Monday, February 1, 2010

The Bride Rode a Yak

{A Ya-Ya Gets Married}

So she didn't actually ride a yak down the aisle, but we did ride yaks together six years ago when we met on a study abroad program in Mongolia. We rode ponies across the steppe. Lived in yurts with nomadic herders. Got drunk off airag, a mare's milk-vodka home-brew. Ate a *lot* of mutton. And became, in the wild hinterlands of nomadic Mongolia, fast best friends. On Saturday P. and I flew to Austin to celebrate my ya-ya's marriage to the love of her life.  (They're the ones who are going to beekeeping camp, remember?)


She carried pussy willows. She wore a sweater. She's an elegant iconoclast of the highest order. And I love her as if she were my own sister.  Lights swung in the live oaks and a full moon rose over the Texas hill country as we all danced the night away. Oh heaven, what joy.


Congratulations you two:
Here's to the adventure of a lifetime and, I have no doubt, a lifetime full of adventure.

18 comments:

  1. how very pretty. i think i definitely have a girl crush!

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  2. Lovely!!! Looks like such a dreamy wedding!! Congrats to your friend!! xo

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  3. oh WOW. she is definitely the epitome of class and beauty! i love the fact that her bridal bouquet consisted of pussy willows! congratulations to P.!

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  4. ahhhh! she looks so so so beautiful! i love her so. and you. what a beautiful perfect photo. xoox

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  5. pussy willows are so great for this time of year. she rocked it!

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  6. I LOVE, love, love the sweater! How beautiful!

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  7. The Matron of HonorFebruary 1, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    I have never in my life been speechless (Lil, you know this to be true)...until I saw my undeniably incredible sister coming down that isle. Not only did I have no words...it completely stole my breath away. One of the best days of my life.

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  8. What a post! I was already totally smitten, and then I read the comment by the bride's sister, and now I'm just swept away. Lovely, lovely post and clearly a beautiful wedding. xoxo G

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  9. What a beautiful bride and a sweet honouring of friendship post.
    Have enjoyed the potent pleasures of Arang, they had something with almost the same name, I tried while living in Nepal. I found a friend more sister too while on that journey , many a long delirious smoke filled hut we shared secret knowing smiles as we tried to kindly drink down bo cha - Tibetan yak butter tea (good and salty and even better when the butter had gone all rancid) yes there are some friends that one bonds with, who certainly feel like the closest of family.

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  10. I looooove her sweater. And the sparklers.

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  11. so i am officially in love with your life!! i have this dream that involves mongolia and now i read this and i am so inspired about your experience- my dream does involve living there/working making cheese riding on horse back and photo journaling then after a long stay coming home with a yurt !!!!

    congrats to the beekeepers to be- i would love a hive.

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  12. BEEKEEPING CAMP.

    (If I start calling you "yurt-girl," it is only because I am jealous.)

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  13. Aw, thanks everyone for all the sweet comments- I'm sure it made the blushing bride blush even more extensively to see all these sweet words from total strangers! She really was the most beautiful human I've ever seen, and she and her man really deserve all the love. xoxo

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  14. So Beautiful! Love the pussy willows...

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  15. Indeed...I am blushing! Belated as my blush may be... I am a guilty, guilty overlooker of comment postings - what wonderful things you all had to say - thank you. Kate, I love you too! Brannin, it made me tear up when I read your comment. And Lil lady, your posting was, as they always are, just beautiful. And to me, the most special of them all.

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