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Dude, I know… Blogging is not my thing. But I’m gonna keep trying. Maybe one day, right? 🙂

I recently had the honor of photographing the wedding of two good friends. I met the groom while in the choir at our church, and the bride I met over time as they started dating. I *instantly* liked Linda, from the very start. She is one of those very unassuming people who makes you feel comfortable and as though you’ve known her for a long time. Jim I have known for a few years, and while he is closer to my husband, I’ve always considered him a good friend. He is funny, smart and you know for sure that Jim is one of those loyal friends who would do anything for you!

The wedding was gorgeous, yet laid back and relaxing. This is probably the least stressed out I have ever been while photographing a wedding. Both Jim and Linda went with the flow, whatever happened is what happened (not that anything bad happened, the day went so smoothly), they were flexible and receptive to what would come their way.

Jim and Linda, thanks again for choosing me, I had so much fun and felt more like a guest than your photographer on your big day 🙂

Linda got ready at her maid of honors house, but her dress was waiting for her in the basement at her parents house (which, by the way, is now Jim and Linda’s house because her parents moved out). It was a very European home (Linda and her family are from Denmark), and I loved every inch of it 🙂 Linda’s “bridal room” was very clean and open. Quite soothing!

Linda stepping into her dress, her maid of honor is on the other side of her helping her out,

I’m not sure what it is about this photo that I really enjoy, but I sure do love it!

Linda was SO excited when the car came to pick her up! She was thrilled that she was about to get married 🙂

Linda is one very eco-conscious woman. She wanted her florist to be as green as possible in the choices that were made for their flowers. Most of Linda’s flowers (including the centerpieces on the tables) were from the florists very own garden! I got to take a centerpiece home with me and it is still sitting outside on our porch (although I think I really need to water it at this point because it has been incredibly HOT here in NoVA!).

Last minute touch-ups,

On the way to see her groom!

Not the best picture, but the paparazzi were everywhere! 🙂


So happy to be married 🙂

One of the awesome centerpieces:

I forgot to mention that the wedding was at the Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, DC (yup, the one by the White House). And people let me tell you… this was one of the BEST brunches I have ever had! I mean, they had a WAFFLE BAR! Brides, this is one option that will not disappoint anyone. Guaranteed. 🙂

More of the beautiful centerpieces. Linda was telling me that most (if not all) of the centerpieces had herbs and flowers in them were able to be used in cooking!

Linda relaxing with a glass of champagne 🙂

Shrimp Cocktail!

Behind the food stations there were some couches set up that you could relax and hang out on. There was definitely some cigar smoking times being held throughout the ordeal.

I’m assuming Linda’s dad is busting on Jim, but I can’t remember what he was saying 🙂

The Hay-Adams has some beautiful China!

Linda and Jim used Georgetown cupcake for their sweets (again future Brides, another option that will never disappoint!). YUM!

They’re cute 🙂

Oh, and did I mention that this was our view from the rooftop terrace? We could see the snipers and workers on the roof of the White House. How awesome is that?!

Listening to a speech by the maid of honor, and seriously, could not be cuter 🙂

*sigh*… what a wonderful wedding. So beautiful and full of love from two of the most genuine people I know 🙂

Oops… did I forget about part 3 already? Well, here you go!

We got to hang out in San Diego for the last leg (week) of our trip. My very dear friend, Liz, lives (well, lived, she’s now back in Ohio) in San Diego, so we were able to stay with her for part of the trip. We stayed at her place for a few nights and then at a hotel for a few. We had quite a good time down there and cannot WAIT to get back sooner than later! On to the pictures!


I adooore this picture! This is the original version, but I’ve photoshopped several different versions of it. Although I keep coming back to this one. This is at Torrey Pines beach, I believe. So wonderful!


Bryce on a see-saw! I mean how cute is that?! We met up with our friends Abby, Matt and their son Ian. They were in San Diego at the same time we were. And because Abby used to live in SD, she brought us some of the BEST kept secret foods: Carne Asada Steak Fries. I’ll just let you drool over that thought. I’m so bummed I didn’t get a picture. My hands were too full from cramming them into my mouth. mmm….

Bryce made a friend while we were at the park eating with Abby, Matt and Ian. She is such a cutie, and I cannot remember her name. Serves me right for waiting so long to blog about this..


Here’s a picture of Liz and me on top of a mountain in San Diego. Bet you didn’t know San Diego has a mountain! I had no idea… the view was awesome though!



Liz took us to South Beach to get some Grilled Mahi Tacos. omg… I want to go back RIGHT. NOW. They were the best things I’ve had, my mouth is salivating right now. I must be hungry because I sure am talking a lot about food in this post! Anyway, we got to eat right by the beach in the shade of a palm tree. How perfect 🙂


Bryce and Liz chat it up on the phone. I love this picture 🙂


Find the baby! I stuck Bryce on the porch before we headed off to the hotel. She seemed like she wanted to stay!


