As wedding photographers, we sometimes get to travel to photograph a wedding and when this happens it always turns into a little mini vacation for us afterwards :)   In June, we photographed Melissa + Mark’s beautiful San Francisco wedding.  If you missed it, you can check it out HERE.  We flew into San Francisco Friday evening.  The next day, we spent our morning and afternoon walking around Fisherman’s Wharf before meeting up with our couple for their rehearsal for their Sunday wedding at the Marines Memorial Club.

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Monday morning we rented a car and made our way to Napa Valley.  We started our getaway with a picnic lunch at Alpha Omega winery and it totally set the tone for our relaxing trip.  We then got to visit one of our favorite wine’s winery, Sequoia Grove.  That was just awesome.  Of course, the wine tastings did not disappoint.  Just wish we could have stayed there longer! lol

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The next day, we spent touring Sonoma Valley.  We hit up a few wineries and ended the day at Sonoma’s Tuesday Night Farmers Market.  One of my favorite wineries that day was Deerfield Ranch Winery. The tasting room is right inside their wine cave.  They had comfy chairs to sit and really gave you a nice experience.  Our flight was booked for Wednesday night out of San Francisco, so we were able to squeeze in 2 more wineries before it was time to head back.  We visited my favorite winery of the trip on this last day and we became wine club members!  Benzinger Family Winery was just lovely and the wines were delish!  I wish we would have had time to take their tour of the biodynamic vineyard and farm.  I guess we’ll just have to plan a trip back there soon ;)

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It was a great trip!  We got some much needed time away from the routine.  Jason and I were able to reconnect and it totally revived my love of traveling and I cannot wait to go on more adventures with my family again soon!

*all photos taken with our trusty Fuji X100s and our iPhone 6s

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July 21
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We got so lucky with the weather earlier this month for Lori and Mike’s engagement session!  It turned out to be a gorgeous day.  Not too hot and we even got some nice cloud coverage!  But enough about the weather, the real gorgeousness (that’s a word, right?) came from these two!  Lori had her trail hair and makeup done before our session with one of our favorites, Makeup in the 702, and she looked stunning! Lori radiates so much joy and happiness that you just can’t help but feel giddy around her.  I’m pretty sure Mike gets this and he’s gotta know just how good he has it ;)

We had a lot of fun with them during their downtown Las Vegas engagement session.   We walked around town, grabbed some beers, laughed a ton, oh and we got some great photos too!  Jason and I are looking forward to their wedding next month at KMA Event Center, coordinated by Archel Rowling Events.  It’s going to be an epic day for Lori and Mike.

 

July 15
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Octavia and Richard chose to travel to Las Vegas from Atlanta, GA to get married.  They didn’t want a big wedding with lots of guests.  No, they knew that this was their day.  Just for them.  So, they made the plans necessary and got away to tie the knot.  Together.  And it was just perfection.

 

O+R: Congratulations!  Thanks for having us capture your wedding day! xo

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July 03
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Since the summer of 2010 we’ve been putting together a family summer bucket list.  We’ve had a blast putting these lists together each year and coming up with fun activities to keep the kiddos entertained and happy during our hot Vegas summers.  A few things have become summer traditions such as going to Southern California in August, picnics up at Mount Charleston, and movie nights.  But, it’s always fun to add a few new things to our lists each year.  In 2012 we started to get creative with displaying our list because it’s important to see it and plan around it.  Otherwise, we tend to get busy with our regular routine and forget about all the fun plans we had for summer.

We usually put our summer bucket list together around Memorial Day, but this year has been wonky with Jason’s broken ankle and year round school for both kids! So, we waited until our kids went on their summer track brake to really focus on the fun summer activities for this year.  They’ll be on summer track break for 3 weeks. Then they’ll be back to finish off the school year for about a month, before having another 2 week break before the new school year begins again.  It can get confusing, but that’s where a little preparation and being intentional about making the best of summer comes in handy!  We’re determined to make the most of our time together as a family, be it summer or any other time of the year.  This year, I purchased this cute chalk banner at Target for displaying our list.  I got the kids to each write a few of our activities and then we hung it right over the kitchen window.  We’ll definitely be seeing it constantly!

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Emeric Family Summer Bucket List 2015

  • End of Summer SoCal Beach Trip
  • Family Bike Ride (I plan to just run alongside them, since I don’t know how to ride a bike.  They think they’re going to teach me to ride.  We’ll see what happens!)
  • Mystery Adventure
  • Bonfire 
  • Art Day
  • Sky Zone
  • Picnic at Mount Charleston
  • Make Ice Cream
  • Camping
  • Family Movie Night
  • Swimming 

Feel free to check out our 20122013, and 2014 lists for more ideas for your own summer bucket list!  It’s not too late to get started on having a super fun summer!  What kinds of fun activities, trips, or projects do you have planned for your summer?