How to Take Beautiful Photos On Your Honeymoon

Amazing tips for taking beautiful (and affordable) photos on your honeymoon – without a fancy camera!

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Have you ever seen a friend’s photo and just been floored by how beautiful the moment was? Well, this is how we felt about every single photo shot by the uber-talented photographer, Sam Shorey. Sam’s work is gorgeous. She specializes in film photography and told us that “film has this wonderful memory-like quality, a softness that has so much feeling in it.” What an incredible way of putting it. Here, she shares her top three tips for how to take your own beautiful (but affordable) photos during your honeymoon.

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1. Bring a disposable camera!

A lot of people don’t realize that you can still buy these at just about any drugstore (for about $15) and have the photos developed there too. They’re a perfect-match for honeymoons for a few reasons:

— Disposable cameras are tough. — On a honeymoon, you’re going to be doing adventurous things that aren’t great for carrying around your quality digital camera or even your smart phone. Sunset cruises and beach days; sand and water are electronics’ worst nightmares! But disposable cameras are basically indestructible. Once on a trip to Big Sur, I left mine on top of my car and drove 25 miles down the road before I realized it was missing. It’d been flung off my roof, but was fully in tact on the roadside (and the pictures still turned out great!)

— If you like the look of film, disposable cameras actually take pretty great pictures! — Just as good as your iPhone or a point-and-shoot digital. They’re going to have all the great color that’d you be emulating with your Instagrams, but with #nofilter.

— Disposables are way lighter than a digital kit and easily fit in your bag or pocket. — Save on overweight baggage fees or having to lug lenses through Yellowstone (I’ll only make that mistake once.) And, if you’re traveling abroad, bringing a few disposables saves you the stress of having your fancy digital camera stolen. All you’d lose is $10 and the memories. And I mean, who’s going to steal a disposable?

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2. Natural light makes taking good pictures so easy! 
In general, get outside or a room with big windows. Coordinate your most scenic activities during “golden hours,” the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset. Everything looks so magical! The light is gold or blue in color and doesn’t have the harsh shadows of noonday sun that might highlight your under-eye bags from the redeye flight. Use this time for big events – like riding the Ferris Wheel in downtown Seattle – or even the more photogenic day-to-day stuff, like taking the ferry home. No matter what I’m doing, I always try to be out-and-about during these hours when I travel! Even just walking around the neighborhood.

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3. Get on the other side of the camera!

If you’re reading this post you’re probably the designated photo-taker on vacations, just like me. Whenever I get home from a trip and show my family the pictures everyone says “well that’s all lovely, but where are all the pictures of you?!” Over the last 5 years, the number one thing I wish I’d done is taken more pictures of me.
I know it’s embarrassing and can feel kind of vain – but ask your partner to take your picture (especially on the good hair days!), and don’t hesitate to ask a trustworthy stranger to take one of you together. Everyone loves young people in love.

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Sam, thank you for your amazing tips! We’re feeling inspired right now to run to the corner store and grab a disposable camera to take images of all the small, joyous moments. Practice for all our future travels!

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What to Pack – Thailand Edition Featuring Ashley from Her Sparkle

The only Thailand honeymoon packing list you’ll need, by fashion blogger, Ashley Fehr Hajjar

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Ashley Fehr Hajjar of Her Sparkle is one of our all-time favorite fashion bloggers and wedding enthusiasts. ICYMI: Ashely has already given us the DL on what to pack for Hawaii and Italy and is back to share her tips on what to pack for Thailand.

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Ready for another edition of Her Sparkle’s What to Pack!? This time we are going {or dreaming of going} to Thailand 🙂

When packing for Thailand it’s ALL about bright colors & prints. These pretty prints will be perfect for Thailand’s gorgeous beaches. It’s important to note that Thailand is a modest country so don’t go overboard with any skin bearing outfits. Also, the basic rule for Thai temples is to cover your shoulders so the printed wrap would be a welcome edition to your packing list! xx

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Mara Hoffman Slouch Pants // Trina Turk Beaded Halter Top // Personalized Towel // Elephant Tank // Neon Print Maxi // Madewell Fringe Beach Tote // Michael Stars Print Wrap

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Well now you can all understand why we love Ashley and her packing lists so much. Thanks for all your tips Ashley! Now it’s time to plan all of our future trips and put these packing lists to good use!

