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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. --->

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.

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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

This is a bittersweet post, dear friends. Wednesday night was our last official engagement session for Nikki Tran Photography! (Unless of course, somewhere in the future we get to do more. :)) So we decided to start the evening off the right way – we met Travis and Kristin at the adorable Nicollet Island Inn before our shoot for celebratory drinks and delicious crab cakes! How perfect!! They showed up looking like they were ready to get married that day; suit jacket, white fluffy dress, dressed to the nines – ’twas wonderful. :) Like a lot of our favorite sessions, we felt like we were laughing and chatting with friends and by the time we reached the end of our session we couldn’t believe it had been well over an hour! Time goes by when one is having fun, right? :)

So friends, enjoy this bubbly, bright, colorful, and very, very happy engagement session in downtown Minneapolis.. Travis and Kristin, we are SO happy for you and we are so excited for your Christmas wedding in December!! :) xoxoxo

Love this!

The blues, greens, reds…I loved all the color.

And then we saw one of the carriages that they will be using at their wedding!! :)


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I loved all their outfits – so classic. 


Gorgeous my love!!

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Such models. :)

Love this!! Can you believe it was dark by this time??

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Congratulations my loves!! So excited for you two and can’t wait for December!! :) xoxox

PS. HAPPY 4TH FRIENDS!!!! Be safe and have a WONDERFUL time!! :) xoxoxo

Holy moley, has it really been more than a month?! Can you forgive me for being so absent on here?? I’ll make it up to you – this post will be a little longer than others so go get your cup of coffee or tea or lemonade. Are you ready?! Let’s go!! :)

Alrighty! So, what have we been up to?? It feels like we’ve been busy but honestly, nothing much has been going on. We’ve been enjoying our leisurely days (after work of course) by watering the flowers, spontaneous walks and bike rides, working on the garden, evening bonfires, reading, naps (Paul does love a good nap), running errands, painting, volleyball, and sporadically fixing up the house. As you might already know we had been working on the fixing up the kitchen since March and now I can finally tell you, it’s finished!!! I’ll have to save that for another post because this post is already pretty long and if I added the kitchen you’d be here for about an hour. :) But I know you’ll love it – it’s cozy, rustic, and exactly what we pictured. You’ll see another sneak peek of it later in this post. :)

Last week, after a gorgeous storm took up most of the evening we took a quick bike ride to see the sky all lit up and moody as the sun sank beneath the dark clouds. I love nights like these – they’re what I call “‘Dear Diary’ Moments.” :) We usually start our walks and bike rides the same way, through the willow tree-covered path to the park, next to the cornfields and playground, and pushed back out to little neighborhoods until we reach the lake. We ride past the town’s garden (which yours truly has now volunteered to help with!! :)), past the man with the flying airplanes silhouetted against the sky, past the church and its ringing bells, and then back to the dock to watch the sun set and fish jump, and then we meander back home whichever way we choose. It’s one of our favorite things to do, especially on nights like last week.

Since it’s summer, we’ve also been having our nephews and niece over quite a bit lately. I love having sleepovers (always have) and all things involving a sleepover – popcorn, cookies, good movies, bundles of blankets and heaps of pillows, good food, spontaneous activities – the sky is the limit!! When I have my niece and nephews over, I try to make it a really good experience. There’s always those really great moments that you remember from your childhood and I want to be the aunt that gives them those happy memories. I want them to do things they don’t normally do or take them places they don’t usually go, or even watch movies they’ve never seen. I still remember the one time my sister and I spent the night at our aunt and uncle’s house – we went to Valleyfair and stayed until way past dark (we always went during the day so this was extra special at night) and then went back to their house and watched The Goonies for the first time and LOVED it. Now whenever I watch that movie, I think of them and our sleepover so many years ago. Something so simple can make a good, lasting memory. :)

Our most recent sleepover was this past weekend. My brother, sister-in-law, and nephews have finally come home PERMANENTLY!!! Remember our visit to NYC last year or when we hosted them in the summer and how they’ve been gone for so long?? We’re finally back together as a family and it’s new for us and it’s SO exciting!! And this past weekend was my nephews FIRST ever sleepover!! Ever!!

Here we are, just arriving at our little town’s brand-new SPLASH PAD!!! Just the other week we took our other niece and nephew here and it was wonderful!! Plus, us adults need an excuse to run through a bunch of sprinklers without looking so out of place. :)

Our favorite area was the bucket that fills with water and dumps on everyone. :)

It was almost 90 degrees that day – this was a wonderful treat.

And while I cooked dinner, the boys played a game of catch with Uncle Paul. These kids are naturals, like their daddy.

Haha love David’s windup!! :)

Naturally Rusty wanted to join in…

Johnny was just no match for Rusty. :)

Odd I know, but I love pepper on Mac ‘N’ Cheese so they wanted to try it. I think they liked the pepper grinder the most.

Oh gosh, these two love Rusty so much. Although he tires easily now, he was so sad when they left. :(

Uncle Paul teaching Johnny how to throw a knuckleball. :)

And then we took a quick drive to the next town over for well-deserved ice-cream…

And what did we find?? Main Street was full of high-school bands for a parade!! :) Although we didn’t get to go to our usual ice-cream spot because the line was 1,000,000 feet long, it was still a fun treat to listen to the bands.

Never fear, the next ice-cream shop was just a block away.


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And then I found a pocket of light so we took some photos. :) 

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On days when we have nephews and nieces over, I tend to over-pack our day. There’s just so many things I want to do with them that I get a little carried away and sometimes, we don’t get to everything on my list. :( However! I think we’ve found a simple solution to killing, not two, but three birds with one stone….


Homemade Popcorn Night +…

Bonfire Night +…

MOVIE NIGHT!!! Popcorn + Bonfire + Movie. All in one. Why didn’t I think of it sooner?! Perhaps someday we’ll have a bigger screen for backyard movies. Until then, our laptops will suffice.

The moon was almost full and stars brightly peppered the sky for us.

Peter Pan is a must-have for a magical night. We even had fireflies visit us – what could be more wonderful??

You can barely see them but I just loved this part of the day. Half the time the boys cuddled with Uncle Paul, then we were looking through the telescope at the moon, then we were laying on the blanket, then cuddling with Rusty – it was perfect!

And at every sleepover the kids get to sleep with Rusty on the big air mattress. They fell asleep to Magic School Bus with Rust cuddled up against them and the moon keeping them company through the windows.

And that is our wonderful, perfect sleepover! Someday soon I’ll be having ALL four boys over for their FIRST cousin sleepover!! Holy moley, the possibilities of activities are endless!! I cannot wait. :) (If you have any ideas for activities, you just let me know! I’d love some new ones!! :))

So that has been our spring and few moments of summer, friends. Soon the 4th will be here, and then the State Fair (I just saw Italian Tacos are a new food this year!! Hurray!!), and then blessed Autumn will be here before we know it. So enjoy these long, summer days and soon I’ll be back on here with photos of our kitchen and other snippets of life. :) Hope you’re all doing well!! Xoxoxo

  • NanaJune 24, 2016 - 7:00 pm

    I bet every kid wishes they had a auntie and uncle like you guys.What fun that must of been.ReplyCancel

  • PattiJune 22, 2016 - 6:10 am

    Great photos. What a great time.ReplyCancel

    • NikkiJune 23, 2016 - 8:39 am

      Aww thanks Mother!! ‘Twas a wonderful time. :)ReplyCancel