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NOLA

I'm excited to finally share with you my vacation photos from New Orleans! Ariel + Nick's engagement session took place on the second day of our trip, and the rest of the days literally consisted of eating, drinking, and walking around to explore the city.

Day One:

  • We checked into The Moxy and were immediately greeted with a  skittles-tasting cocktail.
  • Walked down Bourbon Street, ate fried chicken, drank my first Hurricane, visited Café du Monde, drank a café au lait, ate a beignet, walked through the French Market, shared some gumbo with the group, and ended the night playing giant Jenga in the hotel lobby.

Day Two:

Day Three:

  • Ariel and I ate crepes and drank delicious coffee at The Merchant
  • Cemetery and voodoo tour.
  • Another nap.
  • Ate at Channing Tatum's restaurant, Saints & Sinners.
  • Shared a night-cap and macaroons in the hotel lobby.

Day Four:

  • Ariel and I went back to The Merchant, and I ordered a healthy acai bowl.
  • Evan and I went on a mule carriage ride, and we learned more about the Spanish/French architecture. 
  • I used up the film in my camera.
  • We flew home.

Below are some film and digital images from the amazing trip!

CAMP WEDDING: PART ONE

It's almost intimidating for me to write this blog post, because I don't think I can truly communicate how fantastic Camp Wedding was in words. Last week I arrived at Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, WI anticipating to meet fellow wedding vendors I follow on social media, to learn more about the wedding industry, and to explore camp with my camera (plenty proof of that below!). However, I walked away from camp with a newfound inspiration and confidence in myself to be creative. I cannot thank Cherry Blossom Events enough for hosting this wonderfully unique workshop — perfect down to the last camp-worthy detail.

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Upon arrival I was given some granola bars, sparkling water, and this backpack full of goodness. I settled into my boy-scout tent and met my wonderful new roommate, Korrine, from Event Essentials. NOTE: I could have spent the entirety of those 3 days at this tent because . . . well, who wouldn't want to stay in this adorable tent overlooking a lake?

I soon met all of the wonderful campers at the main lodge where Lexia Frank photographed portraits and One Fine Day Productions captured this video short:

We jumped right into the learning with a chat about staying inspired as a creative by Jenna Kutcher under a gorgeous canvas tent by Sperry Tent Rentals decorated with vintage pieces by A La Crate Vintage Rentals and beautiful florals by KP Designs

Soon after, El Grito provided their food truck tacos on the beach and I'm officially a fan of sweet potato tacos.

The afternoon sessions included: 

In an honest effort to continue the networking . . . 😉 cocktails continued in the main lodge by Quince & Apple

The first day ended beautifully with a welcome dinner designed by Cherry Blossom Events and catered by Lombardino's. I have never eaten so well while camping! Fresh tomato salad, beef tenderloin, and salted caramel pudding (I almost feel bad calling it pudding because it was so gourmet!) were just some of the family-style meal's options. 

Day One of Camp Wedding was so wonderful. Click back soon to see Day Two and Day Three!

PACKING FOR CAMP WEDDING

Today I took the day off from work and was surprisingly productive! I edited some engagement photos (Kate + Jordan), ordered some photographs from White House Custom Colour, ran 2 miles with Ellie, cleaned my car, and most importantly, packed for Camp Wedding!

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I'm 99% sure that I've overpacked, but I had to be prepared for the following . . . 😊

Day One

9:30 am - 11:00am - Arrivals, Check-Ins, Camp Tour – Update your headshot with Lexia Frank and create video shorts for social media with Amy Johnson of One Fine Day Productions

11:00am - 12:00pm - Opening talk by Jenna Kutcher, Jenna Kutcher Photography; Blogger; and Watercolor Artist; - (Staying Inspired as a Creative)

12:15 pm - Food Truck Tacos on the beach Sponsored by El Grito & Explore Camp (re–energize!)

1:30 - 2:30pm - Harmony Walton, Bridal Bar - (Mailbox Money)

3:00 pm - 4:00pm -  Angela Mondloch, Saffron Avenue - (Watercolor Workshop)

4:00 - 5:00 pm - Lexia Frank, Lexia Frank Photography – (Photography for Wedding Creatives)

5:30pm - Cocktails in Lodge by Quince & Apple

6:30pm - 8:00pm – Camp Welcome Party Designed by Cherry Blossom Events and Dinner Sponsored by Lombardino’s

8:00pm - 10:00pm – Gourmet S’mores Party and Campfire Collaboration Talk

 

Day Two

7:00am - 9:00am - Camp Breakfast Sponsored by Bloom Bake Shop

10:00am - 11:00am - Christi Andringa, Candringa! Productions - (The Happiness Talk; Because I Can)

