Thursday, September 11, 2014

an engagement session & a wedding...

This weekend, these two are getting MARRIED!! 
I am a bridesmaid in the wedding, and kind of a second photographer. I have been friends with Brittney since 2001 and I am so happy for her and Tanner. They are perfect for each other! I took these photos over a month ago... I can't believe the big day is here! So exciting!!
There has been a lot of planning and crafting over the past few months. I made the "love" banner (pictured above) and another banner for the "candy bar" at their reception that says "love is sweet". My sister and I decorated mason jars for the guests to drink from at the reception and take home with them. I designed the tags and printed them and gave them lacey corners to make them look "country" cute. I love the way they look tied on the jars, so I had to share a picture of them too! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

recipe | peach crisp

My favorite thing about the end of the summer is fresh peaches!! They are my most favorite fruit. Of course, I love peach crisp (hence this recipe) but I can honestly say that a plain peach is just as good. Either way I can not get enough of them 
right now. Another thing that has been interesting to me lately is coconut oil... I have been more curious about it since I made homemade chocolate shell with it. So, I was excited to try it in this recipe for peach crisp topping. I am not too sure 
of the health pros & cons of using coconut oil, but I do know it made this topping taste pretty great!

Peach Crisp

Ingredients for the peach mixture...
5 peaches, chopped 
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon flour

Ingredients for the crisp topping...
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
teaspoon cinnamon
5 Tablespoons coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350ยบ
In a large bowl, gently mix the chopped peaches, sugar, cinnamon and flour. 
Pour the peach mixture in an 8x8 or 9x9 dish and set aside. 
Combine all of the topping ingredients in a small bowl and mix with a fork until crumbly. 
Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over all the peaches. 
Bake for 50 minutes. Double this recipe for a 9x13 baking dish. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

photos from rockies fan photo day...

I am a little behind in posting these photos, but back in July, my mom, sister and I went to Denver for a Rockies game. 
It was their "fan photo day"!! Before the game, fans get to go on the field to get photos with some of the Rockies players. We have done this before and we love it!! It is so fun to meet some of the players that we watch all the time! Unfortunately, the Rockies have had a bad season with a lot of injuries and struggles. But in spite of that, we have some really talented players and I am a big fan, win or lose! This was such a fun day!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

photography | butterfly pavilion

One of the best places to visit in Denver is the Butterfly Pavilion!! I had been wanting to go for a while and I finally made it there this summer. As a photographer who loves butterflies, this was a dream!! They have a "rainforest" greenhouse filled with amazing tropical plants/flowers and over 1,000 butterflies, just freely flying around. You can walk around and watch them fly all over and land on all the pretty flowers. It is hot and humid in there, but so amazing!! Of course, I took a lot of photos... 
And here are some of the pretty tropical flowers...

Sorry if all of these photos were a bit overwhelming... I couldn't help myself!! It was such a fun experience and a really beautiful place. I can't wait to go again sometime!