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Massi proposed to Caroline on the steps of an ancient cathedral in Italy on Christmas Eve.  It seemed only appropriate for them to choose a venue such as The Ruins to celebrate their love. The ballroom is ornately painted with colorful murals that are reminiscent of the frescoes in Rome and its stunning chandeliers and gilded dining room bring to mind the baroque beauty of Venice.  The day was darn near perfect, and definitely aligned with the vision they had of their day: romantic + magical.

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Dress: Enzoani from Luly Yang

Shoes: Valentino from Nordstrom

Veil: Calla Bridal by Alice Hart.

Jewelry: Nordstrom Crystal Collection

Hair: Gene Juarez (Emily)

Makeup: Gene Juarez (Crosbie)

Bridal Party Dresses: Donna Morgan from Nordstrom

Bridal Party Necklaces: Kate Spade New York from Nordstrom

Groom suit: Versace

Groom Vest and Tie: Luly Yang Couture (custom made)

Groom Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo (Nordstrom)

Flowers: The Ruins

Car: 1963 Vanden Plas Princess Limousine rented from British Motor Coach

Venue: The Ruins

Ceremony: Parsons Garden

 

  • Brooke Schultz Photography - These are seriously incredible. Love the posing, the skyline, the light, everything…gosh. Wonderful work!

I fell in love with Lincoln before I fell in love with my husband.

A friend and I moved to Mammoth Lakes, CA. right after 9/11 to get away from the city and snowboard for the winter.  The first night in town we met two cute boys at a bar.  They invited us to a party the next evening at their house.  We were eager to make new friends, so we accepted.  Little did I know I’d fall in love that night…

We arrived fashionably late, and while we were searching the crowd for our new friends, an adorable floppy eared black puppy with feet that were seemingly too large for his body emerged through the sea of faces (or feet, really). Lincoln greeted me in the same fashion he greeted everyone for the rest of his life, with huge doggie kisses and unyielding love.  My heart burst open immediately and I completely fell in love at that moment.  I spent the evening playing with Lincoln.  Already protective of him, I kept the drunk partygoers from feeding him nachos and beer.  I also spent the evening with Casey, who little did I know at the time, would become my husband.

Casey and I spent everyday together for the next 10 years with Lincoln in tow.  We’ve been on many adventures together over the years, most of which remain my favorite memories of all time.  I could fill hundreds of pages with the things we’ve done together.  But for now, I’ll keep those precious moments to myself, I’d rather tell you a little bit about him…

Throughout those years Lincoln has eaten (and survived) more things than you can imagine.  You could say he had a passion for food and eating.  He has consumed many unusual things over the years, too many things to list. But some of my favorites include: an entire bathroom floor, a 3×4 ft. patch of wall, rat poison, a box of chocolate bars, almost an entire couch (piece by piece), the contents of our refrigerator (and politely spit the olives into a pile- the only food he doesn’t like) and all kinds of books and clothes.  If you’ve ever been to a party at our house, you’ve undoubtedly seen Lincoln nonchalantly grab some food right off your plate.  He was good at stealing food, so good that you didn’t want to punish him for it, because he’d look up at you with those innocent brown eyes and melt your heart.  My absolute favorite thing he has devoured was a box of tampons.  I came home from work to find Lincoln sitting in the window with what looked like a cigar sticking out of his mouth.  He had the goofiest of expressions on his face.  Upon closer inspection I saw that he had a tampon stuck in his mouth, sticking out in a way that made him look like George Burns puffing on a stogie. I still laugh when I think of that night…

Lincoln passed away last Friday, Aug.5th.  His passing has left a gigantic hole in our hearts; a hole that we’re not sure can ever be filled again.  We’ve never known a life together without Lincoln.  The pain has been so bad that we’ve even talked about never getting another dog.  The thought quickly passes as we remember all the joyous and downright hilarious moments we’ve had with Lincoln.  There really is no replacement for the love and laughter that a dog brings into your life.  Lincoln was a giant goofball, a people pleaser, and a lover- there wasn’t anything you could do to make him angry.  He was a great cuddler, a protector, and a constant office companion to me.  He loved everyone that came into his life, unconditionally.  (He loved you more if you gave him some sort of treat and a butt scratch)  He was a mouth-breather, an incessant snorer, a drooler, and was always underfoot in the kitchen.  The house seems so quiet and empty without him.   Pip is stepping in as head-of-household and is trying her best to keep us happy.  The 3 of us together are slowly adjusting to a life without Lincoln…

I’ve come to realize this past week that life is really just a series of miracles and tragedies and all we can hope for in this world is that the miracles are so bright and frequent and amazing that they outshine the tragedies a million times over.

