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ENGAGEMENT PARTY AND BRIDAL GIFTS

July 9, 2017

Enjoying our beautiful June engagement party hosted at the home of my parents. Here are a few photos. Unfortunately, we had so much fun we forgot about pictures during the event!

I also wanted to share photos of the gift bags/boxes for the bridal party. The bridesmaids received a teal beach tote filled with fun items, including, an oversized, super soft, palm beach towel from Nordstroms.

For the groomsmen, hand made wood boxes inscribed with the groomsmen names and wedding date.  We discovered them on ETSY. Although we had to wait 5 weeks for their arrival, it was so worth it. Inside was a tie clip from Tie Bar and some miniature liquor bottles.

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A

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ENGAGED!

May 11, 2017

 Exciting news…. I AM OFFICIALLY ENGAGED!!!!

After 5 years, my boyfriend asked me to be his wife.

May 5th started with Justin surprising me with breakfast, church and a shopping spree. Next, I enjoyed a manicure and lunch at my favorite Italian restaurant. We then headed down to the beach at Crystal Cove.  Here I spied a beautiful tropical picnic (as we are considering Fiji for our honeymoon!!!). Flower petals lead to a blanket filled with gorgeous bouquets of Hawaiian flowers, pillows, blankets, candles, chocolate covered strawberries, apple cider and my favorite angel food cake. After proposing with an absolutely breathtaking ring that Justin had designed, my two dogs came running around the corner to complete the surprise. It started to sprinkle as we walked the beach but the clouds parted and  the Lord blessed us with a perfect rainbow!

Justin’s siblings help him implement this wonderful experience. Truly one of the happiest days of my life!!  Thanks Victoria for these photos to remember our day!

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A

Lifestyle Travel

PLAYING MOANA

February 25, 2017

While wearing my gorgeous haku lei, I couldn’t help but sing the Moana song at the top of my lungs. If you haven’t heard this song,  take a moment to watch it here. The whole Moana soundtrack was on continuous play during our adventures.

These photos include my beautiful friend Larisa.  So enjoyed experiencing her island of Oahu. (Our floppy sun hats were purchased off of Etsy!)

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A

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HAKU LEI

February 25, 2017

For my trip to Hawaii, I wanted to order a flower head piece or lei. I discovered a local florist on the North Shore who specializes in custom haku leis for every occasion. Three weeks before my arrival, I emailed some inspirational photos and she worked her magic. I was SO impressed by her kindness and the quality of each haku. She far exceeded my expectations and I received numerous compliments. They lasted 5 days and enhanced my photoshoot.

You can find her on Instagram or Facebook @poehaku

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A

Lifestyle Travel

ROPE SWING

February 25, 2017

One of the things I love about Hawaii are the rope swings found along the beaches. My favorite was off of 83 where I experienced a peaceful moment and some beautiful scenery.

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A

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BEST MOMENTS OF 2016!

January 3, 2017

As we say goodbye to 2016, I’m reflecting on this amazing year!  The launch of this blog allowed me to seriously pursue my love of photography!

Over this past year, I’ve enjoyed 12 fabulous trips: Florida, Bahamas, Canada (twice), Joshua Tree, Cancun, Palm Springs, Ireland, Yosemite, New York, Oregon and Lake Tahoe. Whether a short drive or a 13 hour plane flight, it has been a crazy adventure.

I’m finishing off the year with photos of some of my favorite memories!!  Wishing you all the best in 2017!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 Shooting with my big brother Sean Sibling trip to Joshua Tree Amazing birthday vacation in Cancun CancunLabor Day weekend at Fairmont, Lake Louise, CanadaInternational road trip in Ireland with my big brotherOvercoming my fear of heights in Northern IrelandOne of my favorite activities, dog sledding in Canada with my mom Enjoying drive through Yosemite with my favorite travel companionsMy little family at Yosemite Beautiful snow in Oregon with JustinGirls trip with Larisa to New York  First visit to New YorkBoyfriend and number one supporter enjoying our 5th Christmas Christmas cuddles with my little nugget GhostThe King of the house… Loki

I love reminiscing on these past adventures while anticipating future destinations for 2017!  Thanks for visiting.

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A

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RILEY’S APPLE FARM

October 27, 2016

Below are photos from when I traveled up to Oak Glen to Riley’s Apple Farm just to make some delicious apple cider 🙂 .

(While there are tons of apple farms up in Oak Glen, make sure to arrive early before the heat and crowds start rolling in)

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A

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WINE COUNTRY

October 24, 2016

Searching for a fun place to enjoy lunch with my dear friend Larissa, we stumbled upon two of the prettiest wineries in Temecula. We first enjoyed the grounds and wine tasting at Wilson Creek. We  purchased one of their most popular varieties Almond Champagne.  A few minutes up the road is the Ponte Winery.  Also known as one of the best lunch spots around, we had an amazing charcuterie platter and basil pesto chicken pizza. I highly recommend both these places for a fun afternoon and delicious food!!!

 

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A

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TANAKA FARMS

October 21, 2016

Happy October!!!

Although it was 90 degrees the day I visited the pumpkin patch, I am fully embracing this Fall season. Tanaka Farms in Irvine, includes a beautiful U-Pick pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze and a U-pick vegetable garden. This fun adventure included purchasing delicious vegetables for my dinner. YUM!

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A