Mountaintop Inn Bridal Show

Two weeks ago I took part in my first ever bridal show at the Mountaintop Inn and Resort in Chittenden. This beautiful venue has a caterer on site so twice a year they host tastings for their couples and invite local vendors to participate too. It was fun to see the room transformed by so many talented professionals. Enjoy some highlights!

I loved how Nancy from A Schoolhouse Garden displays her cards – good inspiration for placecards!
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I loved the pop of color between the blue tableclothes and Nancy’s beautiful tulips!
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I loved the texture of the plants Nancy chose for this rustic tabletop
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Each table was set with a different linen from the Linen Shop at Occasions Catering – gave the couples many ideas for decor. This was one of my favorite combinations with the beautiful florals by Nancy again
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This arrangement by Hawley’s Florist reminded me of spring….it’s coming soon right??!!
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Beautifully decorated yummies by Irene’s Cakes by Design
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Blue is my favorite color so I loved this sampling of linens from The Linen Shop
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The talented team from Five Elements Salon
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Alison from Trillium Fine Desserts was set up next to me so I got try a few of these delectable deserts!
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Music was provided by Top Hat Entertainment and talented guitarist Dayve Huckett
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My setup with beautiful linens from The Linen Shop and springlike florals from Nancy and her wonderful team at Schoolhouse Garden
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AND yummy chocolates from Daily Chocolate in Vergennes
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Thanks to the Mountaintop for including me in this fun event!

Jeff’s Birthday!

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Another year – another excuse to post a cute old photo – happy birthday honey!!

Vermont Birthday Party

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of photographing a birthday party for a lovely woman named Susan. I was so welcomed by her family and friends and enjoyed a fun and festive evening. It’s clear she brings people together and they all value her friendship greatly. Enjoy a few photos!
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Recommended :: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet

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I recently finished “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet” and really enjoyed it – thank you to my friend Hilary for the suggestion! The book goes back and forth from the 40s to the present day and is the story of a Father sharing his past with his son and telling the story of his love for a friend at the height of the war. I confess that before reading it I hadn’t fully understood the extent of the internment of Japanese Americans during that time – such a tragic page in our history.

It’s an absorbing story with really lovely characters – I recommend it!

Article about Time

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I don’t usually blog about specific articles but this one resonated with me SO much I thought it deserved its own post.

READ IT HERE.

Time. In this day and age we’re all busy and all have a ton going on but this is a nice reminder that time is what you make of it and every day you have choices about what to do and how to spend that time. For a long time I’ve tried to adjust my vocabulary from “I didn’t have time to do X, Y, Z” to “I didn’t make time to do X, Y, Z” because if we’re all being honest with ourselves I think we could make time for a lot of things we want to do.

For me the biggest time suck is non-important computer/phone time. I haven’t bought an IPAD and don’t plan to simply because I feel like I already spend way too much time on the computer for work. I also sometimes find it relaxing to zone out by being on Facbeook, Pinterest, or reading blogs but for me it’s important to remember that when I do those things it’s at the expense of doing other (perhaps more productive) things that I also enjoy – crafting, gardening, reading, exercising, etc.

Since Norah was born I have certainly become much more productive and aware of the limited time I have when she’s sleeping to get work done. I’ve made a concerted effort to really limit my screen time in front of her and be present. I read about a “be present” box where you can put your electronics to serve as a little reminder that checking email is not something you need to do at this very minute – I plan to make one soon.

Also a few years ago I bought this print for myself and several friends – it remains one of my favorite quotes.
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I hope you all live with intention today and make choices based on awareness and not from habit.

Have a great day!

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