2014 Favorite Images :: Getting Ready

Over the next few weeks I’m going to take a look back at last season and share some of my favorite images. Today I’m kicking it off with getting ready images – I love this period of the day because there is so much anticipation but also people are fairly relaxed. I usually try to be with the couple for about an hour to an hour and a half of getting ready. It helps me get to know the bridal party and family and for them to get comfortable with me.

Love this shot of beautiful Katie as she gets dressed.
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Katie’s sisters helped her don her gown
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Another sister shot this time with lots of laughter from Kami & Jeff’s wedding
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Michaela’s family all hung out while she was getting her hair and makeup done – even her future Husband Andy was there – it was really nice.
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My eye keeps going back and forth between Laura & the little girl in the painting – she got ready in the living room of her family’s home
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Jay got ready in another part of the house. It’s fun for me to hang out with the guys a bit because often logistically it doesn’t work out as they are dressing off-site.
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I LOVE this moment of Laura & her Mom as Laura dons her dress
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Sometimes one needs a little help with their bowtie as here with Lila’s Brother – I still need to learn how to tie one!
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And corset backs really take some doing! Good thing there was space as Darlene was dressing!
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Lindsay coming down the stairs heading to her first look!
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August 2014 Personal Photos

Oh SUMMATIME how sweet you are – as I type it’s cold and windy and white – beautiful for sure and a nice balance to the summer but oh take me back! August was a busy mont between being at the Cape for Emily’s birthday, being at the lake, having Grandpa and Grannie visit for a week, and then going back to the lake for Labor Day – lots of fun was had! Enjoy these summer memories! August-Personal-Photos-0001

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Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

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We have a slow cooker and I feel like I don’t use it NEARLY enough. I love having the aroma of dinner wafting through the house and then it being ready at the end of the day with little additional effort. Here’s to being re-inspired this year to use it more!

Hearty Chili (Beef or Turkey) – Serves 6 – Slow Cooker – Easy

1 large onion, chopped
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 medium pepper
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
2 medium tomatoes, chopped (or 14 oz. can)
1 14 oz. can tomato juice or sauce
1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 T. chili powder
1 T. paprika
1 1/2 t. red pepper flakes
1 t. ground cumin
S&P
Cheddar cheese for garnish
Scallions for garnish
Sour cream – dollop on top!

Chop up veggies and saute in oil until softened. Put in slow cooker. Brown meat and put in slow cooker with all other ingredients (make sure there isn’t too much liquid). Cook on low for 3-4 hours or longer.

Linen Album

Jessie & Pat chose to gift their parents with albums for the holidays so I wanted to wait to share these beautiful books! Their 10×10 album was navy premium lamb leather with their names and wedding date embossed on the front. They got two matching books for their parents with a midnight linen cover and the same embossing. Snappy!! The books highlighted both their wedding and rehearsal dinner – the full weekend!
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October 2014 Instagram

I heart Instagram….here are a few favorites from October
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