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Family Portrait: August 2014 (Happy Birthday, Pearl!)

What happened to that little puff of a puppy we brought home in October?

 

Well, now she’s a really, really big puff. And we sure do love her. Happy 1st Birthday, Pearlie!

Happy Birthday, Pearl WarLock

Here’s our little family (cats not pictured :D), month-by-month.

 

 

 

 

Family Portrait: July 2014

Oh, hey… just running a little behind here, as always.

Pearl WarLock, 11-Months-OldThe doggone pup is 11-months-old, and we’re facing an expiration date on the “she’s just a puppy” excuse. It’s been amusing to me how often I feel compelled to say that, when Pearl is more enthusiastic than polite. It’s not an excuse, it’s a truth. She’s just a puppy. This has been one of the tricky bits of raising a gentle giant- remembering that Great Pyrs grow fast and mature slow, and tailoring our expectations to her age rather than her size. She’s just a puppy. A massive, happy puppy, who does us very proud. And it’s okay for her to be silly, as long as she keeps her paws on the ground.

Here’s our wonderful dog, month by month. Only one more photo to go, and we can hardly believe it.

 

 

Family Portrait: June-uary 2014

Another month come and gone. After an unseasonably warm May, we have an unpredictable, shifty June-uary. Is that not the most delicious portmanteau? I can hardly stop using it, though it might be one of those black licorice words that you have to savor sparingly, or people will start to think you’re weird.

Regardless. It’s been a hot and cold month in many ways, but we’re getting through it. The same could be said of 10-month-old Pearl’s most recent phase… we’re hoping there is more consistently sunny weather and attitude in the forecast.

Pearl WarLock, 10 Months Old

Our young miss is sweet and sour these days. We tell her to sit, and she does- by perching herself on the edge of the couch. Well played, dog. Training has become a battle of wits and wills, and at 75+ pounds, she’s a heavy-weight contender. But not the champ. Sorry Pearl, we are the bosses of you.

Luckily we are patient people, accustomed to fickle weather. We’ll wait out Pearl’s tween-aged sulks and sass, and will heap on the praise when she’s obedient. Because when she’s good, she’s the best- bright and beaming.

Here’s our sunshine, month by month…

PS: Yes- I cut most of my hair off! Yes- it’s asymmetrical. Yes- it was on purpose. I love it!

 

 

Family Portrait: May 2014

Yes, we skipped our April family photo. It was a bad hair day for all of us: Adam was still refusing to cut his, I’d made a not-so-bright decision with a box of very bright red dye, and the pup was sporting a shaved belly from her spay surgery. Not a moment we were keen to photograph and publish.

So here we are (accordingly trimmed, dyed, and fluffed) with our 9-month-old Great Pyrenees.

Pearl WarLock, 9 Months Old

Pearl could hardly sit still for a photo this month. If you can’t guess from our boots and baseball tees, it was dog park day. Good thing we remembered our picture before Pearl’s dip in the lake and roll in the dust… or you might not have heard from us until June!

Here’s how our gorgeous galumpher has grown…

 

Family Portrait: March 2014

7 months old, and always smiling- my, what big teeth you have, Pearl WarLock!

Pearl WarLock, 7 Months Old

Having spat out the last of her baby teeth last month, she seems to have made it through the phase of dramatic daily change. Her growth and appetite have tapered off, and I’m now wondering if Pearl might be a more “petite” Pyrenees. I wouldn’t complain!

She’s a wonderful size right now: her head at exactly the right height to be patted when she’s standing at my side, tall enough to put her paws on my shoulders for hugs and kisses, and (at least in her mind) not too big to be a lapdog (though, oof, 70 pounds).

Who knows how big she’ll get- for now she’s still learning how big she IS. We’re impressed by how gently she plays with the littler dogs at the park, a bit sore at how much she pulls on her leash, and confused by how the dog who walks like a polar bear on roller-skates can also tiptoe oh-so sneakily into the kitchen for a cat food snack…

Here’s our rascally pup, month by month.

