I met Sarah two years ago when she was a bridesmaid at Jessica & Josh's wedding in Santa Cruz. She'd just barely survived a walk down a steep winery hill in wedges, and immediately sassed me in a friendly fashion. During the group photos, she teased me extensively for putting her on the end of the line. "What, are you going to crop me out later?"
As the day went on, we won each other over. I even saw her two weeks later at Rachel & Chris' wedding at Mt. Hood Bed & Breakfast (I LOVE Reed College weddings, by the way).
Despite all the initial hilarity, Sarah and I have become very good friends. I call her Ziggy (that's how we were introduced, and she's way more Ziggy than Sarah to me). She called me from Seattle to tell me she'd gotten engaged, and my husband and I took her and Scott out for happy hour right after they found the perfect vintage ring at Gilt in NW Portland. I highly approve of Scott--he is SO good with her. We did their engagement session on a fabulous ramble through Seattle.
There is a certain magic in documenting the wedding day of someone you know. There are special things you see, meaningful and small and important, that might normally go by unrecognized. I loved watching her get ready as she and some of her best girlfriends sat listening to records and braiding hair.
The day at the Blue Heron Herbary on Sauvie Island unfolded in a million magical moments. Ziggy and Scott have an amazing community of friends around them, and the feeling of love and joy and warmth was incredible.
There was a whiskey bog, a glorious sunset, a pre-wedding parade of guests, a hilarious moment of a very cosmopolitan Scott wearing a friend's hat while drinking champagne, some of the cutest children anywhere, lawn games, and an epic dance party.
Congratulations to my dear friends Ziggy and Scott as they begin another chapter in an excellent love story and adventure. I love you both!