A Rustic Tablescape to be inspired by


I don’t think I ever blogged about the The Bridal Show at Overture from last fall.  This is a shame, because it was gorgeous, and I was honored to take part.  One day.  Anyway, I stumbled across my pictures from it the other day and just had to share this tablescape from the show.  It’s stunning, and so layered, I could have stared at it (and taken pictures of it) for hours.  It was by far my favorite for all of the unique touches, the whimsy and the event I imagined taking place within it.

Created by the stunning talents at:

Design & Floral: Daffodil* Parker Floral Studio

Linens: BBJ Linens

Cake: Chris’s Confections

Stationery: Sarah B

Rentals: Event Essentials




Treehouse Engagement | Carolyn & Brendan

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Sometimes love comes at you fast.  Like, hold-on-to-the-seat, pray-for-your-life fast.  That’s how it was for Carolyn & Brendan.  They met, they clicked, fell head over heels, and two weeks later they were living together.  A hop, skip and a jump found them both falling in love with a charming little house with an awesome treehouse out back – a place they could grow into for sure.  So, when it came time for the next step, the whole process was surprisingly slow.  Brendan carefully placed the ring on a shelf in their living room.  It was a pretty obvious spot he thought to himself as he walked in and out of the room to evaluate.  She was sure to notice it right away.  It was even on the same wall as the television, so at the very least, when she snuggled into his shoulder that night watching their favorite show, it would be right there in front of her.  To his dismay, she didn’t notice.  Not that night, not the next night either.  On the third day, he checked to be sure the little sock monkey was still securely holding the ring.  Yes, there it was – catching the sunlight from the window.  So, he figured – this was kind of fun, let’s see how long this takes.   It was downright nerve-racking every moment they were in the house together knowing she could spot it at any time – and he would have to propose right then and there.  After a week, he couldn’t take it anymore.  He tied the ring to the collar of their puppy and released her to great Carolyn as she walked in from work.  She spotted the ring right away, and then Dozer took off – all over the house, refusing to be caught.  She thought it was a game, and Carolyn and Brendan found themselves on a chase, laughing and giggling until they finally collapsed in the living room.  Dozer came in for a kiss, and Brendan snagged the ring.  ”So,” he said, catching his breath, “will you marry me?”.  


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Miscellaneous Monday

The Fourth.  It’s come and gone, yet again.  We survived.  Hubby survived.  He’s still catching up on his sleep though.  That will go on for another week before he’s back to normal.

Baby Girl had a great time with The Fourth.  She loved the parade – imitating the cheerleaders and dancing to the bands.  She thought the family party was great and got to play with all her cousins.  And, she got to spend the evening at the fireworks store with Hubby and all her “friends” (the workers there), which may have been her favorite part.  Here’s what our week looked like:


I’ve really been digging Kenny Chesney’s new song.  I wrote him off years ago when he started to churn out music that all sounded the same – song after song.  But “American Kids” is really great.

I found another great new (to me) band!  (Thank you iTunes Radio!)  They are called Jamestown Revival, and I’m very much loving their bluegrass-y feel.  The album on rotation right now for me is Utah, and it was recorded with just all of them playing together in a room – no headphones, no re-do of this section or that – just musicians doing what they do best and feeding off each other for a performance.  It shows, and it’s awesome.

Premium Outlets in Pleasant Prairie now has a Kate Spade store!  I’m a well versed addict to the brand, so this is pretty exciting.  Yes, I’ve already been and No, actually didn’t buy anything.  Shocking, I know!  Okay, well, I bought a phone cover, but not a purse – which is where the addiction really lies.

I’ve been burning through engagement sessions on the blog here lately.  Have you seen them?  Each one is an awesome story of two people, love and all their fun quirks.  Scroll down if you’ve missed them!

It looks like this fall will be chock-full of travel.   I have to say I’m not at all disappointed in this.  Trips to San Francisco, New York, Napa, Washington D.C. and of course, Door County  - all filling up the calendar.  If you are looking to have a session this fall and live in those areas – let me know so we can schedule it!

We are in search of a “big girl” bed for Baby Girl (guess that means she needs a new nickname).  I’m dreaming of a vintage wrought iron bed – maybe full or double size.  I’ve been scouring the flea markets, but if you see something, please let me know.  I saw the perfect one last year at the Elkhorn Flea Market – scrolly, turquoise/aqua paint, perfect patina.  But I didn’t buy it because we didn’t need it yet.  Now, I’m kicking myself as that’s what I’m looking for and I’ll never find it again.

I hope your holiday weekend was awesome!  Happy Monday!



Jenny & Patrick | Wine Themed Engagement


She could definitely be described as a pop-culture maniac.  Not to imply she’s crazy, just a very ardent fan of all things romantic, drama-filled and celebrity glitzy.  He certainly doesn’t come across that way, but what no one realizes is he enjoys nights on the couch with a glass of wine and a trashy Bravo show, as long as she’s sitting next to him.  It was even a shared interest in the cult hit True Blood that finally got them out of the small talk rotation at work.  He loaned her the first two seasons to watch, and as she scared herself silly one night with them, she got up the courage to text him.  Four hours later, he was sleepily saying goodnight. Weeks later they were still chatting away each night and ignoring each other each day at work.  Dating a co-worker is the basis for a lot of great romantic comedies, but it’s a fine line in real life after all   Years have passed since those first flirtatious nights.  She left the firm, dating went into hyper-drive, he introduced her to his kids, she moved in.  Nights on the couch with trashy tv weren’t a date – they were everyday life now. So were days out with the kids, trips to wine country, and nights working on homework.   They had a lot of pretty great ‘normal’ and they had created a lot of even better romantic comedy worthy times.  So, it was a bit full circle that he was sitting there on that couch, as she was out with girlfriends, reviewing her favorite movie, “Love Actually” so he could get it just right when he surprised her with the pop-culture proposal of her dreams tomorrow.  


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