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The people in Nicaragua were so incredibly welcoming and friendly, the hospitality here is pretty incredible.
We spent a few days exploring the beach and amazing culture Nicaragua has to offer, from their markets, to the people at the fruit stands. Their coast was also gorgeous, along with their volcanoes and all of the climates in between.
The crazy thing about Nicaragua’s infrastructure is that they don’t actually have street addresses, instead- they have barrios, which are little neighborhoods within the city, and the communities within the barrios make sure that mail gets delivered and everything is running safe and sound. As we know, I’m a huge fan of color- so for the first mini installment to the 4 Central American countries we had a chance to visit.
While scoping out locations in Nicaragua, we had the opportunity to go with Nicole’s family to visit where Nicole and Joel met. Joel, along with his mom work for an amazing organization called the Pulsera Project. The Pulsera Project is a non profit which works to help educate young Nicaraguans and provide opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise with housing, schools, community, and economic opportunities that the boys would otherwise not have. One of the trades they teach the students is how to make Pulseras- a Pulsera translated into English is a bracelet. Specifically, these are friendship bracelets.
Nicole had an internship and her international placement for her MSW placed her with this organization. She stayed down the street from the organization, she met Joel one glistening summer day- and the rest is history. It was touching to have the opportunity to see where Nicole and Joel met.
More info on the Pulsera Project here.
A couple of weddings back, I had a bridesmaid ask where our most off-the-beaten-path destination wedding was. At that moment it dawned on me, we haven’t blogged about Nicole and Joel’s amazing Nicaraguan Wedding yet! So this week is set to be dedicated to Nicole and Joel, along with a bit from our adventures in Central America.
And now, for bits of the photography we did around Central America, I introduce a bit of the love that is Nicole and Joel.
Ela and I took a short trip over to Colorado just before wedding season came into full swing for summer. It was the perfect 4 days to take in Colorado’s majestic natural landscape and enjoy some of the state’s amazing breweries. We even were gifted 12″ of snow on May 1st hunkering down in the middle of the snow storm in a little studio cabin lodge.
Much of the roadways crossing through the National Parks are closed in the beginning of May, which doesn’t allow for as many tourists to pass through. That was perfect for us, because it felt like we had Rocky Mountain National Park to ourselves for a couple of days, and we were able to catch some wildlife on the first day before the snowstorm hit.
The last shot, was what much of everything looked around us in the midst of the snow storm. Which made for the perfect excuse to sit by the fire and enjoy David Sedaris’ new book- “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls“. (Check it out, it’s great!) Excited for wedding season!
First off, Emily has some killer taste in clothes, which made their Venice beach engagement photography session all the more awesome. And we asked the owners of this garage to paint it to match their outfits. (Of course!) I am a HUGE fan of Venice Beach and the Venice Canals. There are SO many photo op spots around every nook and cranny. Gah, I could just stay in the sunny sunshine of LA forever. Indeed, remember it was January and I’m not really a winter person. Brrr.
While we were strolling around Abbott Kinney Blvd, our Venice Beach engagement photography session was also interrupted with the crazy clicks of paparazzi (Yup, they too, couldn’t handle Emily’s gorgeousness) It was actually just Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer getting bombarded by paparazzi while doing their weekend shopping.
Emily and Ben are having their wedding this summer at The Redfield Estate near where Emily grew up.
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