what's on the heart

All too often I catch people complaining about the mean and cruel world we live in. They blame leaders of the country or leaders of the state for all that’s happening. All the hate in the world. All the crime in the world.
But friends, I think the problem starts with us. 

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The World We Live In Begins With YOu

Trailside Event Center | Wedding On The Trailside (Event Center)

I remember sitting back in our hometown coffee shop alongside Brooke and Jared, months ago, talking + dreaming about their big day.They told me their dreams for their wedding, and as they began not only describing in detail the vision they had, they also named off their vendors for their May 11th wedding, and I […]

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Mackinaw Valley Vineyard | Love On The Vines

They say April Showers Bring May Flowers, but I’m gonna change that phrase around a bit and say April Showers bring the most radiant wedding day. I met Georges and Ally over a year ago, after Ally messaged me asking if I had her wedding date open. I was so anxious to meet these two, […]

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Downtown Peoria, Illinois Engagement

“When you know, you know…” That’s what my couples always tell me! And that was definitely the case for Kiersten + Brandon. These two lovebirds began dating their Junior year of high school. They dated for six years, and Brandon proposed in December as they were decorating their Christmas tree. TALK ABOUT GOALS!!! I couldn’t […]

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Five Travel Hacks For Healthy Traveling

There’s a balance. So eat that plate of authentic cuisine from your favorite country, but maybe for your next meal, enjoy a balanced bowl or salad. There’s a balance. And you’re not going to gain ten pounds if you continue to live a balanced life, even while on vacation.

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Thirty Thirty Coffee – Peoria, Illinois | Downtown Peoria, Illinois | A Sparkling Engagement Session On A Gloomy Day

Sometimes you hang out with the same group of people, but you don’t really see that one person until years later. This was the case for Emily and Michael! They had gone to school together since third grade, and had the same friend group, but it wasn’t until three years after they graduated high school […]

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Madison, Wisconsin | High School Rivals to Adventurous Sweethearts

Outdoor hikes, weekend trips, national parks, Costco runs, traveling, cooking together. These. TWO. This is what Joyce + Eric’s ideal weekend looks like. Eric and Joyce went to rival high schools, but they just so happened to meet at a Bible study, during that time. Shortly after meeting, the two of them not only grew […]

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Coffee + Snow – Winter Engagement Session

Our morning started with coffee, so anytime a session begins that way, I just KNOW it’s sure to be magical!!! Nate + Rachel were an absolute DREAM to work with for their engagement photos. We started our session at the Rockford Roasting Company in Rockford, IL. Back when I was initially talking to Rachel regarding […]

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Five Chain Restaurants With Healthy Options

Trying to eat healthy? Also a social butterfly? Don’t know where to eat with your friends when they ask “where do you want to go?” because you feel so hopeless thinking there’s nowhere you can eat? Let me help ya, friend. I’m about as extroverted as they come, but also eat healthy, SO I’ve had […]

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How To Overcome Your Biggest Excuse

Who out there is making excuses?? I used to be the queen of excuses. I longed to have a consistent exercise schedule, but every time I began a routine, the next week I would start making excuses. I would say “I don’t have time,” I’d say “it doesn’t work with my schedule,” or “I’m sore […]

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Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado | The Three Words That Changed Their Status

“I love you.” Those three words Tyler spoke to Laura in the kitchen, four years ago when they were dating. It was the first time he had ever told her he loves her, and since that day, Laura told me the kitchen has felt like an extra special place. These two met online through “Catholic […]

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