JACARANDA AND SWEET DIJON DRESSING

The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom again, filling the streets and sidewalks with gorgeous purple flowers. Sometimes I honestly feel like I am in a different world! I had this great vision of posting a beautiful bowl of fruit sprinkled with these stunning petals … but apperently they are poisonous. Like deadly poisonous. So scrap that and let’s do a salad (without decorative petals)! Salads are easy go to meals and pack a lot of protein and vitamins. Our salads are made from our weekly CSA boxes so I use whatever greens we get including beet tops, carrot tops and herbs. Once we started adding cilantro, basil, parsley or mint to our salads things went up a whole new level. Greens are what our bodies thrive on and are the most important glow food! I mix two or three greens into one salad and the key is to chop it finely. The finer you chop the less you have to chew and the more you can pack into a glass container to take on the run or prepare ahead of time.

Our favorite toppings also come from the CSA box and consist of a combination between cooked veggies, raw veggies and beans. Some ideas may be steamed beets, water sautéed onions and zucchini, halved cherry tomatoes, grated carrot … whatever is in our box for the week. I also include at least 1/2 to 1 C of beans (garbanzo, edamame, navy beans) for fiber, anti-cancer properties and some great texture. We usually eat beans instead of grains because the nutrition quality is much higher!

I make our no oil salad dressing weekly (my husband doesn’t use dressing at all). I LOVE dressing.. it’s half the reason I eat my salad. It was a revelation once I realized I could make them delicious without the added fat of oil. We use oil in the house very very sparingly (like to lightly roast veggies if necessary). I have included my favorite no oil dressing below. Remember that the salad IS the meal. Make it the main dish and your body will thank you with better digestion, better skin and lots more energy. Happy salad munching!

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The salad pictured above is a mixture of romaine, beet greens and parsley with steamed chopped beets, garbanzo beans, some green olives and shallots. Easy meal!

SWEET DIJON DRESSING (NO OIL)
adapted from Dr.Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Eat to Live

1 cup organic pure apple juice
1/2 cup raw cashews
4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. no-salt seasoning
2 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 garlic clove (optional)

Measure out the juice in the blender (I love my Vitamix) and add all the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and store in a jar in the refrigerator. If it gets too thick add a bit of water and shake.

*Local Juice Ranch bottles are my favorite storage for dressings :)

all images copyright © Meg Fish Photography for THE GLOW SB

JUNE BLOOM AND AVOCADO TOAST

Santa Barbara has the most beautiful and temperate climate all year … and then there is June. The clouds creep over the hills and the shores fill with mist and the sky darkens over our sunlit city. June is the month for weddings and vacations and the end of school! And yet we lay hidden under the fog like a secret kingdom. Some of us may drive over the pass to the valley where the sun is almost certainly going to show it’s face. Others revel in the quiet mornings and drink their tea. But I wouldn’t say the landscape is any less rich in beauty during this special month. The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom already, dripping their purple petals on anything and everything below. The bright pink and red Bougainvillea climbs up Spanish architecture and drips over walls and gates. It’s as if creation itself is creating it’s own sunshine.

June is a great time to hike the gorgeous trails that line the Riviera all the way down to Carpinteria. The air is cooler and yet warm enough to leave the sweatshirts at home. Runs on the beach are calming as the waves gently brush against the shore. But mornings like this are a bit harder to wake up out of. My husband makes the best cups of coffee in the world but I avoid caffeine. So he lets me smell his steaming cup like a little kid! I try to like tea but without milk and sugar it doesn’t hit the spot. I’ll keep trying… In the meantime mornings like this I drink water and wait for my tummy to rumble. Today warm avocado toast is in the works!

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As we cook through our CSA box (Community Supported Agriculture — it’s like the farmer’s market delivered to your door!), my desire is to keep meals simple and highly nutritious. We love our avocados! They make for shiny hair, glowing skin and happy brains. Avocado toast is one of the easiest ways to reinvent your diet starting first thing in the morning. My husband eats this every single day. He never gets tired of it! When it’s chilly outside warm sourdough and avocado hits the spot.

AVOCADO TOAST

One large slice fresh sourdough bread (or two smaller)
One CSA or farmer’s market avocado

Mash, spread and enjoy!

