blog_title_decorationPORTUGAL

Ahhh, Portugal. Almost a year ago today, I was jetting off to my explore this beautiful country. If I’m being honest, the real motivation was to visit Spain. Specifically, Salamanca; a city that has a special place in my heart since I studied abroad there. Taking a leap to move to that foreign country, even if for a short time, sparked my love of travel and adventure. While I will always love Spain, plane tickets to Portugal were significantly cheaper, and Salamanca was just a short drive away. And lo and behold, I found out Portugal is pretty freaking amazing too. I picked up a hitchhiker in Spain (sorta! the truth is, I met another solo female traveler from Japan, and after a big, meandering loop around Spain, we decided to explore the Algarve region of Portugal before heading up to Lisbon). Together we hiked along the rocky shores of the southern coast. My new friend (who had been traveling the world solo for almost three years when we met in December of 2015) told me that whenever a place was really, extra special, she doesn’t take a photo, as she prefers to see it only with her eyes and let it slowly fade from her memory. She said it so poetically in her mix of broken English and Spanish (the two languages we used to communicate); much more poetically than I could ever hope to write. Though she has visited countless beaches around the world, she proclaimed the Algarve as her new favorite and never snapped a pic. I, on the other hand, took enough pictures for the both of us and we enjoyed the crisp weather and off-season that scared all the other tourists away. (My absolute favorite thing is visiting places in the opposite time as is recommended!! Like winter on a beach!)

After a few nights in the Algarve, we headed up the coast to Lisbon, and were blown away by the beautiful city. Super welcoming people, generous yet inexpensive meals, Fado bars on every corner, pastries that still make my mouth water, and my new favorite wine, Vinho Verde. Pure perfection. I can’t wait to go back- there is so much more to see.

blog_title_decorationANNE & DAVID | STOUT’S ISLAND WEDDING

Gosh, where to begin with Anne & David’s incredible wedding weekend on Stout’s Island? For those of you that haven’t visited Stout’s Island, please go immediately!! It’s such a beautiful lodge, reminiscent of a different era. I love the up-northy, lake-woodsy feel. It makes me feel kind of like Baby in Dirty Dancing (minus the overprotective parents and dance – and life- lessons with Patrick Swayze!). It’s such a peaceful place and really just the perfect spot to host a wedding weekend. You have to take a boat to get this remote island, and once you’re there, it’s pure magic.

Anne and David, along with their lovely parents, hosted a fantastic weekend starting Friday night with the rehearsal dinner, all the way through the main event on Saturday, and farewell brunch on Sunday. They couldn’t have picked a better date- the leaves were almost at their peek and the atmosphere was cozy. The weekend, along with our time working together, passed way too quickly, but even in our short time together, I’ve grown to absolutely adore this couple. If they didn’t live in San Francisco, I would insist that we be besties and hang out all the time. They’re world travelers (I mean, they have been around the world, quite literally, and honeymooned in Japan & Hawaii), whip smart, super sophisticated, have great style, and treat their friends and family like gold. Most of all, they’re better together, and their love is evident when you see the gleeful smiles on their faces! I feel so lucky to have been a part of your wedding; thank you Anne & David! Cheers to many years together and countless adventures to come!

VENDORS | Venue: Stout’s Island Lodge, Birchwood, Wisconsin | Florist and Tent Designer: Ann Kochsiek | Rentals: Briggs Tent & Party Rental | Cake: Buttercream | Stationery: Katie Brooks | Ceremony Music/Band/DJ: Bluewater Kings | Gown: Lela Rose from L’atelier Couture in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Shoes: Jimmy Choo

blog_title_decorationTERYN, IAN, LEO & MYA

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family many times before. Once pre-blog, once before little Leo was born, and oncewhile Teryn was pregnant (though she hadn’t yet announced it!!). I was so excited when I found out Teryn & Ian were expecting and even more excited when they asked me to capture a fall session with their sweet and smily little boy. His big blue eyes and grin simply stole my heart.

Images captured on the Contax 645 and Canon 1V, with Fuji 400h and Ilford XP2 film.