Travel Log ~ Scotland

Travel Log ~ Scotland

I have been dreaming of traveling to Scotland since I was a little girl and this summer I finally got to go and took my little girl with me. It was so incredibly special to me to have Hazel and Tim with me. To watch Hazel run through the fields, climb rocks and explore the rugged terrain freely made my heart soar. Seeing Tim enjoy the culture as he hopped from pub to pub making friends with every bar keep and trying haggis and blood pudding made me smile. Being able to celebrate my birthday in the country that captured my heart before I ever set foot in it was absolutely magical. Scotland was everything I dreamed it would be and more and it was absolutely amazing to experience it with my family! I can’t wait to go back and hope to vey soon!

For those planning a trip to Scotland here are some of my recommendations. Plan for two or more weeks so you can experience Scotland right. Ask the locals what to order for food and enjoy trying new things. Spend a day or two in Edinburgh but for the rest of your trip head out to the highlands and go hike, horseback ridding, etc. You cannot come to Scotland and not get lost in it’s gorgeous nature! Bring your hiking boots and go get lost! 🙂 Isle of Skye is a must see. Don’t skip it! Go to as many pubs as you can, you will meet amazing people there. Tim’s favorite was The World’s End in Edinburgh. Stop to watch the street performers. If you’re a Harry Potter nerd go ride the Hogwarts Express. Buy a kilt and listen to the bagpipes.

Scotland is an amazing country and it’s close to two of my other favorite places, Ireland and London. I highly recommend taking a month to explore all three and enjoy a UK holiday. The food is GREAT, the people are friendly and inspiring and the landscape is out of this world. There is a reason so many films choose to film their movies in these gorgeous places.

Scotland and all of the UK is very family friendly and is a great summer holiday for the family. Hazel loved climbing, hiking and exploring with us. Tim especially loved that their were family oriented pubs where we could eat dinner and he could order delicious beer. He could write a whole blog post on how different and how much better the beer is in Scotland. It kind of spoiled him for drinking beer in America. I can’t drink beer because of my celiac disease but I’ll take his word on it.

Overall Scotland should be on everyone’s bucket list and if you’ve been debating on whether or not to book a trip, do it now! Flight deals always change and you can sometimes find $400 tickets direct to Scotland but I usually find it cheaper to fly to London and then take the train to Scotland which is such a lovely experience! While you’re there you can even check out King’s Cross Station and visit Platform 9 3/4.

Happy adventuring!

 

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Travel Log ~ London

 

I’ve travel to quick a few cities around the world and I haven’t loved any as much as I have loved London. I’m much more of a country girl so I’m never that big a fan of cities as I feel they are too crowded, not enough greenery and usually too loud for my liking. But London, I don’t know if it’s because it was the first time I was able to take Tim and Hazel with me to Europe or just London’s charm… but I loved it. I loved the food, the sights, the charm, the musicians on the street, the people but most of all I loved watching Tim fall in love with this city. Tim has always loved the idea of being in a community where he could walk to everything and yet there was tons to explore, so London was perfect for him.

Hazel loved soaking in everything as well, she was such a traveling champ! She never really had a meltdown even though she never really got a nap on this trip. She fell asleep in her stroller or backpack carrier when she wanted to but we never took a break and went home for a nap. There was way too much to see and to EAT. I love eating in Europe so much. I have a painful gut due to years of having Celiac Disease and not knowing it so it hurts all the time in America. But in Europe my gut never hurts! Why, because they don’t put junk in their food. So I ate all of the food I could and loved every single second of it.

We traveled to London with my dear cousin, her kids and her mom and oh it was just such a refreshing and fun time. We went to the London Zoo, Buckingham Palace, and Tim and I searched out all the Harry Potter things we could including King’s Cross station and many other locations that the movies were filmed. We ate out just about every night, laughed, giggled and just had the absolutely best holiday. We met up with my cousin’s cousin who lives there and he showed us around and he and Tim became quite good friends. 🙂

All in all we definitely fell in love with this city and can’t wait to go back as a family since London was so kid friendly. We love the friends we made and can’t get the charm of London out of our hearts. If you are debating on whether or not to add this city to your travel list, DO IT! You can thank me later. 🙂 Walk around and find the hidden chems, listen to the street music, eat all the food and then take a train to the countryside and further enjoy the charm of this country. See you later London, we miss you!

