Missouri Botanical Garden

After a couple of posts of portrait sessions I did this weekend, I’m back to sharing photos from our St. Louis weekend getaway. I had a hard time not publishing all of my photos from the Missouri Botanical Garden. It’s such a beautiful place! We got there an hour and a half before it closed, which wasn’t nearly enough time. But we enjoyed trekking our way around the grounds and looking at the Chinese Lantern Festival displays, which would have been even more gorgeous if we’d had time to visit at night.

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Photos of the Day: Girls Weekend

I just returned from a fabulous three-day girls weekend trip with some of my best friends! Here are a few photos to recap the trip.


Lodges at Table Rock Lake – the 6-bedroom house we stayed at in Branson, Missouri.


I was sad to miss out on the tasting part of the Stone Hill Winery tour, but I guess it was for a good cause. 😉


We had lots of time to relax, do our nails, play games, and watch movies. Can’t get better than that!


Celebrating Mandy’s birthday with brownies and ice cream. She’s so photogenic – even when she’s in the middle of blowing out candles.


I might have caught not one, but two huge rolls from Lambert’s Cafe – Home of the Throwed Rolls. (Thanks for snapping the photo, Mandy.)

Photo(s) of the Day: Vacation Reveal

For those of you who have been following my blog the last couple of days, you may or may not have guessed where we traveled. The answer….

Atlanta, Georgia!

Amazingly, I actually won an Atlanta Getaway through Passports With Purpose. They raised over $100,000 through the raffle to install water wells in Haiti (which is a passion of mine). I spent $40 on 4 raffle tickets, and I chose this one because I love scuba diving/marine life. I have no idea what my chances of winning were, but I do know they were very slim. I figured the $40 would be a nice Christmas donation. I had no idea I’d actually win. The prize package included:

  • A two-night stay at a suite in the Omni Hotel (thank you Omni for donating the prize package!)
  • Tickets to the Georgia Aquarium and diving with whale sharks (the only place in the world you’re guaranteed to swim with them!)
  • Tickets to the CNN World Headquarters Tour
  • Tickets to the Coca-Cola Factory
  • A $200 spa credit at the hotel

It didn’t take long for me to find available dates, book the trip, and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience! Below are a few photos of Atlanta. More photos of the trip to come.

Downtown Atlanta, seen from Centennial Olympic Park
Outside CNN Center in Atlanta
The view from our suite inside the Omni Hotel at CNN Tower
Downtown Atlanta skyline at dusk
A representation of 100 years of the Olympic games in Centennial Olympic Park