Julie contacted me by way of another photographer, Stu Mullenberg, an a-mazing commercial photographer I had the honor of working with this summer. *I am ohsograteful for the generous and supportive nature of Portland photographers! So I spent a wonderful morning with these two beauties, in the company of many Disney Princesses and Princess dresses, enjoyed a tea party hosted by Miss Addison, then a very un-princess, but equally fun, run around their neighborhood park.
Under a blazing late September sun, five years to the day I did the same, Ben and Emily said ‘I do’ under a canopy of trees on the family farm. It was a uniquely beautiful wedding that drew on the many talents of family + friends. Emily’s mom designed the flowers. Her sister Amanda put together an incredible collection of mini bundt cakes, all displayed on a fabulous desert candelabra built by Ben’s brother. Ben’s sister Kathryn cooked up a host of fabulous appetizers. And friends pitched in with their music talents, roasting skills, as well as some tasty home brew dedicated to the bride + groom.
What a wonderful way to begin the rest of your life. What an honor to share an anniversary with two incredible people.
We just spent the last two weeks traveling to the Greater Metropolitan of Minneapolis, a most fabulous city…in August. And in addition to the family farm in Earlham, Iowa, just west of Des Moines. My husband’s grandparents were celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary with a weekend of weenie roasts and ice cream socials with 250+ of their closest family + friends. For the entirety of their 70 years together, they’ve lived on and worked the same farm his grandfather grew up on. Pretty remarkable feat considering I’ve changed addresses 9 TIMES since my move to Portland in 1996.
I can’t imagine 70 years of my own company, let alone alongside the company of another. When Grandma Avis was asked what it takes to keep a love and marriage going, I overheard her response ”Well, sometimes one person has to give more than 50% and sometimes the other one has to give more. And that’s just how it goes.”
I hope I don’t have to wait another 65 years to get all the people I love into one room. I also hope I have the fortune of finding my own answers to life + love in one simple sentiment.
Thank you so much Grandma Avis + Grandpa Beryl for showing us how it’s done.
And now for my very first slideshow featuring a few of my favorites. Apologies for the load time.