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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The Joshua Tree House

Have you been on the internet/social media lately? Then you’ve seen this house appropriately called The Joshua Tree House. Every single blogger has been there and has been seen swinging in those amazing hanging chairs. My friend Amber was wanting to do her anniversary session out in Joshua Tree and so of course I mentioned this beautiful rental. She loved it, I loved it, so it was a done deal and we made some beautiful images inside the house and at the National Park nearby. You can see those here if ya want. Be sure to head to the bottom of the post for a few recommendations on where to stay and what to do in Joshua Tree.

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-This place, of course! The owners of The Joshua Tree House just finished renovating another house nearby and it looks amazing! Be sure to check out The Casita.

This Cabin looks adorable!

-What’s cooler than staying in a Dome in the desert? Not much!

-The more hipster the better, right? This place looks way cute!

Where to eat/What to do (these can go together because Joshua Tree is small, like real, real small.

-The Corner Cafe. This is a tiny little cafe on the corner of town. Pretty standard breakfast here 😉

Natural Sisters Cafe. Vegan friendly and really delicious vegan carrot cake, like so good guys.

Pie for the People. Pizza. Can’t really go wrong here.

The Joshua Tree Saloon For your steak loving heart. And burgers, and onion rings.

-Head out to Joshua Tree National Park. The park is so gorgeous and SO big. Go on hikes, go bouldering, don’t do anything physical and just stand and look at it in all it’s glory. Whatever you do, just go and see it because it’s so worth it.

-If you’re feeling adventurous, head out to Salvation Mountain. A must see!

Some other great guides

Almost Makes Perfect

Glitter Guide

 

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Our Wedding / Bride Style

We last shared Adams take on Groom Style and today I wanted to share all that went into my favorite outfit I’ve ever worn! I wrote a post on finding the dress here but didn’t spill ALL the deets on my actual dress. I did confess about buying my dress before we were actually engaged because I was a crazy person but it all worked out.

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I’m already sad that it’s all over and this stunning dress is just hanging in my closet but I guess I’ll keep it around for my daughter to wear or tear apart…

Dress: Clementine by Sarah Seven

Belt: Sarah Seven Gilded Belt

Shoes: Betsey Johnson “Blue”

Robe: BHLDN Venezia Robe

Hair: April Warford of Eclectic Chic Salon

Makeup: Wynter Binder

Beautiful photos all by the talented Brumley and Wells

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