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My weeks consist of blogging, meetings, emails, and photographing Engagement Sessions. When the weekends roll around it’s all about weddings! So when I get the chance to step outside my comfort zone for a little while and get to work on something fun, I’m all for it! One of my favorite ways to flex my creative muscle is to photograph fashion! From the Silhouette runway shows to spending time with the lovely ladies from Apricot Lane Boutique, I love these sessions!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to collaborate with the wonderful Chelsea of Inspiration Indulgence, a fashion and lifestyle blog that empowers women to embrace their authentic self! We used Downtown Green Bay as our inspiration to create fun, bohemian inspired looks for city living! As much as I loved photographing Chelsea, I loved chatting with her even more. We discussed what we struggle with most as business owners and how we strive to find balance between work and life. We laughed together and offered each other advice. It was like sitting with an old friend, catching up on life.

Chelsea, you are so beautiful, inside and out, and I thoroughly enjoyed our time together!

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Thanks to Karly Cullen for Chelsea’s beautiful hair and make-up!!

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I live for travel and adventures. Exploring new cities and meeting new people fills my heart with so much joy. This year has definitely been named the year of travel for a reason! I have visited over a dozen different cities I have never been to, spent more time at the airport than I ever have before, and made it to two countries on my international travel wishlist! The beautiful city of Toronto always intrigued me and I wanted to start my Canadian experience there!

After meeting Toronto’s two Rising Tide Society leaders in Charleston for the Leaders Retreat, I knew I wanted to visit them! Jenn of Jenn Kavanagh Photography and Hattie of Hattitude Jewellery graciously took me in and shared their beautiful city with me. They introduce me to not only the most amazing places, but also the most wonderful people! I met with one of their RTS members, Sonja, who hosts an incredible retreat called Nurture: A Retreat. It’s for female entrepreneurs that seeks to nourish their creative & nurturing self through creative workshops, intimate fellowship & an intentional commitment to supporting their own unique journeys. Seriously, how amazing is that?! Sonja showed me her favorite parts of downtown and shared some awesome insight on the history of Toronto.

Even though I had lovely companions throughout my trip, I also made time to explore alone. I think there is something unbelievably uplifting and fulfilling about taking in a city by yourself, if only for a day. Discovering new sights and sounds, trying new foods, striking up conversations with the people you meet along the way; you’ll be surprised and delighted so many times. It’s the best way to truly experience a new place for yourself!

Traveling makes the world feel like a much smaller place yet it opens your mind to other ways of life. It takes you out of your own daily world and offers an amazing view into the lives of others. It helps you appreciate the everyday where you might take it for granted. Each new place is unique and can offer you something different. I absolutely LOVED my time in Toronto! This city was full of the friendliest people, delicious food, beautiful views, and so many fun things to do. I could have spent a month here and still would have wanted to stay. Hopefully, I can visit again soon.

Until next time, I have my iPhone snaps from my journey to remind me of all the fun times we had!

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Even the walkways in Toronto are gorgeous!!

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I made it to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada!! I love all those adorable little sea creatures!

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More adorable sea creatures! My favorite was the sting ray!

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I spent a few days enjoying the peace and serenity of cottage life with Hattie & Jenn!

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Love these girls!! So happy I could spend some quality time with them!

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Hattie’s home was too cute and snuggling with her cat was the best!

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I absolutely LOVED visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario!

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The different neighborhoods in Toronto were so vibrant and full of fun!

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Leonardo Dicaprio artwork!! Ahhh! I never wanted to leave this place!!

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As they stroll through the cherry orchard, hand-in-hand, Shawn looks at his beautiful wife-to-be, MJ. He smiles, thinking about how sweet and caring she is and how happy she makes him. MJ gingerly tucks a piece of her hair behind her ears as she smiles back. She feels the same way. She cannot believe she found a man that loves her unconditionally. It’s another warm summer day and as they continue to stroll, they cannot help but reminisce about Shawn’s proposal last August.

It was a hot, humid night in Wisconsin. Nothing but the sound of crickets could be heard in the distance. Shawn nervously sat in the driver’s seat of his car and urged MJ to look up at the night sky. He wanted to show her the Northern Lights! But between the hot weather, the mosquitos biting at her skin, and the excitement from Shawn’s cousin announcing his engagement earlier that day; she just wanted to return to the comfort of her home. At the stroke of midnight, as a new day began, Shawn wanted to start a new journey with MJ, the beautiful journey of becoming husband and wife! He reached for her hand and asked her to be his wife! All her thoughts faded away as she said, “YES!”

Now, we celebrate their promise to spend the rest of their lives together with a romantic Engagement Session! Golden light beams beautifully as we explore the cherry orchards of Door County and the rocky shores of Cave Point at sunset. Everyone can see just how much MJ and Shawn love one another. It’s so exciting these two found each other and I cannot wait for their wedding at Lambeau Field next year!

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Special thanks to Karly Cullen for MJ’s beautiful hair and make-up!

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