2011 was an incredible year and definitely a busy one! Geoff and I are off to enjoy some well-earned R&R and adventure in Southeast Asia for the next three weeks. We are beyond stoked! We’ll be visitng 4 countries, traveling with backpacks, and visiting Thai islands, checking out temples, eating lots of yummy food, and going to an elephant camp! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 We are SO EXCITED about our expedition together and there will be LOTS of photos to share when we get back. We’ll be checking email periodically, but we won’t be able to return voicemails until February 1st.
I think ‘Up‘ said it perfectly: ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!
WOW. We are kind of reeling from everything. Geoff and I have been on cloud nine the past few days. Before this week, our trip to the Up replica house was just a fun and (BEYOND) amazing memory that Geoff and I were lucky enough to share. Since we posted about it, the photos have been spreading like wildfire! We are so thankful for all of the kind comments from friends and strangers all over the world! It’s been popping up all over the internet. One of the coolest moments was when we saw that the director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, tweeted about our shoot! The Daily Mail, a UK news site, even wrote a very sweet article about it: read it here! We sent Bangerter Homes a little album of the photos from the shoot and they put it in the Up House for all the visitors to see! Neat!
More than anything, we get such a thrill that our photo shoot has brought joy and happiness to other people. If just one other person got a smile from it, that makes me happy. 🙂 I thought it would be fun to share a little behind the scenes!
These are from when we were planning our Carl and Ellie costumes. (These two are from my iPhone, sorry for the bad quality!)
Creating our handmade adventure book.
Sewing my yellow dress in the middle of the night before we left!
I wrote in the original post that hair and makeup was done by Enizio Hair and Makeup Artistry. Truth be told, I rarely step foot in a salon (I’ve been cutting my own hair for almost 5 years now) and I have NEVER had my makeup professionally done (yup, I did my own wedding makeup!). So it was really fun to splurge a little had get my hair and makeup done at a studio!
I’m kind of nervous to post this before and after photo, but I wanted to show you how awesome a job the girls at Enizio did! It was a really great experience. They even styled Geoff’s hair too! (His Carl haircut was done by Paper Doll Smile in Sacramento.)
We got there early to blow up all those colorful balloons.
Here we are with our photographers, Wendy and Tyler of Blue Lily Photography! It really was an honor to finally meet these incredible human beings. You must check out their blog and thier amazing work. I am truly envious of their travel-crazy, photographing, nomadic lifestyle.
Geoff and I post-shoot in a state of bliss. We were on top of the world!
We waved goodbye to the Up house and continued on our road trip in utter happiness. Off to another adventure!
OH my GOODNESS! I am SO excited to finally share these amaz-azing photos! They are being featured on Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride today (yay!), but I wanted to share them here plus a little more of the story as well! When Geoff and I heard about the Up house replica being built in Herriman, Utah, we got a crazy little idea to drive out from California and take photos there. We are huge Pixar fanatics and absolutely LOVE the movie Up. We watched it the day it came out and we were engaged at the time. So watching the “Married Life” sequence at the beginning of the film really hit home (read: bawling in the theatre). It still makes me tear up every time I watch it. So when we heard about the house, we knew it was a long shot but called up the folks at Bangerter Homes, the creators and builders of the Up house and asked if we could do a photo shoot there in honor of our second wedding anniversary. The team at Bangerter Homes is seriously amazing, because they sad “Yes!” We were thrilled! We later found out that we were the only ones that were able to do a photo shoot inside the house. We felt so special!
With less than a month to plan the shoot and trip, we made many-a-trip to Goodwill (I adore thrifting!) to get the perfect costumes. We have admired Blue Lily Photography for some time now, so we were overjoyed that they could be in Utah and could be our photographers! They did such and incredible job. So, so amazing. Let’s get to it! Here we are as young Carl and Ellie.
I gotta say, wearing overalls is pretty awesome.
The details and work put in to making the house a perfect replica was absolutely amazing. We had so much fun recreating scenes from the movie and making some of our own!
This next set is in the nursery inside the house. I absolutely ADORE the mural that is painted on the wall. This makes us so excited about starting a little family of our own…
Honestly, if this house was in California I would want to buy it. It’s like my dream home! So colorful, fun, quirky, bright, and the KITCHEN! That blue stove had a fridge dishwasher, and microwave to match.
