The last three times that we have been to California it has been for photo shoots. We have been incredibly lucky to photograph destination engagement sessions in Malibu, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Each time we have been out in California we have ached to go back and really spend some time there. From our time working out there, we have seen only small parts of the Pacific Coast Highway, parts of LA and Hollywood but have always wanted to explore more.
Around this time every year, somewhere between July and August we try to get away for a little while. It is usually right in the middle of our busy wedding season which for us is the perfect time. It allows us to prepare for the second half of the year and keeps us fresh and creative so we can be the best for all of our clients.
When deciding where to go this year, we considered a lot of different options including a few days in the Carribean, Maine or possibly Europe. The fact is that every place we thought of sounded good but both Kathleen and I kept thinking about California. So the decision got much easier and we planned our trip. We of course wanted to first go to the LA area, enjoy a couple of our favorite restaurants in Santa Monica and even meet up with one of our couples, Saryn & Dave who live in the Venice Beach area.
We have also always wanted to make drive north up the Pacific Coast Highway and visit San Francisco. So after we spent a few days in the LA area we made the drive up the coast from LA to San Francisco which took us about 12 and 1/2 hours. This was a truly incredible drive. Here are just some of our images from the LA and PCH part of this trip. We will be sharing our San Francisco and Half Moon Bay part of our trip in an upcoming post.
How do you like our rental car? :)
We took CA1 all the way which brought us inland for a couple of hours, through the mountains and through little California towns that reminded us of the movie Cars.
Happy cows come from California!
The water was such a beautiful deep blue, it almost looked like a painting.
The views of the coast from the PCH is something that everyone should really experience. As gorgeous as the pictures are there is no way you can really capture how amazing it is out there.
Parts of the PCH went up incredibly high into the mountains and there were not many guard rails on the roadway. But it did provide beautiful views such as these.