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Wedding Planner/Coordinator: A Vogue Affair

Photographer: Suzanne Delawar Studios

Venue: Woodend Manor

Florist: Floral & Bloom Designs

Catering: Windows

 

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Christmas Mini’s by Ally Boop Photography

Some of you may know my serious love for christmas (85 days and counting) and some of you may know my serious love for Ally Boop Photography who was my wedding photographer.

On November 15th , two of my favorite things will be combined! Ally Boop Photography has 7 spots left for some adorable Christmas Mini Sessions AND these mini sessions will be styled by me from A Vogue Affair :)

Details Below:
* 30 minute session
*15-20 digital images
* a one month online viewing gallery
* photos will be edited within one week of your session (christmas cardddddds!!!)
All for only $120+ tax <- a great deal!

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Please email her to book your spot as they are filling up quick:  Allyson@allyboopphotography.com

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mocha chocolate [protein bites]

In honor of the oh so delicious “National Coffee Day” I present to you… Mocha Chocolate Protein Bites!

mocha chocolate - instagram– Mocha Chocolate Protein Bites – (makes 8)

  2 tbsp. ground coffee

  2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa

  1 tbsp. milled flax

  1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used About Time)

  ¼ c. water

  ½ c. oats

  ¼ c. almonds

*Blend All Ingredients and form into 1” balls*

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sweet potato fries

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iPhone photo taken by @avogueaffair

Being a NPC Bikini Competitor often means I need to get creative when it comes to meal planning.  My amazing coach Michelle Johnson gave me sweet potato as a carb source in two of my meals per day which meant I needed to come up with some recipes that would keep me excited.
These sweet potato fries are pretty much the most simple, yet ridiculously delicious thing I have tasted (and definitely leaving me wanting more).
Sweet Potato Fries
Ingredients:
2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into fries
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp evoo or spray bag with olive oil spray
Directions: 
Oven – 375 degrees
Put all ingredients into a ziplock bag and shake to coat fries evenly
Spread evenly in a non-stick baking sheet and put into the oven
Cook for 10 minutes then flip
Do the same until all sides are crispy
YUM!
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in a nutshell…

Leah__152web

I am a girl who loves:

cozy fireplaces

holidays

fresh basil

high heels

neutral tones

accessories

mason jars

salted caramel

barbie dolls

cabernet sauvignon

autumn

day planners

A few words to describe me:

crazy perfectionist

party thrower

gym addict

charismatic

admitted shop-a-holic

list maker

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[photographer] Felicity Murphy Photography

[hair & makeup] @BeautyBlushNBronzer

[stylist] A Vogue Affair

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chocolate chip cookie dough dip

Thanks to the wonderful Chocolate Covered Katie, I am officially obsessed with healthier versions of naughty treats

For example… I tried her Healthy Cookie Dough Dip and holllyyyyyy moly it was so good!

Here is her recipe below:

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip
– 1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
– 1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt

– just over 1/8 tsp baking soda

– 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

– 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (If you use peanut butter, it will have a slight “pb cookie dough” taste, so if you don’t want this,try the Deep Dish Cookie Pie, unbaked. instead)

– up to 1/4 cup milk of choice, only if needed

– Sweetener of choice (see note below, for amount)

– 1/3 cup chocolate chips, or these: Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips

– 2 to 3 tbsp oats (Ground flax will also work)

“Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor, and process until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips. If made correctly and blended long enough, this should have the exact texture of real cookie dough!”

I made these for a girls night as my “cheat meal” and it was delicious!!

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homemade almond butter

I love love love (did I mention love) nut butters. So much so that I just HAD to make some myself.  

I love this recipe because it is ONE INGREDIENT ONLY! Just almonds. Thats it!!!

Recipe Below:
* 3 cups of almonds*

Directions:
Soak almonds in water for 2 hours to soften the almonds (this is how I got the skin to come off easily… next time I want to keep the skin on as I think it adds flavor)

BLEND BLEND BLEND in a food processor for a LONG time (like 20 minutes)

Eat with a spoon. 

DELISH!

oh and p.s. I decided to add cinnamon for extra flavortitle

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high school sweethearts [a wedding]

Following yesterday’s engagement post is our beautiful wedding day!  It has been almost three months since we got married and can I just say… I am SO ready to do it all over again!

Growing up I always wanted to be a wedding planner… I dreamed of my wedding since I was a little girl.  Fast forward 26 years and not only have I become a wedding planner, I  was planning a wedding of my own!

Chris and I met in high school, the year of 2005.  It was the classic boy meets girl, boy takes girl out on date, and a sudden… a romance blossomed.  On a trip to the Dominican Republic in 2013 Chris and I went on the walk on the beach where he dropped down on one knee and proposed. It was the best moment of my life.

This wedding was nine years in the making. We got married on a gorgeous day in the beginning of May.  There was no call for rain, but had a partly sunny and partly overcast day which turned out to be lovely for pictures.  The ceremony location was on a beautiful lawn overlooking the Potomac River and our reception was in a llama barn!

Family is the number one thing in our lives and it was important to incorporate them as much as possible on this special day.  My parents walked me down the aisle, my sister/maid of honor married us and both of our extended family members baked delicious cookies to add to our milk and cookie bar.

Chris and I are big on taco night… so big in fact that we decided to have a taco bar for our wedding!  That was both amazing and a big hit with our guests.

Some of my favorite “DIY” projects included

1. Love Notes Guest Book: I decided I did not want the traditional guest book so instead wooden hearts took place of paper pages and a box took place of the book. Each guest filled out a message on the heart and dropped it into a bird cage.

2. Flower Arrangements: The day before the wedding I had a few bridesmaids and family members meet up to put our flower arrangements together. I bought them at a wholesale flower shop and we prepped them and placed them in different vases.  The bouquets were filled with fluffy hydrangeas while the men’s boutonnières contained a delicate rose and dusty miller. I fell in love with the gorgeous blooms and the subtle mixture of bud vases along each table.

I could not have done this wedding without the help of my amazing friends, family, and of course, my handsome hubby.  That day was my dream come true.

A big thank you to Ally Boop Photography who was our photographer for the day and captured these images!

Also a big thank you to my beautiful friend from @beautyblushnbronzer for doing my hair and makeup (and most of the bridesmaids)!!

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high school sweethearts [ an engagement ]

I am WAY overdue for this post about our engagement shoot which happened last October…  but it is better late than never right?!

 Chris and I met over eight years ago while in high school and have been together ever since.  I was ecstatic when he proposed in the Dominican Republic last January.  Not only do I get to marry my best friend, but I get to plan my dream wedding!

 As a wedding planner, I already knew what I wanted our engagement shoot to look and feel like.  Cozy blankets, warm apple cider and gorgeous fall foliage were a must for this shoot.

 The shoot took place on a brisk October morning at one of our favorite local parks.  Once our photographer arrived, we threw off our coats, wrapped ourselves in the blankets and started the shoot.  As you can see in the pictures, I could not stop laughing as we were having such a great time!  We are so excited for our wedding in four months!

 I did a lot of DIY projects for this shoot such as constructing a cake  stand from wood and a candlestick, making my own delicious chocolate  dipped apples and creating my own save the date stickers out of Kraft  sticker paper and white crayon.

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  Stylist:  A Vogue Affair

 Photographer: Ally Boop Photography 

 

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