AMP Abroad :: Allie in Europe

My personal journal of my travels thru Europe – London + Paris

The bridge near Notre Dame

There’s nothing quite as sporadic as booking a last minute trip to Europe. I was fortunate enough to garner an invitation to join one of my best, Danielle and an artist she manages (who is also a friend, Lauren) on a trip with them to London as part of a celebratory work event. They were both being honored by the music industry, MTV specifically for winning Cover of the Month in June. The video they created (Idrise was another artist on the track and in the video too!) had over 33 million views! Pretty incredible for an independent artist(s).

From left to right: Allie, Dani, Lauren

There was work that needed to be done, but also time for fun. I was there for the fun! 🙂 It was a short trip (considering travel) and we crammed A LOT of tourist stuff in! Here is a breakdown of our trip…

We arrived on Friday afternoon and then had to navigate to the hotel. I flew separate and into a different airport so I was on my own. For my travel I landed in Heathrow and then took the tube to our hotel. I was a bit nervous that I was going to get lost several times, so being the nerd and over planner that I am, I practically memorized the different lines and figured out all of the different ways I could get there. HA! And actually, the tube was a breeze. Way worth taking (and less money too!). Upon arrival I decided to grab a celebratory drink and snack in the hotel restaurant while I waited for the girls. And to my pleasant surprise I learned a little history about the hotel as I was looking over the cocktail menu. I saw all of these drinks that were related to Harry Potter. Butter beer, Love elixir and so on. The bartender told me that they were celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter (what, already?!) and coincidently the hotel where we stayed is the train station where Platform 9 3/4 is! Say what?! Uber fan over here immediately determined this was going to be the best trip EVER! Then it got even sweeter….

“Yo, I tell you what I want, what I really, really want, so tell me what you want, what you really, really want. I wanna ah, I wanna ah, I wanna ah, I really, really want a zigga zig ahhhh!” That song my friends is Wannabe by the Spice Girls. That music video was also filmed at our hotel. Officially. In. Love.

The staircase at our hotel – St. Pancras International

So that sums up Friday. Moving on to Saturday…

Saturday was tourist day. We got the ever so awesome hop-on, hop-off bus pass for the day so that we could more easily navigate the sites. Unfortunately, traffic is a bit rough in London and it also happened to be a special day in the city — a parade where they welcome the new Lord Mayor. So the traffic was even worse. It did cut into the time we were going to have. Bummer. We ended up getting to see the castle, the oldest church in London (675 AD), Big Ben, Parliament, MI-6 Headquarters (James Bond fan anyone?), London Eye, Waterloo Station, Borough Market (which looked AMAZING), and a few other notable spots. Those were all of the ones we didn’t get a chance to get out and see because we had to prioritize. We opted instead to get out for Green Park, Buckingham Palace and lunch. All of which were amazing! After taking in some sites, later that afternoon we had the MTV Award Event which was also fun! Following those festivities, we decided we wanted to do a traditional British type dinner. Long story short we ended up traveling thru the city to find a pub style restaurant (kind of like our lunch experience). We ended at the river walk near the London Eye which was a spectacular experience! The river walk is amazing and I highly recommend it! Tons of pop up eateries, shops, carnival rides and it was buzzing with people. The views from there in the evening were breathtaking…I wish I would have had my camera. *Palm smacks face* We decided on a steak and jazz restaurant that was in an old tunnel which had been refurbished. So cool!

Fall leaves in London

Me + Dani playing in the fall leaves

Lauren + Dani

A real life Diagon Alley where we had an amazing lunch!

Sunday…

After a long day of sites and girl talk in the evening on Saturday, we ended up sleeping in way late on Sunday. Whoops! To be fair we had been operating on practically no sleep thus far so we needed it. Sunday, the girls had events to do with MTV so I was on my own. What was I going to do with half a day to myself? I decided to take the tube to the British Museum. It was so cool! Holy moly was it big though. I wandered thru most of the museum and stopped at the things that were interesting to me…Ancient Greece and Rome, Asian heirlooms, Egyptian artifacts and an exhibit on currency and another on Communism in Russia. There was a lot! After the museum (which was in the cutest neighborhood!) I decided I wanted to relax and shop a bit. I did some shopping at the cutest places in the St. Pancras Train Station and then took myself to a romantic Italian dinner which was scrumptious! Afterwards I ended up at the hotel spa. It was an awesome day!

Monday…

The alarm rang at 4 AM…it was Paris day! We took the early morning train to Paris for a day of Parisian fun. Gosh, was it beautiful. We decided again to do the hop-on, hop-off tour and it worked perfectly. We saw SO much! We hopped off the bus for the Louvre, Notre Dame from there we walked to the Pantheon and Luxembourg Palace and the gardens. So beautiful! Back on the bus we toured near the famous arch (which I had no clue you could go to the top of!) and then made our way to the site we had been waiting for, the Eiffel Tower! First we decided we needed to refresh though because we had journeyed a lot that day so we had a delicious leisurely lunch at an adorable cafe, Le Wilson, just outside of the site. As we started walking to the tower it became clear just how big it was. It was magnificent! Way bigger than I had ever expected. Just, WOW! We spent quite a bit of time there and then it was time to head back to London. We did have a chance to grab some crepes outside of the train station before departure, but the service was not very great. Oh well. Once aboard the train it was nap time.

