You may remember from previous years, just how important Halloween is to me! :) (remember Zeke as a little pear???) And this all stems from being a little kid along side my Mom’s imagination…..I remember dreaming up amazing costumes and proposing the ideas to my Mom with only a “YESSSS, we can TOTALLY make that” and a smile on her face. We’d sit down and create my costume in front of her sewing machine with a glue gun, felt and my ideas in tow…..we made everything from a tube of toothpaste to a Hershey’s kiss and a scarecrow to a deck of cards! :)

So, of course I have this tradition with Zeke as well, its my way of making my childhood, and more importantly the spirit of my Mom alive to him (and Esther)! :)

And this year was ALLLLL his idea! :) I call Esther my little pickle, because….well….she tends to have her own ideas and posses some “stubborn features”! :) So one day, as we were driving in the car, and I’m sure I had just had a little “battle” with Esther over her shoe choice, Zeke told me that she should be a pickle for Halloween since I call her a pickle all the time. I immediately smiled and posed the question “If Esther is the pickle, what should you be then?” And when he said “A PICKLE JAR!” I knew….I just knew that this was going to be another one of those costumes that pushes my creativity, but more importantly offers moments to bring my Mom alive to our kiddos.

I’m sure they will grow up hearing the same stories over and over and over every Halloween (and EVERY other holiday for that matter) but for now, when they are young, I will take pride knowing that I am shaping their first Halloweens with the idea that you can be bold, be creative, and be SO SO SO SO SO confident in your ideas and your talents…just as my Mom would have taught both of them.

Happy Halloween friends…….

oh, and do you think I can contact Claussen and beg for a free years worth of pickles for all of my efforts…it would REALLY cut our grocery bill down with the amount we eat! :)

*ALSO! For anyone who wants some how-to’s about this pickle jar, I followed along with their sprinkle jar costume idea for the majority of Zeke’s costume! :)

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  • November 1, 2017 - 2:40 pm

    Dawn Marquart - You carry your creative spirit to Zeke and Esther. It’s something that money can’t buy and what dreams are made of. Your Mom and Dad would be so very, very proud of you Emily. You are an amazing mother. Zeke and Essie are so lucky to have you. Me too. 🤗

I arrived after a few hours in a car ride by myself and walked into a giant, open-concept, rustic inspired, barn with a roaring fire place and a group of fun-loving girls. I experienced a weekend of sharing and openness and business strategies and hugs and lots of great ideas as we strategized about building business and accessing the deep passions of our hearts! :) I had a chance to teach a bit about how I have taken my business to the place it’s been and help others try and make some changes to make their dream businesses unfold! I mean, humbling, TALK ABOUT AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY and EXTREMELY HUMBLING…to think that some of my little ideas and concepts can help other ladies achieve success in their own lives and businesses!

A huge shoutout to all of the lovely vendors that pulled together the experience of what was a great great great weekend!!! And the images below are from an awesome styled shoot that gave us the fun to teach and shoot at the same time! WIN WIN! :)
Organizer + dreamer of the weekend : Christine Dopp
Other awesome speakers : Laura Ivanova and Angela from Saffron Ave
Rentals : A La Crate Vintage Rentals
Styling and Floral : Jennifer Joyce Design
Stationary : Mint for Hue
Model and awesome jewelry maker : Cire

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A warm spring day with the beautiful water in the background and endless love in the foreground is EXACTLY what Nicole and Davey envisioned! :) She chose simple colors at a classic venue to pull off her spring inspired, happy wedding! :)

A huge high five to the incredible vendors that pulled this wedding off! :)

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Ceremony and Reception : White Bear Lake Yacht Club, White Bear Lake MN
Wedding coordinator : Emily  from Simply Elegant Group :)
Bridal Dress : purchased from Maggi Bridal, Raleigh NC
Hair and Makeup : Hayley Sachs
Floral : Grace Klein
Cake : The Cakery, Hudson WI
DJ : Instant Request
Invitations and paper goods : Minted
Videography : Make your Memory

A story that is full of redemption and love and second chances and beauty and lots and lots of amazing people! :) You see, as they said “I DO” in front of everyone at the ceremony it began their journey as husband and wife and mommy and daddy and son-in-law and sister-in-law and…it tied their story up to a beautiful beginning. We all know that sometimes stories aren’t always perfect and wonderful and, as it turns out, Justin and Greyson experienced this with the loss of his wife and Greyson’s momma at a very young age. It sucked. But then Monica! She came along and brought joy and happiness and love and a breath of fresh air for both of them. And on their wedding day, it became an even bigger breath of fresh air as they walked out, hand in hand, down the road to their new journey together….the journey for all 3 of them to go on together! :) I would be lying if I didn’t watch the smiles and tears and joy all day long and not have to wipe my eyes about every 10 minutes myself…they are surrounded with an INCREDIBLE group of family and friends and supporters and lovers and encouragers….because doing life together is WAY better than on your own! :)

They chose the newer venue in St. Paul, Paikka! :) It’s awesome and fit them wonderfully. Exposed brick with the spring breeze coming through the open doors and the sounds of St Paul in the background! :) They covered the tables with fresh greenery that made the entire place feel and SMELL like the forest floor in the spring! :) It was just as gorgeous as their new love story! :)

YAY JUSTIN AND MONICA! Oh man, what an incredibly incredible day! :) I mean, YAY and thank you! :)

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Ceremony and Reception location : Paikka, St Paul MN
Hair and Makeup : Becky Zea
Floral and Decor Design : Positively Charmed Boutique Decor
DJ : Mark Haugen

  • April 21, 2017 - 2:35 pm

    Bev Matson - What a special day, our daughter was gorgeous and everything about the day was special.

  • June 12, 2017 - 6:47 am

    instagram - Wow! Beautiful photos! I really like the photos, the laugh and smile of bride’s father (I guess) how beautiful <3

  • July 25, 2017 - 6:54 pm

    Lisa - What a beautiful day! The look on her dad’s face is so wonderful! You capture the best moments and emotion Emily!