I met Cecilia’s mother on an engagement session this summer. She stopped me after my session to ask me for my website & if I wanted to come into her office & get in the A/C (I must’ve looked like I was having a heatstroke since I’m a sweater haha). We hit it off like old friends & she booked me to photograph her sweet daughter, Cecilia. She is so polite & nice & easy going  and not to mention a NATURAL in front of my camera! I believe she could be a model with how photogenic she is!



Can’t have enough Mother/Daughter photos!MP-155_ONLINE RESIZED

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Here’s another fun couple getting married this summer! Aftan heard about me through one of her track friends at SIUE. (You may remember Katie & James’ wedding)–well Katie & Aftan ran track together in college. Aftan & George are both down to earth, laid back & love body building & fitness! They drove 3 hours to meet with me at The Nature Institute in Godfrey IL for their engagement session.



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A Valentine’s Brunch with Strawberry Coconut Butter & Cocktails

“When you end up with friends who have homes with years of design investment you get overly excited when they will let you take over their dining room for a Valentine’s brunch centered around friendship. Sometimes many of those around us just need to be reminded that they are amazing. This table is about spreading that feeling to others on a holiday that is traditionally celebrated between couples and may leave some without a reason to celebrate. We decided on a simple elegant take on the traditional pink and red. We used layers of leather, soft tulle, and glass to accentuate the antique hand scraped table.

We wanted this to be a relaxed “pour your own cocktail” kind of gathering and decided waffles would be the order of the day. We made a special strawberry coconut butter for topping, and added citrus based cocktails to the menu. The divine White Forest Gateau from La Patisserie Chouquette had layers of almond cake with dark cherry and citrus gelee topped with cherry yogurt mousse.

Pepper the scruffy puppy wanted to lounge as close as possible to the event so we adorned her with a bow in just the right shade of pink. Her childlike excitement was felt by everyone and added a touch of fun to conversation. In the sitting room near the table we placed a handmade Marquee sign to add that extra pop of whimsy and remind us that love is at the center of it all.”

Be sure to click on this link to see more photos at Bespoke Bride! http://www.bespoke-bride.com/2015/02/12/a-valentines-brunch-with-strawberry-coconut-butter-cocktails/#more-29331

Design & Styling – Lauren Field Design // Dessert—La Patisserie Chouquette // Handmade Love Marquee—Signed Sealed Delivered Events // Sparkle Table Linens—Sparkle Soiree// Wooden Bar Accessories—The Sucre Shop // Hand Lettered Paper Goods—Design by Kadie // Candles—Creative Candles // Leather—Moore & Giles //

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