I’ve been thinking a lot about what to write for this post. In a time where a lot of marriages don’t last and people give up on each other I’m really happy to say that my sweet husband and I are staying the course. Marriage takes commitment and sometimes work from both parties. Not all work, not all hard, but let’s just be real for a minute, sometimes it is work.
We’ve built quite a life together that I am very proud of. We have a strong, loving relationship and understand each other in ways no once else could (or would want to honestly). We have a pretty healthy relationship with our family on both sides and we have two beautiful children that push and challenge us almost every day (not literally, but if you have kids you know what I mean).
Tim is my lover, my partner, and my best friend. And I can honestly say that after 13 years of marriage I still love him and I love US. We are both better people because we have each other and GOD to guide us (even when we don’t always listen to him like we should).
Too heavy for a blog post, huh? I said I wanted to write this blog so people could get to know their photographer a little before they hired her. But maybe, just maybe, sometimes I write it for myself, to put it out there, you know?
I’m a wedding photographer (portraits and stuff too), but mainly I’m a wedding photographer because I BELEIVE in marriage and I BELEIVE in people making a commitment to each other and sticking it out. I read a tweet the other day that said, if the grass is greener on the other side, WATER YOUR OWN LAWN. It’s true. And that is one of the big underlying reasons I LOVE what I do. I photograph love and I photograph joy and growth with a couple and their family. And I do it with the utmost respect for the commitment of marriage between a man and woman who pledge before GOD to love each other for better or worse.
Quite simply, I love love. Real love. The kind that has kept both sets of my Grandparents together for over 50 years. It’s real. It exists. I’ve captured it in my camera. I live it everyday with my husband. I see it in his parents and I see it in mine. It’s not always pretty, but it’s real and that means something.
This year we decided to take a weekend away to celebrate our anniversary and I’m soooo glad we did. Reconnecting in the midst of working and raising kids as a couple is so important.
We headed to the ocean, because we both love the effect it has on us. I did my usually research and planning and found the Inn at Depot Hill, in Calistoga, California. Tim and I have been to quite a few bed and breakfast inns over the years and I have to say we both really, REALLY enjoyed this one.
Each of the rooms had a theme and ours was the Kyoto room. It was so tranquil and relaxing.
They even had a chilled bottle of wine waiting for us with a nice card.
Tim did a little zen gardening while we were there…
After a little wine and appetizers at the Inn we headed down to the beach to enjoy the setting sun.
We both ADORE Capitola and the entire Santa Cruz Area.
The next day we were treated to a delicious breakfast of Eggs Benedict. I didn’t throw my diet out the window, but I did enjoy this special splurge!
After breakfast, we decided to head over to UCSC to check out the Arboretum since we had never gone. We spent more time in the gift shop searching for treasures than anything else, but the grounds were quite lovely.
My winter mountain man!
We ended our weekend with a trip into Santa Cruz to a GREAT little tea shop Chaikhana-Tea Culture (which I HIGHLY recommend) and just enjoyed the afternoon together. It was nice to have some quiet time away from the craziness of life. I do love my husband. Here’s to the next year and all the wonderfullness and craziness it is sure to bring.