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Today is one of those late spring days that feels like early spring… you can wear shorts or a t-shirt, but not both. Either a sweatshirt or leggings are necessary… or if you’re a cold person like me, both:-)A meal like this one is perfect for today, when you want to spend every second outside, and when you come in, you crave a meal accentuates those light, wholesome, happy feelings. This chili is quick, warm, flavorful, and so very comforting.

Because I like to experiment, I really have more than my share of flops in the kitchen. But this was one of those meals that just came together. I had two leftover sweet potatoes and I wanted to use them before they went bad. I love the sweet potato and black bean combination and just started googling recipes for sweet potato and black bean chili. I combined a few with the things I had on hand, and this came out.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili (adapted from Eating Well)


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  •  1 jar of chipotle salsa (I love Safeway’s brand)
  • 1 15-ounce can beef broth (or water)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 bunch chopped green onions

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and potato and cook, stirring often, until the onion is slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add chipotle salsa and, if necessary, broth or water to the desire consistency. Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add beans, frozen corn, and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in green onions and serve.

We like to go into a wedding day with a plan. It helps so much when our couples know what to expect and what we’ll be doing on their wedding day.  (And, they don’t think we’re crazy when we ask for their shoes and garter!)

When we arrive to a bride’s suite on a wedding day, there’s generally a flurry of activity going on, with all the hair and makeup being done, brunch being eaten, and everyone getting prepared for a lovely wedding day!!  We like to jump right in photographing all the beautiful details a bride has prepared for herself on her wedding day, and we’ve found it’s helpful if the bride has all those details prepared when we get to the venue.  This way we don’t have to interrupt her or the bridesmaids to keep asking where things are!

Details are one of our favorite things to shoot, and we think they matter! It doesn’t matter if you spent a lot of money on them! – the bouquet below was made by Wegmans! But whether they are expensive or not, you chose them to reflect you, your past, and your relationship. Details set the scene for the rest of the day.  We have so much fun composing shots that fit the style, colors, and theme of a wedding.  We try to schedule plenty of time to photograph these early on in the day. Not only do we want them to be gorgeous, but everyone is more relaxed when we ease into the busier parts of the day with lots of extra time up front.

Here is a list of the details we send to brides so they can have them all ready for us.  Of course, we realize that not everything applies to every couple, but it gives a list that will help them be able to gather everything they might have!

  • Wedding Dress & Veil or headpiece
  • Garter
  • Shoes
  • Bride’s Jewelry: Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings
  • Rings: Engagement ring, bride’s band, groom’s band (if we can have all of these in the bridal suite to start with, that is great!!)
  • Heirloom pieces
  • Perfume
  • Bridesmaid’s jewelry (if all the same and/or a gift)
  • Paper products: Invitation, Program, Save the Date
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Bridesmaid bouquets
  • Specialty – i.e. hangers


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Best. Vacation. Ever.


Becky Hadeed - May 14, 2015 - 12:23 am

I love them a lot

Becky Hadeed - May 14, 2015 - 12:23 am

Marcus just left that comment

Laura Waller - May 14, 2015 - 1:06 am

These are AMAZING and I’m like seriously going to pack my bags right now 😉 So ready for vacation. Can I just say? The kids look so content – so peaceful. You have an amazing family – a family that looks like love is EVERYWHERE.