Vacation Recap: Seattle

This summer has been one of hustle, bustle, and a good deal of traveling in between, granting many opportunities of which I'm ever-grateful. To be able to pick up and go and work from different places around the country leaves me so grateful that this little fearful idea I had to start a photography business 4 years ago has blossomed into such opportunity. In July, I had the absolute pleasure of shooting Molly & Kenny's beautiful outdoor wedding just north of Seattle. I was able to stay a few extra days and explore the city and everything it had to offer my eager eyes. Conveniently, my best friend Blair lives there and was able to show me all of the things Seattle in a non-touristy kind of way.

So, because I think you could use something other than just portrait session and wedding photos every once and a while, here's a little recap of my trip...

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Pike Place Market--pretty much the farmer's market of farmer's markets. Fish, flowers, organic body things, fresh produce. Yep. Also, famously known as the home of the very first Starbucks where people wait in freakishly long lines for a cup o' joe. I passed on the long line and just pretended that I had a dirty chai. 2014-08-19_0023 2014-08-19_00262014-08-19_0008 2014-08-19_0007

Instead, I got a dirty chai at this super cozy little coffee shop with pretty strung lights and odds and end trinkets. Seattle is known for their coffee, but let me tell you, they're not shy about some delicious, fresh food either. I had some fabulous eats while there, including smoked Salmon omelette brunch at Portage Bay Cafe', the most fresh and unique small plate dinner at Local 360, and the critically acclaimed Caribbean Roast Sandwich from Paseo. All places I highly recommend if you're ever visiting the city.2014-08-19_0006 2014-08-19_0009

The last evening there may have been my favorite. We picked up the aforementioned sandwiches from Paseo, a good bottle of Rose', and headed to Gas Works Park overlooking Lake Union to watch the sailboats pass and picnic, along with tons of other people who had the same idea on that perfect summer evening. Seattle summer weather is perfection. Perrrrrfection, I tell you--and everyone there knows it. Thus, tons of picnics outside watching regattas and sunsets ensue. 2014-08-19_0017 2014-08-19_0019 2014-08-19_0018 2014-08-19_0021

Oh, Pacific Northwest, thank you for the best time, the most beautiful sights, and the biggest smile while crossing you off of my bucket list.

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