roxanne & nick | newport beach engagement

we had so much fun photographing this engagement session and getting to know our very sweet couple, roxanne and nick! when we first met, it was like hanging out with old friends. they love the beach and even live near one, so naturally our session started on the cool sands of the pacific ocean. nothing compares to the radiant sunsets and gleaming waves of southern california. it was delightful to photograph r & n's memories of their engagement at this beautiful location in corona del mar. 

Part I: Carmel-by-the-Sea & Point Lobos Travel

 I am not originally from California and know quite little about it, even after moving to Los Angeles. Of course I had been to the other big CA cities, such as SF or San Diego, but all that laid in between was a complete mystery to me. What's the Central Valley? Is that where Silicon Valley is? Isn't the entire State of California just a bunch of desert, gold mines, and dead grass? Thankfully my husband is a California native, born and bred, and would eventually correct my ignorance and impart to me his vast knowledge of the Golden State.

He had casually mentioned Carmel-by-the-Sea sometime before. At the sound of the name my interest was already piqued. So it was such a pleasant surprise when he told me on the eve of my birthday, "Honey, pack your bags in the weekender tote I just bought you, 'cause we're heading to Carmel!" 

This is actually just part I of our trip...some of other rolls of film are still pending in the lab. I wanted to go ahead and share a few snippets from our excursion to Point Lobos, so in case you were expecting Carmel photos, uhh I apologize. But now I've built up your anticipation...so check back later for more! :) 

Point Lobos is easier to explain in photos. I think it's pretty self-explanatory how breathtaking it is. My favorite shot was of the deer prancing in the golden meadow, though by no means a perfect image, it was fun pretending to be a national geographic photographer for a second...hehe. 

Here's Carol-by-the-Sea:

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Kauai Love

Thanks so much for visiting carollyphoto.com. As a wedding photographer, I love to look back on my own wedding. I also love to look back on my honeymoon to Kauai! I thought I would kick off my blog with a personal entry about that trip so you can get to know me and my husband Jez (my assistant photographer) a little better.

We went to Kauai in June 2013, a few days after our wedding. It was a dream. Of all the islands in Hawaii, Kauai seemed to best meet everything we wanted: a) high adventure, b) good food, c) romance and privacy, and d) utter escape and relaxation.

I decided to bring my two film cameras to this tropical island; that didn’t turn out to be the best idea because it rains in Kauai about every twenty minutes...oh well. At least the rain is light and pleasant, and it makes for a landscape that’s beautifully lush and full of life.

Jez and I did a lot of bumming around on the beaches but we also took time to explore the backwoods and inner parts of the island. We attempted a hike on the Kalalau trail to a waterfall near Hanakapiai Beach, which was supposed to be a 4-hour trek. But—time for confession—I hate hiking, so we only made it halfway there after several hours. To this day, I still haven’t seen a waterfall in person. Next time?

My favorite part of the honeymoon was the carefree feeling of drifting out on the ocean while kayaking around the Hanalei Bay. It was probably more of a workout for Jez because I was busy taking photos!

We definitely plan to go back to Kauai in the near future! I would love to hear from you: where did you go or where will you go on your honeymoon?

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