In the less-traveled middle of Oregon is my state's only National Park: Crater Lake. It's a wildly-beautiful and quite-literally-breathtaking place. There is nothing like walking up to the rim and seeing a massive, mountain-edged expanse of electric blue.
Heidi & Sofia met me here, after months of planning a tiny wedding at Discovery Point, a lookout with an epic view of the entire lake. Their families hiked up with Heidi and I, and we waited as Sofia made her way up the hill with her father.
Oh, the big wild blue, backing two women who love each other, surrounded by amazing, supportive families. My heart was so full. Champagne was opened, toasts were made, many hugs were given and received.
After the ceremony, a magical picnic in the woods awaited--a spread of wine, cheeses, meats, salad and cupcakes. Sofia's family is from Ecuador, and brought their own recipe for ceviche. Everyone laughed and chatted as the sunset started to settle in.
During family photos, the mosquitoes decided to join--in force, too. We made many a pause to merrily swat and smack them all away, with often-hilarious resulting faces.
Bidding farewell to the family, Heidi, Sofia and I went for adventures around the lake. Golden pre-sunset awaited us, followed by a rose-and-sapphire sunset that blew up across the surrounding mountains. The lake turned its deepest blue, almost black as the sun sank lower. I didn't want the evening to end, ever.