December is officially here and we’re going strong with our holiday traditions. When TJ and I got married in 2014 I loved being able to start traditions that we would enjoy and continue for years to come. By far my favorite thing we do every Christmas is cut down our tree. As a photographer documenting the whole excursion is a must. So naturally, Christmas tree portraits are inevitable. Everyone knows that if you marry a photographer you automatically become their constant model. Thankfully TJ handles this responsibility very well. Doesn’t he look so great? Anyways! We loved having our newly married friends Kristen and Cristian (have you seen their wedding?) join us this year to cut down their first tree. It’s pretty clear that we had way too much fun. And if you’re wondering, yes, tree carts do work incredibly well as sleds.
The first year we started this tradition a friend recommended Pine Valley Farms and after going one time we fell in love. Even though the trip is almost an hour for us we’ve found that the drive is always worth it. Pine Valley has been in business since 1977 and is family owned and operated which creates a great atmosphere on the farm. They have 110 acres of trees with seven different firs and spruces to choose from. I don’t know why I find these options comforting when I always end up with a Douglas Fir. When I find what I like I tend to never stray. Besides the options and beautiful farm they have a Christmas barn full of anything else you could possibly need: garlands, wreaths, and tree accessories. And my personal favorite, hot apple cider. It’s like all your favorite Christmasy things wrapped up in one place. After you find the perfect tree, cut it down, and tie it to your car roof. All that’s left to do is say your prayers the whole way home, that a lovely family of spiders didn’t choose your tree as their winter hibernation spot. Bringing nature inside is always a little risky, but a chance I’m willing to take to enjoy the smell of fresh pine in my living room. Fingers still crossed though!
Stan is the Man–and one of the three C&I Photographers.