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    Welcome to the blog! I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea, gardens, books, kindred spirits, decor, being in the kitchen, & exploring lovely things. My husband is the bee's knees, our yorkipoo is my best friend, and my family is my world. I am so pleased you stopped by! Snuggle in your cozy chair, grab a cup of tea, relax, and enjoy reading about my little corner of happiness. Check out my latest posts on the right. --->

Hello dear friends,

What in the world have you been up to?? Have you been MIA all summer like I have? Are you anxious for the wonderful, slow-paced days of fall and winter like I am? (I know most people can’t understand my love for winter so if you’re yelling at me across the screen, I totally understand. :))

What can I say for my behavior? This summer has been all about adapting and going where the wind takes me. Remember when I told you I was quitting photography, never to return? (Not completely going away, but almost. :)) Well, the new chapter has begun in my life and quite frankly, it was a bit of a wake-up call to my glorious-days-of-doing-nothing self. No time for tea! No time for grocery shopping! No time to enjoy the birdies! No time for even (gasp!) making the bed!! The horrors!

What am I blabbering about, you ask? Well, I have been a steady, wake-up early, take a thermos to work (tea in a thermos is absolute blasphemy but I must do what I can) working girl for the past month!! And although it has thrown off my entire routine of not having a routine, it has been absolutely glorious!! I feel alive! I have a purpose!

Don’t get me wrong, I truly loved the idea of working from home, but only when I had a sufficient amount of work to work on. On days I had to think of things to work on, my spirit sank and I became lazy, slightly depressed, and I started resenting the idea of being at home. Sometimes too much of a good thing, is not always such a good thing. So for now until whenever the wind takes me otherwise, I’m an officially employed working girl and I love it.

When I first told you about leaving photography, I told you I had flirted with a bunch of ideas of occupations until I decided to stick with education. For months I was applying to as many education jobs I could find. And until I heard back from any of them, I applied to other places that I thought sounded interesting or suitable for the time being. Having not acquired an education job after a few months of trying, I took a job near our house that had wonderful hours (I was able to come home for lunch and snuggle with Rusty for an hour! Bliss!), good pay, and although I didn’t know it right away, a wonderful tight-knit group of women who I miss terribly. Yes, I already miss them because…I just accepted a dream job!!! Not too long after I started working with these lovely ladies, I received an email for an interview for a school librarian position!!! Yes!! You heard that right. Of course I went (you can’t fight fate) and during the interview I was told I had to actually submit my application (apparently I never did – ha!). I was emailed without even technically applying!! Oh that tricky hand of fate…:)

Fast forward a few weeks and last Thursday was my last day with my new friends at my short-lived job. It was a bittersweet good-bye – I didn’t want to leave them!! It’s really a wonderful thing that in only a short amount of time they grew into my little work family. But, I left a bit of myself there (Cinderella desktop background and a little succulent named Henry :)) and we’ll see each other soon. :) And just like that, one chapter ends and another begins because the next day, I got to finally see my new library!! Already the ideas are bouncing around in my head and I get all sorts of warm fuzzies being around those beautiful books plus an entire wall of windows facing woods. Woods! Could it be any more perfect? I don’t think so. (It doesn’t take much to make me happy. :))

So friends, that’s what’s been happening on the home front over here. I’ve really been having difficulty managing the rest of my life so when I did get a few spare days, instead of cleaning or grocery shopping which is what I should have been doing, I gravitated towards my brushes and paints and created a couple of things for my soon-to-be Etsy shop. I swear, someday that shop will open andhopefully, it will have things that make you happy and then you might even picture yourself admiring it in your own cozy home (that photo on the right is one of them in our own cozy home. And can I tell you something? I love it. Every time I walk by it in the hallway I smile a bit. :).  Wouldn’t that be wonderful?? Something I make because it makes me happy could possibly be in your own home making you happy? Someday perhaps…:)

Although the floors haven’t been swept in weeks and the bedroom still isn’t fully painted and the cobwebs are creeping in the corners of rooms and the laundry pile is falling over and the dust is getting thicker, life isn’t too shabby right now. New chapters are beginning (I can do those book puns now and it fits!) and soon routine will take hold of my life and all will be right in the world. I just finished editing our latest wedding (click here if you missed it!) and now the countdown is only 4 more weddings. Can you believe it?! Oh! I forgot to tell you amidst all the chaos – we were recently featured in Minnesota Bride for Kailee & Kerby’s wedding!! I’m so honored and it feels like such a nice, almost send-off to our years in this industry. It will be over 70 weddings when we finish and although it will be sad to not be a part of it all anymore, it will also be a wonderful ending to this phase in our life. Who knows where we’ll go from here?? That’s the magical part. :)

Hello dear friends! I know it’s been quite some time since I’ve been on my blog but I promise, there’s another post coming this week that will explain everything. :) So onto this beautiful wedding we go!

