Catalina Island!!!

August.29.2008 | My Life

So after working 4 weekends in a row, Doug and I thought it would be nice to have a romantic getaway last weekend since it was the only weekend I will have off for the next two months…eeeekkk!!! I’m embarrassed to say that I have NEVER been to Catalina Island prior to our trip. How did I live 30 years and not visit Catalina? I have no idea! I think it’s mainly that I “forget” that it! Every now and then, I’d hear about someone going to Catalina and I’d say “I need to go there one of these days”. But, I end up forgetting and then don’t remember it until the next person mentions it.

Anyhoo, I was extremely excited for my very first trip to Catalina. Since Doug is originally from New York, he had never been either so it was a new adventure that I’m glad we both got to experience together :-)

I still remember how I felt when the boat pulled into the the mini-harbor. I was AMAZED at what a quaint and cute little island it was! Well, the island itself is actually large but the tourist area known as Avalon is small enough that everything is within walking distance…aside from the beautiful homes on the top of the hills :-) Doug and I busted out our GPS and entered the address of our hotel in. To our surprise, we got there in 5 minutes! It’s a quaint little hotel called Hotel St. Lauren and it reminded me of the homes you see in San Francisco! (okay, of all the times to forget my Point-and-Shoot camera, I forgot it when I went to Catalina….DDOOOHHH!!! Thank goodness I had my handy iphone to rescue me :-)


Another thing that surprised me was that EVERYONE drove golf carts/mini cars to get around the island!


Some pimped out theirs :-)


and some…not so much…


On our first full day there, Doug and I went on a semi-submarine tour. When we first got on, the announcer said that we would be able to feed the fish with these “food” torpedos that would launch from the submarine when you hit the button under your window. She explained that the fish would come swarming toward you and that you would get to see them up close. However, she then mentioned they charged you for it!!!

Don’t get me all excited about launching food-tornado-thingys with my cool little “launch” button and then tell me that I have to pay $20 to do it!!! So, Doug and I protested because we didn’t like this “trick” they pulled.

Funny enough, we didn’t even have to buy the food because once the fish saw the submarine, they came swarming toward us anyways since they knew this lovely yellow big thing gaves them food several times a day! Overall the submarine ride was cool but I got motion sickness and really couldn’t wait to get off. **note, I got motion sickness on the way there, in the submarine, and on the way back so if you plan on visiting, make sure you take Dramamine!


The next day, we rented a golf cart and drove all around town and then went on the little tour that the golf-cart company mapped out for us. It was my FAVORITE part of the trip (aside from sleeping in) :-)

Here is the view from atop one of the hills. I was afraid the golf cart wouldn’t make it up there but to my surprise, it did!


Our attempt to get a picture of us with the lovely background…lol!


We gave up and decided to each take picture with the scenery…man…I need to get a haircut!


And there you have it! I really did love our trip to Catalina and would highly recommend visiting if you haven’t already done so!!!

Totally and completely off subject, but very worth mentioning!!!

If you have not tried the Magic Eraser from Mr. Clean yet, go out right now and buy yourself one! I’ve had this little sucker underneath my sink forever now (because I forgot I had it) and decided to bust it out the other day and see what it could do.


I was absolutely AMAZED at the results…it REALLY IS MAGIC!!! It removed dirt and grime from the front entry of our apartment tiles that were there BEFORE we moved in! Every time I would try to wipe that area clean, it would never work and I just assumed the stains were permanent. I thought I’d give the Magic Eraser a try not expecting anything to happen BUT with a few quick wipes the stains disappeared! I wish I could have videotaped it because it was truly an amazing site. You have to just trust me on this one and GO GET ONE NOW! You will thank me..I guarantee it :-) And no…Mr. Clean did not pay me to say that :-)

Hope everyone has a fabulous holiday weekend! I’ll be shooting Erin and Chris’ awesome wedding tomorrow and can’t wait to share the images with everyone next week!

