Our Kitchen + Living Room

When we bought our home last summer, the very first project we took on was painting the main floor living area. Our space is long and narrow with windows only on one side, so I picked a Behr Ultra Pure White from Home Depot. It instantly brightened things up.  We knew that the kitchen was…

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Independence Grove Winter Wedding

Ashley and James thought of EVERYTHING for their magical December wedding at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Guests were greeted with miniature lanterns that served as place cards, and the enchanted forest theme continued on with a s’mores bar during the reception. THE BEST. More importantly than all of their lovely wedding day details, Ashley and…

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Holiday Party Food

Earlier this month, I spent a day prepping, styling, and shooting food with the food photography queen Sally Roeckell. If you’re not following her yet, stop what you’re doing and head over to the Table & Dish Instagram or blog for some seriously amazing recipe ideas and food photography.  Boy, was I in luck that…

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Farmhouse on North

I shot some new seasonal menu items for Farmhouse on North in Barrington and can confirm that these dishes taste as good as they look. Their fall dinner menu includes the Wagyu Wellington Stack and the Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie among other AMAZING dishes. As if there food wasn’t good delicious and beautiful enough on…

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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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