Helping Our Friends in Nepal

May 5, 2015

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My friend, Jessica, of Jessica’s Photography, was in Nepal just a few weeks before tragedy struck. She was there for a photography workshop and to do humanitarian work and met many people who were effected by the earthquake. The photos of her travels and the people she met are beautiful and definitely worth checking out.

She is celebrating 10 years in business and, in her giving spirit, has organized a fundraiser in addition to her festivities. Please take a minute to donate to her silent auction. I know she has many wonderful companies, like a favorite, Artifact Uprising, offering goods and services. Links to her silent auction along with a few other donation sites are at the end of her blog post.

In the spirit of kindness and sharing goodness, I hope we are able to help the beautiful people of Nepal in any way we can.

Simply Bridal Bridesmaid Dress Giveaway

Apr 8, 2015

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Today I’ve teamed up with Simply Bridal + a few of my talented friends to bring you some pretty spring wedding inspiration and an awesome bridesmaid dress giveaway! Coral, peach and pink is a quintessential wedding palette – it will never go out of style. With shades that are flattering to all skin tones and pulled from Mother Nature herself, you really can’t go wrong. There is a depth that is achieved by using different shades within a color scheme along with different dress cuts that flatter each bridesmaid individually, which adds warmth to your whole wedding. Pictures look better – perhaps because your wedding party feels better – and the whole pain of trying to match a specific color through fabric, ink and flowers is totally eliminated. Win-win!

Dahlia Event Planning and Floral Design created 3 similar bouquets for our ladies. Each bouquet has a classic feel to it with some modern lines in the greenery and trailing ribbons. How cute are the mini-cakes designed by The Graceful Baker? We couldn’t get enough of them either!  Cascio Photography is the talent behind the lens finely capturing our beautiful maids. A special thanks to Celise Artistry for her kindness and ability to highlight the natural beauties who modeled for us.

Read on to find out how to win this bridesmaid dress for yourself or one of your lovely ladies!

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photography by Cascio Photography  |  florals by Dahlia Event Planning and Floral Design  |  coral chiffon dress + giveaway from Simply Bridal  |  hair and makeup by Celise Artistry  |  cakes by The Graceful Baker  |  peach dress from Ruche  |  dark coral pantsuit from TJ Maxx

 

A Look of Otherness

Jan 5, 2015

I feel quite privileged to be sharing this today. It was an idea that had been brewing in my mind for months and I threw it out there to Heather, who took hold of the idea as strongly as me. When you find someone who shares your passion for something, magic happens. While ethereal and light shoots are undoubtedly beautiful, I tend to lean to the grey and moody…and melancholy for inspiration. (Schindler’s List is my go-to music when I am digging in and creating.) We wanted this overriding feeling of masculinity with feminine touches in the details and lighting. What kept going through my mind was that life can be rough on love, but for those who dig deep and can hold on through the darkness, there are beautiful things to be found. Heather managed to wrangle Sarah Winward into our vision and this is what came of the day….

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A special thank you to everyone who helped bring this to life. Michelle and Kyle White brought some serious chemistry and beauty to the shoot. They were an absolute dream to work with … Steph nailed it … The crew at Pallet was incredibly accommodating … it was such a pleasure to work with you all.

Photography by Heather Nan Photography | Paper Goods by Peter Loves Jane | Flowers by Sarah Winward/Honey of a Thousand Flowers | HAMU by Hair and Make-Up by Steph | Venue & Catering by Pallet Bistro SLC | Gown by Alexandra Grecco | Groom’s Jacket & Pants: H & M | Groom’s Shirt: Utah Woolen Mills | Groom’s Shoes: Zuriick SLC | Bride’s Rings & Necklace: Tiffany & Co. & Amy Waltz | Groom’s Ring, Watch & Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. & SE Needham Jewelers | Dinnerware : Anthropologie | Flatware from Frank Lloyd Wright Museum

2015 Printable Desktop Calendar

Jan 1, 2015

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I’m not sure where 2014 went, but I’m excited for what 2015 has to offer.