 

 

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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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Travel Log ~ Hawaii

 

In October I traveled with one of my 2017 couples to Hawaii to photograph their honeymoon. I only got to be there for 2 1/2 days unfortunately and between the honeymoon session and other adventure sessions I booked I only had about 3 hours to hike around and explore for myself but every second of those 3 hours was breathtaking. I hope to have many other opportunities to explore this beautiful state with madly in love couples. I’ll be sharing the adventure sessions soon on the blog but for now I wanted to show you some of the beauty of Hawaii’s landscape.

I was able to hike up to Manoa Falls and go on a tour of Kualoa Ranch and holy crap Hawaii is INSANELY gorgeous! Everywhere you go is really like walking in paradise. I know that for most people Hawaii’s beaches are what draws them to Hawaii but for me it’s all about their other worldy mountains. I seriously couldn’t get enough! I was super stoked to explore Kualoa Ranch as the big film nerd that I am! For those who don’t know Kualoa Ranch is the place where Jurassic Park, Lost and many other films were filmed and it’s no mystery why. Parts of Jurassic Park were filmed at Manoa Falls as well. I was pretty much geeking out the whole time.

It was nice to take some time just for me to hike around and explore even though it wasn’t work related. I’ve definitely worked so much this year, hiking with my couples which is AMAZING and I love every second of it but I forgot to take time to go hike and explore just for the fun of it. One of my many New Years Resolutions is to make more time to hike just for fun. But I have to admit that even when I take time off for just me I still find couples and offer to photograph them. Hahaha yeah, when I was exploring Kualoa Ranch I saw a couple struggling to get some selfies of themselves next to the gorgeous landscapes so I offered to take their pictures with my camera and sent them some edited pictures. I kinda don’t know how to stop working, but that’s only because I am so passionate about it and truly love what I do.

Driving in Hawaii is pretty awesome, I mean I wouldn’t mind that view on my way to work everyday. Just saying. The atmosphere is amazing and the people are so kind. The limited time I spent in Hawaii was enough to get me hooked and I will definitely be making another trip to this beautiful place. The rest of my trip in Hawaii I was happily following couples and one gorgeous model around Hawaii’s beaches, caves and waterfalls. I can’t wait to share all of that with you guys but for now enjoy the majestic beauty of Hawaii!

 

 

 

 

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Best Of 2017 ~ Weddings and Travel

 

 

It’s that time of year! 2018 is here and as I jump into another amazing year I wanted to go back and show you the best moments from 2017. This blog will included the best weddings, elopements, travel and couple sessions from 2017. Unfortunately I don’t have room to show you all the amazing engagement sessions, family, newborn and portrait sessions from this year. I’m so thankful for such an amazing year, all the wonderful couples I met, the love I witnessed and the new places I got to explore this year. I hope you enjoy scrolling through! I’ll tell you a little bit about each wedding, elopement and adventure session as we go as well as links to vendors I worked with and loved. Some of these sessions and weddings haven’t even been released yet so enjoy the sneak peak. 🙂

 

This winter elopement in the heart of the Adirondacks definitely had to be on my list of the best of the best! The Adirondacks has a special place in my heart because my grandparents owned a house on the lake when I was a little girl and we spent a lot of summers and Christmas holidays there. It’s one of my favorite places in the world. Together with a dream team of vendors we made beautiful magic despite the frigid cold. If you’re planning a wedding near the Adirondacks do yourself a favor and check out these amazing vendors.

http://bloomsforrooms.biz/

https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/kate-taylor-events-and-weddings-queensbury/4144c1f4e449728c.html

https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/kate-taylor-events-and-weddings-queensbury/4144c1f4e449728c.html

http://www.sweetcarolinestyles.com/

http://deliciouslydifferentspecialtyitems.com/

http://www.jimbosclub.com/

https://thefoxandstone.com/

 

I adore in home sessions for how intimate and fun they are. Salina and Kyle’s was SO fun, we made nachos, jumped on the bed, Kyle serenaded Salina, and there was a pillow fight! It was for sure an memorable part of 2017. One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to see who my couples are, their genuine selves. It gives me such a thrill to witness their vulnerable and awesome selves. I strongly believe more married couples should book in home sessions, so if this seems like fun to you reach out and let’s plan something!

