The Long Way Home

Through the Fields
October 30, 2013, 7:12 PM
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happy halloween

happy halloween

Yesterday Jeff and I both lucked out and had off from work at the same time, so we treated ourselves to a drive north on Route 19, one of our first road trips together. Our mission was to treasure hunt (as usual), but as we drove, I kept getting the itch to shoot film. I realized as I sat there watching fields roll past my window how much of a compulsion photography has become for me over the years: when I’m not actually taking photos, I’m thinking about what I’ll shoot next. Every adventure is the next possible story. I also have these fantasies of running through wide, open fields, but settled for the next best thing: a dusty, wheat-colored cornfield, the perfect textures for black and white film. I’m not sure what happened with this film batch, but the imperfections are kind of growing on me. It was a beautiful fall day to celebrate Halloween and our upcoming anniversary – five years of love bursting at the seams with many more roads to travel.








Happy (Halloween) Anniversary

photo by Lorraine Plaikner

Not only is Halloween our favorite holiday, it also happens to be the day that Jeff and I decided to get hitched in 2008. I’ve never been the girl to have bride-fantasies — hell, I never even thought I’d get married — so the idea of planning a wedding was a nightmare for me. We thought it would be more fun if we treated the affair like a giant Halloween party.

We kept it simple: 105 guests, no bridal party and asked our friends and family to arrive in costume. Throughout the entire planning, we promised to keep true to ourselves by doing it our way, no interference from others (and anyone who has planned a wedding will tell you how people will put their two-sense in. Brides, stay strong!). 

Halloween wedding

r: photo by Lorraine Plaikner. l: our cake topper

We don’t belong to a church, and didn’t want to rush around trying to join one just for the sake of a wedding, so to ‘keep it legal’ we were married at the justice of the peace in Bloomfield on October 30.On October 31, our vows were written and delivered by a scarecrow, aka, my friend Mike Bunn. After 9 months of planning and knowing every detail of the event, he offered to do this for us so that we could be surprised. His words — our promise to each other — moved most everyone there to tears and laughter:



photo by Lorraine Plaikner

I love you.

You are my best friend.

You are my Monster.
Today, I pledge myself to you in marriage.
I promise to encourage you and inspire you,

to laugh with you

and sometimes laugh at you,

I promise to love you when our relationship is simple,

and to continue loving you when it takes effort. 

I know we both will change,

individually and together,

but I’ll always accept you for exactly who you are, the only person I want to spend my life with.

When I need to remind myself why I made this promise to Jeff, I re-read our vows and know how lucky we are to have found one another. Who else will put up with my compulsive list-making, singing in the shower, and fear of highways? He’s the man who encouraged me to keep taking photos and who loves to cook me dinner and make beautiful, surreal paintings.


"for better or for worse" by Jeff Schreckengost

Marriage is a journey that I never thought would be so challenging and so amazing. If I could call anything close to home, it’s being with Monster. 

portrait of Jeff as Krampus (or Satan, or whatever)

portrait of Jeff as Krampus (or Satan, or whatever)

Halloween annivesary

paper is the first anniversary traditional gift.


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