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we travelled to San Francisco for a quick weekend get-away and to check a BIG item off our bucket list – see the ROLLING STONES on their 50th anniversary tour! As luck would have it we were able to score $85 tickets as 1000 seats in the arena were released at this ridiculous steal of a deal (regular priced tickets started at $200). We were ecstatic to say the least. M is a long long time fan pretty much exclusively to the stones, and well a few country artists too. We spent an evening sampling various food carts at famous fisherman’s wharf – clam chowder sourdough bread bowls – my personal favorite. The next morning we hit up Alameda to check out the Northern Cali’s largest antique flea market.  It was a joy to wander through the vendors all 800+ of them! Alameda did not disappoint! my only regret is that we didnt have a UHAUL truck + trailer!! ugh a wee bit painful to leave some of those treasures behind but next time i’ll be ready ; )

We rented bicycles and toured various districts of San Fran. We shoppped at Anthro. We saw the golden gate bridge. We reminsed about our full house days.

we rocked our socks right off with the Stones. we danced. we sang along with every song.

snapped from my iphone (above)

so tell me what’s your all time favorite Stones song??

I’m still in disbelief. I almost deleted the email by accident on my iphone. I paused a second and instead opened it without reading the subject line in full. I burst out in a fit of giggles (alone) in the coffee room at work. I stared at it for what felt like an eternity as it sunk in. I was just chosen by Weddingbells Magazine as “One of the 25 most inspiring wedding photographers of 2012″. say whaaat?! me? so fun. Thank you Weddingbells.ca for being so supportive of photographers like me and for the acknowledgement.

Make sure you check out the link. There’s a heck of a lot of talent going on over there!

Thank you to my brides + grooms for your quirky creativity! High fives everybody and back flips (if I could). Thanks for the massive support!

 

 

 

HURRAY! The comment field is working again!! Genevieve from Lilac Creative saved me this week. Sorry to everyone who had so much trouble getting their entries in for the giveaway! Thanks to those who persisted! I received 22 entries after publishing the blog post Maui – top 5 and a giveaway! Great big thank you to Sophie Grace for the jewelry gift! This afternoon Leeza my lovely assistant and I did the draw and it went a little like this!

 

Congratulations Krista Redenbach!!

Please contact me with your mailing address and I will put Jamie from Sophie Grace Maui in touch with you!!! Enjoy your gift – thanks for playing!

Last week I jetted off across the Pacific to the beautiful island of Maui! I had never been to HI before and it did not disappoint. Maui is a quiet, laid-back island where anything goes and you will encounter anything but the ordinary and expected. Miles of pristine coastline and white sandy beaches, gorgeous turquoise waters and lush rainforest. I met up with my two great girl friends Rachelle and Kim, we lounged on a variety of gorgeous beaches, attempted the road to Hana (car sickness got the best of us), scuba’d and snorkeled, shopped, laughed at ourselves floundering in the waves while boogie boarding (waves 1 girls 0) and ate waaay to much tasty pineapple. While I was there I also covered a wedding for Mike + Jenn Flaman, my first destination wedding! hurray! More on that later : ) I loved Maui, really really I did. I will go back, next time I’ll take m. Christmas too early?!

For now I leave you with my top five must’s of Maui + some photos!

1. Big Beach outside of Wailea, big waves big fun. Not for the kiddies!

2. Paia town – dont miss Sophie Grace Maui island inspired jewelry. I picked up a dainty little stamped silver bracelet. Customized with ” m + e ” stamped on the small silver medallion. Other bracelets were stamped “loved”, “twins”, “blessed”, “pray” cute! I also couldn’t resist a pair of earring that shop owner and artist Jamie Shepherd was wearing. Vintage coral, with pyrite and turquoise on twisted gold hoops. I loved them so much I bought them right out of her ears!!

3. Cheeseburger Paradise (obviously) in Lahina + Coconuts fish cafe – best fish tacos Kihei

4. Snorkling with the local sea turtles

5. The smell of the fragrant island air, take a deep breath as soon as you get out of that airplane…amazing – ocean mixed with plumeria + hibiscus florals

we spotted this sunset wedding…awe.

