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A day at Ross Witham Beach & the House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island

A day at Ross Witham Beach & House of Refuge

A Day at Ross Witham Beach and the House of Refuge Beach on Hutchinson Island, Florida in Martin County (24)


There are many reasons why I love Florida. On any given day you can take a short or long road trip north or south along the coast. Breathtaking views surround you as you cruise along A1A. Even though I have lived in Florida my entire life, I have come to realize I have yet to discover all of the many treasures that make up this place that I like to call, paradise.

On Martin Luther King day, since Andrew and I had a day off, we decided to take a drive north up the coast. We found ourselves at Ross Witham Beach on Hutchinson Island in Martin County. Teal waters crashing against the rocky shoreline filled the scene. The view was perfection.

Just when I think I have seen all Florida has to offer, I come across absolutely stunning slice of paradise. Take a trip with us to the the rocky seashore of Ross Witham Beach! An unexpected gem just behind the historic House of Refuge in Martin County.

History about the House of Refuge

Built in the early 1900’s, The House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the only remaining House of Refuge. Built as one of ten along the east coast of Florida, it is the oldest structure in Martin County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Houses of Refuge were designated as havens for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coastline of Florida. Run by the United States Lifesaving Service, the Houses played a critical role in a time when sailing ships dominated the world commerce.


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Details about this day at Ross Witham Beach and The House of Refuge:

Locations: Ross Witham Beach, The House of Refuge and the Blue Door Coffee Bar in Stuart, Florida

Photography: Crystal Bolin

History about the House of Refuge Source: http://houseofrefugefl.org

 

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Our 2016 Christmas Portraits

Our 2016 Christmas Portraits

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Even though we are photographers and I grew up having my photograph taken all the time by my mom, we are really bad about getting our photos taken! However, just like my mom always made it a priority, I always try to have Christmas portraits done of us every year. Sometimes I’m on my A-game and have them done by the end of October or other times (Cough* cough*, this year) they don’t get done until the week before Christmas! But one thing, or I should say one person, I can always count on is my best friend Brooke Carter to capture us oh-so-perfectly!

Every year for the past three years, we have dressed up, picked a spot and taken each other’s Christmas photos. We always have a great time and it’s the perfect way to get our photos done quickly. If you want to see Brooke and Frank’s Christmas photos click here. This year they had a special announcement included in their shoot!

Brooke has been one of my best friends for a little over nine years now and over the years I’ve taught her the essentials of photography. She has assisted me in a handful of shoots and has even been my second shooter for a few weddings. When it comes to aesthetics and composition she thinks just like me. Plus she knows her angles too, so I always feel like I’m being captured in a flattering way.

After our shoots, went spend way too many hours gushing over the photos as I edit our favorites. This has definitely become one of my favorite Christmas traditions! Here are a few of my favorite shots!

From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Details behind our 2016 Christmas Portraits:

Location: Palm Beach, Florida

Photography: Brooke Carter

Editing: Crystal Bolin

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A day at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

A day at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida

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During Labor Day weekend Andrew and I enjoyed a day at the Herny Morrison Flagler Museum! Laura and A.J. will be saying “I do” here in just a few days and we cannot wait to celebrate with them! Because this is our first wedding at this dream venue Laura and A.J. so graciously treated us to a day at the Flagler Museum so we could better familiarize ourselves with the venue! We spent a relaxing Saturday afternoon exploring the museum. I took way too many photos so I thought I would share some of my favorites! Enjoy!


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The Drawing Room was used as a gathering place for music and conversation by Mary Lily and her guests. The room is adorned with silk fabric and light wood decorated in the Louis XVI style. Above each door and mirror is a cameo of Marie Antoinette, the ill-fated wife of Louis XVI.

Photos of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida | Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Photography | Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (5)The Steinway art case Model B grand piano was made specifically for this room. Its decorative details match those of the room. The painting on the lid of the piano is of Erato the Muse of Love Poetry. Aluminum leaf highlights the plaster ornaments in the Drawing Room. The process to extract aluminum economically had only recently been perfected and as a result, aluminum was as expensive and as precious as gold during much of the Gilded Age. The leaf was coated with shellac to give it a warmer feeling and a gold tint.

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Photos of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida | Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Photography | Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (16) The photo on the stand in the photo shown below was taken in this same ballroom over a  century ago! I used to work in a law firm downtown a few years ago and in the lobby was a framed copy of this same photo. I often glanced at it and always loved it! It was so cool to find out where it was taken!

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In 1903, the Grand Ballroom was the scene of the Bal Poudré, a lavish party given in honor of George Washington’s birthday. The Florida Times-Union called the Bal Poudré “the most brilliant social function in fair Florida’s history,” while the New York Herald described the event as “one of the most sumptuous social affairs ever attempted south of Washington.” At the Bal Poudré, guests danced the Minuet and the Virginia Reel.

