“Little by little, one travels far” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
How utterly perfect that this blog is to be posted on Tolkien's birthday. His writings have been such a source of inspiration to me. I have always been jealous of his participation in The Inklings, an informal group of literary enthusiasts, which is included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien who shared and each other's writings. You see there has always been a sort of magical power which happens when creatives combine their talents to craft and shape the world around them.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
As I sit here writing and listening to Sleeping at Last, I am filled with a quiet sense of excitement and wonder that the artists in Seattle have begun to leave their siloed corners to join together on a journey to give something beautiful to the city and the world. They have individually been working under the radar, quite often thanklessly honing their talents, and cheering each other on, all the while waiting for the day when they will be revealed. Each of us has the ability to recognize that unique essence of a creative, even before they are admired by the press or the masses. We don't have to wait for these artists to gain mainstream recognition, we can support now those who magnify the beauty for the common good. We can support them with our words, and with our financial investment in them + their businesses, showing that we care and we value what they are doing.
“In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
Artists are needed at this time, more than ever before. When people are divided, weary, and lonely this is when the power of art prevails. It allows us to see our life in the perspective of the past and the future. To see we are all interconnected, we do not live unto ourselves. We are empowered with the ability to lift up our fellow man. We can choose to be a hero in the story of our life. How often it is that the hero is not so dear to us because of the love he received, rather because of that which he selflessly gave.
“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
To those who continue to pursue their dreams in spite of the seeming odds, you are not alone. You are important. This is a love letter to who you are now and to who you are becoming. You see something, don't stop, don't give up until you release it into the world.
The BIGGEST of BIG thank you's to the incredibly beautiful and talented people who made this dream a reality. This blog contains the behind the scenes images, another blog post will be coming soon with the select final images from the Yunkin and Daniel:
- Photos: @danieljshapiro @yunkinkeophomma
- Behind The Scenes Photos: @greenteleaf
- Venue: @the_ruins
- Gowns: @belltown_bride @pmndesigner , Justin Zachary Couture
- Event Design/Floral: @kalebnormanjames
- Makeup: @j0rdanr0ss @melissakornmakeupartist
- Hair: @makahmatt
- Wardrobe Stylist: @julietandlou
- Jewelry: @shannonkoszyk / @namikoabloom
- Food/Dessert: @the_ruins
- Champagne/Wine: @preceptwine
- Stationery Suite: @greyandcake
- Models: @annavina10 @noellejohnsun @diana_jean_o @imsuzijane @rodasfeker @_myfriendhanna