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Winter Bridal Inspired

Last week I pulled together a super last-minute shoot. What started as just a quick test with a model turned into a styled bridal shoot, and I am so happy with the resuts! The dresses by a local designer were stunning, and the model was a competitive horse-back rider, so it could not have been more perfect. Add a makeup artist that I've been trying to work with for a while, and you have a dream team! I made this floral crown on my own, and although it didn't quite turn out as I wanted, I still like the whimsical feel it adds.


Thailand Diaries - Chiang Mai Part II

For the second half of our stay in Chiang Mai we headed up north-east to an Airb n'b in the mountains, to get a feel for what life would be like as more of a local in the surrounding area. Our rental was a beautiful house built on a small coffee plantation. There was a gardener and his family that lived in a smaller hut on the property who owned chickens and roosters, and they had some cats that would make appearances from time to time. One thing I learned from a local while staying here is that most of the dogs and cats in Thailand are actually owned, but people let their animals wander during the day- So although it may seem like they have a massive stray animal problem, if you look closely you can see that most of them are well fed and cared for. Our place was close to a little mountain village that seemed to be quite a tourist destination for locals. We were a few of the only North American tourists, though there were many people staying in and visiting the village and the nearby attractions.

Close to our place was this gorgeous waterfall. I don't remember the name and all signs were in Thai, but it seemed like everywhere you turned there were amazing waterfalls. Definitely worth pulling over and stopping to explore, though I'm not sure I could ever find this exact waterfall again.

One of the highlights of this area was Muang-On Cave. There were absolutely no people at the cave when we arrived, and from the outside I wasn't expecting much. But one thing I learned about this area is that everything is incredibly under-rated. This cave cost 30 Baht (a couple dollars Canadian) for entrance, whereas in North America something like this would like cost $50, and be packed to the brim. The cave itself was absolutely massive, though very difficult to take photos in without a tripod.

And, because we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into, we decided to follow the staircase the rest of the way up the mountain to a little temple at the top. It was an incredibly sweaty, long hike, but the view from the top was absolutely worth it. Although I can't recommend the hike to get there, I can also pretty much guarantee a monkey sighting on the way. The villagers feed them bananas (I don't quite get why), and they flock to the little huts at the base of the cave entrance to get some. I personally am weary of monkeys and don't see the reasoning behind feeding them, but....there you have it!

In an attempt to keep these posts fairly manageable, my next post will be all about our visit to the Elephant sanctuary!


Thailand Diaries- Chiang Mai Part I

In December we went to Thailand for two weeks to meet up with my sister, who has been backpacking around India and Asia for the last few months. We flew into Chiang Mai from Ottawa (with stops in New York City and Guangzhou), and immediately loved the city. There is so much to do in this city, and it doesn't feel as touristy as I expected it to. I'd read that Bangkok was a bit overwhelming so we decided to make Chiang Mai our only big city stop in Thailand. Obviously since I didn't go to Bangkok I can't compare, but my sister went to both and claims Bangkok is not nearly as nice.

We stayed at a hotel called "Ben Nimman", which was a lovely little hotel just outside of the walled town of Chiang Mai, on the way from the airport. They had the most amazing breakfast I've ever had included in a room. Seriously, I would go back and spend a month here in a heartbeat. The first two days we spent around Chiang Mai, eating all the food and seeing lots of temples. Doi Suthep and the Royal Palace on the way up the mountain was a really nice way to spend the day, but bring a sweater and cover up appropriately so that you don't have to rent the silly clothes like we did ;) We hired a 'public bus' for the day and our driver took us to our destinations and waited for us to take us on to the next one. The people are so friendly, I really recommend doing this instead of taking some sort of organized tour. You get a local driver to talk to which was our favourite part, and they can take you to places that are a bit less touristy.

On our way back down from Doi Suthep we asked if we had time to see one of the many waterfalls, and our guide took us to this spot. We were pretty much the only people there, and it would have been really hard to find if we were looking for it, but our driver dropped us off just at the trail head. I imagine there are many beautiful waterfalls, but unfortunately I don't know the name of this one.

I have so many photos that these are just a few of the highlights, and I had to split them into many posts, but if you have any questions about where we went please feel free to ask in the comments! Next post will be Chiang Mai Part II.
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