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The other day I was flipping through some travel photography to update my print shop, Wandering Through.  And I got antsy.  Antsy to go out and shoot something that was just pretty and fun and just for me.  So I texted Heidi, and convinced her to go on a Photo Field Trip with me.  I didn’t know where I wanted to go, I just knew I wanted to go.  She came up with the almond blossoms fields and we headed up the 5 North until we hit them.  Our first find wasn’t quite ready for shooting, so we drove further in off the freeway and hit gold!   It was exactly what we were looking for.  We tailgate picnicked, shot the gorgeous blooms, she shot a few of me and then I shot a few of her.

It felt so good to just get out from behind my computer, to go out and to shoot something just because we can shoot something.  I spent the week feeling refreshed and inspired and excited about this job I get to do everyday.  I’m a pretty lucky lady.
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And one of my favorites from my darling Heidi Ryder.



I honestly can’t even imagine getting married today.  There’s so much inspiration out there, so much more than when I got married!   So many beautiful things to see and so much inspiration to pull for your own wedding.  Today there were two Hazelnut features, even more pretty to ogle!




Erin & BriansCalamigos Ranch wedding was featured on Oh Lovely Day! 


Michelle & Bryans Maravilla Gardens wedding was featured on Carats & Cake!

Check them out!


I’ve known Jessi for years now.  We met through work, and if I could work every single wedding with her, I would be happy.   She’s one of the best planners out there!  But our work relationship has blossomed over the years into a real life friendship and I’m so lucky to get to do life with this one.   She’s a really incredible lady.  And this incredible lady has an amazing family… her husband Adam is smart & funny and their daughter Violet is ohmygod adorable.  Shooting the three of them was a breeze.  Why are they so cute?!

Violet turned one in January, and she’s growing up so quickly!  I remember getting the email with her very first pictures, I was in Amsterdam and had logged in at a coffee shop.  She was so tiny and beautiful and I was so happy for Jessi & Adam.  Now, she’s EVERYWHERE.  She’s not so tiny anymore, but she’s still so beautiful, and now she’s smart and funny and engaging.  These three people are so lucky to have one another!

Jessi, Adam & Violet – shooting the three of you was such a pleasure!  The three of you are such role models for Chris & I, and I hope we can do this parenting thing with half of the grace, respect & love that you have.  Love you kids 🙂


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The people in the wedding industry are really really incredible people and I’m lucky to call a lot of them my good friends.  Not my good work friends, but my good real-life-I’m-having-a-crisis friends.  I consistently ask myself how lucky I am to know them!   So, it would make sense to me that their industry friends would be pretty incredible people too.   When I go to networking events, meeting those people are the highlights of my evening.  But it’s loud, you’re pulled in a million directions and there are so many lovely people to hug and catch up with, that it’s usually a brief encounter.  I wanted to get to know them better, I didn’t want to yell over a crowd and I didn’t want to leave my house.  So, I hatched a plan.

Plus One Lunches.  I invite three of my good industry/real life friends, and they in turn invite one of their industry friends.  I cooked a few simple things (the butternut squash recipe is here!), opened a few bottles of rosé and we gathered around the table.  We talked about real life and work life.  We had an impromptu How to Take Better Instagram Photos.  We talked about where we’d been and where we were hoping to go… with our lives and our businesses.  We shared and we laughed and I kicked myself repeatedly for having this amazing idea a year ago and never doing anything about it.  But it’s going to be a monthly thing now and I can’t wait to see how it all evolves!





Jessi of You & Me Events, Heidi of Heidi Ryder Photography, Yoleine of Yellow Bird Events, Kacee of Kacee Geoffroy Hair & Makeup & Amanda of Rosebud Floral Design were my fantastic first guests and made it so easy.  I was nervous, thinking that this whole thing was crazy and we would just stare at each other with nothing to say.  But that was silly because these ladies are incredible 🙂  Thank you so much loves! 

I didn’t take any pictures while there were people here, and I really must get better at that (next time!).  But there are a few on the instagram, under the hashtag #plusonelunch



The worst part of my job is culling.  At an average 8 hour wedding, my second shooter and I will snap about 5,000 frames.  And on Tuesday, I spend about 8 hours going through each and every one of them.  I shoot a lot, to hope I can snag one that has everyone smiling, at me, with open eyes (it’s significantly harder than you might imagine) or to make sure I’m getting the perfect angle on the incredible bouquet.  So, even though I can narrow it down to the amazing 800-1000 images that you’ll see, I have to dig through 4,000 that hit the cutting room floor.  It’s tedious and boring and I curse myself every week for shooting way too much.  I literally stand up and clap for myself when I’m done.  This usually wakes Basil and he looks at me confused and disoriented.

But, the 800-1000 picks that I fall in love with make it so good, and the images my second shooter takes of me are like the icing on the cake.  Some of them are truly truly terrible, and I can’t share them because I’m embarrassed.  But I keep a folder for the other ones and will glance through it at the end of the year.   Here are a few of the behind the scenes from 2014… well, maybe not so much behind the scenes, as in the middle of the scene.  You know.  🙂

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Light testing pictures are always ridiculous.  I should get a better pose for them I think.
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