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January 2016



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.



October 2015



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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The Knot Magazine Studio Finch Feature

The Knot Magazine Studio Finch Feature

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



June 2015





June 2015



My Favorite photo ever…

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Ding dong. Wait- what?  The Fedex delivery guy ACTUALLY RANG THE DOORBELL?!  NO WAY! (Turns out, it wasn’t this delivery guy’s normal route- darn)

So with that- Meghan and Ben’s wedding album arrived over the weekend!
Okay, so It’s true- I’m pretty bad at the whole blog thing. So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to post the most favorite photo I’ve ever taken.  The one on the right-hand side of their album spread.

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It’s simple, windswept, one of the last photos we took from their amazing Cancun wedding weekend- filled with flash mobs, memorial catamaran sailing trips, beautiful light, and a wonderful group of people. With that, and all of the other destination weddings we’ve done lately, I guess you could call us chicago destination wedding photographer .

But for real, I promise to blog the other 50+ weddings we haven’t blogged, because they are all awesome. Eeek!



January 2015



Announcement 4 – Last announcement, We are going to India!

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Yup. You read it.

Some of you might have been wondering why our road-trip map ended abruptly in Las Vegas instead of circling back in Chicago. We are officially traveling to India, specifically Bangalore, India, to photograph a wedding March 6th and 7th. Thank you so much to Aditya and Nichole for this amazing opportunity to photograph your Indian wedding.  Your wedding is going to be a blast!

We will be leaving our dear little Toyota in Las Vegas, and we will see her again a few weeks after we get back to Chicago.