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A Frozen Midwinter Dream — Hayden Lake Country Club Inspiration Shoot // Coeur d’Alene Wedding Photographer

It seems like a lifetime ago, but I photographed this beautiful inspiration shoot just two months ago! Last month, it was featured on Apple Brides, and I was determined to share a few of my favorite images today, before the snow melts away.

Robyn, at Red Letter Event Planning, came to me with the idea, knowing how much I love winter, and we both wanted to show off a beautiful winter look that wasn’t Christmas colors. Summer weddings are fantastic, but the beautiful thing about cold weather is that it allows you to use heavier fabrics and dark colors — rich velvet and fur, and so much sparkle!

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Design and Planning: Red Letter Event Planning
Linens: Creative Coverings
Model: Alexandra Tietge
Hair and Makeup: Lindsey D Hair Design
Floral Design: Caroline Signer Floral Design
Rentals : Event Rents
Specialty Rentals: Design Events
Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Venue: Hayden Lake Country Club
Cake: Pastry and More
Invitation and Paper Design: Aileen Maeve, Be-InLove

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Maternity Leave — Personal Post // Spokane Wedding Photography

I had a great plan to write a detailed post about my maternity leave, and how I’m taking one as a small business owner. I was working on writing it, and getting it ready to post before my due date. But, then my baby girl went and arrived two weeks early – after everyone predicted I’d go past my due date – and I was left scrambling just to get an out of office message on my email. How’s that for real life for you?

I will be on maternity leave through March, soaking up as many newborn snuggles as I can get. Right now, I am responding to emails as quickly as I can, but it’s taking me some extra time to do so. I will be back to shooting sessions in March, and weddings in April.

Please follow along on Instagram to see what I’m up to this winter, as we navigate our newest adventure — parenthood — and try to keep the dog from kissing the baby. Happy Holidays to you and yours, I can’t wait to be a part of your wedding or session in 2017.

xoxo,

E.

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Congrats on an early baby! It’s great to hear you are taking 3 months off. I bet motherhood will suck you in way more than you have expected. It’s great!

October & November — Recap // Personal Post

One of my goals for 2016 was to be more diligent in posting these recap posts, because I felt like each month was just flying past in a blur. I’m sure it’s only going to get crazier when baby Wenzel arrives this month!

We packed a lot of stuff into October and November. Once I ended my wedding season in September, I still had a bunch of editing and family sessions to do in October, plus we were working on the nursery like crazy. You guys, it’s almost done and I’m really hoping to share it with you very, very soon!!

October, oh October. You were full of rain. It was the rainiest month every recorded in Spokane, and I’ve lived through a couple rainy spring months in this town. Even my dog was sick of the rain (you can see how bored he was a few photos down)! He got to the point where he would pout at the window, because he didn’t want to go out in the rain. I didn’t blame him. I never track my fitbit data like I should, but I bet my October was super lazy, because neither of us wanted to go for walks. On the other hand, the weather was still warm enough for me to enjoy my favorite lunch – toast. I happened to score a perfectly ripe avocado, and after a bunch of disappointing ones, had to document that joy. The other slice is covered in cream cheese and homemade plum butter.Avocado Toast // Spokane Food Photography

Baby Wenzel’s upcoming arrival also gave me the chance to order some new thank you cards, so I designed these simple little ones. I’ve been sending out a lot of them lately! This blanket, from a past bride, and these books, from my cousin, were some of the first gifts to arrive. I’m pretty sure I owe my postman a large plate of Christmas cookies this year, because he’s been delivering quite a few packages this fall!

Custom Thank You Cards // Wenzel Haus Studios

I’ve been following Luisa on Instagram for ages, and it’s always been a double edged sword. I love seeing images of her life in Berlin, but it’s like looking into an alternate reality where we lived in Germany instead of the US. However, I was extremely thrilled when she announced her new cookbook, and H and I were both looking forward to the day it arrived. In fact, I had a streuselkuchen in the oven mere hours after its’ arrival! We’ve only made a few recipes so far, but it has earned a place on my cookbook shelf for good. I even used her streusel topping instead of my normal pie topping this Thanksgiving, and it got rave reviews!

Classic Germany Baking // German Cook Books

We finished off the month of October with the last of my mini sessions at Cannon Hill Park, and Halloween. We didn’t have nearly as many trick or treaters this year (I blame the rain and it being a Monday), so I ended up with tons of extra candy…and ate most of it myself. Oh boy. But at least our costumes were amazing this year!

Fall Family Sessions Cannon Hill Park // Spokane Family PhotographySuperhero Maternity Costume // Captain America Costume Maternity

November arrived and all of a sudden, most of my clothing didn’t fit anymore and I was scrambling to find a winter coat. I’ve been doing pretty good about going to yoga every week, and I can’t tell you how much I love my Sunday prenatal class at South Perry Yoga. But a couple weeks ago, I had to stop on my walk home, because even though I’ve seen this belly every single day, I’m still surprised sometimes by my reflection. When we went to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving, we ended up coming up with a lot of gifts for baby Wenzel, and Shadow got to sleep on the back seat. He was pretty thrilled, and slept the whole way home.

South Perry Yoga // Prenatal Yoga

It’s been great to see how much better Shadow is doing with this round of home renovation. Last year, we couldn’t do any work without him having to be in his crate. Now, he does a pretty good job of hanging out nearby, although sometimes he has to come in and lay down and let us know how boring we are, haha!

Slightly related: we ordered a few things for the nursery, and Amazon sent them to me in this giant box. Lola loves boxes, and hid inside this one. Shadow kept trying to find her in the box, and she would bat at his nose with her paws to keep him out, which provided me with a good half hour of entertainment before he figured out how to open the box enough to see her without getting smacked.

Dogs During Home Renovation // Wenzel Haus

And that was October & November…I really need to take more photos of Lola, but she’s been a bit cranky with me, since she doesn’t fit in my lap very well anymore, and has preferred H to me. What did you do in October or November?

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