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Being a boudoir photographer, I get to work with lots of brides that are looking for a special gift for their groom. This lovely bride did her boudoir photography session at my studio. We have this one room that gets the most beautiful natural light throughout the day. The light is soft and seems to hug a body, caressing curves and really just creates the most beautiful setting for boudoir moments. It creates the dreamiest art, a most gorgeous gift for your groom ♥

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The best way to approach your boudoir session is to trust me with creating the art! Trust me that I will pose you beautifully, that I will pay attention to details. That I will give you a fabulous experience, even if you feel just a tad shy. Trust me and just let yourself have a blast during this special experience!!

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XO, Rahel ♥

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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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Just 2 months to go and WE GOT A HOUSE!!!!! Can you feel the overall excitement? LOL

It’s been such a long, testing journey. So many ups & downs and hot tears. But it’s finally over and we have the keys! Keys to our house, a new life, an exciting adventure! And without further ado, let me introduce the #HouseOfMenig to you!

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I never said it looked FABULOUS just yet, did I??

Features / The house was built in 1790, a fact we just LOVE! The charm is hard to describe in words, but there is just something so cozy and dreamy, even romantic about it. It’s almost like you can feel & breathe the history.With its 2700+ sqft it’s definitely on the larger side! It sits on a lovely 1/2 acre plot of land, in the middle of the Historic Village of Amherst NH. It features a variety of beautiful, mature trees, something that was high on Adrian’s list. This place comes with gorgeous wide plank wood floors, vaulted ceilings (eeeekk!!!) and exposed beams! More than just a dream come true!!

A Bathroom Joke / My dentist asked me what the bathroom situation looks like in such an old house. With a smirk on my face I decided to make a joke. “Well, actually, there’s no bathrooms in this house, just an outhouse!” The look I got was absolutely priceless!

Reno Projects / As I’ve mentioned previously, we’re SO excited to start all the reno projects! There’s a long (and kinda scary) list of things that need to be done. From re-finishing floors, painting walls all the way to a new kitchen, new and restructured roof, a fabulous garden and putting in a wood stove. Just to name a few!

AirBnB / I come from two generations of BnB people. Both sets of my grandparents rented out rooms, and during five years of my childhood, my parents did the same. So when we started our house hunt, we were thinking of how fun it would be to have AirBnB guests at the house! But then again, I kinda like my privacy and could never handle having strangers right next to where I sleep. The #HouseOfMenig came with the perfect bonus: an in-law suite with a separate entrance!!! Seriously, this is going to be SUCH a fabulous place for out-of-town guests! I’m already giddy to offer homebaked bread for breakfast, putting together a brochure for ‘Things to Do’ that actually don’t suck & to spoil them rotten with a beautifully designed room! CAN’T WAIT!!

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Lots of cool projects are ahead of us! And as we pop the cork to celebrate this huge step, we cannot wait to share more of the house and progress in the (very near) future

XO, Rahel

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These two love birdies got married at the private estate of Erin’s parents. A gorgeous mountain top property that overlooks a redwood dotted valley in the Santa Cruz mountains. GORG! Her vision was a relaxed, summery day with lots of bohemian design aspects. The bright and happy colors truly reflected their personalities and gave the event that happy-go-lucky vibe. She beautifully combined lanterns with white concrete planters in geometric shapes and designed a darling backdrop for the ceremony and later the sweetheart table.

One of the things that made their wedding so very intimate, was the fact that they only had siblings in their bridal party! Erin had designated her three lovely sisters as bridesmaids, while Kellen was surrounded by his two handsome brothers. So thoughtful ♥

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There were so many beautiful moments! My favorite was when the Anniversary dance ended with Erin’s grandparents kissing. Yup, I totally teared up behind my camera! Just thinking that 67 years of marriage means a lifetime of friendship and having your soulmate right next to you, going through life, conquering the bad and rejoicing together in the good… Goodness, I’m such a romantic and dreamer!! LOL

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VENUE Private Estate | COORDINATOR Katie Bassman | FLORAL DESIGN Seascape Flowers | BRIDAL SKIRT Stone Cold Fox | BRIDAL TOP Custom Made by Meg Ryan Design | SHOES Toms | BRIDAL ROBES Desert Primrose | CATERING Marina with Barbara + Company | CAKE & DESSERTS B’z Cakes | ENTERTAINMENT James of Leroy Productions Mobile DJ & Photo Booth

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Erin & Kellen, thank you for letting us celebrate with you!!

