A Cozy Winter Engagement Shoot

I am cuddled up working from home this afternoon, spending some quiet time with my pups. (My favorite thing to do after a business trip.) It’s sunny now, but Syracuse has been hit hard with lots of snow (again) the last few days so the snow is everywhere and there is no shortage of cold, making me kind of love this cozy winter engagement shoot shared by the lovely Emily and Bethany. All of the rustic, Nordic inspired details feel just right for romantic and snowy engagement photos, and I love how sweet Ingrid and Colby look together. Big cozy blankets, mugs of hot cocoa, camp lanterns and pine cones are the perfect little details for a winter celebration.

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Photography: Emily Steffen Photography
Styling + paper goods: Bethany Hway
Attire: Lands End
Jewelry + accessories: Arise Designs


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Vintage Valentines Day Inspiration

Just a week out from Valentines Day, I am officially in love with everything red and pink. For me, I like to strip the commercialism out of Valentines Day and focus on sweet, handmade tokens of affection for the loved ones in my life, which might explain why I love this vintage inspired Valentines Day editorial shoot. With a cozy mix of snowy details, warm mittens, a spread of hot pies and old fashioned candies in red and pink the design really centers on fun, nostalgic details that feel like home. It’s the perfect kind of inspiration for a cold Monday morning.

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Photography: Emily Steffen Photography
Styling + design: Bethany Hway
Paper + stationery: Dena Swenson
Floral design: Ginger Floral Design
Bouquets: Jillian’s Whimsical Floral
Bridal attire: Che Bella
Hair + makeup: Lindsay Schlotte

{Photos by Emily Steffen Photography.}


Smock at Judy Paulen Designs! 2 Days Only!

This week I’m headed off to New York City for a couple of great Smock events. I would love to have you come by and say hello! Tomorrow and Tuesday we’ll be offering 25 free letterpress invitations when you buy 75+ (in addition to other fabulous promotions), plus we’ll have champagne and a little love for Valentines Day. If you’re in the market for incredible invitations, you don’t want to miss this. Hope to see you there! xoxo

Monday, February 7th
5pm to 8pm
1282 Third Avenue

Tuesday, February 8th
4pm to 8:30pm
Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, 6th Floor


Friday Link Love

Hello, friends! Feeling ready for the weekend? I am attending my cousin’s bridal shower tomorrow in preparation for her April wedding in St. Petersburg, Florida. It will be so nice to have all the ladies together for the afternoon! I hope you have the loveliest weekend. Oh, and just a quick reminder that I’ve been out of town for much of the week dealing with family stuff so please be patient if you’re waiting on an email from me as I am traveling for business through most of next week, too. That’s it for me – happy Friday!

Spotlight: A little about me in a fun interview by Calder Clark Designs.

If you feel so inclined, please vote for The Sweetest Occasion.

Hannah introduced a new project this week. I think it will be swell.

Love this rockin’ Valentines Day t-shirt.

More perfect garland for Valentines Day.

And a little more cupcake cuteness for Valentines Day, too.

Donuts have never looked so good.

Love these save the dates.

Pink, purple, puffy and glittery.

A sweet and simple DIY idea.

The prettiest Mexican wedding inspiration.

{Photo by This Modern Romance via Green Wedding Shoes.}

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