*We use salt and oil very sparingly. When we stopped using salt the flavor of the foods came alive and we never went back. Oil is a concentrated fat (and goes directly to the hips!) so we rarely use it. Avocado’s fat naturally has Omega-3 and fiber which is exactly what our bodies are looking for!

all images copyright © Meg Fish Photography for THE GLOW SB

Expecting


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Such a stunning mother to be in an earthy fine art maternity session! Soft florals by Branches and Vine Floral and silk ribbon add a feminine beauty to the rustic grassland. I love her stunner ring from the Northway Studio. What a lucky little boy to have a beautiful mama inside and out. So excited for this little guy's arrival!

Petals


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Planning a wedding can be very overwhelming, but when you have a great team around you it becomes a joy! Working with Becca from Branches and Vine Floral has been a dream. Her florals elevate any occasion to fine art status. She is one of my preferred vendors and is featured in the Fine Art Wedding Guide, being released soon! Part of my job as your stylist and photographer is to help you create beauty like this for your own wedding day. You can contact me HERE!

Forever


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Love is the poetry of the senses.
-Honoré de Balzac

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Venue |  The Willows Inn Bed and Breakfast
Dress | Galia Lahav
Flowers | Penny and Lulu Studios
Silk | Stella Wolf Co
Photography | Meg Fish Photography
Linens | L'ecoliere
Hairpiece | Eden Luxe Bridal
Paper | Ink and Linen
Cakes | Sweet Stuff Cakes
Rings | The North Way Studio

This elopement was featured on Wedding Chicks in 2017! See more images HERE!

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Nymphs


"If all the world and love were young, 
And truth in every Shepherd’s tongue, 
These pretty pleasures might me move, 
To live with thee, and be thy love...

...But could youth last, and love still breed, 
Had joys no date, nor age no need, 
Then these delights my mind might move
To live with thee, and be thy love."

- Sir Walter Ralegh, The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

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Venue  |  Topside Estate in Southern Oregon
Dress  |  Vintage
Florals |  Branches and Vine
Rings  |  Victor Barbone
Necklace  |  Eden Luxe Bridal
Cake  |  Sweet Stuff Cakes
Linen & Ribbon|  L'Ecoliere
Paper  |  Meg Fish Photography
Hair  |  Morgan Oreeda
Make-up  |  Stephanie Ryan
Photography  |  Meg Fish Photography

Eden Luxe Bridal | Fine art editorial photography


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Eden Luxe Bridal 2017 Campaign

Bridal accessories and veils  |  Eden Luxe Bridal
Floral  |  Penny and Lulu Studios
Gowns  |  Pnina Tornai, Christo Costrallos, Lazaro, Watters
Hair design  |  Morgan Oreeda
Make-up  |  Stephanie Ryan
Photography  |  Meg Fish Photography
Ribbon  |  Stella Wolfe Co
Shoes  |  Bella Belle
Venue  |  The Willows Inn Bed and Breakfast
Vintage couch  |  Rosewood Vintage Rentals
Model  |  Heidi Carpenter
 

Intimate Beach Wedding | Fine art wedding photography


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trust your heart
if the seas catch fire,
live by love
thought the stars
walk backward.

-e. e. cummings

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Photography | Meg Fish Photography
Workshop Host | Jen Huang
Floral Design | Poppies & Posies
Stationery | Paperfinger
Rentals | Borrowed BLU
Makeup | 10.11 Makeup
Hair | Chiali Meng Artistry
Veil | Girl & A Serious Dream
Wedding Dress | Sarah Janks
Rings | Trumpet & Horn
Catering | Lelé Pâtisserie and Duo Events
Ribbon | Silk & Willow 

This beautiful wedding was featured on Bajan Wed in 2017! See more HERE.

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Eden Luxe Bridal Look Book | Fine art wedding photography


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Have courage and be kind. Where there is kindness there is goodness,
and where there is goodness there is magic.
-Cinderella

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Styling and photography  |  Meg Fish Photography
Bridal accessories  |  Eden Luxe Bridal
Gowns  |  Sareh Nouri and Justin Alexander
Venue  |  Private estate
Hair and Make-up  |  Janet Villa

Workshop Elopement | Fine art wedding photography


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He is more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
-Emily Bronte

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Styling and photography  |  Meg Fish Photography
Models  |  Kelly and Allie Harrington
Florals  |  Penny and Lulu Studios
Rings  |  Susie Saltzman
Menswear  |  Tuxedo Junction
Bridal Gown  |  Saint Isabel Bridal
Hair and Make-up  |  Janice Moon Artistry
Paper Goods  |  The Little North Sea Studio
Table linen  |  L'ecoliere

Mentorship workshop by Meg Fish Photography for Annabel May Photo Art, whose images were published on Wedding Sparrow in 2016.

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