The Way I Eat Soup


In the months leading to our wedding anniversary, JD and I planned taking a trip to escape the busyness of our lives. A time to check out and breathe the air, preferably air seasoned with salt. I’m happy to vacation anywhere…as long as we’re by the sea. It started with Cabo San Lucas, but then realized it required more planning than I’m good at. Then it was San Francisco, but realized we’d have to fly…and I’m so over flying. Then it was Napa, but I’m so over driving as well. By the time we arrived to vacationing in Laguna Beach, I was completely happy with our decision. No flying, a minimal drive, and—with the help of my good friend Jaime Snyder of the Montage Resort and Spa—made a reservation in no time at all.

Every encounter with the Montage has been in relation to wedding photography, so it was fabulous to enjoy the resort as a guest. In fact, when I arrived yesterday, the valet remembered me and jovially asked if I was back to photograph another wedding. No, today I’m A GUEST, I squealed.

Last night we had a reservation at Studio here at the Montage and it was absolutely amazing! The service was unreal, the food delicious, and the view of sunset breathtaking.

**Embarrassing Sidenote**
As my first course was served, I looked at it and had no idea what it was. There were a few centimeters of melon and a sprig of something green, then he poured a pear smoothie (I think) around it in a bowl. Why in the world I ate it with a fork is beyond me. Do most people eat soup with a fork? No. Does Jasmine eat soup with a fork? Why, yes, yes she does. When the server claimed our plates, he discreetly cleared my spoon and replaced my fork. Good lord. I was humiliated. I’m sure he thought I was the kind of girl who covered her windows with tinfoil, kept four broken-down cars on her front lawn, and regularly boils opossum for dinner.
**End of Embarrassing Sidenote**

This morning JD and I spent time on our veranda watching the waves crash along the shore and I felt so blessed. We’re vacationing until tomorrow, so I’ll respond to email on Wednesday. Until then, I hope to work on my tan, wiggle my toes in the sand, and eat soup with a fork.

Happy Monday!

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  1. Deyla Huss

    September 29th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    OMG Jasmine and JD! I envy that you live even close to a place like that and palm trees, Thats dope yo! HA had to say that! My husband and my 7 year anniversary is coming up in January and I would LOVE LOVE to fly down from Portland and do a session with you! 2 busy babies later, we just havent had the time to really do this for eachother and have something hanging on our walls.
    Happy Anniversary and have Uber Fab rest of your week!

  2. lin

    September 29th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Aww. We were just in Laguna Beach sharing a Belgian dinner with good friends. I love Laguna. Enjoy your time there and savor every moment before returning back to ‘real life.’ Happy Anniversary!

  3. Gina Leigh

    September 29th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Soak up that sun, girlie! Hope you have a delightfully relaxing get-away.
    Gina Leigh

  4. jose villa

    September 29th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    happy anniversary you hotties.. hugs! those strawberries are looking amazing!

  5. jeramy

    September 29th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    wow! great view! good times….have fun.

  6. Joanna

    September 29th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Enjoy every minute of it you two!

  7. Tracy

    September 29th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Happy anniversary to you and JD! I just love your story about the soup! Now stop blogging & go enjoy your hubby! 😉

  8. Regina White

    September 29th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Yeah girlfriend blog when you get back. We will all be here when you get back to real life.
    Happy Anniversary again.
    Soup with a fork… Love it!

  9. gabriel.ryan.

    September 29th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    shut up!!! ‘happy anniversary’ in chocolate!!!! that’s freaking amazing… and hopefully the same server cleared your spoon before the main course came [unless you like eating your steak with a spoon]


  10. Paper Monkey

    September 29th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Have a happy anniversary trip! Those strawberries are making me hungry!

  11. Tracy

    September 29th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    WHY are you posting? it’s your anniversary! you should be elsewhere! 🙂

    happy trio!

  12. Tanya Jose

    September 29th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Yea, those chocolate covered strawberries are TOTALLY calling my pregnant self…i think i have to go to the store now. LOL

  13. Jacqueline

    September 29th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Your embarrassing story made me laugh discreetly at my desk at work. It sounds like something I would do too! You’re not alone.

  14. Keri Doolittle

    September 29th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    LOVE the sidenote story!! LOL!! Congrats on the big Anniversary, you two were made for each other!

  15. Stacy Cross

    September 29th, 2008 at 10:29 pm


  16. Mark

    September 29th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Looks like a great anniversary.
    But I’m confused about something you said, ", kept four broken-down cars on her front lawn". You said that like having a collection of classic and semi classic vehicles, all in the very early stages of restoration, is a bad thing. 🙂

  17. jen berry

    September 29th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    you deserve it. have fun. relax. eat with your hands if you want to.

    you are a kind, funny person.

  18. Cathy Crawley

    September 29th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    How funny are you! Soup and a fork, next time try chopsticks! LOL. Looks like you are having a lovely time 🙂

  19. kymberli q.

    September 29th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Enjoy!

  20. Melissa

    September 30th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    How fun! Enjoy yourselves!

  21. michelle cunningham

    September 30th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    ah well… it’s not like you picked up the bowl and drank it japanese style right?

  22. Natarasha N. Wright

    September 30th, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Beautiful! Enjoy, your Anniversary!

