Kicking off the Holidays

Hey everyone!

It’s Friday! I finally feel like it’s OK to start diving into holiday mode. I have always wanted to plan before Thanksgiving, but apparently that isn’t the rule. BUT, we can make our own rules can’t we!? This weekend I will be baking with a good friend of mine and her daughter. I may or may not post the final product we shall see. Baking is not my strongest talent…I have been known to skip an ingredient or add an unnecessary one, and those who are GOOD bakers know that that can be a matter of life or death. Like that one time I forgot baking soda in my Dad’s birthday cake (it still tasted ok it was just very flat and dense) and that other time I put butter on the cookie sheet so the cookies didn’t stick. Well….they didn’t stick but they did BURN.

So WISH me luck! What are you baking during this time of year? Here is what I am making below…

Holiday Baking! Holiday Baking!

Love,Monika

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Martin + Z | Point Lobos Carmel, California Proposal

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Martin e-mailed me about my photography while planning his proposal to his beautiful soon to be fiancé  Z. He was coming into the Silicon Valley from New York for work and Z was flying out to meet him a couple days later.

It worked out perfectly, Martin and I both had Point Lobos in mind for the proposal photos and that is where he ended up asking a question that changed his life forever. He was so organized and had the plan all worked out so everything would go smoothly. And it did!

She said yes, and it was truly a beautiful moment. I couldn’t be happier for them! THANK YOU Martin and Z for inviting me to photograph and witness this special time in your lives. Congratulations!


Love,Monika

 

Jesse + Beth | Memory Garden Wedding Monterey, California

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To view Jesse & Beth’s slideshow click HERE!

Jesse & Beth were married in Monterey California at Memory Garden October 12th! The beautiful white adobe building is lined with lush greenery and flowers. The garden is surrounded by historic buildings, nestled among downtown Monterey.

After meeting Jesse and Beth I knew they fit so well together! They had this comfortability that comes from years of friendship and familiarity.

They both value their family and expressed how very important their family photos were. When the day came, I couldn’t help but photograph their family! They all interacted with such love and kindness, it was hard to not want to capture such beautiful moments. Jesse and Beth THANK YOU for the opportunity to capture your wedding. It was such an honor, and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

The amazing team that made this day magical:

Venue: Memory Garden

DJ: DNA Entertainment

Caterer: Grapes of Wrath

Florist: Swenson and Silvacci

Cupcakes: Kara’s Cupcakes

Cake Artist: TBC

Hair Stylist: Art Dominguez

Love,Monika

Southern California Vacation

A couple weeks ago we went on vacation to Southern California to visit friends and family. We stayed with our brother Nate who lives in the gorgeous Belmont Shore area off of 2nd street in Long Beach. We lounged around in shorts (which was nice for a change since that NEVER happens in Monterey), we walked 2nd street, I ate at Open Sesame with my favorite girls & we shoveled down taco surf $1 fish tacos that are to die for. We had conversations late into the night with Nate & Jessica while sipping a glass of wine, and a relaxing Saturday brunch with my mother in law.

After leaving Long Bach we headed to Palm Springs to stay at our friend’s Aunt’s beautiful home that she so generously offered to us (thank you SO much RUTH!) A total of 9 of us arrived Friday night and stayed until Sunday. We celebrated birthdays, played games, swam, and went  out for a night on the town downtown Palm Springs. That night included fantastic Mexican food and ended with Karaoke. You better believe Adam, Danielle, and me sang “Where is the Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas!! Below are some photos from our vacation, enjoy!

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Southern California VacationLove,Monika