Source: https://www.flaglermuseum.us/grand-ballroom

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Used daily by the Flaglers for less formal meals, Henry and Mary Lily Flagler ate breakfast in this room each morning. Servants had direct access to the Breakfast Room through a door that connected to the butler’s pantry and kitchen area. The room’s elaborate ceiling and color palette are modeled after the State Dining Room in Warwick Castle, England.

Source: https://www.flaglermuseum.us/breakfast-room

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Mr. and Mrs. Flagler shared the Master Suite, a practice uncommon at the turn-of-the-century. The suite included two separate dressing chambers, a large bath area, and a bedroom. The bedroom, decorated in the Louis XIV style, is furnished with the original bedroom furniture. The bed fabric and wallcoverings were reproduced based on samples of the original fabric.

Source: http://www.flaglermuseum.us/master-bedroom-and-bathroomPhotos of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida | Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Photography | Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (26) Photos of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida | Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Photography | Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (27) Photos of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida | Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Photography | Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (28) Photos of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida | Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Photography | Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (29) The Master Bathroom:

In Mary Lily’s dressing chamber outside the master bathroom hangs clothing typical of the period. Beyond the dressing chamber is the bathroom. This modern bathroom was equipped with some of the most advanced conveniences of the day, including indoor plumbing, a telephone, a tub, and a needle shower.

Source: http://www.flaglermuseum.us/master-bedroom-and-bathroom
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Credits:

Location: The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

Photography: Crystal Bolin

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Ohio Spring 2016 | Family Vacation

2016 Bolin family vacation to Ohio

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As some of you may know, most of Andrew’s family lives in Ohio. So sometimes it makes things hard but we always try to make the big moments. This year Andrew’s baby sister graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. This was definitely one moment we weren’t going to miss! We are so proud of her and all her hard work these past four years!

As an added bonus we got to finally meet Andrew’s older brother’s 3-week-old baby girl, Emerson! Andrew and I were so excited to meet our niece and were even more thrilled when we found out that she was going to be dedicated in church that Sunday! She is just the most precious little girl and has some of the funniest expressions! When Andrew held her she looked at  him with the weirdest gaze. Almost like she knew he looked familiar but was still keeping a close and intense watch on him! LOL!

We also had one more celebration during this trip: Andrew’s birthday! I know this was one of the best birthdays he has had in a while because he was with his family! Since Andrew’s family moved to Ohio nearly 8 years ago he hasn’t been able to spend many of his birthday’s with them. So this was a good one!

This trip was a special one for many reasons! I was even able to see and spend some time with my own baby sister who recently got married and moved four hours away! She is best friends with Andrew’s sister so she wasn’t going to miss the graduation either!

Overall this was a wonderful trip to relax and hang out with family! I took this time to take a break from the busy season and relax. I didn’t even bring my highest grade camera. Just my Fujifilm x100 and my iPhone! 🙂 If it wasn’t for the fact that it was below 50 degrees the entire time then it probably would have been a perfect trip!! My sister and I with our South Florida blood were not prepared for how cold it was in mid-MAY and nearly turned into popsicles!! 😉

Till next time Ohio!

