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I LOVE presents and present giving. I really do. I am absolutely one of those people that gets really really excited to give someone a gift! I also love the challenge of gift wrapping creatively! I usually go to the store and pick out something really fun and gaudy but this year I was feeling the Kraft paper vibe and went for it. I knew I’d have to do something special to dress it up and so I decided to print out some of my favorite pictures from around Chicago in the Winter to use as tags and I like the way they turned out.  I decided that I didn’t want all my presents to look exactly the same so I used a combination of pretty ribbons from Anthropologie, bakers twine, and some different washi tapes from my hoard…er…collection! I think all three worked well with the printed out photo tags, don’t you?! Our tree is too small to put presents under so we have a present stack next to it! I can’t wait to watch my family tear into these! Do you get as excited about paper goods as I do?! XO
CARLY + RYAN // BACKYARD WEDDING

Hello! I’m back and inspired! I’ve been wonderfully busy traveling, shooting and getting obsessed with Game of Thrones (judge me if you must). I’d like to make a better effort at sharing the weddings I shot here. I am so lucky to work with the sweetest, most loving and creative clients! Each wedding is filled with individuality and so many personal touches and I’d like to share those!

Carly and Ryan had a small, intimate backyard wedding. Carly’s parent’s backyard was a beautiful place for the occasion. I loved all the table settings, they were all different! I was so excited to shoot all the little details of their day, which was so laid back and elegant.

Some of my favorite things included the cute tie that Carly made Ryan, the bruschetta bar (genius!), the fact that they took time to visit their favorite little spot for a bloody mary with their friends, and how much Ryan & Carly enjoyed themselves with their family and friends.

I have such a rad job! I’m so thankful I have a job that gives me a glimpse of the love two people have for each other!