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Congratulations, Timnah and Jay!


Mark and I spent a long weekend in California at my brother's wedding.  I took a lot more photos of the forest garden than of the people, but I did manage to snag these shots of family old and new.  (And stole the one below from Myriam Joire since I didn't really have any of the happy couple.)


Thank you, Jay and Timnah, for planning the most beautiful and fun wedding I've been to!  I really appreciated you letting me be a best man instead of a bridesmaid and for picking out a costume I actually liked.  The ceremony was evocative, the view was delectable, the food was top notch, and the strangers were worth flying across the country to meet.

And, for our readers who care nothing about a family wedding, stay tuned to hear all about the father of the bride's forty year old forest garden in a later post.

Our chicken waterer kept the flock well hydrated while we were on the other side of the continent.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Now we all want to see a picture of the best man. And what is that thing Mark is wearing?
Comment by Maggie Mon Aug 20 08:37:58 2012

Maggie --- I know, me too! Unfortunately, Mark didn't snap any shots, and I was in the ceremony, so there're none of me available. Maybe the official photographer will come up with some I can post later....

That's Mark's wedding outfit --- a clean white shirt and a Star Trek tie!

Comment by anna Mon Aug 20 10:20:12 2012
LOL our Marks think alike! If my Mark HAS to wear a tie, then it's a spiderman tie (which is the ONLY tie he owns). He is definately not one for dressing up:D It's nice that you were able to wear something that you liked to the wedding. When my bridesmaid got married (exactly one year and a day from our wedding) I was in her wedding. I did wear a dress, BUT I wore some awesomely comfy tennis shoes. I do NOT do dress shoes :D
Comment by MamaHomesteader Mon Aug 20 10:34:58 2012

Great pictures. What part of California. I was raised the the Napa Valley.

Can hardely wait to see the Forest pictures and read your article.

Comment by Mona Mon Aug 20 10:42:32 2012

MamaHomesteader --- My Mark would even agree with your Mark on choice of tie --- Spiderman is his favorite superhero. :-) I let my brother choose all of my clothes, until he started talking about shoes. Then I informed him that I had just ordered a new pair of going-to-town Tevas, and that they were black and would work fine!!

Mona --- My brother lives in Oakland, but the wedding was up near Mill Valley in a very pretty spot on a hill.

Comment by anna Mon Aug 20 13:38:16 2012
what a beautiful Chuppah & ceremony.
Comment by Fostermamas Mon Aug 20 14:54:38 2012
Fostermamas --- The chuppah was handmade, always worked on under a tree. Quite a work of art to be married beneath!
Comment by anna Mon Aug 20 16:22:45 2012

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