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My early twenties are officially coming to a close. And although it feels kinda weird to think that I’m going to be closer to 30 than 20, I’m super excited! It’s going to be a BIG year for us! The move, (hopefully) becoming home owners soon… It’s really always been a dream of ours. Having a house we can call our own. Creating a home that is truly us.

As Adrian asked for a wishlist, I realized, most things I want are things for the home. Okay, aaaaand I might have a little crush on Kate Spade too.. ♥

 

 

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Hay Lup Candle Holder | ‘Eat Well, Travel Often’ Wall Clock by Cat Coquillette | Kate Spade Bow Tote ‘Clement Street Blair’ | Kate Spade Shoulder Bag ‘Emerson Place Lawren’ | Kate Spade Wallet ‘Cedar Street Lacey’ | Pepper & Salt Mills by Menu | Avvento Candle Holders

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Okay! I might have gotten juuuuuust a tad overboard in the Kate Spade department. And if Adrian were here to chime in, he would say “Babes, you always wear the same purse anyways…” Yeah yeah! I know. But a girl gotta be a girl! And you don’t turn 26 every year… LOL

XO, Rahel ♥

 

Spring is in full swing over here and to make the ‘all new’ season justice, I’ve got brand spankin’ new USB drives to show! So happy with how these babies turned out! See the laser engravement? So cool!

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Aesthetic is super important to me. And how it feels to the touch as well. Any old plastic drive was out of the question! But these wooden drives made from pine trees fit the bill perfectly!

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For my wedding photography friends – you can get these wholesale flash drives at USB Memory Direct!

XO, Rahel ♥

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These two love birds are relaxed, easy going and just purely awesome to spend time with! They love big and small adventures, including fixing up an old 1979 mobile home called ‘Lindy’ – seriously, how awesome is that??

Kellen had planned to pop the question at Treebones on their five year Anniversary. Treebones is a cool, bohemian place down the coast of Big Sur where you can rent yurts for the night. It’s such a special place, off the grid and all. Erin & Kellen enjoy the outdoors, doing physical activities, and so he proposed on the top of a mountain, overlooking the blue ocean below…

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For their engagement session, they took me down to the northern side of Santa Cruz Harbor, close to where they live. Erin wore two stunning, flowy dresses that played beautifully in the soft breeze. At the very end, we all got into the water. Two of us willingly, and one of us – well, rather unexpectedly ;) I just love me an adventurous couple!! ♥

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XO, Rahel ♥

You guys!!! I’m like beyond thrilled to reveal the facelift of my website with you today!! The old confetti look was SO me. Three years ago.

The big move and the fresh ideas of becoming a Coast to Coast Wedding Photographer (squeal!!!) had a big impact on me. And then I morphed. From loving all things pink and feminine, my taste adapted into a more minimalistic, trendy version of pretty. I’ve always adored beautiful, simple typography. Always. But not until a few days ago, did I know how to incorporate this as a big part of my branding.

When you think about a problem for sooo long, there’s always that point right before success, where you just want to GIVE UP (for goodness sakes) and throw in the towel. And then BOOM!! it all just comes together (and your coffee storage is raided empty!)

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The main characteristics are the new color scheme, the typography that is scattered throughout the site and the perfectly imperfect pictures of moi.

As most photographers, I HATE being in front of the camera. It’s just not the way it’s supposed to be. I feel terribly awkward and my strategy is to quickly start making funny faces… And of course, I’m also my own biggest critic. Sooooo, putting these photos up was a big step. A big, bold and vulnerable step. I hope it was worth it :)

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What do you think? Like? Love? Hate? I’d love to hear in the comments :D

XO, Rahel ♥

Sandra Klary -

The new site and colour scheme is beautiful!!! And I LOVE your about page!! :D

Your wedding day is coming closer and you’re getting all the little details figured out. It’s an exciting time! And to celebrate this special time, the weeks leading up to your Big Day, I’ve put together a list of 6 Wedding Splurge Must-Haves you ABSOLUTELY need!!

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Pretty Hanger / Order a gorgeous hanger like this one from BHLDN for your wedding dress! There’s nothing worse than shooting a gorgeous wedding dress on a cheap plastic hanger.

Address Stamp & Seal / Now that you’re soon Mr. & Mrs. splurge on a pretty custom address stamp and wax seal! Soon enough you’ll need to write all these Thank You cards, so be ahead of the game!

Flats / Okay. You probably have your wedding shoes picked out already. But have you thought of a pretty option for the reception and all the dancing? Pick up a pretty pair of flats and spoil your feet on the big day. I’d go with these Kate Spade Keds!! (and they’ll look MUCH better than cheap Flip Flops…)

Cute Phone Case / Enjoy your big day with a phone covered in a pretty case! There’s so many beautiful options out there – I love this, this & this one!

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Sources // Address Stamp / Gold Phone Case / Wooden Hanger / Marble Phone Case / Essie Nail Polish / Kate Spade Keds

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Mani & Pedi with the Girls / Spoil your best friends a couple days before the wedding. Take them all to the spa, bring a couple bottles of bubbly and get all the tears out!

Boudoir Photos / Indulge in a boudoir session and spoil your new hubby with this unexpected gift! His reaction? You’ll have to find out for yourself! (but it probably involves lots of kisses…)

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XO, Rahel ♥