so, here’s the thing. my meeting holley can best be compared to meeting sunshine for the first time.
hi. i like you. let’s be friends. let’s hang out whenever possible. and on days when we can’t i’ll wait eagerly for the next time we can. it’s the kind of friendship that makes you a believer in soul mates. holley is undoubtedly a kindred spirit of the ‘i want you in my life for life’ variety.
when i first moved to nashville i was a bit, how do you say it, BROKEN. in the midst of this chaotic and confusing time holley and i met. and shortly after, her couch and i became BFFs. when you next sit on it look closely and you might even see the stains from my tears. i would bewail my lot in life and she would lovingly advise and nurture, and introduce me to magical, albeit decaffeinated, teas. and then giachery would come into the room and get all dr. phil on me. and i would cower. but always came back for more of his tough love.
so that was the beginning.
and then there were happier times when project runway devoured our tuesday nights and we would marvel at the fact that holley was growing a LIFE inside of her. and more tea. and discoveries of jennies coconut macaroons.
and when i started becoming smitten with a certain someone, it was hol who smiled knowingly when my phone would be non-stop buzzing with text messages.
so. fast-forward to a wedding. a wedding where every detail had details of how to achieve a certain detail. what was originally envisioned as being an intimate garden party became a full scale production in a magical loft overlooking the city. and with two months to plan, and one of those months traversing the south pacific, we (read: i) were more than a little overwhelmed. i will never forget holley showing up at the house, armed with tissue paper, pipe cleaners, scissors and an attitude of ‘honey, if you want 200 unique individually hand made paper flowers, you will have them.’ and so we got to work.
which leads me to the part where i try to write about the gift holley gave us for our wedding. what you need to know is that during the big bad flood that hit nashville a few weeks ago, our basement was flooded. compared to a lot of people in nashville, we were incredibly lucky. we threw out some furniture, but nothing that we will miss too much. unfortunately, however some of our wedding decorations were casualties and as we carried our many water-logged retro TVs outside we were a little sad, but grateful that this all happened after the wedding. losing some of the elements from our wedding made holley’s gift to us even more special – a 3 dimensional work of art that encapsulates our day. complete with twinkly lights and the darling sunshine yellow crespedia flowers.
this beautiful gift will grace every home that we create. thank you, my sweet.
i feel like i’ve always loved you, because i’ve always loved the idea of you. the idea that there is someone out there who can be a true friend. a spiritual teammate. the safest place to land. a constant source of inspiration. a source of joy. and hope. and love. and laughter. and sweetness.
you have saturated my life with all of these things. in abundance. in a way that at first made my head reel, but gradually i learned to trust. to this day, i’m still awestruck by your constant outpouring of love and affection. not one.single.day goes by that you don’t encase me in this warmth and even though we literally spend 24 hours a day together, there is no place else i’d rather be.
when you surprised me with a song you’d written for me at our wedding, you sang that you ‘recognize my light’ and i melted into a pile of tears and a white dress. i felt so much gratitude. for you. for us. i have etched that moment on my sinews and if our children ever ask how love feels i will describe those minutes and how their father transported an entire room to another place.
happy 29th my darling.
looking at these photos i am in awe of the simplicity.
in less than 2 weeks dev & i will be packing up our stuff and moving across country to LA. we are taking whatever we can fit in our car + a small trailer that will hold our vespa, 2 beach cruisers, and a few boxes.
i want to put everything we own on the lawn and take one of these pictures.
if you create unconventional installations in public places you will forever etch a space into my heart. with that, i present you this amazing installation, ‘rain cloud’, by artist: stephanie imbeau.
and then there is Derick Melander–a crafty cat who created sculpture out of second-hand clothing. ooh-la-la.
i dare you not to be impressed with anna-wili highfield’s delicate paper bird sculptures.
and finally, homemade forts are always fascinating.
i promised lash-cakes i would spread the word. so i did. and as a result our wedding has (so far) been featured on FOUR lovely wedding sites…and even now, over a month later i’m getting requests from other sites wanting to publish photos and info about our day. these requests make me smile because they always ask the same question: how ON EARTH did make this happen with only 2 months preparation? to which i respond: my friends & family are rockstars.
so in no apparent order, below are the sites where we’ve been featured to date:
there is one element to our wedding that we haven’t yet shared with the whole wide interwebs yet. and that is our polaroids. we proabably have oh, about 200 of them. and holy moly, they are delicious. you know that you’ve got the best photographer in the world when he rocks up with a two different types of polaroid cameras. ry also helped me piece together my GOLD holgaroid so she made her grand debut also.
also – back when polaroid film was becoming extinct, i decided to buy 20 packs of it. i found them on craigslist and met some woman in some dodgy gas station. i handed her cash. she gave me an armload of polaroid film that was recently expired. even though i was newly-heartbroken with no romantic pursuit in sight, i knew i wanted polaroids at my wedding.
so i kept them. carefully stored them in the refrigerator until april 3. 2010. and then handed my little sister my vintage polaroid camera (a zillion thank yous to mona) and anisa captured our day beautifully with them.
but until the SP manuscript is in hyperion’s hands, i’m not going to be able to get scan-happy so they are going on the list of to-do’s. along with the thank you notes we need to send. and showering.