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One of the things I struggle with most as a business owner is knowing when it is time to take a break. As cheesy as it sounds, I love what I do so much, most days it doesn’t feel fair calling it “work”.  I truly feel like God designed me to be a wedding photographer, and I hope it is something I get to do for the rest of my life. When my good friend Caroline asked me if I wanted to photograph a wedding with her in California, I hesitated. It was in August, smack dab in the middle of busy season!  Knowing it would be one of my only chances to take a vacation before December, and unable to deny my love for travel and new adventures, I decided to join her.

As I sit on a plane headed back east, I can’t help but smile as I mentally replay so many of the fun memories made. After capturing a magical wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay with one of my best friends, my husband Matt flew out to explore this beautiful state with me. We spent a day in Napa with Matt’s brother, his girlfriend, and two of our closest friends from college, before heading to Lake Tahoe to enjoy a couple of days of hiking and picnics on the beach with Caroline, Alex, and Caroline’s sweet family.  I leave California feeling rested, rejuvenated, and creatively inspired. Check out a few of my favorite memories from our adventures together below.

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The trip began with a gorgeous wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay.  A big thanks to my beautiful friend Caroline for bringing me along to help capture it.

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The day after the wedding I joined my husband Matt, Tony, Kelly, Liz and Ben for a relaxing day in Napa.

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It was a blast catching up with some of our closest friends!

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Matt and I spent Monday and Tuesday exploring Lake Tahoe!  We reconnected with Caroline and her husband Alex at Caroline’s family’s home.

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One of my favorite memories from the trip was our hike up this incredible mountain.  There was just something so peaceful and inspiring about exploring God’s creation.

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A big thanks to Dale and Lily for hosting us in your beautiful home.

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How amazing is this view?!

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The whole group. 🙂

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Dinner was held outside, right before sunset.

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As we enjoyed a delicious meal, we watched the sky change from blue, to golden, to a deep rich purple.

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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

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Thanks for coming along on my California adventure!  Have you enjoyed a restful summer or explored an exciting new place?  Feel free to share your adventures in the comment box below. 🙂


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  1. Debbie Castillo says:

    Really captivating photos of this beautiful place! I was just here a few months ago in Napa and the Bay Area, and have fallen in love with it. May need to move here…and I’m from another beautiful place…Southern California 🙂

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  3. Randy Beavers says:

    Beautiful photos of you and your friends. Lake Tahoe is beautiful. Please tell Matt to expose his feet to some sun!