Travel Log ~ Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Travel Log ~ Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

 

As we come to the end of summer I wanted to share with you a travel log from one of my favorite trips this summer, Mexico. This trip was the refreshing experience I needed this summer. A chance to see my traveling girl friends, drink Piña coladas on the beach, eat tacos and see the beauty of Mexico. I didn’t get to photograph as much of Mexico as I wanted and my trip definitely wasn’t as long as I would have liked but it left me entranced by this beautiful country and longing to go back. I went cliff jumping (which was definitely one of my favorite new experiences), got a tan, ate lots of food and had quality time with friends I don’t get to see very often.

Playa Del Carmen Mexico is a colorful, exotic and friendly place with lots of great places to explore near by like Xel-Ha, Chichen Itza, Tulum Ruins,Valladolid and so many amazing cenotes. The crystal clear blue water is enchanting, the people are just so hospitable and oh my heart the food! Yum! I was able to photograph some of my beautiful friends while they enjoyed Mexico and that’s always my favorite thing. I love capturing people enjoying a new place and each other, there is something so special about that to me. This world is a big and beautiful place that should be explored. It helps bring light to a dark world when we love each other and enjoy the beauty this world has to offer.

I could go on and on about how great this trip is but I’m almost to emotional to type it all out but I’ll just say its a time I’ll always cherish with my friends and anxiously await the next time we take on a new country. I’m blessed to have these awesome girls to explore this planet with and share in daily struggles and joys.

Below is some of the beauty of Playa Del Carmen’s streets and beaches and I promise you it’s only a little glimpse of the beauty of this country. There are many things and places I would like to go back and explore and hopefully one day I’ll get to. I hope you enjoy scrolling through and it inspires you to go explore Mexico for yourself. 🙂

P.S. I know I’m very behind on my travel logs and I intend to share more about my adventures and travels from this year soon, including Italy, London, Scotland, Ireland, Austria and Greece. So stayed tuned!

 

 

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A Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Wedding ~ Kacey and Nolan

A Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Wedding ~ Kacey and Nolan

 

Kacey and Nolan’s Hidden Valley Animal Adventure wedding was absolutely one of my favorite memories from July and I went to Mexico in July so that should put it in to perspective just how amazing this day was. From the sweet emotions from family and friends, getting to connect with a very friendly zebra, and Kacey and Nolan’s tender love for each other, this day left me in awe. I’m always so thankful to tell each and every love story and this day was no exception! Love is meant to be celebrated and although we all celebrate it in different ways across the world the feeling is always the same. That’s why I truly love being a part of so many different celebrations. Different countries, different traditions etc because no matter how different it is when true love is celebrated it’s always the same.

Hidden Valley Animal Adventure is a charming venue full of life and I’m so happy Kacey and Nolan chose it for their wedding day. The lodge has a very homey yet regal feeling and being surrounded by so many lovely animals made the experience quite a treats. Kacey, Nolan and I all got to visit with a very friendly zebra that had a special fondness for Nolan. We gave him quite a few butt rubs since they seemed to be his favorite, the zebra, not Nolan lol.

Throughout the day there so many sweet words shared from family and friends and there was a LOT of laughter. You could tell that this was a collection of the people who really meant the most to them in this world. It’s always such an honor to capture those precious memories. I fall in love with my job all over again at every wedding. What a blessing this job is, getting to witness new love every weekend and meeting couples who inspire me. Thank you Kacey and Nolan for asking me to document your unique and beautiful day! Enjoy scrolling through everyone! 🙂

 

 

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Cartlandia Engagement Session

Cartlandia Engagement Session

 

 

Lauren and Kevin’s Cartlandia Engagement Session was SO much fun! Not only was it the only time I didn’t get rained on for a session that week but their ability to have fun with each other just made this whole session so enjoyable. This may have been the rainiest spring and summer I ever remember having but it has not lacked from love and that has brightened things up considerably.