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Spotlight: Tyler Govaars

Meet Tyler Govaars, a rockstar blogger and fellow jetsetter who we had the privilege of speaking with

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We never pass up the chance to chat with inspiring and ambitious young gypsets who are passionate about all things travel. Tyler Govaars, the fabulous blogger of The Weekend Edit is here to share her wanderings with us. She has traveled near and far to over 32 countries! YUP. Basically, she’s everything we aspire to be. Read on for more fun facts {hint: being detained in Thailand}. 

How did you become a gypset? Was traveling always something you were interested in?

I think I’ve always had a bit of the gypset mentality. Growing up I spent a lot of time in Lake Tahoe exploring and spent summers at Ghost Ranch outside of Abiquiu New Mexico with my extended family. During the day the adults would take workshops like ceramics, poetry and painting and the kids would hike and explore the vast New Mexico landscape. I’m drawn to adventure and feel a strong pull to nature, which fuels a lot of my wandering. Travel is the biggest source of inspiration in my everyday life.

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What made you decide to start a blog? Was writing always something you’ve been interested in?

I wanted a place to document my travel stories and photography when I moved to Australia after college. The Weekend Edit is actually the third blog I’ve written and each one has opened the door to amazing opportunities around the world. Writing is a great way to hone your voice and discover what truly excites you – plus it allows me to develop a personal portfolio while doing something I love.

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How do you decide where to travel?

It’s usually a mix of places I have researched online and where my friends are exploring. Instagram is also a great source of travel inspiration for me. I ask everyone I know what new travel destinations are on their radar – the next Bali or the next Tulum. I have an ongoing list of places I want to visit scribbled down in my notebook.

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What do you do when you’re not roaming the world?

Right now a mix of travel writing, content strategy and web design. I also help produce a three-day music, yoga, and arts festival in Austin called Euphoria Music & Camping Festival. I have been focusing a lot of my time on that recently – we just had our fourth annual event and it has really taken on a life of it’s own. I’m in awe of the creative community that we have built over the years.

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What is the craziest thing that’s happened to you while traveling?

When we were living abroad in Australia my boyfriend and I were detained on the way back from Thailand. I was on a yearlong work exchange visa and he was only renewing a tourist visa, so I guess that set off a flag in the system somewhere. We had to answer all sorts of personal questions, and were quizzed in separate rooms. They let us go eventually, but we did miss our next flight and had to spend the night in Darwin. I’ve spent the night in plenty of airports, and have found that it is usually the uncomfortable situations that result in of the most memorable travel stories.

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What is your favorite place you have ever traveled and what would you recommend people do there?

My favorite places have been Japan, Iceland and Vietnam. In Japan, navigating the Tokyo subway, riding the Shinkansen and ordering udon from a vending machine; Iceland, renting a car and driving the coastline, stopping to explore waterfalls, hot springs and black sand beaches; Vietnam, a bike tour of rural Hoi An, winding off the tourist trail and stopping to eat river prawns and ride through bright green rice fields.

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How many countries have you traveled to?

So far, 32. I had a personal goal of visiting 30 countries before my 30th birthday, which I completed this past summer while crossing the border between the Czech Republic and Germany by train. My whole family was there, and we celebrated with wine and beer at 11 AM from the restaurant car that my mom had bought while I wasn’t looking.

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What destinations are on the top of your bucket list?

South Africa, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Bhutan, Norway, Uruguay, Brazil, Indonesia. My bucket list is pretty long…

What are your favorite travel essentials?