You will be missed, Stinky Linky, more than you will ever know.  (Below are some old scanned photos and some of my favorite digital photos from over the years.) undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined

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  • GIna - That was a beautiful tribute, Kim. I know how loved he was. Every dog should be as lucky as Lincoln to have parents like you guys. I hope your hearts heal soon.

  • Amy - I’m so sorry for your loss of dear Lincoln, Kim and Casey. August 5th was a sucky day all the way around. :(

  • Keri Pinzon - Tears in my eyes, that was so lovely, funny and heartfelt. Thank you for posting! So hard to lose a family member, time heals.

  • jen - what a beautiful post. so sorry you had to say goodbye.

  • Jess@DestinationInspirations - Kim – my heart aches for you guys right now, I know that very pain but what a beautful piece you wrote for Lincoln, thank you for sharing

  • Jenny J - I’m so sorry Kim, what a horrible loss. I’m grateful to have met him for a brief moment and have always enjoyed your images of him. I hope you’re able to get some peace. xx

  • Aluna Joy - He was all heart! We will miss him as well – Mommie

  • Nicole foster-davis - What a lovely tribute! Beautiful pictures! I wish I had done this for our beloved Sadie. After a year of her passing, I finally can stop thinking how too short her life was with us. I now am so grateful for prescence in our life. So many things you said here really speak from the heart. It’s hard to lose family..thanks for sharing;)

  • Desiree Hayes - Sooo sorry for your loss, Kim! I lost my dog on August 5th too. It’s so sad. :( Big hugs!

  • Deann B. - Oh Kim, I’m so sorry for your loss… but also so happy that you found a best friend in Lincoln and shared an amazing 10 years with him. Thank you for sharing and thank you for reminding me to hug my own pup a little tighter. xoxo

  • Bonnie Turner - Hi Kim – thank you so much for the pictures and the great memories of Lincoln. He was such a character when I knew him as a puppy and young adult.
    Lincoln and his brother, Jake, were very special animals. As young puppies, they were quite the pair – two huge black, loveable lugs of labs that thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. People couldn’t help but fall in love with them.
    they were Fric and Frac – bookends, for sure.
    Whenever I would drive down that street, Jake would start a shrill whine because he knew we were going to see Lincoln.
    Their sister, Jett, is doing well despite losing her right rear leg last summer….the legacy of our sweet, wonderful boys is with her.
    She will be here in Novemeber – I will be sure to send some photos.

  • monica - Oh no, it is so awful losing a dog. I just stumbled upon this, and your photos remind me so much of our girl Esha who we just lost this year. She was also ten and from Mammoth. I wonder if they possibly are related, even though i think maybe not. What is Lincoln’s mix?

  • aga - beautifully written, and although tears are running down my cheeks, and I feel your pain so deeply… your story of his life with you brings so much warmth to my heart.

  • Aunt Vickie - I am so sorry to hear about Lincoln, He was a Great Dog.
    I know how hard it is to lose him. All the enjoyable memory
    of him will keeep a smile on your face.
    He will be with Meiko in doggy heaven.
    He was a awesome dog.Give Casey and yourself a Big Hug.
    He will alway be your Boy.

  • Winnie Forbes - What a beautiful tribute to a loyal lifetime friend. Thank you for sharing this with us.

There really isn’t a better place to get married than on a lavender farm.  With the relaxing scent of those purple flowers floating through the air, everyone can’t help but have a great time.  Fox Farm on Vashon Island is by far my favorite outdoor wedding venue for that reason- everyone (guests and wedding party alike) always seem to have the most relaxing and fun afternoon.

Becky + Eli put together a great DIY wedding; the girls made their own bouquets, the guys wore mis-matched socks and ties, and the family pulled together and baked a delicious array of cakes.  Add in the mix a snow cone machine, a photo booth, and a bunch of really great dancers and you’ve got a party!

I’ve been so incredibly lucky this year with the most amazing clients, Becky + Eli were no exception.  I laughed, cried, and danced beside them all day long and it was a blast! ♥

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Bride’s Dress: Mori Lee from I Do Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom
Bride’s Necklace & Bridesmaids’ Jewelry by Becky: www.rebeccaandjewels.etsy.com
Hair Clip: Nordstrom
Wedding Rings: EERobbins
Bridesmaid Dresses: www.natajane.etsy.com
Groom’s suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s Cuff Links: www.abcuff.etsy.com
Groomsmens’ Suspenders: www.suspenderfactory.com
Cake Stands: Amazon.com
Stripped Straws: www.thesugardiva.com
  • Aunt Janet - Beautiful beyond words. I love every photo.

