Spring Break

Taking Spring Break as an adult is so different than it was when I was a teen or in my early 20s… Instead of heading to the nearest beach we take time to get in a mini trip in to see family. ✈️ This season of our lives is so busy that it’s really not even feasible to take more than 3 days to go anywhere, so when we get the opportunity we want nothing more than to spend quality time with each other, or the ones dearest to us. Last week we finally got the chance to meet our sweet new niece and go back to the place my husband proposed. ❤️ We had dinner at our favorite restaurant and enjoyed the cityscape where he popped the question 7 years ago. 💒

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[Rittenhouse Rye is my new favorite whiskey – it’s like drinking everything enchanting about a spice market!]

[A little glimpse of the view I had during his proposal. It was freezing cold but I was so excited I didn’t notice!]

[I’m certainly a bit biased, but don’t you think she darling for only being 3 weeks old? She’s already smiling involuntarily!]

[THIS is where we ate dinner 7 years ago the night he proposed to me]

What are your favorite things to do when you finally have a few days to breath?

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I was looking through some shots I took of some beautiful French hotels I stayed at last time I was in Paris and it inspired me to shoot a little boudoir theme collection of my January Favorites! Paris is the easiest city to fall in love with, don’t you think? 🗼❤️

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All images taken by me, Rachel Christian, © 2011 – 2017

The Eisenhower Suite at Culzean (My Family History)

Family history and heritage is extremely important to me and I believe it’s crucial to preserve and pass on that knowledge for future generations. My father’s family, the Kennedy’s, are a famous Scottish family settled in Ayrshire dating back to the mid-1300s. The country family estate of Culzean Castle and Country Park was completed in 1792, then renovated and improved by Edinburgh architects Wardrop & Reid beginning in 1877. In 1945 the family passed the estate to the National Trust for Scotland and the top floor was converted into a flat for use by General Eisenhower who visited on four occasions, including once during his presidency. Today I want to show you one of my favorite parts of the estate. These photos are of the Eisenhower Suite rooms taken by me and my brother, Nathan.

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Southern Sweetheart in Scotland

Simple and sweet blush pink is my favorite Valentine’s Day look! Add a little lace and sparkle and you have the perfect, romantic ensemble. A subtle sweetheart neckline, sequin cardigan, billowy skirt, black flats and demure side pony tail create the vintage vibe of this 1950s inspired outfit.

Somehow my brother always knows just how to make me look good in a photo! I have him to thank for these shots! I wish I could take him on every vacation with me! All photos taken at Culzean Castle in Scotland.

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4 Years of German Christmas Markets

It’s taken me being back in the States a year and a half to write this because I miss Germany so much, and looking at these photos makes me want to cry! Christkindlemarkts are just one of many, many things I loved about living in Germany, but I spent all of last Christmas making new memories in Nashville, and I’m so thankful to have so many Holidays in so many countries, cities and States to look back on and enjoy 🙂

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It’s time to share though because I frequently mention Germany and Christmas markets and I want you to be able to experience it, even in some small part, the way I did! I took over 400 photos during those 4 years just at the Christmas markets but I paired it down to my absolute favorites that bring back the strongest memories, so bear with me if this post seems long! I hope you enjoy!

All of these photos were taken from 2011 – 2014 in Weiden or Nurnberg, Germany.

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All photos taken by me or my husband with our smart phone cameras. Any editing was done via VSCO app.

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