Iceland Adventures

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Iceland Adventures

I had never really thought much about traveling to Iceland… I didn’t really know much about it and hadn’t really known anyone that had gone there before, BUT boy am I glad that we decided to fly Icelandair and tack on a few extra days on the end of our trip. It was an absolutely breathtaking place and we didn’t even see a small portion of the island. I must go back someday!! Continue reading

Copenhagen Denmark

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Scandinavian charm – Copenhagen Denmark

We got up before the sun on our last morning in London to have a taxi take us to a bus station that then took us to the airport to catch out flight to Copenhagen Denmark! We were yet again going to another country on our list of stops for this epic adventure! We were tired, but once we got out of the metro station in Copenhagen it was as if a new burst of energy sparked! We had less than 24 hours in the enchanting city and we didn’t want to waist a single second of it!  Continue reading

Charming English Cotswolds

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Charming English Cotswolds

Chipping Campden is a charming small town in the Northern Cotswolds of England that dates back to the 14th century. It was absolutely magical.. Like something right out of a fairytale! The stone cottages that were covered with the most beautiful blooming flowers and vines were truly breathtaking. When we left Oxford we decided to take somewhat of a detour in the opposite direction from where we needed to be that evening in order to visit this adorable village – thanks to Pinterest for teasing us with such charming photos! We only had about an hour and half to wander the streets and we made the most of it! Continue reading

York England

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Scotland was magical. It was incredibly enchanting and I was sad to be leaving! The green rolling hills full of fluffy sheep was such a peaceful sight. It really did create a picture of Psalm 23 for me…

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Though we were leaving such an amazing place I was very excited about out next adventures through England! We had planned a few stops during our time there and the first was York, England!

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Enchanting Paris – Inspiring Imagination

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I love Paris!!! The city of lights and love is truly enchanting and I was smitten from the very beginning!

I have always dreamed of visiting Paris.. I took 4 years of French in high school and would daydream of when I would be able to travel to the city of lights! My little sister and I would watch Passport to Paris over and over when we were younger and pretend we were Mary-Kate and Ashley gallivanting around the city… Continue reading

have you picked your wedding flowers??

If you haven’t chosen a florist who will create your wedding flowers for your big day then you have to check out Brigitte with Floral Design of Europe! Her arrangements are absolutely gorgeous and smell divine! Brigitte is extremely committed and puts a lot of heart into her work! Plus her European accent is the best!  She has the cutest little cabin floral shop in Estes Park that you can’t help but fall in love with!Set up a meeting with her ASAP… You wont regret it! 🙂

Here are some tips when choosing your wedding flowers:

1.) Have in mind what type of style you want, but be open to creative input from your florist

2.) Bring color swatches, inspiration photos, and/or a photo of your dress when meeting with your florist

3.) Personalize your bouquet with a photo or charm around the stems

4.) Come prepared with how many people will be in your wedding party, how many family members will have boutonnieres and/or corsages, how many table arrangements you will need for your reception and if you will want flowers at your ceremony location.

5.) Always remember the sky’s the limit and this your special day – so make the flowers you own

Here are some samples of Brigitte’s incredible work…

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day dreaming and being inspired to shoot a destination wedding

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I had the pleasure of attending WPPI in Las Vegas the last few days and it has been awesome! There are so many amazingly talented photographers in one place and I am just soaking up the information!

The highlight of my time was attending Laura Grier’s class on branding yourself as a destination photographer!! When I was searching which classes I wanted to attend I came across Laura’s and was super excited that WPPI was offering something like this! Since returning from my first Euro-adventure last summer I have been in the mindset that I HAVE to shoot weddings all over the world! We visited 8 countries during our 5 week trip and I could not have dreamed of a better experience! I have been researching and reaching out to people the last few months to figure out to even break into something like this and I haven’t had the best luck… AND THEN I found Laura’s bio in her classes description and thought, “I have to meet this amazing woman!” So, I emailed her right away and wasn’t sure what to expect. I had reached out to others and hadn’t gotten much feedback. However, I was over the moon with excitement when the NEXT morning I had a voice mail, not an email, but a voice mail from Laura responding to my message. After emailing back and forth I was getting more and more excited for her class!

I could hardly sleep last night because I was just so excited to learn more about this dream I have been wanting to make a reality and I felt like I had finally found someone that could give me a push in the right direction…

I learned more than I thought I could in 90 minutes from this amazing woman and when I thought it couldn’t possibly get any better. Laura invited me to brunch! So, of course I went and asked her a million questions.

I am just so humbled by her willingness to answer my questions and the kindness she showed me by sharing so much of her experiences and knowledge with me.

The biggest piece of advice I have been receiving from people is that when you have the desire to follow a certain dream then you need to shout it out for the world to hear! How can we expect our dreams to come true if we never share them with anyone or do anything to make them possible??? So here it goes…

A FEW OF MY DREAMS…

I want to shoot a destination wedding in Paris!!

I would also love to do shoots in Hawaii, Isla Mujeres, Ireland, London, Switzerland.. (to name a few)

I want to do an engagement shoot in Seattle, on the Oregon coast, or San Fransisco.

