Ah, I'm excited to finally share some photos from our trip a few weeks ago to Carmel, California. We went out to Carmel, which is a few hours south of San Francisco, for my sister's wedding! And, while it was a relatively short trip, it was just amazing.
Ahead of our first cross-country flight (our longest flight yet and first time change), I made sure my bags were packed with anything (and, it felt like, everything) I could possibly need. This trip, my MVPs (aside from my body, which is the easiest and most fool-proof way to comfort and soothe Noam while traveling), were my Leader Bag Co. bags (the backpack for traveling and the pouch for when we were out and about while there), which held everything I needed them to, the Itzy Ritzy sealed wet bag, which I use as a sort of catcha-all to hold our snacks and food, Noam's water bottle, and any other little objects, the micro Gathre mat for diaper changes and my Pyne and Smith linen summer dress, which I would literally wear everyday if I could and is perfect for nursing.
We took off on a mid-morning flight, which worked out perfect with Noam's nap. So far, on all 6 of our flights, Noam's been really great about napping, which has made us feel very lucky and has definitely been a welcome relief for us. We flew into SFO and then drove a few hours south to Carmel.
The wedding venue was The Holly Farm, a gorgeous rustic farm situated in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley. Noam and I stayed there the first night while Jason was in Mountain View for work. But the rest of the time, we stayed at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, which was just a few minute drive down the road from the farm.
The second night we were there was the rehearsal and family dinner. Noam loves his aunt Nikki and uncle Juanjo so much - you could see it on his face the entire time we were there!
And Noam was absolutely enthralled by the wedding decorations that were starting to go up. These beautiful glass globes, which held succulents, hung from a gorgeous tree that stood at the site of the ceremony.
Then I kind of forced my sister and brother-in-law to do a mini photo shoot and it accidentally turned out to look like a really beautiful beer ad.
When not enjoying the wedding festivities, we visited Carmel-by-the-Sea, a really quaint town right by ... the sea. We didn't stay long as the entire time we were there was a little busy, so I didn't get any photos. But we did have breakfast at a really cute french bakery, Lafayette and enjoyed window-shopping - I loved browsing Elizabeth W and of the cute home goods they had - and walking past the beautiful homes in town. If we had had more time, I would've loved to go on a walking tour of the fairy tale cottages.
Near our hotel was this cute little shopping plaza that was just begging for a photo op, so of course we stopped by.
The day of the wedding was definitely busy, as they typically are, but it was just perfect. The wedding was unbelievably gorgeous - really, really beautiful - and the love was palpable.
It was not an easy day, in many ways, because of our recent loss. But we spoke of our memories and focused on the beauty of two incredible humans joining their lives. I know our dad was and would've been so happy for them.
I didn't grab many photos of the wedding, but the few that I did I think did a decent job of capturing just how magical the space turned out to be. I loved the lush greenery and wooden details so much, and the food - which was most Spanish-influenced - was incredible.
On our last full day, we headed to the Monterey Aquarium, which was absolutely incredible. Noam loved watching the fish and jellyfish and seals and penguins swim and flip and dance in the water, and I loved how much the aquarium focused on preservation and conservation.
It was a total whirlwind of a trip, but a great one nonetheless. And Noam did so well with the time change (the only issue it caused was some strange nap and bedtimes for the first few days we got home), that it's really eased my mind about traveling across time zones.