Happy Birthday, Boo.

The minute 2015 hit, we both began the panic. “We’re going to be THIRTY this year. THIRRRTYYYYY.” We’d say, usually in a Spanish accent alongside a joke, secretly hoping to take the sting out of crossing out of our twenties. “THIRTY!!!!” I’d randomly proclaim, usually while running my fingers through his hair as we drove. And as today marks the day that my husband Marshall turns THIRTYYYYYYYYY and I get to enjoy being married to an older man for exactly two months before I kick the bucket myself, I gotta say, the new age bracket may not be all that bad, boo. Just think of the perks of being an adult thus far. We’ve graduated to a much larger bed that can accommodate all four of us without a pup sleeping on the tippy top of our heads (most of the time). We both enjoy wine now-a-days “I could drink a glass of this every night!” and have learned to enjoy it (somewhat) responsibly. We’ve figured out every which way to enjoy movies and binge watch shows from the comfort of our own home. And we have fluffy dogs who are breathing and fed, signifying we are well on our way to being responsible! But most importantly we make each other laugh days on end and even though our age may be creeping in, you always ALWAYS keep us young and with your forever desire to play with crabs who run from you on the beach or to catch another baby chipmunk in your hat, you will always be a kid at heart.

To the man who I sincerely love more and more with every morning’s start. To the sweetness whom I wrap my arms around his muscley body and think I’m so happy you’re my husband resulting in a challenge to squeeze you as tight as I can taunting that was nothin’. To the handsome gentlemen who so kindly puts the dishes away when I haven’t for days and neither one of us can take it anymore. The husband who never brings up past hiccups, loves unconditionally always, trusts me to slather essential oils on him when he starts sneezing, and says THE funniest thing at the perfect time, I love you. I am honored to be your wife, even when you sleep diagonally across our king size bed, you are a stand-up gent with a heart of gold, one your friends call “the happiest guy they know”. I am thrilled to be living life alongside you, adventuring the world and far corners of the sofa, together rarely acting a day over 12. You keep ME young at heart. Don’t worry boo, we’ll Benjamin Button this ish.

Happy Birthday, Marshall! You fine. xo

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Sleepin’ on the job

Wandering the streets of Chiang Mai this past September (+ the year before that) I noticed a consistency within shop owners. One that was proud and disciplined in their business, setting up elaborate makeshift storefronts every day, and even more entertaining was their fearlessness to straight up nap. Guess it’s the Thai version of a siesta and one I fully intend to put into play at Ashley Goodwin Photography – just not in dimly lit corner of a reception or anything… I hereby present to you one of my most favorite series to date: Sleeping on the Job.

Yes, he is a temple dog, stray pups they keep around that they believe ward off bad spirits from the temples. And yes, he is sleeping during duty.

Yep. That’s a baby. Chillen.

By the looks of the workers I found snoozing around corners, looks like this temple ain’t getting’ revamped anytime soon.

Hmmm. I hope he’s just cozy in front of the fan and not, well, dead.

 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Sawasdee! 

In September I had the pleasure of joining Inspire Church Waikele for the second time on a mission trip back to Chiang Mai, Thailand. There’s something about this place that keeps pulling me back, I adore it.

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[Married] Kayla + Kaniela

She lightly tapped the top of her essential oil bottle, softly soothing nerves before she slipped into her light and flowing gown. Soon after, as she fluttered down the aisle, her graceful hula essence abound, her long-time handsome and soon-to-be husband Kaniela quietly fought back tears. Young sweethearts, these two Hawai’i natives said “I do” under the shade of a giant tree high atop Pupukea at Sunset Ranch. Soft, romantic details filled with maui lavender (from the farm where he proposed!) to a fabulous stand the couple made themselves filled with locally sourced produced from their home of Kaua’i.  FINALLY! These two made it official and I was oh so happy to be apart, what a gorgeous, relaxing and down-right beautiful day. xo

Venue: Sunset Ranch  | Coordination: Milestone Events Hawai’i | Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals | Florals: Flower Farm   |  Make-up: Flaunt  |  Catering: Beaches + Backyards | Videographer: Derrick Monis | DJ: N-D Mixx |  Music: Ben + Malia | Cake: A Cake Life

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February 24, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Kayla - A perfect day! Thank you for capturing such beautiful moments! These are memories we will cherish forever!