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Photo of the Week No. 36: “Beautiful Bride and Groom”

September 4, 2018

This Photo of the Week stars the lovely bride and groom, my sister-in-law Karla and brother Robert, who tied the knot last Thursday. They got married in a short-and-sweet ceremony at the courthouse in San Diego, which was such a beautiful venue. America’s Finest City never ceases to amaze me! I, of course, had the pleasure of serving as these love birds’ wedding photographer. What I love most about this photo is that it very much says, “It’s us against the world.” Standing hand in hand, with the San Diego skyline before them, I know that these two will conquer anything that comes their way. Congrats, Rob and Karla! Here’s to many, many years of wedded bliss. Love you guys!

To see previous Photos of the Week, click here.

ashley ♥ adores

Out and About: San Diego by Train

February 17, 2015

Last weekend was filled with multiple occasions that called for celebration: my guy’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day weekend (and, thus, a four-day weekend for me). Being that Dash and I share a love of train rides, we decided to set off on an adventure to San Diego, where we both grew up, via Amtrak’s Surfliner, which hugs the coastline and offers some amazing views. You can see a few of the sights we observed on Friday afternoon in the slideshow above: the Pacific Ocean, the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the Solana Beach and Old Town train stops, Downtown San Diego and more.

But what’s even more incredible are the myriad scenes that I couldn’t quite capture on camera. The picturesque views conjured up daydreams, made me thank God for His creation and gave me a sense of peace.

The majestic, three-story Craftsman with two wooden chairs set outside, surrounded by flower beds and a babbling brook. In an instant, I pictured in my head a privileged, idyllic lifestyle with my love, where money is no object and our biggest concern is, “Do we prepare the filet mignon or the salmon at our dinner party tonight?”

The lone egret resting in the marshland, seemingly with not a care in the world.

The iconic red schoolhouse in San Clemente that, if done right, houses the creative imaginations of dozens of brilliant, precocious children.

The amused elderly couples and awestruck toddlers waving vigorously at the passing train in Del Mar, as if it were a part of their weekly routines and that a very important person was on the receiving end of said gesture.

The pristine bluff tops sprinkled with native plants of plentiful hues. The sitting ducks wandering about the lagoons. The eerie, solemn pet cemetery in Sorrento Valley that always weirded me out in my youth.

The passing snapshots worth far more than these words of mine can convey. So I sit back and vow to enjoy the scenery on our ride home.

Out and About: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

July 22, 2014

I can never pass up the chance to run wild in my hometown, sunny San Diego, California. I had the opportunity to do so last week when my family visited the Safari Park, which was a first for me. I liked it better than the world-famous San Diego Zoo (blasphemous, I know) because it was closer to my home and had all the animals I love.


This loony look of sheer delight didn’t leave my face while we were there.

See more excitement after the jump!

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Outfit of the Day: Talk of the Town in Orange-ish Brown

April 14, 2014








“Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!” Psalm 32:11

Does this sweater look familiar? Well, this is the piece found in my most recent Thrifted Thursday. Funny story: There wasn’t a tag with washing instructions so I erroneously assumed it was cotton. Boy, did I get a rude awakening when I pulled it from the dryer significantly shrunken. My plans for an oversized sweater went awry, and I was left instead with this fitted, crop-sleeve number. It’s quite all right though. When life gives you lemons … right? You’ll notice a leaf in my pocket. That was a gift picked especially for me by my nephew, Jordan.

I chose to wear the orange-ish brown sweater to last Saturday’s San Diego Padres vs. Detroit Tigers baseball game at PETCO Park, which was in my hometown, that I went to with my pal, Zita. I figured the color scheme could be applicable to either team. Also, I wore another item previously featured in my Christmas Haul, Part I post. Yes, that would be the ultra-fancy blue shoulder bag with stripes and gold hardware. Overall, I had a fantastic time at the game, complete with hot dogs, singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and cheering for Detroit.

Sweater: Thrifted
Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Old Navy
Purse: Gifted (Thrifted)
Sunglasses: Thrifted
Earrings: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Shoes: Old Navy

Photographers: Ayesha, Zita D.