Whenever my mind wanders to where I eventually want to live, it always involves Coastal Living. I always feel the most at peace by the ocean, feeling the sunshine on me, so once in awhile I will get a random thought to just jump in my car and take a quick trip to the beach. This trip was a quick 24 hours to Duck, NC. I had only been to Nags Head and Hatteras, so I thought why not visit Duck and Corrolla? I found a great deal to the Sanderling Resort, in high Season it’s easily $400 a night! It was a great little getaway for my daughter and I. We loved our room and relaxing at the hotel! The amenities are great.. we loved the complimentary smores kit and sitting outside by the fire at night, chatting with the new people we had just met. So relaxing! We enjoyed a few hours the first day on the beach and by the pool and did a little shopping in the evening. The next day I wanted to see the lighthouse and Whalehead Museum in Corrolla. Worth the short drive to see the beautiful views! I wished we could have stayed longer and seen the wild horses on the beach, but it was definately what I needed even if it was quick! One of these days when the kids are all gone, we plan on making our dream of Coastal Living a reality.

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I loved meeting this sweet family this past Spring for some first birthday/ Family photos! James was adorable, although not too sure about digging into his cake! He hasn’t gotten the taste for sugar just quite yet! 🙂 He will soon learn to love it, I’m sure!

We met out at Claude Moore Heritage Farm. I had never been before, and loved the rustic feel. Mom did a great job styling the session with his favorite tent, books, chair and stuffed toys.

I love when sessions are this easy! Hope to see this sweet family again in the future! XO.

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Jeannie and Jimmie began their relationship as friends their freshman year of college. Jeannie said it wasn’t until she graduated that she recognized Jimmie’s gentle heart.  She fell in love with his heart and his service to others. She loves how everything he does in life is purposeful, genuine and thoughtful. She said even though it took her four years to see it and really let him into her heart, she is so glad she did! Jeannie says Jimmie makes her a better person every day.

My favorite part of their wedding was their first look and ceremony. Jeannie was overwhelmed from the moment she set eyes on Jimmie. It was so sweet. Their ceremony was full of tears and stories of love and faith. A faith that clearly makes them stronger together. They had friends sing and I loved the words to their song, I was tearing up…

” Love came down and rescued me, love came down and set me free, 

Jesus, I am yours, I am forever yours.

Mountains high or valleys low, I sing out and remind my soul, I am yours, I am forever yours”. – Kari Jobe

Such a testament to their love and faith in each other and the Lord.

Oh and these two really know how to kill it on the dance floor, what a party the night was! 🙂

I am So happy for you both and wish you many years of fun memories together! Enjoy your honeymoon in Cancun. XO.

                      Jeannie’s Something borrowed was her mom’s wedding ring which she wore for the ceremony. So Special.

Thank you to all the vendors who made the day possible.

Florist- Jenny Park

Photographer- Ali Mclaughlin Photography

Second Photographer- Heather Chesky Photography

Cake- Lydia Kim

Hair- Angela Choi Hair

Makeup- Melissa Utz

Bridal Attire- David’s Bridal

Caterer- A taste of Elegance

DJ- Jonathan Chung

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Napa has always been on my must see places to travel to, so when my friend Michelle and her husband had a two bedroom condo booked as a gift and  invited us to spend a few days with them, we jumped at the chance! We had such an amazing four days together and left with so many great memories!

We spent the first day touring San Francisco, had lunch at Fisherman’s wharf overlooking Alcatraz, watching the seals sunning themselves on the dock. It was a chilly mid fifty degree weather day but we lucked out with sunshine and no fog! We also walked to the Ghiradelli chocolate factory, and then up the steep incline to Lombard Street to see views of the city, ending the day seeing the Golden Gate Bridge.

The next three days we spent touring the beautiful wineries Napa countryside. They did not dissapoint, from stunning views to beautiful castles, each one had it’s own unique quality. Some ones we visited:

Sebastiani Winery, Bump, BV Vineyard, Chateau Montelena, Raymond Vineyards, Domaine Carneros, Beringer, Castello Di Amorosa, Rutherford Ranch, Kuleto Estate, Provenance, Foley Johnson, Sterling,  and so many more! Whew I am tired thinking of it! 🙂

We also had breakfast one morning at Auberge de Soleil, which was amazing and worth the views and price! It’s also nice to have friends who are wine clubs members of some of Napa’s sister wineries, we barely had to pay for any tasting fees, which can be steep in Napa!

My favorite region had to be St Helena. The town is so quaint and the wineries in my opinion are the best in the Napa region. Napa itself is a little bigger and more commercialized. However if you want a great burger you have to hit Gott’s Roadside burgers, so delicious!

I can’t wait to see you next year Napa!

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