Portland Wedding

I went to my good friend Erin’s backyard wedding in Portland this weekend.  Erin looked gorgeous as always and her wedding was so intimate and fun.  Her husband Ian owns Coco Donuts, so their whole house smelled of sweet, delicious fried goodness.  As party favors, they gave out donuts and whole coffee beans roasted by the groom!  So clever.  I had trouble pulling myself away from the flowers by Espe Floral + Foliage.  Apparently I didn’t know a peony from a garden rose.  Rookie mistake.  The florist told me she purchased the garden roses on Monday and babysat them all week.  I really need to learn what goes into babysitting flowers, because my orchid died over the weekend.

I stepped aside once the photographer arrived, so you’ll have to settle for my photos of donuts and flowers.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

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Andrew Bird @ Stern Grove Festival

On Sunday, I went with a group of friends to see Andrew Bird And The Hands Of Glory at the 77th annual Stern Grove Festival.  It was my first time there; the venue is truly magical.  The stage is nestled in a field amidst giant redwood, fir, and eucalyptus trees.  As you can see below, if you arrive late, you can end up one of the tree people.  Luckily, some of our group arrived really early and scored a spot right in front, below the stage.  I hadn’t heard Andrew Bird’s music before (clearly my loss), but I fell in love.  He’s an amazingly talented musician–he sings, plays violin and guitar, loops the music live, and whistles like a bird.  Perhaps that’s where he got his name.  (Click here and scroll down to listen to Pulaski at Night.)

P.S. Despite being on top of the stage, there was no photography allowed of the performers, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Flora Grubb Gardens

Someone recently told me about Flora Grubb Gardens.  While I love all things floral and leafy, and thus, immediately fell in love with this spot (and the Ritual Coffee shop inside), I did not inherit my mom’s green thumb.  Nevertheless, I bought my first ever large plant (a ficus lyrata) and was forewarned that upon bringing it home, that up to 3 leaves would likely fall off and was assured that “it wouldn’t be [my] fault.”  Who knew plants got depressed?  Despite my photos below of succulents, they have all types of plants, large and small!

© Sarah Milstein 2014