Andy & Marnie were married at St. Kate’s Our Lady of Victory Chapel, the same venue where her wonderful sister and her husband (Nate & Carly) were married almost 4 years ago – our very first wedding!! The weather was predicted to be a beautiful, clear, sunny day, but on the morning of the forecast was smothered in rain showers and thunderstorms. Although not ideal, rain means luck for a marriage and cloudy skies meant gorgeous lighting. We couldn’t complain. :) The rain held out for us until right before the ceremony, when the lighting got dark and moody and rain showers could be seen and heard through the open windows of the chapel. Call me crazy, but I do love a good storm on a wedding – so romantic. :)

Their friends and family gathered on a Friday afternoon, watched Andy & Marnie promise to be best friends all the days of their lives, and then enjoyed good company, moving speeches, and a delicious assortment of donuts before joining in on the crowded dance floor. Throughout the day Marnie and Andy remained calm, excited, and totally immersed in their once in a lifetime day together – we couldn’t be happier for these two wonderful people. They truly deserve all the happiness in the world and I know right now they’re experiencing it already in Alaska on their honeymoon!! Congratulations you two and I hope you’re able to enjoy your sneak peek in the Alaskan wilderness!! :) xoxoxo


Teacups, pink blossoms, delicate baby’s breath, elegant lace, sheer pinks, floral prints…a dream wedding for me. Besides the intricate, feminine details, these people hold a special place in my heart. You’ll perhaps recognize Katie and her family from last year’s Irish wedding and if you do, you’ll know that Katie and her family have been in my life for as long as I can remember.

I considered her and her siblings my extended brothers and sisters and her parents, my second parents. Although time has made distance and lives a little more separate, each time I’m with them I feel like that 8-year-old self, listening to Katie’s music (Cher or Bette) blast down the hall from her bedroom, playing video games with Colleen, Erin, and Frank, or watching movies with the entire family. They all mean so much to me so I was all too grateful to be shooting another McGraw family wedding.

It’s been wonderful getting to know Jerry as a person, and Jerry and Katie as a couple and we just couldn’t be more happy for them. Their day was bright, sunny, calm, full of laughter and of course, lots of tears. :) Jerry fits right in to this welcoming and warm family and I cannot wait to see what their future holds together. :) Congratulations a million times you two!! Happy One Week Anniversary!! Pop a bottle of champagne and enjoy reliving your beautiful day! :) xoxoxo


Loved the dress, the pinks, all the feminine details.

Their entire day was held at the Water Street Inn, right on the river in Downtown Stillwater.

Love this!

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Ahh!!! Gorgeous Katie!! :) :)

We did their first look in Katie’s room…

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Love all of these so much!

I was so impressed that even the hallway matched the wedding colors. :) 


Love this!

Hahah!! Love this!

Larry getting Grandpa’s bout on. :)

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Awww Larrrryyy!!

Just married!!!!

See those two people on the left? :) That’s my momma and daddy. :)

Love how these turned out!!

The siblings. :)

Hahah!!! Love the one of Paul and Matt!! :)


Cutest dessert table.

Look at the owls!!

Katie cried quite a bit. :)

And then we stole them away for some moments in the sun. :)



Such models.

Love this one.

Ahhh!!! :) :) :)

I just love all of these.

First dance together!

So sweet – Jerry wiping away her tears. :)

These two had me crying the whole time!

So sweet!!

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My goodness. So sweet!

Love this!

There were some talented dancers that night…

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Congrats again you two!! I hope you enjoyed your sneaky peek!! Love you both and so happy for you!! xoxoxo

(Vendors coming soon!!)

  • MorganJuly 26, 2016 - 2:32 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I love their invitations and the setting. Absolutely amazing work!ReplyCancel

    • NikkiJuly 26, 2016 - 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much Morgan!! :) Her invites were gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • PatJuly 17, 2016 - 7:16 pm

    Very lovely!ReplyCancel