Oh how the world keeps shrinking

We are pulling this wedding together at an astonishing rate: in the last two or three weeks, we’ve found dresses, suits, ties, hair/makeup stylist,  shoes, a venue, someone to decorate, food, a photographer, and an attorney.

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Also? An event planner referred us to a photographer who was especially wonderful with children, and when I replied that her calendar showed her as unavailable, the planner CALLED HER and asked her to shuffle her schedule so we could hire her. She just had a feeling we’d get along.

Ohhhh, I’d say that’s an understatement, based on the emails flying back and forth, and the banter between Guy and her through me. They’re killing me. Imagine my relief upon realizing that I wouldn’t have to worry about dropping the f-bomb on the day. It’s more likely to be a drunken-sailor swearfest, if I’m any judge of fun. Won’t my parents be proud?

The photographer is a single mom, and none other than the fabulous Pascale Wowak, who gets the most amazing shots out of small people whose response to direction is indifferent at best. It doesn’t stop there! We have another friend in common, Michelle Riddle, who helped find our first home here in Scotts Valley when she knew a friend was about to up and moved to New Zealand. I heart Michelle.

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But wait! There’s more! She is also dear friends with the lovely Rebecca Woolf of Girl’s Gone Child! Fellow author and momversation.com panelist, and mom of four and all-around stunningly beautiful and successful blogger and writer. She just had twins, and hasn’t slowed down. She takes beautiful photographs of food she made, and of her children, which she also made. And she does it with grace and style. I would be in a clock tower with a .30-.30 and a bottle of Jack.

To put sprinkles on the whole Six Degree Lovefest, we finally heard from the minister we were hoping to have, and in her response she offered a discount for middle school parents. WTF? As it happens, her daughter has been in class with my son since first grade, and they are in eight grade leadership together. Plus? She works at the middle school and recognized my name. Man, I was trying furiously to remember if I’d had a tantrum in the office or done something else unsurprising for me, and I don’t think I have. Score one for public maturity.

Wait. Um. The minister…am I going to embarrass my kids at school? What are the odds that *I* would have to worry about bad behavior getting back to MY KIDS through one of the teachers?

Oh, I can hear you snickering. Shut up. But go look at her site. She’s made of awesomesauce.

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3 Responses to Oh how the world keeps shrinking

  1. Noelle February 2, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    I have chills! I knew you two would hit if off! Aaaaand FYI, I am a Scotts Valley resident myself. Do I smell cocktails with the great Pascale Wowak after the big day????? ;)

  2. Mindy February 2, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Oh, I smell something, all right! Last night, as I was going over stuff with Guy, I noticed he’d stopped listening and was staring at me. “Do you know EVERYONE?”

  3. Kathy Besser February 2, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Hi Mindy,
    I just followed Pascale’s link from Facebook and found out she is doing your wedding. That is so exciting… you will love your photos!! I met Pascale almost a year ago when I bought one of her photography books. In the intervening months, we’ve become great friends and she just did the most amazing “Moms Mini Sessions” shoot for me and 8 of my friends on Tuesday. Ask her about it if you get the chance (or email me and I’ll give you the scoop); it’s a great thing for moms to do for themselves.

    I don’t know if you remember me but we connected via email a few years ago through Peter Jensen (a friend of my dad’s). I really loved your book – so honest and funny. It’s really neat to watch “six degrees” unfold right here in the valley!

    All the best,
    Kathy Besser

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