The Louvre

The Louvre Paris

Notre Dame

Photo Cred: Dani Thompson

Photo Cred: Dani Thompson

Luxemburg Palace Paris

The Arch, Paris

The Eiffel Tower

Tuesday…

Well, Tuesday wraps up the trip. It was the day we headed back home. Boo.

This was such a healing and fun girls trip for me. I discovered that I really needed to getaway, be in a new space and recharge my batteries. 2017 has been quite the year and this was a nice way to redeem some of the sadness and stress that has ensued. I am grateful my husband was so wonderful and helped me plan this trip so last minute. I will cherish these memories forever. <3

Also, read here on my personal blog Inspired By Ginger for an Essential Packing Guide.

View all of my favorite images here.

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Happy Fall Y’all!

We greet fall with open arms, but…We’ve been busy. Good news though…Updates are coming soon! 🙂

Wow! It has been a busy summer + fall! As a result we are behind on sharing our awesome couple’s stories on the blog, as well as exclusive tips from us. Whoops! Not to worry though, our summer + fall wedding recaps are coming SOON! We cannot wait to share everything we have been working on.

Also, we have made some updates to our website. Be sure and check out our Welcome Page, Services, Reviews + Gallery pages. Next on the docket…Meet the Team.

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Opt in to purchase (5) additional high or low resolution images and 100% of this fee will benefit Forever Footprints. (Which makes this session a tax write-off for you!)

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Summer Beach Wedding :: Jenni + Peter

Nothing beats a summer wedding in sunny SoCal and this couple may have topped them all with their vibrant color scheme.

Summer weddings are in full bloom and with a wide array of venues and cities to choose from, sometimes it’s best to stick with a classic beach soiree. Jenni + Peter planned their wedding for July and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. It was sunny, warm and with just the right breeze – very accommodating for them and their guests that drove from near and far.

The day began with the traditional getting ready moments. The wedding party was cheerful, the bride and groom were excited and everyone was waiting in anticipation for the couple to say, “I do.”

Jenni, the bride, chose a gorgeous white flowy gown with custom lace detail throughout the dress. The top of her gown was fitted with a v-shape plunge neck and delicate lace and rhinestone back detail.

Peter, the groom, chose a brilliant shade of blue for his suit with satin trim detail. With accents of orange in his tie and handkerchief it helped the boutonniere to blend in beautifully.

In effort to calm nerves and to have an intimate moment, the couple elected to do a “first look.” The moment was so sweet and full of pure happiness.

One of my favorite details of the day was the bride’s bouquet. Can you say stunning?! It included an array of vibrant colors to compliment their color palette and even had baby kale added in to add texture.

The ceremony was decorated beautifully and included a few personal touches, which made it extra special. The arbor was covered in flowers and even included a candlelight gold chandelier to round out the design. The aisle was covered in a variety of flower petals, the seat ends had mason jar arrangements, and each seat end had a cylinder of additional flower petals to throw out as the bride and groom made their first walk as Mr. + Mrs.

The reception décor and ambiance also did not disappoint. First of all, let’s talk about the venue. Not only did it have a stunning outdoor space, the inside was floor to ceiling windows just like a green house. The natural light was perfection. Each table had a vibrant bouquet, a clear acrylic table number, a special photo of the couple, candlelight and a wood accent. So pretty!

We also broke away from the reception briefly to capture some sunset photos. What would a beach wedding be without golden hour portraits? What was extra memorable (and funny!) about this portion of the day is that us two photographers, one of the awesome wedding planners, and the bride + groom quickly jumped in their getaway car to sneak to the location only to find the getaway car’s battery had died! Oh no! Luckily, the groom is a car guru and got the car running in a jiffy. And then we were off!

Overall, this wedding was perfection. The color scheme was bright enough to cheer up anyone’s day; the couple was an absolute joy to work with and them team of vendors really out did themselves! This is what wedding dreams are made of.

Want more inspiration? View more photos from the day by clicking here.

Vendor Love:

Venue: Five Crowns Restaurant

Coordination: Pure Lavish Events

Photography: Allie Marion Photography

Beauty: Lepique Beauty

Cake: Susie Cakes

Entertainment: Invisible Touch

Photo booth: GC Photo booth

Florals: French Bouquet

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Temecula Wedding: Joe + Skylar

Mr. + Mrs. Barton Say “I do” at the Picturesque Bella Garden Estates. A local Temecula Wedding Venue

 

It was a gorgeous summer day when Joe + Skylar shared their wedding vows. Everything was planned perfectly from choosing a gorgeous venue (Bella Garden Estates), a gorgeous color palette, one of a kind florals from The Floral Craft, delicious BBQ, and of course the best of friends and family were in attendance.

The day started off with the getting ready formalities.

One of the most special parts of this portion of the day were the letters the couple wrote for each other. Cue the tissues…

The ceremony was a definite highlight of the day (as it usually is), and the scenery was among my most favorite I have captured to date. So gorgeous! Joe + Skylar’s vows were so heartfelt and they even had a close family member share a prayer to bless their marriage.

We had SO much fun during the portrait segment of the day. Let me repeat, SO FUN! The wedding party was an absolute blast (we got so many awesome captures…check out our portfolio to see more) and the B+G portion was magical.

See what I mean?!

The Reception was also a hoot. Such a blast! Actually, this is my favorite part of their wedding video too. You can click to watch their highlight video below!

As I mentioned, they did also have videography coverage. Click below to watch now! 🙂

 

You can view more photos from the day by visiting Joe + Skylar’s wedding album. Click here.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING US! <3

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