Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Celebrating Love in Northern California

Earlier this month I shared some snapshots from our trip to Door County, Wisconsin, and I mentioned that rather than making my usual conscious effort to take perfectly curated photos of the journey, I only snapped a couple of images with my DSLR and mainly just captured shots with my phone along the way. Well for our week in northern California, the same was true, but even moreso. We flew out for the wedding of one of my best friends, and from the moment we stepped off of the plane until we boarded our return flight to home, there was nonstop activity. I didn't even bother to bring my real camera this time, and I was so (happily) busy that I barely even had time to pull out my phone - nor did I want to. This trip was one of my favorite experiences I've had in years, and I took absolute pleasure in savoring the luxury of being in the moment with my closest friends in what is probably my very favorite part of the country. Maybe when the professional pictures of the wedding are available, I'll share some of those. But for now, I'm just posting some of the phone images that were taken along the way, mainly by myself, along with a couple taken by friends - which although less aesthetically beautiful than what I'd normally hope to post, accurately (and more personally, I think) tell the story of our trip.

From setting up the bridal shower at a Sebastopol farmhouse on Thursday, to helping decorate and arrange flowers for the beautiful rehearsal dinner on Friday, to being part of the most stunning ceremony on the edge of a cliff where the Russian River meets the ocean on Saturday, to celebrating love in gorgeous outdoor reception in Guerneville on Saturday evening, to gathering with friends for clean-up and farewells on Sunday, and so many more blissful moments along the way, the entire trip was full of action and laughter and beauty and overall awesomeness. I cried when we had to say goodbye on Monday. And Essley slept almost the entire flight back. Both of these things, I would say, are signs of a truly wonderful vacation. I hope we can go back to magical Sonoma county sooner than later.



  1. I don't normally talk to my screen while I read things, but I literally said, "Oh WOW!" to the cliffside picture. That's incredible.

    1. One of the photographers' husbands snapped that picture with his phone. It was incredible. I can't wait to see if the professional photos did it justice.

  2. What a wonderful place for a wedding, and I agree with Paige on the cliffside picture!

  3. This looks like such a fun trip!! Please post more of wedding pictures when you get them, you all look so beautiful!!!

  4. What a beautiful setting for a wedding! The couch with the window frame backdrop is a fun idea :)

  5. Awwwww, too cute!
    Totally adorable!

    With love,
    Suzy ♥


  6. I love your bridesmaid dress, the color is beautiful. Essley's flower girl dress too! What a beautiful wedding.

  7. Very beautiful place for a wedding, and the idea of a sofa and a framework is unusual!

  8. Looks like so much fun! I've heard that part of the country is beautiful, but I've never been in California except the San Diego area.

  9. Thanks for your comments everybody! It was a magical trip. xo

  10. Lovely pictures! The kids look so sweet!!! Such a lovely place to have a perfect wedding:)

  11. What great photos! The ceremony location looks amazing! And I love their photo booth :)
    Glad you had such a great time :)

  12. I enjoyed looking at your photos. You still capture great moments... You and your daughter look lovely in your outfits.

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