Cathy Crawley: How very ´bold and the beautiful´ of you.  LOL. Looks gorgeous! September 5, 2008 12:00 am

Blair Van Bussel: Okay I got the hotel (im going to look into it right now) , but you have to fill me in on the other good details behind the trip. I REALLY want to go soon with the hubby, but I don??™t know what there is to do , and I know we will get frustrated if we just show up and don??™t know where to go lol. The trip looked like so much fun! Oh and im totally sold on the erasers now, ive been wanting to try them but was not so sure. September 4, 2008 12:00 am

Charming Events: I love Catalina, the beach club on the end of the island makes the BEST drinks!  :) Glad you had some time away! September 2, 2008 12:00 am

Lauren: Beautiful holiday photos Trista, looks like you had a great break!! Terrific spot! August 31, 2008 12:00 am

joyful weddings and events: Oh my goodness- I love the magic erasers! Someone gave them to me at my bridal shower, and I´ve been hooked ever since!

Your trip looks like so much fun! August 31, 2008 12:00 am

serena grace: seriously...aren´t magic erasers great?! and i love that i don´t have to use any cleaner to clean with it.  it just cleans...magically! August 31, 2008 12:00 am

hong: Love the seashore pictures.  Beautiful sights bring people great happiness and sweet smiles.  A good trip! August 30, 2008 12:00 am

sandie: Yes.. you are so right I have 2 kids and that thing really is MAGIC! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Catalina, I am so happy to hear you went and enjoyed your first time :) August 29, 2008 2:00 am

june: Trista, you are so cute. :) I think you should do an infomercial for "Mr. Clean." hehehe... ;) August 29, 2008 12:00 am

LeeAnn: You are too funny! I´ll have to try that Mr. Clean!

The Iphone pics are great!  I´m amazed by the hilltop image!  So I went to Catalina when I was 3-4 years old and have never been back since.  I just remember everyone getting sick on the boat ride there.  :) August 29, 2008 12:00 am

Kylie and Matt got married last weekend at the gorgeous Occasions at Laguna Village in Laguna Beach. I have been looking forward to their wedding for a long time now since Kylie and I go way back. We went to highschool together..Kylie’s sister and I were in the same grade and Kylie was younger than us. While Kylie and I didn’t really know each other back then, I do remember seeing her around campus just a petite little thing with braces :-) It is so wonderful to see her all grown up now, beautiful as ever, and happy to be married to the man of her dreams…whom she met at a club :-)

LOL..that was the big joke at their wedding..Kylie’s sister Kim had said during her speech that when Kylie first told her about Matt and how they met at a club, she gave the relationship just a couple of months to last. But she decided to just support Kylie and waited to see what happened. To everyone’s surprise, Kylie and Matt made it and proved to everyone that their relationship was the real deal. I must say that I’ve never been one to support meeting your future spouse at a club but Kylie and Matt have proved to be an exception and I’ve completely changed my mind about finding love in da club ;-) hehehe

Kylie and Matt, I had SO much fun at your wedding and I am honored to have been a part of it. Thanks so much for being so kind to me! Have fun in Italy!


How HOT are Kylie’s shoes? Kylie works for Prada so OF COURSE she had to wear them for her wedding ;-) I love it when my brides wear “un-bridaly” shoes!


Kylie’s makeup artist Jean did a fabulous job. If you’d like her phone number, email me!




Kylie made such a beautiful bride!


Love this shot of the girls :-)


Even though their wedding was in Laguna Beach, it felt a lot like a destination wedding!




This moment between Kylie and her dad was adorable…he didn’t want to let her go!





Awwww…how cute is Matt?



Kylie and Matt make such a beautiful couple! Initially, I told Matt that I thought he looked like Derek Jeter. But after taking a closer look, I think he also has a bit of Tony Romo in him..what do you all think? Either way….Matt is OBVIOUSLY ten times better looking than the both of them ;-)


I just LOVE this portrait of Kylie…gorgeous!






Love this!


I love how Kylie’s tattoo matches her shoes!




All the beautiful floral decor was provided by Annie from La Tulipe Floral Designs!







I LOVE outdoor receptions!


