Engagement Photos: Alki Beach

Monday, August 5, 2019

Aaron and I took our engagement photos this past July with my friend Melissa – Melissa Herold Photography + Design Studio. Melissa was a former student for me who has turned into such a good friend. She has worked for places like Lemonbug, lived abroad, and is an avid traveler. She understands moments and curating happiness. She was the best person to do an engagement shoot with for several reasons – She knew us, knew we weren’t the photoshoot type. But she created moments that made us look like we knew how to hit poses. She also made sure that we had a mix of traditional engagement photos and ones that were authentically us.

Things Aaron and I love to do – Eat, explore parks and nature such as the water, skyline views, and spontaneity. This was very true for our photoshoot with my niece, Gordo (Future brother in law), and my friend V in tow. We were laughing the entire time. We love hosting people and touring them around our city. So the first stop being Alki Beach in West Seattle was such an ideal place. It was gorgeous out that day, and we were able to walk along the coast, breathe in some ocean air, and make a fake engagement where people legit thought we were getting engaged and of course, me being embarrassed, had to yell - I AM ALREADY ENGAGED IT'S JUST FOR PHOTOS. Sweet, I know.

But what makes Alki so special and some of our other photos later on is that one day back in March, Aaron and I had a bad day…just one thing after the next kept piling up, and it became so much that we didn’t get to do anything fun like we had planned. So, as we were headed back to his place in South Seattle, all of a sudden we were on a road that was not familiar. I asked where we were going, and he said it was a surprise. Apparently he told his brother, Gordo, that he promised me an adventure that day, so he was going to keep that promise, even if it was 8pm. A couple hours later, we explored some of the most beautiful view point’s Seattle has to offer of the skyline. We ended up going to Alki at night to walk along the sidewalk and see the bright city lights shimmer on the waterfront. 

Enjoy our first set along the coast! 

Contact Melissa HERE.

Whale Watching Monterey Bay

Monday, March 31, 2014

I took my Mother whale watching on day II. We used Monterey Bay Whale Watching as our company. 

Travel tip: There are two voyages with this company. Go in the morning. You're more likely to see whales, dolphin, and have less wind or sea turbulence. The trip was $40 and you need to reserve online or at least 2 weeks ahead of time. These tickets sell out quickly as Monterey Bay is a major tourist area. It's also a 3 hour trip.

Personally, when I lived in Southern California, Davey's Locker Whale Watching was $17 with their online coupon. I always saw whales and dolphin, it was a shorter cruise, and everybody got to see the creatures. In comparison, I felt like I overpaid and didn't get to see the sea creatures as much.

However, we were lucky to see 2 grey whales, sea lions, and dolphin! 


Mother's Trip: The random's

Sunday, March 30, 2014

 Throughout the week, my Mother and I made random stops at some places that didn't accrue many photos, but they were all great visits!
The Garlic Shoppe is in Gilroy, California. They even have Garlic ice cream. I definitely didn't try it, but I think you should if sweets and garlic is your thing :)
Our goodbye drive through San Francisco. Probably one of my favorite cities in the U.S.
Lala's Grill in Monterey: Rosemary chicken with Crab and Gorgonzola Cheese potato.
Fish Hopper:  Smoked salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables.
Fish Hopper view
Point Pinos Lighthouse: Tour is $2. Well worth the money. It doesn't take more than 30 minutes to read and see everything. It's located near the Point Lovers Golf Course in Carmel, CA.
Spring is in CA!
Lovers Point Park

Lovers Point Park

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I went on a mid-week adventure to Lovers Point Park.

It was the perfect 2 hour get away! The great thing about sights along the central coast is the FREE parking :) Also, there is a path to walk alongside from Cannery Row all the way until the end of the gold course. 

Adorable coastal homes, the ocean, a sunset, it doesn't get more picturesque! 










Point Lobos

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday was my first full day off since I started. I didn't look at my email, didn't respond to work related texts, didn't try and work on work in my few minutes of sitting, zilch! 

So, I checked out Point Lobos! It's absolutely stunning & if you are anywhere near the area it is worth the adventure. 7 miles of beautiful scenery - ocean, rugged coastline, sea creatures, forest like trails, and if you're lucky the warm sun. 

I hope you enjoy my little self care vaca day through photographs.

Ruggest coastline:
Splish splash:


Famous China Cove:









17 mile drive

Sunday, September 1, 2013

With my first weekend off since July, I made sure to carve out some time to explore the area. I decided to make the 17 mile drive, a popular tourist destination in the Bay area. 

It is a $10 fee to get into the park, but well worth it. The weather decided to be nice to me the second half of the trip too, which I was happy about because I got to watch some whales as I was stopping through some look out points.

Enjoy!










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