In 2016 the U.S. National Parks Service celebrated its 100th birthday and in November of the same year my nephew celebrated his 1st! His parents are outdoorsy sorts of folk. The kind who will spend a week camping whilst pregnant and convince their naive six month pregnant sister to do the same. So, a National Parks Service themed birthday was fitting for their little ranger in training. The waffle iron was ket hot all morning serving brunch to hungry "campers." Partygoers explored the yard, challenged to "spot the bird's nest with binoculars" (hidden in a tree) and "find squirrel's stash" (a pile of acorns) as a part of a scavenger hunt. Kids laughed and danced along with a clever puppet show starring Herbie, a young possum on his journey to give a birthday gift to Levi. We devoured delicious s'more cakes and cupcakes and heard rumors of them being the best cupcakes ever tasted! As friends departed they took home a little bag with a medley of gummies, chocolates, and savory snacks from the trail mix bar. Such a fun way to celebrate our little Ranger Levi!
The cutest, quaintest fishing village jutting colorfully from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. We visited on our family UK trip this summer. I may be a little late in sharing photos...just a little. The small island was fully booked on our travel dates months in advance. So, we got creative and glamped in darling A-frame cabins with Wigwam Holidays. Misty island treks and fresh seafood by day and s'mores by night. One of the most mysteriously dreamy places I've ever been.
Nearly a year ago my sister adorned a shimmering dress and eloped to a Colorado mountaintop to wed her long at last love Dillon. On the eve of New Year's Eve they renewed their vows with family and friends in an intimate, winter celebration.
Their affection first dawned on the volcanic Hawaiian terrain as secret middle school loves. He was a skater and she a dreamer. But, his heart wasn't ready. He walked his own way for a number of years...a prodigal heart. But, she always held the light of him aglow in her heart...waiting. Years were traveled. High school...college...jobs. For her, the quiet love still alight. Then, wisdom awakened and he returned to God. When they met again, at his sister's wedding, hearts and timing were right. They knew. Love was kindled. To be near each other Courtney pulled on her boots and joined Dillon on a three month job salmon fishing the frigid waters of the Bering Sea. On the day of their elopement, he fittingly gave his seaworthy love a necklace with the words inscribed "for the one who almost got away."
I rejoiced to witness this fire brought to flame as bridesmaid and photographer. A special thanks to my brother in law Nathan who took up the camera during the ceremony and bridal party photos I was in!
Venue Camp Kikthawenund//Wedding Dress BHLDN//Bride's Winter Crown Bethany Shaw// Groom's Attire Express//Bridesmaid's Skirts BHLDN//Almond Wedding Cake Hannah Byers//Wedding Topper Bethany Shaw//Invitations Melody Joy//Catering City Barbeque//Donuts General American Donut Co.//
In this field.
Fiber soft and delicate....pure. Stalk catching...pulling...protective.
My sister and her loves.
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Queen Anne's Lace
Lilias is no bigger than a thumb...and since she was turning one
we celebrated her with a Thumbelina party!
Our home bloomed with giant crepe poppies, leaves, daisies, a forget me not, and a cosmo, designed to make the guests feel as wee as Thumbelina. In the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Thumbelina spends a summer in the forest drinking dew and flower nectar, thus we served fresh brewed hibiscus tea and rose raspberry cupcakes with sugared petals. Lilias' high chair was transformed to a giant flower just as Thumbelina is born from within the petals of a scarlet bloom. Characters in the story inspired our crafts....guests decorated paper butterflies tied with a ribbon just like the white butterfly who aided Thumbelina's escape from the toads by pulling her lily pad downstream. Guests were also taught how to fold green origami "toads" and could enter their jumping creations in a friendly hopping contest! Aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends were recruited for a mini acting out of the story of Thumbelina with Lilias playing the title role. At the end of the play, Thumbelina receives a pair of white wings...our gift to her!
Crepe paper: Carte Fini / Wings: Tiffany of Burning Love Creation / Flower crown: Margaret at Love for Sale Shop / Lilias' vintage dress: Pretty Tidy Vintage / Rose raspberry cupcake recipe: Yummy Crumble
This is Erin. She is Citizen Potawatomi.
When young she was given her Native name...Nanogaskawe which means "Hummingbird Woman." In Native culture, hummingbirds symbolize messengers and carriers of joy! Her ancestors once roamed this land, Prophetstown, where we met to capture these photos. As Erin and her mother shared the history of injustices perpetrated against their family of old I was brokenhearted. Tragically, her great, great grandfather and his tribe were removed from Prophetstown and forced to walk The Trail of Death to Kansas. Only a remnant survived. If her ancestors could have looked ahead, I know they would be proud to see that their resilient spirit lives on in their Hummingbird Woman!
My parents moved to Britain a few years ago and in June we were able to join them for a jaunt across the pond. Our first days were spent in darling Edinburgh! We were enchanted by...
Hot chocolate sundaes from Mary's Milk Bar
Hog roasts with sweet chili sauce and haggis
Intricate crown jewels fortified within a high castle
Golden gorse on favored Arthur's Seat
Lots of overdue snuggles with Grandaddy and Nene!