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As Adrian & I prepare for our life changing move to New England, I’m writing a Countdown Journal to keep you all in the loop and to share our adventures in this crazy journey! You can find our full New England story here

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A week ago we returned from our house hunting trip to New Hampshire and it all seems like a big giant blur. A good big giant blur!

Okay, why did nobody doubt our sanity when we mentioned that we’re going on a ‘one week house hunting trip’? Because, people, we were crazy to think that one dinky week would be enough for such an enormous task! And yet, if all goes through, we’ll be moving into a beautiful, quirky old house in early November!!!

I think the secret was to find a really great real estate agent! She was fantastic, lining up about 15 houses within the first three days and already pre-scheduling a great and sought after home inspector for a couple days prior to our departure. Already on the first day we kinda crushed hard on this rickety old house, and even harder on a beautiful, small town. I’ll share more when it (hopefully) all becomes official! (and nope, this gorgeous brick house is not it!)

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All these ancient details really captured my heart! It must be, because of my vivid imagination. Who used to walk these old plank floors? Who made the decision on putting up exotic wallpapers, crown moldings and chandeliers so many years ago? What are the stories these old houses are telling?

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It was so great to see this beautiful part of the country in it’s summer cloak. We’ve seen it twice in Fall, but never in it’s green (and humid) state. It truly reminded us so much of Switzerland. The beautiful green leaves that play in the sun, the ever changing weather pattern that can go from dark grey thunder clouds to bright sunshine in the blink of an eye, all the way to the massive amount of genuinely friendly people.

We tasted the BEST fish n’ chips in Portsmouth (if you’re there, have a plate or two at The Coat of Arms Pub) and so many lovely walks within Amherst. We soaked up the old historic charm of stately colonial homes, sat in quiet parks to discuss options and had tons of cereal at the hotel ;) Yup, sugary cereal is our vacation quirk! Don’t even ask….

XO, Rahel

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New England Updates <3 And yes, just 4 1/2 months to go!!!!!

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There are three things that will set you up for an amazing experience during your Boudoir Photography Session. A great location, some pretty outfits that you feel comfortable and classy in – and lastly – a bit of courage!

Being a woman myself, I know exactly how self-conscious you might feel about your body. Really, I get it!! And because I do, my mission is to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as I can. Give you a non-awkward time and absolutely swoon worthy art that rewards your boldness!! ♥

“Thank you again for making the session enjoyable and non-anxiety provoking!!” ~ 2016 RMP Bride

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This beautiful bride decided to shoot at a classy Boutique Hotel. The soft fabric backdrop created this high end, luxurious feel for her Boudoir photos. Paired with her sophisticated choice of outfits and her wedding veil, we created art that I know her new husband will absolutely love!! ♥

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If you love these Pinterest worthy images and want to experience something really amazing, send me a note and we’ll make it happen!!

XO, Rahel ♥

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When you combine elegant and modern, you create something stunning. Something so beautiful, trendy and yet timeless. Put these ideas into a setting of European gardens – like at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, CA – and you’re golden! Bonus points, if the roses are still in spectacular bloom!

Allison of Engaged & Inspired did such a great job putting together this shoot. From the feminine Hayley Paige dress to the modern Eames Chairs, hints of blue and lush floral designed by my sweet friend Darcy of Seascape Flowers, it all came together like a dream. And of course, remember Elissa & Andy? Yup, these two love birdies modeled for us! A fun little dry run for their actual wedding day later this summer! Enjoy

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One of my favorite details were the laser engraved marble escort cards. Seriously, this would make such a sweet favor for guests! Stick some magnets on the back and they have something to remember your day by! LOVE!

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PHOTOGRAPHY Rahel Menig Photography | VENUE Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park CA | PLANNING Allison of Engaged & Inspired | HAIR & MAKEUP Melissa Hoffmann | FLORAL DESIGN Darcy of Seascape Flowers | TABLESCAPE Crate & Barrel | BRIDAL DRESS Hayley Paige Gown, Haute Bride Salon in Los Gatos CA | BRIDAL ACCESSORIES Haute Bride | MODELS Elissa & Andy

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XO, Rahel

As Adrian & I prepare for our life changing move to New England, I’m writing a Countdown Journal to keep you all in the loop and to share our adventures in this crazy journey! You can find our full New England story here

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Less than 5 months to go and today we set out to find a home in New England!!

It’s been a dream of ours since we first got married in 2010. Owning a house. Being creative, painting walls just for the heck of it. Sanding and white washing ancient wooden floors. Remodeling! Basically, living out all of our crazy interior design dreams!

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Source // Beautiful Summer Gardens | White & Grey Kitchen | Tutorial on White Washing Wood Floors | Wood Shelves in the Kitchen | Cozy White Stairs | Summer Farmhouse

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And on this special day, the house hunting finally begins! We’ve set our eyes on a bunch of gorgeous homes. The newest being built in 1900. Not kidding. It’s like we’ve been drawn to the history laden homes, where you feel like you’re just being a part of a house, rather than the house being a part of you. It’s weird and I know it doesn’t make too much sense.

As I’m sure this week is going to be a roller coaster of emotions (aka, hysterical giggles & big fat tears) we’re excited to start this chapter of our lives. In a place that has been calling our names, a place we plan on putting down roots.

And because I’m still running a business – I will be out of the office until June 9th.

Thanks for your patience!

XO, Rahel

Dear year 25,

As you slowly whither away, I look back on you with a grateful heart. You were a difficult and challenging year. You beat me down and lifted me up. You made me a stronger woman and you gave me wings to fly.

We did quite a bit together, didn’t we! You took me on small and big adventures – the biggest of them all, making the decision to move. Shaking up our lives and moving to New England this coming Fall! You took me on countless weekend trips as well. Tahoe, Carmel, Big Sur, San Francisco and many more. You taught me that less is more and you taught me that ‘doing it miouw’ creates a cleaner, more presentable home.

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And now that you’re in your very last moments I’d like to thank you. Thank you for the challenges you laid upon me. Thank you for spoiling me with joyful moments with the two I love most. Thank you for letting me grow in my own time. Oh, and thanks for those extra 13lb you gifted me so generously!! LOL

While 26 is being born, I’m looking forward to changing up life. I’m looking forward to owning a house and truly making it our home. To letting myself dream bigger and bolder. To many little adventures with the man and fury daughter I love so much. Who knows what 26 will have in store for me!

XO, Rahel ♥