Welcome to the blog, sort of like a digital garden where dreams are planted and grow wild! My name is Quianna and my family calls me “Qui” like key! I’m a traveling photographer based in Scottsdale and the Bay Area.
I love adventures and creating memories even more than I love photographing them—and I LOVE taking photos! In addition to capturing weddings, family milestones, and the best memories I also offer business tools, motivation and inspiration to help creatives turn their passions into their profession. We only get this one life, why not live our days doing what we love?
For my 30th Birthday this year I wanted to do something different. I’ve always celebrated my birthday with some sort of big celebration. Bar hops, bashes and big parties were always on the calendar. It’s tough having a December birthday and competing with holiday parties this time of year and this year I wanted a change. Something I whole heartily wanted for ME!
So… after lots of thought, pro/con lists, and going back and forth I finally decided that my heart was in Waco and I wanted so badly to explore Magnolia Market for my birthday! Luckily, I was fortunate enough to have my Mama, Aunties and best friend Sari join! I still can’t believe they hopped on planes and made this trip for me! I’m so so blessed! They made the trip even more hilarious and memorable!
We all landed in Dallas and rented a car to jam down to Waco. Magnolia Market is located in the middle between Love Field and Austin airports so I suggest finding the best deal on flights and drive from there!
The first night my best friend I’ve known since kindergarten surprised me with the sweetest present ever… 30 gifts of all of my favorite things!
Oh and each wrapped gift had a picture of us! And here come the water works!
So we toasted and after just a handful of gifts opened (my birthday eve!) we headed out for burgers at Twisted Root Burger! Great burgers and a super fun college bar vibe. We all loved it! The next morning we were up and out early to head to Magnolia!
But first… a cupcake + coffee…
And then it was time.
Let me first preface with the fact that yes, I love shiplap, painted wooden signs and refurnished floors… but what made me most excited about visiting Magnolia was experiencing the warm magic that Chip and Joanna sprinkle all over the silos. They have this sense of community, warm fuzzies and a cozy home feeling that you experience, even if it is your first time!
You know how I’m passionate about building my own wedding venue one day? Okay, well I’m so curious to learn how to bottle up that feeling! I was so anxious to try their yummy cupcakes and browse the store, but I was also paying attention to the layout, parking, even the type of walkways they have on the ground! Call me crazy, but pretty much everything I whole heartily enjoy stems from future photography goals in some way!
We even found new projects for Brother to make for us! Like this awesome bench swing!
Do you know what Auntie Lindy’s real name is? We just had to take a picture!
While I was on cloud nine in the garden taking a million photos Auntie Cindy made a friend in the seed shop and look what they brought me!!!
This was a campfire cupcake and it was delish! Thanks Seth + Andi!
Next, we stepped into the bakery and I was greeted with a birthday hug! (Ma made it in first to alert everyone, I guess!)
Oh and ANOTHER birthday cupcake!? This one was a peppermint red velvet… YUM! Thank you so much!
I was so over stimulated that I actually walked around the store like 3 times! I was spinning in circles like I was in Target! So much to look at and explore. After I walked the whole place, I did another lap to shop! (Don’t judge me.)
Can you tell Mama + Aunties were done after about 3 hours? I could have stayed there all day!
After dinner we even did another drive by to see the lights! Sweet Dreams Silos, we’ll be back!
Thank you Mama, Aunties + Sari for such an unforgettable birthday! I loved every minute with you girls and can’t even put into words how grateful I am to be loved by all of you!
I already have another blog brewing about what else to see in Waco, where to stay (we had the CUTEST Airbnb!) and other shops and restaurants to hit, too! Stay tuned for that coming after Christmas!