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LIFE ON LOCATION-as a photographer i am often on the road
i thought i’d be fun to start sharing some of my personal experiences….i’ll let you know about
the hotels i visit, sweet spots to eat & any other little details that might help you on your travels

it may come as a surprise to some, but NEW MEXICO is a second home to me…i grew up between CALIFORNIA & NEW MEXICO, my father still lives there & over the years i have been lucky enough to find some wonderful little gems, places to see & things to eat…so here is my insiders guide…

1st up…you must eat at THE SHED in SANTA FE….

now, usually i am a green chili kinda girl but on my last visit i ordered the chicken enchiladas with red chili…(they are known for their red chili) & let me just say it was pure deliciousness & spice…check out the MENU…(i also highly recommend the posole & green chili stew)…truth be told, you can’t go wrong…between the good food, mellow atmosphere & fabulous location, it is the perfect pitstop with a mix of travelers & locals alike…after lunch i recommend taking a stroll through SANTA FE…

2nd…look up…the light in NEW MEXICO is incandessent….
so beautiful & abundant & ever changing…a dream for a photographer…

3rd the sweetest ALPACA FARM called VICTORY RANCH….ever nestled in the hills outside of SANTA FE….ALPACAS are the sweetest softest creatures….after feeding & petting them for a while you can go to their gift shop & get yourself an ALPACA hat or sweater or some other cozy souvenier

4th the amazing EL SANTUARIO DE CHIMAYO

….this lovely church is one of my favorite places ever….

one of the most magical places i’ve been to…in the back of the chapel is
a little room with a small hole filled with dirt in the middle…this is sacred dirt
& people come from all over to take a little bit of it & say a prayer….there are many
crutches & noted that line the wall from all of the miracles that have taken place…

CHIMAYO is definitely worth a visist

the NEW MEXICO dessert mountain landscape is stunning….
fyi…much of TRUE GRIT was filmed in MORRA, filled beautiful
lush landscape just about 2 hours outside of SANTA FE….

& 5th…take a little walk through the ZOO in ALBUQUERQUE
(aka life on location meets life as a mother)

truth be told i am really not a big fan of zoo’s…in general they make
me sad & i have visions of setting the animals free…but as a mother of three
i find my children learn so much from a trip to the zoo…the ALBUQUERQUE
ZOO
touches my heart because i remember going there as a little girl…there
are lovely grass areas you can sit in the afternoon sun & my children love
to feed the ducks…it is a literal feeding frenzy…

although new mexico is mostly dessert, there is
so much beautiful natural beauty everywhere…

simply put NEW MEXICO is a gem…well worth a road trip

please take a minute & let me know some of your favorite new mexico sweet spots
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xoxo….elizabeth

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i adore shooting editorial images for magazines….& yet there is always an element of letting go, as images i love do not make it into the final spread….so it is with great pleasure that i share with you some of my favorite images from the lovely SAN FRANCISCO BRIDE MAGAZINE shoot…if you want to see even more go take a look at the ever beautiful STYLE ME PRETTY today…sweet & stylish abby will be featuring some of her favorites from this vintage ferry bridal fashion shoot…xoxo

i left my heart in san francisco…xoxo

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Bustle Events – Design and Styling
Floral Theory – Floral Design
Heritage & Craft – Vintage & Custom Rentals
Preston Nesbit, Acme Head & Body – Hair & Makeup
Hartmann Studios – Rentals
Haute Bride – Veils & Headpieces
Shreve – Jewelry
Rebecca Overmann – Jewelry
Batter – Crepe Cake
Astor & Black – menswear

 

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i am so thrilled to have shot the cover of
SAN FRANCISCO BRIDES MAGAZINE

you can view the magazine ONLINE or
pick up a copy & thumb through the pages….
inside you’ll find a beautiful 12 page spread…

when SAN FRANCISCO BRIDES MAGAZINE hired me
to photograph this spread on a vintage ferry in san francisco
i almost fell right out of my chair…a VINTAGE FERRY?? in SF??
it was a dream come true…i cannot fully express how thrilling it
was to be shooting blocks away from the
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE….
i earned my BFA from SFAI years ago…

dreams can come true…xoxo

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& just when i thought it couldn’t get any better….
SF BRIDES also published the beautiful wedding of my friend
KATHRYN (& her husband RYAN) of SNIPPET & INK….their
wedding was simply gorgeous thanks to the efforts of
event planner LAURIE ARONS

a very special thanks to my assistant & 2nd shooter KRISTEN LOKEN….
who beautifully shot some of the decor at KATHRYN & RYAN’s reception…
(no matter how hard you work, it is still impossible to be in 2 places at once)