I did a few craft projects for the shoot, one of which was creating our very own adventure book from scratch. I’m excited to fill the pages with all of our adventures and memories, starting with this shoot!
Of course, our photo shoot would not have been complete without BALLOONS!
See my yellow dress? I couldn’t find the perfect bright Ellie dress, so I decided to make one! At 5 in the morning the day before we left, haha! It is sewn from a thrifted vintage bedsheet. I had so much fun making and wearing it!
This one is one of my favorites…
Geoff and I scoped out the perfect hill to re-create Carl and Ellie’s picnic scene. I wish I could go have a picnic here every day.
We brought my picnic basket from home and used my great grandma’s vintage camera.
Grape soda, of course!
Back to the house! Man oh man, did the team at Bangerter Homes do an amazing job creating this house. Here are a few of the details.
Sigh, my man is so handsome.
There were so many meaningful things about this photo shoot. Carl and Ellie’s love is such an inspiration to us as a married couple, and we are excited about having adventures and growing old together. The part where we were “old” Carl and Ellie was pretty emotional.
The only way to describe being able to be in that house, sitting in Carl and Ellie’s chairs next to my love, was surreal and amazing. We literally felt like we were in the movie and we were both just so amazed we were able to do this.
I know I have said “amazing” a lot in this post, but that is because it was! Geoff and I now carry with us SUCH a wonderful memory of our time at the Up House. It was truly unforgettable and an experience we will treasure throughout our lives together. Thank you SOOOOOOO much to the folks at Bangerter Homes for making this all possible! Thank you to Wendy and Tyler from Blue Lilly Photography! You were so fun and the photos are amazing. My hair and makeup was beautifully done by Enizio Hair and Makeup Artistry in Utah. Thank you!!
Last night was so amazingly fun and awesome! My birthday is in a couple days and in all the years I’ve had a birthday near Halloween I have never had a Halloween birthday party. Well, we put an end to that this year! We are suuuuuuuper busy all the time and we don’t get to entertain often, so when we do, we go all out! I has so much fun planning the party, decorating and making treats. We had lots of friends, yummy food, made by Geoff (my personal culinary genius), a costume contest, played games, and we set up our photo booth The Shot Spot! and Here are some photos of the decorations and pics from the party!
Creating this dessert table was one of my favorite parts! I made the cupcakes, but the cake is from Freeport Bakery (THE BEST).
In the pumpkin is Pumkin Pie Dip. Such a hit, sssssooooo yummy. I will be making this for Thanksgiving.
BRAAAAIIIINSSSS! They were really tasty.
In the living room I was going for a haunted house look.
My sister drew me the skeletons in the frame and the “moon” is a lantern from Ikea!
Covering everything in spiderwebs was a must.
Our mantle, done up Halloween style! The creepy dolls were a Goodwill find.
Our old camera collection fit right in with the decor.
One of the best parts of the party was having the Shot Spot set up! We all had way too much fun taking photos. Check out all the costumes—our guests BROUGHT IT! The first one is us, based on one of my favorite childhood movies, Pippi Longstocking! I was Pippi, Geoff was her horse, Alfonzo, Charlie was her monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and Little Dog was a banana.
Star Wars family, the Joker and Harley Quinn, double rainbow with unicorns, and Flint Lockwood (LOVE that movie!) with the Queen of Hearts.
Ryan (sad with no costume), Saints player with Ellie from Up, Barmaid with an A’s player, and a Kinko’s employee with a gypsy and a baby pirate.
Dorothy and the Tinman (and their baby was a scarecrow, so cute!), Holy Crap, a sheriff, and a convict with a doctor.
Barmaids, Belle with Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, Superman with a mermaid, and a zombie bride and groom.
Me and my three sisters!
My friends Brit and Tim, who recently got engaged in Disneyland. Adorable.
Here are some more pics from the party!
We we had a costume contest and finished things up with my FAVORITE party game, “Names in a Hat”. Seriously, if you have never played this before it is the BEST! So much fun!
This is me trying to get my team to guess Jim Carrey…
Thank you everyone who made the party SO FUN! Thanks to my sisters for helping put up all the decorations and thanks to Geoff for making the food! Oh and I owe it to Pinterest for helping me find so many great ideas! My actual birthday is on Wednesday and I plan on having a Pixar movie marathon and scrapbooking. yay! Happy Halloween everyone, stay safe out there!
