After much consideration on where to spend our honeymoon, we decided Maui would be the best for all of our honeymoon desires. We were looking for a place that was both relaxing and adventurous - and Maui is just that! We sipped cocktails by an infinity pool directly facing the sunset, watched the sunrise from atop a volcano, and hiked to see the many waterfalls and beaches around the island. I don't want to give away too much, so take a peek at my Maui Diary below!
Welcome to our Honeymoon Home #1, y'all - nestled in the rainforest of North Shore at the start of Hana Highway! We stayed here for a few nights, and really got that Hawaiian experience. There were geckos, fruit trees, and the most vibrant flowers surrounding the property. The location was also great because it was central to many places around Maui - including one of our favorite areas, Paia!
The flowers surrounding the tiny home property were just *gorgeous*. I couldn't help but capture them after an afternoon shower when the colors were so vibrant!
Once we left our tiny home on the North Shore, we headed east on Hana Highway for our Honeymoon Home #2 located right in Hana on a black sand beach. See below for the view from our balcony!
Black sand beaches are really something else, huh? The contrast of the black lava rock with the greenery and ocean blue tones were mesmerizing! I especially loved the mood as the storm clouds rolled in. My ivory top and mustard velvet pants from Flying Tomato really stood out in these images!
Sunshine, tan lines and black sand beaches are such a great combo! This particular honeymoon home was a favorite because you could hear the massive waves crashing onto the shore from bed. I mean, you can't really find a better sleep soundtrack than that, huh?
We also enjoyed staying in Hana, because it put us right next to waterfalls and a red sand beach.
Although tough to swim in, the red sand beach was so beautiful. I mean, come on, how often do you come across a red sand beach?
Before leaving Hana, we wanted to stop and hike to see the Seven Sacred Pools and Waimoku Falls. Unfortunately, Seven Sacred Pools was closed for swimming this time around, but that was okay because we saved our energy for the hike to Waimoku Falls. If walking through a bamboo forest to reach a massive waterfall sounds like something you would be interested in, DO THIS HIKE! It was one of my most favorite hikes I have ever done - with the best waterfall reward in the end :)
Our Honeymoon Home #3 was a bed and breakfast located in Kula which is in the mountains at the base of Haleakala. We wanted to stay here so that the early morning sunrise drive wouldn't take so long, but we ended up LOVING the house we stayed at. The view from the balcony was unreal - you could see all of Maui. We wish we could have stayed here longer.
The above photo was taken at Haleakala around 4:30AM - right as the sun was starting to peek above the horizon. It was so cold at the top, so for anyone who is planning to see a sunrise there: DRESS WARM! You are also required to reserve a parking spot at the top, so make sure to do that as well.
Among the shivers, was a sense of so much happiness - I truly felt like I was above the clouds. I was captivated by the many colors that filled the sky as the sun rose - literally 360 degrees of hue heaven. For anyone considering this early morning adventure, do it!
Our final Honeymoon Home #4 was the Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott. We wanted to end our trip on a relaxing note, and oh my we relaxed SO WELL! Cocktails by the infinity pool and short drives to the many scenic beaches in Wailea was the perfect finale. There's also some amazing snorkeling in Wailea - which I highly recommend doing early before the wind and crowds pick up!
For all of you couples in search of the perfect honeymoon - make sure it involves an infinity pool! This one was so serene during sunset.
Here we are at the end of the diary, finishing it off with our final sunset before boarding our 10PM flight to LAX. We drove through a random neighborhood and somehow ended up at this beach to catch a stormy sunset while I was wearing a pale pink dress by Jealous Tomato.
I hope you enjoyed our 'mauimoon' diary! It was a memorable honeymoon, that's for sure :) Coming soon - wedding photos!
~*Sky high*~ wearing the most ruffletastic outfit by Petersyn on an adventure with mi amor! We cruise this route a couple of times per week, not only because it is a few minutes from our home but we find it to be so meditative. A moment where we can unplug and take in those layers of mountains resting in front of the sunset. I love the light there, as well - and it really highlighted the amazing details in this look by Petersyn. Enjoy!
It's been a while since I've posted here -- but I'm happy to be back, sharing a shoot brought to you by Pitusa! I guess you can say I have been busy getting to know our new neighborhood ~ and I am beginning to fall in L O V E with our surroundings.
Even though I haven't been as active here on the blog, I have been creating more than ever. Inspiration is everywhere you look here on Pine Mountain - and Darren and I are always feeling that urge to get out, explore, and document our dreams by turning them into reality! As we explore we discover new places, and one of those places is the location here in this shoot.
A short 10-minute drive from our house takes you here, overlooking layers of mountains being backlit by the setting sun, and oh my is it dreamy! We can't stop going back ::)
I think I have found my new happy place - where I will go to wash all of those worries away and let my mind wander into those endless layers of mountains! Or just to enjoy a nice beer with my love! Ok, now enjoy the rest of the photos!
