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St. John, Virgin Islands Wedding

We had the incredible honor of capturing and celebrating Nikki and Po’s gorgeous St. John beach wedding. These two are some of the coolest cats we’ve ever met. Lucky for us they live up in our neck of the woods so we are hoping for some northwest adventures together. Nikki and Po rented a breathtaking villa overlooking Cinnamon Bay for a week, friends and family stayed with them and we were lucky enough to be invited along for the fun. They had the wedding right at the start of the week so they could kick back and be free to play for the rest of the trip. We couldn’t help but bust out our cameras after the wedding during poolside stunts and late night leftover cake eating sessions. On our last day together after paddling and playing at the beach all day we decided to do a sunset portrait session at the ruins we kept driving by all week. It was a perfect ending to a perfect week.

*Nikki & Po’s wedding is featured on “Delightfully Engaged” today! Check it out!

Manzanita, Oregon Coast Caravan

In August we headed down the Oregon coast with friends for some much needed R&R. In the red machine was our van buddies Catherine, Michael and Madeline, we love them. The first day of our adventure we drove into dark clouds and rain. Luckily we were meeting our friends Jenny and Robin at a beach house, they warmed our spirits with a delicious northwest meal and filled our wine glasses full. The following two days were blue bird sunshine bliss. Catherine posted photos and wrote the sweetest post about the trip over on her photo blog. I loved this paragraph that she wrote and have found myself re-reading it all week.

 

“Relishing in the life that we feel would suit us perfectly. The life where all we need is each other, our VW van, the earth, our love for each other and the love of our friends, some of our favorite people on this whole earth… where it’s perfectly normal to all sleep in the same bed together as a family, parked on beaches & in marinas, normal to be horribly dirty but feeling pure, to be a little lost but wholly found, to be utterly exhausted but fully energized. The life where all that matters is what immediately surrounds us.”

Can I get an Amen?

 

I already feel overdue for another camping trip. It was a magical escape, the kind of days that you dream about all winter long. Looking at these images reminded me of this poem by Billy Collins (especially the last six lines).

 

Today

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,

so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

 

that it made you want to throw

open all the windows in the house

 

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,

indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

 

a day when the cool brick paths

and the garden bursting with peonies

 

seemed so etched in sunlight

that you felt like taking

 

a hammer to the glass paperweight

on the living room end table,

 

releasing the inhabitants

from their snow-covered cottage

 

so they could walk out,

holding hands and squinting

 

into this larger dome of blue and white,

well, today is just that kind of day.

 

-Billy Collins

Casa Grande, Arizona Wedding

We hit it off with Heather and Ben immediately. We’ve got some key things in common like photography, teaching, wedding pinatas and Volkwagens. First thing we spotted outside of BeDillon’s restaurant and Cactus Garden was their green Volkswagen van adoringly named “The Pickle”.  Jon eagerly hopped in the driver seat, while the rest of us piled in for portraits around downtown Casa Grande. Jon and I had a huge colorful wedding pinata when we celebrated our elopement. We were thrilled to find out that Heather and Ben not only had one but TWO wedding pinatas planned for their party (one for the kids and one for adults). The chaotic pile up and possible danger associated with pinatas always gives me a rush. Add in, that one of the pinatas is a horse filled with liquor and you have yourself an awesome party.

 

We loved the funky cactus garden as the background for their ceremony and reception. The garden and restaurant is owned by a family friend and Heather grew up spending lots of weekends at BeDillons listening to her Dad play music. Heather and Ben still make BeDillions their date night spot. Naturally, it was a perfect setting for their intimate ceremony. Heather and Ben’s  Cactus Garden Wedding was featured over on Offbeat Bride recently. Lots of great details and insight from Heather and more photos over on the Offbeat Bride Post.