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{Inspiration} The first day of spring…

In 1999, on the first day of spring, I married Chris in an old mansion on a hill. The mansion houses a quilt museum now & is considered one of the 10 most haunted places in Western Washington. Interesting… because all of our photos were taken in black & white film &  some have a very odd quality about them (I might have to do a post with the strangest photos- they’re very Bela Lugosi like). We also had a vintage theme going so  it’s sometimes hard to tell what year it was- which sort of adds to the mysterious quality. Last year on our anniversary, I started the task of going through boxes of negatives & photos, scanning some of them into the computer (because we were married before digital was common). You can see some more of those photos in my, First day of Spring -1999 post last yearI think I will go though & scan some every year on our anniversary-  it’s really fun to cruise down memory lane. I also love noting some of the cool details in the photos- like textures, images, patterns, shapes. It’s great for some nostalgic & artistic inspiration- like watching an old movie. That evening in 1999, we started our adventure as a married couple & 13 years later, I can only imagine what kind of adventures are on our horizon…but they’re bound to be creative & involve a lot of laughing! 
Happy First Day of Spring!! 

{Music Monday} First day of Spring 1999…

On the first day of Spring in 1999, Chris & I got married in an old mansion that is home to a textile & quilt museum. It was about 70 degrees & all of the daffodil fields were in bloom. The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum (aka the Gaches Mansion) sits on the top of a hill in La Conner & at the time, we lived just down the steps in an apartment above the stores on the main street of town (near the water). Our wedding was inspired by the mansion, the 1930’s, & old Fred Astaire movies. So it was entirely shot in black & white photos. However, the odd thing to think about, is that this was right before digital cameras took over. So… we only have boxes of negatives- nothing digital. I actually remember trading some of my old oil paintings for all of our negatives with our photographer. I went through our box of photos today & wanted to scan & post a few- it was fun sifting through them. (My brother was my “maid of honor” & Chris’ sister was his “best man”.) 

We watched tons of old Fred Astaire’s & Ginger Rogers movies & studied their dancing before the wedding. Cheek to Cheek was our first dance. Happy Music Monday & Happy Spring!