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Hammond Wedding {Big Sur, Cali}

I don't photograph weddings too often anymore unless they are for/of loved ones or destination weddings.  This wedding happen to fit both of these requirements :)


Meet Mr. & Mrs. Hammond

first look

first look

It is hard for me to find the words to describe how remarkable it was to photograph this wedding.  These two individuals are so special to me! The fact that, out of all the wonderful people they know, they choose me to document their special day leaves me filled with Joy. It truly was an honor. Plus, it was in Big Sur!  

Tristan and Lauren wanted the exchange of vows to be personal and private. Special and something sacred.  And I think they achieved that and so much more.  On Pfeiffer Beach they stood hand in hand making a promise to one another that they will hold for the rest of their lives.

 To be a part of someone's wedding should not be taken for granted.        Especially in this case when you and your husband are the only two  witnesses.  It left us both feeling remarkably thankful and blessed.

And the big day all started here: Lover's Point

          Lover's Point

          Lover's Point

These two have been in my life for several years.  They have seen some of my best days and worst days.   And in return I have witnessed some of their highs and lows.  And through it all, here I am.  But more importantly, here they are!  On their wedding day.  Looking at one another, with the knowledge of their struggles, and the ones they may endure in the future.  Still, choosing each other to tackle this complicated world together, side by side.  And that is truly beautiful to me.  

I am excited to share a recap of this beautiful couple's wedding day! They make a wonderful couple and share such a sweet love- filled with laughter and dedication.  

CONGRATS you two!  I Love you dearly.

And with that, I give you their Wedding Day

This was one of the most adorable First Look's I have done. The reaction on Tristan's face said it all...followed by the sweetest smile by Lauren.

Then there was straight laughter and joy for the next hour.

From lover's Point we headed to Big Sur for the ceremony.  As the day continued the weather was warming up and the sun started showing itself.              It was perfect timing for our late afternoon wedding :-)

                                                                                                                              exchange of vows

                                                                                                                              exchange of vows

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After all the joy, love, giggles, kicking of sand, and marriage... we hopped in the car and headed back to Monterey.  All in all, I would say it was a wonderful joyous day, full of sunshine and love! 

On the Road for 1 month

From mid-December to mid-January was spent on the road with my wee-little family... this post highlights some of our adventures and beautiful areas that were explored during that time.

 My husband had just left his job to focus on his music, and my work had slowed down due to the holiday's ... so we decided to hit the road and drive coast to coast.

After visiting Arches National Park, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, random coffee shops in passing cities, Vegas, Colorado, and our family on the East Coast & Midwest, we had to start heading back home!  

Due to the bitter cold we endured in WI we decided to hit the coast on the way back to Seattle.  What was a couple extra days at this point?!?  

Hello California  

We found this adorable little motel in LA.

We found this adorable little motel in LA.

After spending a day in LA and Venice Beach we drove to Palm Dessert to visit my Grandfather.  We ended up staying with him for two nights, and took a day trip to Joshua Tree before hitting up HWY 101 to Seattle!

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Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

joshua tree rock climbing

HWY 101 and Big Sur never disappoint! 

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Then we enjoyed our last sunset on the road and finished our drive home.  It was such an amazing month full of so much exploring, seeing family & friends, and new discoveries.  I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to be able to leave for a month and be on the road!  It's where I feel most alive. 

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Resources :

When tackling a long trip like this I love to do some research. I found that the app RoadTrippers was especially useful and fun to use as well various articles showcasing highlights when planning out your route. Check out Your RV Lifestyle for some tips!