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It doesn’t take long for the “I will” of January resolutions to become the “I do” of June weddings, so we’ve put together a package of features and resources that will prepare you for the nuptial season ahead. Don’t leave single life without it!

In Life, Mimi Towle and Somer Flaherty report on how four Marin couples personalized their weddings, using their dreams, their desires and a little bit of geography—the breezes of San Francisco Bay, the vineyards of Healdsburg, the sands of Kauai and the shores of Lake Como. These affairs were all so memorable that the couples must have gotten a sneak peek at FYI Marriage, where we asked experts to tell us what you must know about six key pre-nuptial practices. And our Fifth Annual Wedding Guide rounds up all the resources that any great wedding requires—photography, attire, catering, venues and more.

We’re also pleased to use this first issue of the new year to introduce a new department: Issues, with the goal of taking on the challenges Marin faces. This month, we kick it off with three civic leaders—Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold, former County Supervisor Gary Giacomini and Marin Community Foundation CEO Dr. Thomas Peters—who all give us their opinion on Marin’s most pressing issue going into 2010.

In Think, Tim Porter seeks professional organizers’ advice on how to tame the digital clutter in our computers (just in time to upload all those holiday snaps), and in Journey Barbara Ries takes her camera on a visual adventure off the Queensland coast.

Also in this issue, Conversation talks with Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams; Marinterview hums a few bars with local musician Tim Hockenberry; Home Decor concentrates on guest rooms; Album returns with a Sausalito morning; and Microclimate follows Sir Francis Drake out to Olema.

As always, our wish is for your good reading. Enjoy Marin Magazine, as we continue to celebrate this extraordinary place!       
Lisa Shanower, Publisher
Nikki Wood, Editorial Director
Jim Wood, Executive Editor