The End! Now keep your eyes peeled for new content, I wasn't joking when I said we've been out creating more than ever! ::)
Hello, everyone~ I am happy to share the second shoot we captured for Madison James. I just love dressing up in their stunning gowns, wandering around and creating with my love! There's something so special about being 'all dressed up with nowhere to go' - the only place we were headed was towards the best light in the Carrizo Plains! I hope you enjoy this shoot featuring a magical gown brought to you by Madison James.
You can find this stunning gown here! Good news, it also comes in gold! ::)
Follow me as I chase the sunset in this series 'Step Into The Light' brought to you by Madison James. They have such a stunning collection of formal wear that will leave you feeling like a princess ~ enjoy!
Lena Bernard just released her new collection and I am so in love - her jewelry is a dream, y'all! The craftsmanship in every piece I have been lucky to own by her is just incredible. Each piece is truly a work of art and they add the best vibe to any look.
I am excited to release this shoot! I have been saving this post until Lena released her new collection. I hope you enjoy the imagery we created in Joshua Tree, while on the rocks, soaking in the best kind of golden light.
Nothing quite beats a sunset on the coast, especially when that coastal sunset happens in Big Sur while you are wearing layers of the softest white fabric, shakin' and movin' and feelin' all of the best vibes! I seriously cannot get enough of this top & skirt by Pitusa (and their entire shop, actually). Watch as I fall in love with the way the fabric moves to the sun setting behind the horizon - creating the most gorgeous golden glow!
If you're looking for that perfect look to wear to your upcoming Spring beach trips, look no more! This outfit will have you feeling like your on vacation in no time, and will also be your best companion on the dance floor ::) Check out the links to what I am wearing below!
Sometimes all you need in life is a vintage red silk slip dress and the perfect Death Valley backdrops to dance the sunset away in. The following images were shot at both Artist's Palette and some epic mud cracks that we found while exploring.
I hope everyone enjoyed time with their families ~ I sure did! I'm also happy to get back into the swing of things and release a bunch of new content just in time for the holidays!
Photos shot by Darius Twin.
The sunset called and told me to wear pink at the top of the Topanga Overlook...
So I grabbed my favorite get up from Nordstrom (by Topshop) and headed on up.
The moon was big and bright, and the sky kept changing hues as the sun sank behind the mountains!
And, oh my, was the sunset right! The hues were absolutely stunning and matched my outfit perfectly.
This outfit was so fun to shoot! Not only because it paired perfectly with the sunset, but because I just love the modern, yet rock and roll vibe to it all. I will definitely be wearing this to the next concert I check out ::) Peep the links to what I'm wearing below and don't forget to listen to the song of the day -- I have it on repeat lately!
Photos shot by Darius Twin.
Welcome to hoodooville, aka Goblin Valley - land of the most bizarre rock formations out there in Green River, Utah. We arrived right as the landscape was lit with that golden hour sun, and we wondered off into the park, admiring all of the unique hoodoos!
We definitely got lost a few times throughout our expedition, but that's because our sense of direction was completely throwm off as we wandered aimlessly, ha! It was impossible not to, because every direction we turned was the most mesmerizing view.
The sky graced us with a scenic sunset as we found the best point to view it from. This is the location we chose to set down our blanket, jam some tunes on our speaker, and crack open a brew (or two!). It was a dreamy one!
I felt more than alive.
And so did that sky.
Goblin Valley was even more extraordinary than I had imagined!
Photos shot by Darius Twin.
I'm happy to (finally!) share one of my favorite shoots to date, picking flowers and dancing the night in away in the Valley of Fire. Okay, maybe not picking flowers, I brought that one along with me -- but don't those turquoise accents look dreamy? This is quite possibly the most beautiful sunset I've ever experienced, the sky seemed to be on fire, and nothing felt better than to let loose and flow with the breeze. How could you not when you're wearing that dress by Leon Max and jewelry by Lena Bernard? So I did just that, while playing some of my favorite tunes and feeling the love with Darius Twin.
Here I am, standing in the lowest point of North America called Badwater Basin with an elevation of 282 ft. below sea level. The location is called Badwater Basin because the water literally is 'bad' and undrinkable due to the accumulated salts surrounding the basin. You can smell the salt with every breath you take, and your skin starts to feel a bit dry, but the location itself is extremely beautiful & worthwhile at any point of the day. I recommend a visit during golden hour, sunset, and at night to see the stars. If you're there during a full moon, that's even better because the cracks in the ground illuminate. I chose to wear this stunning top & skirt from Motel Rocks at blue hour to accentuate my favorite color blue & because the weather in the desert was perfect at this moment!