Xavier University 2016 Commencement Ceremony | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (59)This amazing confetti was so beautiful to capture but it shot out of these canon-like things on the stage and scared many people because they were so loud! I personally jumped and may have shouted a bit! lol Xavier University 2016 Commencement Ceremony | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (60)The Bolin family plus my sister!! 😉 Xavier University 2016 Commencement Ceremony | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (56)Xavier University 2016 Commencement Ceremony | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (57)Andrew standing proudly with his newly graduated baby sister Amber! Xavier University 2016 Commencement Ceremony | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (58)Meeting Emerson for the first time! Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (12)Sunday morning we made our way to a little town called Waverly to see sweet Emerson get dedicated. The two-hour car ride was gorgeous!! Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (54)Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (55)I got some Tim Hortons coffee!! 😀Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (10)Really loved this cool building!
Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (8)After church, we gathered at Andrew’s brother’s in-laws home for a BBQ!
Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (11)Monday the 16th was Andrew’s 25th birthday! We started the day with breakfast at a lively spot called Sugar n’ Spice! This place has been around since 1941! It has super yummy food and a really cool atmosphere! If you are visiting Cincinnati this is a great place to check out but make sure to give yourself time or go on a weekday because it gets very busy!! We went on a Monday morning and had to sit at the bar because it was pretty full! But they let you choose a cute little rubber ducky on your way out! Haha! Sugar n' Spice Restaurant in Cincinnati, OH | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (9)Sugar n' Spice Restaurant in Cincinnati, OH |Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (53)After breakfast, we went to a local park called Ault park! But this wasn’t just any park, this place was so gorgeous! An incredible view, a stunning wedding venue on a hill and a colorful garden!Ault Park in Cincinnati, OH |Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (26)Check out this view! Ault Park in Cincinnati, OH |Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (47)Yup, that’s me in sandals. Somehow I’m never prepared in the shoe department on trips…Ault Park in Cincinnati, OH |Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (49)Ault Park in Cincinnati, OH | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (51)Warm hugs because it was so cold! Andrew just looks comfortable but in reality, he freezing. 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Thankful for beautiful iPhone pictures! 🙂Ault Park in Cincinnati, OH | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (7)Ault Park in Cincinnati, OH | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (4)Ault Park in Cincinnati, OH | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (3)So many beautiful flowers!! Ault Park in Cincinnati, OH | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (30)One of the last pictures I was able to squeeze in before my Fujifilm x100 battery died! But it’s my favorite! Love the colors and bokeh this little camera produces! Purple flowers at Ault Park in Cincinnati, OH | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (27)After the park, we went to an adorable ice cream and candy shop called Aglamesis Bro’s! They had been around since 1908 and their ice cream and gummy bears are delicious! Their story is quite interesting, you can read about it hereAglamesis Bro's in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (25)How cute is this place!?Aglamesis Bro's in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (24)Aglamesis Bro's in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (22)Aglamesis Bro's in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (23)Love these exotic Tiffany lamps!
Aglamesis Bro's in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (18)My coconut ice cream in a crispy waffle cone! So yummy!!Aglamesis Bro's in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (21)Aglamesis Bro's in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (20)This little shop is packed with so much charm and history.  Aglamesis Bro's in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (19)After some delicious ice cream, we went shopping in downtown Cincinnati! Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (17)Then we made one more stop before heading to the airport! A coffee stop!! We hung out at Rohs Street Cafe playing some cards (“Three to thirteen”… and I won! :D) and sipping on coffee. Rohs Street Cafe in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring | Rohs Street CafeRohs Street Cafe in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (16)Rohs Street Cafe in Cincinnati, Ohio | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (15)Then it was time to say goodbye and head to the airport. This was a great trip! Short but packed with celebrations and fun! Till next time Ohio! Kentucky | Ohio in the Spring of 2016 | Ohio Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (13)

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Easter in WACO, Texas

Our 3-year anniversary vacation to Waco, Texas

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Back in February, I was talking to one of my best friends, Emily, who moved to Waco, Texas last August after she married that man of her dreams, Caleb. Emily and I go all the way back to pre-school and she was my maid of honor for my wedding! During our conversation, we were chatting about when would be a good time to visit and Easter weekend seemed to be perfect weekend. I looked at flights and was floored when I found some American Airlines flights for just $100! Within a few hours, we booked our flight and began planning our trip to WACO!! Easter weekend was also around our wedding anniversary so Andrew and I decided this would be a great anniversary trip! We had such a great time and I thought I would share some of the highlights that made this such a special trip!

We arrived late Thursday night, so Friday we started our first day in Waco. After breakfast, we went to an amazing Good Friday service at Caleb and Emily’s church. Afterward, we had lunch at the most amazing taco spot called Torchy’s. Their tacos and queso dip were so good that we ended up going a second time while we were there!! After lunch, we went to Magnolia Market! Magnolia’s was so amazing, even better than I imagined. On Saturday, we started the day with some incredible coffee from Common Grounds! Afterward, we had brunch at Cafe Cappuccino. Fluffy pancakes and breakfast tacos filled our bellies for our day of exploring and sightseeing. While exploring we visited Lake Waco and walked atop its dam. We found fields of Bluebonnets and saw a few amazing views of Waco. Later that evening, we had dinner at Chuy’s Mexican restaurant. The restaurant has a really interesting funky style. One of the rooms in the restaurant has an entire roof filled with shiny new car hubcaps! The best part about the place is the free unlimited chips, salsa, and creamy jalapeno dip! They just kept it coming and it was just so yummy! We finished the night playing a few rounds of Spades back at the house while watching Father of the Bride (love that movie!). Sunday started with a wonderful Easter Sunday service! Then we had a restful day at the house playing more cards and watching Father of the Bride 2! 🙂 Monday, was the day of our departure, but we could not leave before visiting Magnolia House and indulging ourselves at Torchy’s one more time! 😉

