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I'm a hopeless romantic who finds great joy in creating and capturing connection and beauty wherever I go.

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Welcome to the blog, a highlight journal about our photo sessions, our home wedding venue and gardens, and favorite kid’s clothing. Stay a while and say hello!

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Framed Legacy Recipes

I started marriage not cooking.  The kitchen was for heating leftovers – but the more kids we’ve added, the less convenient it’s been to go out to eat.  Corona definitely put an end to that anyway, and as I’ve increased my time spent in the kitchen, I’ve found myself silently thanking the genetics and influence […]

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Ellie’s Third Birthday

Ellie waited so patiently during the six weeks between Mina’s birthday and April 1 for her turn to be IT.  Quarantine notwithstanding, we did not disappoint her. I had grand dreams of making the cutest ice cream stand, and it executed good enough for the party, but really, the girls most enjoyed playing with pvc […]

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Rugs, Big Men, and Little Speedos

“Where is your living room rug from?” is easily the question I get the most on Instagram, and I feel like it’s well-deserved.  It took me a long time to realize that rugs can absolutely go over carpet.  As much as I LOVE the comfy factor of the brown carpet in our house, the color […]

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