  23. angel swanson

    September 30th, 2008 at 1:32 am

    you two are such a beautiful pair. congratulations and enjoy your little getaway! xoxo

  24. Karen Kirkland

    September 30th, 2008 at 2:54 am

    Jasmine – you always look stunning! Even on vacation you ROCK! Congratulations on three (what sound like) wonderful years…here’s to many, many more…

  25. Amanda Auer

    September 30th, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Soak it in!! The vacations close to home are the best! For some reason, they always feel the most romantic to me! 🙂

  26. Joyce

    September 30th, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Happy Anniversary! 😀 You are such a funny lady! 🙂

  27. Bella Taylor

    September 30th, 2008 at 5:37 am

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you and JD, Soak it up you deserve it 🙂

  28. gloria Mesa

    September 30th, 2008 at 6:18 am



    Those straberries looked delicious…

  29. David of DavidHam

    September 30th, 2008 at 6:30 am

    You are too funny Jasmine. I would probably be eating soup with my fork as well.

  30. denise karis

    September 30th, 2008 at 7:06 am

    oooo I love your look in the above photo – the earings and the frillies – so lovely!

  31. Lindsey Marie

    September 30th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    happy anniversary!

  32. Bob P.

    September 30th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Congrats! Believe it or not, it only gets better.

  33. Shutter Bitch

    September 30th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Happy Anniversary! You look so happy!


    September 30th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    is there a stereotype to putting tinfoil on windows? i had no idea. ah, well, it keeps my kids in bed longer :o)

    happy anniversary!

  35. Maureen

    September 30th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Too funny! And see, there are your guns again!! 😉

  36. Courtney Allison

    September 30th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Oh how awesome! Congrats on your 3 years! 🙂 What a lovely time! I know what you mean about planning. My 10 year is on Friday and I am booked this weekend, 🙁 Maybe we will get to celebrate in December, but we are planning an actual Anniversary vacation in 09 due to my schedule this year! So I envy you being able to get away!! Happy Anniversary and good for you guys for taking time out!!!

  37. megan young

    September 30th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Yesterday was our anniversary! Brent and I watched our wedding video and admired all the beautiful photos you took that day!

  38. Adrienne Gunde

    September 30th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Happy anniversary!! Looks like such a beautiful and relaxing getaway… have an amazing time!!

  39. Rob Kemp

    September 30th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    AWWWW… Ya’ll are so cute! Eat everything with a fork! That will be the new "in thing" to do. Happy Anniversary! We love ya’ll

  40. Jenn Best

    September 30th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Ah, you crack me up – I love it! Enjoy your anniversary and your fork!

  41. jackie Wonders

    September 30th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    oh, my gosh…we’re doing the same thing tomorrow down here in SD. i cannot wait..this post made me even more excited about our "Staycation" 🙂

  42. joan solitario

    September 30th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    looking at the photos of the chocolate dipped strawberries… gosh.. you’re really good! you’re making me hungry! Maybe you should also get into taking food photos for magazines as well!

  43. Rachelle

    September 30th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    One of my most favorite places on earth! Enjoy those hidden montage coves!!

  44. Blair Van Bussel

    September 30th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    How fun! I am so jealous, semi local hotel weekends are my favorite! My Husband and I try to go to the J W Marriott in Palm Desert every summer. So nice to look forward to – a whole weekend of doing nothing! 🙂 Oh and girl, I hear ya on the confusing dishes lol. At least they helped you out with the new fork 😉 Oh and those strawberries are adorable! Yum!!

  45. Tiffany

    September 30th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    what a wonderful anniversary getaway!

  46. Rachel Brooke

    October 1st, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Im jealous AND happy for you! 🙂

  47. cassandra m

    October 1st, 2008 at 3:05 am

    HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY! What a wonderful getaway. Hope you relaxed and destressed. Wishing you & JD many many, many, many, many more happy years together. God Bless!

  48. Ken Burg

    October 1st, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Hey Jasmine, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary on 9-29 as well! Unfortunately we live in the northeast that has been battered by horrible rains lately – but it didn’t ruin our three day getaway to New Hampshire. No palm trees in our pictures, actually not a lot of pictures at all 🙂 Glad you got a chance to escape to a little piece of paradise. Can’t wait to see more pics.

  49. kimberlee

    October 1st, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    happy anniversary you guys!!!

  50. Betsy, La Vida Creations

    October 1st, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    LOVED this story. Totally made me think of the escargot moment in Pretty Woman 😉 And then I can totally relate to this too! Hope you and JD had a much-needed break to catch up with each other. Happy happy anniversary!!!

  51. Jessica

    October 2nd, 2008 at 5:18 am

    I hope you guys had a great anniversary….sidenote-I have been following your blog, but this is my first comment 🙂

  52. Liz Ramirez

    October 2nd, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    A little late but Happy Anniversary! I hope you guys had a great time.

  53. mieng

    October 2nd, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    dude there’s nothing wrong w/ tin foil on windows! growing up i had a eastern-facing bedroom window that would get hotter than hell by 10am. plus, being a anti-morning person then as i am now, discovering tin foil on the windows was a godsend. i keep a roll in my car too.

    (ok jk that last part.)

    happy belated anniversary to u and jd.

  54. Michelle

    October 2nd, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    happy anniversary!!

  55. Larry Reeves

    October 2nd, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    This is awesome! I grew up just about an hour from there and love Laguna and all the awesome coastal cities. I miss it…over here in AZ now. Happy anniversary and keep up the awesome work!

  56. Lydia

    October 4th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I’m so glad you had such a good time! You make the strawberries look almost as amazing as yourself!

  57. Charlotte

    October 6th, 2008 at 5:02 am

    When I go to a fancy restaurant I like to pour soup directly into my mouth and tuck a napkin into my shirt… Yee Haw!! Happy Anniversary and hilarious post 🙂

  58. Brandi Apodaca

    October 9th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Happy (late) Anniversary!! My husband and I just celebrated our 4th anniversary on sept 24th. We drove up to San Francisco and saw everything in between, from San Simeon to San Jose and Half moon bay!! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!