Retro Chic Engagement Photo Sneak Peek

26 09 2009

Melody and Bryan, the awesome husband and wife duo of Amore Studios, totally made my weekend by sending over these sneak peek pictures from our engagement photo shoot.

PS: More details about the dress and the flower in my hair can be found on http://kodachromewedding.wordpress.com

I’m not going to say much… just let you enjoy the photos.   *Squeal*

Photo Credit: Amore Studios  Location: Old Shell Station Issaquah WAPhoto Credit: Amore Studios Location: Old Shell Station Issaquah WA

Photo credit: Amore StudiosPhoto credit: Amore Studios

Photo credit: Amore StudiosPhoto credit: Amore Studios

Photo Credit: Amore StudiosPhoto Credit: Amore Studios

Photo Credit: Amore StudiosPhoto Credit: Amore Studios

Photo Credit: Amore Studios  Location: Pike Place MarketPhoto Credit: Amore Studios Location: Pike Place Market

Photo Credit: Amore Studios Location: Pike Place MarketPhoto Credit: Amore Studios Location: Pike Place Market

Photo Credit: Amore Studios Location: Pike Place MarketPhoto Credit: Amore Studios Location: Pike Place Market

Photo Credit: Amore Studios  Location: Seattle CenterPhoto Credit: Amore Studios Location: Seattle Center

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Day 5 Lobsta Bake with the fam!

17 09 2009

*Beep beep beep*   I interrupt this New England Trip recap to bring you breaking news… Cheese has left the house… I repeat Cheese- also known as the phantom cat- has left the house and… what’s this- she’s eating grass with her brother Cassanova.  Reports indicate that Cheese is getting increasingly brave and has been venturing out regularly.  I believe our photographer has captured this rare Cheese sighting.

Cheese is adventuresome!

Cheese is adventuresome!

Amazing! Ok, back to your regularly scheduled vacation update.

Sunday, Mom was anxious to show Matt the Portland Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  We drove around downtown Portland a little and then went to the Cathedral.  Mom wanted to show Matt the beautiful stained glass which was made by a man who shared a last name with Matt’s Mother’s family- no relation, but a fun story none the less.  WOW are these stained glass beautiful!  I had seen them years ago, but they are amazing.  See for yourself!

After viewing the church, we headed back to get ready for a little relaxation before a traditional Lobsta Bake- hosted by my Uncle J and Aunt A.  Did I mention that at Aunt S and Uncle C house Matt made a new friend? Tiki the Cat/Dog. Seriously a dog that acts like a cat- my kind of dog.

2009 Sep 06_0642It was off to the Lobsta bake! I hadn’t seen much of my family in 2 years, and everyone was going to be there (with the exception of my cousin A who I had seen the night we arrived- he had gone back on the Appalachian Trail and my mom’s baby brother and his family- who live in Denver).  Despite being in the middle of major home remodeling, Aunt A and Uncle J put on the best party!  They rented a tent for the back yard and hired childhood friend Paul and his wife to organize and do the lobsta bake.  I’ll post the details of how an authentic lobsta bake happens in my next post.  But here are photos from the festivities.

Chatting with Aunt A and Aunt S

Chatting with Aunt A and Aunt S

Gathering around the bake!

Gathering around the bake!

Toasting big birthdays (Aunt S, Cousin K, Cousin M, Cousin R and Mom) and Engagements (yay!)

Toasting big birthdays (Aunt S, Cousin K, Cousin M, Cousin R and Mom) and Engagements (yay!)

Did I mention we toasted an engagement?

Did I mention we toasted an engagement?

Blowing out the candles

Blowing out the candles

Chowing down! Corn on the Cob, Steamers (clams), kielbasa, and of course lobsta!

Chowing down! Corn on the Cob, Steamers (clams), kielbasa, and of course lobsta!

Have I mentioned how much I love my Family? Uncle J, Aunt S, and Uncle C

Have I mentioned how much I love my Family? Uncle J, Aunt S, and Uncle C

Aunt J, and Cousin M- Gosh I miss my cousins!

Aunt J, and Cousin M- Gosh I miss my cousins!

Cousing MS and his girlfriend A- they are buying a house, how exciting!