About 4 years ago, Geoff and I started a journey. It all began with a friend asking If I’d be willing to photograph her wedding the following year. Geoff and I had photographed a few of my family’s weddings and with those under our belt, combined with our years of photography experience, we were up for the challenge. We set up shop (so to speak), built a website, got the contracts and all the business stuff together. When 2008 ended, on the eve of the new year, Geoff and I set a goal to book 5 weddings in 2009. “5 weddings,” we thought. “How are we ever going to find 5 people to let us shoot their wedding!?” Well, you have to start somewhere!
What happened next, was so amazing, unexpected, thrilling, and most of all, life-changing. The inquiries started coming in. Not from friends or family, but complete strangers that found us and recognized something in our passion, and in our love of people and photography. We booked 17 weddings that year. 17! We could not believe it! It was a crazy year of meeting so many amazing couples, working REALLY hard to be better and better, and most of all, a year for us to realize what we were meant to do in life. In 2010 we photographed 29 weddings and 2011 we’ll finish out at nearly 40.
While The Goodness was growing and growing, Geoff and I had been working our 40 hour a week day-jobs for Apple, Inc. As you can imagine, we were working literally constantly everyday, and sacrificed so much of our social life, free time, family time, etc. to keep up the level of quality and customer service that our growing client base had grown to expect. It was the most rewarding thing in the world, and while we loved every minute of it, it was EXHAUSTING!
Today I am beyond overjoyed to tell you all, my wonderful and loyal readers and clients, that we quit our days jobs. It’s a scary step, leaving the security of a corporate job, but we couldn’t be happier to be focusing all of our time and effort toward something that we love and that we believe in with all our hearts. For us, “The Goodness” truly lives up to it’s name, as that is exactly what it has brought into our lives. Everyday we still cannot believe that we are living this amazingly incredible life, but we are. And for that, we want to thank each and every one of you: our wonderful clients, our blog readers, our supportive friends and family, it’s because of you that our lives are so fortunate and so full of love and goodness.
Here’s a photo from Paul and Lesley’s Shot Spot a couple weeks ago. This pretty sums up how we are feeling right now:
I’m eager to share these two engagement sessions from last weekend. These two photos make me smile so. We took Aaron and Ashley to a beautiful blossoming orchard in Dixon. It was magical, let me tell you.
Then there was Jeremy, who is a crack-up, paired with Rachel, who is sweet as can be, at William Land Park on a gorgeous afternoon.
Last summer, we photographed Diane and Matthew’s wedding at Fairytale Town which is inside Land Park. It was not too long before we went from being Lisa Welge Photography to who we are now, The Goodness. We bought a little piece of history in Fairytale Town’s Yellow Brick Road to mark the start of something big. It has been such an amazing ride. We got to see our brick for the first time the day of Rachel and Jeremy’s session. It’s a pretty cool feeling having our brick there, knowing we’ll be able to take our future kids to see it! Just like the wonderful couples we get to work with, we are so excited for all that life has in store for us.
Wow, Geoff and I really have soooo much to be thankful for this year. We’ve been so lucky to experience so much and meet so many wonderful people this year. Here at casa Bardot, this Thanksgiving is particularly exciting because we are hosting for the very first time ever at our house. I have been having a ton of fun decorating our dinner table and I thought it would be fun to share.
I was most excited bout the centerpiece. I thrifted a bunch of candlesticks and spray painted them purple to match the napkins.
Okay, off to finish getting ready for my family to come over! Geoff has what I’m certain will be the most delicious turkey ever in the oven now and is about to make some homemade mac and cheese. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!
Fall is really my all-time favorite time of the year. The cool temps, the smell in the air, the colors in the trees. But with autumn comes lots and lots of leaves on the ground. Playing in the leaves? Well, thats just another of my favorite things about fall.
Oh, Charlie. Our dog actually seemed quite content to sit there in the pile and not come even when called.
A treat will work every time! Happy Fall everyone!
We recently traveled to Massachusetts to photograph Chris and Shannon’s wedding, (click here to see their awesome teaser!) and took a couple days to explore New England a little bit. Our first stop was to the wonderful city of Boston, MA.
