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This past summer I traveled more often for weddings, and had such a great time exploring different cities along the way. My friend Scot came with me to Minneapolis to second shoot for Kirsten + Paul’s wedding, and we had time to get many cups of coffee, bike around the Chain of Lakes, then get caught in a torrential rainstorm while biking around the Chain of Lakes, get drinks at a rooftop bar, make our feet weary at the Mall of America, brunch, AND hit up the local farmer’s market where (hipster warning) we sampled kombucha. All in all, an excellent adventure! See some of my Minneapolis recommendations at the bottom of the post…

 

Minneapolis Travel Recommendations

Stay: Downtown! There are so many hotels, but I can recommend The Westin or The Hilton Minneapolis.

Brunch: The Copper Hen

Do: Mall of America. It’s just, somewhat unfortunately, somewhat wonderfully, a guilty pleasure-esque must. Also, be prepared, there are theme park rides…in the mall.

Wander: Mill City Farmers Market. So many gluten-free pastries on offer, I love you Minneapolis!

See: That really neat bridge near the farmer’s market.

Coffee: The Nicollet (great spot to curl up with a good read)

Explore: Grab one of the bikes in the Nice Ride public bike share system and make your way around the Chain of Lakes

 

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I’ve been meaning to write a more personal update for a little while. Because life right now…it’s just full and riotously happy and kind of surreal. It goes something like this:

1. I have the greatest fiancé of all time, a daydreamer who loves to tell me the etymologies of words, reads me poetry on park benches, and is incapable of putting the cap back on any toothpaste tube. I still just pause every day to reflect on being engaged and feel my heart expanding with the immensity of love I have for him.

2. Instead of an engagement ring, we chose travel. And we’re going to…Spain + Morocco! 

While I have nothing against diamond engagement rings, as a wedding vendor who has been blessed to witness so many different kinds of weddings, one thing I’ve always known is that when it came to my wedding, I would ask myself whether I was doing something because it was tradition, or because it was personally meaningful to me. First I did some research about diamonds, which for various reasons made me turn towards alternative engagement rings. And there are some really, really pretty options in that department, from sapphires to morganite to stacking rings to pretty Etsy creations. But, the more I looked, the less I could figure out what ring I might want. None of them were calling out to me, and I realized that it wasn’t just that I didn’t want a diamond ring, I didn’t want an engagement ring period. I am SO excited to have beautiful wedding bands one day soon, but an engagement ring didn’t feel like the right symbol of us starting our lives together. We both LOVE to travel and my favorite weekends with Daniel are when we’re just exploring and brunching and hiking and reading and having long chats in cafes together, so going on a trip felt like the perfect swap for a ring. We leave in 2 weeks!

On that note, please leave awesome Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, and Marrakech recommendations in the comments section :)

3. And then…instead of flying back to Los Angeles, we will be flying to Singapore. Where we are MOVING!

Daniel was offered a job in Singapore, so that’s where we are headed. I could not be more excited about getting to know Singapore, having more time to write, and traveling in SE Asia this coming year.

Since my photography business is of course based in California, I will be coming back and forth between Singapore and California throughout the year. I will be back next summer for the height of wedding season, roughly from May to September 2015, depending on the dates of weddings that I book, but please don’t hesitate to inquire, because your date may fall within one of my scheduled trips to California. And since I will be spending a lot of time in Singapore, this also means that I will be available for weddings, engagement sessions and honeymoon shoots in Singapore, Thailand, Bali, and throughout SE Asia!

Ok, you can pinch me now. I am ready to wake up.

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  • Veronika Shulman - I am riotously happy for your rapture!
    You are an inspiration and a reminder of what I love about life.
    xo,
    NikaReplyCancel

  • Lachelle Metcalf - O….M…..G!!!!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate my 1 year anniversary (and the anniversary of when you shot our engagement pictures) to see your uber happiness and amazing news!! You deserve all of the happiness in the world, Nic and I can’t wait to hear more about your travels, your new home in Singapore and your upcoming nuptials!! God Bless you and your fiance!!

    Love

    Lachelle (and Manny) MetcalfReplyCancel

  • Kelly - AMAZING but how I will miss you being in L.A.! Please come visit or let’s go eat something yummy before you go? Congrats to the fiancée on the new job! And in Madrid, eat churros con chocolate here: Chocolateria San Gines. It was right by the apartment I stayed in when I was visiting at 18…ReplyCancel

  • Vanda - Congratulations Nikki! Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - So, so excited for you and can’t wait to have a proper catch up when we’re finally back in the same country again, even if it is just for a flying visit xxReplyCancel

From the beginning, my photography business would not have been possible without the incredible support from my family and friends. When I was wondering how I would edit my photos, my mom went and bought me my fancy iMac (aka my one true love). After second shooting for some great photographers who I learned so much from, I brought my sister to second shoot my first wedding with me, and my best friend Noa shot beside me for the next one! I mean, a month ago, my photog friend Scot even hopped on a plane to Minneapolis to second shoot a wedding with me. I am so lucky to have such awesome friends. And the more that I shared my photos, the more that my community of friends (and random Instagram followers!) encouraged me, bolstering my confidence in pursuing this dream. Because let me be very clear about this, when I first considered buying a professional camera, this seemed like one crazy, far-off dream.

Of the many people who have helped me and cheered me on along the way, Mariah stands out for designing my fantastic logo! She was visiting me in LA when we got to talking about branding. Her insightful questions about how I saw my brand helped me articulate and clarify my business goals and my vision. Over and over, I found myself drawn to words like natural, whimsical, candid, free-spirited, and fun. So we went from brainstorming to her sketching, and from that, a logo was born! I consider Mariah to be the Sorella Muse Art Director, and I’d be totally lost without her and her InDesign skills. But Mariah is not only talented in graphic design, she’s a photographer herself, so I called her up when I recently needed a second shooter for a San Francisco wedding! So, Mariah, I just wanted to thank you again because YOU ROCK.

p.s. if you’re a bride-to-be reading this and wondering what’s the point of having a second photographer, here are my Top 5 reasons to book a second shooter for your wedding.

p.p.s. also, yes, we were asked multiple times at the wedding if we were sisters, it being pointed out that we had very similar curls.

 

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For the last two years I have had the pleasure of working with Handmade Events, photographing their PopUp dinners in San Francisco and Los Angeles (and this past summer in Brooklyn!) as well as their PopUp Masquerades. I know how awesome and creative their team is, which is why I am so excited that they have recently launched PopUp Weddings!

Pop Up + Wedding…sounds confusing right?! You can read more about the Pop Up wedding concept here. Their new venture is already garnering buzz and I can’t wait to see how it takes off! I’ll also be working with Pop Up Weddings and excited to start shooting some seriously creative and intimate weddings and elopements. The photo above is a sneak peek from our Santa Monica Pier wedding inspiration shoot, with design by Cayleigh Hopkins, stunning florals by Missy Fine, and rentals from Line 204. Excited to share the rest of the pretty shoot soon!

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