Cousin MS and his girlfriend A- they are buying a house, how exciting!

Cousin K and her beau

Cousin K and her beau

One of my fav images; Cousin R captures a great photo of Cousin K and her boy- who is hiding a beer behind his back- priceless!

One of my fav images; Cousin R captures a great photo of Cousin K and her boy- who is hiding a beer behind his back- priceless!

Matt fit right in with my family, and got a good education on how to do a lobsta bake.

Matt fit right in with my family, and got a good education on how to do a lobsta bake.

The day wrapped up hanging by the fire and a fireside game of apples to apples by light of the fire!

The day wrapped up hanging by the fire and a fireside game of apples to apples by light of the fire!

I have to say thank you to the three people who made that wonderful day possible- my dear dear Aunt A and Uncle J and their dear friend Paul!

Thanks guys!

Thanks guys!

When we got home that night we realized, our trip was coming to a close- how sad!  Next up: A lobsta bake tutorial and Day 6 of the trip.





Day 4: Red Hook in NH and Maine

14 09 2009

On the fourth day of our vacation we visited with my Grandma for a second time (she has Alzheimer’s and is at a place near my Aunt in Massachusetts), before hitting the road up to Maine to visit with more family.

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As a side note, as I see it, one of the blessings of Alzheimers is that you can share good news with your loved one and every time it’s like they are hearing it for the first time.  We told Grandma of our engagement three times during this trip and showed her the ring.  Every time she was so happy and it was so special to share that joy with her.

Matt and I knew that Red Hook had a brewery in Portsmouth NH on our way to Maine.  Red Hook’s original brewery was in Seattle, but has moved to nearby Woodinville, WA.  I’ve visited the Washington brewery so we thought it would be cool to visit the one in NH too. (these are the only 2 Red Hook Breweries in the country) Matt and I are always down to sample some craft beers.  My stomach was a little upset from a tuna sandwich that didn’t agree with me, but I sampled all four Beers that they offered us.  A nice little sidetrip on the way to Maine.  We got into Maine around 5 pm and spent a great evening chatting with my Aunt and Uncle.  Oh and did I mention that the weather was awesome?

yummm beer!

yummm beer!

Sorry Aunt S- I LOVE this photo- can't remember what you were describing but this captures the way we have animated conversations perfectly! Love you!





Day 3: Laconia, Weirs Beach Blvd and Visiting Friends

7 09 2009
MS Mount Washington coming into dock

MS Mount Washington coming into dock

So, I knew we needed to take a side trip north to my hometown, Gilford.  We had a great lunch with Kendra- who’s been my dear, dear friend since we were in the 5th grade.  She gave Matt her stamp of approval and Matt and I took off to tour the “sites” of the Laconia/Gilford Area: Belknap Mt- my old house, the Village Store, Gilford middle/high school- whoa they did some additions there!- downtown Laconia (lunch at the Soda Shoppe)- the Colonial is closed, how sad- and finally the highlight- the Weirs. lol… a little bit slow which surprised me. We had slush at Harts Slush and watched the MS mount Washington (my first job!) come into dock.  On our way back to my Aunts house, we stopped in Franklin to see my friend Chris.  All in all a great day.  Matt’s comment on the New England roads this far? “They are crazy as hell! You don’t believe in a 90 degree intersection”  This has solved the mystery for him as to why I say “go straight” when sometimes “straight” is really a right or left turn… straight is a relative term!





Day 2: Beantown

5 09 2009

We have been so blessed with great weather since arriving on the East Coast.  We’ve made my Aunt Jane and Uncle Jack’s Massachusetts lakeside house our home base.  It was the evening of our arrival where Matt proposed. YAY!  We’ve both been beaming ever since.  Thursday we visited my grandma. She’s in an Alzheimer’s care facility, I try to speak with her on the phone every couple weeks so I was prepared for our visit.  She was so happy to hear about our engagement, although I am not sure she processed it very well.  After a short visit Matt and I drove to Boston.  It was his first time in Beantown so we were sure to visit all the sites:

Fanneuil Hall

Fanneuil Hall

Fanneuil Hall

Fanneuil Hall

The Capital Building

The Capital Building

The make way for ducklings ducks!

