Friday, August 3, 2012

Friends, and farm life.



Please meet my friend Nick, and his fiance, Marli. They asked me to take the photos at their wedding later this month. They're nuts. To further prove my point: They're growing and cooking all the food for their wedding. Including two pigs, for a roast.

But it makes sense for them. Last weekend, we visited them to see their home and Marli's family farm, where they've been working all summer. If you had told me 10 years ago, when I first met Nick, that one day he'd be working on a farm, I would've believed you. If you had told me that he'd be working as a deep-sea welder, or a lawyer, or a beach bum, I would've believed you (he has seriously considered all three as careers). Nick is the friend who everyone should have, the guy who doesn't just dream things up but actually does them, who looks at life with open, curious eyes, who travels the world and makes friends wherever he goes, and who always comes home to the ones he's had his whole life.







The weekend started off with goats. Then kittens. A skittish rooster named Xavier, who had lost his harem of hens and now thinks he's a goat. A tromp through the woods to see a cave that was once home to a bootlegging operation. Sunflowers. We shot off shotguns and rifles at old tin cans. Then, we ate ice cream. We pulled peppers and cucumbers and beets and Swiss chard out of the ground, and cooked them alongside grass-fed beef burgers and steaks for dinner. Finally, a bonfire.








In the morning, I woke up to kittens mewing by my side and the sound of Xavier crowing. Breakfast included bacon and eggs, sausage, pancakes, hashbrowns, orange juice. They sent us home with homemade strawberry jam.




Nick and Marli are getting married in a couple of weeks. To embrace a life together by digging their hands into the earth and filling their minds, bodies, souls with the goodness they pull up. I'm so, so happy for them.

8 comments:

  1. The way you describe your friend Nick at the beginning? That's some good writing, friend. This whole post was such a treat to read, imagining you all out there, enjoying the fresh air and farm life. None of it seems crazy to me, especially not the part where they're smart enough to have you shoot the wedding. I cannot wait to see the pics, truly. Lovely read!

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  2. These are such wonderful pictures Jacqui! Thanks for documenting the weekend so well. Can't wait to see you guys again soon!

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    1. Thanks for a great weekend, Marli! We had such a good time. I realized I didn't write much about you in this post, but want to let you know that we're so happy you and Nick found each other. You're a perfect match. :)

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  3. What a beautiful post! How amazing is it that they are growing the food for their wedding? Hope you can share some wedding photos, too :)

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    1. I seriously can't wait to eat at their wedding. :) I will share photos, for sure! Thanks, Nicole!

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  4. I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE THESE! Especially, the one of Nick and Marli on the truck, and the pig nose:) Great stuff, Jacqui! I really like your photos a lot! See you this weekend!:)

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    1. Aww, thank you, Jacquie! See you this weekend ... can't wait!

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