11:30am - 12:15pm - Yoga on the Lawn: Gentle Flow Yoga with Christi Andringa

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Market Style Beach Lunch sponsored by Underground Food Collective

2:00pm – 3:00pm -  Carrie Moe, Type A Society - (Transformative Imagery and Composition)

3:00pm -4:00pm – Explore Camp                                                                                                                                                

4:00pm-5:00pm – Optional Break-Out: for the photographers at camp or those who are interested in learning about film photography a special break out session with Lexia Frank (Film Photography 101) 

5:00pm-6:00pm  – Session with Amy Osaba, Amy Osaba Events - (Floral Design - Floral Crowns)

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Cocktails with Gib's in Retro Bar 

7:00pm - 8:30pm - Farewell Dinner Sponsored by Celebrity Chef Scotty

8:30pm - 10:00pm – Wedding Dance Party – for all the times you wanted to hit the floor when you were working

 

Day Three

7:00am - 9:00am - Breakfast Sponsored by Batch Bakehouse

9:30am-10:30am – Ali Phillips, Engaging Events by Ali - (Closing the Deal)

10:30am-11:30am – Katie Selvidge, Cottage Hill - (Get Published: Tell a Story that Matters) 

11:30am - Camp Checkout 

STRAWBERRY PIE

If you know me (even just a little bit) you know I love ice cream. Fortunately, I have a boyfriend who frequently indulges this addiction with me. We love visiting all of the local ice cream shops in central Wisconsin (the best being The Windmill in Tomahawk, WI), but we also love making our own deserts at home — which can be paired with vanilla ice cream 😉

While we were strawberry picking a couple weeks ago, we decided to make ourselves a strawberry pie (since Mom already made enough strawberry jam to last the next 365 days). Below you'll see our beautiful and delicious creation and the recipe!

CRUST: (Bohman family farm recipe)

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1 stick of cold butter
  • 1 tsp. of salt

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix with a fork or your hands. Do not blend. You want chunks of butter so that the crust is flaky. Roll between parchment paper (makes 2 sheets of dough).

FILLING:

  • 4 cups of washed and sliced strawberries
  • 1 slightly beaten egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • dash of vanilla

Stir all of the filling ingredients together and pour onto the bottom layer of dough within the pie tin. Top with the second layer of dough. Pinch the edges and slit the top for ventilation. 

IMPORTANT: brush melted butter on top of the pie and sprinkle with more sugar.

Bake for 10 minutes at 400° and then bake for another 30 minutes at 350°

MINT + LOVELY: CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Earlier this month I attended a calligraphy workshop in Madison, Wisconsin at Revel. The wonderful Mint + Lovely coordinated the workshop to feature Saffron Avenue. I bought tickets to this event for a couple of reasons:

  1. It's been 3 months since I've seen Haley and Emilee (too long).
  2. I've admired Angela (the genius behind Saffron Avenue) for so long and wanted to meet her in-person.
  3. Learning calligraphy was my New Year's resolution, and I always need more practice.
  4. It's been 8 months since moving away from Madison, and I miss this city (especially the capitol on a Saturday morning).
  5. It's my brother's 29th birthday, so I needed to buy him lunch.
  6. Shopping . . . no explanation required.

The workshop was everything I imagined and more! The venue was immaculate — full of white and gold, totally my style. The gathering table was designed so beautifully and a swag bag was waiting for me! My favorite was the dark chocolate from Wm. Chocolate. Revel added the perfect touch by crafting a blackberry champagne cocktail with a 'Flourish' stir-stick.

Angela was such a fun, knowledgeable teacher and her honesty about calligraphy was refreshing. Important take-aways were: posture, angle of the arm, and practice!

Round of applause for Mint + Lovely!

P.S. - I can't wait to share my shopping finds with you in a future blog post!

BEDROOM REDESIGN

Welcome!

Redesigning my bedroom has been my main project lately. New carpet. Painting many variations of white. Printing photographs at Artifact Uprising. Having a little too much fun at Target. Stealing my dad's deer antlers, and painting those white too. Lots of organizing and reorganizing. And lastly, running some "why-did-I-ever-buy-that" items to thrift store. 

My tips to you:

  1. Primer is your friend when repainting furniture white. Sand. Prime. Paint.
  2. Recycle. Never, ever did I think my dad's red-neck deer antlers would serve as a wall feature — but as I'm sure you know, antler are very in right now. I also used old, metal doorknobs as picture holders!
  3. Make your bed. Every single morning I make my bed, because it completes the room. I feel more productive and comfortable in my space when it's visually appealing.