A good backpack, like the Little America from Herschel Supply and a camera whether it is my Nikon or my iPhone. I also always bring a sleep mask and ear plugs.

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If you could choose one Wanderable experience (we have over 2,800!) which one would it be and why?

I would pick something in Myanmar. I’ve always wanted to see the sunrise over the Bagan temples.

We told you didn’t we? Tyler might just be the definition of awesome. Make sure to follow her travels, whether in Houston, TX or at the Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium. We know we will xoxo

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What to Pack – Italy Edition Featuring Ashley from Her Sparkle

The ultimate Italian honeymoon packing list by fashion blogger, Ashley Fehr Hajjar

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Remember Ashley, our incredibly talented and well-traveled friend from Her Sparkle? Well, ICYMI, she shared with us the perfect Hawaiian honeymoon packing list and has returned with the ultimate Italian honeymoon packing list this time around! Check it.

Going on an Italian getaway for your honeymoon and need some ideas on what to pack?! See below for Her Sparkle’s latest packing list for Italy.

When traveling abroad it’s always a good idea to bring some stand out pieces {gorgeous options seen below – we picture ourselves sipping wine on the Amalfi Coast in one of these dresses!} as well as some simpler & more practical items {such as the scarf to throw on with jeans + white tank AND of course the beach bag & flats}

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1: Floral Print Dress // 2: Scarf // 3: Blue & White Maxi Dress // 4: Pink Ankle Strap Heels // 5: Turquoise Swing Dress // 6: Monogrammed Striped Beach Tote // 7: Lace Up Sandals // 8: Floral Swimsuit

Welp, we’re definitely going to do some damage with this packing list. Also, is anyone thinking of taking an Italian getaway ASAP?! Thank you Ashley for sparking our wanderlust and sharing your wisdom 🙂

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Spotlight: The Lazy Travelers

Besties, Ashley & Carolyn of The Lazy Travelers share their stories and travel tips.

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Ashley & Carolyn at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Ever dreamed of traveling the world with your bestie? Of course you have, as have we. Ashley and Carolyn of The Lazy Travelers have made this dream a total reality. These two gypsets conquer the globe one glass of red at a time, and have had their fair share of adventures (downed pints in the Irish countryside, got locked in an Austrian dungeon in the middle of night, etc.). As you can see, these two travel gurus live an unaverage yet incredibly fascinating life. Ashley and Carolyn have taken the time to share with us their story, their traveling tips and much more.

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Ashley & Carolyn in Budapest

How did you two meet/become best friends?

On the seventh grade school bus! Once we found out we had every single class together that year, we were pretty much inseparable.

How did you guys get the idea to start a blog? Was it something you always dreamed about?

Not at all. We were both working for the same company, and the work/life balance was… lacking. After a lot of post-work wine one night, we brilliantly decided we would run off to Dublin and open a pizza shop. We created a full presentation for Ashley’s husband, who immediately talked us off the ledge. Apparently he didn’t agree that there is a major hole in the Irish pizza market.

A blog seemed like less work, so we bought the domain and just started writing!

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Ashley & Carolyn in Nob Hill, San Francisco (via Flytographer)

What do you do when you’re not roaming the world?

Ashley just moved to London and Carolyn is back in Philadelphia after a few years in NYC, so we’ve been doing a lot of hometown exploration and weekend staycations!

We also enjoy drinking wine whilst wearing comfy clothes and gchatting/whatsapping/snapchatting each other excessively. Standard bestie protocol.

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 Ashley & Carolyn at the Brooklyn Bridge 

What is a typical day like for the two of you when you’re traveling together?

We’re big proponents of getting to know a place by aimlessly wandering, which means we don’t really have a typical day. If we’re in a city, we’ll get up, grab breakfast, and then pick a neighborhood to explore on foot. We also find ourselves renting a car for at least one day on most of our trips, and going on a bit of a roadtrip. Recently, we were in San Francisco for four days, but went out to Napa for a night so we could get a taste of the wine region.

