• Los Olivos, California golden sunset elopement session with Spell Bride Kate Nelle and photographer Chard Photo. Kate Nelle is wearing the white Spell Amelia gown, and husband is in a blue Suit Supply jacket
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    Our California Elopement!

    Will made me the happiest girl on July 20th, when we exchanged vows and said I do under the Californian sun! We eloped, just the two of us, to Santa Barbara, and it was absolutely perfect. Neither one of us wanted to fuss with a wedding or deal with the stress, planning, or expenses…that come along with it! We were simply excited to join our lives together and lay the foundation for our future and for our family. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps…

  • Kate Nelle in a white zip up Solid and Striped bathing suit and Free People straw sun visor taking a dip in the infinity edge pool at the Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona Arizona, overlooking Oak Creek Canyon and the red rocks
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    The Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona, Arizona

    The Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa, nestled along the banks of Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, Arizona, is a beautiful destination for a relaxing get-a-way. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the friendly and accommodating staff. The overall vibe of the resort is very relaxed, modern and inviting. There is complimentary wine at happy hour, court yard lawn games, bikes to ride, an infinity edge pool, and sunsets that light up the red rocks. Our room was modern and bright, and had all the amenities we needed for our stay. It was so welcoming to receive a tray of fresh fruit, macaroons, and a bottle of  wine from the management…

  • Kate Nelle in spring/summer resort wear with a Rue Stiic Paradise Dress and pink San Arcidet hat in front of a floral wall at the Royal Palms Hotel in Paradise Valley, Arizona
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    Resort Wear Dresses for Spring

    Over the weekend we spent time at one of my favorite resorts in the valley, The Royal Palms. Will and I were hired to model for their website. They hooked us up with a beautiful casita and fabulous food and drink. The Royal Palms Hotel feels like stepping into another world. It is lush with tropical palms, flowers and plants. It was originally a private home in the 1920’s and then by the second World War, it was converted into an Inn. Today it holds 119 rooms, which creates a very intimate and private experience for all the guests. I could spend all my time leisurely strolling the property, sipping…

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    Coal Mine Canyon

    Coal Mine Canyon has to be one of the most underrated places in Arizona. I discovered it a couple years back scrolling Instagram, and immediately knew I needed to make a trip to see it one day. To our great surprise when we arrived, this place was completely desolate. We had the whole ENTIRE canyon to ourselves for the afternoon and evening. The desert landscape here is extra-terrestrial; planetary. There was a heavy silence that was almost overwhelming. It made this place eerily beautiful. From the canyon walls shaped like bone, to the jaw-dropping heights that plummeted hundreds of feet below you, it was easy to feel small and wary…

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    Under Canvas Moab – The Ultimate Glamping Destination

    Camping is INTENTS! From sleeping with a rock in your back, to worrying about whether or not that sound outside of your tent is a bear (“I think it’s a bear…”) to all the bugs, and well…having to “go in the woods”. It doesn’t always make for the most relaxing vacation. Enter GLAMPING. Also known as glamorous camping–where the adventure is still strong, but so is the coffee, amenities and WIFI. Win/Win!! Am I right!? Under Canvas Moab Under Canvas is an outdoor glamping experience where you can book a stay in one of their beautiful tents or teepees. We had the opportunity to stay in one of their deluxe tents complete…

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    Monument Valley Travel Tips

    Take a journey into your favorite western film, to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Monument Valley is located on the Arizona/Utah border and is one scenic Southwest road trip that is worth the drive. The beauty of the red rock creations of spires and buttes jutting out of the barren desert landscape is unlike anything else. In this post, I’ll share our best travel tips of what to see and where to stay, to hopefully inspire you to find yourself, some day soon, grazing these roads… What to see Forrest Gump Point US-163 Scenic, Mexican Hat, UT 84531 You may recognize this iconic road from the movie Forrest Gump, when…

  • Havasu Falls Grand Canyon in Havasupai, Arizona
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    What to Expect When Hiking Havasupai

    Havauspai is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Arizona, if not the world! Hidden deep within the Grand Canyon, it’s natural beauty is unmatched by any other. There is a presence and peace that whispers through the red walls, and a healing power found within the falls. The journey begins with a 10 mile trek into the most remote community in the United States, Supai, home to the Havasupai Indian Tribe. It is only accessible by foot, mule or helicopter. Havasupai means “people of the blue-green water,” and for the last ten centuries, the Havasupai Tribe has served as keepers of this sacred land. It is sad…

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    The Brexley

    Will + I spent an afternoon at The Brexley with one of my favorite ladies and photographers in the valley, Jennifer Griffith of Griffith Imaging. Working with Jen is so inspiring and fun. I totally trust her vision and ability to be capture the energy of a moment. Jen took us to The Brexley, an Air BNB in Scottsdale, and wow. What an escape. Upon entering, your jaw immediately hits the floor. I was just in complete awe of the vision, that the owner Cindy created. She is a total visionary and absolute sweetheart. The house has an ultra modern vibe. Super hip. Rock and roll. A little desert oasis.…

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    If You Like Pina Coladas…

    Sun, sand and a pineapple in hand! As the old adage goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” That basically applies here too! Except it’s more like, “When in Rocky Point, do get a piña colada from a piña colada truck!!” It’s pretty much one of the most importante things you could do! And luckily, piña coladas happen to be one of the 5 essential food groups while one vacation. The other four would be: chips, salsa, guacamole, and queso. (In that order!) I’m so glad had I packed this breezy little Planet Blue number too, because (stretchy waistline) and whew! Was it hot! Not the drink, that was cold!…