LA a la Liz // My Hood Part Two

Hello, and welcome to the second and final (kind of) LA a la Liz post.  This column will now be called Seattle a la Liz.  Yes, my friends.  It is with the heaviest heart, but an excited one as well, that I tell you next week I will be leaving my beloved LA and Hollywood home for sweet Seattle.

It wasn't that long ago that I began shooting up there, meeting new people and becoming part of a very special little community. 

// I want to continue fostering those relationships as well as growing my business.  

I hope that you'll stick around and walk through this journey with me and for all you Seattle peeps, I can't wait to meet you :)  It's going to be an interesting year acclimating to a new city, but I know in my heart that it's time for me to do this.

I'll miss the weather, palm trees and LA culture in general. I'll miss my favorite brunch spots and the way the light hits my room at sunset. It  will all be challenging at first.  However, being away from my friends and family is going to be the hardest thing of all.  I'm so rooted and so connected to the people in my life here and I just can't imagine not having them at arms reach. 

 It's hard to explain, but for a long time now there has been something stirring inside of me, dying to break out of this cozy little life.  It's time to be brave, be risky and jump.  I'm going with my gut and following my heart.  I want to look back one day and be so glad that I took this leap and chose to believe in myself.  I've always said I want to do big things in my life and not just do what feels comfortable.  Well, I'm REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE and that's how I know this is going to be really good for me.  I'm looking forward to shooting weddings there and discovering new brands to work on lookbooks and content.  I'm ready.

Happiness isn't something that just happens to you or that you "find" per se.  It's a choice.  So, I choose to be happy. Even if that means leaving a life I love and starting a new one.  I have a feeling there are great things coming my way that I haven't even dreamt of for myself and I can't wait to share them with you.

I hope you liked all my favorite houses, nooks and crannies that make up my neighborhood.  When I reached my favorite spot to see the Hollywood Sign, the sky was perfect and it was almost like she was saying bye to me.  I'll miss seeing her every day, but I know we'll be together again in the future.

xo

Los Angeles Women's March // The Future is Female

Honestly, there isn't anything I can say that hasn't been said before.  All I want to say is that being a part of this march was one of the most amazing things I've ever done.  I was surrounded by my best friends and their husbands and boyfriends supporting us the whole way.  I met strangers who loved our signs and chanted with us down Hill Street. I saw little girls holding up signs of of their future wishes.  There was such a sense of community, love and hope and I'll never forget it. 

Bryon & Mindy // Engaged at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

The metro pulled up to my stop downtown and as the doors opened I realized my hands were shaking. I walked to the spot Byron and I had talked about and waited - hands still shaking.

I saw them coming my way and gave the signal to their giddy friends in hiding.  It all happened so fast.  He was down on one knee and seconds later there were tears, hugs and disbelief.  

Before photography happened to me I sometimes wondered what it must be like to witness two people get engaged.  Now, I know.  I know it a lot.  How wonderfully weird it is that proposals have become a part of my job - my life.  I'm not mad about it. Not one bit.

Byron & Mindy // Engaged in lovely L.A.

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LA a la Liz // My Hood Part One

I often talk about my love for LA and being a rare local (I grew up 30 miles east of Hollywood), I thought it would be fun to start a new column showcasing all its special qualities.  From my favorite neighborhoods to favorite restaurants and even spots that hold personal memories for me. 

So, first up, my very own neighborhood!  I live in a little pocket of Hollywood called Beachwood Canyon.  Locals explain it as the "right under the Hollywood sign" area.  I've lived here for three years now and couldn't be happier.  I fall in love with it more and more every day.

On the weekends I take runs up into the hills and am constantly stopped by tourists who want directions to the infamous sign.  It makes me laugh because I have never actually hiked up to it myself. I know.  It's ridiculous.

I'm obsessed with the eclectic apartments and houses, the neighborly feel, the fact that there is so much history to my street.  I love that no matter what time of day it is, there are people walking their dogs.  It's the kind of neighborhood where everybody knows your name.  We say hello as we pass each other on the street and in the summer it's the best because we're all usually going to the same place.  Franklin Village. 

This special little strip holds local favorites such as Birds (Fridays are ladies nights - heeyoohh), La Poublle and Sushi StopMy personal favorite is Franklin & Co.  I love the vibe there, the food is amazing and the bartender has a heavy hand (never a bad thing).  I had my favorite first date there too so it's kind of the best place ever ;)  Also, Stop by Oaks Gourmet for their homemade tacos, boutique wines and specialty cheeses.  I can't be trusted here.  Like, ever.  I may have once (or twice?) had them deliver ice cream to my front door...

