Jess and I returned to Dallas for a long weekend of seeing friends, revisiting favorite places and attending a wedding. We started out by visiting her old neighborhood and a taco joint we both loved to frequent. We did some shopping and got dinner with Sydni, Andrew and Doug.
Friday, we met max for lunch, visited Deep Ellum for an art festival, rode our first electric scooters, and went for an evening sail on White Rock Lake with with Tim & Griffin. Friday night was dinner in the Greenville neighborhood.
Saturday we slept in and relaxed before heading to Grapevine to check into our hotel – the Gaylord Texan which was nearby the wedding. The wedding of Ashley and Zach was held in a beautiful winery event space and we got to meet many more of Ashley & Zach’s family and friends as we celebrated. We also kept our eye on the score of the UVA/Auburn basketball game and stopped looking after the 3 pointer at the buzzer was missed only to find out later there was a foul that led to 3 foul shots to win.
Sunday we visited the Dallas Art Museum and went for dinner at another favorite Mexican restaurant with Andrew before checking into our airport hotel for the night.
In February Caroline and Ian got married. It started with drinks out at a brewery which led to late night margaritas with out of town sailing friends and followed up with a beautiful wedding and reception on Saturday. Congrats Caroline & Ian!
This weekend I got to join Jess in celebrating the marriage of her co-worker Alex held at The Mill at Fine Creek in Powhatan. It was a beautiful venue with several outdoor seating areas as well as a large indoor space. There was also a short trail down to the creek as well as several old historical artifacts of the old mill.
Jess and I got to enjoy a weekend in the Outer Banks spending time with my ECU friends and getting to celebrate the wedding of Courtney and Preston.
This summer I got to take Jess and join my family in Portland Oregon for 6 days of touring any my sister’s wedding. We stayed in a boutique hotel in downtown Portland that was walkable to a lot of neat restaurants and parks.
For Day 2 Jess and I spent the whole day on a tour driving around Willamette Valley tasting some fantastic pinot noirs that the region is known for.
The next day we spent some time at the Oregon Brewer’s festival.
The wedding was at a beautiful botanical garden. We had fun seeing family, reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones from across the country. We had a lot of fun celebrating with my sister Cheryl and her new husband Dean.
On the last day of touring we visited Multnomah Falls and the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River
A few photos from the wedding of Lauren and Patrick this weekend. So fun to celebrate with them and their family and friends at The Boathouse at Rockets Landing.
Lauren & Patrick
Jon & Jess
Glasses and city views
The genesis for the trip to Lake Norman was the wedding of my college buddy Tom to his fiance Jaime. Being the reception was on Lake Norman so close to the yacht club I was able to sail Saturday, attend the reception and sail again on Sunday.
It was a beautiful venue at a home on the lake and it was great catching up with old friends and celebrating with Tom, Jamie and their family and friends. Congrats Tom & Jamie!
Attended the wedding of Blake and Julia in Deltaville on what would have been a cloudy weekend had Blake and Julia not created their own sunshine. I did a little photography of the groomsmen getting ready and riding the boat over to the venue.
Congrats Blake & Julia!
Saturday I celebrated the wedding of my sailing buddies Mark Stephens and Melissa Orndorff. The wedding was held at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables near Waynesboro, VA. Here are some of my favorite photos:
My date to this wedding was a real nag:
Of course I had the GoPro up in a tower simultaneously taking video and stills:
Some of the sailing crowd
This is also the first real photography opportunity I’ve had since I’ve switched to using back button focus on the D7000. I generally liked it. My biggest fear was that I’d try to hand the camera to a non-photographer or someone would pick it up to take a picture and either get out of focus pictures or just get frustrated with it. I’m looking forward to using this more and I really think it helped my hit % of properly focused pictures.
View the rest of the photos here.