09.29.08 Personal

The Way I Eat Soup

n 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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Brandi Apodaca - 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!!  10.09.08 - 3:26pm
Charlotte - 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 :)   10.05.08 - 10:02pm
Lydia - I'm so glad you had such a good time! You make the strawberries look almost as amazing as yourself!  10.04.08 - 3:31pm
Larry Reeves - 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!  10.02.08 - 3:29pm
Michelle - happy anniversary!!   10.02.08 - 2:35pm
mieng - 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.  10.02.08 - 12:24pm
Liz Ramirez - A little late but Happy Anniversary! I hope you guys had a great time.  10.02.08 - 11:43am
Jessica - I hope you guys had a great anniversary....sidenote-I have been following your blog, but this is my first comment :)  10.01.08 - 10:18pm
Betsy, La Vida Creations - 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!!!   10.01.08 - 1:35pm
kimberlee - happy anniversary you guys!!!  10.01.08 - 12:26pm
Ken Burg - 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.  09.30.08 - 8:20pm
cassandra m - 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!  09.30.08 - 8:05pm
Rachel Brooke - Im jealous AND happy for you! :)  09.30.08 - 7:41pm
Tiffany - what a wonderful anniversary getaway!  09.30.08 - 3:58pm
Blair Van Bussel - 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!!  09.30.08 - 3:16pm
Rachelle - One of my most favorite places on earth! Enjoy those hidden montage coves!!  09.30.08 - 1:49pm
joan solitario - 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!  09.30.08 - 1:23pm
jackie Wonders - 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" :)  09.30.08 - 11:12am
Jenn Best - Ah, you crack me up - I love it! Enjoy your anniversary and your fork!  09.30.08 - 11:02am
Rob Kemp - 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  09.30.08 - 10:29am
Adrienne Gunde - Happy anniversary!! Looks like such a beautiful and relaxing getaway... have an amazing time!!  09.30.08 - 10:28am
megan young - Happy Anniversary! Yesterday was our anniversary! Brent and I watched our wedding video and admired all the beautiful photos you took that day!   09.30.08 - 10:09am
Courtney Allison - 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!!!   09.30.08 - 10:00am
Maureen - Too funny! And see, there are your guns again!! ;)  09.30.08 - 7:13am - 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!  09.30.08 - 6:25am
Shutter Bitch - Happy Anniversary! You look so happy!  09.30.08 - 6:17am
Bob P. - Congrats! Believe it or not, it only gets better.  09.30.08 - 6:13am
Lindsey Marie - happy anniversary!  09.30.08 - 5:41am
denise karis - oooo I love your look in the above photo - the earings and the frillies - so lovely!  09.30.08 - 12:06am
David of DavidHam - You are too funny Jasmine. I would probably be eating soup with my fork as well.  09.29.08 - 11:30pm
gloria Mesa - Well! Felicidades! Those straberries looked delicious...  09.29.08 - 11:18pm
Bella Taylor - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you and JD, Soak it up you deserve it :-)  09.29.08 - 10:37pm
Joyce - Happy Anniversary! :D You are such a funny lady! :)  09.29.08 - 9:06pm
Amanda Auer - Soak it in!! The vacations close to home are the best! For some reason, they always feel the most romantic to me! :)  09.29.08 - 8:07pm
Karen Kirkland - Jasmine - you always look stunning! Even on vacation you ROCK! Congratulations on three (what sound like) wonderful's to many, many more...  09.29.08 - 7:54pm
angel swanson - you two are such a beautiful pair. congratulations and enjoy your little getaway! xoxo  09.29.08 - 6:32pm
Natarasha N. Wright - Beautiful! Enjoy, your Anniversary!  09.29.08 - 6:12pm
michelle cunningham - ah well... it's not like you picked up the bowl and drank it japanese style right?  09.29.08 - 5:48pm
Melissa - How fun! Enjoy yourselves!  09.29.08 - 5:26pm
kymberli q. - Happy Anniversary! Enjoy!  09.29.08 - 4:55pm
Cathy Crawley - How funny are you! Soup and a fork, next time try chopsticks! LOL. Looks like you are having a lovely time :)  09.29.08 - 4:48pm
jen berry - you deserve it. have fun. relax. eat with your hands if you want to. you are a kind, funny person.  09.29.08 - 4:05pm
Mark - 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. :-)  09.29.08 - 4:02pm
Stacy Cross - Congratulations!!  09.29.08 - 3:29pm
Keri Doolittle - LOVE the sidenote story!! LOL!! Congrats on the big Anniversary, you two were made for each other!  09.29.08 - 2:49pm
Jacqueline - Your embarrassing story made me laugh discreetly at my desk at work. It sounds like something I would do too! You're not alone.  09.29.08 - 2:47pm
Tanya Jose - Yea, those chocolate covered strawberries are TOTALLY calling my pregnant self...i think i have to go to the store now. LOL  09.29.08 - 2:30pm
Tracy - WHY are you posting? it's your anniversary! you should be elsewhere! :-) happy trio!  09.29.08 - 2:17pm
Paper Monkey - Have a happy anniversary trip! Those strawberries are making me hungry!  09.29.08 - 1:58pm
gabriel.ryan. - 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] ;)  09.29.08 - 1:37pm
Regina White - 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!   09.29.08 - 12:46pm
Tracy - Happy anniversary to you and JD! I just love your story about the soup! Now stop blogging & go enjoy your hubby! ;-)  09.29.08 - 12:43pm
Joanna - Enjoy every minute of it you two!  09.29.08 - 12:31pm
jeramy - wow! great view! good times....have fun.  09.29.08 - 12:23pm
jose villa - happy anniversary you hotties.. hugs! those strawberries are looking amazing!   09.29.08 - 12:18pm
Gina Leigh - Soak up that sun, girlie! Hope you have a delightfully relaxing get-away. :) Gina Leigh  09.29.08 - 12:05pm
lin - 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!  09.29.08 - 12:02pm
Deyla Huss - 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!  09.29.08 - 11:58am