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! - Jamie from Sophie Grace is the sweetest lady around she’s giving away a piece of custom jewelery to one of my blog readers!

Here’s what you need to do to WIN!

1.  Friend Sophie Grace Maui on facebook by clicking on this link HERE

2. Like Element Photography on facebook by clicking on this link HERE

3. Once you’ve done both those things, and picked out your favorite jewels…Tell me about it! Leave a comment here on the element blog and a winner will be selected on October 25 2011.

easy peasy!

Aloha! Find element photography on facebook, see where we go next!

We took a little break from the daily grind. Truth is, a 5 week break. Much needed, and well worth every single second. We began with 9 days in Manitoba celebrating two lovely weddings and catching up with friends in between, then off to a handful of stunning Thai islands for  3.5 weeks of adventure!  Due to popular demand from facebook friends (thanks guys!) I’ve posted a couple photos from our trip! With way too many photos to parouse, I choose one  from Ko Phi Phi Leh, Hat Railay, and Ko Tao three of our favorite destinations. What was my highlight of the trip? Getting to spend all day everyday unplugged, in island paradise, with delicious eats, focussing one-on-one on my relationship with M.  Perfection! I will certainly post more photos in the next couple of weeks once I’ve shaken this mega dose of jet lag that I am presently dealing with!

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIA

January 20, 2011

Filed under inspiration, travel

This post is so long overdue its completely ridiculous. Get ready ya’all its a doozie!

In the spring of 2009 I was given the amazing opportunity to travel to Australia as part of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange (GSE) for our district 5060 to district 9550 Northern Australia. It was a long time dream of mine to take off to the land of OZ. But never, ever did I think it would happen like this! GSE was an life experience that was bigger and better than I could have ever imagined. Honest!  We travelled from Darwin to Katherine, then through the Northern Outback areas of  Tennant Creek all the way to Charters Towers, to Townsville, Magnetic Island, Innisfail, Ingham, Misson Beach, Tully, Green Island, into the tablelands of Mareeba, Atherton, Port Douglas, finally Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef! PHEW! And we made a fancy little blog to keep our family and friend back home in the loop! The journey took us 5 weeks and introduced me to 5 important people that would become my family over those 5 weeks. We laughed together over sleepless nights on the bus, first time cuddles with koalas, white water rafting trips, monsoon thunderstorms, kangaroo steaks and crocodile sausage, yacht sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. The quality of the experience was top-notch as during our time there we job shadowed and shared with our professional colleagues from down under new ideas.  We were fortunate to be paired up with host families and we were able to experience Aussie day to day life which was so enriching and so unlike anything I have ever done before!  Mucho thanks to facebook, and email I still keep in touch with some of my “parents” and “siblings” that I really connected with during my stay. how cool is that?

SO here is the deal!  If you are a young and FUN professional (any kind will do) between the ages of 25 and 40, you LOVE to travel…you need to do this. Every year there is an exchange that takes place between pretty much every Rotary District.  I applied on a whim, thinking “no way am I ever going to get in on this” I was probably the youngest person who showed up! do it do it do it. Rotary Group Study Exchange.  You will not be sorry and its not going to cost you a thing!

After GSE wrapped up in Cairns my best gal Rachelle flew in from Saskatoon. (dont you love a friend who jumps on board with you on your crazy adventures?). The two of us backpacked it down the eastern coast of Australia along the sunshine coast and the gold coast. We sailed the Whitsunday Islands, caught a couple waves in the Town of 1770, soaked up rays in Surfers Paradise, flew over the countryside in a hot air ballooooon, biked around Byron Bay in the wee early hours to see the sunrise at the famous lighthouse, ate a whole lot of seafood, and walked a bazillion steps around Sydney and Bondi Beach.  Many of these gorgeous places we visited have been affected by the massive flooding in Aus in one way or another, all my thoughts and prayers go out to the families and travelers navigating the chaos. Hoping for flood waters to regress and recovery to start soon.

The photos are a smattering of highlights from the trip! enjoy!

“live in sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air” – Ralph Waldo Emerson