September 28, 2015
I have some big news to announce over here and I thought this editorial
shot in the Grapevine Mountains would be the perfect opportunity. After
nine and a half years in New York City I am moving back to Los Angeles
this December. I have absolutely loved my time in New York and I’ll
still be shooting in both cities and can’t wait for all my NY weddings
next year, but my base will now be out of Los Angeles. I’m very excited
for year round sunshine and the California lifestyle, but I will deeply
miss the city that I’ve called home for a decade and really became an
adult in. I’ll still be posting photos here from NY and all around the
world with travels and weddings coming up in the next year in Seattle,
Los Angeles, Miami, Cuba, New York, Peru, San Diego and Italy. I’m not saying goodbye to New York, but rather using the french term à bientôt, meaning see you again soon because to quote Peter Pan, “never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting” and I will never forget the last decade I’ve had in New York City.
Design & florals MINT DESIGN
Cake DE COUER BAKE SHOP
Dresses CLAIRE LA FAYE
Stationery & calligraphy WRITTEN WORD CALLIGRAPHY
Veil and head piece HUSHED COMMOTION
Props & rentals FINEAS AND CLOVER
Linens, flatware & chair rental WALKER LEWIS RENTS
Model NATALIE BORAS
Hair & make-up NICOL ARTISTRY
Ribbons SILK AND WILLOW
Jewelery TRUMPET AND HORN
Ring box THE MRS. BOX
Film Processing RICHARD PHOTO LAB
September 21, 2015
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
September 17, 2015
We spent the last three days of the trip at the beautiful Hotel Anjajavy on the North West coast. We flew in on a tiny private plane that is the only way to get to the resort and arrived in an island paradise full of lemurs, birds, sandy beaches and tropical fish. The Relais & Chateau property is by far the nicest accommodations on the island and is managed by a very sweet Frenchman who seems to care very deeply about the island, his guest’s experience and conservation. I could easily see someone spending a week at the resort alone and having plenty to do. We snorkeled, hiked, bird watched, ate delicious meals, had high tea in the oasis with the lemurs, and relaxed on the sand. The lemurs are all over the hotel and we got up close and personal with them as they jumped on our balconies and played in the trees above our heads. We even got to see a few babies, including twins, which is very rare to see them both survive. The property has a man-made oasis guaranteeing vegetation for the lemurs throughout the year so they love to come and visit (it also guarantees mosquitoes and I got bit up here badly)!
The hotel has protected 750 hectares of land and is doing a lot of replanting work in the area. They have a nursery on site where you can adopt a tree and they’ll give you a number so if you ever return you can check up on it and see how it’s grown. We adopted 5 trees, one for each member of my family, and picked ones that the lemurs love to eat and play in. The hotel also does a wonderful job employing and supporting the local community there providing funding for the school and jobs for the people, which is always important to look for when traveling in third world countries. I always feel a fair amount of guilt when traveling through countries with so much poverty and always try and do something to give back. It’s gut wrenching to not give to the begging children on the streets and beaches when you see such immediate need, but as a member of UNICEF’s Next Gen, I know that the greater good is supporting these children and communities through organizations like UNICEF so we don’t contribute to the cycle of poverty incentivizing children to beg on the streets instead of go to school. Staying at eco-friendly and community supporting accommodations that give back to the country their in (rather than a large chain that funnels money directly out of the country) is vital to creating change and supporting conservation through tourism in poverty stricken countries. I made donations to both WWF and UNICEF when I returned home and encourage everyone to check out the work their both doing in Madagascar to learn more about the country.
It was pretty hard to say goodbye to this island paradise, but I hope I get to return someday and see my trees all grown up!