I’m one of the few who has never seen what the fuss has been over simple desktop or wall calendars…until these past few months. My days were so full of client and kids that I found myself marking off the days of my planning calendar with a big orange crayon just so I could stay organized – just like the good ol’ days.

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In an effort to make my workspace prettier and more inspiring, I made a set of little calendars for 2015 with some great words of wisdom to keep my day in check. I’ll share one each month throughout the year here on my blog, which you can download and print it at home. Plus, I’ll be offering printed versions in 12 month sets with the wooden block stand in my shop, too!

I’m off to spend the last few days out of school with my kids. Wishing you the happiest of new year’s! I’ll be out of hibernation and back here on Monday with a gorgeous collaboration I did with some friends – you won’t want to miss it!

Cheers!

>>Download January’s calendar here <<

Best Coconut Cream Pie – Ever!

Dec 3, 2014

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Here it is!  The most delicious coconut cream pie I’ve ever tasted, let alone made at home.  Not sure if it’s that it is has the perfect amount of sweetness or if it’s that gingersnap crust….or the expensive shredded coconut (I had to try it!) Really, who cares? It’s just so good that I nearly ate the whole thing myself…over a few days….maybe.  I should clarify, this is the BEST coconut cream PIE EVER.  My aunt makes THE BEST apple pie ever.  Those are really the only pies I like.  And I am usually not good at sharing either of them.

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The original recipe can be found here.  As I usually do, I added a tiny bit of my own style to it – like good, old fashioned heavy cream instead of its lower-fat cousin, half and half.  Give it a try.  I promise you’ll be glad you did.

BEST EVER COCONUT CREAM PIE

Ingredients
Crust:
30 gingersnap cookies
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
5 tablespoons melted butter
Filling:
1 cup half-and-half
2 cups heavy cream
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoon vanilla paste
1 tablespoons butter
1 3/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut
Whipped cream & toasted coconut, for topping

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Process the gingersnaps in a food processor until fine (I put mine in a heavy duty ziploc bag and let my kids go to town with a mallet.  It was all kinds of fun!) Add to a bowl along with the coconut and melted butter; toss until combined. Press firmly to the bottom and up the sides of a deep-dish 9-inch pie pan. Bake 10 minutes and let cool completely.

Add the half-and-half, cream, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla to a round-bottomed saucepan off the heat and whisk together until the mixture is smooth and the cornstarch has dissolved. Place on medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly while it thickens. Once thick like pudding, remove from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoons butter and the coconut.

Pour the thickened mixture into the cooled pie shell and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Toast 1/2 cup coconut on the stove top in a heavy bottom skillet for about 5 minutes. Top the pie with whipped cream and toasted coconut before serving.

Romantic + Modern Orange, Blush & Grey Wedding

Dec 1, 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Did you eat as much as I did?  I wish I could say I only indulge myself during the holidays, but it’s simply not true!  I love food, so I indulge often!  I did, however, discover the most delicious Coconut Cream Pie recipe on the planet.  I’ll be sharing it with you soon along with some of my favorite holiday treats.

Since we had our dear friends spending Thanksgiving with us, I (happily) ignored all Black Friday deals and spent time laughing and telling stories.  I had the best of intentions to get all of my new prints up in a new shop last week.  It didn’t happen.  And I’m okay with that.  I’ll have them up this week with a great sale, too.

Mondays are inspiration board days and this backdrop grabbed my eye as soon as I saw it.  Love it.  A modern wedding with romantic details, like this Vera Wang gown…so good!

shoes  |  invitation  |  gown  |  backdrop  |  bouquet

Winter Blue with Pinks Wedding Inspiration

Nov 18, 2014

5-LAYOUT-RecoveredWinter is such a beautiful season here with snow covering the hillsides and trees.  While I’m not a fan of being out in freezing temperatures, I do love to stay up late and watch the stillness of the season.  This week’s inspiration board is an idea for a bit of a different twist on a winter wedding.  The icy winter blue paired with a bit of warmth in rosy and blush colored blooms.  What do you think?  What would your winter wedding look like?

envelope + calligraphy  |  cake  |  blue gown  |  place setting  |  bouquet

 

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