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Sweet Home California

It’s weird being a stranger in to your own home.  I don’t know my way around San Fransisco the way I do New York, I don’t know the cool places to go or the touristy places to avoid, and couldn’t point you in the direction of the nearest Bart Train stop.  And even so I feel very much at home getting lost in the windy hills of Sausalito,  climbing the hills higher and higher above the Golden Gate, sipping vino at an outdoor restaurant in Napa or hiking the wildflower-covered trails that Tahoe offers as you go to greater heights and greater views with each step.   The smells of California, I can’t describe, but it’s better than fresh laundry mixed with new car mixed with a florist shop.  And Eucalyptus.  There is definitely some Eucalyptus in there.  The weather is perfect with evenings that cool down and refreshingly require a jacket even after a day hot enough to wear shorts.

I had the great pleasure of spending almost three weeks in my homeland of Northern California this past July.  Alex and I traveled everywhere from foggy San Fransisco, to the sweet bay town of Sausalito, shopping in Sonoma and wine tasting in Napa.  Finally we ended up at Lake Tahoe where we spend the majority of our time either on the lake or hiking the surrounding mountains.  It was an amazing time catching up with family, and celebrating Alex and my birthdays and 2 year wedding anniversary.  While I was there, I took a photographer friend’s advice and “shot for myself.”  It was amazingly refreshing and though it was for myself that I captured the places and moments that stood out to me in California, I’m sharing a few of my faves with all of you!

California brides if you are reading this, ask me about my special discounts for California weddings in 2013.  Any excuse to get out there more often!!!

A few of my faves from the iPhone Instagram app.  I assume most of you have this, but if you don’t you should really check it out, it’s super fun and brings out the best photographer in everyone! :)  I used my phone camera mostly in Napa and Sausalito and some in Tahoe :)

Lily - September 4, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Beautiful shots, Care! Wish I saw you when you were back in California.

Susannah Gill - September 4, 2012 - 5:39 pm

Oh I love that Queen Ann’s Lace picture- that flower was in my wedding bouquet! We love Nor Cal now too! Where was that flower picture taken??? Next time you come perhaps we could actually meet!!!

admin - September 5, 2012 - 6:59 am

Thanks Susannah! That was taken on a wildflower hike near Lake Tahoe. That is Round Top Peak behind the flowers. Hope we can meet soon!

Amy Rizzuto - September 5, 2012 - 11:18 pm

Beautiful post Caroline! You have officially made me want to hop on a plane and head to California RIGHT NOW!

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