Monday, July 8, 2024

The S Family | Ideal Beach, NJ

Whenever clients choose the beach for their portrait session, I get so excited to document their special moment. There is just something so calm and timeless about a beach session, and it's perfect for any portrait--- maternity, engagement, family, etc...

This family session was so dear to my heart because one of my good friends came to visit from Texas and I got to meet her sweet baby Isla! We had perfect weather and had such a great time getting our toes in the sand and splashing in the water at Ideal Beach. Here are my favorites from their portrait session!

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Babymoon | Rosemary Beach, Florida

We took a little getaway for our “babymoon” before our baby girl makes three. Rosemary Beach, Florida was the perfect location for the beautiful weather, clear blue waters, bonfire on the beach at sunset, boutique shopping, freshest crab cakes you’ve ever had, delicious rooftop with a view dining (all within walking distance), bike riding… and every corner looked like it came straight out of a beach cottage book designed by Joanna Gaines. 

We stayed at the Rosemary Beach Inn, and we absolutely loved it! Located right in the town center of the main strip and also just a short walk away from the private beach with access only for guests staying in the Rosemary beach hotels/rentals. Breakfast was included during our stay and conveniently located right downstairs at the Summer Kitchen Café. 

There are four community pools within the vicinity that are so beautiful with a very boutique/luxe feel, and I was amazed at the softness of the white sand beach and clear turquoise waters just a short walk away. 

It was a very family-friendly area and we loved being able to walk on the beach in the evening with the stunning candy-colored sunsets and lit up bonfires along the water. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our time there and my recommendations of where to eat and what activities to do. Enjoy!

Where To stay:
Rosemary Beach Inn
 
Where to eat:
Summer Kitchen Café
Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar
Cowgirl Kitchen
LaCo
Reel ‘Em In Fresh Seafood and Gourmet of Seacrest
Pizza by the Sea at Seacrest Beach
Kilwin’s Rosemary Beach

    Where to Shop
Rosemary Beach Collection + Kids CO
The Rosemary Beach Trading Co
Willow Boutique
Patchouli’s
The Hidden Lantern Bookstore
 
Activities
Beach
Pool
Bike Riding
Bonfire on Beach
Fishing
Boating

Friday, May 17, 2024

Cape May: Mother's Day Getaway

My mom, sister, and I took a little girls getaway and visited Cape May for Mother's Day. The Lord gave us the most beautiful weather to enjoy and it was relaxing, and just what we needed. Cape May is so charming! 

With its cute shops, restaurants, wineries, lighthouse, farms, bike riding, and of course walks along the beach... it's absolutely perfect for a little weekend away. Every corner was picturesque and most things are within walking distance. We loved staying at the Red Cottage part of The Virginia Hotel & Cottages. We had the entire top floor suite to ourselves with the overlooking balconies, and it was so beautiful! Here are a few photographs from our time there.

 Accommodations:  

The Virginia Hotel & Cottages (The Red Cottage) 

They had that perfect touch of  "southern hospitality".

 Things to Do:

Cape May Point State Park 

We climbed the lighthouse and the view was beautiful! There are 199 steps in total! It's definitely a bit of a workout, but if a pregnant girl like me can do it, you can too!

Washington Street Mall 

Great little boutiques, restaurants, and ice cream shops... all within walking distance from the hotels and beach. 

Beach Plum Farm

Adorable little beach farm with farmer's market. There are little pigs and chickens roaming on the farm and cute items/homemade novelties you can buy inside the market. They also serve lunch and dinner, a car is recommended to visit though since it isn't near the main area by the beach. 

Shield's Bike Rentals

Only a little walking distance from our cottage is this great bike rental shop. We loved going on a morning stroll on the boardwalk on our bikes with the beautiful ocean breeze and sunshine!

Cape May Winery

Though we didn't visit, this winery has great reviews and is only a short drive away with beautiful views, wine tastings, local events, and lunch/dinner menus.