oh! gezellig, eh?

Gezellig (heh-sell-ick) : "a dutch adjective for convivial, cozy or nice atmosphere, but also a belonging, general togetherness, or time spent with loved ones..."

Growing up, I heard this word a lot! My mum is Dutch, and it is a very common word used in Holland to describe all things cozy and wonderful. But cozy doesn't quite cover it. Gezellig is more of a lifestyle the encompasses beauty in simplicity, tradition and the people you share it with. When all the family is together, my mom will say, "Oh isn't this just so gezellig!" She'll say it when we get up early and enjoy a cup of tea outside on a cool summer morning while everything is still and quiet. It's also a very gezellig thing to have coffee time every day around 10am... this is a long standing tradition that I try to keep up myself.

I first met Becky Wallace (the voice and creative mind behind "Thinking Out Loud") back in May when I photographed her for her blog. Acquaintance blossomed into a friendship and creative partnership through the sharing of thoughts and ideas over a mutual love and appreciation of everything lovely. Months later, we've dreamed up so many fun ideas for shoots that combine our love of food, flowers and togetherness-- all things Gezellig.

So, on a very windy New Brunswick Day, we went to Black River where we hiked, ate, drank and were merry. The best thing about this day was that it wasn't limited to just creating moments and then documenting them, but rather living wholeheartedly in moments that were full of relaxation, deep belly laughs and genuine togetherness. Cheers to the little things in life! I hope you enjoy this very first post of what will hopefully be many more gezellig days to come.