Brave little squirrel at Boston Commons.
We spent the day following the Freedom Trail all over Boston. We loved getting to see and learn about all the historical events that happened there.
One of my favorite stops was the Granary Burying Ground, where some famous early americans are buried, like John Hancock, Paul Revere and even Mother Goose. Yeah, she was a real person! I loved the artwork on the tombstones. The skull and wings signified the soul flying up to heaven.
Paul Revere and Mother Goose!
Love the juxtaposition of old and new.
HELLOOOO giant mac and cheese noodle! Why, yes, I do love you.
We stopped in for a drink and some delicious oysters at the Union Oyster House — the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S.
The lobsters put on a show!
“One if by land, two if by sea.” This is the steeple of Old North Church, where the signal lanterns were hung.
We thought this was funny. This is the Skinny House, which is the narrowest house in Boston. It is said that the house was built out of spite to block the neighbor’s light and air.
So, Geoff and I have both never experienced cannolis before, so we heard the two best bakeries in Boston were Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry. So we of course had to try both!
MMMMMM…SO good! It was our conclusion that Mike’s had the best pastry and Modern had the best filling.
What trip to Boston would be complete without a stop to Cheers?
Beautiful Boston! Geoff and I loved it there, what a great city!
The next day we hopped in our rental car and drove up to Kennebunkport, Maine.
One of our goals was to fill up on lobstah while we were there. These lobster rolls from The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport were amazing!
Check out the amazing sunset! To be honest, it was such a trip to see the sun setting over land instead of the ocean. I do love west coast sunsets, but this was so lovely!
Yummy!For dinner we dined on chowdah…
…and LOBSTAH! This was my first time eating a WHOLE lobster and this 2 pounder was amazing!! We were so full…
It’s okay to play with your food. 🙂
One of my life goals is to visit New England in Autumn to see the fall colors. I was so happy we were able to drive all over Maine doing just that! It wasn’t QUITE peak season, but it was still beautiful.
After all that fun, we had an AMAZING time photographing Chris and Shannon’s wedding! Stay tuned for those photos!
One year ago today, Geoff and I were standing face to face, with tears in our eyes, as we vowed to be together for the rest of our lives. It was such an emotional and amazing day, definitely one of the funnest days of our lives. After a year of marriage it is clear that our relationship is so much stronger and we are completely lost without each other. The photo from our wedding day makes me well up still.
To celebrate our first anniversary, Geoff and I decided to take the doggies and hit the road to Big Sur for a camping trip! It had been 4 years since our last camping trip so we were well overdue! Our trip started out with proof that weddings follow us where ever we go. The campground we went to was full and had only room for walkups. Well, it just so happened that we met Eli who planned on proposing to his girlfriend that morning and taking her on a whirlwind trip to southern California! AWWWWWW! He said we could have his campsite and we got to take some photos of the VERY newly engaged couple. SO flippin’ SWEET!
Congratulations Eli and Leigh, wherever you may be!!
We took a hike down to the rocky oceanside. Just as I expected he might, Charlie jumped right in!
Little Dog avoided the water at all costs and was perfectly content to stay as bundled up as possible.
The first night, we made poor man’s meals, a MUST for camping cuisine.
YUM! They were SO good.
THIS was the view from our campsite. Freakin’ gorgeous.
Ahhhhh…some MUCH needed relaxation. I feel more relaxed just looking at this photo.
My supermodel Charlie.
He also likes to stare out longingly at the ocean.
Go, go, Team Bardot!
I’m very intent on my game of Angry Birds on the iPhone
Yay for night photography!
One of the days we visited Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and hiked to see THE MOST beautiful bit of Pacific Ocean I have seen in Cali.
Along the way we came across this little guy. Quite possibly the cutest rodent ever.
Ahhh, SO gorgeous. This little area is closed off to the public so it is completely pristine.
Another beautiful view. This area had some of the bluest ocean water we’d ever seen. Gosh, I wanna be back right now.
Brrr! Cold up there.
Our very first Bardot Family Camping Trip! One we will never forget and one of many more to come. We had an AMAZING time and are already planning on returning there. We had a wonderful anniversary trip and an incredible first year of marriage. There is so much of life ahead of us and we can’t wait for all the goodness the future has in store for us. I love you hubby!