Met the cutest little dude the other day down Carmel by the Sea. He came down from Sacramento for his parents anniversary trip to Carmel where they tied the knot a few years ago. He seems serious in this first one but he was totally putting a front on! He’s got the biggest smile and best belly laugh with that little tired sigh at the end of it cuz it takes that much work to laugh that hard. Oh how I miss those joyful baby moments with little ones under foot!
If you’re looking for some cute baby nursery inspo for your new little one… head on over to Shutterfly’s post on 100 Cute Baby Boy Room Ideas and 100 Cute Baby Girl Room Ideas. It’s 1 of their 100 of their ideas! Click on 100 Layer Cakelet to view the full post from their archives to check out more ideas from Pearl’s black and white nursery!
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!
Here is a review of the gorgeous fall wedding Andrew and Sarah had up at Holman Ranch. I loved that they drove a vintage bus up from down south just to get the booth bus look since the local ones were all booked up for their wedding date. They have the cutest post on IG of them driving down the California coast post wedding off to their honeymoon in that vintage beauty.
The gorgeous Andrew and Sarah were featured over at Style Me Pretty. So stoked on this A list vendor team. Always a fun day when you get to work with your favorite people to make magic happen for someone’s special day. So grateful for this job and awesome clients like these two!
The 1920’s Hacienda courtyard up at Santa Lucia Preserve makes the perfect wedding backdrop with it’s old world feel and views of the Carmel Hills. Christine Cater used caramels, creams and chestnut to style all our vignettes with warm earth tones of early fall. She painted the ivy walls and iron gate in garden roses and anchored the ceremony site with terra-cotta pots filled with silver dollar. Haute Bridal gowns set the stage for our three looks. One being a Haley Paige gown. We took the designers cue, who wore three gowns on her wedding day and rocked three different looks. We started with an etherial gown for the ceremony by Pronovia. A regal open back beaded Hayley Paige gown for the reception. And a chiffon gown by Amsale that caught wind, wild horses and panoramic views at sunset. For a bride who wants to feel a world away, this is the perfect venue. You will be surrounded by 20,000 acres of open space full of wildlife, yet enjoy the intimate old world feel of the Hacienda’s courtyard with friends and family by the fireplace. A true California dream wedding.
Pop on over to Green Wedding Shoes to see this whole feature on top of the world at the exclusive Santa Lucia Preserve. Christine Cater shows you how to adorn the courtyard’s wrought iron gate in flowers of their 1920’s Hacienda.
California…famous for Indian summers, cast its dream lighting upon the hilltop of the Carmel up at the exclusive Santa Lucia Preserve. More of these two from our gorgeous styled shoot coming this week!
Love spending the afternoon with these sweethearts! They knew each other growing up in Guam but didn’t hook up until they were out here for college at the same time. They even know another one of my couples who also is from Guam. I guess it’s a small island according to James. I loved hearing about their upbringings, culture and family life back home. While they plan to marry back home, they wanted to capture their engagement session in California down in the gorgeous Big Sur. We met up at the iconic Bixby Bridge and arrived to full fog but once we drove up the hill to Stephanie’s boss house it began to burn off. He loaned us his beautiful modern pad also know as the Glass House in Big Sur. He knew they were going to make a beautiful weekend of it so he arranges a weekend stay at the Post Ranch Inn and dinner at Ventana for after their session with me. I think I need to get a boss. That’s amazing! In God’s perfect timing, when we went back down to the Bixby Bridge and the fog began to pull back to reveal Big Sur’s classic rugged coastline. We wrapped at Pfeiffer Beach for some golden light but not after a 30 minute wait to get in… such a gamble but so worth the risk. It was a fun chance to chat life and learn more about their wedding plans back home in Guam while we awaited our token parking spot. Cheers to many fun adventures ahead of you James and Stephanie!
Have you ever met someone, totally hit it off and then they move away. Yeah, that’s this one! I’m still holding out hope that she’ll move back but for now we have an excuse to skip town to see each other. Can’t wait to meet your new little one and visit with hopefully a little snow on the ground in your town. It was a true Indian summer the day we shot with temps in the 90’s in October. It was perfect weather since she rocked a tasseled black bikini as one look on our sun kissed afternoon up the slow coast.