the man behind the camera

although i dabble in photography and love capturing images around me, the true artist behind the photographs in my blog is my husband. we met on January 15th, 2010 and i knew the moment our green eyes met that we would spend the rest of our lives together. i fell in love with his eyes, his smile and his hands instantly. it’s funny how these are tools he uses to capture beautiful images of people and places around him – check out his website here. he shares a passion for travel and adventure. he inspires me to live life in the present moment, to take risks and live life to the fullest. we were recently married in the mountains of montana where i grew up. we drove from montana to california in an RV with my daughter and her friend. stopping at beautiful spots along the way. we had a camping wedding. there were outdoor solar showers, wash stations for the guests and yes…an outhouse. this was how i grew up – you can read more about that here. i love camping and my husband was such a great sport to allow our wedding to be one big camping experience. my dress from free people was just right for me and my wedding. the shoes from steve madden were the perfect accent to a simple dress. my bouquet was fresh lavender picked from paula jeans garden in montana. as a wedding gift he gave me a beautiful silver and turquoise wrist cuff from here, to match our silver and turquoise wedding rings. my gifts to him were a bow and arrow custom made by our friends at wood and silver (who also designed my wedding earrings) and a 69 kawasaki vintage motorcycle. we feasted on homemade mexican food (a taste of san diego), roasted marshmallows by the campfire and celebrated with sparklers and a fireworks show that most would envy. my brothers gave me away. my best friend married us and my daughter was my bridesmaid and his grooms girl.  it was a dream…the people, the place, the entire experience. here are a few images and a video of our special day. more about montana soon. so much to share about this beautiful place!

much love Shawnee


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