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Every year I have great opportunities to connect with some amazing vendors through wedding photography. One of my most favorite connections is the one with Chris Angione, owner of Carriage House Events & Catering. He does a phenomenal job at every wedding or event I have worked with him. His event, this past Saturday, was no exception. He holds a tasting for his clients to sample many different types of dishes he offers. I had the pleasure of attending as did some of my other favorite vendors that I enjoy working with. The tasting event was also held at the beautiful, Tarrywile Mansion!  Below are some highlights from the different people & their work that was present at the tasting event.

Catering: Carriage House Events & Catering, Chris

Venue: Tarrywile Mansion, Anne-Marie & Becky

Flowers: Custom Floral Design, Diane

Rentals: All Seasons Party Rentals, Sarah & Dave

DJ: James Daniel, Jimmy

Cupcakes: Monet Baking Company, Monica

Hair & Make-Up: Christie & Company, Christie


Every year I make a family calendar that highlights our family’s adventures. This helps the whole family, including my 86 year old grandma, know who’s birthday, anniversary, event (my sister is getting married this year) in each month. The month of each person’s birthday is filled with that person’s pictures. It’s such a nice reminder of how fast the year goes and how much, especially the kids, grow!

But what happens when the year is over? The last 3 years I have saved the calendar I have made but it is just in the box, with no memories or things written down other than those pictures. This year, as a family, we have decided to write down memories that we might forget. My son and daughter have been saying some pretty hilarious things lately but am I going to remember these stories when they are in their twenties? These are those moments that I don’t want to forget, so I post on Facebook, sometimes with a video, but is Facebook going to be relevant when they are 20? My students in my classroom say Twitter is where it’s at now,… but I just am having trouble getting into that!

I read a post about putting memories in a jar and then reading them all as a family on New Years Eve. This year, that is our plan. I found this cool little jar at Home Goods and wrote “Good Vibes 2016” on it. I started to fill it with little things I don’t want to forget,… and then, we are going to tape those memories to the family calendar and save it as a scrapbook. As the kids grow up, they can go back through these calendars, see how much they have grown and then see what happened that year! Pretty cool idea, right? We’ll see if we can follow through- here are some pictures of what we have started!

Besides photos, how do you preserve your memories, things kids say, or big events from the past year? I’d love to hear them! Post in the comments below!

Over Spring Break I meet up with some other mom’s who are local photographers to turn the camera on us! Our hair and make-up was done by Kelly Hart of That girl…. and each of us took turns taking some photos of one another with our sweet children. This is something that I have been longing to do since it’s not so easy to hand my camera off to someone else to snap a picture real quick. We went to Topsmead State Park where the wind was whipping and the sun was setting across the top of the mountain which made for some beautiful pictures! Our meet-up included;

Erica of Stella Blue Photography (who organized us all)

Lynzy of Sparkling Footsteps Photography

Rachel of Rachel Girouard Photography

Ali of Ali Lee Photography

Here are a few of my favorites from watching our children play and capturing those sweet moments between mom and child!!


Chris of Carriage House Catering, put on a fantastic event today at Tarrywille Mansion. It was a tasting and a “meet and greet” for local vendors. What a great way to meet people to help you plan your wedding day! While I was there I spent some time photographing the mansion so I can highlight some of our local vendors work (all listed below with their links). I also took some photographs of what the Tarrywille Mansion looks like all set up for your big day! Even if you are not planning a wedding, all of the people below are great vendors to work with for any kind of event, big or small! Here are some of my favorite features!

Catering: Christopher Angionie, Carriage House Catering

Venue: Anne-Marie & Becky, Tarrywille Mansion

Rentals (tent/table/linnens): Sarah & Dave, All Season Party Rental

DJ/Band: Jimmy, James Daniel Entertainment

Flowers: Diane Gaudett, Custom Floral Designs

Cake: Monica, Monet Baking Company

Hair: Christie, Christie & Company 

Travel: Keri, Liberty Travel

Limo: Dave, Green Light Limousine Service


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