I so enjoyed exploring Portland with these two, I definitely need to go back because I did not get enough time to try all the yummy food. If you’ve never been to Portland’s Cartlandia it’s this amazing food truck haven. It’s as cute as it is yummy and everyone there is the kindest and most inspiring creators of yummy food. They let Lauren and Kevin cuddle up next to their food trucks without a hesitation. Meeting kind souls is always inspiring in a world where we are taught to only care for ourselves.

Lauren and Kevin were so obviously head over heals for each other and that’s always my favorite thing to watch when a couple is so in love that they forget everything else around them. I’m so happy I had the chance to meet them and capture their sweet love. Now feel free to scroll through and witness their adorable love. 🙂

 

 

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Intimate Wedding At Willow Tree Grove

 

Matt and Diane’s intimate wedding at willow tree grove just made my heart sing, and if you feel like I say this about all my couple’s weddings, you are probably right. I only take on 25 weddings a year for a reason and that’s so I can be selective and choose to work with the couples who I really feel a connection to. It’s only August and already this year has been filled with such amazing couples and such special celebrations. Matt and Diane’s wedding was no exception, it was full of real, beautiful, heartfelt emotion, and so so SO much love. The love they had for each other was so apparent but I was also blown away at their families love for them and theirs for their family. That’s one of my absolute favorite things about weddings is seeing the connection between their families and ones they hold most dear. Those memories timeless and should be cherished always.

Matt first met Diane while he was out at eating and decided to hit on the prettiest waitress he ever laid his eyes on (can we pause for a moment to talk about what a gorgeous bride Diane was?! I mean seriously unreal! Perfection!), it worked and now here they are as husband and wife. (Don’t you just love hearing stories about how couples met and fall in love? I do!) Their love and respect for each other was so alive and vibrant. Diane lovingly wiped tears from his eyes during their ceremony and I think everyone in the audience was emotionally wrecked after that, in a good way. As the day continued the love, joy and tears never stopped. From the ceremony, the first dances all the way to the toasts the love kept on pouring out.

I’m so humbled and blessed I was asked to document this beautiful day! Thank you Matt and Diane for trusting me to document you love and preserve your memories! Congratulations and have the best first year of marriage! As 2019 weddings are filling up my calendar I can’t help but feel so thankful and excited to meet more couples like Matt and Diane, hear more loves stories and document more love. Get in touch today if you’re planning a wedding in 2019! I want to meet you and hear all about your story.

 

 

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Traditional Indian Wedding At Friedman Farms ~ Steve & Shikha

 

I’m sitting here trying to express all of the love in my heart for Steve and Shikha and their beautiful celebration of their marriage and I just can’t find the right words. It was such an incredible honor to be asked to document their wedding! So much love, joy, and beauty wrapped up into one weekend. Their traditional Indian celebration made my heart sing! The big thing I took away from this experience is that Indian weddings get it really really right on how to celebrate love! I’ve never seen so much dancing, laughing and smiles! It warmed my soul! I’m telling you this was just a very special wedding.

Steve and Shikha are such an inspiring couple, unfailingly kind and generous and hopelessly in love with each other. Could it get any better?! I seriously do just fall in love with all my couples, I can’t help it. I’ve been so blessed to be impacted by each and everyone of my amazing couples. You all really do inspire me to be a kinder, more loving and better version of myself, (Sorry I’m rambling because I’m all emotional). and Steve and Shikha were no exception. I knew from the first time I met them that they were special and I’m so thankful to know them.

Steve and Shikha chose to have their wedding at the stunning Friedman Farms and it was such a beautiful place for all their friends and family to gather. We laughed, ate good food and danced the night away. Oh it made my heart so full! I’m so happy that there exists in this world a couple as sweet and loving as Steve and Shikha, and oh how excited I am to see all that they will journey on to do together. Lots of love to you both and thank you again for inviting me to document your love story!

Scroll through and enjoy all the beauty and love from their day and be sure to get in touch if you’re ready to celebrate your love! I can’t wait to meet you and document your love story. As my 2019 calendar starts filling up I’m overwhelmed with the amazing love stories I get to document and the people I get to meet. I feel SO blessed by all of you! <3

 

 

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