Here’s everything I did this month! Highlights: Our anniversary celebration and my first wedding of the season!
June is always such a busy month in our house! I’m usually in full swing photographing weddings by now, plus it’s our wedding anniversary month and our nephew’s birthday. Not to mention Father’s Day, friend’s birthdays, and other social events. But this year I purposely only took one wedding for June so that I could spend more time at home and not have to worry about missing anything important. It was so refreshing, and I really loved being able to say yes to more personal things!
This year we celebrated four years of marriage, and nine years of being together. It stopped me in my tracks thinking about how I’ve spent almost an entire decade with Cotey. The best almost decade of my life! For our anniversary this year we wanted to go back to our venue, Ohme Gardens. Because of COVID restrictions happening the first two anniversaries, the last time we were there was on our actual wedding day. We thought it would be fun to go walk around the trails and then find somewhere fun in Wenatchee to have dinner.
Being back at Ohme Gardens was so awesome. I love the different walking paths and ponds. Lots of pops of colors too since everything was blooming. I’m so glad we chose it for our venue- not only is it pretty but it’s super sentimental too. We used to go to Ohme Gardens a bunch while we were dating. It was definitely a whole vibe being able to stand where we said our vows, and even recreate our first dance.
We ended up at 108 Lounge for some drinks before going next door to Steam Panda for dinner. I had been craving soup dumplings and this is the closest place I could find that had them! They were so juicy, the flavors were 10/10. My other favorite from the night was my strawberry milk tea boba! Growing up, my favorite drink to get from the mom and pop store was strawberry milk tea. When I moved to the states for college, I legit had my parents send me a case of it every now and then. It’s just that good! This milk tea at Steam Panda was honestly SO close in taste to the brand we used to get on the island. Brought my right back to childhood.
Also, shoutout to Legend Ice Cream. It’s a must, just trust me. We picked up a pint on our way home.
Our nephew is 14!
I am losing my mind every year this kid gets older. It’s awesome getting to watch the person he’s becoming but man I miss his little voice and his thousand little kid questions about what do I think is the most expensive dog breed in the world, followed up with how many species of birds are there in the world, and on and on. Those of you who have been around kids, you know what I mean! But it’s been such a blessing to have him live close to us as he grows up. This year he just wanted to spend the day at the bowling alley and arcade with his best friend. At first, I was just supposed to drop him off but I was graciously allowed to stay and have lunch and bowl *one* game with them.
Finally got out to Farmers Market here in Moses Lake! Definitely one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday (when I’m not photographing a wedding)! I have to say that the market is much more fun than when I first moved here what 10 or so years ago. They have so many fun vendors, besides the local produce. They have such a variety- everything from soaps and candles, to jewelry, and crafts. I got this really cool wood butcher’s block for Cotey and some cute house plants for me to hopefully not kill! I love the live music and food stands too. Definitely makes it easy to come and spend a good chunk of time walking around and people watching.
First wedding of the season
I had the honor of documenting Madi and Isaac’s wedding day at Haven Barn in Royal City (previously the Frenchman Hills Barn). It was seriously the sweetest day, they were surrounded by so much love from their closest family and friends. I can’t wait to share more from their incredible day, but here’s a few sneak peeks: