Photography by Kate-E Frazier Photography
Welcome to the blog and thanks for visiting. I'll start by telling you how I got to this point. I met my husband, Andy, during THE Ohio State vs. Penn State football game in 2009 (we are both OSU alumni now). We had a lot of mutual friends and had crossed paths a few times in the past but never made a connection. Either the stars aligned or I had just enough tequila, but he was looking so mysterious and all the right kinds of wrong that day. The rest is history.
Fast forward five years, we eloped on Federal Hill in Baltimore, Maryland. There's a reason that happened. A few weeks before Thanksgiving 2014, Andy had a grand mal seizure--his first one ever. It scared the shit out of me. I didn't know if I would ever be able to talk to him again or tell him that I loved him. Our whole future flashed before my eyes and then none of it at the same time. While he was lying in the hospital bed, I told my mom "I'm probably just gonna marry him." She said "really?' and I said "yeah, I am." I was always going to marry Andy. If you had asked me that a year ago I would have laughed, but life happens and suddenly things made so much simpler.
While lying in bed a few nights later, we decided to get married. Just like that. I called my cousin Thursday morning, she got ordained online and I picked up a marriage license from the court house. Apparently you can purchase a marriage license without your partner being there. Technically, you could buy a marriage license to Brad Pitt...getting him to sign on the other hand might be difficult.
On the morning of the wedding, we had coffee in bed, made breakfast and got ready for the day. For the ceremony, we met on Federal Hill. We unknowingly got married in front of a tree that had a heart carved into it. You can't plan that shit. After the ceremony, we had dinner at Wit & Wisdom in the Four Seasons at Harbor East. I drank too much champagne if there is such a thing.
On Thanksgiving Day, we surprised our family and friends by announcing we had eloped. Many people thought it was a shotgun wedding. I considered it a shotgun wedding for love. Still no baby on the way (sorry mom and dad). Before we eloped, we had decided we would have a big party for our family and friends and celebrate this thing the right way. During the planning process, I picked up calligraphy and practiced hand lettering as a form of mindfulness and even meditation. As my lettering skills improved, I began some custom work and opened up my own Etsy shop and Shotgunning for Love Letters was born.