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Happy New Year!

Who got engaged over the holiday and is ready for some engagement photos for the new year?!  With our mild California winter there is plenty of sunshine to make some magic.  Some of my favorite areas are south at Point Lobos and in Big Sur.  Here is one from the pull out at Bixby Bridge.  For a pull out off the highway, it’s a pretty epic view and really does Big Sur some amazing justice for that coastline.  Here are a few from my time with Austin + Sara who are getting married at Holman Ranch this Spring.

Over the holiday break my hubby surprised me with a few nights in Carmel at the cute The Hideaway (highly recommend!) with some adventures to Carmel Valley to wine taste and Big Sur for some adventures.  The Hideaway had a killer breakfast every morning and a little cocktail hour with bites everynight which is always so nice.  After settling in, we ate amazing Italian food at the intimate Little Napoli which is a sister restaurant to Vesuvio which I highly recommend for a larger group or night out with the girls.  Little Napoli was warm and intimate which I loved since it was just the two of us, where as Vesuvio is a much larger restaurant with a killer rooftop lounge area complete with fire pits and twinkly lights.  The best gnocchi of my life was had at Vesuvio.

The next day, we cruised south to Big Sur and hit up Nepenthe for their epic view and a couple bloody Mary’s with lunch before hitting McWay Falls that’s been on my bucket list forever.  I definitely want to go back at sunset with a real camera to capture that beauty!  It’s literally right off the highway and not really a hike but definitely worthy of parking to check it out.  After the waterfall, we bombed south to catch a surf before sunset at Sand Dollar Beach.  The surf was pretty big and messy but hard to resist when we checked it cuz all the dolphins where catching waves and jumping out the back of them so I had to jump in to play with them!  With about 30 minutes to spare, we decked it in the parking lot before heading south to Treebones to grab a drink with a view for sunset.  This place was so chill and quiet with only two other couples on the patio for sunset and the folks there didn’t blink twice at our salty post surf attire.  It was the perfect ending to the day.

The next morning we hit up Point Lobos for the full loop with all the tourist.  This place is another favorite of mine for engagement sessions.  I love the Whaler’s Cove side as it’s fairly accessible for couples who don’t want to hike to far in heels or ankle boots. Right ladies?! 😉

After our hike, we hit up Folktale Winery.  Their customer service and atmosphere was amazing!  We were greeted with bubbly upon arriving in cute champagne coups and a menu for flights and bites.  I fully recommend them as a stop if you’re looking for a nice patio to enjoy the sun with a glass with friends or family!  In addition to wine tasting and bites, they host small concerts and weddings there too.

It was fun to show Rod around the places I go regularly for work and for me to actually be able to soak it all up.  I always want to stay and play but with timelines and the shuffle of life I usually only get to shoot and leave.  The only exception to that rule would be my go to Baja Cantina in Carmel Valley… it seems to be where I always end up with vendor friends down that way.  You can’t really rush through chips and margaritas with friends!SaveSave