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    Valerie + Jorge

    After an unexpectedly crazy week, it’s nice to sit back and relax on a Friday night. Since I actually haven’t been at my computer all week, I am committing tonight to catching up on various things including uploading this wonderful wedding I did with Dan Aguirre Photography. Tomorrow, Dan and I are working together again so this post is doing double duty – creating a wedding story and prepping me! Valerie and Jorge were the cutest couple ever. They had their first date at the Museum of Science so that’s where they decided to have their wedding. When we arrived, Val, Jorge and their bridal party were all hanging out…

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    Last Days

    Yesterday was our last full day of our travels. Thanks to the receptionist at our hotel, we woke up at 6am and headed towards Arches National Park to avoid the crowds. Our first destination in the park was Delicate Arch, a freestanding arch that’s a 3-mile hike from the nearest parking lot. It was really refreshing to have to hike to the attraction instead of just pulling up to it in a car. It felt like I had to work to see the beauty and man was it worth it. I used to be hesitant towards traveling because I could just look at pictures but I am learning that pictures…

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    Montana > Idaho > Utah

    Our original plan was to spend the day today driving from our cabin in West Yellowstone, Montana to Denver, Colorado so we could drop Nick’s parent’s off at the airport and then spend the last two days in the city. Thinking about how much driving that would have been (about 650 of straight driving so we would get back in time for their flight) Nick thought about other options and the alternative he came up with has allowed us to explore so much. We woke up at 5am in this morning to SNOW and drove to Salt Lake City where Nick’s parents got a flight back home to Dallas/Ft. Worth.…

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    Cute Cabin in the Woods

    When we were planning our trip, Nick had the idea of staying in a cabin near Yellowstone versus staying in a nearby hotel. It seemed like a good idea and reflecting back on it, it was the second best decision we made, the first being going to Yellowstone. We used this site Flipkey which has vacation rentals all over and ended up at this perfect little cabin in West Yellowstone, MT, only a fifteen minute drive from the west entrance of the park. The cabin is completely furnished and decorated with wonderful woods-themed memorabilia. It slept the four of us very comfortably and had laundry machines. There was a full kitchen outfitted…

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    Last Day in Yellowstone

    Sadly today is our last day at Yellowstone. It’s been a fairly relaxed day which is nice because the next few days are going to be packed with more traveling before coming home. We had scheduled a horseback riding tour this afternoon so in the morning we headed out to try and fish beforehand. The guy at the fishing shop however kindly let us know that as beginners we would have a horrible time unless we sign up with a tour. Instead, he pointed us to Messa Falls down the road. Messa Falls turned out to be a beautiful hidden gem where we were able to get right up close…

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    Day 4

    This morning after eating a cookie and a banana (in that order), my stomach protested and left me feeling awful (see first picture). Still trying to make the best of the time we have here, I persevered to going out to the Northern part of the park. Since a lot of the park is still “out of season” one of the two roads to get there was closed. This resulted in lots of traffic going down a two-lane road that became one lane for 2 miles and was dirt for 7 miles. An hour and many animals-in-the-road later, we made it to Mammoth Springs. We then headed to Lamar Valley…

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    Yellowstone Exploration

    Today we focused on all the tourist spots of Yellowstone. We saw Old Faithful, the Midway Geyser Basin, the Lower Geyser Basin, the Artist’s Paint Pots, the Norris Basin. All of these were different geysers with an assortment of strength and colors. It was incredible to see the range of colors that come from the various minerals and bacteria that are in the water and ground.

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    Trip Out West

    For those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend Nick is graduating from law school next week so in celebration of that, we along with Nick’s parents have taken a trip to Yellowstone National Park and Denver, Colorado. We flew into Denver yesterday at around 8pm (Mountain Time) and drove a couple hundred miles North to get us closer to Yellowstone. Today, on our way, we stopped at Grand Teton National Park which was incredible. The mountains were so beautiful and covered in snow. They reminded me of the Swiss Alps. We are staying in West Yellowstone, Montana so we headed there next. The ride was incredible and on our way…

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    Decor Shots

    Earlier this week Allegro Photography (one of the wedding photographers I’m working with this summer) asked me to photograph some decor for an event downtown. Eager to shoot and get into the city, I grabbed my camera and drove in. The event was called Night of 1,000 Stories, an evening dinner to raise money to support youth writers. AE Events were the event planners which means they designed and coordinated the décor and the vendors (food, entertainment, etc.). Typically, event planners will ask the photographer or hire a separate photographer to specifically shoot the decor so they can then use them in their portfolio. Thanks Allegro Photography and AE Events!

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    Ya-Ya

    My friends and I have a started a book club between the three of us. We have just completed the first in what I hope to be many to come. What book is this you ask? The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. How fitting for three women who are such close friends. When they were children Vivi and her three best friends created the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which remained in full tact through their entire adulthood. The story opens with, Sidda, a 40-year-old play write whose mother, Vivi, has just disowned her for the way Sidda talked about her in an interview. This failed relationship and her unsure feelings…