Our Wedding Video

Thursday, June 1, 2017

It's here! It's here! 

As you may have noticed, I'm a keeper of memories. I'm obsessed with it. Beautiful photos and videos and various ways of capturing memories so they can last forever - these are the things I get excited about. So, this extraordinary video, made by our amazing friend Micah at mwcreative.co, is one of the most wonderful, most meaningful gifts I could ever receive. He used his drone to get some incredible shots of our venue, Anvil Ranch. And he captured the exact essence of our day - in all of its beautiful, natural, imperfect, playful, heartfelt glory. 

Bay Area folks, you have to check out mwcreative.co - he works magic. Oh and don't you love this song? It's White Flag, by Joseph.

More wedding deets to come soon! Now if you need to find me, I'll be sitting here watching this video til the cows come home...

Pre-Wedding Wellness

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wooowee! I'll never forget these last two months of absolute wonderful craziness. I can't believe that Jim and I got MARRIED on April 15, 2017! It's fun being a wifey. 

The weeks leading up the wedding were absolute insanity. Our wedding was big. Not huge in guest count, but in scope. We brought 75 of our nearest and dearest into middle-of-nowhere Sonoma county, up windy, crazy, service-less roads, and most of them were visiting from the other side of the country. It was a 3-day event with a million moving parts, and almost every single one of our beautiful and generous guests pitched in to make it all happen. I was a melting puddle of love and gratitude all weekend long! 

I consider myself a pretty laid back person who takes things in stride, but I admit that the craziness of this planning process almost wore me down. The planning, on top of a busy time at work, on top of life with Rowen and trying to give her the kind of time and attention that I want... it was a serious practice in balance. But I made it through! With only a couple of breakdowns ;). 

So before I post about the beautiful weekend itself, I wanted to share a few things that kept me sane leading up to the big day. Maybe I can save a bride or two out there...


I won't dive in deep here because it's likely that you already know that you love it or hate it. But I stepped up my practice a bit right before the wedding, and it saved my life. Taking the time to sweat and breathe and be mindful, all at the same time (I'm all about that time efficiency!), made such a difference in my days. I also was lucky enough to have my friend Christianna, of Wedding Yogi, come to the wedding and lead a class on the day-of, setting me up to be mindful and present all day.

Magical Potions

And what I mean by this is the energy boosting magic of my bulletproof coffee (have you tried adding butter or coconut oil to your coffee yet??), and some of the new supplements I've been adding to my smoothies from Sun Potion. Maybe it's the placebo effect, I don't know, but I'm sold! I felt like I had more energy on the days where I started off with a tasty coffee and green smoothie. I'd love to hear your favorite supplements, if you have any!


Okay so this is the big one! I blogged a bit about Rev32 about halfway through the program. At that point I was actually feeling unsure about how much of a difference it would make, but it ended up being my savior! I had started it mostly to get back in shape a bit before the wedding, but the program did so much more than that. The blood-sugar balancing diet and Rev32 workouts helped my energy, helped me sleep, and gave me some much-needed me time.  

One of the main things that Rev32 promotes is the metabolism boosting outcomes of the program, and I was really skeptical about this (because well... I've only seen my metabolism seem to slow in recent years). But I finally started to understand what they meant when the program was over. I was thick in wedding planning mode so hate to admit it but after the program, I reverted right back to my pre-Rev32 ways...and the magic was, I kept losing weight! HELLO METABOLISM, haven't seen you in awhile! I continued to lose a couple pounds a week even when I wasn't doing the workouts or eating in the same way, showing that the composition of my body had truly changed. 

I ended up losing about 15 pounds on the program, and I'm anxious to go back to the program to see how far I can really go. For those of you in the East Bay area, let me know if you want to learn more about it, or check out the website. I couldn't recommend it enough!

That's it from me for now! I think the main reason I wanted to put this all down on "paper" is to give myself a kick in the pants to get back to these wellness-promoting habits that make me feel so good. After the wedding, we had a LOT of catching up to do, but things are finally starting to feel normal for a moment and I need to remember to take the time to take care of my body. More wedding stuff, soon!

Sunset on the Ridge

Thursday, March 30, 2017

People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.
"Wild Awake” by Hilary T. Smith

In two weeks exactly, our wedding weekend will have begun! We have friends and family coming from all around the country to join us in the woods of northern Sonoma county for a 3-4 day love-celebration-getaway.

Right now my brain is filled to the brim with decor and travel logistics and brunch menus and lawn games and hairstyles and vows and beauty appointments and honeymoon plans. And love and love and more love. The planning process has been intense but in the very best way :). I know it's going to be a weekend to remember.

I wanted to share these gorgeous photos taken back in the fall by our friend Jake Murphy from Love + Wolves Co. I can't BELIEVE how lucky we are to have him as our wedding photographer -- just look at their stuff! These photos make me so incredibly excited to move into the next chapter of life with this sweet, adventurous, imperfect, lovable family of mine :).