Park City Engagements: Chelsea + David

When they started hanging out, it was unofficial. You know, they didn’t post it all over Facebook or put it out there for the entire world to see. David liked Chelsea, and Chelsea liked David, simple as that. They went out with friends, enjoyed each others’ company, and kept things fun. Unofficially official.

Things became a bit more official when David invited Chelsea to join him and his family as they vacationed in Park City. David’s family comes basically every winter for some skiing and, much like hot chocolate and marshmallows on a blustery evening, it became even more obvious that Chelsea and David belonged together. So David decided to make things forever.

In December he took her to the Ski Bridge on Main Street, bent down on one knee, and asked her to be his wife. Officially. And I’m pretty sure she didn’t have think twice about her answer :)

We started off in the mountains of Park City, and I was so impressed that Chelsea rocked out in heels! 

I loved the way David looked at her, like he couldn’t get enough :)

I feel like this one belongs in a magazine, because honestly, they look hot!!

This one… this makes my heart happy.

Chelsea, you are so gorge!

As we headed back down the mountain, we came upon a few deer. It could not have been prettier!

Then we headed to the Ski Bridge for a few last pictures :)

So dang cute!

I’ll finish up with this little set.

Love :)

Chelsea and David, thank you so much for such a fun evening!! Even though we were almost rained out, you guys were total troopers and I’m so glad we were able to fit in a session while you guys were here :) I hope you love the photos as much as I loved taking them!!

Tara Winsor - July 13, 2012 - 10:08 am

Love these photos! THey show so much personality and love! You did an AMAZING job! Congratulations to the happy couple!

Gone Blueberry Pickin’

If you had asked me a week ago how many blueberries I would be eating this week, I would have told you, very matter-of-factly, zero. Nilch. Nada. I’ve never liked blueberries. I wish that I did, because I love most fruit, and blueberries happen to be extremely good for you. I’ve just never grown a taste for them. Never craved them. There are a lot of foods I would rather eat before the list gets down to blueberries. Now, raspberries on the other hand…

But I digress. This week Jake and I are taking a little family vacation at my aunt and uncle’s lake house in Fremont, Michigan. A much needed week of sleeping in, playing in the water, being with family, and laying in the sun. Oh, and of course food. Because if you know my family at all, you know we don’t mess around with food. Including the fresh picked blueberries. Whenever the blueberries are in season here, my family goes and pick pounds, literally (17 pounds were picked this week and they’re almost gone). Then they eat them by the handful. Put them in cereal. Make pies and crisps. My brother Caleb wanted me to blog about how he went to the bathroom and it was blue… but maybe I’ll save that for another blog post. (And maybe I won’t.)

Anyhow, I’d never actually gone on these blueberry picking adventures before. But seeing as this is Jake’s first time at the lake house, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to go along. And somewhere between rocking out to Pandora on my phone and looking for the biggest, juiciest berries I could find, I decided to pop one in my mouth. You know, for fun. But oh my SWEET BABY JESUS was it amazing!!!! It didn’t taste like any blueberry I’ve ever had before. It didn’t even taste like a blueberry. It tasted like HEAVEN. IN MY MOUTH. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t eaten my share of those 17 pounds. I think it’s safe to say I am officially a Michigan Blueberry Lover.

If you follow me on instagram, I’m sorry I’ve been blowing up your newsfeed with pictures of blueberries. If you don’t, here’s what you may or may not be missing!

Scenes of blueberry picking.


On the vine. 

Best snack ever: fresh blueberries and dark chocolate M&M’s.

Also, the winner of the TJ Maxx gift card is… Julie Snow!!! Congrats Julie!!! Email me your address and I’ll mail you the goods :) Thanks everyone for playing! 

Happy Wednesday :)

Roommate - July 11, 2012 - 8:07 am

You painted those perfect nails. :) The blueberries look amazing too.

Lyss - July 11, 2012 - 8:16 am

She paid me to be her hand model…sorry to burst your bubble hehe :)

Park City Engagements: Liz + Charlie

He waited. Some might say he chickened out at first, but Charlie would tell you he was waiting for the right way to ask her out. After several months teasing each other lightly, they finally decided to hang out together. And of course there was still quite a bit of teasing involved. Particularly about another girl who seemed to have a crush on Charlie. Liz would coyly joke about him asking this girl out, but he would dodge the question and deny that he would ask her out. They were loving every minute of it. So much that Charlie knew he had to hang out with Liz again. But he waited.

