Wedding Card Keepsake

For those newlyweds out there trying to decide what to purge and what to save from the post wedding madness, this is a compact way to hold on to all the well wishes from your guests. All you need is a mini binder, a hole punch & about 40 minutes.

 

After our wedding there were so many odds & ends to handle, aside from changing my name, storing my dress etc. We had a pile of wedding cards from friends family that I couldn’t bring myself to toss. So they sat on a pile of other wedding leftovers that don’t have a home in our apartment yet…

Typically I am not one to save all my cards, I usually scan meaningful cards and incorporate them in the annual photo album I make, but for our wedding cards that seemed excessive. Instead, I purchased a small binder from Target & punched holes in the cards. There were a handful of cards that couldn’t be punched through because of their design so I added a small pocket on the inside of the binder to keep those cards safe. The binder found a home in the box holding onto the rest of the wedding mementos. All in all this project took me about 40 minutes & cost about $5!  

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Calistoga Escape

IMG_2387Calistoga you are a dream come true, located 75 miles north-east of San Francisco, experience the same warm weather, fantastic wines but a fraction of the Napa crowds.

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Lincoln avenue is lined with tasting rooms, restaurants & boutiques.

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Most tasting rooms we found had excellent prices & generous pours of delicious local wines.

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^^These pours were found at Huge Bear Tasting Room, which was once the location of the Calistoga Bank.

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At Romeo Winery tasting room you can be surrounded by tall redwoods in their outdoor tasting garden.

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A can’t miss Calistoga experience is the gondola at Sterling Winery.

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A 4 minute gondola ride leads to outrageous views of the valley. 
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Off in the distance you’re able to see a castle…

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Three miles away Castello di Amorosa winery awaits you. $25 buys you general admission & the basic wine tasting which includes 5 wines.

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Visitors are able to wander the castle grounds or enjoy the sunshine in the courtyard.

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My pretty friends 🙂

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After a day of gondolas & castles & many wine pours later we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Sam’s Social Club, located in downtown Calistoga.

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^^ Those deviled eggs were no joke; a must if you’re there.

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We stayed at The Roman Spa, not only is this resort just one block from Lincoln Avenue, but the resort has 3 mineral pools that stay open until 10:30. The pools range in temperature from 90 degrees to 104.

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Aside from the pools, Roman Spa has luscious gardens that I could spend all day capturing.

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Hope you can see why & how we fell in love with Calistoga.

Capturing Nostalgia 

This past weekend I was lucky enough to capture the details of my parents first home. When talking to my mom about selling the place her & my dad started their family in,  she mentioned she was sad she didn’t get around to taking photos of some of the details of the now 100-year-old home. So I borrowed a set of keys & got to photograph this gorgeous empty house during the golden hour. It was an honor to be able to take these photos for my parents, to give them a way to remember their first home. Although I never lived in the home, I spent plenty of time there & watched the house change hands multiple times, the majority of the time I spent there the house was vacated in-between tenants. But this weekend walking around the empty house filled with the setting sun felt different. Selling this house is so bittersweet for my parents, realistically they were never going to live in it again, but it still means letting go of the place they brought their first baby home to, where their family really began. Taking these photos was so special to me, as Chris and I talk about starting our family and deciding where we’ll live I think of how excited we are now & I think of all of those excited, happy moments that this house held for my parents. So getting to capture the beauty of this house for my parents is as much as a gift to me as it is to them.

I’m in love with the way the light floods the back bedroom.   
Gorgeously detailed light fixtures scatter the house, layers of paint chipped off, but memories remain Elaborate Built-ins occupy the dining & living rooms.  

These rusted nails were hammered into the windows by grandfather for extra security, because the locks weren’t up to his standard at the time, over 40 years later the  nails are still in place.

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Sacramento – The city of trees.
    
  An old football hangs by a nail in the garage, patiently waiting its next debut.   
 Crystal doorknobs connect one room to the next.

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