Spent the day blogging, and i'm finally ready to share my Chicago engagement shoot I took a couple weeks ago!Read More
Recently, I had the most awesome opportunity to photograph a Persian wedding. I had never been to a Persian wedding, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Gosh, it was such a fun and an incredible experience! The alter was beautifully decorated with different foods and items that signified the great commitments of marriage, traditional dances were performed, and speeches were spoken in their native language by specific family influencers that made everything feel so unique and purposeful.
The wedding was at Condor's Nest Ranch and overlooked a beautiful mountain scape. The venue was filled with incredible collectibles and antique trinkets. I about died over this venue that was complete with a pool, green house, big red barn, and yard full of farm animals!
Above are two photos of the bridesmaids performing the tradition "knife dance". It was so fun to watch. Let me tell you, Persians know how to dance and know how to throw a good party.
I have met a lot of incredible people over the years from working in coffee. People from all over the globe with different outlooks, careers, and dreams. So many beautiful people that have soon turned into friends who i've learned to grow + flourish from. Many of my friends inspire me, and Catherine is one of them.
When I asked her if she wanted to get up and shoot photos at 6 am, it wasn't even a question. Halfway through, she apologized for not being able to hold a serious face for long without breaking it with a smile. I told her to never, ever apologize for that because there is something so beautiful about a person who can't help but have smile on. Catherine has the most kind, and joyful way about her. She is one of those people who you wonder if they literally could hurt a fly. She laughs almost as much as she speaks, and is so gentle and soft as if in consant admiration for whatever is in front of her.
Catherine currently works at Revolution Roasters, but also at a high-end handmade bag company. She started as an intern at Rais Case, lending her multi-talented hand in all kinds of areas. And of course, they eventually HAD to hire her. One of Catherine's many outlets is photography. You will see a lot of her stuff featured on the Rais Case instagram, not to mention her crazy good watercolors. Yes, she watercolors too! And let me tell you, watercoloring (good watercoloring) is HARD!
What I love about Catherine is that she's a creative who encourages other creatives. She's so humble and sweet, and always up for the next adventure. We've gotten to go on a couple coffee/photo/video adventures that usually ends with us scheming and dreaming of the next one.
A little background on Catherine... She grew up in a tiny town in Rhode Island. She has a degree in landscape architecture. She's lived in Boston & Washington D.C. She road tripped with her hometown friends across the states and landed here in San Diego just about a year ago.
She once worked at an architecture firm and decided a 9-5 desk job wasn't for her so she started chasing the things that filled her heart and makes her feel alive. If you need photos, new wall art for your home, help designing landscape, or just a good conversation- she's your girl.
And I mean, isn't she stunning?!
July 19, 2016 marks Chris and I's 2 year wedding anniversary. What a whirlwind its been! Spending the first year living the fast-paced life of the East Coast, and then moving and spending the second half in sunny San Diego has made way for so many incredible memories. I have never been challenged to grow, expand, and change this much in my entire life- and oh what a blessing it's been. Marriage brings out the good, the bad, and the ugly. The ugly sounds scary, until you realize it's in those low moments that you get the beautiful opportunity to make something different of yourself. You get to become a better individual with someone else cheering you along the whole way.
This year, we kept our anniversary trip somewhat local and booked a hotel for the weekend in Los Angeles. We got up bright and early so that we could beat any possible LA traffic (which is basically, always inevitable). We had a little bit of time to kill before we could check into our hotel, so we checked out the Broad Museum.
Chris has become more and more interested in photography, and it's been fun to watch him learn. I love his eye for the world around him. Since he has a week day job to go to, he doesn't have much time to edit his photos. But that's fine by me because it gives me a chance to experiment with different editing styles.
Close to the museum was LA's Grand Central Market. We walked through the crowds of people inside and checked out all the food vendors and bars. I wish we were hungry at the time, because it all smelt delicious!
I fell across the Line Hotel's instagram a while back and drooled over their modern interior designs, breath-taking bedroom views, and of course, food scene. When we decided to stay local for our anniversary, this hotel came first to mind. We had a better time than I could have even imagined. Upon checking in, the front desk lady, named Hannah, was warm and welcoming, and once she found out we were celebrating our anniversary, she gifted us an upgrade to a top floor room with the Hollywood sign view.
I fell in love with this hotel and the staff that made our stay so unique. From the courteous front desk, to the waiters & waitresses who kept our mimosas always full, to the pool boys who made sure we had a fresh towel in our hands as soon as we stepped out of the pool- I 100% recommend this hotel!
On Sunday morning we woke up and headed down to one of the hotel's restaurants, The Commissary. It was so light and airy with glass windows for walls. We ordered the buffet with bottomless mimosas and coffee and it was to die for.
Did I mention there was a pool too?? As soon as we arrived we were told there was a "pool party" going on. So we got in our suits and headed out to find a live DJ, numerous bar stations, and a pool filled with people soaking in the sunshine. We came home with some very sun-kissed skin and deep, dark tan lines.
We're only 2 years into marriage, and it's already been my greatest adventure. Thank you Line Hotel for making our anniversary feel like a second honeymoon!
I was born and raised in oregon. When I met my husband, it was an instant adventure. Since then, I've lived and explored the whole east coast and currently reside in sunny san diego. Since its been over 3 years since ive lived in my home state, when I go home I like to play tourist as much as I can. Portland is my favorite place to have breakfast, drink coffee, and enjoy a beer.
This May, my mother's birthday and mother's day fell on the same week and I was able to take a week long trip to celebrate her. Since my husband couldnt take off work, it was just me. Although it felt weird without him there, especially because most of the time I was wishing he could share the experience, it was a good time for me to dedicate solely to my family. My parents have always been home-bodies. They've now lived in portland for 3 years, but never make trips to the actual city. So I took it upon myself to put them on the max, drag them through the rain, and experience the city of portland for what's its truly known for-- food, beer, coffee, and rain. To my surprise, they loved it! Since then, my mom has sent me photos of them exploring downtown by themselves, and revisiting the places I introduced them to. This was one of my most favorite times spent with them.
Did I mention the coffee in portland? ;) Im starting to believe almost every coffee shop offers a good man bun... but seriously. When I first moved to portland at 18, I lived downtown and hadnt met many friends yet. I spent the majority of my free time in cozy coffee shops, head phones in and notebook out. I cant help but feel a little nostalgia when I go back and revisit those same cozy nooks.
Thankfully, I eventually did make friends that I still keep and visit whenever im back home. These two special ladies are always a must.
I love visiting Oregon. It has a special place in my heart. If you ever need recommendations, feel free to ask me! I would love to give you a long list of all my favorite to-dos.