My time with Katy and Luke at Philadelphia Magic Gardens had to be on this list! If you’ve never been to the Magic Gardens plan a trip! It’s really other worldly and insanely gorgeous! If you’re a fan of art you will definitely enjoy every second. They also host weddings so if you want to have your wedding here you can and trust me you want to! If I were to get a Magic Gardens wedding inquiry in my inbox I wouldn’t mind. 😉

Yeah I know this bohemian wanderlust styled elopement is insanely gorgeous, it still gives me goosebumps! It definitely speaks to my gypsy soul and I know it will to all the other gypsy souls out there. This day was made possible by so many amazing vendors. If you are in the midst of wedding planning right now you need to check these awesome people out! Vendors —
Event Designer: Patchwork Planning
Venue: Wise Woodin Estates
Floral Designer: Ambiance Event Planning & Floral Designs
Cake Designer: Lola Dessert Shoppe
Dress Designer: Sweet Caroline
Stationery Designer: Flourish Grace Calligraphy
Hair & Makeup: Modern Edge Salon
Rentals: Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals Inc.
Jewelry: The Fox And Stone

 

This moody ballerina bridal in Washington D.C. was so dreamy. I was in town for an engagement session and had the chance to meet up with some incredible vendors to create this magic! D.C. brides be sure to check out these amazing vendors!

http://www.riley-weddings.com/   

https://www.spacezdc.com/ajax/

https://www.greenworksflowers.com/?gclid=CjwKCAiAj53SBRBcEiwAT-3A2Edkkta2ChaOM6rAbMOGqKR-453Qx8PoDxXORjQ0RAndx_OBXKPcCBoCJiYQAvD_BwE

http://www.estylojewelry.com/

http://www.trumpetandhorn.com/

http://amiedeckerbeauty.com/

http://www.couturebyposhbridal.com/

https://www.fluffness.com/

 

 

 

Coffee Shop Elopement! How could this not be included! This is every coffee loving, hipster, romantics dream. It came together so perfectly and I can’t wait to photograph another coffee shop elopement! Seriously, more people elope in coffee shops please! Here are the awesome vendors involved, be sure to check them out if you’re planning your wedding right now.

Planner ~ Patchwork Planning ~ http://www.patchworkplanning.com

Vintage Rentals ~ Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals ~ https://www.forgetmenotvintageinc.com/

Stationery/Signage ~ Flourish Grace Calligraphy ~ http://www.flourishgracecalligraphy.com/

Florist ~ Ambiance Floral Design ~ http://www.ambiance-ep.com/

Hair and Make Up Artist ~ Studio Rd & Co ~ Studio Rd & Co

Venue ~ Duffy’s Coffee House ~ www.Duffyscoffeehouse.com

Band ~ Apex ~ www.bmha.org

Jewelry ~ Nespoli’s ~ www.nespolijewelers.com

Makeup ~ Kelly Jordan

This intimate garden wedding at the Morning Glory Inn in Pittsburgh still pulls at my heartstrings. Stephanie and Max were wed with just around 50 of their closest friends and family. It was so heartwarming, they married each other, had their siblings and friends read poetry and play music. And after they said I do their family went around giving tearjerking toasts. There was not a dry eye among us. What an incredibly sweet couple they are, my life is better for knowing them.

This adventurous elopement was for sure one of the highlights of the year. Jeremy and Erin’s love for each other is so apparent and sweet. Jeremy just dotes on her and Erin’s unique humor and love for him was so awesome to witness. We laughed, cried, hiked and then went back to their house to enjoy some snuggles with their cats. Now that’s my idea of a perfect elopement. 🙂

Laura and Tyler’s Woodloch Pines wedding was gorgeous! They were wed lakeside with many tears, laughter and so much stunning light! Laura and Tyler were my first wedding of many in May. They were also one of the most grateful and sweet couples I’ve ever worked with. Laura was an unbelievably gorgeous bride, I just adored her stunning dress. To all my PA brides if you’re considering getting married in the Poconos be sure to put Woodloch Pines on your list to check out.

Chris and Hannah’s woodland wedding was an absolute dream! My heart is happiest in the mountains and woods so I was quite at home on this magical day. Hannah was such a stunning bride! I get so many comments and compliments on her bridal portraits and all I can say is she really is just that gorgeous.

May was a huge month for me this year. Weddings, elopements and then this sweet in home anniversary session of my sister and brother in law. Now I know they are related to me and therefore I’m biased but come on, how sticking adorable are these two! There are few feelings that can compete with knowing your sister is married to a good man.

Megan and Evan flew me out to New Orleans for their engagement session and we just had a BLAST! New Orleans is not only stunning but the culture there is just amazing. You can just be walking down the street and hear so many live bands playing. There is seriously always music playing somewhere which made this music lover so thrilled. It was really hot and sticky but so worth it for the gorgeousness I witnessed. I saw a lot more alligators than I cared to but the swamps are so stunning that it’s worth it. Can’t wait to go explore New Orleans again!

