The Official Mindy & Steven Wedding Slideshow!


The lovely and talented photographer extraordinaire, Pascale Wowak, has capped a perfect honeymoon with a slideshow of our wedding. We were gasping and tearing up late last night and emailing our families. It’s more than we could have hoped for. And not just the photos, the whole blending of two families. The children…just…oh, they are unreal..

Thanks to my parents for letting us take over their beach house, to Guy’s parents for staying with the boys and sending us on this ridiculously blissful honeymoon, to the moms for cutting and arranging all those flowers, to Daphne and Mom for making a kajillion freaking tissue pom poms, and for letting me go wild in the courtyard with decorations and flowers. (I think they were a little worried when I showed up with an industrial sized roll of burlap, a ball of twine, and a canvas print about snickerdoodles.) And special thanks to Guy, for catching the top tier of the cake as I knocked it over while cutting it.

Also? Thanks, mom, for throwing me the silly bachelorette party I never had. There I was, 43 and a mother, wearing a tiara, a pink feather boa, and Elton John glasses at Margaritaville on a Friday night in Capitola, complete with my stepdad and the kids. My mood ring was glowing purple all night. (Posting pics here all week.)

There. I’ve finally written about kittens & rainbows. You’re welcome.

Also? Tell me she isn’t the prefect person to photograph this three-ring circus of a wedding. She’s got me dead to nuts.

Mindy and I met thanks to my dear friend Noelle (wedding planner extraordinaire at Eventscapes) who connected us knowing that we would hit it off. And that, my friends, is the understatement of the year. Our initial meeting consisted of several hours of laughter, incessant chit chat and some pretty raunchy jokes. When I felt the need to reassure her that I would have the necessary decorum and requisite professionalism on the actual day of her wedding she deadpanned: “if you suddenly decide to get a stick up your butt, you’re fired.” And that pretty much cemented what is sure to be a lifelong friendship. I have a certain fondness for take charge, slightly OCD, confident, funny, brilliant, witty women and Mindy fits the bill in every respect.

In characteristic charm, when we discussed what she envisioned as her PERFECT wedding day, she waved a hand at me and said: “Perfect!? Girl, we’re just going for memorable at this point.” LOVE. HER.

Between her and Steven, they are a veritable Brady Bunch, only their version includes 5 sons and 1 daughter between the two of them. I can barely maintain my sanity just getting my two kiddos out the door every morning for school so I do not know how one gets SIX CHILDREN to school on time. Seriously. They deserve some kind of award.

The wedding was exactly as I had imagined it would be: full of love, laughter, chaos and an abundance of charm. I hope I was able to capture that for them so that they can remember exactly how “memorable” it indeed was. The wedding was held in the backyard patio of Mindy’s parents’ house and then we walked the three short blocks down to the beach to finish off the day with a few beach portraits. All in all, an absolutely lovely, fun, laughter filled day with everyone on their best behavior. And by that I mean Mindy was on her best behavior….. :)

Mindy & Steven, I wish you the very best!!!

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 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.