“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,

while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

– Lao-Tzu

Lindsey and Derek could not be more in love. They met about 7 years ago through Lindsey’s brother, who is one of Derek’s best friends. In February 2016, they officially began dating. In July 2017, they wed in a beautiful ceremony held in Marquette, Michigan. I feel so privileged to have been there, documenting the happiest day of their lives.

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boatMy cousin Ryan Morley is so much more to me than family – he’s one of the best people I know! Currently, this go-getter is building a business from the ground up. In early June, he opened Monocle Jewelersa hip and unique jewelry store in  Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. You may be wondering how a young man ends up in the jewelry business. Ryan was literally born into it. His mother, Erika, was sole owner of Ryan’s Jewelry. His namesake store, Ryan grew up inside those walls, gaining appreciation, knowledge, and passion for the business. Even though having a store named after you is pretty dang cool, Ryan seized the opportunity to re-brand the business.boat-9

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Summer is my cocktail season of choice. Fresh fruit with an emphasis on refreshing, I admit to drinking my favorite season year round. My recent obsession is the Raspberry Citrus Fizz. Sweet, tart, and bubbly, this boozy delight makes the perfect summer wedding cocktail or brunch addition. Totally acceptable if brunch means just you and your scrambled eggs. Try out the recipe for yourself!

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Raspberry Cirtus Fizz

  • 4 oz Prosecco
  • 2 parts fresh squeezed grapefruit
  • 1 TBS rasperry simple syrup
    • ¾ C sugar
    • ½ C raspberry
    • ¾ C water
  • Stir sugar, add water and berries in saucepan. When bubbles start reduce to low, simmer for 5 mins, cool and strain
  • Garnish with skewer of fresh raspberry, mint leaf, grapefruit section
  • If you want to kick it up a notch, add 1 oz mint infused vodka and ice

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Every year one of my very best friends Heather and I make a trip to Italy. This past year, we spent our time in Cefalua city Northern Sicily, and holy wah, did we have an amazing time! Cefalu is known for its cathedral, a beautiful 12th-century fortress-like structure with mosaics dating back to the Byzantine Empire. The Mandralisca Museum is also a Cefalu claim to fame, home to archaeological exhibits and a Antonello da Messina portrait. Rich in history, beauty, and the most amazing cuisine ever (foreshadowing!), I was pinching myself the whole trip because it just didn’t seem real. 

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Heather has the coolest job, as the product manager (Italy division) for European tour operator Rick Steves. So basically, I had my own personal best friend tour guide, and it was amazing. The usual laughter-filled time we have together was amplified by our atmosphere. We stayed in an incredible little flat with a balcony overlooking the ocean. Every night was fresh buffalo mozzarella, bread, and prosciutto from the shop downstairs for dinner, followed by Aperol spritz. While we’re on the topic of food: hands down the best and freshest seafood I’ve ever had. Nothing is better than authentic Italian food!

Our days were spent exploring the city. We hiked La Rocca, a beautiful mountain climb which ends with a unreal overhead view of the city and ocean. Relaxing on the coastline, we practiced our mermaid/beach bum moves. Pretty sure we could take it to professional level these days!  During our travels, I made sure to commit every single sight, sound, and taste to memory. Whenever I’m missing Italia, I summon Cefalu in my mind.

Sea salt hair, sun-kissed shoulders, and my best friend by my side? The best way to be! This trip is an experience I will never forget. I can’t wait until our next Italian adventure. 

Take a peek at our trip

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My babe, Jim, and I always head to Michigan for the summer. After spending the rest of our year abroad (Jim plays professional hockey overseas), it’s so refreshing to be in our element, re-connectng with family and friends. Last year, we made the very adult purchase of a 30ft vintage Chris Craft wooden boat. We decided this was the year to break it in, so we’ve made ole’ Chris, and the St. Mary’s River (Sault Ste. Marie), our summer residence.

Growing up on the shores of Lake Superior, I’ve always loved the water. Living that floating life 24/7 has been an adjustment for sure, but it’s one more adventure I’m so grateful to share with the love of my life.

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The Beginning

Our boat, which is named Knight-N-Gale, was purchased from the sweetest couple ever. Gary and Margaret owned the boat for many years. They loved it to no end, sharing the most amazing stories with us of adventures on the river. Gary has been running boats on the St. Marys forever. Keeping a vintage wooden boat in tip-top shape is hard work, and Gary has guided us through the process. He also taught us how to drive! We’ve become great friends with these two, and are so grateful for their guidance.

Summer Life on the Water

Every morning we wake up early and sip our coffee while the river sits still, lookin’ clear as glass. The water is officially the best backyard ever – we try to live as Green as possible in order to preserve it. All of our meals are cooked on our grill or two top stove, including the dinner parties we’ve been throwing. I am a fan of hosting any sort of party, but the floating variety is definitely my favorite so far.

As a business owner, I am constantly working. The happy, adventurous lifestyle our boat-home gives us makes that reality a lot sweeter. I am able to take in sunrises or sunsets on the water while editing shots, grab a paddle boarding break while finalizing contracts, or listen to the calming sound of rain on the roof while brainstorming. On the weekends, snuggling up with my babes and our pooch in the serene atmosphere is a feeling next to none.

In many ways, living on a boat is like a never-ending adventure. The freedom of being able to move around with your home is so exciting. We are always taking it out to explore Sugar Island, and are currently planning our longest trip yet to Mackinac Island.

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