February 21, 2012

Engagement: Joel & Miranda

I don't think I could have asked for a better way to start off 2012!

Can I tell you how awesome Joel and Miranda are? 
I sent Miranda an email the week before our shoot and suggested bringing a picnic to make the shoot a little more fun. I wasn't expecting anything other then a blanket and maybe a wine bottle. I am pretty sure my jaw dropped when I showed up and they had, what I like to call, the "World's Most Perfect Picnic" ready to be set up, as well as their bikes (with the basket full of flowers!), and their two adorable dogs in tow.

Thank you Joel and Miranda for starting off my 2012 in such an awesome way! 
I can't wait until your wedding! 

(And thank you Brandi for your help! The shoot wouldn't have been the same without you!)

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February 2, 2012

Alaskan Cruise: Ketchikan

I was so excited for our day in Ketchikan! We had decided before going on our trip that the one big excursion we wanted to do was zip-lining. I LOVE zip-lining. My husband and I actually met while working at a camp. We had a zip-line at this camp and I fell in love with it! I'm scared of falling from heights, but something about knowing just how strong those ropes are keeps the fear away! Of course, taking a whole ropes course class in college helps too... 
When we arrived in Ketchikan it was barely sprinkling. Ketchikan is known for it's rain (they even have a liquid sunshine gauge!) so I wasn't surprised. We hopped on our bus that was taking us to the zip-line course and started driving. Then the rain hit! I've never seen rain like that! Buckets and buckets of rain were pouring down! We got off the bus at our destination and ran for cover. We all climbed into the All-Terrain that was taking us to the top of the course. It was a really bumpy ride! (I'll have to upload the video later!)
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We ran into the lodge at the top of the course and got our instructions and equipment. Lucky for those of us without rain jackets, they provided the nice red ones you'll see in the pictures. They didn't allow us to take our big fancy cameras on the course (and really, who would want to anyways?), so all the pictures you see of us on the zip line and rope bridges were taken with my little trusty point and shoot! 
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The rain had stopped and the sun came out by the time we got back into town. It was so nice to be able to experience both types of weather in the rainiest city in Alaska! Ketchikan is such a cute town, we almost didn't want to leave!
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The people in this town call this statue the "Mooning Eagle". Any guesses why? ;)
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Up next: We head home and stop by Victoria, BC!