Family Portrait: February 2014

Has it really been a month since our last post? Sure enough: weekends in snowy Spokane and on rainy Anderson Island, winter pruning at the orchard, many enthusiastic “Go Seahawks” high-fives,  and suddenly our pup is six months old.

Pearl WarLock, 6 Months Old

I’m not sure which is harder to believe: that we’ve had Pearl for four months, or that we haven’t had her forever. This dog makes me so darn happy. Or rather, she makes it easy to be happy- to seek adventure everyday, to share smiles, to laugh when she steals my socks, to jump for joy and run for no reason at all, to work hard knowing a wagging tail awaits me, to fall even more in love with my patient and caring husband, to be contented when we’re all snuggled in for the night.

Here’s our much-loved Pearl, month-by-month…

 

Family Portrait: January 2014

WarLock Family Portrait, January 2014

She’s the belle of the dog park and the star of every sidewalk from Seattle to Portland. She’s welcoming new members to the Pearl WarLock fan club with a firm handshake. She’s pushing 50 pounds and parental lap capacity. And now she’s 5 months old!

Pearl is growing so fast, this slideshow feels like real time.

 

If that’s not enough oh-so-fluffy puppy goodness for you, we’ll be posting some outtakes on the WarLock Manor Facebook page tomorrow.

 

The WarLock Wedding

Happy Halloween, everyone! Today, we’re looking back at the best party I’ve ever been to (and certainly the best costume I’ve ever worn)… our wedding day on October 29th 2011.

Elizabeth

I fell in love with my wedding gown on my first excursion to Cynderellie’s Closet in Edmonds. My mom plucked it from the rack and I think we both knew right then. The intricate beading and dark, feathery lace had the Victorian Gothic aesthetic that I’d envisioned for my Halloween weekend wedding. It was almost uncanny. Of course, trying on gowns was so much fun (so much fun), I had to try on several dozen more. But nothing compared, especially after I found out that I could customize the dress: removing the straps, emphasizing the sweetheart neckline, and trading uninspired chiffon for a full satin ballroom skirt (with pockets!). I couldn’t wait for it to arrive, and when it did, it fit like it was made for me. It was perfect in every way.

The Dress, Detail

With such a statement gown, everything else needed to be simple and subtle: a dark manicure, a sweet veil with just a touch of gold thread at the hem. I borrowed my mother’s antique gold filigree earrings, with smoky gems that fit my colorless theme. To stand tall next to my 6’7″ husband-to-be, I picked burnished gold pumps with the highest heels I could find!

Getting ReadyThe Shoes

I’m going to gush more about the florals shortly, but let’s just take a moment to breath a collective sigh over this bouquet, shall we? Had I not had an important “I do” at hand, I could’ve spent the entire day gazing at it. I asked Maxine for texture, variety, contrast between sharp edges and lush layers, and to incorporate trails of black and white feathers (which, I believe I was wearing in my hair when I first met Max!). I knew exactly what I wanted, and somehow, Maxine did too.

The Bride's BouquetThe BrideI’ve always thought that I was born in the wrong era. So I showed the brilliant Jenny Bowker my pins of old-fashioned beauties with soft eyes and loosely piled hair, and for one day I became the Edwardian woman I’d admired. The wedding color scheme (or lack thereof) was inspired by vintage photography. I love the timeless, mysterious quality that comes with faded photographs- how the faces of the subjects are both haunting and riveting. I dressed our wedding party and our venue in a broad palette of neutrals, with just light tints of color. It suited Adam well too, as we both gravitate towards muted tones in our wardrobes.
The GroomI wish I had more pictures of my handsome groom! Adam and his groomsmen sported classic black tuxes with herringbone patterned vests. Adam wore a pearl and pale gold paisley silk tie. All of the gentlemen in the wedding party received white rose and feather boutonnieres, wrapped in black and white cord and finished with a vintage pyramid stud button.

