One month married, and the living is the best it's ever been. We are newlyweds, but it feels more like a kinship—a best friendship—that we were always intended for but waited four years to dig into fully. We have arrived and the view is supreme. I have finally compiled a list of the makers and loved ones who were involved in our wedding day, from start to finish. It is certainly inconclusive, as no wedding can be felt in full, merely described.

The ringsDana Ofir, an Israeli maker who seems to be a truly wonderful woman, custom made our wedding bands to match my moonstone engagement ring (which she also made). 

The shoes — We emailed back and forth with The Sabah Dealer to order our matching shoes. Handmade in Turkey, each pair has a little handwritten initial inside indicating who made them. You can read a little more about our feelings in this Instagram post from Sabah.

The earrings + necklace — My mama-in-law gifted me the moonstone earrings, and the fish necklace was a gift from my Uncle Kostas while we were in Greece.

The kale bouquets & flower crown — Karen Geiser, of Karen's Garden, is the local flower grower we worked with to make our kale bouquets. This post explains my experience. I made my flower crown using dried baby's breath that I'd had since college, dried hops, and dried lavender. 

The dress and veil — My dress was from BHLDN and was altered by my artist Godmother. She added in seven pin tucks (the stripes near the bottom of the dress) and hemmed the sleeves to create a point. My slip was vintage. My veil was made by traditional mantilla seamstresses in Spain, and was purchased through The Mantilla Company out of Cleveland. 

The suit and tie — The suit came from Jos. A Bank, and the tie came from Land's End.

Our herb girls + nature wand bearer — In lieu of flower girls, we had herb girls! Our nieces, Hazel and Frances, sprinkled lavender, bay leaves, scotch pine sprigs, rosemary and thyme down the aisle. Our nephew and Godson, Isaiah, carried our rings tied on a nature wand made of a scotch pine branch and rosemary.

The brunch + desserts — Fully catered by our very close friends at Local Roots. Hard to overstate how delicious it was. It was a feast. On realizing it was fully vegetarian, we picked up a big variety of cured meats from our local butcher shop. Desserts were lovingly made by all of the best bakers in our family. The coffee was El Recreo Estate by Oak Grove Coffee Co, our favorite of theirs. For toasts, we had a case of prosecco from Trader Joe's.

The makeup + skincare — My skin is hormonally dictated despite my greatest efforts. Morning and night I used Young Living A.R.T. cleanser and toner and YL's V-6 oil as moisturizer. I used one drop each of YL's Frankincense and Lavender oils in the morning, and one drop each of YL's Geranium and Cinnamon Bark oils in the evening. I ate (and eat) one clove of raw garlic every day, and for the 10 days leading up to the wedding I did a facial steam with one drop of YL's Tea Tree oil in boiling water. For makeup, I used Bare Minerals, Mary Kay, and Axiology lipstick. My skin felt wonderful and I would encourage any bride to go the natural route.

The venue — We were married at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wooster by our beloved priest and spiritual mentor. We celebrated with 70 of our closest at my parents house.

It was heavenly.

all photos by our photographer, Chrissy Galloway, and our best friend, Andrew Enslen.
—M&S (Spigos!)



Life in a four-season environment can be a humbling experience. Ohio is such an environment, where there is a very real chance that you may feel the touch of winter, spring, summer, and fall in a single day. Over the course of an entire year, it is a guarantee. 

Our coexistence with nature's annual phases of change is a blessing. It is a lesson on stillness and observation, and a reminder that all things must pass. But we have to be there for it. We must show up.

Each year seems a new opportunity to be present with the changes that come and go seemingly too quickly, and to appreciate the unique state of our environment at any given time. We tend to enter into the cycle in the throes of a deep freeze; we see the local flora & fauna slowly come to life, grow, and flourish before retreating in a cherished (and currently ongoing) display of autumnal glory. 


The distinctive presence of all four seasons is, without a doubt, the greatest joy of living where we do. If not for the seasons, Ohio might be (ok, would be) humdrum. But because of the seasons, we are ecologically rich. Even so, as an Ohioan it is all too easy to get out of your car, bundled in thirteen layers, after having navigated brutally & very frightening snowy roads, vowing to never leave your house again. 

We have all cursed the snow. But hear us out. There is beauty to be found in it all. Our feeling is that a little observation goes a very long way. 


The sky alone is seasonally contingent: migratory patterns play out, gifting us with glimpses of a vast array of species to appreciate; the sun, the moon, and the stars reveal themselves to us in different configurations; the clouds offer us snow and rain, and sometimes disappear altogether. This year, it rained on all but one day in June, giving way to two full months of drought in July and August.

There is more change, yet, on the ground. The trails we hike scarcely resemble themselves from one season to the next. The trees are constantly transforming. They are obvious, and they deserve our gratitude unabated.

Produce. Ah, produce. We pull fruits and vegetables from the earth and from branches, sustaining ourselves on a bounty only possible at a specific time & in a specific place. (Seriously, seasonal, local eating will transform your perspective on our food landscape. It will probably transform your health, too, but that's for another post.) The animals around us forage & hunt, rear their young, and plan for the seasons long before we doburying foodstuffs, growing a winter coat, doing that magic thing they do.
But what about us? Where do we fit?


Ideally, as stewards of this unbelievably complex & dynamic environment. If all of the animals around us are observing & adapting to the changes ongoing, should we not, as well? The human race is a part of the environment, not its master. There is no us and them. We are codependent from the moment we arrive in the world. And the seasonswith all of their unpredictable, volatile, and beautiful waysshould be a reminder of that.

Let us observe. Let us be still. Let us learn from the seasons; moving and growing and dying together, but always always always making way for the next.