Venue: HammerSky Vineyards
Photography: Lindsey Gomes Photography
Design & Styling: Lovelyfest Event Design
Florals: Eden Floral
Hair & Makeup: Brit Tarr
Invitations: Paper Sky
Table & Chairs: All About Events
on Thursday July 5th, Trevor and I embarked on a 2,586 mile road trip to Colorado and back. Trevor’s brother is in vet school in Colorado, and we planned to stay and visit him while he was on summer break. we asked ourselves, “why not make the trip there, and the trip home, one insanely good adventure?” so we did.
first of all, let me tell you about OUR DOBERMAN DEXTER!! he was a super last minute decision to bring… Trevor’s brother, Alex, has 3 Australian Shepherds who love to play, so literally, days before the trip (I’m talking TWO days), we decided to load him up and take him on our adventure with us. we never would have guessed how GOOD this 95lb dog would be! he was an absolute angel – which is incredibly surprising. ;) he likes the open road!
pretty much the entire time we were driving, (we did have some music breaks, girls gotta dance!) we were listening to an audiobook called The Passage by Justin Cronin. it’s a 36 hour audiobook, so needless to say, we have about 5 hours left and still don’t know how it ends. haha.
“So perhaps the greatest worry of all was that one day you would realize that all the worries of your life amounted to one thing: the desire to just stop worrying.”
― Justin Cronin,
Day #1: was a day all about driving and incredible sight-seeing. it was our longest day – 11.5 hours in the car and almost 730 miles covered.
first stop: THE GRAND CANYON. this place is insane. if you’ve never been. go. we entered at the Grand Canyon National Park entrance, and drove the roads East along the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, pulling over and jumping out of the car and any turnout we wanted!
back in the car! :)
then we made it to: HORSESHOE BEND. holy moly. THIS PLACE. is nuts. we made is juuuuuust before sunset – and it was more incredible the my imagination had let me think.
Day #2 was all about DURANGO, CO. it was our shortest day, we only drove a little over 4 hours, 260 miles. after the long day before, this was just the day we needed!
we love love love Durango. it has a special place in my heart because it is a special place to my mom. ya know? not to mention it’s just an awesome place.
we went to an off leash dog park that next to the river, ran alongside the riverwalk for some exercise, and had the best margarita and fajita enchiladas ever. then got back on the road!
we took Dexter running the night we got there and the morning before we left alongside the river-walk, this great trail that runs alongside the river! great way to get everyone some exercise. ;)
Day #3 – Durango, CO to our final destination – Johnstown, CO – about 6.5 hours & 379 miles.
this drive along the 258 North up to Denver was INSANE. so much pretty. it was so green and the perfect white puffy clouds were always in the sky – Trevor and i kept imaging everything covered in white snow. :)
We made it!!! :) these next few photos are just some random pictures we took when hanging out. we didn’t really take many photos at the house or just day to life for the next 5 days – just on our 2 hikes!
hike #1. just an awesome day. easy. and beautiful. everything in Colorado is so green right now and covered in wildflowers! the dogs had a BLAST.
this day. someone said, “hey, let’s do a hike guys!” wowzers. we thought we were getting into MAYBE, maaaaaybe a 10 mile hike. 5 in, 5 out. done. this bad boy ended up being a total of 7.5 in and 7.5 out – a 15 mile day filled with uphill, sun, rocks, creeks, tree log crosses, practically vertical climbing, snow, and the most gorgeous view at the top of Cirque Lake and Lake Emmaline. however, getting up to 10,982 feet of elevation was rough. BUT. we did it. and it was amazing. by the time we finished we were blistered and sore, but went for smoothies and didn’t get off the couch until the next day. ;)
aaaand now we hike the 7.5 miles back. haha.
our drive home! Arches National Park was a great debate in our car. we were thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to just driving past. “is it worth it?” “what will we do with Dexter?” …blah blah blah. at the critical moment, Trevor, to my delight, made the executive decision to get off at the exit and take the 30 minute detour to the Arches National Park entrance.
“Is it worth it?” HECK YES.
“What will we do with Dexter?” Well, he wasn’t allowed out of the car. :( dogs are only allowed in the parking lots – not on any trails. plus it was like 100 degrees out – so he didn’t mind staying in the air conditioning. ;) however, this did keep us from actually walking any trails – which was totally fine! we were able to see everything we would want to see. totally worth it.
if you got to here, you basically went on our vacation with us. :)
hope you had as much fun as we did! xo
my twin brother, my gorgeous sis-in-law, my cutest nephew ever, and my almoooost here niece!! i can’t wait to meet you Karissa!!
Michael is in the Navy stationed in Washington – Katie is finishing up school at Corban University in Oregon. These two don’t get to see each other very often, so their long-distance relationship requires that they enjoy every second of time that they get to spend together. The moment i met these two cuties outside our cars parked by the rock in Morro Bay, i fell i love with them! once you meet them and see the way they talk about one another, look at one another, and just BE with one another, it fills your heart with so much love to just to be around them.
I am HONORED to get to photograph THEIR love. here are quite a few favorites from my afternoon with Michael & Katie! xo
with an early morning rain scare, Alton & Katie’s Wedding Day turned out to be the most beautiful day in May that Creston, CA has ever seen! I’m just sure of it! from the gorgeous weather, to the beautiful flowers, to Katie, who was just absolutely glowing – their wedding day was something out of a story book! i am so honored to have been there to capture all these lovely moments & memories! congratulations you guys!! xo
Getting to photograph the Wedding Day of people i know, love, and call my friends, is one of my biggest honors. I first met Geena in High School where we played Water Polo together (you’re reading that right, we’re pretty tough chicks! ;)) We’ve kept in touch since – thanks social media!! – and she has confessed to pouring over my website and blog and dreaming of the day i could photograph her wedding, (melt, tears, all the feels.) From the moment we finally got to meet up for their engagement session i instantly knew these two were going to have the most fun and gorgeous wedding!
I have a few favorite moments from their wedding, but one of my favorite details i have ever seen is this gorgeous headpiece Geena wore. it was first worn by Garrett’s Great Grandmother on her Wedding Day in 1926 – then worn by Garrett’s Grandmother, and now worn by Garrett’s bride. a 90 year tradition – and it is the most gorgeous headpiece!!
One of my most favorite moments was their First Look. I generally always love First Look’s and sunset portraits – but for their First Look, Garrett & Geena decided to write each other letters, and read them before seeing each other! it was such a great moment, both of them saying, “we basically wrote the same thing to each other!!” haha. and then just wait for the look on Garrett’s face when he see’s her…. :)
Thank you SO much Garrett & Geena! you two are so special to me and i am beyond happy to have been there to capture this amazingly perfect day! XO
Carlos & Tiffany we’re married on a perfectly sunny day in Nipomo, CA at The Historic Dana Adobe, surrounded by their closest friends and family. Gorgeous & Green provided some stunning florals for their happy day and the sun provided some amaaaazingly dreamy light for sunset portraits. enjoy a few of my favorites! xo
Almost 13 months ago i posted Brandon & Taylor’s engagement session images, taken at exactly this same location! and i am SO excited to now be sharing a few of my favorites from their wonderful wedding day!! a little bit glamorous and little bit country, their wedding day was as full of heartfelt moments, smiles, a few tears, and lots of swing dancing! this beautiful countryside hilltop locatoin was the perfect setting for this lovely day! we are so excited for these two and so honored to have been there to document it all! check it out! xo