Saturday, November 26, 2011


One of my oldest friends recently got hitched in a sweet lil' one-stoplight town nestled against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Picture scenic roads, quaint antique shops, and country eateries where you can pull off for a glass of iced sweet tea. The actual wedding took place at a friend's family home - a big, beautiful, porched red house built in the late 1800's. It was the perfect venue for a vintage country wedding. The decor was exactly how I pictured it should be - vintage doilies flapping in the breeze, local honey bear keepsakes, and a handmade well-wishes tree. The bride wore a gorgeous vintage wedding gown with a brown velvet sash. asparagus studio took her official wedding photos.
photos: asparagus studios

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


I'm flying out tomorrow for a friend's wedding. She's not just any friend, I've known her since freshman year high school. The summer before I entered 9th grade my family moved to Florida. I'd say it was just about the worst age to start a new school, especially when everyone else seemed to know one another since grade school. So I considered myself lucky when I met not just one but two best friends. You could say we were the product of the MTV generation in that, we hit puberty about the same time music television launched on air. So like most teenagers of that decade we bonded over Duran Duran, John Hughes films, and boys. To say we were boy crazy would be a huge understatement. The truth is, we lived, breathed, and mooned over boys 24/7. All types of boys, but especially those we considered cool.

And who at that time was cuter or cooler than Jake Ryan (sigh)... okay, possibly lots of other boys but Jake Ryan will always be the boy, the very popular and hot senior everyone of us at some point in our lives pined for but always believed was out of our reach.

My all time favorite coming-of-age movie is Sixteen Candles, starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, and Anthony Michael Hall. I'm not embarrassed to admit I've seen the film a hundred times over. I adored Molly Ringwald, loved everything about her from her on-camera personality, cool taste in music and clothes, to her gorgeous red hair. For a period, I was even convinced we were separated at birth. A ridiculous notion because I'm half-asian and look nothing like her. We were twins in spirit.

Maybe in some ways I never grew up because I still enjoy teen inspired entertainment, whether it's books, films, or television. For me, no one did it better than John Hughes. Nor has anyone made me swoon quite like Jake Ryan.