Rachel's Top 21 Favorite Local Venues

Being in the wedding industry, I’ve been around the block a time or two and I have created my own lists of favorites when it comes to wedding vendors! As we approach wedding planning season, I’ve been getting asked by brides and grooms what my favorite venues are in and around the

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In A Nutshell | 2018

Holy wow. What a year. I started it working for “the man” and ended its working for myself and thriving. This year was full of “firsts” and hopefully “lasts” as well. What did you year look like? Mine looked like this:

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Hopping The Pond | France 2018

You don’t pass up $500 flights to France, so in August I bought my tickets and started getting excited for my trip across the pond to visit mostly France and a little bit of Switzerland. My trip this year included flying into Lyon (mostly just as a…

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In A Nutshell | 2017

What do you do to celebrate a year? This year I went through all the photos I took in 2017 and re-lived all of the stories I was invited to tell. I looked through weddings, engagements, all my Story Sessions, and threw in…

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Winter in Stillwater

This year, Stillwater, MN hosted a winter Ice Castles and Daniel and I visited as a birthday celebration of sorts. Though underwhelming in some aspects, the Ice Castles made for fun photo opportunities and a certainly entraining evening…

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My Favorite "Homes" | Switzerland

I call many places home. I grew up and returned to Minnesota. My family is there, and my memories are there. Minnesota is familiar and I'm content there. Illinois holds my friends, also viewed as family. I'd call Becca Martin's home my home, Judson University still feels like my home, and I will always welcome places like Chicago with open arms. But Switzerland is a different kind of home. When I visit…

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Things I've Learned So Far | Uganda

Things I've learned in Uganda so far:

- The areas I've visited of Uganda are so humble.  Its a lesson in what to be grateful for.
- Driving is crazy. Everybody driving everywhere, not coloring in the lines. They also drive on the left side of the road and it throws me off everyday. And motorcyclists are seriously good at maneuvering through tiny spaces. 
-Its nearly impossible to cross the street without fear.

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