Paradise Cove, Malibu, Engagement | Part II
Ariel + Reid

Reid may have thought that he was merely joking about the differences between Ariel and his literary preferences,

but unbeknownst to him, Reid had just summarized the inner workings of  my relationship with Daniel:

“Ariel only likes books that include a map of a place that doesn’t exist,” Reid said,

“And I won’t pick up a book that includes a map of a place that doesn’t exist!”

Well, now that sounds familiar!

You see, Daniel and Ariel share a love of science fiction and fantasy, genres which requires a strong sense of adventure and imagination.

Reid and I, on the other hand, are realists. Pragmatic. Stories are fine, but they have to be rooted in a world we can recognize.

But you know what?

Every practical person needs a dreamer by their side.

Even though the word “Hogwarts” sounds more like a nasty fungal infection to me than anything else,

I love that Daniel can ‘go there’ with openness, imagination, and curiosity.

And while my linear thinking and appreciation for historical facts is slightly less enchanting,

He appreciates that I am grounded, and that I love learning about the world around us.

The marriage of the ‘here and now’ with the ‘away and beyond’ is a beautiful thing.

And that’s why we are so excited for your future together, Ariel + Reid!

You’ll get to share different perspectives on life,

and share new ideas with each other as you journey together.

Your differences are what make you a perfect match-

And that is truly magical.


daniel + megan

P.S. Be sure to see the rest of the photos from Part I of Ariel + Reid’s engagement photo session at Paradise Cove in Malibu.

Emily - December 2, 2010 - 7:14 pm

The photo under this quote is phenomenal: “Every practical person needs a dreamer by their side.” I teared up; and I took a second look! Beautiful, Lundgrens!

Brandon Medley - December 2, 2010 - 7:25 pm

Love it, but I’m with Daniel and Ariel. Whenever I pick up a book and find a map of a non-existent place inside the cover, I get excited. Even better if this new place has people who speak a made-up language. Give me elves, aliens, wizards, witches, knights, ghosts, goblins and dragons. Give me Hogwarts; Narnia; Middle Earth; Fillory; somewhere I’ll need a Hitchhiker’s Guide to get to; Terabithia; Neverland; Oz; Faerie; or a Galaxy Far, Far Away. I often find more truth about humanity in those places than any number of more “realistic” stories.

Great work as usual Lundgrens! Miss y’all.

Crystal - December 2, 2010 - 11:30 pm

These are just beautiful! The location is fabulous, and the affection between these two is so apparent. Lovely job, as always.

megan - December 3, 2010 - 2:14 am

Thank you Crystal!

megan - December 3, 2010 - 2:16 am

Aw, thanks Emily! I’m touched.

megan - December 3, 2010 - 2:42 am

We miss you, Brandon! I admire your imagination (and Daniel’s) and love that you can transport yourself to these magical places and cultures. I like your reflection that there is probably more truth about humanity in those places than in the ‘real’ world. Its not that I question the truth in those stories though; its that I value learning and growing in more tangible ways. I get impatient with parables, and even more impatient with stories that are merely tales. But, I LOVE being around people who push back on my desire to just get from A to B, and who challenge me to wander and explore.

daniel - December 3, 2010 - 2:38 pm

Thanks everyone for your kind words! We love hearing how our readers have been touched by our blog. Your responses are probably our favorite part of the job.


I hear you. Perhaps it’s all those Lit classes, but I feel like there’s a way to understand certain truths that are only accessible through fiction, better yet, fantasy. It’s certainly the most beautiful way I can think of to teach certain truths. Don’t get me wrong, I love some good non-fiction. Malcolm Gladwell comes to mind. But, for non-quantifiable truth, you can’t beat fiction. Sometimes you can’t find the answer to your question in this world and you have to explore another world to find it.

Tolkien had a great response to critics who called him an escapist: “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

So say we all.

P.S. I’d also add Malacandra and Perelandra to your list of places to visit. =)

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