MY HUSBAND and I will celebrate our third wedding anniversary on Oct. 4. Once again, we’ll dress up in our wedding attire and head to Culbertson Mansion, which is where we had our wedding photos taken by Tony Bennett and have continued to do so every year. At first, it seemed like a silly tradition to start, especially because I was pregnant and exhausted, and we were overwhelmed with the thought of being new parents. But when we had the photos taken the following year – this time with our infant daughter and a vow to reflect what our marriage was like at that time – we treasured them and can’t wait to do it again.
No one ever said marriage was easy. On particularly tough days, I’ll look at those photos for a few moments and recall the reasons why I love my husband. It’s funny how gazing at the images can quickly make me forget why I was ever upset in the first place.
As you peruse these pages, you’ll find dozens of photos and stories, most of which are beautiful tales about love and matrimony. You’ll also find a couple pieces about loss and how to move forward. It’s so easy to take our loved ones for granted. My hope is that this, our inaugural wedding issue, offers a gentle reminder of that fact.
Be sure to flip past the wedding section so you don’t miss the features on Match, the new cigar and bourbon bar in New Albany, the Carnegie Center and the New Albany Historic Homes Tour.
THE EYES HAVE IT
I recently tried microblading at Body & Brow Boutique with owner Kate Ashton. A form of permanent makeup, Kate etched hair-like lines into my brows to cover up where I’ve lost hair over the years and add pigment, which eliminates the need for eyebrow powder, gel or pencil. I’ll share my before and after photos in the next issue once I get my final touch up. But I already couldn’t be more thrilled. Body & Brow Boutique • 37 Bank St. #9 • New Albany • 812.225.9191 • www.bodyandbrow.com
J.Nicolle Salon & Spa offers a variety of services, including – now – a lash lift. While I haven’t tried it yet, several friends have and they’re raving about the natural process that adds curl and definition. • J. Nicolle Salon & Spa • 113 E. Market St. • New Albany • 812.944.4050 • www.jnicollesalon.com
As always, thanks for picking up Extol.
Editor in Chief