No matter how you look at it, 2013 was an incredible year. Sure, there were tears, stress and struggles, but those tough instances are what got us to the moments this year that we will cherish forever.
In January we started ‘Endlessly Enraptured.’ It was a dream of mine and Cory’s to finally start a longterm project together. At first Cory insisted that it be a blog centered on recipe development but I eventually persuaded him to open things up and allow endlessly’s purpose to be revealed to us. We played in the snow, warmed up with divine drink chocolate and I became an adult with braces.
February is my birthday month and Cory made sure it was special. One of my goals was to get up the courage and finally meet internet friends in real life and lucky for me, Bria & Andrew and Sarah & Eric made that goal an easy one to fulfill by coming to visit Portland. We indulged in donuts and a few cups of coffee which luckily didn’t affect my figure too much for my boudoir session with Bria. I also had the honor of photographing features for two of my favorite Portland based companies, Colette Patterns and Xtabay Bridal Salon.
The bitter cold began to fade and we did our best to get out and about in March. We visited the Japanese Gardens, toured the studio of Harding & Wilson, drooled over every handcrafted item at Beam & Anchor, rekindled our love for black and white film, and balanced our coffee and cupcake intake with plenty of fruits and veggies. I also received the incredible news that I had been selected as the Grand Tourista winner (thank you St. Regis and Jason Wu!) which meant that Cory and I had an international trip to plan.
Spring had sprung once April rolled around. I reminisced about my time in Tuscany with Da Vinci Wines, enjoyed a few cups of coffee with my sweetheart and we finally we invested in a new desktop computer which dramatically increased our workflow. We also braved the rain with our new friend Mark in a bright red VW Bus.
May marked our first year of marriage. To celebrate, we took a trip to Seattle, where we went on our first trip together nearly 6 years ago. A trip to Seattle isn’t complete without a visit to Pike Place Market and a walk around Volunteer Park Conservatory. We also got to ride the Seattle Great Wheel for the very first time. Back in Portland, we celebrated Derby Day, traipsed around the Woodburn Tulip Festival, sampled Petunia’s sticky buns with owner Lisa Clark, interviewed the kind and talented Ben Jacobsen and marveled at James Beard Award winner Mark Bitterman’s collection of salt, chocolate and bitters at The Meadow. We hunted down photographer Giles Clement and sat down for a proper tintype portrait in his studio.
We will always consider June an extra special month. Not only did Cory graduate from college but we officially moved out of the suburbs and into our beloved city, Portland. We went to a local farmer’s market, viewed an impressive paper airplane installation, were blown away by the beauty of the International Rose Test Garden, sipped wine at Soter Vineyards and discovered I was on posters all over Dublin. Wouldn’t Bradley Cooper and I look good together in a movie?
July brought about fetching collaborations and quality time with alpacas. I modeled for a wedding themed shoot at Sokol Blosser Winery with Murray Photography and Kae and Ales. Thanks to Hotel 1000, we spent another wonderful weekend in Seattle and got to see Sir Paul McCartney perform. Check that dream off the bucket list. While in Seattle we also were lucky enough to have ice cream at Molly Moon’s and lunch at Oddfellow’s Cafe. We came back to Portland just in time to check out the new Roman Candle Baking Co.
The month of August was all about getting to know our new neighborhood, and to us that means consuming all the local food: ice cream at Salt & Straw, coffee at Sterling, morning buns at Ken’s, truffle fries at Little Big Burger and tagliatelle at Clyde Common.We got to meet Jonathan, Bridget & Suki, I photographed my first wedding of the season, modeled for Colette Patterns, walked the runway for the Alley 33 fashion show and had the honor of being a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s wedding.
September was incredibly hectic. We were named as part of the Style Collective for Portland Fashion Week. We interviewed and had scones with the talented Karen Davis of Moulagerie. We also interviewed and tried on vintage pieces with our friend Liz Gross of Xtabay. Cory got to try on and borrow some gorgeous pieces from Duchess Clothier. Erik Prowell of Bridge & Burn let us come into his shop and talk with him all about his journey as a business owner and creator. We sat down and tasted tea with the amazing Steven Smith of Smith Tea. Oh… and we traveled to London and Paris! It was Cory’s very first trip out of the country and I’m happy to report that he officially caught the travel bug! While there, we drank lots and lots and lots of tea. We couldn’t resist macarons from Ladurée, eggs benedict at The Wolseley, coffee at Télescope and a picnic underneath the Eiffel Tower.
The leaves turned red and we began to discuss Halloween costumes in October. We devoured donuts at Pip’s Original, tarts at Little T Baker , unique drinks at the ‘Salt, Sea & Tequila‘ event and rid the streets of danger as the Dynamic Duo. I was also a bridesmaid in my oldest friend’s wedding (we’ve known each other since we were 6).
Cory got personal and opened up about his job search in November. We were featured on ONA’s blog, modeled for a video, enjoyed an early morning latte at Heart’s new location and spent Thanksgiving with family.
We were a bit burnt out in December and spent a lot of time at home organizing and preparing for the new year. We hosted a chocolatey giveaway with our favorite local, artisan chocolate company, Woodblock Chocolate. To get in the holiday spirit, we toured Pittock Mansion and marveled at all the stunning decorations. We went on a cold, foggy hike, finished our year of photo booth strips and had celebratory coffees in honor of Cory’s new job! We spent our Christmas Eve with my Dad’s side of my family eating our traditional chinese takeout, Christmas morning with my Mom’s side with their annual brunch and later Christmas day had dinner with Cory’s brother and parents up on the farm. To round out the Holiday celebrations we had a karaoke night with a group of our closest friends (now I think we are hooked).
2013 was pretty good to us but of course we look to the new year and think of all we hope to accomplish and how we want to grow as a partnership, a couple, as artists and creatives. We leave 2013 with the knowledge that everything that happened prepared us for all that’s in store. Our arms and hearts are open.
Thank you for following along with us. We can’t wait to share 2014 with you…