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The best queso EVER!! Vacation in Waco, Texas (57)After we went to Magnolia Market Emily and I had some girl time and did a little shopping. We stopped by this cute shop called Spice! Vacation in Waco, Texas (35)Vacation in Waco, Texas (7)Then we went to this cute shop called the Findery!Vacation in Waco, Texas (6)The next morning (Saturday) we started the day by visiting Common Grounds coffee shop! This was one of my must go spots and it didn’t disappoint! Not only is it an amazing looking spot but the coffee is even more amazing! I had the “Caballero ” with their dark roast! It has their secret sauce and cream! It was a hot creamy delight! So so yummy!! Vacation in Waco, Texas (36)Vacation in Waco, Texas (38)Vacation in Waco, Texas (37)Isn’t this place just so cool!?Vacation in Waco, Texas (39)Vacation in Waco, Texas (40)Vacation in Waco, Texas (41)Vacation in Waco, Texas (42)Deliciousness!! Vacation in Waco, Texas (43)Even their drive-thru is the coolest!! Vacation in Waco, Texas (44)Right, next door is the new Heritage Creamery ice cream shop! Their flavors are so unique and AMAZING!! Vacation in Waco, Texas (45)Vacation in Waco, Texas (46)So cute right!?Heritage Creamery in Waco TexasVacation in Waco, Texas (47)Check out their flavors! Duck fat caramel, strawberry balsamic and my favorite, honey lavender orange! So yummy!Heritage Creamery in Waco TexasVacation in Waco, Texas (48)LOVE the style of this place!
Vacation in Waco, Texas (49)Vacation in Waco, Texas (50)Vacation in Waco, Texas (51)Vacation in Waco, Texas (52)Vacation in Waco, Texas (53)Brunch at Cafe Cappuccino! Vacation in Waco, Texas (5)Then we went exploring…Vacation in Waco, Texas (64)Vacation in Waco, Texas (65)Then we found Bluebonnets and I took way too many photos! I was in heaven!Vacation in Waco, Texas (63)Vacation in Waco, Texas (55)Vacation in Waco, Texas (60)Vacation in Waco, Texas (62)Meet Lucy, Caleb and Emily’s pup. She had lots of fun too!
Vacation in Waco, Texas (66)The view of the Waco lake from the top of the dam. Vacation in Waco, Texas (67)Vacation in Waco, Texas (68)The view from the opposite side of the lake. Vacation in Waco, Texas (69)Vacation in Waco, Texas (70)Vacation in Waco, Texas (71)More flowers because they are just too pretty not to…Vacation in Waco, Texas (72)Vacation in Waco, Texas (73)Vacation in Waco, Texas (74)This one’s for you mom! 😉Vacation in Waco, Texas (75)Vacation in Waco, Texas (76)Vacation in Waco, Texas (77)Vacation in Waco, Texas (78)Vacation in Waco, Texas (79)Vacation in Waco, Texas (80)Tired Lucy with daddy. Vacation in Waco, Texas (81)Vacation in Waco, Texas (82)Vacation in Waco, Texas (83)Vacation in Waco, Texas (84)Vacation in Waco, Texas (85)Vacation in Waco, Texas (86)On our way to another cool spot!Vacation in Waco, Texas (87)Vacation in Waco, Texas (88)Vacation in Waco, Texas (89)Vacation in Waco, Texas (90)Loved all the driftwood! Vacation in Waco, Texas (91)Lucy had even more fun here because she could get wet!Vacation in Waco, Texas (92)Vacation in Waco, Texas (93)Playing catch!Vacation in Waco, Texas (94)Vacation in Waco, Texas (95)Vacation in Waco, Texas (97)Vacation in Waco, Texas (96)Vacation in Waco, Texas (98)Vacation in Waco, Texas (99)Everything is just so beautiful!! Vacation in Waco, Texas (100)Vacation in Waco, Texas (101)Vacation in Waco, Texas (102)Vacation in Waco, Texas (103)Then it was time for dinner at this yummy spot!Chuy's Tacos is Waco, TexasEaster Sunday!Vacation in Waco, Texas (54)Sunday cards… Spades! This picture says a lot… I was going nil (with a perfect nil hand) and Emily was freaking out a bit! 😉Vacation in Waco, Texas (3)Caleb made homemade chocolate mousse with fresh raspberries! Vacation in Waco, Texas (4)Emily and Caleb taught us a new game called “Hand and Foot” and we loved it! Emily and I totally beat the guys! 😉Vacation in Waco, Texas (2)Then we went to go see a Waco sunset.
Vacation in Waco, Texas (8)Vacation in Waco, Texas (9)On the last day, we visited McGregor where the Magnolia House is!
Vacation in Waco, Texas (104)The cutest little house!!Vacation in Waco, Texas (105)Vacation in Waco, Texas (106)Vacation in Waco, Texas (107)Vacation in Waco, Texas (108)Vacation in Waco, Texas (109)Then it was time to say goodbye, but this is not goodbye just see you later. Vacation in Waco, Texas (1)

Thank you, Emily and Caleb, for such a great long weekend!!

Music: “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum

 

 

 

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