I’ve been meaning to write a more personal update for a little while. Because life right now…it’s just full and riotously happy and kind of surreal. It goes something like this:
1. I have the greatest fiancé of all time, a daydreamer who loves to tell me the etymologies of words, reads me poetry on park benches, and is incapable of putting the cap back on any toothpaste tube. I still just pause every day to reflect on being engaged and feel my heart expanding with the immensity of love I have for him.
2. Instead of an engagement ring, we chose travel. And we’re going to…Spain + Morocco!
While I have nothing against diamond engagement rings, as a wedding vendor who has been blessed to witness so many different kinds of weddings, one thing I’ve always known is that when it came to my wedding, I would ask myself whether I was doing something because it was tradition, or because it was personally meaningful to me. First I did some research about diamonds, which for various reasons made me turn towards alternative engagement rings. And there are some really, really pretty options in that department, from sapphires to morganite to stacking rings to pretty Etsy creations. But, the more I looked, the less I could figure out what ring I might want. None of them were calling out to me, and I realized that it wasn’t just that I didn’t want a diamond ring, I didn’t want an engagement ring period. I am SO excited to have beautiful wedding bands one day soon, but an engagement ring didn’t feel like the right symbol of us starting our lives together. We both LOVE to travel and my favorite weekends with Daniel are when we’re just exploring and brunching and hiking and reading and having long chats in cafes together, so going on a trip felt like the perfect swap for a ring. We leave in 2 weeks!
On that note, please leave awesome Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, and Marrakech recommendations in the comments section :)
3. And then…instead of flying back to Los Angeles, we will be flying to Singapore. Where we are MOVING!
Daniel was offered a job in Singapore, so that’s where we are headed. I could not be more excited about getting to know Singapore, having more time to write, and traveling in SE Asia this coming year.
Since my photography business is of course based in California, I will be coming back and forth between Singapore and California throughout the year. I will be back next summer for the height of wedding season, roughly from May to September 2015, depending on the dates of weddings that I book, but please don’t hesitate to inquire, because your date may fall within one of my scheduled trips to California. And since I will be spending a lot of time in Singapore, this also means that I will be available for weddings, engagement sessions and honeymoon shoots in Singapore, Thailand, Bali, and throughout SE Asia!
Ok, you can pinch me now. I am ready to wake up.