My younger brother Joel got married last Saturday to his awesome wife Katie. They hosted a fun, beautiful, rustic barn wedding on a farm in Wisconsin. The hope was for an outdoor ceremony but the weather had other plans. It literally down poured for hours as well as insane wind, but you know what? The ceremony inside the barn was just as beautiful as ever. And despite the weather, the day really was perfect in every way.

Joel and Katie were happy, laid back, just thrilled to be getting married to each other. And they kept their eye on the big picture. I admire them so much for that because I know had it have been me, I’m not sure I would have been able to hold my cool.

Their wedding really turned out to be the best day.

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Thanks for checking back for part 2 of the Callie V Photography Minnesota lake life photo shoot. Today is all about the pretty details and cute bride and groom couple.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day or a more gorgeous lake home for the shoot. There were acres of lush green lawn, sparkling water and picturesque views.

Callie and team set up a gorgeous tablescape right on the lake shore.  Ranunculus in bud vases lined the table. 

The San Pelligrino bottle served as inspiration for the shoot. 

How awesome is this cocktail/lemonade table? 

Callie and her team had no shortage of nautical details to incorporate into the shoot.
The photo shoot was so lovely and a perfect way to celebrate the end of summer.  When it’s cold and snowy in Minnesota I will look back on the shoot to keep me warm.

The shoot was a huge success and featured on Style Me Pretty!  Awesome job to Callie and everyone involved.

Photography: Callie V Photography / Dessert table: Eat Drink Pretty / Table, chair, linen and ceremony backdrop rental: Apres Party and Tent Rental / Flowers: Sassafras Floral / Ceremony and Reception Location: Private home in Minnetrista, Minnesota / Invitations: Tupy Boutique / Hair: Smart and Chic Bride / Make-up: Tina Beaupre / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Dress: Marisa / Necklace: A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz / Chevron Tray: Tilly Maison


I was lucky to be asked to be a part of Callie V Photography’s I heart Minnesota lake life photo shoot a few months back. The concept was all about nautical details, inspired by a San Pelligrino Limonata bottle.  The photo shoot was beautiful and was recently featured on Style Me Pretty!  I’m doing a two-part feature so be sure to come back tomorrow to see the adorable bride and groom and all the gorgeous details.

Callie shared this inspiration board and I went to work. My vision for the dessert table was to keep it clean and simple with delicious, lemony treats and navy accents. 

I incorporated lemons into the table by submerging them in water in clear, cylinder vases.  Easy, affordable and it created a huge impact. 

I made lemon curd tartlets with a dollup of whipped cream and lemon zest and placed them on a cake stand for height.
I cheated and used a store-bought lemon cake mix to make cupcakes but topped them with homemade lemon buttercream, accented with a lemon drop.

Callie asked that I incorporate s’mores into the table to fit within the lakeside theme so I bundled them inside a souffle cup and tied with a yellow ribbon.

I also made mini lemon cupcakes with a bit of lemon zest for color. 

I was really happy with how the table turned out and have to thank my sister for helping me a ton that day!  She kept me calm while I fretted/stressed about melting buttercream and sticky gumballs due to the heat.  In the end, everything worked out!

Thanks to Callie V for including me in this gorgeous shoot.  Tomorrow’s post will include the tablescape, lemonade/cocktail stand and a cute bride and groom! 


Sorry for the delay in getting Amy and Jay’s part two wedding post up. Truthfully, what happened was there were so many amazing photos to sift through I couldn’t get this done in one evening.

The Hindu ceremony and reception was nothing short of amazing. Vibrant, gorgeous colors, outfits custom made in India, a happy groom in traditional dress, ecstatic familes, dancing in the street and my best friend looking more beautiful than I have ever seen her look before.

I think the first photo on the left above is my favorite from the day.  She looks like an Indian goddess or royalty…if I were her I would blow this photo up huge and hang it in every room in my house.

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As I mentioned in the sneak peek post last Friday, I am excited to feature my best friend Amy’s wedding.  Her wedding took place last October in Washington DC.  It was a multicultural affair, a whirlwind of a weekend filled with tons of delicious Indian food, bright, gorgeous colors, cocktails and more cocktails and lots of dancing.  Oh, and an elephant ice luge.  But you’ll have to come back tomorow to see that.

I am posting Amy and Jay’s wedding in a two-parter, there is way too much to fit into just one post.  Today is the traditional American ceremony and luncheon and then the Sangeet.

Did I mention I performed an Indian dance? Nothing like a few drinks to calm some nerves.

Photo credits to Love Life Images.

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{Photo credits: Love Life Images}

I am so excited to post (in a two-parter!) my best friend Amy’s wedding, this is a sneak peek with the real deal on Monday and Tuesday.

Do you remember when I headed out east for Amy and Jay’s Indian/American wedding last fall? It was a weekend filled with endless celebration…in fact there were four separate occassions within one wedding; a rehearsal dinner, a traditional American wedding, a Sangeet and a Hindu wedding. During the Sangeet the bridesmaids and I performed an Indian dance. I’ll have a video of that to share with you as well. Amy says that was one of her favorite parts about her wedding.

With that many celebrations tied into one weekend there were many outfits, all beautiful! Don’t miss it.

Have a great weekend.