touches.

This was the pampering portion of our minimoon. Complete with tourmaline facial masques brought from home. Ha.

We dove in wholeheartedly, filling the hours with quiet moments in … Continue reading

Minimoon Part 1

August 9th, 2013

Yesterday I spent the entire morning and afternoon cleaning windows. The brilliant sunshine now streams in, unhampered by particulate and streaks. The last few months have been an amazing journey, but I would be lying if I said they were without stress. Now, I finally feel enough clarity to breath and appreciate the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us. Nearly three weeks ago, I married my best friend. Life could not be better. After almost eight years of dating, including over a year-long engagement, we both were taken by surprise at the new depths marriage brings. I can’t wait to share with you all the details, sights, sounds, and emotions from our wedding day. Soon.

Today I wanted to share the first set of photos from our minimoon.

After the wedding, we took off for just over a week, postponing our “real” honeymoon in New Zealand until February … Continue reading

Seven Years

February 25th, 2013

Today marks seven years Jacob and I have been together. I am so lucky to be marrying my best friend, my confidant, my love (July is creeping up!).

Here are seven reasons I love him so:

1. He is generous in every way, and has the sweetest soul.
2. He listens. I mean really listens.
3. He compliments me regularly.
4. He supports my passions, and never judges me.
5. He shares my sense of humor.
6. He trusts me, and respects my choices.
7. He’s one sexy man.

Here’s to 70 more years together my darling! Next year we’ll be celebrating on a different date!

Featured and last images by Andria Lindquist from our engagement session.Continue reading

Thanksgiving

November 28th, 2012 2 Comments

I freely admit to being one of those people that loves the holidays. In my opinion, we don’t spend enough of the year celebrating together with good food and merriment. Last week we hosted our first Thanksgiving in our new home. At once unorthodox and traditional in all the right ways, I could not have been happier with our day.

My dear Hannah and I cooked up a storm, beginning at 11am and culminating at 5pm in that certain frenzy of dishes shuffling through the oven and across the range, that necessary evil of assembling a memorable feast.

Despite a brief panic during which I spiraled down into the hostess’s worst nightmare, convinced I’d ruined both the turkey (maybe the thermometer is lying?!) and the gravy (is it bland? oh horror!), all turned out exceptionally well.

The turkey was in fact deliciously moist and perfectly done, thanks to an under-the-skin … Continue reading