Making Memories

Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve written and rewritten this post at least 10 times? I don’t even want to admit that to myself, let alone to you…BUT, in the spirit of starting off this new season of blogging, I want to be honest in this space. So here’s what happened.


engagement shoot, part 2

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PART TWO! If you somehow didn’t get enough of our engagement pictures last week, today’s post is the perfect fix. Today, I’m sharing my favorite photos from the formal portion of our session with Vanessa from Avery House. I’m so in love with how well these pictures turned out…especially since I could hardly walk for most of the shoot!


engagement shoot, part 1

Engagement Shoot, Part 1

I’m so very excited to share part 1 of our very fun (but very cold!) engagement shoot! After moving our wedding date up more than 60 days (thank you SEC football schedulers), I had a brief moment of panic that we weren’t going to have time to find a great photographer, schedule and successfully execute the type of engagement pictures I had been dreaming of before the weather plummeted. After a few recommendations from friends, Vanessa at Avery House came to our rescue. To say she did an excellent job is a complete understatement!


puppy files: neighborhood explorer!

Oh guys….guy, guys, guys. I’m heartbroken.

You see, there was this AMAZING rug I had been crushing on for roughly a week. Said rug was originally way out of my price range but on sale for almost 60% off. THEN, I saw an email yesterday advertising a friends and family sale (for an additional 20% off!) that would start at midnight (today). So, I stayed awake and planned for the clock to hit midnight (eastern time, 11pm my time). 11pm comes. I log on. Add the rug to my cart. I start the checkout process. (score! the coupon works!). And then.

The rug is gone. It’s sold out.

So what does a girl do when her dreams are crushed and the world (aka, her home) as she thought she saw it dissipates into thin air? Well, she puts on her big-girl pants, possibly tweets @ the company with grammatically incorrect English, and well…she blogs about her FREAKING CUTE PUP.

Because these pictures make me smile. My two men. Exploring our new neighborhood. This is how I survive.


Travel: Labor Day 2014, Hickory Creek Vineyard

While I might be a week (or so) late in writing this post, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to capture how I felt about our weekend spent at the beautiful Hickory Creek Vineyard in Buchanan, Michigan. We had such a great time! (I mean, who doesn’t love waking up right next to a wine tasting room?)

We found the vineyard in a last minute search for a Labor Day weekend rental with enough safe space for the pups to run. My friend, Palmer, and I are always hoping and wishing for more open, dog-run space here in Chicago, so a random trip to a Michigan vineyard seemed like a perfect idea. Hickory Creek is a beautiful, small production wine vineyard located about two hours outside of Chicago. The property has two main attractions: a beautiful red barn turned wine tasting room + a quaint little farmhouse cottage that sleeps four. See below for a panoramic snap shot of the incredible view!