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Debra and Lloyd: British Invasion + A Newlywed Photo Session

I had the privilege this week of playing hostess to Debra, an old friend of Alex’s from the U.K., and her new husband Lloyd.   Besides having the honor of showing them around our favorite city in the world, we also enjoyed giving Lloyd his first American experience as this was his first trip to the states at all.   NYC stepped up to the plate and seemed committed to proving all European stereotypes of Americans.  On their first day they met a Southerner who was sure to tell Deb and LLoyd how much they hated France,  Deb was lucky enough to meet an overly friendly American in a restroom who felt the need to share in detail her medical bladder conditions, and they also got to meet (during this very photo shoot in fact) the sort of jerk New Yorker who purposely gets in the way of a photo for over 5 minutes to make his friend laugh (and yes ladies and gentleman, he was pushing 40 years old).  Lloyd was surprised not to see as many obese people as the States is famous for so we attempted to ratify his American vision by attempting to gain 50 pounds in one week, pretty much eating our way through every cuisine paying special attention to New York Pizza, unique meats  like Wild Boar and Bison burgers and of course stopping for some Southern BBQ at Hill Country.  It’s a miracle I still fit into my jeans this week…

In all seriousness, we love living in New York and Deb and Lloyd really enjoyed their experience here and took all their weird experiences in stride.   We had a great time joking around with this easy-going pair.  Luckily Lloyd likes to imitate American accents as much as Alex likes to imitate British ones so they pretty much were constantly having accent battles to the death of Deb and me.   We also learned important things like, did you know that an oven in England is called a “Cooker,”  that they don’t have lemon flavored yogurt and that American microwaves are twice the size of British ones?  When Deb and Lloyd asked why it needed to be any bigger than a single dinner plate, I really didn’t know what to say.  It’s not like anyone cooks a whole turkey in their microwave right?

Despite their busy trip, we made time for a photo session at High Line Park and Brooklyn Bridge at sunset which they wanted to commemorate their trip

The Newlywed’s Trek to Vermont | Personal Files

What can I say about how much I loved Vermont other than it reminds me of my home in Northern California with the extremely friendly people (almost takes you aback after living in NYC), healthy lifestyle, beautiful rolling hills but with an added local charm that you don’t see as much in California.

Disclaimer: As you may have noticed from my other “personal files” I’m not exactly a documentary photographer when it comes to my own day-to-day life.  I tend to just take a few shots here and there of things that come up that I think are funny or interesting.    Thus,  you may be disappointed (and rightfully so)  that I don’t have more gorgeous shots of Vermont.  I wish I had documented it more. However you must understand, my back needs a break once in awhile from lugging around a 10 pound camera and lens…especially when I’m on vacation!

The other funny thing is that when you have such a heavy complicated camera, you can’t exactly ask people to take pictures of you.  Therefore,  I’m not in a single shot.  However, I promise I was there with these fun folks having a blast. (Side note: to those of you wondering why I don’t have any pictures of myself or a bio on this site…it’s coming soon!  I just don’t have professional enough looking photos of myself yet!)  In this post you’ll see Alex, my husband, and our lovely married friends Adam and Ciara.  Aren’t they just adorably in love?  They got married only a few weeks before Alex and I did!



These first ones were taken at a cute general store we passed (and made a dangerous u-turn to get back to)  just after we crossed the Vermont state border.  The best part about this store was that they had samples galore.  My fave sample was of the Maple Cheesecake dip which they had little ginger cookies to try it with. YUM!  P.S. It’s really hard taking mirror pics with a 10 pound camera, so this first one was a LUCKY shot….

We were up in Vermont only a week after hurricane Irene hit.  The flooding destroyed most of Vermont’s famed covered bridges…not this sturdy little guy though!

We happened upon this old graveyard our first day.  My husband who was bothered at first by the fact that you couldn’t tell if you were stepping on where dead people were buried or not somehow didn’t find it irreverent to create a game in which everyone had to race as a certain animal. “I CALL FALCON” he cried after suggesting the idea.   Adam was the horse and Ciara a monkey.   I know,  why did I even explain? It’s sooo obvious what’s going on when you look that this picture, right? ;-)
Part of our hotel was an old mansion that they called “The Castle.”   OKAY …we stayed in the cheap rooms next door to the castle, but we still got to play around and relax in the Castle Lobby!


Here are all the things I wished I had taken pictures of but didn’t:  swimming in the mountain view pool and hot tub; heavily discounted Swedish massages (they were discounted because no one wanted to come to Vermont Labor day weekend right after the Irene flooding…); pizza, beer and pool at the local Outback Pizza bar; the delish organic, locally grown food; breakfast at the “Vermont Apple Co” which basically was  like we were eating at a friend’s farmhouse; our trek to the Vermont outlets and so much more.  Thanks Adam, Ciara and Alex for the wonderful vacation and thanks most of all to VERMONT my new home away from home!

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