This year, my grandmother gifted our family a vacation to Smith Mountain Lake. My parents, siblings, nephews, niece, and I stayed in a big, beautiful lake house right on the water. We had a full week of kayaking, boating, tanning, swimming, tubing (or attempting to), shopping, and eating, but somehow, it ended up being one of the most relaxing vacations I've been on in a long time! There truly is nothing better than quality time with family. #BLESSED!
Below is a mix of photos my family and I took on my camera and our iPhones. Enjoy, and feel free to share. :)
My parents and I drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway today. We couldn't help but capture each precious, beautiful moment. It is moments like these that humble me and bring my mind and body peace. Enjoy!
All photos are my own. Permission is required for usage.
On Saturday, my best friend (Trisha Westfall from Typically Trish) and I visited Cave Ridge Vineyard for the Taste of Shenandoah. We tasted delicious local foods, enjoyed a performance from my dad, Randy Black, and strolled through the vineyard. Cave Ridge is absolutely beautiful, and we were so happy to visit it while we were on fall break. We also hiked to The Overlook during our weekend off. Be sure to check out that blog post, and then enjoy the photos below! :)
For fall break, my best friend (Trisha Westfall of Typically Trish) and I took a trip to the Shenandoah Valley. I'm from the small town of Broadway, Virginia, and I couldn't wait to show Trisha all that the Valley has to offer.
The area is especially beautiful in the fall: scenic views, crisp air, burnt orange leaves. We had to begin our weekend with a hike. My dad refers to this hike as "The Overlook" though most people don't know what it's official name is. It's in the George Washington National Forest, near New Market, and it branches off of the Wildflower Trail. It's a beautiful secret that ends in a breathtaking view of the Valley. The only semi-official reference I've seen to this trail is in this blog post.
Side note: this isn't an easy one. It is fairly long, steep and rocky (but well worth it). Check out the photos below!
I'd never had good luck with summer jobs until working at Heritage Bakery & Café this summer. I developed friendships with the lovely staff, got to know our fascinating customers, and prepared the most delicious baked goods!
The positive atmosphere I worked in this summer gave me a sense of hope and inspiration. I couldn't leave without photographing a few special moments with the owner, Isabelle. These photos are from last week when she was preparing Italian macarons for a Kate Spade themed bridal shower.
Enjoy, and see the bottom of this post for Heritage's contact information and social media links! :)