Travel Diary // A Quick Trip to San Francisco

In honor of our three year date-iversary (yep, we had our first official date on Valentine’s Day) we headed to San Francisco for a quick weekend trip. We didn’t have an plans set in stone- just relax, enjoy each other, and explore the city. Thanks to some great suggestions from @jackavenue and @alexandriamonette we visited a few new places and we have a huge list for next time (hopefully very soon!).  We stayed at The Scarlet Huntington in Nob Hill. Dave found a great deal online and it was a new spot for us. We both loved it. The service was excellent, the pool and spa were beautiful, and our room was clean and beautiful. Next time we’d just indulge in the spa services. Because it was the weekend before Valentine’s Day the spa and pool area were definitely hopping. Lucky for us we arrived during the Chinese New Year celebration. It was SO much fun walking around China Town and taking in the parade, decorations, and festivities. I loved that we were able to enjoy the celebration. For dinner on Saturday we went to Rambler. Their main restaurant was packed (again, Valentine’s Day weekend) and had a huge wait, but the hostess suggested going to their bar area instead. There was a smaller menu, but we were happy to share a few appetizers and order some drinks and enjoy the decor (we posted a video on insta stories while we were there).  We spent the rest of our evening in our hotel room with a bottle of wine from our trip to Guerneville. Every time we visit a...

Our Wedding in the Woods

Dave and I got married on October 1, 2016. We knew that we wanted our wedding day to be special and authentic and completely us. Of course, we wanted to celebrate with our children and include them (we have six kids!), but we also wanted it to be a day that we could focus on each other. Over the first several months of our engagement we threw around many different ideas, but none of them completely stuck. Finally, we came up with an idea we were both excited about. We decided to do a ceremony in the woods with just the two of us (and our friend/officiant, our photographer, and our two videographers). We both love the mountains and the woods and we had scoped out this particular spot a few weeks prior. It is in the middle of pine trees with the creek running behind and even a meadow right around the corner. So beautiful! After taking photos in the woods we headed down into town for family photos, a small dinner with our immediate family, and then a ceremony with our family and friends. At the reception played a video of our vows in the woods and then danced and ate pizza and donuts. In the end, like any wedding day, there are some things we would have done differently (it actually wasn’t necessary to do a formal, sit down dinner), but we are SO happy with our choice to get married in the woods and then party in the city. Our wedding day was amazing, but being married to this man is an absolute gift. I am so...

Travel Diary // Alt Summit in Palm Springs

Last week I traveled to Palm Springs for the Altitude Design Summit. It was my second time in Palm Springs and my second time at Alt Summit. I had an amazing experience and learned so much. I got to hear some of my favorite entrepreneurs and bloggers speak including Meg Keene from A Practical Wedding (her book was the only one I read while engaged and I could not recommend it more!), Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day!, Kristen Howerton from Rage Against the Minivan (who interviewed Luvvie), Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennet, and several others. I left feeling inspired and ready to continue to build my business and my brand – and my life- in a way that fits my convictions, my family, and my dreams. I traveled down with two friends from Chico- Heather of Heather Selzer Photography and Lindsay of Northern Daisy. We had some down time to explore Palm Springs (last time I went for a photography conference and only left the house once). It was fun to visit a few different coffee shops, restaurants, shops, and hotels (Ace Hotel and The Parker). On the last day we went on a mid-century homes tour as a part of the conference. The style in that town definitely cannot be beat (there’s some pretty mediocre and bland food. ha! But, the design makes up for it). We stayed at the beautiful and colorful Saguaro (pronounced sa-wah-ro). It is seriously SO much fun to photograph. (I am posting more iphone photos on my instagram feed if you’re interested). I tried to pull out my real camera at least a few times...