Valentine Bunting . Free Download

Around our house we love to make and put up bunting for different holidays. It is such a fun, whimsical and easy project to do with the kids…and it always looks great! In the past we have either found free downloads on the web for bunting designs, or followed a great tutorial, but this time I decided that I was going to create our own bunting…and then offer it as a download for anyone else!

I was looking through a number of craft blogs yesterday and got inspired by some cross-stitch designs I saw. The light bulb clicked! I will make a valentine’s day bunting with a cross-stitch feel. So instead of grabbing my needle and thread, I opened up my trusty Adobe Illustrator and got to work. I was really happy with the results. We hung it up in our main living room window yesterday, and love it!

There are 13 different “panels”, and you could use all of the to make a very eclectic bunting, or just use the words, just the hearts, or any combo of each! Have fun with it…

If you would like to use this for your home, it yours to download! CLICK HERE


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Latisha and Mark . Galveston TX

Illinois Destination Wedding Photography, Illinois Wedding Photography

I love photographing weddings. Not only is it so fun to tell the love story of a couple through photos, but meeting and interacting with those couples is so rewarding!

Latisha and Mark are no exception. They both serve faithfully in their church’s student ministry, and from the little bit of time we spent together, it was obvious that they are very giving people.

The ceremony was held in Galveston, TX at St. Joseph’s Church, the oldest German Catholic Church in Texas, built by German immigrants around 1859. The location was beautiful, and so was the ceremony. The chapel was a great fit for Latisha’s vintage wedding style.

The reception was held at the historic Hotel Galvez. Many of Latisha’s friends did a beautiful job of decorating the ballroom, and they had a lovely reception.

On Sunday, I met Latisha and Mark at their hotel and we spent a few hours trekking around Galveston taking some fantastic photos! They were up for whatever – and we really ended up in a weird place. It happened to be the oldest brothel in the state of Texas. I kept asking myself, now how did we end up in here. Honestly, we didn’t know it was a brothel until the owner let us in and then told us the history. He was working to restore it after the recent hurricane had caused a lot of damage. But they had some beautiful Victorian wallpaper for a great backdrop.

We also made it to the beach! As an Illinois wedding photographer, the only beach we have around is Lake Michigan…so it was fun to visit and photograph on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico.

Thanks Latisha and Mark! I had a great time spending time with y’all. Wishing you much love in your future!

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foto//friday . new york city bride

Just thought I would pull out a shot from a 2010 wedding…Anna and Travis. We had a lot of fun running around New York City, jumping out at stop lights, walking through Central Park, and realizing that there was no way we were going to get near the Brooklyn Bridge. But here is a shot from NYC, so it has to have a cab it in, right?! Check out the rest of their wedding, it was beautiful!