Mele Kalikimaka



marital... bliss.



Aloha. Honeymoons are an awesome and absolutely necessary invention. On the island of Maui we practiced the complex art of laziness. Slept a concern-able amount. Ordered lava flows at the swim-up bar. And ate coconut rolls in truly tropical bliss.  And the best part? We were more than ready to come home to our tiny apartment and the blustery 42 degree rain of Seattle. Can't beat home.

Elena Joy.



Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad, but babies never are.

Louisa May Alcott.

Home with francis and fern.



Walter, our peacock rug, has a flourish of dandruff about his feathers from our new miniature noble christmas tree (named Francis... we evidently form attachment to inanimate objects). Fern, our baby wreath, is hanging on the front door, obscuring the number of our apartment. Hiding behind me and the couch is everything that four cars (myself, brad, and both of my parents) hauled up to Seattle this afternoon. In the weeks ahead I plan to nest as much as possible, in addition to gearing up in my imaginary Santa suit and making christmas dreams come true. 

A peek at the lively thanksgiving weekend.

2. Wedding "Bliss".



Words of wisdom from Molly Wizenberg & her beautiful book A Homemade Life.

"When people would wish us well, they would often say something like, 'Oh, I just know your wedding day is going to be PERFECT! It's going to be BLISS! It's going to be the BEST day of your life!' Brandon and I would always giggle about that even though the gesture was very nice. For one thing, there's the word bliss, which makes my toes curl. It reminds me of diamond company commercials and bath beads. But even more than that, if the best day of our lives is our wedding day, we thought, what the hell comes afterward? We would have a lot of so-so years to look forward to. We wanted to have a beautiful wedding, but it didn't need to be utter perfection. It needed to celebrate what we bring to each other in the truest way possible, and with some good food and dancing. But it didn't need to be the best day ever. In fact, we sincerely hoped that, in the long-term scheme of things, it wouldn't be." 

(Photo credit: Molly Wizenberg; Orangette)

3. (2, 1, etc...)



Moving on up. 

Today is my last full day living at home (meaning the home of my parents).  Tomorrow we pack up the car and drive (vases, books, candles, cake-plates, and the full bridal wardrobe in tow).  One deep breath, and then another. 

In more ways than one I feel like a ticking time bomb.  Whether or not I explode from excitement or detail induced anxiety is yet to be seen. 

With all of the work and insane planning that goes into a simple day where you say "I Do", I thought I would expound upon the wisdom I've gained, or rather the naiveté I've exposed in myself. We'll keep it to an even 10, because if there's anything I've learned, when planning one can tend to overdue it (that's a freebee):

  1. Keep the sass to a minimum, regardless of how much you would like to tell the church's wedding coordinator how you really feel... 
  2. Do-it-yourself always sounds like a cute chic idea, until you realize you actually have to DIY, then halfway through a project you feel like you want to DIE. 
  3. Professional seamstresses, though adequately experienced, have been known to stab the bride-to-be.  Don't panic, one can receive a significant discount on "the" gown, simply because of a little blood... and a near fainting/vomiting event.  The dress and I are blood sisters now. 
  4. When one has the urge to throw the bridal magazine across the room, it's time to put it away in a box. You cross a threshold when the magazines begin to provoke feelings of inadequacy rather than inspiration. 
  5. Etsy can be your friend, but don't be afraid of the mass market wedding retailers, though options on both ends are overwhelming. 
  6. Let your ideas evolve. Whether as a result of a creative epiphany or a bump in the road.
  7. In some circumstances it's ok to lie. Meaning, that when a well intentioned stranger/acquaintance/family member asks a wedding related question, feel free to simply reply "we haven't figured that part out yet". There's no need to divulge the fact that you've tried on over 100 dresses, that the seamstress stabbed you, that the Tux Shop wouldn't return your calls, that you got a little tipsy during the wine tasting for the reception, or that you met with the florist for three hours at the end of which you wanted to cry. 
  8. When buying chocolates (or any other edible favor) buy some extras for yourself. It will avoid unnecessary temptation and you never know when you'll need an emergency piece of chocolate.
  9. Don't forget to go on dates. "Wedding" can be all-consuming. 
  10. Perhaps most importantly, though it may not be on the wedding timeline, life (or rather *&$#) happens. Whether it be a plumbing backlog resulting in a tub full of murky water, the fall of a feeble grandmother resulting in a broken noise, or a lahar siren (turns out it was a routine test...) resulting in the belief that one's worst fear has become reality. Eat an emergency chocolate, take a sip of diet coke, and go with the flow.
More on wedding festivities to come. 

4. da dumm da dummm.



Meet the ring bearer and flower girl... let's hope they decide walking down the aisle sounds like a good idea. 







Putting on the finishiiing touches. Chalkboards, and favors, and programs oh my. 







In need of a girls night. 




 the weather man remembered we live in Seattle.



10 day forecast finally visible... and holy moly, no rain.  We keep our fingers crossed.

Photo by Lindsay Schuette

10. Etsy finds.






Successful trial run with the bridal hair today. PTL. followed by a PSL. 



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