Afternoon Date at SteelCraft

I came across this place on instagram recently (thanks social media!) and decided to surprise Adam with a date yesterday afternoon in our own hood. SteelCraft is a really cool outdoor eatery in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach with all of the restaurants made of shipping containers. They have everything from ramen to gourmet waffles (banana cream waffles, guys) to hawaiian shaved ice and Smog City Brewing for those of you beer lovers. There is plenty of seating and a little lawn area where you can bring a blanket and do dinner or lunch picnic style. It’s still in it’s soft opening so only a couple of places are open right now but their grand opening is the weekend of February 4th and I can’t wait to go check out all of the shops. That ramen is calling my name! If you find yourself in Long Beach this is definitely a spot you’ll want to stop by.

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Our Wedding / Why we chose to do a First Look

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We always knew we wanted to do a first look. The idea of getting the portraits out of the way before the ceremony, being able to enjoy our cocktail hour with our friends and family and (hopefully) getting out some of those pre ceremony jitters were our main decision makers but I don’t think either of us anticipated the emotions we’d have. Being able to have that time alone with each other on an otherwise kind of insane day was so, soooo good.

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I know a lot of couples worry that if they do a first look it won’t be as special when they walk down the aisle and see each other. Let me tell you, the feeling doesn’t change, well it didn’t for me at least. It’s still SO incredibly special to see each other, surrounded by all of your loved ones. That walk is like none other BUT the wonderful thing about it is that I (Megan) was just so, so happy and was able to look around at our friends and family AND at my groom and not feel like I was going to throw up from nerves.

I (Adam) was genuinely shocked when I turned around and saw Megan. I obviously had no idea what her dress was going to look like and for a moment I was actually speechless. It was a moment when I realized “woah, this is happening. This is my bride”. When I saw Megan walking down the aisle I saw our future together. I’ll admit that I wasn’t as taken back as I was when I saw her during our first look. But it was a different feeling, I was calmer and just really excited for this moment to seal our commitment to each other.

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If you’re considering a first look, be sure to talk about what you want with your partner and talk to your photographer about the timeline of your day and what the best options are. Sometimes, if your ceremony is towards sunset having a first look is somewhat necessary and on the other side, if you are having an earlier ceremony, say in the summertime when the sun sets way later in the evening you would have more than enough time to do portraits after your ceremony BUT remember, you will be missing your cocktail hour. In the end, it’s your day and you should do whatever feels right but just know all of your options!

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Megan’s Details

Dress: Clementine by Sarah Seven

Belt: Sarah Seven Gilded Belt

Shoes: Betsey Johnson “Blue”

Hair: April Warford of Eclectic Chic Salon

Makeup: Wynter Binder

Adam’s Details

Shoes: Church Footware

Bow Tie: Hackett

Suit: Custom from Klein Epstein Parker

Beautiful photos by the talented Brumley and Wells

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A little San Francisco Getaway

Last fall we had a weekend getaway to one of our favorite places. We arrived in the evening, stopped at our airbnb in the adorable Pacific Heights neighborhood and walked straight to Delfina for a little midnight snack because when you’re on vacation carbs don’t count.

We woke up extra early Saturday morning, grabbed an uber and headed straight to our favorite breakfast spot in all of the land, Plow (get there before they open to get a good spot in line. They fill up FAST!) Seriously, if you haven’t been you are really missing out. Get the buttermilk biscuit and honey butter (my mouth is literally watering just typing this).

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After we filled our stomachs to the brim we walked it off by wandering our favorite neighborhoods. We first stopped by Big Daddy’s Antiques, one of our favorite spots to browse really cool antique pieces. They have a store in LA too!

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A few of our favorite spots in SF:

Plow (always our first stop)

Sutro Baths

Legion of Honor Museum

Bi-Rite

Hops & Hominy – GET the gin and jam. Don’t ask, just do it.

NOPA – be sure to make a reservation for brunch!

Smitten Ice Cream, of course. And that entire area.

Jane – the cutest coffee shop

also, this made me laugh but it’s pretty true.

and really so much more. Every neighborhood in the city has so much charm!

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I had a few shoots while we were in the city which led us to some really great spots that we hadn’t explored before. First up was the gorgeous Cavallo Point which has the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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The next day we headed to The Presidio, a magical, magical tree lined spot in the middle of the city. It may be my new favorite spot there. And Adam is the best stand in light tester model.

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Later that evening we drove to THE most incredible place ever, Mount Tamalpais to photograph some of our dear friends. The views are INSANE and the fog that rolls in and the light and the hills and all of the things. Basically, we couldn’t stop snapping away here.

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A big thanks to our talented friend, Gladys for grabbing the camera after their shoot and snapping a few shots of the two of us.

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Was such a great trip and we are so looking forward to our next visit!

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Korakia Palm Springs

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After our Joshua Tree adventures were done we decided to spend another night in the desert and make our way to Palm Springs. We arrived in PS and went straight to Arrive (see what I did there?) to check out this newer hotel and have some lunch. The restaurant was great, delicious drinks and lunch and from what we saw it looks like a gorgeous hotel!

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Love in the desert

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Keeping up with our desert theme for the week I’m sharing a little session our dear friend Ala did for us while we were in Joshua Tree. After Amber and Louie had to leave to head back home (in case you missed their sweet session on my photography blog, you can view that here) Ala came out and I got to take some spur of the moment maternity photos for her (that you can see here). In return she woke up at the butt crack of dawn with us and we all ventured out to the National Park for a sunrise session while it was still somewhat cool out (a cool 89 degrees at 6am).

She snapped these after I took a few of her the night before. This is my truest form really, hardly any makeup, my hair up in a topknot.

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All photos by Love Ala

Outfit details

Megan

Black off the shoulder dress (similar) / sandals similar

Blue off the shoulder dress / lace up heels similar

Adam

Black hat / Boots

White button up / Green pants

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