Travel

Doing Good

       On Tuesday “Giving Day,” we reflect on what it means as a small business to do good.

       Two years ago, we fell in love with the children pictured here, up in the mountainous region of Yanamayo in Peru. As they waited in line for their medical check-ups, provided by Sacred Valley Health, we were struck by an odd feeling. Something was off. Where was the rambunctious group of kids we were expecting? Why weren't they taking every chance to photobomb our shots with their tongues sticking out? Instead, they just sat quietly in the fields waiting their turn.

       We asked the Quechuan interpreters to share their story. After an early morning working the fields, these children walked several hours to attend school. They skipped lunch. They will hike back home and do more farmwork before bed. Upon hearing this, we all wished we had brought more food, but donated the lunches we had. It is a miracle how these kids' faces brightened up once their bellies were full.

       We reflect on the lives of these children, who depend on subsistence farming and migrate with their llamas each season to survive. Communities like these, connected so closely to the land, are most sensitive to climate change, and suffer the hardest. While we get annoyed when visiting the grocery store by how much almonds cost, they are the true sentinels for the impact changing temperatures and rainfall amounts are having. We feel the responsibility to do what we can, with what we have, to ensure a sustainable future for these, the most vulnerable and least carbon-culpable of communities.

       With the Paris Climate Change Summit in session, we, as a small business, advocate for meaningful promises and actions to eliminate greenhouse emissions. We ask you to make your voices heard too. One way, is to sign this petition for a clean world and tell your congressperson this matters. https://secure.avaaz.org/en/100_clean_yt/

Schoolchildren in Yanamayo, Peru © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Schoolchildren in Yanamayo, Peru © Bowerbird Photography 2015

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

Photo Diary: A Kitchen Sister Retreat to the Russian River

       A weekend in the woods with beautiful friends :)

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

A Kitchen Sister Retreat at the Russian River.  © Bowerbird Photography 2015

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

Lauren + Trevor: Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano, Pt. 2

       After their wedding ceremony, Lauren + Trevor walked together to a private shaded spot on the Villa Verano estate to spend some time together. Of all the weddings we have photographed over the years, one thing that stood out was how present these two were. Often during the ceremony they would hold each others' hands, close their eyes, and just soak it all in. They are present for each other with all their mind, heart, and soul. We took a photograph of them sharing one such moment together just after their ceremony, near a contemplative labyrinth on the grounds of the Santa Barbara estate, and it just seemed like such a symbolic image of their mindful, gratitude-filled, constant love.

       Next, they headed to their cocktail hour, or as Trevor called it, "the best hour!" It had everything: a pool, the sun, amazing drinks and hors d'oeuvres, a live jazz band, and wonderful vistas. Right before sunset, guests headed up to the estate's top deck, for dancing, toasts and dinner. 

       Lauren + Trevor, we hope these photos always remind you of your spectacular wedding day. It was an honor to be able to watch you start your life together as a married duo. Mazel tov, congratulations, and best wishes sweet love birds! 

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

Santa Barbara Destination Wedding at Villa Verano. © Bowerbird Photography 2015

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

 

Wedding Vendors

Venue: Villa Verano

Planner: Wedding Kate

Photography: Bowerbird Photography

Flowers: Santa Barbara Style

Makeup: Pretty Please Beauty

Hair: Laura Rocha

Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza

Bridal Shoes: Valentino

Suit: Armani

Groom's Shoes: Prada

Band: Trio Plus

DJ: Zach Seely 

Transportation: Jump on the School Bus

Caterer: Pure Joy

Linens: La Tavola