Lessons from Around the Farmhouse Table

We moved from the suburbs a year ago to our 'new-to-us' old house in our 1950's neighborhood a year ago, and I love it more than I can describe. The simple backyard, the old doors, the creaky floors, and the colorful cabinets all bring a smile to my heart. I am deeply satisfied and grateful to live here and to be here. To be just a four minute scooter ride away from our studio, and to have space for a vegetable garden on the sides of the house. To host dinner for 20 people on a whim, and to devour good food and great wine with our friends around our giant farmhouse table outside, sitting beneath a canopy of market lights late into warm summer nights.

It's only been a year, but it feels like we’ve never been anywhere else.

The irony is that it scares me to be so happy sometimes. The truth that I can rely on is that seasons come to an end - always. And while the thought of the changing seasons brings a ray of hope when things are difficult, when I'm in the midst of a wonderful season, the thought of change brings a jolt of sadness.

Always, seasons are permeated with mixed emotions.

So the lesson I’m embracing in this particular season is to live in the present. Which is strange, I admit. Obviously, I love the present. It should be stupidly easy to embrace it. It’s like choosing NOT to drink a perfectly crafted glass of wine that is set in front of me, but instead  worrying that it might taste slightly better in a month and setting the glass on a windowsill to let it age some more. (Please don’t ever do that…it’s not good.) But I also can’t let myself swing the opposite direction and gulp down the wine in one slug because 'who knows when the wine gods will whisk it away'.

I think what I’m really trying to say is that it’s just as easy to worry about the future and miss the present when the present is lovely. Worry doesn’t discriminate, I suppose. It’s an unexpected and wonderful lesson to be learning that no matter what the season looks like, it takes persistent effort to fully participate in daily life, whether that means slowing down and taking a breath or overcoming complacency and speeding up. It could mean that I need to stop rushing around once in a while and sip a glass of wine on the front patio while the neighbors wander by. Or it could mean that I should turn more normal nights into special nights by actually opening a great bottle of wine that we've been saving for 'the right' occasion.

Or even better, it probably means that I should just keep inviting awesome friends over to gather around the farmhouse table and share multiple bottles of wine with everyone involved. I think that’s definitely the best lesson to learn overall...

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Hugs,
Erin

    

Wilson Mui - Are there more pics of your farmhouse? I’ve been fantisizing about moving to just a place.

Rancho Bernardo Inn Wedding, Part Two
Mark and Heidi

Happy Independence Day everybody! I hope the festive celebrations are well under way, and to add to the joy of this fabulous summer weekend, we have the second half of Mark and Heidi's garden wedding at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. This wedding was small and intimate with only their closest friends and family, so that made for endless precious moments and sweet conversations. I loved they these two got to spend so much time with each of their guests, which was the most important thing to both of them. I also loved that the kiddos in attendance had a bountiful kids' table with plenty to enjoy!

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The toasts were sweet, the mingling was precious, and the kids were ADORBS.

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After the reception celebrations, we wandered the Rancho Bernardo Inn which is in full summer bloom. Since this was a daytime affair, we could spend some relaxed time in the late afternoon getting some beautiful images. This also meant that Mark and Heidi had a quiet moment to take it all in.

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LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE!

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Mark is sooooo handsome in that tailored grey suit.

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And Heidi was simply sparkling in her drop necklace and Vera Wang gown.

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Such a sweet moment!

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Mark and Heidi: Thank you for inviting us into your precious moments and for your sweet hearts. It was such an honor to be a part of your celebrations and so special to see such a dear friend find the love of her life!

Hugs,

Erin

    

Barb - Each picture is so beautiful!!!!! Thank you Jeff & Erin for capturing the love that Mark and Heidi have for each other. It truly was a beautiful wedding and we will have memories forever of this very special occasion!

Rancho Bernardo Inn Wedding, Part One
Mark and Heidi

Heidi was jealous, and she didn't know why. A stranger was actively flirting with her friend Mark. It was innocent enough, but to Heidi, it was not ok.  She and Mark met in med school years ago, and they had recently reunited and rekindled their friendship. They spent countless hours together laughing and talking about every subject imaginable, and while people kept asking if they were dating, they would reply that they were nothing more than friends.

But if they were just friends, then why was she so jealous all of a sudden?

It wasn't long before they both realized that they had fallen for each other, and the sweet relationship turned into more. But even though they fell deeply in love and friends turned into boyfriend and girlfriend and soon after they were fiancés, Heidi got to walk down the aisle in a magical garden on a summer morning to the kind and handsome boy she met in school. She got to walk down the aisle to her best friend.

Heidi is an old friend of Jeff's from his biology days in college, so we were deeply honored to share in her and Mark's precious wedding day at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Their lovely garden ceremony melted our hearts and the small intimate reception was perfect for these two lovebirds. It was a romantic affair from top to bottom, and it's the perfect thing for our dear readers to swoon over this holiday weekend!

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Heidi has impeccable taste, and her soft layered Vera Wang was absolutely perfect for her!

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Just moments before the ceremony. I love that Heidi got to watch the processional and take it all in.

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It was truly an emotional walk down the aisle!

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Married!

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We let these two spend a few minutes alone to relive the ceremony. So precious!

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I was giddy while making these images, and I'm even more giddy now! The gorgeous colors and light are second only to Heidi and Mark's sweet connection!

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Such a handsome guy. We couldn't get over how perfectly dapper and tailored Mark looked in his light grey suit.

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And Heidi was simply breathtaking. She could do no wrong in front of our cameras, that's the truth!

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The details were simply pretty in pink - perfect for a summer wedding.

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Don't you worry one bit - there's plenty more to come tomorrow from Mark and Heidi's wedding at the Rancho Bernardo Inn to tide you over during this fabulously long summer weekend. Stay tuned!

Hugs,

Erin

    

Aleta Chauvin - So happy for you and your family.

Stacy Cunningham Vanderschaaf - Heidi you look absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!

Barb - The Bride and Groom were awesome, but the photos just proved it to the world! Loved every picture.