What a start to 2017…

Their love is passionate & intense. It radiates from them as soon as you meet them. You can see it in their eyes anytime they look towards each other. That connection that makes you smile & gives you chills just by being in the presence of it.

I met Julie & Eric only moments before their ceremony started. They booked me a few days earlier after deciding they wanted some photos to capture their very intimate ceremony on Donner Lake with their kids & their pup Charlotte on the first day of 2017.  I will forever be grateful for their decision. (And big thanks to Jackie, their fantastic wedding officiant – for connecting us!)

The energy of this incredible blended family immediately made me feel like I had known them forever…and it was very clear they were all right where they needed to be, together.

Julie & Eric have been together for 8 years & have spent many occasions in Julie’s family cabin in Truckee – enjoying the beauty & peace of Donner Lake on solo trips, and as a family.  So when they decided to have a ceremony, they knew right where they wanted it to be.

When I asked Julie why they chose the date – January 1st, 2017 – she said, “We decided on the January 1 date because it felt symbolic of new beginnings; a clean, fresh start to something permanent. It was very important to us to have our kids involved, so they understood that it wasn’t just Eric & I that were joining but that we were joining as a
family including Charlotte our dog. Stronger together, the commitment was
ALL of us.”

She had told me on our phone ‘meet’ that she hoped that it snowed that day during their ceremony. I headed out the door early and on my short drive over, the snow began to fall – and continued through their ceremony – it was perfect.  Enough to be caught in the photos, the perfect light fluffy stuff. It was absolutely beautiful!

The sun played peekaboo with us throughout the ceremony, but the snow never stopped.

Throughout the ceremony Eric & Julie assisted each other in wiping the happy tears from each others faces. I couldn’t help but smile the biggest smile behind my camera. (There may have been a few tears myself, I can’t help it!)


When sorting through photos to pick to post for this blog, I absolutely loved reliving their sweet ceremony. The emotion that comes through the photos of each of them looking at each other, being SO in the moment and SO happy to be there, that day – together… it is something I will never forget!


Julie & Eric – Thank you SO much for letting me be a part of your beautiful ceremony!

So much love to you!






Thawing out in Red Rock…

One of my all time favorite places to climb is Red Rock, Nevada.

Jeff & I had some time off at the end of January so we decided to make a trip to get some climbing in before the busy season starts for me & continues for him.

The weather was absolutely perfect. Cool so the rock felt great, but not too cold where we were miserable. It was a nice chance to “thaw out” from the snow at home in Truckee. Haha!

We drove our camper van down on Tuesday – making a pitstop in Reno to see two of our favorite people {Brittany & Rick} in their new stomping grounds of Sparks, NV. We enjoyed lunch & a beverage at Great Basin Brewery & then hit the road –  stopping in Tonopah, NV as a halfway point where we parked the van & slept…. Oh, did I mention – that night it was 10 degrees?? Haha. Luckily we had tons of blankets & stayed plenty warm!

The next morning we hit the road to Vegas. When we arrived into Vegas we checked into a condo we were staying at for a few days – got comfy and relaxed…planning out our next couple of days of climbing at Red Rock.

The next handful of days turned out to be absolutely amazing. Jeff’s parents flew in a couple of days into the trip & joined us for their first time climbing! The trip was seriously perfect!

Now that we are home, our skin is healing & we are on to planning our next trip (for my 30th birthday!!) to Bishop!



Jeff getting all artsy with the camera, snapping some photos of our girl!
Taking a break from bouldering for beers & burgers.
The ride… oh this van, how we love you!
My sweet sweet little adventure family 🙂
I swear she loves me & loves adventure… haha
Happy girl!
This girl… and her expressions/moods. haha
Trying to figure out how to get to the next route…
Jeff trying to make a… less – wet path for us, haha!
Jeff trying to make a… less – wet path for us, haha!
Bro giving the look…
Jeff’s Mom killing it at her first time bouldering!
Jeff’s Mom killing it at her first time bouldering!
Jeff’s dad killing it at his first time bouldering
Jeff’s dad killing it at his first time bouldering
The ladies chillin’
Sometimes the Bro-girl just needs a warm jacket…


Figuring it out…
The look. Haha!
love this dude…


My fella is getting pretty good at this photo-taking thing 😉
My fella is getting pretty good at this photo-taking thing 😉
My fella is getting pretty good at this photo-taking thing 😉
My fella is getting pretty good at this photo-taking thing 😉
My fella is getting pretty good at this photo-taking thing 😉
My fella is getting pretty good at this photo-taking thing 😉
Jeff’s dad Steve on the route
Jeff’s dad Steve on the route
Jeff’s mom Kathy on the route
Jeff’s mom Kathy on the route
Jeff’s mom Kathy on the route
Jeff & his parents chatting about the awesome climb…
The crew waiting for me to set up the camera… 🙂
Group shot to end this incredible trip!!!