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Granny Mouse’s Country House & Spa in South Africa

Nestled in the green Caversham Valley in Balgowan, Alicia and I stumbled on quite possibly the most amazing place for our last meal in South Africa: Granny Mouse Country House & Spa. So many sweet details and eclectic nooks, something new at every turn. We could have stayed forever, yet it felt like the most perfect finale to our week-long journey.

And yep, it’s a wedding venue too!!! *call me!*

The sweet little chapel with a Christmas tree on display… what a beautiful place to get married!

Our time in Africa felt like a retreat… a filling of our souls. We had a blast, laughed a ton – but we also breathed deeply, observed our surroundings with such contentment and listened without distraction (no phones!). I will be forever grateful to this country, these people, my dear friend Alicia, and places like Granny Mouse’s Country House for sharing their peaceful beauty.

On this evening, we began our 30-hour trek back home to New York and New England.

Previous posts on South Africa:

A Spontaneous Trip to South Africa

Arriving in Johannesburg & Durban

Exploring the Drakensberg Mountains

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April in Tuscany, Italy!

I thought it was about time for me to announce I’ll be living in the Tuscany region of Italy for the month of April 2013!

You may recall my month in the Canadian Rockies of Canmore and Banff in 2011. Travel is such an important part of my life, and I’m lucky to have found a career that lets me pursue those dreams too!

What’s more is that I found an incredible friendship in Canmore, and now Julie of Julie Williams Photography is joining me on this year’s trip! I can’t imagine a better evolution of this adventure, and I look forward to sharing it all with her fantastic spirit!

Hope you’ll join us! And by all means, if you or someone you know is coming through Florence or Tuscany this spring, do get in touch!

watercolor credit: Alessia Elysee

A huge thank you goes out to a few others who I’m so excited to collaborate with in the months ahead! We’ve been chatting with wedding planners, calligraphers, other photographers… and even a sweet American couple who will be honeymooning in Tuscany at the time!

Namely, those with the biggest arms wide open to our visit – thank you!:

Serena of Wishversilia is a super thoughtful wedding planner and travel consultant across the Tuscany region.

Mara of Neither Snow is a sweet and amazing New England calligrapher currently living in Florence.

Stay tuned for more as we embark on – and photograph the heck out of – this next big adventure! XO

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  • January 17, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Samantha from Gus & Ruby Letterpress - Such exciting news!! Where in Tuscany will you be? I’ll be in Tuscany at the tail end of April!

    Best,
    Sam

  • January 18, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    Stacey - Hi Sam! We’re finalizing our decision now, and will be settling in Florence for the month! Easy access to everywhere we want to go in the area. Let’s definitely meet up and get some photos and wine (and pasta) while you’re there! XO

  • January 20, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    Jen @EsqEvents - Stacey you lucky duck! Matt and I are heading to Tuscany in the middle of march…you won’t be there yet will you?

  • April 1, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Suzanna March - Stacey! Have an amazing time! I’m so jealous… I can’t wait to hear about it and see all your photos! :) xo

  • April 1, 2013 - 10:19 am

    Lisa Hessel - So dang cool. Can’t wait to hear about the adventure :)

Sara + Jack in a Field

I wanted to share a very special post with you today, from a December afternoon on a blanket with Sara and her son Jack.

I first met Sara in her role of [amazing] hair stylist for weddings, and we have worked on a couple magazine shoots as well. Her salon is located just a mile from me here in Marstons Mills, so of course I now visit often for myself too!

Jack’s dad, Jon, is a police officer in Norwich, Connecticut. He was shot three times in an hours-long standoff on Monday night, and released from the hospital today. In my heart of hearts, I wanted these photos to arrive from the lab as quickly as possible this week to help bring a smile to Sara and her family!

I don’t normally publish family photos here on my site, because I have a somewhat different perspective for the way family is captured. But I thought these guys deserved an extra shout out today, and their session truly represents what I love about “family”. Big hugs!

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RaShaun + Sarah’s Wedding in Provincetown

Sarah & RaShaun married in Provincetown, MA this October!

You might remember these two from their Boston engagement photos as we had a blast around the Fort Point area (and tequila bar!). I had been looking forward to what I knew would be a fantastic and fun wedding day all year – and of course it was!

After getting ready at Sarah’s family home in Truro, the two said “I do” in a beautiful ceremony at St. Peter’s Church. Cocktails and reception followed, way up on the hillside of the Provincetown Monument! In between, we snuck off to Fisherman’s Wharf for some great photos.

The guys got ready at the super eclectic Harbor Hotel along the beach – photo on the right by my amazing friend and partner for the day, Jacqueline Poussot!

The table tops were absolutely stunning! No doubt a combination of thoughtfulness among Sarah, her mom Betty, and Sheila Kelley of Kelley’s Flowers in Wellfleet (sending out a big hug and squeeze to Betty – such a great mom and “planner”, and a true pleasure to work with in the months leading up to the big day!)

Photo above, also by Jaq! Being up on the hill of the Monument provided such an incredible overlook of Provincetown, and the farthest point out on Cape Cod. The sunset was perfect! (daylight view earlier in this post)

I was so excited Sarah & RaShaun included a photo booth in their evening! When I provide this for my couples, it’s less of an actual “booth”, and more of a creative space to designate for photos. You can provide your own props, as these guys did, or I’m happy to bring in a colorful backdrop. Jaq did such an awesome job with this role – I loved looking over and seeing her facial expressions as she tried to direct the groups over the loud music of the dance floor :-)

Congratulations to Sarah & RaShaun! I love you guys – thanks for making the past year such a fun one, and I look forward to meeting up with you guys again sometime soon!

Second Photographer: Jacqueline Poussot | Flowers: Kelley’s Flowers | Make-Up: Lisa George | Church: St. Peter’s Church | Reception: Provincetown Monument | Music: MoonGlow

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  • January 8, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    Betty White - Thank you, Stacey and Jaq, for the amazing photos of an amazing day! And for your kind words. Hugs and squeezes to both of you. It was so much fun!

  • January 9, 2013 - 9:06 pm

    Marianne - I love it! Love the suits, dresses, shoes, colors, pop of green, cookie table – love it all. Looks like a great wedding!