Peterhof in St. Petersburg, Russia

The Peterhof summer estate of Peter the Great is magnificent and designed after Versailles in Paris.
It is dripping in gold, covered with fountains, and so very green.
It’s a definite must see when in St. Petersburg.
our new bebe.  bear runs on my side of the family … a dominant trait i guess.  
My in-laws (:  
Big smiles for a great day!
I’ve been spreading my wings all over this blogosphere as of late.
today i’m talking about our engagement here.
last week I was sharing my favorite things here & my travel tips!
all on my fave blogs (:

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  • Reply Katie

    I've never wanted to travel to Russia until I've seen your pictures, now I'm dying to go, it looks so pretty!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Amy

    These pictures are stunning! My hubby went on a two year mission to St. Petersburg, Russia. It's an amazing place!

    amy day to day

    August 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    these are gorgeous! I agree with Katie: now I have to go to Russia!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Brenna

    wait a minute. is that bear picture even real!? where did you find that??!!??

    August 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Alex

    Wooooooow that place is gorgeous!! And congrats on the furry bebe! hehe

    August 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    Just read your post about your engagement! Love it 🙂 Happy Monday!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Perpetual Blind Date

    that bear – I want to snuggle him! so FUN!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    omg-that baby bear is presh!! Love that it's pawing at your husband lol.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    That bear is adorbz!
    and I love that first photo. So beautiful!!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Brooke Cushman

    Oh goodness! That is beautiful there! And you two fit right in that beautiful scene! I need to go there!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply SHF

    You take the most amazing photographs. I love the one with the balloons!


    August 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Cyn

    Your pictures are amazing! What a beautiful place, love the pic with the balloons and the bear =)

    August 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

    even without the in-law caption, i'd know that guy was related to jb.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Wow I am LOVING all the gold. So beautiful. And that bear… I don't know if I want to be scared, or cuddle with it!

    – Sarah

    August 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Frances

    OMG i want a bebeee bear!! haha too cute! looks like you guys are having a blast!

    August 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply Ash

    oh my- the bear, the all white bike, your smiles- what a beautiful and happy post! Is it possible for you to NOT be happy and delightful? I think not 🙂

    August 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Mrs. Janney

    Your pictures are SO BEAUTIFUL! I honestly had to look at the first picture to several times. It looked almost too good to be true.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply brittany

    such beautiful photos, all of them! but i just can't get past the baby bear. i want to squeeeeze him!

    August 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply ashley nicole catherine

    omg i'm dying over the architecture!! so beautiful. i def thought that bear was fake at cute!

    August 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Collins @ Life. Mostly Sweet.

    i know you just recently had him but you please get knocked up again and have one for me? i need to have a baby bear too! 🙂

    August 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    This post could hold two of the best photos I have ever seen: You guys nursing a baby bear, and the BEST in-law picture ever!

    Great photos! Your blog always makes me smile!

    August 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Mrs. Yellow Ribbon

    How magical!

    August 15, 2011 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Jenni @ Story of My Life

    OMG! Besides that these pics are great, WAS THAT A REAL BEAR???

    August 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    amazing place!! and those hats are hilarious!! 🙂

    August 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Something Old, Something New

    wow, what a beautiful place! i've been to versailles and can definitely see the resemblance. Great pictures!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply

    i can't believe you're holding a bear. you're officially my hero!

    August 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Liesl

    Cuteness overload…love it! How adorable is that little bear too! Off to check out your other features online now!

    Liesl 🙂

    August 15, 2011 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Laura

    What beautiful photos! And I absolutely LOVE your scarf! xoxo

    Laura @

    August 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm
  • Reply Alisha

    Oh Sarah, you make Russia look like a dream! Love the textures and contrast of the palace (?) and tree in front! just gorgeous. And you and JB are just darling in front of the fountain.

    Thanks again for guest posting for me today! You're the best!!


    August 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm
  • Reply Heather J

    Wow. Gorgeous photos as usual. I never knew Russia had so much gold. And that bear!?

    August 16, 2011 at 12:40 am
  • Reply Anna of IHOD

    Sarah, thanks for sharing pics of Russia! It made me feel like I have seen it now:) Such a beautiful place!
    You two are just so cute btw. You can tell you have lots of fun together!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:57 am
  • Reply flat faced cat

    I can see you in that gorgeous turquoise building! It looks like you guys are having a blast with the in-laws!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:39 am
  • Reply hayley.jay

    I vote for the bear picture going out as a Christmas card.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:38 am
  • Reply Sara B

    That bear is so cute but it kinda looks like it's about to claw JB's face off!! eeek!! Still want to squeeze it though…

    August 16, 2011 at 3:04 am
  • Reply Barbara

    Such a beautiful place. I hope I get to visit one day!

    August 16, 2011 at 5:44 am
  • Reply Brandi @ Home Team Dreams

    Is that a real bear Sarah?! It looks like it is! HOW CUTE!!!!!! AWWWWWWW! I want one! lol

    August 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply American in Norway

    Looks like y'all had an amazing time! 🙂

    August 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm
  • Reply Megan

    sentence twins.

    and omg i just died at the pic of the baby bear. in a "i want to shove JB aside and hold the baby bear right now"

    sorry JB.

    August 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Sarah Christine

    Fairy Tales ARE True!!!! Sigh… this looks wonderful 🙂

    August 18, 2011 at 5:10 am
  • Reply Victoria

    I saw the bear and squeeled! Is it at a sanctuary or something? So cute! x

    August 21, 2011 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Jessica

    Sarah! What a beautiful portrayal of Russia! When I was a girl we lived there for 3 years! Some of the best memories of my young life! You are stunning as is your photography and heart! Will be keeping tabs on this blog FOR SURE!! Love all your travels! xo

    October 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm
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