Valentine's Day Weekend & A Goal

/ Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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(Working on my Portland reunion scrapbook)

Ever since I was little, I loved taking photos of anything and everything. One time, I took my mom's beloved camera on my field trip to a local museum. I took so many pictures of the details - ancient artifacts, old photographs (yup, pictures of pictures), and installations. When my mom picked up the photos from the rolls (plural, not singular) of film I gave her, she was surprised with the amount of inanimate objects I captured. She reminded me to make sure to take photos of people, too. Oops. The love of capturing details never left me though. They tell a story of their own.

One of my personal goals this year is to take five minutes once a week and walk around our home capturing this time in our lives. I want to remember what it was like, how it felt, and who we were.

And, I want to remember the two bouquets he gave me this year, my undeniable love for owls, and how a surprise bouquet from a sweet friend brightened up my day...

I cannot wait to see where this project takes me and join me if you like - would love to see what you capture, too! Just leave a comment below. 

My Valentine's Day weekend was pretty low-key... dinner with the hubs at one of our favorite restaurants, a movie at home, lots of scrapbooking, binge watching The 100 with my sister, and helping a future groom prepare a sweet surprise proposal --- so excited!

What did you do for Valentine's Day weekend? Hope it was a great one!


The Ring

/ Friday, February 12, 2016

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With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I couldn't help but scour my archives for some amazing bling. Every ring is so special and unique; it's one of my favorite details that I capture during the wedding day. 

 And, I realized, I have a thing for "hands"...

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Hope its magical!


Portland Reunion & Lasting Memories

/ Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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People are often surprised I was born in the Philippines. My family and I packed up our lives, trekked across the Pacific, and landed here when I was 4, almost 5, years-old. In 2008, my family and I finally went back. We explored our beginnings and reconnected with extended family. With my dad passing away about 3 years later, I'm fortunate we did. So, when the opportunity to celebrate my Great Aunt's 94th birthday presented itself, my huge family decided to visit her in Portland, Oregon. The memories created during our visit will last a lifetime.

We visited Portland's Saturday Market first and enjoyed the street vendors and entertainment. 

My mom's best friend is her sister, Cecil. They spend hours on the phone several time during the day. It's a beautiful friendship.

My Great Aunt's 94th birthday weekend was full of food, laughs, and my personal favorite, tons of photographs. My Uncle Bobby collected and archived these photos with my Great Aunt (his mom)... the outcome was albums upon albums of our history. Even a beautiful photo of my ancestors on their wedding day.

Yup, this is them...

Our hotel was pretty awesome. And, they, of course, wanted a photo.

Off to The Grotto for Sunday mass. The Grotto is an outdoor Catholic shrine & botanical gardens. I can only imagine the beautiful weddings they host here. If you're considering it, I volunteer to capture it!

The Rodriguez fam bam. The genes are strong within this group.

Post church brunching at Petite Provence.

& hike to Multnomah Falls.

One more visit to see my Great Aunt... 

She's super adorable.

And some more places to cross off the list - especially Voodoo Doughnut! I brought some of this deliciousness home to Paul... it was hard not to eat them on the plane ride back to Los Angeles.

And of course, we made some time to stop & smell the roses.

I'll never forget our trip to Portland to see my Great Aunt. She was an amazing person who left an incredible legacy behind. She passed away on January 21, 2016 and will be forever missed.

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