Making It Happen

A couple weeks ago I was on the fence about plans I had made to go to Grandma’s house. See, we had just bought a place (first home!) and we moved just a few days before the planned trip.

I meet with two photographers-turned-friends quarterly and we decided at our last retreat that we were going to spend our next couple days at my Grandma’s. This was after they met her around Christmas and found out how incredibly sweet and amazing she is!! And before we went into escrow.

So here I was in this tough predicament and I decided…you know what. I’m going. If I cancel now, this trip will probably not be rescheduled and yes we are living out of boxes and I have a tuexduex list down to my knees…but my gut is saying go. My husband gave me his blessing and he told me “the house will always be here”, and that was enough to send me on my way! I cannot even tell you how glad I am that I ended up driving the 3 1/2 hour trek deep in the valley to a little town called Dinuba. The gem she has lived in since the 40s-a place of peace, love, and homey. The timing wasn’t good, but sometimes you have to just make it happen despite your circumstances.

So now we have great memories of conversations about business and our lives around the dinner table, singing at the top of our lungs at Gma’s piano, looking at photos from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and running around the fruit groves. We all made it happen and life is better because of it :).

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Joey + Vanessa | Engagement Pacific Grove, CA


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Joey & Vanessa met in Spain while studying abroad for a school year. They started off as friends, and as they traveled through France, Switzerland, Italy, Andorra, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Morocco, Netherlands, and Liechtenstein together love started to blossom. Talk about romantic.

Since their days are spent apart with Vanessa on the East Coast and Joey on the West Coast, their time together during their engagement session was sweet.

Vanessa flew in to California and we had a small window to take photos, and rain was forecasted for our scheduled date. After canceling our first session due to rain, the day of our shoot the skies parted and the sun came out for the two hours we wanted/needed! So incredible. It was an absolute gorgeous day, and I very much look forward to the wedding!

Joey + Vanessa’s Engagement Sneak Peek

With Joey on the West Coast and Vanessa on the East Coast their time together is scarce. As their wedding day quickly approaches that will be no more :) It was such a lovely session witnessing and photographing their time together during their engagement shoot this past weekend. Photos taken at the beautiful Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove, California

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All my bags are packed I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’ it’s early morn
The taxi’s waitin’ he’s blowin’ his horn
Already I’m so lonesome I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh baby, I hate to go

There’s so many times I’ve let you down
So many times I’ve played around
I tell you now, they don’t mean a thing
Every place I go, I’ll think of you
Every song I sing, I’ll sing for you
When I come back, I’ll bring your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

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Now the time has come to leave you
One more time let me kiss you
Close your eyes I’ll be on my way
Dream about the days to come
When I won’t have to leave alone
About the times, I won’t have to say

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh baby, I hate to go

Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh baby, I hate to go