The Shchnansen’s

Hey, long time no see!

I’ve been taking a burn out break and have been quieter than usual on my social platforms lately. However, one of my dearest friends got married this year, and I was honored to be one of her bridesmaids.

I was a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding when I was 17, so I didn’t have much to do in the way of bridesmaid duties. But for Allie’s Camp Bach, we organized the ultimate weekend getaway. Laura and I went all out at Trader Joe’s for all the snacks and other treats. While Sarah decorated our beautiful 70’s log cabin and prepared our matching troop t-shirts.

We had a few things planned for the girls to do, but we wanted to keep it casual. The VRBO was well stocked with kyaks, books, etc. I think my favorite part was our presentation night, where we all prepared a PowerPoint presentation themed to Allie in some way. It was a great way for the girls to get to know one another and to embarrass Allie. The topics ranged from “Top 5 Things Allie Taught Me” to “If Allie Was a Plant, What Would She Be?”

However, the main event for the weekend was to go wine tasting in the Ukiah area. I’m not much of a wine drinker, but it was still a lovely day. We played the LONGEST game of Jenga I think I’ve ever experienced. The weather was just how I like it, overcast and rainy. It was the perfect weekend with friends to celebrate Allie’s last trail before the veil. 

About a month later, we gathered again for wedding day. Wayde and I drove from Vancouver, BC all the way down to Oakland. About 2 days and 930 miles later, we arrived a few days ahead of the wedding to do a little sight seeing with Benji. Poor thing didn’t enjoy the drive, so I think that’ll be the last long road trip we take him on.

We took him to see the Golden Gate Bridge, and then drove to the wharf to have our clam chowder bread bowls. The fog lifted as we ate lunch, and it ended up being a beautiful day. After walking around the Ferry Building for a bit, we headed back to Oakland.

Wedding Day

If it wasn’t already obvious, we all met at one boy scout camp or another, so naturally the ceremony and reception were held at Camp Herms. It was an absolutely beautiful day, even if it started off a bit rainy. Thankfully, we prepped everything the day before. Hanging the lights in the trees was a bit tricky, but well worth it.

The bridal party all got ready in an AirBnB together, but also separately. I started to tear up when I noticed Nick putting on the socks I got him for their wedding shower. Allie looked absolutely stunning. Everything from her hair, nails and dress were immaculate. Even Akela got to wear a special flower collar, as she was the ring carrier.

Their ceremony was so beautiful, I couldn’t help but tear up listening to them read their vows to each other. They planned their wedding perfectly. So grateful to have been included of Allie & Nick’s special day. Something I love to do is photograph/film my friends, because I never want to forget this moment I shared with them.

I wish them nothing but a lifetime of happiness, because if anyone in this world deserves it, it’s them.

TLDR; They got married!

Thanks for reading & Drink more water
-Ri

Raisa Lynn
Raisa Lynn

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