cabo san lucas.

It was a typical, frigid, wintery day in January in DC. I was dog-sitting and had just returned home after taking my charge, Karl, for a walk around the block. I was desperately trying to defrost my fingers when my mom called. The opportunity for Matt and me to visit our favorite place in Mexico was presenting itself with a bow on top.

But this was not the year for travel. I was about to move to Norfolk and had yet to find a new job. We had plans to move into a new apartment and lacked any necessary furniture. Oh, and we’re planning a pretty big party for the end of the year. As much as I was dying to go, I told my mom I wasn’t sure we could pull it off.

Needing to do my due diligence, I called Matt anyway. He’d also just gotten off a brutal day fighting the elements. I barely got the sentence out before he said (well, screamed), “Yes. Absolutely. We’ll make it work. Yes.”

They say planning a trip, just the notion of having a vacation to look forward to, promotes happiness. This was definitely the case for us. Every time we were smacked in the face by an icy gust, or misplaced a foot in a slushy puddle, we’d remind ourselves that in only a couple more months, or a few weeks, or 5 days, we’d be on that dreamy beach, margarita in hand.

Cabo San Lucas is a very special place for me. I’ve been visiting with my family for over 25 years (!!). Nana loved it there, and it loved her right back. This was my first visit since she passed away last year.

Our week was exactly as we hoped. Good books. Better food. Salty air. Time together free of packing and boxes, grocery shopping, work stress, alarm clocks. It was a truly luxurious, indulgent trip. We know how lucky we were to have it.

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elizabeth & daniel | married!

as i sat down to write this, i found it was much more difficult than i expected to put my feelings about january 10, 2015 into words.  beth came into my life the moment i arrived in d.c. two years ago, and i truly can’t imagine what my time here would have been like without her.  she is one of those once-in-a-lifetime (but lifelong) friends that has changed me for the better, irrevocably.

sitting a few inches away from her at the office, every day, i had the supreme privilege of watching her love story from the very start.  she and dan, her husband (!!), have the sweetest love, and the happiness i feel about the two of them having found each other goes deep down into my bones.

i would have been over the moon to simply watch them tie the knot (in puerto vallarta, mexico, no less!), but beth gave me the huge honor and opportunity to photograph their wedding, my very first.  the experience falls into the top five of my entire life, and it is a day i will never forget.

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beth’s nieces and nephews were the cutest.  drew expressing himself during the rehearsal was one of my favorite moments of the whole weekend.

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the beautiful bride and groom.

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beth and her best friend, mel, are the most hilarious pair of besties ever.  i am obsessed with their dear relationship.

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 another favorite moment: the eminem rap-along between beth and stephanie, another dear friend.  too good.

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dad’s (truly appropriate) reaction to his beautiful daughter on her wedding day!

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DAYUM.  smokeshows.

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summertime gladness (lately).

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color study: tickled.

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locations (in order):  bainbridge island, washington; darien, connecticut; bainbridge island, washington; bainbridge island, washington; cabo san lucas, mexico; corfu, greece; cabo can lucas, mexico; cabo san lucas, mexico; volunteer park, seattle.