Some blush and peachy blooms for your desktop this month! This beautiful bouquet is quite special to me as they were a gift from my boyfriend on the anniversary of my Mom’s passing in January. He sure knows the way to my heart ;) Click to enlarge, save + enjoy!
Let’s talk about Vendors! I feel so lucky to be hired by my clients to photograph their wedding day, and it means getting to work alongside some rockstar vendors in the industry. We work a long, full day to pull everything off together and it’s always satisfying to see it come to life through the camera. One thing that is so important to consider is feeding your vendors a meal during the long day. There is usually limited opportunity throughout the day to chug some water and down a Kind bar, and planning ahead with a meal for the vendors helps everything run more smoothly. People working the longest hours are the Planner, Photographer, Videographer, DJ and/or Band. Timing is everything and it usually works best to have us sneak away for a quick meal while the rest of the guests are eating and we’re not likely to miss a big moment. This lovely shot is from my last wedding in 2018 at the Ace Hotel. The staff took such great care of us and set up this little table for us out back. I’d eat that food over and over if I could, and I’m so grateful for my awesome clients who take care of us all!
I mentioned this on my instagram post a few days before Christmas that this year, my family was trying something new for the holiday. As my mother had passed away 3 years ago on January 3rd, it always makes the holidays quite painful for us. So we opted to skip out of town and fly somewhere ON CHRISTMAS! It was such a bizarre feeling to fly that morning, but everyone was so cheery and humming all the tunes. We decided on Puerto Vallarta and had a very delicious and beautiful sunset dinner on the beach at La Palapa Cocina. We stayed in an AirBnB in the Zona Romantica which was very walkable to everything. Keep scrolling down to see how we spent our week down there! I couldn’t believe how packed the beach was with locals celebrating Christmas Day.
One day we took a taxi out to Los Arcos beach which was about a 20 min cab ride. We found a guy there who took us out on his boat to snorkel around these beautiful coves and explore the colorful fish. I felt lucky we had our own boat instead of joining a bigger tour boat so we could swim around as we pleased and left when we were ready. Playa Mismaloya was a fun beach to spend the afternoon at.
Another day we signed up for a Bikes + Bites Taco Tour. It was a little further up north which was fun to explore another neighborhood called 5 Deciembre. We biked around to several different taco stands and learned what each of them specializes in and enjoyed tacos Al Pastor, Carne Asada, and Carnitas to name a few. We walked through the local fish market and ended enjoying a cerveza on the beach with the crew. Highly recommend this tour!
Dinner on the beach night 2 when Wyatt joined us at El Dorado followed by another amazing sunset.
For our final night, we had booked a cooking class at a private villa through AirBnB experiences (have any of you tried those?) at the top of this hill with breathtaking views. I couldn’t believe how far up the hill we kept driving! We were greeted with margaritas made with the owner’s tequila and learned how to make authentic guacamole, pork tostadas, chicken enchiladas and salsa w/ tomatillo. It was a great way to close out our vacation and get an authentic experience. I always love traveling with my family, it is such a gift to get that time together. I wonder where we’ll go next :)
Happy New Year! I love a good chance to start fresh, reflect on the past year, and set intentions for the coming year. I like to set intentions rather than resolutions; something that gets me a bit more excited I find that I’m more likely to stick to. I’d love to hear how you all refresh in the New Year. Anyway, click to enlarge, save + enjoy!
I can’t believe we are here, at the last month of 2018! I hope you all have some wonderful plans in store for the holidays and to close out the year. Click to enlarge + enjoy!
This time of year I just love filling my home with eucalyptus. It smells so nice to walk in the door too, paired with cozy candle. Click to enlarge, and enjoy!
The days are getting shorter and shorter, but dahlias make it okay in my book. Happy October, enjoy!