The One With The Hot Chocolate At Bear Cave Lake

Styled editorials can be so magical. If you’re a creative this is an excellent way to showcase what you can do!

As a photographer my main goal is always to produce an image that sparks an emotion, such as joy. Kon Mari anyone? I also want that image to be beautiful, stunning, breathtaking or all of the above.

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When wedding planner and model Anna Page asked me to photograph this shoot for her I was beyond excited! The original photographer had gotten snowed in and they needed someone to come in last minute! When I asked what her inspiration was, Anna told me she had been really wanting a winter shoot and fell in love with the idea of hot chocolate! Fresh snow, hot chocolate and delectable marshmallows, she had me at Hello! This was my last carefree weekend before things start picking up so why not!

Calligraphy by Ashley + Zack of  Paper Love Club

Calligraphy by Ashley + Zack of Paper Love Club

Delicious jars of red velvet and peppermint hot chocolate handmade by Anna. Calligraphy by Ashley + Zack of  Paper Love Club

Delicious jars of red velvet and peppermint hot chocolate handmade by Anna. Calligraphy by Ashley + Zack of Paper Love Club

Although Anna and I had never met before I could tell she took care and time in planning this whole charade. She put together an incredible team of vendors (this can really make or break your shoot, everyone has to be on board!) and everyone did their part so beautifully.

Calligraphy by Ashley + Zack of  Paper Love Club  Styling by Lindsey of  Boho Blush Events  Dress by  Abby Bella Couture

Calligraphy by Ashley + Zack of Paper Love Club Styling by Lindsey of Boho Blush Events Dress by Abby Bella Couture

I arrived at Bear Cave Lake in Oswego, Illinois at 12:45. Hair stylist Tamara Holden was there with Lindsey of Boho Blush Events setting up the hot chocolate table. Anna arrived from just getting makeup done by the talented Dani Lou Majer. Starbucks hot chocolate and those oh so yummy XO Marshmallows were the only items left to place on the table. How we didn’t eat everything while setting up is beyond me!

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The fresh blanket of snow made this so dreamy. It was originally overcast but by the time I had to head out for the shoot the sun came out which gave an incredible glow and made for some amazing images. Every single image is hand-edited by me. There are no presets or filters. This is just the way I like to photograph, having the sun and the snow was a major bonus to get that dreamy look.

A walk in the snow, styled in a  soft velvet gown  and a gorgeous floral garland is a check off our 2019 goals list.

A walk in the snow, styled in a soft velvet gown and a gorgeous floral garland is a check off our 2019 goals list.

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Thank you for stopping by! I am always up for collaborations, just send me a message!

Special Thanks to all of our incredible contributors!

Monroe Street Photography

Anna Page - Model

Boho Blush - Event Rental

Plein Air Flowers - Florals

Dani Lou Beauty - Makeup Artist

Tamara Holden - Hair Stylist

Paper Love Club - Calligraphy + Stationary

Abby Bella Couture - Dress

Bear Cave Lake - Venue

XO Marshmallows