brittni + brian | engaged!

If you can believe it, these two are real, normal, everyday humans, and not paid supermodels. They also happen to be kind and brilliant, too. And, they are some of my nearest and dearest friends!

Brittni, Brian, and their sweet pup George invited me to spend an evening with them in Discovery Park in my beloved hometown of Seattle and there’s hardly another way I’d prefer to spend my time. Looking forward to celebrating their love in the fall.

 

an irish roadtrip.

Wanted to share some glimpses of our stopover in Ireland on our way to visit my brother Jack in London (those photos coming soon!). We spent several days road-tripping throughout western Ireland, with a lovely bed + breakfast in Galway serving as our home base.

While we were a liiiiiiittle freaked driving on the wrong side of the road, we loved seeing the Irish countryside via car. Looks just how I had imagined it — endless rolling hills and sweet cottages, separating all the sheeps and cows from their neighbors with miles and miles of stone walls. And it was just as green as everyone says. We were after colorful rows of houses and all the castles we could find and Galway County did not disappoint.

We wrapped our time in Ireland with 24 rainy hours in Dublin and lots of Guinness at the Storehouse. Stay tuned for Londontown!

Scenes from Galway

We had an incredible  meal at Kai Cafe + Restaurant in Galway. Impeccable service and divine flavors.

Scenes from Galway to Connemara National Park

Callback to our honeymoon and a similar color palette!

Our right-hand drive chariot for the week.

Colorful Roundstone.

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is worth a stop.

We did a quick and cloudy hike up Diamond Dome in Connemara National Park.

Kylemore Abbey is straight out of a fairytale.

Our favorite of all was Ashford Castle, formerly owned by the Guinness family and now a high-end golf course and hotel.

Our roadtrip took us by many a sheep and many a cow, but the baby lambs were always a favorite.

We spotted the Ross Errilly Friary in the distance at golden hour and knew we had to reroute our way to it for sunset. It is the best-preserved Franciscan monastery in the country and so beautiful.

Scenes from Inisheer + the Cliffs of Moher

We took a 45-minute ferry boat ride from Doolin out to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands. It is home to a shipwreck, a lighthouse, and some gorgeous turquoise waters. Only 250 people live on the three-kilometers-long island but it contains over one thousand miles of stone walls.

Our tour of the Cliffs of Moher was equal parts terrifying and gorgeous.

Our last dinner in Galway was at Moran’s Oyster Cottage which is over 250 years old.

Scenes from Dublin

Beautiful St. Stephen’s Green.

We had an excellent lunch at Bakehouse.

molly + nick | engaged!

Molly and Nick’s love story is one that I was lucky enough to watch unfold firsthand back during the dog days of the 2012 election in Seattle. Four years later, we met on the ferry for some Saturday morning blue hour and braved the elements together. They were enthusiastic, up for anything, and of course, in love, which makes for a truly wonderful subject.


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casey + boyd | engaged!

Hard to put into words how much these two guys mean to me. They took me in as one of their own when I first moved to D.C. and taught me how to navigate this place. The three of us led a blissful, Three’s Company-style existence for several years, filled with Oreos and High School Musical marathons and political discourse and all the laughter. They were some of the first I called when Matt proposed and moving out of our shared apartment was one of the most bittersweet days of my life.

When I learned of their engagement, I literally woke up a sleeping Matt with my squeals of delight and joy. And it all got even sweeter when they invited me to visit the place where they fell in love, Vassar College in upstate New York, to make some pictures.

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love…”


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