What a year 2016 was. We spent our first full year in our Airstream. We got married. We climbed some things. We saw a lot of cool places. 2016 was solid. This is a brief recap of our year of travel on the road.
Another year of travel, and the year we became “The Foxes”
2016 was a landmark year for Brandon and I. We started out the year climbing in the beautiful desert of Hueco Tanks, El Paso, TX – the place where Brandon had proposed to me one year earlier. By February, we had finally decided on a date and picked our venue. Wedding planning started to get real.
In March, we traveled up to Bishop, CA, spending many cold nights in the nearby natural hot springs and climbing our brains out on the massive Buttermilks boulders. While here, we took a quick trip to to the Bay Area to collaborate on a project with our good friends, Andy and Jess, who run a pretty unique design firm, Design Egg, out of their Airstream (though at this time they were still in the Scamp). There, in San Rafael, we shot a video for The Ali Akbar College of Music, a non-profit school that’s been teaching traditional Indian classical music since 1967. It was an incredible experience getting to know the talented musicians that run the college, learning about its rich history with western pop music, and even picking up a few Indian recipes that changed our lives, and our pantry contents, in the best way possible.
When we returned to Bishop, warmer weather started creeping in and we knew it was time to move on. We wanted to visit a place we hadn’t yet been to and decided on Joe’s Valley, Utah, which is about two hours south of SLC in the middle of nowhere. We spent April and May climbing our brains out, again, and ate lots and lots of donuts from the local Food Ranch (specifically the Butterfinger donuts). It was great.
June 1st rolled around and it was again time to flee the creeping heat in Utah and escape to cooler climes. We traveled out to Northern California to shoot a wedding, then bopped up to Seattle for a little Fox family reunion, and of course we squeezed in a few weeks climbing in Leavenworth, WA and Squamish, BC. Then it was back down to California for more wedding action, which had us shooting in redwood forests, alongside lazy rivers, and amidst beautiful wine country. Seriously people, just have your wedding in a beautiful place and you can’t go wrong!
In August, we started our journey back east, stopping in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to attend and capture our good friends’ wedding. Their venue was a completely restored Victorian-era hotel in the Alps-lookalike mountain town of Ouray, CO. Insanely cool and beautiful. Check out our blog post on that Beaumont Hotel wedding. Eventually, we made it back to New England, where we captured some more weddings and buckled down to do some last-minute planning of our own wedding, which happened to be most of the planning…
With the help of our close friends and families, especially our moms (thanks Ronit and Stacey!), we had everything built and set up for our big day – October 9th. Even though it poured like you wouldn’t believe all day long, it was perfect in every way imaginable. We’ve thought about all the little details and memories of that day almost every day since. For our honeymoon, we spent a lazy week on the beach in Puerto Rico, sipping pina coladas and eating empanadas. It was a perfect and needed change of pace for us.
When we got home from Puerto Rico, we took off for the southeast and have spent the last two months of the year climbing and working in the Red River Gorge, KY. With the help of Andy and Jess, our designer friends and road life buddies, we’ve rebranded our photography business and geared up for next year’s wedding season.
I know it sounds cheesy (sorry, not sorry), but we love every second of photographing weddings. From meeting down to earth, adventurous couples to sharing special moments with them and their families, to thinking creatively on the fly, to editing our images back in our Airstream…I am so excited for what 2017 holds.
The Foxes are Brandon and Gabi Fox, an adventurous husband and wife wedding and elopement photography team living full-time in their DIY renovated 1972 Airstream. They are loosely based in the Pacific Northwest, but travel for work and play throughout the western states. Their work is best described as candid photography that captures couples as they are, where they are, blending images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors.