My Life in Photos This Fall

Fall PhotosIt’s Friday! And we have also entered into a new season, which is completely hard to believe. My fall has been filled with weddings and family gatherings,…busy and all good stuff!

Left: My most recent wedding in Livermore, CA. The WONDERFUL Michael + Jenni. Top Middle: My sister-in-law celebrated her birthday here in Monterey with us and we went to lunch at Roys. It happened to be one of the most beautiful days we have had here! Bottom Middle: Monterey plant life near Monterey Beach. Right: A beach pier not too far from our house at Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove, CA.

As my wedding season comes to a close this month, I look forward to the holidays spent with new babies in the family, adventures with Adam, planning ahead for the upcoming wedding season, rejuvenating, baking with friends, and connecting with our community and gorgeous surroundings here in Monterey.  What do you have planned this season?

Love,Monika

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Monday

Good morning!

As you know my Mondays have been assigned to Music for the past  5 months and they have been used for inspiration and were added to a collection of mine used for wedding slideshows. It feels right to bring Music Mondays to a close, please let me know if there is anyone out there who is using the songs! If not, I believe the songs have served their purpose for my business and now it is time to move forward.

Have a great Labor Day! To add to this post, here is a photo from yesterday’s wedding. I photographed my cousin’s first look, couples, family, and bridal party…then enjoyed the evening with my family! My cousin is a wedding photographer who I work with, so she had shifts for photographers.

Wedding Ready!

 

Love,Monika

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I arrived in Orange California after a 6 1/2 hour drive from Monterey. The time flew, the wine vineyards were green on hwy 101 and the temperature continually increased from 59 to 100 when I hit Thousand Oaks.

Anticipating seeing 4 of my best friends made the drive that much easier. When I arrived at Lisa’s in Orange, she had a picture I took of them last year in Cambria.

They are my sisters & earth angels, this weekend we are celebrating Grace’s engagement, and I could not be happier for her.

Happy Friday!

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Story Ornaments

When I was young, every year my brother and I would get an ornament that represented whatever experiences or activities we had going on in our lives at the time. For example, when I was 10 I got an ornament that was a pair of ice-skates because I was a part of The Silver Stars, a competing synchronized ice-skating team, while my brother got a baseball bat and ball ornament.

Now when I go home to my parents house for Christmas I see all the mixtures of ornaments we have accumulated throughout the years, it makes me reflect back on the different opportunities that we had and how they all contribute to the people we are today.

Now Adam and I have a family tree of our own and we have started to add ornaments that represent our lives from year to year. Here’s a little glimpse into our tree…

We were engaged on an ice-skating rink in Walnut Creek CA and…look at that a camera. If only my camera had a sparkly lens and flash…
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My Mom gave me this glass angle and it reminds me of the generous angel that she is…Adam’s first trip overseas landed him at the city of love-Paris.

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When I was in college I worked as a temp on Wilshire Blvd. at Virgin Entertainment Group as a Marketing Manager and later held a part-time position in accounting. One year they gave us employees these ornaments.

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This past year I came together with a few friends to start a dinner club so we could become better chefs. One of the girls made this ornament last year that has our logo (yes our CEO of the club made us a logo and everything) and she cut up recipe lines that we used and put them in the ornament. She’s quite crafty I tell ya…christmas_7

Disneyland is a very special place to me. My family liked going to the same two vacation spots every year. We went to Disneyland or a beach house in Pismo Beach. My parents now express that they should have branched out, but these two places have become very special because of the many memories made there throughout the years.
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This year is the first year I have my Christmas presents done in advance…this year is the most organized I’ve been and I could definitely get used to this. Now I can sit back, reflect, and remember all of life’s experiences, appreciate each one, and look forward to more adventures to come.christmas_31

Over & Over Again

Much like many dinner scenes in our home, I break into conversation about life, why we’re here, what we’re supposed to be doing, how to end world hunger. You know, calm dinner talk.

Many a time what gets brought up is the status of our goals and where we are at in terms of getting there.

“When it comes down to it, we can talk about it all we want, but mostly we have to do it over and over again to make it happen and to get better.”

Why is my husband so wise?

Here’s to doing, forever learning and getting better. OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

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