I think this just might be my favorite engagement session ever. Snow covered Chicago, that gorgeous skyline, and two adorable people in love… it doesn’t get much better. And that coat – it’s perfection! Thanks to Sarah and Snapper for having me up to Chicago to photograph your engagement. I just can’t wait for the big day!
A few years ago I had the privilege of meeting Maggie, and interior and event designer and co-founder of Mint Space Design. Maggie happened to be engaged and was looking for a photographer and (luckily!) decided to hire me. Working with Maggie and her team at Mint was amazing, and her wedding was quite possibly the most stylish wedding I have ever photographed.We’ve had the chance to work together on many other projects, and she is always such a pleasure to work with!
Fast forward 2 years later, and now Maggie is a new mama to sweet baby Oliver. Not only is he one of the most adorable babies I have ever seen, but he also has the most stylish parents ever. And that hair! The boy is destined for success.
Being a photographer for me is all about capturing those special firsts. The first kiss, the first look, the first dance as husband and wife – and now the first family portrait. I’m so lucky I’ve gotten to go along on this journey with Maggie and Sam.
As a designer Maggie has an amazing eye for detail. She used a recent trip to Paris as inspiration in designing Oliver’s nursery. How sweet is that little Eiffel tower music box?
Last month we took the best little getaway to Asheville, NC and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We spent the week exploring, eating, and listening to live music. Liam LOVED every second of it. He’s my little explorer. He lives for the outdoors. He’s a boy through and through, and loves to play in the mud, pick up sticks, and stomp in puddles. It was the perfect family trip.
Liam and Dad did a lot of bonding on this front porch. I love a home with a big front porch to hang out on. We would sit out here and watch the neighborhood cats saunter by. Liam would yell “meow, meow!” whenever he would see one. I can’t say enough good things about renting a house on vacation. It is typically cheaper, and so much more comfortable for a family. We rented this two bedroom house just outside of the city from Airbnb.
We had to take a trip down to the Cataloochee Valley in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Tim spent a few months living in the Smoky Mountains during his time in Americorps. 12 years ago he helped build that bridge on the right after a flash flood wiped it out (and almost took him out too, yikes!) Liam and I are both very happy Tim’s such a resourceful guy!
View from the Biltmore Estate.
Quite possibly the creepiest places in the National Park. Apparently the Smoky Mountains are filled with these abandoned towns. Everything is still in it’s place, like people just vanished from thin air. This old church was especially creepy. I of course opened the doors and went in to take photos. Tim freaked out (just a little) and wouldn’t set foot into it… If you ever travel to this part of the park be sure to check out this church and the Palmer House. It’s awesomely creepy and historical. You can read a bit more about the history of it all here.
We have this lofty family goal to try to visit one national park a year. Eventually we would love to make it to all of them, but with a toddler sometimes that can be a challenge. So far we’ve done 4 in the past 2 years, so we’ve definitely exceeded our expectations!
The grounds of the Biltmore Estate were breathtaking – even in the winter! The estate itself was amazing and so inspiring. We both fell in love with the kitchen and the intricate details and craftsmanship of the home. I would love to visit again when the weather is warmer. The gardens look beautiful!
Stables at the Biltmore Estate.
And one last favorite of my little love. 15 months is an incredibly hard time to get a good shot of these guys, but I think it sums up this time in his life perfectly – always on the move.
Jordann and Josh got married in New Zealand (!!!) then came back to Jordann’s home town of St. Louis for a lovely celebration with friends and family.
I’m completely in love with the lavender bouquets by Bloomin’ Buckets, and those delicate flower crowns. Mint Space Design did it again with their gorgeous and simple tablescapes, and of course… that donut bar! The rooftop at Quintessential was the perfect backdrop to this gorgeous wintery wedding.
Venue: The rooftop at Quintessential
Flowers: Bloomin’ Buckets
Event Design: Mint Space Design
Brittney and Josh’s fall wedding was filled with lots of love and the sweetest vintage charm. The couple’s pup Brylee was even in on the fun as one of the “flower girls.” I loved all of Brittney’s thoughtful details, and especial her thoughtful bridesmaids gifts (monogrammed hangers with each girls initial). It was the most perfect wedding day! Head on over to Style Me Pretty to see more from this lovely affair, and to get all the details!
Read all about the pretty details over on Style Me Pretty today!!