Monday, September 14, 2015

A Piglet Wedding

Just last week I threw on "Little People Big World" to entertain myself as I bounced around the house doing various chores. As you might know, it is filmed in Oregon and their farm is located about 25 minutes outside the city in a beautiful farming community. About ten minutes in to the show, I noted how much I enjoyed the 'between the scenes' filler shots documenting Oregon's landscape in golden, beautiful light. I remember thinking: "Man, I miss Oregon".

Then I had to laugh at myself. I've lived outside of Oregon for about ten minutes now so I've basically been on a long vacation. So the notion of dramatically yearning for its beauty after five minutes away is quite ridiculous. Plus, I knew I had an Oregon visit comin' right on up to tide me over and I'm just now back on my couch after the whirlwind that it was.
The wedding was in central Oregon which is (obviously) located in about the middle of the state. Jay and I had long planned to get flights up there for the big day. However he ended up being insaneo busy with an upcoming work event and knew that he would have to devote time to that the weekend of our friends' wedding, which was just this last Saturday. Assuming he may have to work the day of the wedding for a bit in the morning, we waited to book flights. Turns out Saturday was the free day but he had to be at the office early Sunday morning to get cracking again on the upcoming event. Crap. That meant that he could no longer make it to the wedding at all. As soon as that was declared, I jumped on the computer to book a flight for myself ... until, I saw that they were about $900 because it was last minute + it's a small airport. Um, nope. Just not gonna do it. Therefore, I opted to drive the 8 hours from San Francisco to central Oregon twice in one weekend alone which was incredibly unappealing. But in the end, it was absolutely worth it because I got to celebrate my sweet friends in the company of a host of people I love.
^The groom & me. Brides & grooms are such celebs at their weddings that if you get a second alone with one, you gotta utilize it! 

Though we're both a component of our larger friend group now, I actually met the groom about two weeks into college on my own. My dorm roommate and I were sitting outside on the lawn in front our building sneaking pulls of whiskey from a flask while hiding our bitter beer face responses to it. With our new sense of college freedom and confidence, we loved to sit there and engage with the traffic of people going to and from the student rec center that was right across the road. On this night, we saw a buff guy heading in. "He's hot! Let's meet him!" my roommate declared as she exploded over to him on the sidewalk. We introduced ourselves, chatted for a minute and then offered him some whiskey. He obliged and took a huge swig. Then he moseyed on in to the gym to start his workout like a true Kenny Powers athlete. From then on, we were all buddies and hung out quite a bit in dorm land and he's been my friend ever since. So that was my very sweet story about how 3 idiots found each other and became one despite all the odds. I would like to note that I no longer sit on lawns to pick-up men nor do I take pulls of whiskey. 

But enough of that, let's get to some pics and ignore the fact that despite charging my camera battery FOR THE WEDDING, I ended up forgetting it back at the cabin I stayed at. Therefore I only had my iPhone for pictures which is such a shame because central Oregon is quite the view and deserves real photos:
^Shanin, Me, Meagan times 3 because the photo was too narrow on its own for my taste.
^Central Oregon is so, so, so pretty. Definitely on the 'might retire there' list.
^WARNING- Allowing large number of college friends to hang out again may increase your probability of reverting to a deteriorated, happy, relaxed, juvenile state.
^So upset that I didn't have my real camera for this view of the bride and groom because they were stunnin'.
^The most beautiful Bride and wonderful lady. Love her! Her husband definitely hit the jackpot.

So I guess even though I've been out of the state for the length of a dishwasher cycle, I was reaffirmed that Oregon will always be quite missable. Friends I love, views that you drink in and some of the best air to breathe in in all the land. And thank you to the old Gods and the new for "The Hunger Games" audio book on YouTube which basically saved my insanely bored life during my 16 hours of labored driving in two days.

Happy Monday!

19 comments:

Elle Sees said...

love outdoor weddings!! it looked lovely. i know they were happy to see you and appreciated you making the drive there. $900? hellll no, where are the car keys?

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

These pictures are amazing even with an iPhone. Stunning setting.

I'm glad you could be there! $900 would make me say hell to the no too.

I no longer sit on lawns taking pulls of whiskey either. Must be a college thing. LOL

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

$900 for a plane ticket?! Aw HAIL naw!!!!!! Good call on driving.
"I would like to note that I no longer sit on lawns to pick-up men nor do I take pulls of whiskey." Bahahahahahaha! Best line of the day!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Can we talk about how much I'm loving your dress in these pics - and that sunset WOW!

Sucks that the plane tickets were so pricey, but glad you were able to get back for it even if it meant a long car ride.

Cheers to a great week gurlie <3

Green Fashionista

Stevie Hanna said...

The wedding not only looked beautiful but fun! Great photos! (as always)

Kati Rose @ Constantly Seeking Wonder said...

Ugh that drive sounds horrible! But in the end I'm sure you would've regretted not going. Plus you had a great time and from the looks of it - it was a BEAUTIFUL wedding!

Jax said...

The wedding looks fabulous and totally worth the drive!! I didn't know that show was filmed in Oregon. Please tell me you went to visit them. ;) hehe

naghmeh lesani-abdi said...

aaah everything about this wedding is beautiful, specially the bride! and you look incredibly hot ;)
xo
The Fashionista Bubble

awhite said...

You were so sweet to make the drive- and you looked amazing! :) Such a fun + lovely wedding!

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

Melissa @ Always, Lissa said...

Oh man. How beautiful! I may live in the PNW but I've never been to Oregon. As much as I love Washington, I'd love to see Oregon. But you still got some gorgeous photos even without the camera. I'm glad you got to visit again :)

By the way, how are you enjoying Nor Cal? I'm from California (So Cal but still).

Pat Hatt said...

Can see the drive not be appealing at all, but sure looks worth it indeed. Who knew whiskey could bring all together lol

yana koh said...

Really nice photo and view .is really beautiful wedding

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Elle- lol exactly, that's like a cross country flight cost on a bad day, not for one night!

@Steph- and it was such a beautiful college thing at that. :)

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Amanda- ha, life has slowed down.

@Kate- thank you!!!

@Stevie- aww, thank you!! The wedding was very pretty.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Kati- it was pretty bad but very worth it :)

@Jax- ha, yes! A lot of people- myself included- go to their pumpkin patch each year. they have a ton of stuff there and they're always around, it's fun. But the line to get in is h*ll.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Kati- it was pretty bad but very worth it :)

@Jax- ha, yes! A lot of people- myself included- go to their pumpkin patch each year. they have a ton of stuff there and they're always around, it's fun. But the line to get in is h*ll.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Naghmeh - thank you, girl!!

@awhite :)

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Melissa- you should go visit Oregon! WA/OR so one in the same it's definitely worth it :) I say go to Cannon Beach if you ever can, it's my favorite. And I love SF so far! It's gorgeous and there's just SO much to do. I feel like I have so many things to check off my to-do list!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@yana- thanks!

@pat- lol, I mean it was college so I think that's kinda the drill...