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2 YEARS TODAY :: WEDDING FILM

Today is our second anniversary, so I thought I'd post some film from our wedding to celebrate. Thanks to the lovely Roxanne Turpen for snapping these on my Holga!

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Two years has just flown by. In some ways, April 14, 2012 feels like yesterday, but I also feel like we've been married for much longer. So cliché... does everyone feel that way?

 It's funny, I remember thinking on our first anniversary that we truly did have a whole honeymoon year. Everything was easy, we didn't have too many challenges, we only had a few conflicts (epic, but few), life was pretty smooth. And literally on our anniversary trip to Cannon Beach, things started to get more intense. Not bad, not crazy hard, it's like the heat just got turned up a little bit. The second year together has definitely been more challenging than the first. I don't know why people always say the first year is the hardest, because that certainly wasn't true for us. 

But it's the best kind of challenging — the kind that pushes you and makes you better and knits your hearts closer together. The kind that builds trust. I'm thankful for all of it. Marrying Dave was the best thing I've ever done. He's my dearest friend, and I love sharing life with him. 

Last year, Dave surprised me (after I had a particularly rough trip to Sierra Leone for work) with a weekend at Cannon Beach, which was so restful and lovely. We decided that we'd alternate planning years, so this year is my turn to plan our trip.

Originally, I wanted to go to Zion National Park in Utah, but we ruled that out for expense and time (but we still totally want to go together!). So we've decided to go to Vancouver, BC instead. In five years of living in the Northwest, I still haven't been! And everyone raves about the food. So we're headed there, but we need suggestions.

I considered shutting down my Facebook account a couple of weeks ago, but crowdsourcing is the number one reason I decided to keep it. I can do without people's political/social/health/theological rants and opinionated status updates (including my own!), but when I have a question and need input (housebreaking a puppy! we need a place to live! where to eat in BC!), Facebook never fails to deliver. 

So, if you happen to have suggestions for travel to Vancouver and its environs, feel free to leave them in the comments here. I'd so appreciate it. : )

Two years! Here's to many more, B. xo

PS : Just for kicks, here's our wedding video, shot by We Are the Hoffmans (thanks Zach and Jenny!)

FILM FROM COLLEGE

For six months, I've had it on my to-do list to develop four rolls of medium format film that have been sitting around for YEARS. Two rolls were buried in my desk at my parents' house in NC, and two were shot by the lovely Roxanne Turpen at our wedding, almost two years ago. I finally did it this week, after getting a film lab recommendation from Mallory. (They did a great job and were super fast if you're in Seattle and need a developer)

Film is always such a fun surprise. I've found no other feeling in the world like the one where you're standing in a tiny, dimly lit room watching your prints slowly emerge on the surface of the water-logged paper. I miss it. My dad has threatened for years to throw out my darkroom gear, and he hasn't done it yet, so maybe one day when Dave and I live in a bigger place, I'll rescue it from NC and return to my first photo-love with my own little lab at home. 

Most of these aren't touched up — I just scanned them at home last night, and will do some edits later. 

Thailand, 2008.

Thailand, 2008.

Phang-Nga Bay, Thailand, 2008. 

Phang-Nga Bay, Thailand, 2008. 

Phang-Nga Bay, Thailand. 2008.

Phang-Nga Bay, Thailand. 2008.

Sandbags at the edge of the Andaman Sea, Thailand. 2008.

Sandbags at the edge of the Andaman Sea, Thailand. 2008.

Andaman Sea, Thailand. 2008

Andaman Sea, Thailand. 2008

Near Phuket, Thailand. 2008.

Near Phuket, Thailand. 2008.

Near Phuket, Thailand. 2008.

Near Phuket, Thailand. 2008.

Central Florida Coast, 2009. 

Central Florida Coast, 2009. 

SB2K9

SB2K9

SB2K9

SB2K9

My second set of parents, Jeff and Susan. 2008?

My second set of parents, Jeff and Susan. 2008?

Pre-prosal, Zach and Jenny. Hillsboro, NC. 2009. 

Pre-prosal, Zach and Jenny. Hillsboro, NC. 2009. 

Kate, Carrboro, NC. 2008 or 2009? 

Kate, Carrboro, NC. 2008 or 2009? 

I've also scanned the photos from our wedding, but I'll save those for another post. Roxanne did a great job — they're beautiful. 

It's fun to find memories buried in analog like this. I saw a blog post yesterday where a woman suggested carrying a disposable camera in your bag all the time and using up one a month. Don't snap all your film in one place — try to limit yourself to two snaps per location/event. That way you'll have a fun surprise at the end of 30 days when you develop your film. 

I'm thinking about trying it. Want to join me?