My beautiful bridesmaids wore shimmery greige dresses with ruched bodices and sweetheart necklines. I wanted to give my girls something special to thank them for standing beside me (at the wedding and always), so each received a one-of-a-kind necklace. I designed the pieces with an eclectic assortment of pearls, crystal, and vintage elements, linked together with chain. Each piece featured a tiny gold skull- a reminder of how we all celebrated Halloween weekend in 2011.

My Mother (and partner in planning) truly shone in a green-tinted gown with a bead-encrusted band. I hope you can see some resemblance, because… wow.

These ladies kept me smiling until 5:00 sharp, when our ceremony began.The GirlsThe BouquetsWaiting

Adam and I were married at Lord Hill Farms, in Snohomish, Washington. The setting was everything I’d dreamed of- a converted barn with moody lighting, soaring windows, and a pastoral view. Knowing we’d have Fall foliage as a dramatic backdrop, all of the ceremony decor was limited to natural green, blushy pink, shades of white, and a roomful of gilded chiavari chairs. We decorated the aisle (and just about every other surface) with pale pumpkins and mercury glass candleholders. To achieve the lush, overgrown garden look that I desired, Maxine clustered vintage plant stands and a wire arch with branches, gourds, candles, and greenery. One of the spiral plant stands now resides at WarLock Manor!

Spiral Plant Stand, Gold Chiavari ChairsSpiral Plant StandsWhite Pumpkin Aisle Decor

The week preceding the wedding had not been Seattle’s prettiest- drizzling and dreary, cold and muddy. But we woke up to a clear sky and that spicy smell of Autumn in the air. Scenery that had been dull gray and lifeless the day before was suddenly rich and surreally vibrant. It was magnificent.

The Ceremony ArchThe ProgramsThe Ceremony

A cellist friend from my orchestra days played unaccompanied, setting the tone for our ceremony with low, resonant notes that filled the lofted space of the barn. Music has been an important part of our relationship (I opened my first attempted flirt with Adam with discussion of a song by The Doors) so we flavored our event with a bit of rock and roll- I walked down the aisle to an arrangement of “Moonlight Mile” by the Rolling Stones. The ceremony was officiated by my Uncle Craig, lending extra significance to words from Joseph Campbell and our simple vows. As Adam and I met as English majors, we spent hours immersed in poetry to find evocative and intelligent readings that spoke to us both. And we chose dear friends whose voices brought the poems to life. Lovely Sarah read Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Sonnet XLIII” from Sonnets from the Portuguese, giving it gravity and sincerity. Kelly recited “Prothalamion for an Autumn Wedding” by May Sarton with her natural joy and sparkle. Lastly, my dear friend Austin read a sweet few lines that I stumbled upon as Adam and I researched together in a bookstore. It brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. This is us.

“Love Song”

Sweep the house clean,

Hang fresh curtains

in the windows

put on a new dress

and come with me!

The elm is scattering

its little loaves

of sweet smells

from a white sky!

Who shall hear of us

in the time to come?

Let him say there was

a burst of fragrance

from black branches.

WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS

We exchanged rings and a kiss, and made our exit to the Prelude of Bach’s Solo Cello Suite #1. And that was that- we were married.

The RingsAdam & Elizabeth

While our guests enjoyed a signature cocktail (I’ll share the recipe soon!) and the piano stylings of our friend Elliot Gray, Adam and I went outside for photos in the golden hour before sunset.The BouquetAdam & ElizabethAdam & ElizabethTiny Gourds & Mercury GlassTable Decor

As promised by our Save-the-Date cards, the tables were indeed set for a fantastic dinner party. Each table featured a unique centerpiece of rustic metal cake stands and wire birdcage cloches, flickering candles in mercury glass, scatterings of gourds and feathers, and more incredible floral arrangements by Maxine. I selected black tablecloths to set off the flowers and white dinner plates.