  • aga - Great stuff Kim! Wish we had venues like that here!

  • Stacey - Oh my gosh, this looks like one of the most fun and “real” weddings ever… what a gorgeous vibe. And I love your capture of the snow-cones, ha!

  • Jerzy Modrak - Congratulations for these wonderful wedding photographs!

Okay, I’m going to do it.  I’m going to complain about the weather.  I’m sorry, but it sucks right now here in the PNW- and I’m grumpy.   It’s supposed to be summer, and I’m sitting in my office with the heater on, a cup of tea, and an incredible urge to bake something with pumpkin in it. (too early for christmas music?)  I know the rest of the world is suffering in extreme heat, so maybe I should be thankful for the cool and overcast days we are having…

That doesn’t change the fact that I’m in desperate need of some Vitamin D, so I’ve decided to post some of my Cinque Terre photos from our trip in May in hopes of satisfying that depleted part of me that needs sun.

This region is officially my favorite spot on earth, not because it’s the birthplace of pesto and foccacia or the makers of all things lemon (well, maybe that is part of it), it’s the totally unique and breathtaking beauty of it ALL. It’s a little slice of heaven on a remote part of the Italian Riviera that conjures up memories of tiny gelato colored houses balancing on hilltops, old men peering through their windows down at the square at sunset, church bells chiming on the hour, turquoise water as far as the eye can see, birds soaring over the town square,  wine on the breakwater,  sunburnt europeans in speedos, hikes on dusty trails lined with grape vines, scrappy cats soaking in the sun, and tiny glasses of delicious limoncino…

Aaahhhhhhhhhh.  Okay, I feel a little better.

You can download the last photo on this post by clicking HERE. (appropriatley named “I left my heart in the Cinque Terre.”)  I’ve sized it for you to use as a screensaver.  I’ve never offered a download before, so I know it will look good if you have a mac with a 1920×1200 screen, and probably just okay if you have some other kind of computer.  (sorry PC users, I just don’t get you) Please be nice and only use it on your desktop and don’t copy,steal, etc…

*A few of these will eventually end up in my print shop, but probably not until the busy wedding season is over.  If you see something that you need a print of, shoot me an email and I’ll put it up in the shop asap.

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*download this photo HERE for your desktop*

Cinque Terre translates to “Five Lands.”  Each town is connected by a hiking trail that weaves in and out of the surrounding mountains.  If you are feeling lazy you can take a quick train that connects each village, but most of the fun is on the trail where you can see how each town is nestled into the mountains.  Cars are not allowed in the villages (except for some parts of Monterosso), which only seems to make the place more magical.  We visited each town, but I think Vernazza (where we stayed 4 nights) was my favorite.  Rick Steves has a pretty good write-up on the area, and his suggestions were pretty spot on.  Check it out HERE.

  • kaya j photography - ahhh….i want to go there!!! Did you and Casey put a lock on the bridge? AHHH, I want to go!!! maybe some day :)

  • Heather - So lovely…. I want to be there.

  • lynda - your magic worked; the sun is out in seattle now!

  • Laura - this was my favourite spot in Italy. I LOVED it there. The walk was definitely the best part. I went about 8 years ago and your photos have just reminded me of my love of the area. Must go count the funds in the piggy bank to see when I can go back :)

  • Kip Beelman - Love this. It’s been nearly 12 years since my wife and I stayed in Monterosso.

These two are getting married this August- I can’t wait!  Massi is a full-blooded Italian and inspired our little Italian picnic at Discovery Park.  (a coincidence that I was just in Italy)  Caroline is a fashion designer with a beautiful smile and killer taste. (I’m excited to see the wedding dress that she has picked out!)  Here are a few from our engagement session together. ♥

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  • kaya j photography - love it!!!! can’t wait for your summer weddings!!!

  • Aunt Harriett & Uncle Dennis - WOW!!!! Just got back from Washington, DC & my AAUW Convention — you 2 sure look like you were having fun — what was that with the pasta??? TMI!!!!! Can’t wait to see you both in August — we’ll have a BLAST!!! Caroline you look so-o-o beautiful & so-o-o happy!!! Massi looks so-o-o handsome & so-o-o happy too!!!! Take care & keep sending pics!!!!

    Love,
    Auntie H & Uncle D