XO, Rahel ♥

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When you get a text from the fabulous Lindsay – the owner of your favorite bridal store – you get real excited! Especially if she asks you to shoot the new 2017 Collection of Haute Bride Accessories and some of the newest Hayley Paige & Amsale dresses! Yup, count me in!!

I’ll be sharing more in a few weeks, but let’s just take a peek at what we got to play with! FABULOUS!!! Right?! I mean, I was like a little girl in a candy store with all the horses and golden fields and most amazing dresses on this planet ♥

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PHOTOGRAPHY California Wedding Photographer Rahel Menig | BRIDAL GOWNS Hayley Paige & Amsale | ACCESSORIES Haute Bride | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup by Moni | MODEL Taylor Hixson | LOCATION Grandview Farms

XO, Rahel ♥

As a wedding photographer, I get tons of really great questions from brides & fellow photographers. In this Q&A series called ‘Hey Rahel!’ I’m attempting to answer anything & everything and share helpful information from my experience! Feel free to send your questions through the contact form

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Q: Hey Rahel! We’re SO excited to have you capture your wedding day later this year! While I was going through some previous weddings you shot, I had a question pop up. Are there any props or items that would be helpful for you to have to style my bridal details? I would just really love to have pictures of my details that are visually interesting and tie into our wedding theme. Any suggestion? Thanks! B.R.

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A: Hey there Gorgeous! Glad you ask, because YES, there are ways you can help me create more beautifully styled detail shots!

As you know, I like to take about an hour right after arriving at your getting ready space to style your details. Not only does it add so much beauty to your entire wedding story, it also helps all of your bridesmaids to relax around me and the camera! It is most helpful if you have all of your details ready in a box for me. That way I don’t have to bother you every five minutes. In case you want an extra beautiful box, check out Trousseau & Co. They’re AMAZING!

My photography case contains all the basics I need to style your details beautifully, but as you guessed, there are a few items that I encourage you to have handy for me. In fact, pack them right into your box of details! These items will really tie your story together in a beautiful way. So let’s hear it:

Ribbon / Get some luscious hand dyed silk ribbons! They look a gazillion times better than any other ribbons, trust me, money well spent. You only need about one yard per ribbon that is 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide. Three to five different color tones are ideal. A beautiful neutral is your basic color. Then add the colors you’re using in your wedding decor. A great trick is to go with the same color in two different shades, one slightly lighter, the other slightly darker.

My favorite ribbon sources are Tono & Co. for Utterly Engaged Magazine / Silk and WillowFrouFrou Chic

Flowers / Flowers just absolutely MAKE a detail shot. Every. Single. Time. So order some extra flowers, the same you’re having in your bouquet and wedding decor. We don’t need tons, just around a dozen with a bit of greenery and we’re good to go. And yes, I will ‘dead-head’ them in order for them to lay flat ;)

Dress Hanger / Splurge on a pretty hanger for your wedding dress. It looks so much better than a plain plastic or wooden one.

Clean Room / This one isn’t just for the detail shots, but since you like the visual appeal of your photos, I wanted to include this one as well. Make sure that the space you’re getting into your dress is super clean without too much clutter. In a hotel suite – keep the bedroom super pretty (aka, don’t let your bridesmaids unpack in there) and get your hair & makeup done in the living space area. Same goes if you’re getting ready at an estate, mansion or winery. Clean is the word.

XO, Rahel

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