The Huntington gardens in San Marino. I'd been once before with my sister-in-law and niece, so I was excited to show Sean around, especially the incredibly colorful koi in the koi pond lined with copper pennies! It's such a beautiful and relaxing place. Sean said he could have stayed in the Japanese gardens listening to the water fall all day...
ranunculus shots from this past Valentine's Day.
looking back posts, I find that I love some of my photographs more with time. These photographs were taken way back during my first year of college. I had just received my first digital camera (a Canon point and shoot) a few months before for Christmas. I was sitting at my desk in my dorm playing around and taking snapshots of my hand in weird contorted positions. The lighting couldn't have been more unprofessional (the little built-in lamp under the shelf on my desk) but I'm so surprised by how well they turned out! The lighting is actually quite beautiful and soft, creating the perfect grey tones, and even though I couldn't adjust the aperture on my camera, the shallow depth of field in these images is perfect.
1. When I got home from work last night, Sean (and our teddy bear, Beary) gifted me with these beautiful flowers. Ranunculus are one of my absolute favorite flowers and purple is my favorite color. I hope they last!
2. We are both currently obsessed with LEGOs. In fact, both of our childhoods consisted of LEGOs. I have many fond memories of playing with them for hours and hours with my brother and sister. Currently, Sean and I are obsessed with the series of LEGO modular buildings. Sean actually gave me this little romantic date LEGO vignette a few weeks ago because he was afraid I would come across it online in my current LEGO craze. It's seriously the best Valentine's gift ever!
3. And then I gave Sean his gift early as well when he was having a particularly bad day. He's a huge fan of diners, drive-ins, and B-movies. We've both drooled over the vintage metal intermission signs (and Frosty Friend magnet) every time we go to Hobby Lobby. So, on Valentine's Day I made him our favorite sliders and homemade honey mustard sauce complete with fast food baskets, stainless steel condiment cups, soda fountain glasses (filled with his favorite banana milkshake), stainless steel straws, glass Coca-Cola bottles, movie candy, and his pick of B-movie to watch.
4. There is no picture to represent it, but we also saw a matinee of The Theory of Everything. It wasn't the perfect lighthearted romantic movie, but it was good!
As many of my readers know (from posting about getting engaged back in 2010 and moving across the country and finally being together in 2011), our wedding this past summer was the result of eight years of being together (four years spent long distance, four years spent being engaged, five years spent on the east coast, three years spent on the west coast), all of which culminated in a sort of last minute let's-just-go-to-a-courthouse-and-get-it-over-with wedding. However, as soon as we set the date and notified our families, so many of them made the effort to be there for our special day! So we ditched the courthouse plans and opted for a very simple wedding in a park near our home in California.
Not being ones to have something over-the-top and ridiculously expensive, we entered into the "planning" phase by not really having any plans at all. Instead, everything fell together so simply and perfectly... We had a small gathering on a perfect morning under the trees in Wildwood Canyon Park. We had beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres made by a friend (I always knew I wanted something purple, my favorite color). We had pictures and video taken by another friend. We had lunch reservations at The Castaway made by a sister (with an amazing view of the valley). We had an extremely delicious cake from Porto's picked up by a brother. We had the something old (my great-grandmother's engagement ring), the something new (my wedding dress from Anthropologie, the first store I tried), the something borrowed (shoes from my sister), and the something blue (twenty-nine pale blue stitches stitched into the lining of my slip in commemoration of the date).
And most importantly, we had family! I know it's cliché to say that your wedding day is perfect, but it really was. For the entire weekend, we couldn't have felt more loved or more blessed to have so many of our family members take the time and effort to fly across the country to be there. I tear up every time I look back through the pictures and recall the day. And of course I'm so happy to finally be married to this amazing man!
White picture frames from Pottery Barn.
Girl photographs by Caryn Drexl.
Plant photograph by me.
Glass tealight holder from IKEA.
The glass tower box was a gift from my brother and sister from Urban Outfitters.
The geo terrarium was a gift from my father-in-law and stepmother-in-law from Urban Outfitters.
The time travel ring was a gift from my husband from Etsy.
The cat statue was a gift from my parents many years ago.
The gold necklace was a gift from my paternal grandmother.