tulum, mexico

IMG_1737Dan and I spent a week of July in the Riviera Maya (south of Cancun) celebrating his parents’ 30th wedding anniversary! We all stayed at a massive resort with multiple pools, beach access, and a ton of restaurants. His parents renewed their vows on the beach on their actual anniversary in a very intimate and touching ceremony. Dan wrote and played a song about his parents’ last 30 years, including memories of when he and his brothers were little. Needless to say I think we all shed a tear! IMG_1777IMG_1775One of my favorite days of the trip was spent in Tulum. We visited the Tulum Ruins, and then walked down to the most gorgeous beach–such rich blue water and soft white sand.IMG_2005 IMG_1997 IMG_2013 IMG_2029 IMG_2031 IMG_2036 IMG_2041 IMG_2046Dan and I stayed the rest of the day, and made our way down to Hartwood for dinner, which had been highly recommended by friends. It’s located on a beach road on what they call the “jungle side” (meaning not the beach side). Tulum definitely has an eclectic bohemian vibe going on, and we stopped for a cocktail at Casa Jaguar while we waited for Hartwood to open. IMG_2049 IMG_2050We were blown away by the food and atmosphere at Hartwood! If you ever find yourself in Tulum, it’s a must. Their only source of cooking is a wood burning oven and open grill, and the dining is completely open air. We had a whole roasted snapper and pork ribs to die for. ¬†After dinner we sat in a couple of chairs on the perimeter and enjoyed a few more daiquiris while watching the restaurant fill up with people and the sun go down.¬†IMG_2053 IMG_2079 IMG_2073 IMG_2068 IMG_2067 IMG_2061 IMG_2060I know I’ll always remember that evening with Dan, and it’s fun that we can look back and know it was during our engagement, which is its own special time in life. We were sweaty and salty from the day (we stealthily had changed out of our bathing suits on the side of the road just a few hours earlier), but we were full and very happy.

happy super bowl weekend!

mindyI know things have been a little quiet on the blog, and it’s not from lack of things to share! It’s been happy-busy over here filled with photo shoots, writing, event brainstorming, and a quick trip to Vegas. I have so many photos I want to share (including an Indian Wedding ceremony and homemade meatballs!). Dan and I are in the midst of planning our next installment of The Whaling Club, and I can’t wait to host some very special out of town guests. But today, I’ll leave you with this animation of Mindy. We shot some portraits the other day, and even though hip and cool is more her style, doesn’t she play the part of a little dumpling so well?? supes cute.

Happy Super Bowl Weekend! I’m not very in to the Super Bowl, but Beyonce is performing at the half time show so this year I’m SUPER in to the Super Bowl. Also, Dan and I loosely consider Super Bowl weekend our anniversary, since it’s the first time we smooched freshman year of college.

(p.s. Did you see this? Heaven.)