Unfortunately we were in an accident on our way to the beach one day. Obviously we didn’t make it there… This is our rental car after being rear-ended on the freeway. Why were we rear-ended on a freeway, you ask? There was a dog in the road being chased by his owner. ON THE FREEWAY. Yeah. I was confused too. I stopped just in time to keep us from hitting the dog and the man, but the woman behind me did not stop in time. And therefore our rental was totalled. Awesome. We were all ok, praise the Lord, but we took Bryce to the hospital anyway just to make sure that she was ok. Her car seat was jostled and moved around a lot, so we just wanted to double check.


Hopefully this is Bryce’s one and only time in the back of a cop car…. We had to hitch a ride with one of the cops because the tow-truck was not going to have room for all three of us. The really nice cop drove us back to the airport to Hertz to get a new car. He was super kind about it. Also, ALWAYS GET THE DAMAGE INSURANCE FOR YOUR RENTAL CAR! We didn’t have to use it because it wasn’t our fault, but maaaan, we were close to it being our fault! It’s cheap, and worth it. Do it!


Bryce and I in the back of the cop car. Yaaay, good times…


So instead of the beach, we ended up at the pool at our hotel. Bryce seemed to enjoy herself anyway 🙂


We went to Balboa park the day before we left, which is near where Liz works, so we ate lunch with her and did some sightseeing. What a beautiful park!


Love and adore this architecture!


We also took a visit to La Jolla beach. This is the cove at La Jolla where Liz says she swims sometimes. This is legit swimming I’m talking about, not just playing in the waves. She trains for triathlons, the crazy woman.


Here’s Wes trying to convince Bryce that it’s time to start packing up. She didn’t want to leave 🙂


There’s this adorable little coffee/scone shop called Rebecca’s in San Diego. They have awesome chairs and sofa’s all over the place, and I wanted so badly to pack up this chair and take it home, however, luggage restrictions being as they are, we left it there.


San Diego is not all beaches and cute babies (although it’s close), there is some nice foliage hanging out as well! Anyone know what this thing is called?


This is at Torrey Pines beach again. The little boy was stomping on his sand castle, trying to destroy it before the waves did 🙂


A dad and his daughter. Really.. it could not be any cuter…


Ok, it got cuter 🙂 We found this shawl in Old Town San Diego at some side shop next to a restaurant that we were eating at. She looked entirely too adorable in it, so we had to take it home. I hope it still fits her by the time it gets cold around here!
That’s the end of our California trip pictures, thanks for hanging in there with me! That was a long one! 🙂

After almost a week in the East Bay Area we went up north and stayed with some friends in Vacaville. Somehow they escaped without me taking any pictures of them… Anyway, we went up to Napa one of those days as it was only an hour away. We visited 2 vineyards (with a baby! You can do it too!): Frog’s Leap Winery and Peju Vineyards. Such fun 🙂 The scenery at Frog’s Leap was absolutely amazing! And the wine at Peju was just… mmmm…. yes please. They also make a Merlot chocolate sauce which I could DRINK everyday if I was allowed. We bought one can of it and, unfortunately, gave it to a friend. So now we don’t have any for us. Bummer.

Frog’s Leap:


Here’s one of the views at Frog’s Leap. It doesn’t even come close to the beauty that we really saw! And talk about lovely weather… *sigh*


This is the table next to where we sat. We got to hang out on a porch, overlooking gorgeousness whilst sipping on some wine and nibbling cheeses and crackers.


Here’s Bryce lounging in Wes’ chair. She could not have been a better or cuter baby 🙂

I want one of these in the next place we live. It’ll be a tough time drinking all that wine, but you know, we’ll suffer through it.


Just some mother/daughter bonding time. Well, she’s signing for Daddy, soo… whatever 🙂


Just some pretty little things.


This is by far one of my favorite images from the trip. We put Bryce in the middle of some vines and she just hung out and smiled 🙂 Seriously, we could not ask for a better child! I can’t wait to blow this up and frame it.

Peju Vineyards:


Here’s Bryce playing in one of the fountains at Peju. This was her favorite part of the day!


Inside the tasting room at Peju. What a beautiful room! The style was just stunning! But I was bummed, after tasting outdoors at Frog’s Leap, that we had to taste inside. But you know, we sucked it up 😉


Wes and Bryce having a head-butting contest. So apparently I didn’t have very many favorite pictures of Peju, but the wines overall were so much better than anything, so I guess I really didn’t care at the time!

Take 3 coming soon 🙂