I know this looks like an elopement but it’s actually an engagement session. Ashley was so stunning in her dress and hair do that she did look like a bride. We hiked quite a bit and watched crazy boys and men jumping off really tall rocks into the water. Then we ended the session with Daniel getting into a lumberjack outfit and you guys, I laughed so hard. Such an fun couple, their real wedding is on this list too. 🙂

July had a lot of travel this year for me. In the beginning of July I flew to California for this adventurous and intimate wedding just outside of Yosemite National Park. Nicolas and Amanda celebrated their love with just about 50 of their closest friends and family. I also love intimate weddings with adventurous couples. It’s seriously one of my favorite kinds of weddings to photograph.

After I got home from California I had two days before I flew out to Ireland for a honeymoon session and to meet up with some friends for an adventurous workshop. Ireland is everything you dream it is, gorgeous, amazing people, awesome music, pure magic. I loved this trip so much and was definitely one of my absolute favorite parts of 2017.

Once I landed in Ireland I met up with these two lovebirds in Dublin for their honeymoon session. I braved through driving around Dublin and still consider that one of my greatest accomplishments of the year, hahaha! Dublin is an awesome city and although I didn’t enjoy driving in it I loved exploring it!

I met up with some awesome photographer friends and I suggested heading to this gorgeous Abbey for a couple session as my friend who was in Ireland a couple months earlier told me I had to check out Corcomroa Abbey. I’m so glad she did because it was definitely one of Ireland’s many treasures and after this session we all stopped for chocolate at Hazel Mountain Chocolate for the most delicious desserts ever. This day seriously couldn’t of had more irish charm than it did, it was chock full of it.

Now this session has a really special place in my heart. The Cliffs of Moher are my happy place and there is no better match for their beauty than Savannah and Wayland’s love. I mean, seriously, how beautiful are these two and their love for each other?! If I could think of one moment I would like to relive over and over from this year it would be this one.

A bridal session in the heart of Galway with Anne Of Green Gables influences?! Heck yes that’s on my list of best of the best! I haven’t even blogged this one yet and I can’t wait to show you more of it! I loved every second of my stay in Galway, the musical pubs, yummy food and the overall feel of the city was just an incredible experience.

This bridal sessions at Ross Castle in their gorgeous gardens was one of my favorite parts of this House Of Flynn Workshop. I am still swooning over all the gorgeousness! Ross Castle was such an amazing place to stay and I’m forever grateful to HOF for making the arrangements for us all to stay there. I felt like I walked into a Jane Austen novel.

Okay but my second favorite part of Ireland was this Lord Of The Rings inspired Elven Wedding shoot. If you know me at all you know I’m the biggest LOTRs fan out there. So I just about died over this one. I mean how could you not?! These gorgeous dark woods and that absolutely perfect wedding invitation set! Seriously dying with excitement!

Once I got home from Ireland I had time for a nights sleep and then was off to another wedding. I was 100% exhausted but it was 100% worth it for this beautiful day. It was full of such genuine love all around, from Caroline and Conor’s love for each other to their family and friends love for them. There were tears and laughter but most of all a lot of dancing and fun. Most certainly a memorable part of 2017.

Julie and Matt’s engagement sessions at Grey Towers was an absolute fairytale. For real, at their wedding their friends and family kept coming up to me and telling me that their engagement photos were so magical. It’s all because of their sweet love and I’ll touch more on that later as their wedding day is definitely on this list too.

Another amazing intimate wedding, can you tell I have a heart for intimate weddings? Katy and Luke’s woodland wedding was a dream. It was simple, stylish and radiant. Katy’s dress was the absolute perfect choice for this woodsy wedding and her wildfire bouquet hit the nail on the head as well. There were tons of children running around and playing, good food and awesome conversation. What better way is there to celebrate your marriage?

Alright, I’m about to lose my cool again because, Harry Potter! I’m also a huge Harry Potter fan if you couldn’t tell. Tiffany and Brett are too and since they never had wedding photos taken my friend Vicki and I planned something special for our dear friends. It was everything a Harry Potter fan could dream of! We went to Hawk Mountain for their couple portraits are sunrise and it was absolutely magical and for the rest of the day we had the help of this dream team of vendors.

