we have started a tradition in our home of throwing a big solstice potluck party to celebrate that the darkest days are behind us. it feels really nice to fill our home with good friends, good food and some winter cheer.
In preparation for the Winter Warmth dinner at HOLD prepared by Tonya of The Well Woman, we spent an afternoon picking greenery in the snow, visiting a local farm to gather ginger, sweet potatoes and cabbage and (just for fun) had a quick visit with the endearing alpacas over at Hinterland.
As a native to Toronto, it was fun taking Tonya to some of my favourite spots on the coast. She was also able to experience the island in a way few visitors do, with a fresh blanket of snow.
I recently travelled to California to photograph an engagement session and decided to make a road trip out of it with my best gal, Marla. You know you are the best of friends when you travel over 5,400 km in 10 days and still want to hang out. We didn't quite experience sunny California as we traveled the week of El Niño but the beauty of the coast is undeniable regardless of the weather. This is a collection of photographs taken throughout our drive in Washington, Oregon and California.