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A Bookish Love Story

T+E

T+E

5 years ago, I met this guy. I had just gotten out of a semi-serious and seriously burdensome long-distance relationship. I had just transferred to a new school in a new city in which I knew exactly one person. I was almost 20, and I had no intention of doing anything less than what my mom would call “dating around.”

And then, mere weeks after I move to Nashville, I meet this guy. And he is interesting and uncomplicated, and he’s flirting with me. Our first spark is a mutual obsession with The Lord of the Rings. He’s tall and good-looking, and now he’s wearing glasses and sipping whiskey and talking about Tolkien? How can I not?

As I get to know him over the cold months of 2008, I learn he’s the storyteller among his friends, who all love him fiercely, and that he also happens to be an extremely talented musician. I begin to fall.

Spring comes, and we are together. The world goes a little hazy, falls away. We are sharing our lives – our friends, our passions, our secrets, our time. And we read to each other. We do many things together, but he reads books that I have read, and I am in love.

Years pass. We share many, many highs and quite a few lows too; we are together under every sky, through every season. Then one winter day almost a year ago, he gets down on one knee and puts a ring on my finger – a Jazz Age antique. It is clearer than ever that we are meant to be.

We plan a wedding, but not just any wedding… our wedding. It must have music and books, scotch and flapper dresses. It is perfect. And then, life.

Today, Tyler and I celebrate five years together. I haven’t posted any wedding/honeymoon photos yet, so I thought it was an appropriate day to start. Below are some of the bookish details featured in our wedding…

one of our engagement shots

an engagement shot

the last line says, "20s inspired attire"

the last line: “20s inspired attire”

songs from the Downton Abbey, Finding Neverland, Pride and Prejudice, and Fellowship of the Ring soundtracks

songs from the Downton Abbey, Finding Neverland, Pride and Prejudice, and Fellowship of the Ring soundtracks; readings from E.E. Cummings and Shakespeare

designed by incredible bridesmaid/graphic designer Candie Walter as a wedding gift

poster by incredible bridesmaid/graphic designer Candie Walter

Tolkien quote on the favor cards

Tolkien quote on the favor cards

typewriter guestbook

typewriter guestbook

rings stored in a Fellowship of the Ring book safe

rings stored in a Fellowship of the Ring book safe

Lord of the Rings book cake

Lord of the Rings book cake

books on every table

books on every table

cameras, hourglasses, pearls, teacups, wine bottles, book ends, too

cameras, hourglasses, pearls, teacups, wine bottles, book ends, too

pinwheels from pages of Pride and Prejudice for every vase

pinwheels from pages of Pride and Prejudice for every vase

decorative paper pinwheel display

decorative paper pinwheel display

pinwheel display on the mantel

pinwheels on the mantel

dictionary page, eucalyptus, and lace boutonnieres

dictionary page, eucalyptus, and lace boutonnieres

paper bouquets

paper bouquets

many paper bouquets

many paper bouquets

sheet music paper bouquet

sheet music

flapper bridesmaids

flapper bridesmaids

book page and peacock feather fascinator

book page and peacock feather fascinator

earrings featuring quotes from A Midsummer Night's Dream

earrings featuring quotes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

killer wedding party

killer wedding party

Paper crafts by the bridesmaids and me.
Photos by the lovely Liz Hendrickson.
Paper goods by the fabulous Holley Maher.
Cake by Stephanie Felts of The Sweetest Day.
Flowers by Vicki Sanders of Branching Out.
Hair and makeup by Kelly Hamilton of Imagine Design Team.
Dress by Casablanca Bridal, from The White Room, Lebanon, TN.
Location: Hermitage Golf Course, Old Hickory, TN.

Kodak Vigilant 620

I am pleased to announce that I have recently acquired a vintage camera. This specific kind of ancient treasure, I will readily admit, is something that definitely sort of fits me (I positively adore all things antiquated) but not something I genuinely pondered or wished for. I happened to stumble across the opportunity and the piece, as one often does, in an antique shop in Gatlinburg. I studied the camera, admired it to the shop owner, and wandered out of the store. Thirty minutes and lots more arts & crafts community shopping later, we went back. I sauntered back through the door, and in response to the shop owner’s reasonably surprised/confusing expression, I said, “I want it. I have to have that camera!” And it’s true. I would have been thinking about it and kicking myself over passing it up for weeks afterward.

And now, I’m gladder than ever. Doing the research to figure out a) what year it was made, b) whether I can get it to work, and c) where I can buy/develop film has been a pretty adventurous process. My findings so far have revealed that this exact model – the Kodak Vigilant 620 – was produced by Kodak from 1939 to 1949 and was originally sold for $38. There were a number of shutter attachments available; I’m pretty sure the one I now own came with the Flash Dakon shutter. “The Vigilant Six-20” produced a 2¼×3¼ inch image on 620 film, which is still available for purchase, even new.

Most of the information I gleaned from Camerapedia… a very helpful site, and I discovered that a site called B&H has both B&W and color film for sale by the roll. I think this film available from Amazon is compatible as well, but I need to do a little more research to confirm that. This guy’s website was also a pretty cool place to read about my new camera.

How exciting, though! I get to take it into a camera shop and discuss repairs and clean-up and possibilities! How fascinating that a mechanical object made SEVENTY years ago is still around and still working today.

Here’s a professional close-up of the lens:

fancy

And a professional shot of the whole camera:

looks like mine

And here are two photos I took of the one I bought:

it’s in really good shape

another angle