Flourish Grace Calligraphy : http://www.flourishgracecalligraphy.com/

Ciao! Bakery : https://www.briccopa.com/ciao-bakery/

Lavender and Locks Floral Design and Flower Farm: https://www.facebook.com/lavenderandlocks/

And here is another sweet and intimate wedding. Nestle in the woods of Dushore PA was this perfect little bonfire wedding. It’s beautiful to me when you get to see a wedding create a new family. Sharon’s boys embracing Bob as part of their family was my absolute favorite part of their day. They ended their day with smore’s and a bonfire sing along. How perfect!

As promised, Ashley and Daniel’s woodland bohemian wedding. It was a dream! I knew from the moment I sat down with these two at their consult that their wedding was something I wanted to be a part of. They are such a fun couple and you can’t help but smile when you’re around them. The night ended with an epic dance battle, and that’s how you know you did you wedding right. Haha! I had such a great time with these two!

Brittany and Bryan’s wedding day was a stunner. From their emotional first look, gorgeous apple orchard ceremony to their couple photos at sunset, the amount of gorgeous blew me away. I haven’t even had a chance to blog this one so you can look forward to seeing more of their John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove soon. And to all my Philly brides, be sure to check out John James Audubon Center, it’s one of my favorite venues.

Brittany and Bryan took me with them on their honeymoon to Hawaii and I got to experience Hawaii’s gorgeous scenery. I took one day to hike around and explore. Hawaii seriously took my breath away. I’ll be blogging more about this trip soon but for now enjoy Hawaii’s majestic landscape.

While I was exploring the place where Jurassic Park was filmed (Kualoa Ranch) I ran into this couple who were trying to take some selfies and I offered to take some pictures for them because they were so in love and in this gorgeous setting. It was a total accident but became one of my favorite sessions of the year.

Brittany and Bryan’s honeymoon session of course had to be on the list. Look at that gorgeous strikingly blue water and how sweet are these two! It’s so evident how in to each other these guys are and that always makes me giddy to witness. This session hasn’t been blogged either so you can expect to see more soon.

I got to meet up with Samantha and Josh at sunset at Lanai Lookout and holy wow! I mean I still can’t get over the beauty and realness of this session. The sunset was so dramatic and stunning, Hawaii was definitely showing off. It was the perfect way to end my time in Hawaii.

When I got home from Hawaii I got to photograph this beautiful day. I always lose it when grooms cry during their first look but Alan was especially sweet, he even bought her an extra gift, seriously such a gentlemen. I had so many favorite moments from this day and since i haven’t blogged this year I’ll be sure to share them then.

Alison, Kyle and their puppy hiked with me to get to this waterfall at Ricketts Glenn and it was magical. Alison and Kyle are the kind of people who just love to help people and animals, in fact right before their wedding day they adopted another puppy. I have a special place in my heart for these two and you’ll see their wedding listed on here too.

Adam and Danielle impressed me with this session as we did some actual rock climbing which we weren’t exactly expecting but not once did they complain. They were total champs and their love for each was so evident and beautiful. My heart is happiest and most at home in the mountains so this session is definitely one of my favorites and I just can’t wait for their wedding next year!

It’s not every day you get to photograph your baby brother’s proposal so when it does happen it’s a memorable moment. I have blogged this one so you should go check it out to read all about how sweetly my brother planned this proposal for my sweet new sister in law. It’s a tear jerker. I was so blessed to photograph so many family members and their special moments this year. Such a perk of being a photographer, getting to witness all the big moments first.

Alison and Kyle’s Union League Of Philadelphia wedding was one for the books. I can’t wait to blog this one, they had Go Go Gadjet play during their reception and it felt like an actual rock concert. Alison and Kyle’s love for each other and others is so inspiring. Like I said before I have a special place in my heart for these guys and it was an honor to be their wedding photographer.

And to end this list and amazing year is Julie and Matt’s Barn at Glistening Pond wedding. I just blogged their rustic chic wedding right before Christmas because of the influences of Christmas in their decor. From Matt’s sweet tears at seeing his bride walking down the aisle to the heartwarming moment they asked their guests to join them for what is usually the traditional father-daughter and mother-son dances as Julie’s Father and both Matt’s parents had passed and they wanted to share that moment with their friends and family. Their fireplace ceremony at sunset was gorgeous and The Barn At Glistening Pond was the perfect venue! Julie and Matt’s love story was a special one to me as they bonded over the loss of their parents. It’s so beautiful to see grief lead to love and beauty.

