Styled Bridal Shoot

Last spring, Brandi and I got together and talked about how cool it would be to put together a styled bridal shoot. We spent the next several months brainstorming, mood board-ing (that’s a verb, right?), and connecting with fellow vendors. We shot at Indigo & Violet Studio, which has beautiful exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling…

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Plum Dumplings with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

These homemade dumplings are one of my favorite cozy treats just as fall begins and the season for plums ends. The Italian plums that this recipe calls for are perfect for dumplings because they are small in comparison to traditional plums but still really flavorful. The prep for this recipe involves pitting the plums and…

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Classic Illinois Barn Wedding

There’s nothing quite like the serene beauty of a rural midwestern landscape. The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens offers plenty of it, and reinforces the #midwestisbest sentiment that I’m so fond of. Did I mention that the groom Nate is a real life farmer?! Tianna and Nate’s summer wedding in the Western Illinois town of Princeton could…

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Coffee Shop Engagement Session

My big cousin Claire is getting married next summer and I could not be more excited for her and Gordon (her sweet and smart ecologist fiancé… soon to be DR. Smith!!). They met at the beginning of their freshman year in a neuroscience class at Williams College and then again during their senior year when…

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Downtown Chicago Elopement

Stacie and Phil were married on the perfect summer day last month (think: mid-70’s partly sunny with a cool breeze). At the risk of sounding cheesy, I will say that the only thing more perfect than the weather that day was the two of them. Surrounded by their immediate families, Stacie and Phil were beaming.…

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Homemade Lemony Sugar Doughnuts

Another edition of Baking with Baba! Krofne, or homemade Serbian yeast doughnuts, are a New Years Eve tradition in my family. This year when Matt and I hosted a New Years Eve party at our own apartment, Baba made fresh doughnuts at her house and walked them over on a giant platter- they went quickly.…

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Lake Geneva Wedding

Kate and Billy’s wintery Wisconsin wedding at Big Foot Country Club was a beautiful celebration and included so many personal touches that made the day uniquely their own. While getting ready, Billy made Smoke and Cinnamon Old Fashioneds for the wedding party – a process that involved every-so-slightly burning the cinnamon sticks in an upside down…

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