Wow. October 15, we meet again. I cannot believe this time last year, I was getting ready to marry Dan at a beautiful house in Sonoma, California. We already shared a lot of the story and a few photos in this feature on The Knot, but I figured what better time than our first anniversary to unleash a hundred more photos on you! I’m fairly certain after this, you’ll feel like you were there.
Now that Dan and I have been married almost a year, I figured better late than never to share all of the planning and photos from our big day in wine country!
Hah well the truth was I knew shortly after the wedding that The Knot was going to run a feature on our wedding in their May 1 issue (which was CRAZY exciting), so I couldn’t have posted anything before then had I wanted to. And believe me I wanted to.
Also these posts took way too long thinking back to all of this and finding all of my photos.
So much to share!
Dan and I never took engagement photos. I’ve never quite understood them since my reasoning was “yes, they’re lovely, but a photo from one of our trips together, or laughing at a ball game, or at the lake house in the summer is so much more meaningful because it was from a specific event together.” Rather than an arbitrary photo shoot. This is not to offend people who take them or photographers who photograph them… it just wasn’t a need of ours.
Fast forward to our honeymoon. We’re in Paris with just a few days left when I get a message on Instagram from none other than Chicago-based photographer Amanda Megan Miller, who I happened to meet and work with when I spoke at the Martha Stewart Wedding event in Chicago the previous year. She said she was landing in Paris the next morning and would we have any interest in a little honeymoon photo shoot. Ooo interesting.
My and Dan’s first reaction was: camera shy. No way can we do that.