I want to shoot humanitarian work for missionaries.

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Those are just a few of my current dreams that I hope become a reality!!

What are your dreams? Write them down.. Share them with people.. See what happens!

one of my favorite photos of my husband and I in Cinque Terre, Italy last year.

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Switzerland!!

We absolutely LOVED Switzerland!! Oh my! What an incredibly gorgeous country!

We landed in Geneva at 9:30am.. found lockers to stash out bags in and started walking! After a few hours wandering around the city, touring the Reformation Museum, climbing yet another church’s bell tower for the stunning views, stumbling upon people playing with life size chess sets, walking along the Reformation wall… It was time to head to the train station…

Geneva was such a stunning city, full of history and amazing architecture!

The views from the train were unlike anything we had seen… It was getting us more and more excited for the secluded mountain town that we were staying in for the next two nights…

We got to Lauterbrunnen later in the evening… Checked into our room and headed out for a late dinner before going to bed. We had an early morning planned the next day…

7am!! train leaves for Jungfrau Mountain… We took the long train ride up and deep into the mountain until we reached the ‘Top of Europe’ as they call it… and oh my, was it breath taking… and quite cold!

We learned that Lauterbrunnen is the hot spot of BASE jumpers and Australians…

We wandered around the small town, climbed inside the cliff walking along the back side of a rushing waterfall, toured the Trummelbach falls… I just about got lost in the gorgeous meadow of wild flowers (Ryan had to pull me away multiple times.. and I still managed to make us miss our buss.. OOPS!) 🙂

Everything was so incredibly green!! Oh! and the cows wander around everywhere freely… with huge cow bells around their necks!! It was unique to hear the clinking of the bells at 3am.

We cannot wait to go back!!

Rome

Rome was awesome… so much history in one city! It was incredible to walk the streets and see all of the old Roman ruins everywhere. It was like stepping back in time… We visited the Colosseum, Roman bathhouse, the Pantheon, the Vatican… enjoyed amazing pizza and pasta dishes.. wandered around the city and walked along the river. It was a great place and I hope one day we can return! 🙂

*Cinque Terre, Italy*

The transportation systems in Italy were a bit unorganized and inaccurate at times… However, once we arrived to the Italian coastal town of Vernazza… The hassle proved to be completely worth it! WOW! The ocean was breathtaking, the houses were so colorful, the people were incredibly friendly, the food was amazing… we were in PARADISE!  We spent 3 nights in this gorgeous small town. Our first full day in town we spent laying on the rocky beach and when we were too hot we decided to jump into the water…. hmm… well, that was ICE COLD! Once we spent 10 minutes slowly acclimating to the water, we dove right in and even jumped off a rock into the ocean! The next day we took the train to a neighboring town and explored… Everywhere we turned was a stunning landscape that looked like a painting. We went to the market in the evening and grabbed food and had dinner picnics by the bay and watched the sunset over the ocean… It really doesn’t get much better!! Fell in love with this small town on the coast of Italy!! MY husband is so insanely handsome! 🙂 He’s pretty incredible! I get butterflies when I am around him… Even after being together for almost 9 years! He takes my breath away and I feel so utterly blessed to be his wife. I truly treasure our moments that we shared on this European adventure!

Dad & Krissy!!

I am so grateful for these two people… They have been supportive of everything in my life and I am so thankful for all that they have done for me!!! I would not have not been able to have my European adventure without them and I will forever be grateful!! I had such an amazing time with them in Paris and Italy!

I love you both! 🙂

Paris – A dream come true adventure

What a dream come true being able to visit Paris!

When my sister and I were younger we would watch the movie Passport to Paris over and over and since then it has always been a dream to go to Paris… Many years later that dream became a reality! I could not have been happier when my family decided to take a European vacation… Paris was the first stop on the trip. We spent an amazing six days walking all over the city, touring museums and church’s, sipping latte’s in cafes, eating incredible food, climbing more stairs than I have in my entire life, having lunch in parks and picnics at the Eiffel Tower… Needless to say, Paris was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

parisNotre Dame was beautiful inside and out… We climbed the many stairs to the top of the towers and it proved to be worth the trek! WOW. We had an incredible view of Paris from the top. The gargoyles were pretty awesome too!

paris-1I loved the architecture in Paris… The buildings, church’s, cafe’s, cobblestone paths… were all so romantic and unique! It was so great to stumble upon small beautiful gardens in the midst of a very crowded city.

paris-3One of my favorite things was walking the streets and noticing the small things… Something that continued to stick out to me were the doors. They were different shapes, sizes, colors and so unique! Loved them!

paris-4It was so much fun to wander the streets and stumble upon such amazing sights… I loved walking along the Seine river!

paris-5paris-6paris-7The Eiffel Tower was more amazing then I imagined it would be!

paris-8The Louvre was so amazing… it’s architecture was stunning. I loved the sculptures!

paris-10Being in Paris was amazing, but what made it even better was being able to share such an incredible adventure with my husband! We were blessed enough to celebrate our first anniversary here.. It was quite romantic (not sure how we’ll top that next year)!! 🙂 We will treasure these memories forever!

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