The make way for ducklings ducks!

The Public Garden

The Public Garden

Cant stop kissing my FIANCE!

Can't stop kissing my FIANCE!

Bostons North End

Bostons North End

I love this ally shrine in the North End

I love this ally shrine in the North End

love it!

love it!

:-)

🙂

We ended our amazing day with Pizza at the North Ends World Famous Pizzaria Regina

We ended our amazing day with Pizza at the North End's World Famous Pizzaria Regina





Dahlia Dahlia Dahlia

27 08 2009

No secret Dahlias are my favorite flower.  Last week Matt IMed me this link http://www.scdahlias.org/national-show/ I just about jumped out of my seat! The Snohomish county (where I live) Dahlia Society was hosting the National Show.  The show was last weekend and Matt and I went on Sunday.  I was in heaven!  I took lots of photos, got some tips from the members on growing my Dahlias and even got a website of a place that sells cut Dahlias.  Apparently, the Snohomish County Society was celebrating 100 years of Dahlia shows- the longest running show in the country. Awesome!  Enjoy the photos!





Townhouse and ‘puter trouble!

3 08 2009

After 80 days, we finally closed on our townhouse last Wednesday!  Of course, I took lots of photos to memorialize the moment, BF and I holding up our keys, the toasting of campaign with Mom and our awesome real estate/ mortgage guy…

My plan was to post the photos on Thursday morning, but ummm those photos met another fate, a fate where my external hard drive met the hard wood of my kitchen floor- ouch!  All of my photos- I mean ALL OF MY PHOTOS from the past 9 years+ are in limbo right now- my hard drive came crashing to the floor Wednesday night when I knocked it off my table- and I stupidly didn’t have a back up of the drive.  I’m facing no less than $800 to try to retrieve just the jpgs (which after hard deliberation i decided were the only things worth trying to restore).  That’s the main reason you haven’t seen a blog post from me in quite some time. I had just taken all of the photos for the posts that i wanted to write and it threw me for a loop to have those photos disappear.  That and we’ve been busy since Wednesday moving BF  into the townhouse.  In case you’re worried, I won’t move in until after we are married, and in case your wondering about that I have no information for you 🙂 Lol…. I was able to download this phone photo I sent to friends and family when we closed:

yay! Keys!

yay! Keys!

A couple of random things:

  • Did you see the news last Wednesday? It was the hottest day EVER  in Seattle- OMG it was sweltering… and our townhouse it was 95 degrees at 7:30 at night- Wow!  Oh and in case you’re wondering, we don’t have A/C- nobody in Seattle does.
  • Who puts plastic runners over carpeted stairs? Seriously who? The people we bought our house from that’s who.  We couldn’t even wait to take a photo before ripping them up… so here is the after (notice the discoloration of the carpet?)
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  • Why do they even sell brass fixtures anymore?  The people who lived here loved them! ( the real estate agent thank goodness, replaced all of the door hardware and the kitchen cabinet and drawer pulls with brushed nickle)  The bathrooms however are still brass- we replaced the cabinet pulls and the TP roll holders already but the faucets still need to be replaced.  (PS the fireplace is also brass, but we have a DIY solution for that- I’ll post about it after I prove it’s success!)
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  • We bought this place from aB oeing couple, how do we know? The faucet in the kitchen is branded with Boeing… lol… we wonder if it came out of the PRIDE Cabinet, or if it was a free give away… we already bought a replacement.
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  • We thought the brass on the chandelier was bad, but then we turned it on at night and saw the pattern of light the cut glass threw… needless to say, we’re looking for a replacement!
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  • Remember TT-8L from star wars?  No? The Gatekeeper droid that looked like an eye? still no? maybe this will refresh your memory… oh wait that’s my our shower head in my master bath.  I’ll send a hand knit item to the first person correctly identifies the battery operated appliance that this also resembles. 🙂
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I’m just saying… those are the funny things we’ve been fixing the past few days.  Here is the fruit of my labor for the past two days… the kitchen is 95% complete- only the pot rack to hang.  Oh and yes, the veggies on the island are from our garden! More posts soon I promise!

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