Traveling with Kids in California // Point Reyes National Seashore

Sweet baby Wilder joined our family in May (on our wedding anniversary no less!) and we are over the moon to have this little man in our family! He is incredible and Juniper is so excited to be a big sister, and especially loves to announce when "he is awake!" so she can cover him with cuddles and kisses. The summer has been filled with lots of time outdoors and now have double the reason to blog about all our favorite places to visit in California with our little ones. Some are day trips and others overnights. Hope you'll join us for the fun! 

Besides an overnight in Tahoe for his parents' work, Wilder's first road trip was to Point Reyes National Seashore. This is one of our most dear nature spots and we try to make the journey out there as much as possible. The fun part (once we embrace it) about traveling with kids is that everything slows down. It take a little more time to get there in the car (potty + breastfeeding stops), and when we finally arrived, it felt like we spent most of the time at the same picnic spot (next to an EPIC bay laurel tree, why would you want to leave?). Then a half mile hike to a magical re-created Miwok Village, Kule Loklo, filled with underground sweat lodges and teepees, and it's almost time for dinner! On the way home, we stopped to say "hi" to some cows and then had "dinner" at the Scoop in Fairfax, we recommend their strawberry -  best on the planet.

We hope you get the chance to visit Pt. Reyes with your kiddos as well, and draw some inspiration from our photo diary! Also, if you and your family ever want to go on a day trip and have us capture some stellar, candid memories, that's our thing. We'd love to tag along - especially if we stop for ice cream. 

A big thanks to our great fashion partners included in this blog post!

Daddy/Daughter Shirts: TinyTotsKids

Handmade Sweaters: MaeDavisDesigns

Dress: Silk & More

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xoxo,

JAWS - Juniper, Ariel, Wilder + Sam ;)

Headshot Photography // Compass Real Estate Agents in San Francisco

For the last year we have been photographing Compass Real Estate Agents as they join the SF team :) It's been so much fun, especially since real estate agents are super friendly, personable and playful! We took most of these at beautiful Cavallo Point in Sausalito, the perfect backdrop to highlight all their stellar smiles! Here's just a little sample of some of the agents we've photographed so far. Enjoy :)

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

Family Photo Session in Glen Canyon // San Francisco Family Photographer

Almost four years ago we met Jessica at a bridal show in downtown San Francisco. We ended up chatting at our booth for what seemed like an hour together, hearing all about her upcoming wedding celebration at Carneros Inn in Napa and her wonderful baby son Issac. After having the privilege to photograph Jessica + Simon's wedding, we have documented birthday parties for their kids (and they've come to Juniper's), had ice cream parties in Sausalito and most recently, took family photos with their newest addition, adorable Asher, already running around like a pro! We spent the afternoon together in Glen Canyon, a wild hidden treasure of a park in San Francisco, filled with magical light.

After witnessing this family celebrate so many milestones, we feel that they are part of our extended family. And just like that first meeting where we talked and talked about our lives, after this photo sesh in the canyon, we found ourselves carried away in wonderful conversation with Jessica, while the kiddos played with their dad in the jungle gym. There's always so much to catch up on, and future playdates to plan :)

Hugs to this sweet crew! MUAH! 

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

Meadowood Napa Valley Wedding Photography // Martine + Vlad

Martine + Vlad had an intimate gathering of family and friends to celebrate their wedding at Meadowood in Napa Valley. Elegant, joyous, and perfectly planned by their lovely wedding coordinator at Meadowood, Elizabeth Harris, the day was a pure distillation of wonderful love.

The morning was spent getting dolled up in their respective places, with such sweet calm that the pitter patter of the spring shower outside provided appropriately peaceful accompaniment. Martine + Vlad met for their first look, taking photos on the gorgeous grounds of Meadowood, and looked more glamorous than movie stars on the red carpet. The ceremony and reception followed, filled with sumptuous treats and drinks. Around dinner time, the newly married couple said goodbye to their guests and ran through the rain to their private dinner in the kitchen at the restaurant in Meadowood.

Martine + Vlad, congratulations darlings! You are married! We adore you and wish you all best in your beautiful life together.

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xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

 

Wedding Vendors

Venue, Catering, Florals, Cake, Linens: Meadowood Napa Valley

Photography: Bowerbird Photography

Makeup + Hair: Bella Bridal/Gabriela Nevarez

Wedding Dress: Atelier Pronovias/Novella Bridal

Suit: Isaia/Wilkes Bashford

Stable Cafe Wedding in San Francisco // Jen + Tim

Where to start... Jen + Tim's wedding was The Best! These two, plus their beautiful crew of friends, really know how to throw a wedding! The day started out at the homes of two of their best friends, the gals brunching, doing hair and listening to sweet jams, while the boys played at a dudes only “campsite,” complete with camping chairs and trail maps. Super sweet!

Once everyone was perfectly dolled up, we hopped in vintage VW vans, Beach House blasting, to dance our way through Golden Gate Park, making stops here and there to take photos and cheers (with Solo Cups) the happy duo with lots of bubbly.

After our city tour, we made our way to Stable Cafe in the Mission, for their ceremony (which included a ring-warming ceremony and loving notes from Tim's high school basketball teacher) and reception, full of tearful toasts, delicious food and groovy dancing.

Congratulations Jen + Tim! Being part of your wedding day meant so much to us! We adore you both and wish you so much love!

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xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

 

Wedding Vendors

Venue: Stable Cafe

Day-Of Coordinator: Jen Sutton

Photography: Bowerbird Photography

Catering: Fogcutter

DJ: Heart of Gold DJs

Shuttle: Vantigo

Make-up: Joyce Sison