Summer Goals {Personal}

There is so much hope and rest in summer. Longer days with warmer temperatures. Adventurous weekends that make lasting memories. And I am so excited to embrace that hope, rest and adventure this summer. To make sure that happens, here are a few of my 2017 Summer Goals!

1. Read

I’m making a goal of taking one evening each week to leave my sweet little apartment and heading to a coffee shop to just read. That is it. Drink coffee and read. My list of books include : Start with Why, Grace, Not Perfection, Total Money Makeover, Jab Jab Jab Right Hook and A Million Little Ways.

If you have read any of these, let me know what you think!


2. Travel (This is always on my list of Summer goals!

I was excited to announce travel photography dates this year! I will be headed to Chicago to see my dear friend, Lauren. Then off to Michigan to visit family. I’m excited to celebrate my cousin’s graduation and see my dad – I haven’t seen him in almost a year! I need to rectify that asap!

So if you are looking for an adventurous photography session, let me know and I would love to work through the details.

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3. Continue Self-Care

The above goals are parts of self-care but in addition to those I want to continue to build a habit of working out and giving myself grace. I want to add putting good things into my body. The wonderful thing about summers is lots of fresh fruits and veggies and I must get better and putting fuel into my body and not just food. So if you have any good recipes, I would be happy to have some inspiration.

What goals do you have for the summer? Where are you traveling to? I’d love to hear about your goals and overall dreams.

Nicole + Daniel {Married} . Chester, IL

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If I could pick one word that could capture this whole wedding I would choose (without even thinking) – traditions. But not in the sense of stuffy or traditional. As Nicole and Daniel, added so many touches of whimsy – I mean they had a cake that had a Lego cake topper. I mean traditions, as deep-rooted love for how they were raised and the love of family. Every detail had a meaning, and I believe that is what wedding are all about – bringing the traditional roots into a new beautiful marriage.
We were so excited when we were asked to travel to Chester, IL to photograph this beautiful wedding. Not knowing much about Chester, we did a bit of research and learned that this place is poppin with Popeye (yes, the cartoon) memorabilia. The town is also beautifully set on the Mississippi river and if you are looking for some small town charm, I would highly recommend it!
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Some of the traditional pieces that I mentioned before was Nicole’s dress and bracelet. Both were her mothers. Yes, both Nicole and her mother wore the same dress down the same aisle on their wedding days.
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The entire day was filled with tender moments, including this one with the bride and her mother.
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Who can resist a beaming groom, especially when he signs I love you to his beautiful bride!
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Since the ceremony was filled with tradition and memories. The reception had to be filled with fun and laughter! The Bride and Groom trained for months on their first dance- and they did not disappoint!
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The Best Man also planned an exceptional Blues Brothers toast – dance moves included.
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A day full of tradition and whimsy made it the perfect day for Nicole and Daniel.
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Dress Alterations : Fancyworks |  Groomsmen’s Attire: Hooker’s Mens Store | Hair : Fashion Flair | Makeup : Sabrina Jeremiah | Florist: Forget-Me-Not Florist | Cake : Gordon’s Cakes | Rings : Wicker’s Jewelry | Ceremony Venue : St. John Lutheran Church | Reception Venue : American Legion Hall