Until 5 minutes after, that is, when he called her on the way home. Liz answered, surprised. “I thought of a reason not go out with her,” Charlie said into the phone. “I can tell her I’m going out with someone else.” Liz’s heart beat a little faster. “I can tell her I’m going out with you. Will you go on a date with me?”  Very smooth move on his part ;)

So whether the waiting was nervousness or intentional, Liz though it was something else entirely… it was perfect. So she said yes. And the rest, as they say, is history!

These two were SO much fun to photograph. Their natural chemistry together and beautiful love showed through in every picture… 

Liz and Charlie love to drink wine together (they are even going to have homemade wine at their wedding!!), so we decided to have some along for their shoot. And when Liz pulled out the homemade fabric garland… well, let’s just say I was one happy camper! (Er, photographer.)

How cute are these?!


Oh you guys. You’re both so fab!!

This light……

These next ones? Adorbs.

So perfect for each other!

I’ll end on two of my favorites.

Charlie and Liz, you two are such gems and I can’t tell you how excited I am for your wedding in September! It’s going to be a party :) Thank you for the honor of documenting your love! (And for putting up with all the bugs! Haha.) You guys are wonderful. Much love!

Kate Novak - July 9, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Ah, isn’t Liz just so beautiful? Charlie doesn’t look too shabby either! :) Can’t wait for Sept 1. <3

I Love Lamp

We went into TJ Maxx looking for couch pillows. I had no idea what I wanted, yet at the same time, I knew exactly what I wanted. I just had to see it, and then I would know. I started going through them slowly, sifting through one at a time. But then I started going faster, and faster, until Jake was left in the wake of my pillow rampage. After scouring through the entire pillow aisle, I gave up.

We moved on to see what they had for end tables, but I was discouraged. I half-heartedly nodded at the suggestions Jake made. I had all these big plans for how I wanted to decorate the house, for how I wanted the space to feel. Chic but homey. Classy but comfortable. And I wasn’t finding anything that fit my vision…

Then I saw it. The Lamp. 

I was drawn to it like love is drawn to Cupid’s arrow. It was everything I wanted my house to say, all in a lamp. I had to have it. (And fortunately, thanks to TJ Maxx’s great prices, I didn’t have to do much to convince Jake.) I even found the perfect couch pillows after we got it! Amazing the things one little lamp can do.

And in honor of my new little lamp, I’ve decided to do a little giveaway!!! One lucky person will win a $25 gift card to good ole’ TJ Maxx/Home Goods! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite decoration in your house, whether it’s a lamp, a painting, a cookie jar, a little figurine from Mexico… whatever it is :) Then I will randomly select a winner from the commenters next Wednesday! So, tell me, what’s something decorative in your house that you LOVE? Ready, go! 

jodi - July 6, 2012 - 11:03 am

only one??!! Ugh… That’s hard!

I have a 3′ x 4′ canvas in my bedroom of a photograph I took of my then two boys. Even though its only two of my three boys I still swoon over it. :)

Barb Benson - July 6, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Ok, I’ll play….I have a large painting in my bedroom that I absolutely LOVE! It is entitled “When’s Daddy Coming Home” and it is a picture of a 2 year old dressed in an adorable pink dress, with her hair up in a ponytail, little tendrils of curls on the back if her cute little neck and she is standing on her tippy toes, looking expectantly out a picture window. It looks so much like my Cynthia at that age that we had to buy it.

Barb Benson - July 6, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Love the lamp, by the way! Very good taste you have my dear!

Julie snow - July 6, 2012 - 12:37 pm

I have a large china hutch my grandfather built from scratch. It has turn edges, inlaid contrasting wood designs, and adjustable inlaid glass shelves. It is the most beaytiful piece of furniture I have ever seen and I am constantly amazed that he built it with his hands. Incredible.

Samantha - July 6, 2012 - 2:52 pm

kind a a decoration…my GIANT grey soft cuddly throw blanket. It’s the best

Emily Headings - July 6, 2012 - 3:29 pm

My favorite decoration is our Unity Cross that we used for our wedding ceremony! It has a special memory attached to it, plus adds to the room! :)

Melissa RIcks - July 6, 2012 - 4:20 pm

I have a 16 X 20 canvas picture that YOU took…right in the middle of our picture wall. I get comments all the time about how beautiful the picture is. You are the best! :-)

M.J. Moore - July 11, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Years ago, before I got married, my kid brother gave me a beautiful lion statuette- kind of like what you’d see at the gates of a big estate (only about 10″ tall). It’s still my favorite!