wedding anniversary celebration + travel!

i'm feeling like the luckiest girl in the world right now! 

last weekend brian and i celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary! and i have to say, i feel crazy spoiled! he planned the entire weekend! not only did he surprise me with my first introductory flying lesson (where i actually flew a plane!), but he packed the rest of the weekend with all of my favorite things!

it's really incredible to know someone as long as i brian and i have known one another (we went to high school together and i completely fell for him when he dressed in a pinstripe suit and sang so sweet and lovely in the play Guys & Dolls. plus he always seemed to visit me in the art room).

since we've been married we've changed and grown a lot. and knowing so much about another person is sort of amazing! 

i'm definitely someone who loves surprises. and i adore lots of little surprises all piled up. so not only did we enjoy a day of motorcycle riding, plane flying, gellato enjoying, and dinner and limoncello at my favorite italian restaurant... 

but then brian told me to pack my bags! and if you're a regular reader of this blog or follower on twitter or facebook, you know just how much i am delighted to travel! especially when it means a surprise vacation!

first we headed out for lunch. then we continued on to milwaukee!

we checked in to this phenomenal hotel, the iron horse, which is a renovated warehouse downtown. 

from there, we wandered around and picked up cheese and sushi from the public market. then we sat for hours beneath this heated awning and watched the rain. 

it was really one of those slow, beautiful, enjoyment weekends. the hotel even treated us to breakfast and i ordered my new favorite smoothie...with prickly pear juice and tamarind. and of course i had to get the pancakes! 

like i said, the LUCKIEST girl in the world! i love that brian and i could spend the time together. land so fun to look back on wedding photos and the years we've been together (and read our how we met story too). and to really celebrate just how much we've grown and changed...and just how wonderful it all is! 


* on monday i have a super sweet little project i've been working on that i cannot wait to share with you...Limited Edition 2012 Calendars, featuring 12 of my most popular owls! i can't resist...i'll be starting preorders on Monday, but here's a sneak peek just for you!

** thank you to the lovely tam of willowing for this wonderful interview! so excited to be working with her on the upcoming Life Book ecourse, inspirational art making for an entire year!


  1. Beautiful Juliette..you are a lucky girl but Brian is a lucky guy too!! Got a feeling that you and I are going to be crossing paths very soon in a more meaningful way! xo

  2. you were in my hometown :) sounds like a beautiful day! i'm happy for you guys!

  3. I love happy stories, warmest wishes for many more loving years.
    Oh, yes please. I am Christmas shopping after our Thanksgiving Weekend up here, and your calendar is a must have! love & light Debi

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful anniversary! Your wedding picture is so sweet... and what a beautiful dress!

  5. Oh so beautiful Juliette! Wonderful, fun surprises! I loved this post. I will celebrate my 6th anniversary in June. :-) Your wedding photo is so lovely! I was in a local production of Guys & Dolls here in Las Vegas! I played Adelade's friend and a Hot Box Dancer. Love that show! I look forward to Monday to see more of what you are working on.
    Have a lovely weekend!

  6. I just cried after reading your "how we met" story (I missed it the first time around). You guys are great together and your weekend looked absolutely perfect - Happy Anniversary!

  7. Congratulations to you guys! I'm so glad you are doing well and enjoying your marriage together. There is nothing like a husband that plans a weekend of surprises!!

  8. How beautiful! Sounds like the weekend anniversary was perfect. Nothing better than sweet surprises from the hubby. :) (SO looking forward to Life Book!)

  9. Congratulations! You are a beautiful bride and I'm glad you had a wonderful anniversary weekend! xoxo

  10. Happy Anniversary!
    Lovely photos!
    Looks like you made more wonderful memories together.

    Nice to meet you through BYW.

    All the best,
    Mary C. Nasser Art Blog

  11. oh my gosh!! SOOO much fun!! We go to the Iron horse almost every thursday... I LOve the entire place!! ( Even the smell! )
    looks like you went to the belgian place to, Anthropologie was right down the street too! And The wicked Hop!!

    looks like you had so much fun!!
    YOU FLEW A PLANE??? WOW WOW WOW!! and then the Oprah thing??? Dreams really can come true!! Giggles!!


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