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Saturday

19

March 2016

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Cartegena Travel Photography, Colombia captured on Film

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Each winter, we always dig around the internet for flight deals and flight sales to get out of dodge.  I love Chicago, but holy cow- does it get cold and windy in the winter!  Seriously, this city isn’t for the faint of heart.  Especially the people who live and work by the lakefront in the winter.
Jason and I found a sale flight to Cartagena, Colombia for a couple of days. So we skipped the cold and embarked on the quest to capture some Cartegena Travel Photography. This city was amazingly beautiful. we spent most of our time within the city walls of this old port town.  All of the people were so incredibly friendly in Cartegena! Jason also found the location of each and every Juan Valdez coffee shop in the vicinity to enforce his lifelong quest of caffeination.
The city is vibrant and colorful- and you are allowed to walk around on the old fort walls.  The musicians and nightlife in Cartegena was also amazing- from street performers to musicians at the cafes.

When we travel, we try to shoot mainly film.  This was our first trip where we didn’t even bring our digital cameras with us. We always shoot film while abroad. Film is timeless with a dreamy grain.

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Our Cartegena Travel Photography was Shot on Contax 645 with Kodak Porta 160 and Fuji 400.
Scanned and developed by the wonderful people over at The Find Lab.
Edited by Ela.
:)

Tuesday

15

March 2016

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Chicago Cafe Brauer Wedding with Erica and John

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Eeek! I’m so excited to show you guys Erica and John’s Cafe Brauer wedding!

 

It was our first wedding of the 2016 season. We couldn’t have started our Chicago wedding photography year with a nicer couple for their Cafe Brauer wedding. Erica and John were/are awesome! We ventured were outside in March for their photos and they were such troopers to brave the chilly weather right on Lake Michigan.  I’m glad that the bridesmaids had long dresses on – thanks Jenny Yoo! We were all filled with warm thoughts, good vibes, and love, which helped keep us all warm.

Erica and John had their wedding festivities at the historic Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park. It is an amazingly beautiful space made by Perkins & Hamilton in a Prairie Style architecture. It is one of our favorite spots in the Chicago to photography.

Erica’s bouquet, the bridesmaid’s dresses, and all of the other details mimicked the lavender and prairie green in Cafe Brauer Wedding’s space. We started the day off at Hotel Lincoln– which is conveniently close, FILLED with Mid Century Modern furniture and amazing antiques, which are all locally sourced.  Anything mid-century modern and vintage warms my heart. We also took a trip to the roof to Hotel Lincoln’s – The J. Parker.

Checkout the photos from their big day below.

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A huge thank you to all of the Vendors who were a part of Erica and John’s Cafe Brauer wedding, we couldn’t do it without you:

Flowers: Collette Clancy Flower Firm
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Dress Designer: Romona Keveza
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Caterer: John Calihan Catering
Cake: Calihan Catering
Music/DJ: Toast and Jam
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Warehouse
Coordinator: Bambi Rogers
Hair/Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Lincoln
Ceremony and Reception Location: Cafe Brauer

Monday

4

January 2016

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Healthy Lifestyle Weight loss Update and a Cheers to 2016

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So here we are, 13 months into our breakup with sugar. (Don’t worry, we are sweet enough- haha) Today marks our 13th month without sugar. It’s been an express train to the healthy lifestyle, weight loss bandwagon, which is awesome.

The snippet above is a bit of the colorful variety to the foods we do eat- beans, veggies, cheese, vinegar, farm-to-table meat, and cage-free eggs. I’m a huge fan of Kale- kale chips- they are pretty amazing.

I think the biggest key to our success so far (besides the whole no-sugar + no-carbs stampede) has been our morning protein shakes. I’m super grateful for Jason’s obsession with our blender and figuring out what other veggies he can jam pack into our mornings with protein powder.

To date I am down 63 pounds since the beginning of my diet. Yay to being 2/3’s of the way there! Another 32 pounds to go.

After Jason ran far away from Soda…
and potatoes..
and bread…
and rice…
and any other gluten/sugar/starchy carbs,
he is down 50.8 pounds over the past 13 months.  So woohoo! Here’s to 2016 and progress. 😀 Time up our attendance at the gym for some healthy lifestyle goodness.

And just some notes from the past year-

A bit more on our lifestyle change which we somewhat modified from the book “The Four Hour Body”  –

Things we avoid:

  • Sugar – it was a brutal breakup, but had to be done, we were addicted and just doing this alone we noticed a huge difference.
  • Carbs/Bread – we were/are both carb addicts. “Carboholics” I like to call it.
  • Diet Soda – this was the hardest thing for Jason to give up by far.

Things we love:

  • Bacon – nuf said
  • Cauliflower crust pizza – this really helps satisfy a craving and after being off bread it tasted amazing. Jason figured out how to get the ‘crust’ just right without having to add any breadcrumbs.
  • Not counting calories – our new lifestyle is a qualitative one and not a quantitative one. Meaning we don’t count calories, we just only eat certain types of healthy foods.
  • Healthy leafy greens – we eat a TON of vegetables everyday and if you have a cheap vegetable market, like Stanley’s, in Chicago, you can’t beat it. There’s not substitute for fresh veggies.
  • Beans – there’s so much you can do a with beans! Beans are our best friends! Also, the Black Bean Cakes on the weekends at the Flying Saucer in Chicago make you feel like you’re cheating.
  • Water – think you’re hungry, you’re probably just thirsty. Jason tells himself this on the daily.
  • Kale – here’s a recipe for an amazing salad from our friend Tasha that we can’t get enough.
  • La Croix – this really helps satisfy any cravings for soda.

Friday

16

October 2015

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The Knot Chicago Magazine Feature!

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The Knot Chicago Magazine Feature with Sara and Mark’s Room 1520 Chicago wedding! Yay! We are so excited to be featured in The Knot magazine. A huge thank you to all of the people who worked with Sara and Mark on their big day. You can check it out in print or below.

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Wedding Planner: Sweetchic Events
Venue: Room 1520
Flowers: Vale of Enna
Gown: Anne Barge
Hair: Chicago Bridal Hair & Makeup
Makeup: Beautiful Yu
Stationary: Minted
Catering: Blue Plate Chicago
Dessert: Black Dog Gelato
Music: Grace Youn Quartet

Monday

8

June 2015

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