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POSTED IN: Personal, Portraits

I’m going to be an auntie (again!). I adore watching all of my couples grow their little families. However, it’s an extra special experience when it’s your own sister. It feels like just a few weeks ago that I watched Marissa and Paul say “I do,” and now in just a few weeks, they will […]

Happy 2021, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. It’s hard to believe that such a difficult and strange year has come and gone. Despite many challenges, this year still blessed me with opportunities to share in some special wedding days, and to capture some beautiful memories. I thought it would be […]

Last night I watched an interview between a marriage coach and a couple who’s relationship I really admire. Their overall message centered around the importance of continuously growing in your relationships, as well as general marriage advice. At the end of the interview, they challenged everyone to reflect on how they have grown in their […]

POSTED IN: Personal, Weddings

When Marissa and Paul got engaged in July and announced they wanted to get married in September, we weren’t sure if we would be able to do “all the wedding things” in such a short period of time. Luckily she has a wonderful sister-in-law that does event planning! Emma, this backyard garden themed bridal shower […]

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I think it’s safe to say that 2020 has been a strange year for just about everyone. I remember posting to social media last December how excited I was for the coming year because so many good things were in the works. We had trips planned to visit friends. My brother was getting married to […]

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I adore horses. I definitely did not grow up in the country or around horses, so I’m not sure where my love of them came from. Despite my urban upbringing, I would love to have my very own horse someday. I’ve always thought that not only did I grow up in the wrong era, but […]

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If you saw my last post, you know that I recently turned thirty. To celebrate, my boyfriend and I planned a wonderful Caribbean cruise getaway with one of my best girlfriends and her guy. And what perfect timing, with all this nasty winter weather we’ve been having here in the Midwest! We went back and […]

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Thirty, flirty, and thriving. I was fifteen when the movie 13 Going on 30 came out in 2004. (Does that make anyone else feel old?!) Basically the perfect age to completely relate to the main character and the entire premise of the movie. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a young teenage girl who […]

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Babe, Today we add another candle on your cake, but it’s so much more than that. It’s another year of amazing memories, inside jokes, uncontrollable laughter, and another year getting to call you my guy. Today I’ve known you for 253 days. I’m so thankful for every day we have had together. I can’t wait […]

Goodbye 2018, hello 2019! Scrolling through social media this morning, I’m seeing a TON of posts reviewing all of the amazing things that happened in 2018, as well as goals, hopes, and dreams for the coming year. For me, 2018 wasn’t without its challenges, but all in all was a pretty spectacular year. I visited […]

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