As the sun sets and you make your way back up to my place, you'll notice how the light changes and starts to disappear behind the trees and buildings.  It's my favorite time of day.  It usually smells like jasmine (it's everywhere) and you can see the Hollywood sign start to fade in the darkness. Feels like home.

// I'll be sharing more from my neighborhood soon including the nooks and crannies I often walk to and love (If you follow my snapchat or Insta Stories you know I love a good walk).  I hope you enjoy the new column!

Let's Take a Drive // Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree.  A place I've always loved and a place she had never been before.  We packed our gear, stopped for coffee and headed east.  

Nicole and I have been friends for about four years now, but it seems as though we've been friends our whole lives.  We laugh uncontrollably together, we can talk shop all day long and best of all, we just get each other.  The best part of friendship in general, right?

// Some favorites from our little adventure + a short and sweet video I made from our day.  You can head on over to Nicole's blog right now to see things through her eyes too!

Bridget & Zak // Married at Saddlerock Ranch

Together since their youth.  Eleven years of loving each other; something so rare these days.

The most beautiful vows hand written to perfection.  A ceremony that lasted an hour, but felt five minutes long.  Not a dry eye to be seen.  This love exists.  This love is possible.  This love is real.

// A wedding more about connection and less about theme.

// Guests greeted with champagne and a giraffe named Stanley.  

// Their best friends they’ve grown up with and adore.

They did things their way.  They brought their people together to celebrate not just the two of them, but their love for everyone present that day. Everything felt like them and I am honored to have been a part of it. 

// Bridget and Zak.  Married on a ranch in the canyons of Malibu.

From the first conversation Bridget and I had over the phone, we knew this was it.  We were in it together.  She wanted her day captured beautifully, nothing recycled.  She wanted someone who understood her love of simplicity and the classic.  I almost fell out of my chair with excitement. 

I knew that her day would not only be special for obvious reasons, but special for me as well. Couples who value me and are more interested in our connection rather than what's included in a package.  Something I will strive for, always.

BLAZE Business Intensive with Tonie Christine // Connection

I've been thinking a lot about what I want out of this life.  Where do I want to go? What really makes me happy and what inspires me so I can continue to pull from that. 

The answer is CONNECTION.  Connecting with people is what fuels my fire, what makes me fall in love, what keeps me honest, what I thrive on when I travel. 

I realized that I need to step out of my bubble and learn more from my colleagues in the industry.  That's where Tonie comes into the picture.  She was hosting her very own workshop and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.   I wanted to ask questions, I wanted to walk away from a conversation that left me excited and motivated to not only keep going creatively, but how to be a better business owner as well.

I am so impressed with everything she offered us that day.  She answered every question and gave us such amazing insight in what it really means to run a successful business.  I went home knowing it was a day well spent and worth every minute of my time.

Tonie, thank you for keeping me on my toes.  I'm so grateful :)

// Some favorites I took that day.  Enjoy :) \\

Design and Styling & Florals // Bixby + Pine

Rentals // Unique & Chic Event Rentals and Design //

Chairs // Grand Event Rentals //

Cakes // Baked. //

Ribbon and Table Runner // Adorn Company //

HMUA // Katie Boyar //

Paper Goods // Minted //

Ring // Trumpet & Horn //

Ring Box // The Mrs. Box //

Dress // The Dress Theory //

Kristen & Roy // Married at Mazama Ranch House

I flew to Washington, hopped in Tiarra's car and began a 4.5 hour road trip to the Mazama Ranch House in the mountains.  We had a slumber party in a cabin and woke up to these two beautiful creatures.  

// Thank you Tiarra for bringing me along to this magical wedding in Mazama.  I will never forget the deer in the road, siracha bacon and the turquoise lake we found on the way home.

Some of my favorites // Kristen and Roy

OO La You // Little Black Dresses

OO LA YOU in all its glory.

They arrived, dropped their bags filled with jewelry, shoes and little black dresses and poured themselves a glass of champagne (we decided no orange juice.  It's all about the champs). 

They got all dressed up as we blasted Beyonce, which was followed by the slaying of these images.  Basically, it was the best day ever. 

// I'm thinking of doing another one of these before the year is over.  If you're interested and want to know more about pricing, etc., comment below or email me directly and let me know!  If I have enough interest in another city I would love to come to YOU! \\

Cheers to celebrating our bodies, our beauty and our little black dresses.  That's what OO LA YOU is all about.