I heard there was going to be a Floral Arrangement Workshop near the the workplace (Make) so of course I had to sign up! I feel like there's something very calming and therapeutic about working with plants - especially spring flowers. We each started with a ceramic pot and learned how to prep the space with chicken wire and tape in order to support our arrangements. We learned to build a base with lovely greens, hydrangeas, sunflowers, and kumquats. Then we got to play around and gradually add more pops of colors and other accent flowers to build our floral centerpieces! Soooo much fun! A big thank you to Rissa of VEN for leading the event!
It's the last day of 2017 so I decided to finally post some of our favorite wedding day moments! Nick Radford was our photographer -- he was AMAZING! It's surreal to experience something you've been planning, preparing, and anticipating for over 1.5 years, so these photos are incredibly valuable to us. The whole day felt dreamlike and we were overwhelmed by the love and support from our family and close friends! A huge thanks to our vendors: Events by Ari for being hands down the best wedding day coordinator, Southfork Catering for mouth-wateringly good BBQ, Please & Thank You for craft cocktails that our friends still talk about, my talented Makeup + Hair lady (Sothea Ouch), our incredible photographer Nick, and Revel Weddings for the most romantic wedding video we could ask for!
This little chocolate munchkin is Skye, our English Labrador puppy! Her name was inspired by a glorious sunset that my husband and I both experienced the week before. We adopted her when she was 8 weeks old on November 29th, 2017 and she's an absolute sweetheart. Sure, she has her "crazy dog" moments, but she's also intelligent, confident, and crazy-good-looking, Right now she loves belly rubs, chewing on her stuffed polar bear (Huggy Bear), baby carrots (and eating them in her special corner), and she loves finding anything she can fit in her mouth and chew on (e.g. hands, shoes, sweaters, socks, plants, plastic bags, etc.). When she's not insanely hyper or destroying Huggy Bear, she sometimes indulges me and poses for photos. Here's a few of my favorite shots!
One November morning, my girlfriends and I packed my car with cameras, snacks, dresses, and sparklers, and headed east toward the Arizona border. It was thrilling to discover that the largest sand dunes in California were just two hours away from us! My friend Ashley brought her gorgeous red gown and I eagerly took photos of her running through the gorgeous desert. It was an exhilarating experience exploring this desert landscape and capturing the wonder and beauty all around us.
Daniel's been climbing for over six years but this past weekend I got to watch him boulder outdoors for the first time! We drove up to Yosemite on Thursday and camped at Tuolumne Meadows with a group of his climbing friends. On the drive up we witnessed an incredible lightening storm above the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. Giant bolts of electricity exploded across the sky, keeping us alert as we drove into the night.
Daniel and his friends impressed me with their strength and problem-solving skills. Every boulder was like a puzzle that they worked together to solve. I watched them try again and again and it was a thrilling each time they completed a challenge. We also jumped into pools of rushing water, hiked up Lembert Dome at sunset, and drank wine and whiskey around the campfire.
Hi friends! My Etsy shop, PressedMeadow, is now re-stocked with new items! These floral frames are made with real dried spring flowers and greenery that I pressed for three weeks and them arranged in pretty frame. These are perfect for the home or as a Mother's Day Gift! I've been having a lot of fun starting my first Etsy shop - it's a lot of work but it's been exciting to create things and connect with customers. Let's see where this goes!
Check out my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PressedMeadow
Thanks to all the glorious Southern California rain we experienced this past winter, wildflowers are transforming our parks and now deserts into a floral wonderland. Since superblooms in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a once-in-a-decade phenomenon, my friends and I hit the road and took a little Sunday morning drive! We visited the art sculptures, got ice-cream, and spent part of the day wandering by foot on dirt roads to get a closer look of the blooms.
It was my first time in Zion so it was essential that we hiked to Angel's Landing, which is a 5-mile unforgettable adventure and worthy of all bucket lists! Before hitting the trail-head, my friends and I got breakfast at Deep Creek Coffee Company, this AMAZING little coffee shop in Springdale. If you're in the area, I insist that you try their acai bowls, smoothies, and coffee! Oh, and their pastries are pretty bomb too.
We took the shuttle through the park and got off at the Grotto Trailhead, which leads you to the Angels Landing and Upper Emerald Pools hike. To get to the top we had to walk up steep switchbacks and eventually hold onto these chains to safely climb up some perilous sections of the trail. Yay, arm workout! The whole experience was surreal, especially when we made it to the top and got a 360 degree view of the canyon's 270 million-year old rock layers!
My sweet friend Tiffany and I had a girls weekend together where we hung out, did arts and crafts, and ate a ton of desserts. She brought over these Hawaiian short break cookies that were just utterly delicious. We did manage to escape to the park for a couple of hours on Saturday for photo-taking and exercise! Everything was green and beautiful, thanks to the unusual bouts of heavy rain we've been experiencing! I had a blast taking Tiffany's portraits and capturing her personality on my camera.
I added a few more pieces to my brand new Etsy Shop, PressedMeadow! My friend Tiffany was kind enough to be my dainty hand model (those nails though!). All pieces are made with real flowers or botanicals and are hand-pressed and arranged by me in clear, backless frames. This started as a creative outlet (among other things, including this blog) but I'm excited to create home decor pieces that I love and I'm having fun doing something completely new.
I recently took a much-needed trip home to visit family and to spend time with my little nephew. I loved reading books to him while he sat in my lap, watching him play with his favorite toys, and holding him in my arms. I took a few candids of him playing to remember these precious and seemingly brief moments when little ones transition from baby to toddler. My little nephew at 14 months:
As wonderful as sunshine is, I always get excited about gloomy mornings. I really love the way the seaside looks under cloud-covered skies... I guess I'm just a NorCal girl at heart. :) This morning I headed to Newport Pier for a quiet stroll along the beach. The scenery was peaceful in every direction I looked: surfers waiting in the ocean below for their next wave, fishermen waiting for their next catch, and couples walking hand-in-hand along the pier. It was a nice way to start the morning!