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stockholm, sweden // october 2015

HIGHLIGHTS

Hotel
Hotel Skeppsholmen // Sits on a lovely island with some lovely, scenic walks despite being right in the city center. Rooms with simple but beautiful furnishings and an incredible complimentary breakfast spread. 

Adventure
Rosendals Trädgård // A gorgeous garden with lots to explore; go off-roading or stay on the paths and see lush greenery and flowers either way. Also has a cafe and gift shop on site! 

Food
Blasieholmens Akvaruim och Restaurang (B.A.R.) // Perfect combination of trendy and comfortable. Not touristy at all. Great portions, ambiance, and flavors!

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Seattle and the Cascades // August 2015

It can be a little cliche to talk about how great your girlfriends are, and how essential they are to your happiness. Unfortunately, Meg is the writer out of the two of us (and has always had a much more extensive vocabulary) so being cliche will have to suffice. Traveling in and around Seattle last week with Meg was a refreshing and hilarious adventure, and I consider myself The Luckiest to have been friends with this incredible woman for TWENTY ONE YEARS. Here's to twenty-one more years of adventures, late-night giggle attacks, coffee breaks, obnoxious amounts of photo-taking (sorry), and love love love love love!

HIGHLIGHTS

HOTEL
Ovenell's Heritage Inn // Rustically decorated but comfy cabins near a riverbank ~3 hrs from Seattle, with a little walking trail nearby too. Felt really adventuresome for two young ladies to stay there because it's a little remote, but we had a ton of fun and felt very safe. 

ADVENTURE
Elliott Bay Book Company // Huge, welcoming indie bookseller in Seattle. Really organized and well-lit by skylights, with a very community-based feel.

Ballard Farmer's Market // Sunday morning adventure involving poets-for-hire, local produce & wines, lots of color in the stalls and nearby shops. Perfect for strolling and taking it all in.

Mount Baker + Elbow Lake Trail // Approximately 3 hours from Seattle, this awesome hike covered all types of terrain (woods, rocky, giant boulders, riverbeds, etc) and was lovely for a cool-ish summer day. Warning: it takes a LONG time to drive to the trailhead, so don't give up!

FOOD
Oddfellows // Charming and almost too-hip-to-bear brunch spot in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle. The homemade sodas were A+. Food was worth the wait!

Hot Cakes // A "molten chocolate cakery" the likes of which can exist nowhere else but Seattle, this place was just too freaking tasty. I'm obsessed with chocolate and I was not disappointed.

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a month without weekends: reflecting on a five-wedding may

I'm sure I'm not the only person (wedding professional or otherwise) who was shocked to turn around and realize it's already June. But my May WHOOSHED by in part because I was shooting weddings every. single. weekend. Last year, I swore up and down that I would keep to my max of 20 weddings (I did!) and to do my best to space them out by avoiding double header weekends (success!) and limiting myself to two weddings a month (ha...not so much). But somehow I started the 2015 season with a five-wedding May. Oops?

I will give each wedding their proper blog love, but I wanted to share highlights from each before I head out onto my next adventure (a few days in NYC followed by some time in Alaska with my old boss, Gloria Steinem)! 

WEEK ONE: SARAH + BEN

Sarah and Ben were married at a vineyard near Leesburg on a gorgeously sunny day. Both of them wanted their wedding day to focus on family (Sarah has an especially large one), personalized details, and staying true to their simple lifestyle. The result was a gorgeous, earnest celebration of love that I won't soon forget. 

WEEK TWO: KATIE + ADAM

Katie and Adam's wedding was more like a wonderful dinner party than a "wedding" (in a good way). After a ceremony by the water in Katie's parents' backyard in Virginia Beach, everyone enjoyed several hours of relaxing and community. But before the ceremony (and after an amazing First Look), Katie, Adam and I went to the beach and took a bunch of lovely, hilarious photos! It was one of the most relaxed weddings I have ever shot, and it was extra special since Katie was a friend from college (and a past president of the feminist club on campus that I started)!

WEEK THREE: MANDY + QUINN

Mandy and Quinn's wedding was huge and gorgeous and took place at the Dumbarton House in Georgetown (Washington, DC). Along with wedding standards like a photo booth and impeccably-dressed wedding party, they had a ton of unique details like a cigar bar (!!), late-night hors d'oeuvres (mini grilled cheese with tomato soup shooters!!), and a fun streamer grand exit! 

WEEK FOUR: EMILY + BRADY

Emily and Brady were my first local wedding of 2015! They got married at Mankin Mansion amidst 1,000 paper cranes (yes, they made them), surprise live bagpipe music, and loads of friends and family. Aside from some tears (Brady's) during their First Look, the entire day was smiles and sunshine! And of course, these two goofballs ended up with a little bit of icing on their faces.

WEEK FIVE: SAM + JON

Sam and Jon's wedding spoke to me so much that I wished I had done mine more like theirs! They held it at the Wayside Center for Popular Education, and when I arrived they already had a bunch of friends there setting up camping tents and swimming in the nearby swimming hole. They set aside a bunch of time before the ceremony for portraits, had a perfectly community-focused ceremony (complete with their guests encircling them), and enjoyed a relaxed, taking-in-all-in pace for the rest of the night. It rocked!

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Adventures // Lancaster, PA

Crystal and Jayleen's wedding earlier this month was one of my favorite celebrations of the year. As a special bonus, I got to bring my boo along for some adventuring before/after the wedding in nearby Lancaster, PA! Lancaster is just a quick drive from where T and I met (Carlisle, PA) and we were excited to check out the awesome Central Market and nearby record store!

 

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