Mikenzie Ryan Photography » Luxury and destination wedding photographer

I took a little winter break from blogging/social media, but am back and ready to share all about our holidays, and, wait for it…. Our maternity photos! Haylie Noel Photography graciously did our pictures and our good friend Kayli at The Bloom Bar made the most precious succulent cuff <3 Not to mention, Megan, over at Peach Paper Design pitched in an adorable baby announcement and wooden plaque! I am so grateful for friends who come together and selflessly have loved and supported our newest addition. I couldn’t wish for a better community for Atlas to be born into.

The beginning of our break started with lots of family time and more episodes of The Office than I care to admit, but ended with this sweet shoot with my go-to photographer. Seriously though, she killed it. I have never been so happy with photos of myself, and I didn’t expect that, especially weighing more than I ever have! These photos will always give me goosebumps and remind me of all the little kicks Atlas gave before we even knew what she would look like. Being pregnant is such a special time, and sometimes I have to take a second, step back, and cherish this season of life. I hope I never forget the first feelings of protectiveness over something so small, the joy of planning for a future for our DAUGHTER, and Tim’s smile when we talk about the life we wish for her.

Thank you, Haylie, Kayli and Megan for making this shoot more than I could have ever dreamed of, and giving me beautiful images that I will always cherish. I am so grateful for all of you!

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I think it’s clear Barr Mansion is my favorite spot for photographing bridal shoots! Every time a bride books a bridal session, I get a little giddy inside because I know how much fun they are! Luckily, Robyn (is that not the most adorable name?!) trusted me and my recommendation on a location, so, of course, I jumped on the opportunity to hang out at Barr Mansion!

Robyn’s attention to detail is what really made these bridal photos a success. She brought the most precious monogrammed perfume bottle, gorgeous shoes, and an extraordinary winter inspired bouquet by the amazing Bloom Bar! Now, for the moment I have been waiting months for!!

Venue: Barr Mansion
Bouquet: Bloom Bar
Hair + Makeup: Erica Gray Beauty

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ย Man oh man, do I love traveling. Tim and I base our travel plans on where the cheapest flights are headed, but I still enjoy every second of exploring a new city. I don’t have too much to say about this trip, because we took advantage of the time to relax, escape daily life (even though it’s pretty awesome…), and eat our hearts out! But, I have lots of great spots to see, streets to explore and delicious eateries!

And, like every trip, I took my camera, but failed to take photos! I don’t know how that ALWAYS happens, and I literally take photos for a living, but I blame it on living in the moment ๐Ÿ™‚ So, traditionally, I have lots of horrible quality, iPhone photos!

Now, for my very unqualified advice on how to adventure through Denver, Colorado 29 weeks pregnant!

First, if you are there during Christmas, go check out the $2 ice skating rink at Skyline Park, and right next door you can walk through a Christmas Market! Plus, the whole area around Skyline Park is cute and has all kinds of delicious food. For example, Protein Bar. I have recently cut out gluten and dairy from my diet, so this place was a dream. Protein bowls, gluten free wraps, and smoothies! If you aren’t aiming for such a healthy option, there are lots of good burger joints and a Corner Bakery that has great chili, as Tim can vouch for ๐Ÿ™‚

Our second day we rented bikes from BCycle for $9/each and rode the whole city! So. Much. Fun. We probably rode 12 miles but it definitely didn’t feel like it, until the last mile, of course. We explored the Central Park, 16th Street Mall, and LoDo (Lower Downtown). These places all have great shopping options and even a free 16th St. bus that takes you up and down the strip! Also, if you are in this area, I highly recommend checking out Union Station. Lots of yummy cafes, vegan ice cream and shuffle board is all inside! Plus, it’s just too pretty to pass up!

Santa Fe Street is the art district where they have all kinds of antique shops and galleries! We met so many great people in this area and even stumbled upon a “brunch crawl” where the galleries all had snacks and goodies! Bonus! After this, we walked to Broadway (that everyone recommended!) and had lunch at Sputniks (great vegan and GF options), did some shopping at Buffalo Exchange (even better than the Austin location!) and had vegan ice cream at Sweet Action. This is definitely a hipster area, but I loved it all!

A couple other places we really enjoyed:
Vine Street- Cheap, delicious and has board games! We walked the three miles to get here and it went right through the middle of the city. So pretty!
Beet Box- This place was near where we stayed and is definitely a hole in the wall, but had great vegan options and yummy gluten free bread!
Quince Essential Coffee- Ahhh the cutest! A cafe in an old historic home with delicious coffee and hot chocolate. There was also board games, so naturally, we stayed and played a three hour game of risk ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, GF breakfast tacos!
Dunbars- Another hole in the wall, but was near where we were staying. We ate here after our super long bike ride, so I was starving and a salad just wasn’t going to cut it. So I had gluten and ordered a burger. No ragrets. I also had a glass of their house rosรจ and their house fries which were all delicious!

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Fall in Austin, Texas has got to be my favorite time to photograph weddings. Yes, it’s December, but for us Texans, that means fall is in full force and we are waiting to see if winter will ever come ๐Ÿ™‚ Weddings in the fall have so much creative freedom, and I am beyond excited that Amanda decided to take full advantage of the season, and Austin’s amazing vendors! The genius Antonio with Transplants Floral incorporated fruits into the table runner and I was so impressed with how much it added to the intimate feel of Shawn and Amanda’s wedding. I’m talking artichokes, blackberries, pomegranates, and whole bunches of grapes throughout the centerpieces. I’ll say it again… Genius!

Amanda and Shawn knew they wanted a small event, and wanted to include all the special people, places and things that contributed to their relationship. Only their closest family and friends were in attendance, they chose a cake topper that represented their love for cycling together, and even ordered a wine box as a cake stand from where Shawn proposed! I just love all the thoughtful details!

Amanda and Shawn, I wish you two the best in this newest journey together. Reading through your books of adventures not only had me wishing I was wine tasting in California, but grateful to witness a strong love that is as genuine as they come. Thank you both so much for choosing me to share and document your big day. Enjoy your time in Mexico!

Vendors:
Ceremony Venue- McGill Chapel
Reception Venue- Hotel Ella
Planner- Heavenly Day Events
Florist- Transplants Floral
Ceremony Music- Giovanni Mera
Cake- Sweet Treats Bakery

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Atlas is coming in less than three months, so Tim and I are filling all our free time with things we may not be able to do as easily when there is a screaming newborn in the house. Camping, taking road trips, seeing movies in the theater, nice dinners, spontaneous dates and binge watching TV! It’s been such a fun season of getting ready for our little girl but also enjoying each others company before it’s no longer the two of us! Such a crazy thought.

So, a month or so ago we decided to take a quick weekend trip to Big Bend in west Texas for a camping trip! This was a random decision and while I was a little worried about sitting in the car, pregnant, for over 7 hours (one way!), it was sooooo good for us. Totally unplugged, beautiful weather, and just a simple time of relaxing. We hiked a couple of short trails, one a bit longer, grilled, played cards and kept Obi alive through his first hiking adventures ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot wait for our next trip to be here and Atlas get to join us.

But, until then, here are some of my favorite photos from the trip!

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