Family Friday | Weekend Getaway in San Diego

Last month we took off to San Diego for a quick weekend away.  I was running the Rock N Roll Series 5K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday, so we left the kiddos, since it would be a busy weekend.  We love to getaway without the kiddos a few times a year.  It's such a great way to reconnect. We always come back home refreshed, full of ideas, and can get back to being business owners and parents.  

We left early Friday afternoon and arrived to San Diego just in time to pick up my race packets at the expo.  Afterwards we walked around the Gaslamp Quarter and grabbed some sushi for dinner before checking in to our room and crashing! It'd been a long day and I had an early start on Saturday.

My 5K was lots of fun and Jason was right there cheering me on at the finish line and then we made our way to the beer tent.  As ya'll know, I am much more of a wine girl myself, but after a race there's nothing better than a cold beer.  Trust me on that one!

The rest of the day was spent doing a little shopping and catching a movie, which are both rare treats for us to do without the kiddos.  We then made our way to Ocean Beach for burgers and beers at Hodad's and to catch a glimpse of the ocean!  Do yourself a favor and check it out next time you're in the San Diego area.  It's got a great vibe and the burgers are delicious! It was just a perfect relaxed day for us.  

Sunday was the half marathon distance and Jason had a little more time to enjoy a nice breakfast alone before meeting me at the finish line. Then of course, it was another race so another beer at the beer tent! It was also great to see some friends at the festival who had ran the relay race.  We chatted a bit with them before we had to get going to check out of our room and make our way back to Vegas! But first, we took a little side trip and visited our favorite winery in Temecula, CA, Wiens Family Cellars.  We enjoyed their tasting and brought a few bottles back home too! 

This was a bit of a whirlwind trip but we still enjoyed our time together and our day on Saturday was a ton of fun.  I wouldn't trade our getaways and time alone together for anything! 

Las Vegas Neon Museum Wedding | Laura + Kyle

Laura and Kyle had their wedding ceremony at one of our favorite venues for small weddings and elopements! They came from Canada with a small group of their closest friends to tie the knot among the old signs of The Neon Museum.  It's the perfect venue for a private ceremony and portraits if you're looking for a fun vintage vibe.  

Laura and Kyle wrote the sweetest vows to each other and that really made their ceremony so special! After they sealed it with a kiss, we spent some time getting some great shots among the signs and letting them enjoy the first few minutes of being Mr. and Mrs.  

Afterwards we made our way to the desert for more portraits of Laura and Kyle.  Although the backdrop was totally different, they still kept it very Vegas with the mountains and joshua trees.   We had the best time with these two and are so happy we got to be there for them on this amazing day! 

Venue: Neon Museum | Hair and Makeup: Las Vegas Hair and Makeup

L & K: Thanks again for having us! We hope you had an amazing honeymoon traveling up the coast of California! Congrats!!! 


Cili at Bali Hai Golf Club Wedding | Christine + Matt

Christine + Matt are a testament to how far one will go for true love.  Having met by chance at a conference in London - Matt living in Amsterdam, Christine living in the U.S.- anyone would have thought it was simply a few days of fun flirting. But, as life would have it this is not a story of a simple flirtation to pass the time at a work conference. No. This was meant to last. And it did. After countless Skype chats, text messages, phone calls, and trips to visit each, Christine eventually moved to Amsterdam to be with Matt and they've had an amazing adventure there. After a romantic proposal in Venice, Italy, Christine said yes and it was time to start planning the big day.  Having family and friends throughout the country, they settled on one of Matt's favorite cities, Las Vegas (cue Elvis theme song!) Just kidding, the "King" would not be making an appearance at Christine + Matt's gorgeous Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai Golf Club wedding.  There would however be lots of love, happy tears, and big hugs as these two tied the knot and became Mr. and Mrs. surrounded by their family and close friends.

The day started at the Bellagio, where Christine and her sister was getting dolled up by the team of Makeup in the 702 and Matt were getting ready in a separate suite with his brother.  We then made our way to the venue for some photos with family and friends before the ceremony.  After the ceremony, we took the newlyweds around the gorgeous palm tree filled property of Bali Hai Golf Course for some portraits and they enjoyed some time together before their reception, which was a total blast! After dinner service, the dance floor was soon full of friends and family celebrating a new chapter in Christine + Matt's love story.  

C+M: We hope you enjoyed your much needed R&R on your tropical island honeymoon! We wish you a lifetime of adventures together! XO - Jessie & Jason