Amsterdam // England // Ireland

I wish I could do a whole write up of our trip over to England, but I really can’t put words to how I feel about that trip. Every time I think about it, I get those warm fuzzy feelings. We went with some of the BEST people in this world. We laughed, we drank,  the conversation was all good, and we experienced several other cultures together as friends. Whether we were listing to Irish music in an Irish pub, or walking through a field, we were having the best time. It was a dream. Danielle and Chad, we are SO thankful for your friendship (xo)

A couple of our closest friends got engaged! ahh! And we are so happy for them! I get to shoot Eden and Donnie’s wedding next year and Cury gets to marry them! We are the luckiest people.  Cheers to you guys!

We stayed with locals (friends of our friends) who are some of the kindest most beautiful souls I have ever met. They opened their home to us, drove us all over the place, and even took us on a few adventures. Angie and Stephan, I love you both and cannot thank you enough for your hospitality. I hope we can repay you some day.

Plus, we made a few other friends (family to our friends) who spent time with us, drove us places, and showed us a real good time. We love you, Nan + Alan! xo

So, I’ll just let the photos do the rest of the talking. cheers! 

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Venice, Italy

Onto part two of our Italian adventure…

Cury and I both walked away from Venice with mixed feelings, but before I get to all of that, let me first talk about our travel from Florence to Venice. That has always been the most intimidating thought about European travel before I went myself. First, It’s not nearly as confusing as you would think. All of the train station’s and airport’s signs had an English version of instructions on them- just like the multiple languages you see on our signs here in the States. So, you WILL be able to figure out how to get where you’re going. The train station in Florence was called, “Trenitalia” we paid €66/ticket and we arrived in Venice in 2.5 hours. 

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casey + ryan // in home session

These lovely humans invited me into their home (their first home together) and I am so grateful for the opportunity. They are currently in the process of completely gutting the house and remodeling it. I am filled with admiration for these two.  I loved the idea of shooting their session in their uncompleted house. It gave me the opportunity to be creative in using surrounding elements that I’m not used to. Plus, how cool for their (someday) kiddos to be able to look at these images of their parents at the beginning of their journey together, chasing their dreams, and being completely in love. Thank you, Casey & Ryan! 

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f l o r e n c e

If I could sum up our trip to florence in one word, it would have to be the Italian word, saporito! It translates in English to, “flavorful”. Which is exactly what Florence was to me in more ways than one. There is of course the given  – the food. spaghetti, pizza, burrata cheese, gelato, wine, fresh veggies, and decadent cappuccinos. ugh, I could go on and on. . . but then there was the history. There was so much history to see all around us. There are buildings older than our country! The sculptures told us stories of another time, the city walls made us feel like we were in a movie from the medieval times, and even the streets themselves are still made up of cobblestones. Then of course the art. We didn’t get to go to one museum while we were in Italy (the only disappointment) but the art was everywhere, and that was probably my favorite flavor.

I kept a journal as we explored Italy. I wanted to remember EVERYTHING. And since I wrote down everything, I will probably overshare 😉

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twenty six

This is a delayed post, but I turned twenty-six on the 25th of February. It was a birthday celebration week. I told Cury a long time ago that birthdays for us will always be a week long celebration because… why not? I love birthdays. Not getting older, but I have always loved that it’s a day that is completely your own and everyone around you is celebrating  your life. It’s a special thing, and I love it. My parents have always done well in celebrating our birthdays, so that’s probably where my love for birthdays came from.

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valentines day | gift guide for her

 

It’s been impossibly difficult to keep up with the blog side of this website. Mostly due to it being the slower season, but also because I have been taking full advantage of the time off. It’s been nice to be lazy for once! But, in my laziness, I have been doing a lot of online browsing/shopping. And I’ve come across a lot of great products. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share a few unique gift ideas for a special lady in your life. I’ve also attached a playlist to get you in that love-y Valentines mood. Enjoy and happy shopping!

xo

+ this Frida Kahlo print.

+ how beautifully feminine and artsy is this set?!

+ i’ll take 50 of these cuties!

+ i’ve never tries this look, but i may have to now…

+ Cury and I are headed for Italy in April (have I mentioned that here yet?)

+ i love these. i have three of them, but i want one in every color.

+ i know i’m a little behind in not having one of these, but it’s on my list, “things to buy before Italy trip”

+ and just because i love this woman’s voice so much.

+ cute, cute, cute!

J A C I

Jaci’s senior session was fun and beautiful and actually quite exciting as it was my first time using a smoke grenade as a prop. This poor girl had to watch me go back and forth over using the smoke grenade or not using it. It was so intimidating to me. There are a ton of warning labels on it.. “WARNIG: do not tip over.” “In case of fire…” “Keep away from heat to avoid explosion” yeah, explosives are not my cup of tea. But, when Jaci headed to the car for a wardrobe change, I pulled out my phone and looked up a YouTube video on how to properly release a smoke grenade, and I just went for it. I’m so glad we did too, because, just look at it. It’s dramatic, it’s unique, and it’s a ton of fun.

So, thanks, lady for being patient with me. I wish you the very best for your finale year of high school! Cheers! xo

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friday links + playlist

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I haven’t done weekend links in way too long, but I’m feeling really on top of shit, so let’s give it a go! Have a fantastic weekend -xx

+ WANT!

+ Did you check out yesterday’s post? #cranes4roger

+ I’m way too excited to experiment with smoke grenades soon… pictures to follow, of course 😉

+ Did you guys catch the new Fall show, This is Us? omg, watch it!

+ I am by no means trying to rush through Fall, but I did hear that She & Him has a new Christmas album coming out October 28th.

+ I need a new good book to read. recommendations are wanted & appreciated! I read, The Girl on the Train last year, and loved it. The movie will be in theaters Oct. 7th!

+ A few new regular restaurants we go to here, here, and here.

+ This is so simple and so pretty.

Here’s a playlist for your Friday. There’s no rhyme or reason with the genres…

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