Table DecorBirdcage ClochesCranberry Sauce

Dinner, catered by the talented resident chef at Lord Hill, lived up to even Chef Adam’s culinary standards and was by all accounts delicious (I only managed to sit down long enough to taste the mashed potatoes!). We selected a rich menu and served it with our very own cranberry sauce, giving the recipe to our guests as a timely favor for the holidays. Our cake was a masterpiece by Dan of Decadence, who created a custom pumpkin spice recipe baked with bits of ginger and swathed in thick frosting (we resurrected the top layer after two years in the freezer, and it was heavenly). The cake was adorned with chocolate cosmos sugar flowers and sculpted gold pyramid stud trim, and topped with glass pumpkins by a local artist.

The CakeGroomsmen's Favors

As aspiring brewers and connoisseurs of fine libations, we offered our guests a selection of wine,  and locally-brewed beers, cider, and root beer. The groomsmen toasted with skull beer steins!

Skulls for Our Halloween WeddingThe Dress, Detail

Solbird turned it up loud, and our friends and family filled our guestbook with candid shots from the  3-2-1 Foto photobooth. It was the night of our lives.

Bride & Groom in the PhotoboothBride & Groom in the Photobooth

 

 

Photos by Tasha Owen Photography

 

The WarLock Wedding: Invitations

About as soon as Adam and I were engaged, I transformed our small Berkeley apartment into a design studio to produce the details that truly made our wedding ours- starting with our invitation suite, which I designed, printed, assembled, and addressed myself.

We announced our wedding date with an illustration of a place setting, the shared canvas for Adam’s culinary talent and my love of entertaining. I indulged in a quirky mix of fonts that conveyed our excitement, but limited myself to the elegant palette of neutrals and metallics that I’d already established for the event.

WarLock Wedding Save-the-Date Cards

For more photographs of my save-the-dates, see my original post on Shock the Bourgeois here.

I envisioned an invitation suite that elaborated on the tableware theme- and then started from scratch when Adam gave me this antique locket for my birthday.

Elizabeth's Locket

I’d been searching for a locket for quite a while- something brassy to keep close to my heart everyday. We spotted mine at the Alameda Flea Market, and Adam teased me that I’d just put pictures of the cats in it! But then he snuck off and bought it, and presented it to me on my birthday with our July wedding portrait already inside. It was the perfect symbol for our celebration of marriage.
WarLock Wedding Invitation DetailI used the locket as the focal medallion of the invite, and then designed around it, incorporating elements from the save-the-date with a more buttoned-up appearance for an evening affair. The formal typography is softened by a romantic script font that vines around the block text with elaborate flourishes. Each invitation made three passes through the letterpress to print the off-black text, shimmery cream banners, and metallic gold detail of the locket’s rays and starburst. The finishing touch was a tiny pearl to match my future heirloom pendant.

The save-the-date illustration made an appearance on the RSVP cards, with the playful note, “We’ll save you a seat!” The RSVP cards were enclosed in tiny envelopes the burnished gold color of my locket, and encircled with a hand-cut banner announcing our wedding website. All envelopes in the suite featured handmade black & white herringbone liners that hinted at a feather motif in the wedding decor. The invitations were mailed in matte black envelopes with a medallion return address label on the pointed flap, and the guests’ names in swirling white ink.

WarLock Wedding Invitation SuiteWarLock Wedding Invitation

I loved how our invitations set the tone for our wedding- a textural, tone-on-tone play of old and new, both sophisticated and sentimental. I hoped to inspire our guests to polish their dress shoes (and get ready to dance in them!), and I think it worked!

 

PS: I have so many details to share, they don’t seem to fit in one post (not sure how we managed to fit so much amazing into our wedding day). I’m extending our anniversary celebration, and I’ll be posting wedding photos all week!