I am introverted, but once you get to know me, you won't be able to get me to shut up 😅 I grew up during the era of slap wristbands, jelly shoes, and clear see-through dial-up phones. I drink a minimum of three cups of coffee a day and really am trying to get better at drinking more water. I always daydreaming about naps but never take them. I think sagebrush, fresh coffee, and the garden after a good rainstorm are the best smells in the world. I love thrift shopping and finding a good yard sale. And I'm always down for a board game night when paired with a good glass of wine. What you'll find a lot of here is just an artist, mama, and wife trying her absolute best. You'll find messy, you'll find real. You'll find inspiration for weddings and elopements, travel suggestions, and see me attempt to cook gourmet on my stories every once and a while. But what you'll ultimately find is me and my heart, sharing stories of incredible people, connection, and a whole lot of love. I'm glad your here. xo, Heather
Is it just me, or does it feel like offline is the new "luxury"? In a world of algorithms, followers, hashtags, and "optimal posting times" I think it's so important that we remember the importance of HUMAN connection. There's a part in one of my favorite books, Eat Pray Love, where Liz (the main character) is taught the Italian phrase "Dolce Far Niente" which translates into "The Sweetness of Nothing". She is told that we Americans don't know pleasure, we find it relaxing after working for a job we hate 5+ days a week, to sit with a six-pack of crappy beer and watch TV. But there is no richness, no connection no deep joy, no pleasure that comes from this. I find this to be also true when it comes to social media. Feeling the need not only to be online and present all the time (I mean if we don't share it on the 'gram it didn't happen is a mantra right?". ) Feeling the need to show up, put together, with perfectly crafted homes or aesthetics and ultimately draining ourselves for social media fame whose fiscal or life-giving value literally equates to $0.00. It also can be taken away at the drop of a hat. This app, nor any other social media platform, belongs to us. What does belong to us is our connection to people. Our experiences. Us being present and sinking into the Dolce Far Niente of life with those we love. Double Tap if you can relate and save for a good reminder on the days when your worn out and just feel the pressure to be "Online and Present".
This is the ultimate #throwbackthursday This was my first wedding, ever. I'm not fully sure how or why B & D trusted me but man, I'm so blessed that they did. It was their wedding that hooked me on smaller, intimate weddings from the very start. It was their wedding that made me fall in love with documenting other's love stories. Being present for those small and intimate moments and documenting them. B & D, I cannot believe this was 2017 but I'm so grateful for you both and have loved watching where life has taken us both. Xo, Heather
These two FINALLY get to get married and are bringing me to the Netherlands next spring to document their day. I know it's practically a year away, I'm so excited and honestly a tad emotional over all of this; as I've had the complete privilege of being able to document my sweet friend and her journey through lupus, having a transplant, having that transplant be successful, getting engaged and then moving off to another country and living such an incredible life. Yup, I'm already tearing up thinking about it. Anyway, consider this the countdown of me going to the Netherlands in 2022 and celebrating these two incredible souls who mean everything and more to me. Cheers M & A! xo, Heather
I love documenting couples' details, and not just on wedding days. The way the light trickles into a room, the paper suite, a piece of jewelry from a loved one, the stars that night, florals, all of these small elements are the introduction and the denouement to the day's story. I always ask my couples to budget time during their day that allows me to document the details they've carefully chosen (10-15-minutes is always plenty), while throughout the day I'm also documenting the detail shots that can't be fit into a 10-minute flatlay session...holding hands, small sweet glances, a curtain flowing in the breeze. Finding these moments is something that I absolutely love and prioritize throughout your day. But something you can do to make sure you get the detailed shots you want is putting together a bag or box by the front door about one to two weeks before your wedding. As you think of things (paper goods, rings, heirlooms, etc) you can just place them in the bag or box and just hand them to me when I arrive. This way, all I need to grab are bigger items such as the dress and the bouquet and I start documenting those special details for you right away. * Save this post to your wedding planning board for a quick reminder 🖤🌿 Xo, Heather
It's throwbacks like this one that always get me so excited for warmer weather and wedding season. This year's season is looking a lot different than past years with so many of my 2020 couples *FINALLY* getting to say "I Do" or have their party they postponed from last year. And honestly, I'm really excited about it. Possibly a little worried about where I'm going to fit in "sleep" and "eat Taco Bell" into the schedule, but ultimately, just crazy happy for all of the adventures about to happen this year. What are you most excited about this summer? Let me know!! 👇🏻 Xo, Heather
It's Friday! 🎉 And it's the last day of April! Share with me one win you had this week in the comments and let's celebrate the fact that the weekend is *finally* here!
collect beautiful moments and be more like garlic. no, I'm not talking about fighting off vampires or reliving my Twilight days, I'm talking about how it's okay to take a pause, to slow down 🐢 , and take each moment as it comes! we all know garlic tastes better when you let it simmer, the flavor doesn't actually truly come out into that punchy delicious garlic flavor till you put it on a low heat and let it simmer a little bit. yes, you can eat raw garlic and it doesn't taste terrible, but to get the best flavor out takes some work and some time. slowing down opens up the possibility for those sweet beautiful moments to just come naturally 🖤 • save this post to help remind you next time it's okay to just be like garlic and slow down •