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How could I resist Ailsa’s travel theme this week? Beaches have to rank pretty highly on my list of all-time favourite places. I consider myself fortunate to say my ‘life’s a beach‘ – despite having ended up in land locked Calgary!
Born in rugged Cornwall, England, married in County Down Northern Ireland, a romantic honeymoon on Diani Beach in Kenya, pre-parenthood vacation on the spectacular Crane Beach in Barbados and numerous family vacations since – Mayan Riviera, Puerto Vallarta, Maui, the STUNNING Oregon Coast, visits to Vancouver and Vancouver Island… I had to restrain myself when pulling images (yes, this was restrained!)
Hover your mouse over each image to see where they were taken…
I know everyone has a budget, and that’s fine and practical! But, as with any financial decision in life, know what your budget will get you and set your expectations realistically.
I’m letting Stephanie Padovani write my blog this week. She shares tips you rarely see in the media. (Yes, there are some bridal horror stories out there – they make for wonderful ‘reality’ shows and headlines – but most of my colleagues in this industry are pretty amazing!) I have also seen some pretty incredible DIY weddings, so this doesn’t mean it can’t be done!
Even if you don’t hire a planner for your full event, planners often offer ‘day of’ wedding coordination to help ease the stress, or hourly consultations for the bride and groom planning their own, but needing a little guidance along the way. My talented friend Cathy MacRae of Creative Weddings explains it all in her service descriptions.
Thank heavens tax season is over! I can finally get back to the work I enjoy.
A couple of weeks ago, I helped a friend out by shooting the Youth Singers of Calgary Rise Up performance. ‘Rise Up’ not only showcased some amazing talent, but was a fundraiser for some much needed new risers and performance equipment. (The existing risers are barely holding together and, I have it on good authority, were being held up by some intrepid parents at one show!)
Boom whackers, handbells, cups, some amazing voice and musical talent (of which I have none) and everything in between provided a fabulous evening of entertainment.
Here are some highlights…
To see the full gallery, head over to my website.
Turquoise seas, pink Hibiscus, blazes of yellow amidst dusty landscapes, tablecloths in every colour of the rainbow – and then some, vivid costumes and vibrant streets festooned with colourful flags sums up our recent vacation. WordPress’s weekly photo challenge of Color couldn’t have come at a better time.
Nuevo Vallarta is the all-inclusive tourist zone outside of Puerto Vallarta city. It’s the perfect spot for those who want a beach vacation away from city hustle and bustle, but is easily accessible to all tours, activities, and market towns.
There’s been a lot of bad press about Mexico recently - an economic recession combined with H1N1, and drug cartels massacres. (A drug war in Tijuana, or Mexico City is translated to ‘Mexico is unsafe’.) Puerto Vallarta’s tourism trade has dropped 60% or more in the past five years. Even cruise ship dockings are down.
Since our 2009 visit, there’s been a vast increase of ‘for sale/rent’ signs, empty storefronts and abandoned buildings. That said, Puerto Vallarta, while not without crime, is safer than most US cities. (We left a very expensive camera in our transport van last time and it was returned to us – other friends had their wallet returned intact…)
Our visit was thoroughly enjoyable – safety issues non-existent. We didn’t hide in our resort by a longshot - horseback riding into remote mountain areas, a zipline trek in the PV area, a trip into the Sierra Madres to visit the picturesque historical town of San Sebastian Del Oeste and a somewhat hair-raising water taxi journey from Nuevo Vallarta over to the stunning Los Muertos pier. (Outbound in calm morning seas was fine, return in an open skiff across a bay with 2-3 foot swells is for the thrill seekers!)
So if you’re contemplating a tropical vacation, don’t rule out this colourful paradise…
As a photographer, I get to check out cool events related to my industry. The Calgary Bridal Association’s 2013 Wedding Fair was no exception. Inspiration abounded from simple to extravagant.
Today I’m focusing (yes, literally) on the cakes. From classically simple to art deco and everything in between, there was no shortage of delectable delights…
From Cakes With Attitude
From Bliss & Co
From Whippt Desserts
From Cakery Bakery (High River)
For some reason I feel the urge to hit my kitchen and bake…
Do you have cake inspirations, you’d like to share? Post links on my Facebook business page.