Whatever we do, almost all our travel days include a few hours spent in a local bar, pub or cafe, people watching and taking it all in. Oh, and instagramming, mildly obsessively.

How many places have you traveled together?

Our first real adventure together was a week long pre-college program in NYC when we were sophomores in high school. Not sure how we convinced our parents of that one, but they fell for it.

Since then, we’ve been up and down the US East Coast together, all over Europe… it’s hard to keep track! Most recently, we were in South Africa for a week, which was incredible.

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What is your absolute favorite place you have ever traveled? What is one thing people NEED to do while there?

We can’t pick a favorite!! BUT our recent trip to South Africa was one of our best experiences to date.

There are so many things worth doing–wine country, safari, Cape Town–it’s an insanely beautiful country. The thing that made our time so memorable was two days spent with a local charity called Newkidz on the Block. They help establish loving homes for orphaned, vulnerable and destitute children, and the co-founders, Hilda and Michael, are such incredible people. We raised funds in the weeks leading up to our trip (and still are!), and it was so uplifting to meet the kids and caretakers who benefited from everyone’s donations.

It also made us realize that giving back when you travel doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. It’s not all or nothing–you don’t have to dedicate your entire vacation or honeymoon. It’s wonderful if you can, but even just donating one or two days really makes a huge difference.

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Ashley and Carolyn painting murals in a daycare with Newkidz on the Block!

Which destinations are on your bucket list?

It’s way too long to list! Our recent reunion in San Francisco made us realize just how much of the US we haven’t seen. We also have our sights on South America. Chilean wine country, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos? We’d settle for any of those! We also definitely want to go back to Africa sooner rather than later, ideally to Botswana, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya…

Seriously, the list is just too long.

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What is your favorite part about traveling the world? What is the biggest challenge in traveling?

It sounds cliche, but we genuinely love experiencing new cultures, trying new food and meeting new people. We can get a little cranky about the actual act of traveling, and usually just want that part to be over.

Our husbands would probably argue that we get a LOT cranky, especially on the return journey, but whatever. Who likes to leave vacation?!

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Sunset in South Africa 

What is the last best thing you ate/drank?

Kevin Arnold Shiraz paired with spicy dark chocolate at the Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa! And not that Kevin Arnold, we asked. We were met with blank stares.

What are your 5 tips for traveling internationally?

– Don’t put pressure on yourself to see everything! Instead, narrow your personal must-sees to 2 or 3 things that you can’t miss, and check out more if you have the time. Chances are high your favorite moments won’t be zipping through a museum or snapping photos of a building you heard was important.

– Try to learn key phrases in the local language, but don’t let it stress you out if you panic and forget everything as soon as you land! When all else fails, hand signals and an apologetic smile work wonders.

– If you’re unfamiliar with the local cuisine, scout out the regional fare in advance and mentally list a few dishes you know you have to try. This also helps if you’re a fan of ignoring recommendations and just picking a restaurant that looks cute. Even if you can’t read the full menu, you’ll at least have a vague idea of what to order!

– Check out the local public transport situation, as well as how much a cab should cost from the airport. There is nothing worse than wondering if you’re getting scammed the second you step off the plane.

– Pack light, especially if you have more than one stop on your itinerary. We speak from experience when we tell you that there’s nothing worse than unpacking and repacking piles of unnecessary clothes every three days.

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Ashley & Carolyn in Cape Town, South Africa

What are your favorite travel essentials?

Chapstick and a big scarf! We can’t board a plane without either one. Also, on the subject of packing light, packing cubes are a godsend. They make organizing your suitcase so, SO much easier, and are a major space saver.

If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences (we have over 2,800!), which one would it be and why?

Welp, just fell down a rabbit hole and literally want to go on ever single trip. Like… is the Treehouse Lodge even real? Or this eco resort??

…Do you guys do best friend registries?

Not yet, but stay tuned!

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