The sunset was beyond gorgeous that day!


Kylie changed into a beautiful Ao Dai to honor her dad’s Vietnamese culture.




LOL..I love the look on Kylie’s face after Matt’s friend yelled “Give it to her!”



Charming Events: Cute pair!  The ocean looks beautiful! August 30, 2008 12:00 am

V: Did she do her own makeup too? How crafty. Prada kicks ass, she also does the Miu Miu line. These images aro as delicious as hot cocoa and almond cookies! Have you ever posted photos of your wedding? I´m always curious about photographer´s weddings. August 29, 2008 12:00 am

Jennifer Johnson: OMG! Flashback! I had my wedding here 3 years ago almost to the day! I love love love this venue. Stunning LB views! La Tulipe was also my florist. I Love Annie! :) Great job Trista on ALL the gorgeous images. A completely different perspective on this venue than of my photographer at the time. Simple gorgeous! August 28, 2008 12:00 am

Kylie: Trista,  Thank you so much for all the amazing pictures!  I can´t wait to see the rest. August 28, 2008 12:00 am

Platinum Weddings by Kerrie: Gorgeous couple and gorgeous pictures! August 28, 2008 12:00 am

christine farah: Those shoes are absolutely fabulous!! I love the shots with the parasol just beautiful! August 28, 2008 12:00 am

Yuka photo art: Stunning images! Great job! August 26, 2008 12:00 am

sandie: Beautiful work Trista! You are so awesome. I love the ceremony shots, so touching! Great portraits.. great details! August 25, 2008 12:00 am

Vanessa *markessaxo*: These are beautiful! August 24, 2008 12:00 am

Lauren: Gorgeous photos!! Love them! Well done! August 24, 2008 12:00 am

MOTG Debbie: I have a bit of bias but these are the most romantic wedding pics ever.  You captured emotional, loving, funny and joyous moments that celebrate their special day.  Can´t wait to see them all! August 23, 2008 12:00 am

Cathy Crawley: Seriously your photos just blow me away every time.  How gorgeous is that arbour that they got married under!!!  Love it, and love your detail shots as usual  ;) August 23, 2008 12:00 am

Heather @ Southern Weddings: Gorgeous couple and wedding! I love the photo of the couple sitting in the chairs, against the brick wall, it´s beautiful. August 22, 2008 12:00 am

Kim: These pictures are BEAUTIFUL.  I´m so glad Kylie & Matt hired you as their photographer.  It was so nice to see you again even though we didn´t get to hang out that much.  Oh and no, Matt so doesn´t look like a Jeter or Romo. August 22, 2008 12:00 am

DrewB: Gorgeous, Trista!  Did you know that´s where I got married???  Yep, I love it there! August 22, 2008 12:00 am

Kristeen: These are some of my favorites by you - absolutely stunning! August 22, 2008 12:00 am

angel swanson: gooooorrrgeous pics, trista!!  i am drooling over the bride´s shoes.  possibly the most stylish wedding shoes i´ve ever seen!  ;-)  xoxo August 22, 2008 12:00 am

Sharon: i love this wedding!  everything about it is stunning....the location, the couple, the details.  you captured it beautifully! August 22, 2008 12:00 am

Jasmine*: Gorgeous shoes, gorgeous day, gorgeous bride!  Oh so lovely and perfect!  :) August 22, 2008 12:00 am

Nicole M.: These pictures are gorgeous!! Awesome job Trista! August 22, 2008 12:00 am

Trista: Thanks everyone!!! August 21, 2008 4:00 am

Culture » Kylie and Matt : Married!: [...] Kylie and Matt : Married!I LOVE outdoor receptions! The sunset was beyond gorgeous that day! Kylie changed into a beautiful Ao Dai to honor her dad??™s Vietnamese culture. LOL..I love the look on Kylie??™s face after Matt??™s friend yelled ???Give it to her!??? [...] August 21, 2008 12:00 am

LeeAnn: I love your work and I think this is one of my favorite weddings of yours!  Awesome job! August 21, 2008 12:00 am