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SF BRIDES
editorial credits

Bustle Events – Design and Styling
Floral Theory – Floral Design
Heritage & Craft – Vintage & Custom Rentals
Preston Nesbit, Acme Head & Body – Hair & Makeup
Hartmann Studios – Rentals
Haute Bride – Veils & Headpieces
Shreve – Jewelry
Rebecca Overmann – Jewelry
Batter – Crepe Cake
Astor & Black – menswear

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SNIPPET & INK
wedding credits

Planning, coordination: Jenna Lam
for Laurie Arons Boutique Events

Photography: Elizabeth Messina

Videography: Sandbox Love

Venues
Getting ready, portraits: Cavallo Point in Sausalito, California
Ceremony: The Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco
Reception: Presidio Social Club in San Francisco

My attire
Dress: Angel Sanchez purchased at Jin Wang
Veil: purchased at Jin Wang
Hair clip: Jennifer Behr
White bridal shoes: Kate Spade
Sparkly flats: Steve Madden

Hair and makeup: Jim Avila

Wedding bands: Stephan-Hill

Ryan’s attire
Suit, shirt, tie: Ralph Lauren
Shoes: Bally purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue
Suspenders: Brooks Brothers

Other attire
Flower girl, Junior bridesmaid dresses: Lula Kate purchased at Bella Bridesmaid
Flower girl, Junior bridesmaid shoes: Payless
Maid of Honor dresses: Amsale purchased at Bella Bridesmaid
Ring bearer suit: Janie & Jack
Ring bearer bow tie: BuyYourTies.com

Stationery
Invitation suite, save-the-dates: PS Paper
Letterpress: Alan Hillesheim
Envelope calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap
Vintage stamps: The Paper Nickel
Day-of details (menus, buttons, coasters, etc.): PS Paper
Day-of calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

Decor
Personal flowers: Michaele Thunen
Ceremony, reception flowers: Kathleen Deery Design
Tent, Chiavari chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: LaTavola Linen
Lounge furniture: Kathleen Deery Design

Catering
Dinner: Presidio Social Club
Cake: Perfect Endings
Dessert buffet: Perfect Endings
Dessert buffet details: PS Paper
Gelato bike: Noci Gelato

Music
String trio: Lawrence Strings
Boys’ choir: Golden Gate Boys’ Choir and Bell Ringers
Band: Jazz Mafia
Vocals: Crystal Monee Hall
Professional sound: Delicate Productions

Photo booth: Magnolia Photo Booth
Custom booth curtain, guest book: PS Paper

Transportation
Valet: Soiree Valet
Shuttle: Bauer’s Transportation
Vintage cab: Marin Checker Taxi, 415-789-5356

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to see more of this lovely wedding go to….
MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS
LAURIE ARONS BLOGSNIPPET & INK

 

 

 

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its with great pleasure that i share this beautiful wedding….

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nicole & adam are such a sweet couple….and there wedding was a lovely mixture of family, creativity &  homemade touches….nicole is an amazingly talented photographer…you must visit her blog….

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 the details were simply stunning & they were also very meaningful to the bride & groom….

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not only did we spend some time in an apple orchard to take some sweet images of the happy couple….the bride & groom also made gift baskets that included some of the perfect apples….

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and nicole made all of the beautiful little labels herself…..she’s so creative

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look at the beautiful quilt she made too….there is nothing quite as sweet as a homemade quilt hug….

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the couple also shared delicious homemade cookies (made from family recipes) with their guests & as people left the reception they received the recipes to make the cookies at home…a sweet touch….

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they might just be one of the sweetest couples ever

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between kisses…we took photographs…lots of photographs

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family matters…the bride & groom were surrounded by the love of both of their families…

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adam & nicole share a laugh by their homemade wedding sign…and their joy was contagious

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   the tables at their reception were adorned with images from the happy couple’s childhood

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as the night came to an end…the couple exited through a tunnel of lights held up by friends & family

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a sweet ending to a sweet celebration….

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to learn more about nicole visit
A LITTLE SUSSY

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