Florals for Friends' Nashville Wedding

Becca and Nicky's wedding was held at the Pick Inn in Gallatin, Tennessee. And while their ceremony was brought inside due to rain, it was still such a lovely wedding. I've been longing to use my love for flowers, and Becca just called me up and out into it. Working with her on the stem choices and greenery was so enjoyable for me, and then working with my hands the day of to bring our vision to life was truly a gift to me. 

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Behind the Scenes with Textile Artist Prophet Gypsy Robot

A couple months ago, Jamie Tubbs – owner of sustainable textile artwork biz Prophet Gypsy Robot – invited me to capture some branding photos for her. I was thrilled because I've been a fan of her work since I first encountered it about a year ago. 

Previous to meeting Jamie, I'd suspected her mission and values aligned with what I love to share on this blog. And when we met and began talking about her experiences in entrepreneurship, motherhood, faith, and living in Chicago, I was quickly affirmed in that. Jamie's journey, perspective, and wisdom are the very things I aim to feature and dialogue about with you here.

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Behind Beloved Chicago Worship with Lauren Awtry & Mia Gjeldum

Beloved is a worship movement rooted in the city of Chicago set out to ignite a fire in the Midwest and beyond, spreading passion for our King Jesus through completely free worship and expression. Behind this movement is the powerhouse duo Laura Awtry and Mia Gjeldum. These ladies found themselves a kindred connection via Missio Dei Wrigleyville (also my church home) in 2015, and they're on a mission to use their gifts of song and leading worship to help you experience the true freedom in Jesus. 

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An Autumnal Styled Gathering in Chicago

In September of 2017, the briskness of fall was fast-approaching, and I really wanted to make the most of our outdoor time. So my friend Devin Sutter and I decided to call some of our favorite people and see if they'd like to attend a small last-minute gathering. As luck would have it, they were all available. 

One of my and Devin's favorite things to do is to create a beautiful experience for people – we prioritize community and ambiance. And that almost always involves flowers, food, and most likely, a libation. For this one, we went with an autumnal-inspired warm Apple Cider Old Fashioned

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An Urban Elegant Bridal Shoot

In collaboration with fellow photographer Chloé Sheldon, we present an elegant, urban bridal shoot. You'll find minimalist gowns with modern silhouette; leafy-creamy florals; sophisticated styled dos, mouth-watering vanilla cake with earl-grey frosting and strawberry filling, and a Chicago loft space as the backdrop.

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Allie Sundet on Ethical Business, Equality, Faith, & Finding Her Purpose in Chicago

Alexandra (Allie) Sundet and I met at least six years ago at small group. Our paths have criss-crossed as acquaintances for over six years now, and I've always admired her journey from afar through church and social media. I finally got a chance to interview Allie about her faith journey, her work, and where they intersect.

She's a natural beauty with fantastic style and sense of humor. But more than those things, her heart for equality, ethical business, and tuning into her gifts to serve others is why she radiates. 

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Splendor of Eden | Floral Design

Today I'm sharing my interview with 27-year-old floral designer Brie Pflederer of Splendor of Eden. I discovered Brie's textural and garden-inspired florals through the Rising Tide Society. With my own adoration of flowers, I was drawn to her organic and varied arrangements. From peonies to poppies, jasmine to scabiosa, and our favorite: ranunculus, I've been so inspired (hello heart eyes emoji!) by Brie's work.

On a gorgeous April afternoon, she invited me down to her Pilsen abode to document her design and prepare for a wedding.

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Storytelling with My Janina Nana

This post is a long-time coming. A year in the making, technically. Much longer if you know who my Nana is to me. To say she is special is a grand understatement. I found I so badly wanted to do this justice – to provide you a proper glimpse. It held me back. So I finally gathered some thoughts and am releasing them here:

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The Adventures of Tiny Living with Kathleen, Greg, Blaize & Peaches

Kathleen and I met in 2011 at a K-8 school in Chicago. She was moving to Colorado, and I was hired for the web editor and communications position she was leaving. In the days she spent training me, I knew she was a bright and passionate person. And I knew she would find adventure in Colorado. We've kept in touch (through social media, of course!), and I've followed along as her Tiny House, Tiny Footprint storytelling has become both a lifestyle and a career. It's a beautiful thing to witness people find their callings and come alive in them. I love that Kathleen and Greg's mission isn't just about reducing their carbon footprints, but it's also about encouraging others to connect with nature. Here's a look into their life of tiny living.

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Five Senses Beach Picnic

Like many of you, my dear friends—Kat Finley and Devin Sutter—and I are often discussing our appreciation for food, style, aesthetics, and most importantly, community. Each of us has felt the call to do more passion projects and use our gifts to give back. We've worked on encouraging one another to not wait on making, playing, exploring, or bringing our visions to life, and we realized we had a special opportunity to collaborate in a different way. With inspiration from a five-senses art exhibit, we set out to find a place of natural beauty and peace, and we discovered the Ultimate Creator curating a sensory experience of our own at the Montrose Beach Dunes.

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In Studio with Photographer Anna Zajac

Anna Zajac was the first person I met through instagram. We're both from Ohio, and she moved to Chicago in 2014. She's become a dear friend and is one of the best photographers I know. I visited Anna in her Lincoln Square home studio in early June where she shared about running her own business, what it's like photographing love, and what's been inspiring her lately.

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Geraldine Ezeocha: Disciple. Nigerian. Chicagoan.

Geraldine "Gerri" Ezeocha is from Nigeria, but she has lived in Chicago for almost 12 years. Yes, her fierce beauty is a force to be reckoned with, but it is the way she lives out the Word that speaks volumes about her heart. We met in her neighborhood of Edgewater one early summer morning where she shared with me about growing up early, building a home away from home, and learning to see and receive our Heavenly Father's goodness. 

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Transitions with Darbi Masters

Darbi Masters is 27 year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After spending a few years in Chicago, then moving to the UK to lead a creative media team, she's back in Chicago and resides in Lincoln Square. This was not "the plan," and that's why I want to share some of her story with you. I met with Darbi at a treasured place of peace in Chicago—The Garfield Park Conservatory. As we explored her favorite room (The Desert House), she shared with me how she's cultivating her skills during this transition time, while learning to rest on faith amidst the unknown.

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Music Therapy by Bethany Squires

Bethany Squires and I met a little over two years ago through a mutual friend when she moved from Minneapolis to Chicago to begin working as a Music Therapist. For the past couple of years, we've witnessed Bethany fall in love with Chicago. My husband Andrew and I visited her in her apartment in Pilsen on a blustery and cool June evening to capture a bit of her songwriting process and to hear about her faith journey. We were blessed (for real) to film her on her beloved rooftop singing one of the songs she recently penned.

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