Well I see now why Portland is called the rose city. This garden was way better than I expected! So many beautiful flowers blooming in the most magical colors. I couldn't help myself and I think I took a picture of almost every type of rose there! Scroll down to see some of my favorites and be sure to play the slideshow too! There were just too many to pass up.
After wandering the garden rows for a couple of hours Stephen and I finally went to eat at the East Burn restaurant! Dang was it delicious!! I can't wait to bring people there :) The waitress said we need to become regulars, and I agree!
The biggest part of Brohamcation that 9 of 10 of us couldn't wait for was Austin's proposal to Ciara! I absolutely loved getting to be a part of such a special moment for friends who will last a lifetime. Earlier in the weekend we all got together and schemed how it would all go down. So many details were gone over, how would a fire on the beach get brought up, how would we get the guys to go down first. After a long day of running around, while we were eating dinner we started to get that glazed over look and started to yearn for our beds. In a perfect moment while Ciara was out of the room, I remember saying "We need to rally! There are important things to be done." We pulled together and got the ball rolling.
The girls "sent" the guys down to the beach first "cause we didn't want to sit around waiting for the fire to get started." Well the fire took a little while to get started but then we finally got the ok to come down to the beach. Right before we reached the opening to the beach that Austin was patiently, and nervously waiting, Sierra and Shelbi started taking Ciara's things. Her drink, her sweatshirt and her purse. Then as we rounded the corner and just saw Austin standing there we gave Ciara the extra nudge that "this is for you. Go!"
This was such a special moment and I am so happy to have been apart of it! Sign me up to photograph more proposals!
Brohamcation. A long weekend spent with best friends, playing every second.
For the most part, we just hung out and chilled. We played a ton of beach volleyball, ate way too many hot dogs and hamburgers, and invented stability ball. We spent every evening around the fire talking and roasting marshmallows. One day we went for hike that lead us across a suspension bridge to an amazing waterfall. Some even decided to play in the spray of the falls. To celebrate the Fourth of July we dressed up in glow sticks, watched our neighbors light off fireworks and we wrote in the sky with sparklers. This was such a wonderful weekend spent with the dearest of friends. I can't wait for this new yearly tradition that will follow us as we transition through the different stages of life.
It was such a beautiful day as we drove through Oregon on our way to Hood River. There are so many little farms and markets on the way there that I wish we could have stopped at them all! I'm so glad we got to spend a little time in the lavender fields! So many different beautiful colors of purple. My mom and I both picked bouquets of lavender, hers for cooking, mine just cause. The wildflowers growing near the lavender and the mountain in the back was just picture perfect.
We had such a good time at the family reunion. We toured the log cabin, fed salmon, and I held a baby goat. That was a magical experience! Now I need to find a reason to have goats of my own. BBQ, s'mores and string lights. Good stuff! Definitely a good way to start summer. We took some generation pictures before we left and Mt. Hood was looking stunning as we left the driveway!
This shoot was so much fun! I don't know why it's taken me forever and a half to get these posted. Nicole was so awesome, she let me tie stuff into her hair, blind her with the sun and climb all over. I think the result made it all worth it though, these are some of my favorite pictures!! We were going for a subtle tribal look and now I keep singing the Neverland song in my head while I look at these. I hope you enjoy!
I ended up working a little bit on Memorial Day but after that it was time to get outside! We decided to go back to the Macleay Park area and check out a different part of the trail. Our starting point was the Pittock Mansion, dang is that a cool house! We couldn't go inside the house because we brought Remy, but just walking around outside and taking pictures of the flowers was good enough for me. Also, check out that view!!! All of downtown Portland and Mt. Hood. It doesn't get much better than that!
I had the pleasure of shooting with Mai of Mai Bahn Photography before we left Florida. Adrianna and Joe are probably the sweetest couple I have met! I spent a good amount of time with the groomsmen while they were getting ready and when I was waiting with Joe before the first look he told me he was a little nervous/excited. I told him that as soon as he saw his bride to be everything will feel so much more comfortable. After the first look, Joe told me he felt so much better. First looks are powerful people!
Days off are for adventuring! Even if it's raining. And besides, I love the way the light is when its raining, all dark and moody! We didn't really know where we were hiking so when we stumbled upon the Audubon, a bird rescue, we were fascinated! We got to meet and chat with a big horned owl. I love owls, and Julio was amazing. There were so many other trails to explore but eventually being out in the rain catches up to you. We will be back here again for sure!
A few weeks ago I traveled to Nashville, TN to celebrate my sister's graduation from college! I am so excited and proud of her and the amazing journey she is on. She truly inspires me! After the ceremony and after the crowds had cleared we did a mini session taking pictures around Belmont's campus. Apparently, the second ceremony was taking place while we were taking pictures and a security guard was like "You're not supposed to be in there right now, are you?" tehehe
After taking pictures of other people's horses I thought it was about time to get some of my own! This is my horse Cheeks, and he is a Bashkir Curly horse. That breed is really unique and pretty rare, and they are known for their curly coat! And since he still had his really thick curly coat I thought it would be a perfect time to get some pictures of it before I gave him a haircut for the summer.
I love taking pictures. Whether it is of people, animals or landscapes I am always running around trying to get the best shot. Just ask my husband, I am always annoying him with pictures ;).