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Hi, All! Many of you already know, but I thought I’d just put it *officially* on the blog — I’m getting married in less than a week! Wow, it’s so wild that I’ll be a “Mrs.” by next Monday!

We will be closed from July 7th through August 3rd, while I take a bit of time off for the wedding and honeymoon. If you’ve been thinking of booking a session for August or September, it would be best to call this week, so that we can guarantee your session date, as the August – December session slots are already filling in. If you’re not able to reach me before I leave, feel free to email with your preferred date at info@jillcarmel.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

I’m going to try my best to blog while away (who knows what our internet connection is going to be like) to keep you updated on our adventures. On our first stop of the trip, we are having a small wedding ceremony in the company of our parents and siblings at a very charming eco-resort, just north of Santa Cruz called Costanoa. With its 30,000 acres of protected wilderness, it’s the perfect spot for the eco-geek in me, complete with canvas bungalows (although we’ll be staying in the lodge) and the perfect spot for our ceremony: a mountain ridge, overlooking the ocean.

costanoa(images via costanoa.com)

And I’m sooooo excited about the honeymoon – 14 days in Croatia and 5 days in England! And, since 9 out of 10 people ask me, “Why Croatia?” here’s a sneak peek of what we have in store for us while on our REI adventure trip:

First off, where is Croatia anyway? There it is, tucked away, just east of Italy and north of Greece, bordered by the beautiful Adriatic Sea.

map of europe and croatia

One of the places we’re most excited about visiting is the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia:

plitvice lakes national park croatia(Image by Jack Brauer)

We’ll also be touring the city of Dubrovnik, a place famous for its walls, which are 4-6 meters thick and run uninterrupted for 1.2 miles around the city (you can see part of it on the right below).

dubrovnik city walls croatia(Image via www.48hourvisit.com)

And who doesn’t love a view like this? Dubrovnik is covered with roofs like these.

Dubrovnik Rooftops(Image by Jack Brauer)

We have quite a bit of kayaking ahead of us as well. In my teens and early 20s, I was really into scuba diving and kayaking in the Channel Islands, so it will be fun to get back to one of my favorite activities.

kayaking in croatia dalmation coast(images via responsibletravel.com + sustainabilityatkentstate.wordpress.com)

Soon, I’ll be able to post up some of my own pictures of Croatia and England! Once again, I’m not sure what our internet connection is going to be like, but you can follow me here on the blog or via Facebook and Twitter. I’ll be posting any chance I can get!

In the meantime, I’ve set the blog to keep posting with some sneak peeks from client sessions as well as some fun new framing tips, so stay tuned!

All my best,

– J