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The 101 Road Trip: Part 2 – San Francisco, The Redwoods, and More

This week I am sharing Part 2 of the epic Highway 101 road trip and it has some incredible highlights! Starting off the day with sunrise over the Golden Gate bridge being one of them! Battery Spencer park has an incredible view of the bridge and I’m so glad we dragged our butts out of bed before dawn to get there. After enjoying the quiet of watching the sun come up, we popped into adorable Sausalito to grab some coffee before hitting the road again. Coffee was essentially our third road trip partner on this trip, I swear I came home with ridiculously unhealthy high tolerance for caffeine from the many coffee stops on long drives to keep us going!

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Wedding: Natalee & Todd – Chicago Wedding Photographer

So, I’m pretty sure I need to move to New York just so I can be best friends with Natalee and Todd! Their wedding was was one of those weddings where I didn’t even want to leave at the end of the night! These two are truly two of the most kind, fun, and in love couples I have ever met! And it was such an incredible honor to be a part of their day!

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Belated Birthday Musings and The Gift of ‘Us’

I’m not quite sure how I married someone who only asks for kittens and a $20 glorified bucket for her birthday, while I ask for Chanel and Cartier, but I’m pretty sure our vast differences are what make our life so interesting! And, boy, did I get oh so lucky to snag this one! The one who loves me to death even when I’m being truly impossible and seemingly unlikeable. The one who makes me laugh. The one who takes care me. The one who is always thinking of others. The one who lights up our son’s face in the most incredible way just by walking in the room. The one who makes life fun and interesting. The one who is truly my everything.

My love celebrated her 32nd birthday this Saturday…for the second time (we may or may not have accidentally thought she turned 32 last year, oops!) and I am so very happy I was able to get home from my morning wedding in Indianapolis to be able to spend the evening with her! Even if my surprise dinner was kind of a let down and we didn’t make it to the movies because we stopped back at the house and got way to comfortable cuddled on the couch to even think of moving to go back out again, it was time spent together and that is always the best gift! There never seems to be enough of that lately! Now, that we both have jobs that come home with us and don’t really function within the parameters of ‘working hours’, it is harder and harder to even get to spend time in the same room together! Constantly tag teaming housework and mommy duties while the other one works, back and forth. And even if we have both been technically home together, sometimes I feel like I haven’t ‘seen’ her all week, both holed up in our offices on different floors of the house. So, I can’t even believe I am saying this, but I think I might actually be looking forward to the winter so there are more nights like this weekend of low key celebration with my love. More down time. More cozy blankets. More cuddles. More us.


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Because I really really like ‘us’! ‘Us’ makes me happier than anything in the world. And we wouldn’t be ‘us’ without you pulling your weight too. Without your love. Without you being you. So even though it was your birthday, thank YOU for giving me the best gift I could ever ask for. The gift of your love, the gift of ‘us’. Happy Birthday!!! If it isn’t obvious, I really really like you!  XOXO

Elizabeth - November 17, 2014 - 3:20 pm

You two are so adorable! I’m glad you were able to be there for her birthday :)

Laurie Spirek Rodgers - November 19, 2014 - 3:08 am


The 101 Road Trip: Part 1 – The California Coast

My big West Coast roadtrip and travels with the wonderful Brienne kicked off in Los Angeles this September. (I swear getting out to California at least a couple times a year is just good for my soul!) And getting to spend a little down time with family before our road trip began was the perfect way to unwind from a crazy busy nonstop summer. Dining alfresco, midday shopping breaks, margs with friends, sunset drives along the water, my mobile office taking place under a patio umbrella and palm trees every morning, total LA perfection, if you ask me! But, before we left LA, I shot an incredibly gorgeous wedding in downtown LA at the Carondelet House (that I cannot wait to share!!!) with Bree, then, with ginormous Starbucks coffees in hand, we hit the road before the sun was up the next day!

Our first day of driving took us up the Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1, through California. We watched the Sunrise over Malibu beach. Stopped for some scrumptious local brew in Santa Barbara as we wandered through the city on a lovely Sunday afternoon. Stumbled upon the prettiest little cove with a beautiful ship anchored in it near Pismo beach…only to discover it was a nude beach. And there I am, totally unaware, with my telephoto lens on, looking like a creep. And those were just the adventures of day one!

We ended our day in the bay area at the Sutro Baths (Have you scoped out the session we did there?! So obsessed!) with a picture perfect moody San Francisco sunset. After shooting our hearts out at Sutro, we crossed over the glowing Golden Gate bridge as night fell and exhaustedly landed at our lovely lodge for the night in Tiburon with the most delicious unsuspecting gluten free meal found at Sam’s Cafe, a local restaurant in town (one of only two real meals we had on our whole road trip! Who knew road tripping along the coast was so hard on celiacs, gah!). As we relished in our delicious meals, late on a Sunday night in the sleepy (totally adorable!) town, the only two in the place, with cocktails in hand, and the pretty boat lights sparkling across the water, we deemed Day 1 of our epic road trip to be a total success! (Oh, and then we went back to our lodge and popped some more bubbly just because that’s what you do on a girls trip!)

The beauty of traveling with another photographer (especially one as amazing as Bree!) is you get double the gorgeous photos to share after! Thus, these road trip posts with be a combination of my photos, Bree’s photos, and even some iphone snaps from along the way! (Basically all photos of Brienne were taken by me and all the photos of me were taken by Brienne. )

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Christy Tyler - November 12, 2014 - 5:19 pm

I can’t wait to get to cali this spring! This has me even more excited!

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