And with that I say goodbye to 2017. I can’t say thank you enough to all my amazing couples and all the vendor friends I met this year. I’m blessed to know all of you! I can’t wait for more adventures and love in 2018! So far my wedding calendar is almost full and I’l be traveling to New Zealand, Seattle, Oregon, Iceland, London, Scotland, Ireland and Paris. I can’t wait to meet the rest of my 2018 brides, meet more adventurous couples during my travels and tell more rad love stories through my lens. Be sure to reach out, I would love to talk to you.

Happy New Year Everyone!

 

 

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Travel Log ~ Ireland

Travel Log ~ Ireland

 

It’s very sad that it took me this long to post a blog about my trip to Ireland this summer but I hope you’ll forgive me as you scroll through some of the awesome adventures I had with people I now consider dear friends. So now I’ll just dive right and and tell you that I traveled to Ireland in July this year for a honeymoon session and then to meet up with some friends before we all attended a HOF Photography Workshop (I will attach a link to their site at the end. Featured in this blog post you’ll see some of the awe inspiring landscapes we visited and some action shots of me and my friends hiking around Ireland. Almost all of the backpacks and bags you will see in this post are House Of Flynn bags or HOF. I’m not being paid to talk about these bags at all but I do use the Rucksack backpack for all my travels, I love it and would recommend it to anyone. It’s an amazing company that not only has beautiful bags but plans absolutely amazing workshops.

The first day I arrived in Dublin after not sleeping on the plane, got my rental and went right into driving in the city of Dublin to grab food and then meet my couple. I won’t lie I don’t care for how narrow the streets in Dublin are but it is a beautiful and historic city. After my shoot that afternoon ( which you can view here http://bethelannphotography.com/dublin-honeymoon-session/) I drove straight to the Air B&B in Shannon I was staying at with three other girls from the workshop that was two hours away. I ended up having to pull over to take a quick nap because jet lag and no sleep. Got back on the road and finally made it and met Vicki and Brittany briefly before I passed out. The next morning Caitlin joined us and we all got in my rental to go explore Killarney National Park. Which of course was so stunning, gorgeous waterfalls and endless beautiful woods, a castle…. it was all so so gorgeous. The one surprising thing was it was really really hot. We were all prepared for the rainy cold Ireland but I ended up walking around in my tank top instead of the two sweaters I brought with me. After we were done hiking around for the day we found some great Irish food and headed back to our Air B&B.

The next day we packed up to meet the rest of the girls for the workshop at our hotel in Shannon and while everyone was still arriving a few of us went and had a photo shoot at Corcomroa Abbey and you can view that session here http://bethelannphotography.com/corcomroe-abbey-cliffs-moher-couple-session/ We then stopped at this magical little chocolate factory called Hazel Mountain Chocolate https://www.hazelmountainchocolate.com/ I got gluten free cake and I about died because it was so good. And then we drove back to our hotel just in time for a brief meeting with everyone before we prepared to drive to the Cliffs of Moher the next day.

I have SO much to say about the Cliffs of Moher, it is my happy place, a place I feel at peace. Every single one of my new friends felt the same way and we all were in our element here. There was live Irish music which just added to the magical feel of this gorgeous place. We snapped so many pictures of each other and later one there was a surprise couple shoot with our teacher Savannah Kate Morgan and her husband which you can view here http://bethelannphotography.com/romance-cliffs-moher-wayland-savannah/ I truly can’t say enough about this day and the beauty I got to witness. I think we all bonded over our shared love of capturing beauty, nature and adventure and it was the beginning of so many beautiful friendships. There is just something about traveling with people that really bonds you, I feel the same with all of the couples who invite me to travel with them to. My gypsy soul longs for these kind of connections.

We all got to know each other so much over the next view days, exploring pubs in Ireland, twirling in front of Ross Castle (where we stayed for a good majority of our time in Ireland), taking photos of a mermaid, a sleepover during a black out and oh so much laughter. The magic of Ireland can only be beat by the amazing friendships we created there.

Ireland will always be a magical place for me and I can’t wait to make another trip. If you are making plans to visit this beautiful country make sure you go see the Cliffs of Moher and take a silent moment to take it all in, drive across the beautiful countryside, stop at Hazel Mountain Chocolate and get yourself some yummy chocolate, go to an Irish pub and dance with some Irish men. It’s an absolutely life changing experience. My last bit of advice is you go with the people you love because this is a country that needs to be enjoyed with those closest to you.

Well that’s all I have for you right now. Here is a link for those of you curious about those bags and HOF workshops. https://www.thehouseofflynn.com/ Enjoy scrolling through the majestic views of Ireland!

 

 

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