Thanksgiving 2017 Highlights:
01 - Afternoon walk at Lake Boren Park with Clay's family
02 - Continuing the Yan Thanksgiving turkey baking tradition
03 - Making shakshuka and French onion soup with Jason
04 - Visiting Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle
This fall, I was able to try out a couple recipes from the Momofuku and Momofuku Milk Bar cookbooks (their pork buns and cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies). I have never been to New York before (where their restaurants and bakeries are located), but have always to wanted try their triple layer birthday cake with colorful cake crumbs on top. So this year, for my 26th birthday, Clay decided to make me a homemade version of their birthday cake right here in our very own kitchen! I still can't believe that he went through the trouble of getting so many obscure ingredients (including grapeseed oil, clear imitation vanilla extract, citric acid, acetate strips, and a 6-inch cake ring) to make me this very special birthday cake! I was incredibly touched to come home on a Wednesday night at 10pm after a full day of work and evening class back-to-back to find it sitting in our freezer drawer. I was also super impressed with my husband's baking abilities, especially since this was his first-time attempt at baking this cake and it turned out perfect on the first try! Of course, I had to give it its own little photo shoot before digging in. ;)
Below is a GoPro video that Clay filmed of his entire cake baking session! The song he used in the video is "Loving You Easy" by Zac Brown Band. Clay and I actually went to their concert back in October when they performed at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. That was our first concert together and this song was my favorite from their set. :)
At the beginning of October, Clay and I flew back to Washington to attend our friends' wedding (congrats Eric and Lovina!!). That weekend, we also ended up taking a day trip to Mount Rainier National Park, per my mother-in-law's recommendation. Though it was quite chilly (it was snowing when we got to the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center around lunch time), it was so refreshing to drive through and see this national park during the fall season. As we were driving, I couldn't help roll down the car window and snap a quick picture of the fog surrounding the trees (upper left photo). Later that day, we stopped by Louise Lake (upper right photo) and found a waterfall on the side of the road (lower left photo). I loved being able to see the autumn colors peek out from among the evergreen trees (lower right photo). As usual, it was wonderful getting to spend time with Clay outside in nature. In the future, we would love to come back to Mount Rainier during the spring and visit more of Washington's national parks together!
'Tis the season for family photos (and of course, those holiday cards)! Had a wonderful time shooting these family portraits with Christine and Andy, their 3-month-old baby Caleb, and their dog Marlowe over at Crissy Field and the Warming Hut Park Store & Cafe in San Francisco! Always down for an outdoor family portrait session during the holiday season :)
Just a little over two years ago, I was studying abroad in Paris and remember being very excited for these two to come visit, so that I could show them some of my favorite spots in the city. On a warm summer afternoon, the three of us shared colorful Pierre Hermé macarons, walked through the cobblestone streets of Paris, and spent an evening sitting & talking on the steps in front of Sacré-Cœur. It feels like not too long ago, I was taking photos of them at the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg and fast forward to this past weekend, I had the opportunity of taking their engagement photos at the lovely San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. It was a delightful afternoon walking through the garden with Jack and Jasmine while capturing their joyful, silly, fun-loving relationship. One of my favorite memories of these two actually happened about a year ago, when our church was organizing a Pastor's Appreciation Night. Jasmine choreographed a dance and body worship to "God's Great Dance Floor" and was open to teaching anybody who wanted to learn. Jack and I both decided to be a part of it. I remember seeing Jack put in a lot of effort to learn the dance during the practices and seeing Jasmine give him constant encouragement. Through those practices, I not only saw their love for each other, but also their dedication to showing appreciation to the pastors at our church. Over the years, I'm glad to have witnessed how these two have loved and supported each other as well as the ways they've become so involved at our church. So excited for what's in store for them as they get married and start this new season of life together!
Just capturing as I go.