Thursday, 5 September 2013

handsome & gretyl

for my wedding in july, i was blessed with the amazing musical talents of dear friends from seattle. i met brett and gretyl several years ago at church...before they were even married and starting their musical magic together :) kinda special that my fiance also met them and fell in love with their music as well. 

when it came time to chose the music for the wedding, i had a very distinct idea of what i wanted: their song "sure" for my isle. but then i thought further, how COOL would it be to have them play it live? here's the thing tho, i knew that they were also about to have their first child, but i also knew it couldn't hurt to ask. well, they said yes, the date has passed, and everyone who attended said the wedding was beautiful, but the music MADE it. gretyl's voice is haunting and crystal clear, she really doesn't miss a beat. brett has an amazing talent for sound design and can play pretty much any instrument. together, they are handsome and gretyl and you should really give them a listen. you can buy their newest full length album here

SO blessed beyond belief for their gift of music on our special day.

here is a shot of handsome and gretyl from the wedding, taken by the lovely gillian stevens photography 

© gillian stevens photography

Monday, 2 September 2013

jasper, ab

sometimes, you just need a lil escape. what with getting married, then getting back from the honeymoon, settling into a "routine" has been a thing! marriage is an adjustment! it takes team work and grace. it was clear to my husband and i very early on that we would need to create special adventures away from the humdrum of the every day to keep ourselves sane. so, we dropped everything and took advantage of labour day weekend to run away to jasper.

beautiful, beautiful jasper. i had only been to alberta one other time. james took me home to okotoks to see where he grew up, last september and i loved it. the calgary area is so (flat! and) vastly different from what we're used to in bc, what with the rolling mountains and ocean so close. so jasper, being just on the border of bc and ab, felt more like home. driving through the rockies was majestic and awe-inspiring, boasting so heavily of God's infinite power and might.

in jasper provincial park, you are completely surrounded in the craziest jagged mountain peaks, combatted with the most crystalline, turquoise rivers,  and to top it off; so many variations of fir and deciduous trees. we stayed at pocahontas, the furthest camp ground from jasper the city. i was a bit freaked out from all the bear warnings, but we saw neither hide nor hair of the beasts.

all in all, being among such a serene and ever changing landscape was just what we needed. now i'm ready to take on september and cozy up for the fall. here are a few pictures from our time away...

this little activity book
 helped us occupy the time
amazing mountain view on the 
way to the miette hot springs
thanks for having us pocahotas, 
you were ruggedly beautiful