Huntington Beach Wedding, The Film
Steve and Noelle

As an artist, one of the most satisfying experiences is when your art exceeds your own expectations. There so much pushing in art - pushing yourself, pushing your gear, pushing your subjects, and pushing your limits. When all of that turns into a beautiful result, it's deeply satisfying.

Getting the film back from Steve and Noelle's wedding in Huntington Beach was one of those perfect moments. Everybody in the studio definitely turned their heads when they heard a huge "Wow!" come from my corner of the office as I flipped through the images for the first time. I'm in love with the look of the medium format film from this wedding - the colors, the black and whites, the moments - it all came together perfectly!

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Noelle is a classic beauty with stunning eyes. She was a DREAM to photograph.

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Steve is definitely a charmer that killed it in front of our cameras. We had a dynamite combo with these two!

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Check out more of our medium format film work from this past year and stay tuned for even more over the coming weeks. I think you're going to fall in love with it just as much as we have!

Hugs,
Erin

    

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies

Oh. My. Dear. Heavenly. Goodness.

I'm not a cookie person really, but I'm definitely an Almond Butter Sandwich Cookie convert. These cookies are nothing short of HEAVEN. And every time I've made them for friends, the health-nuts at the party that always skimp on dessert gobble them up like they're made of carrots instead of sugar.

A win for the dessert lovers? Oh yes.

Made with almonds, brown sugar, whole wheat flour, and almond butter, they have a delicious texture without losing any of the creamy, buttery flavor that cookie lovers crave. Plus, they're finished off with a honey-vanilla cream cheese filling to make the already delicious cookies into drool-worthy sandwiches.

Go ahead - make a batch of these and you'll never go back to regular butter cookies again...

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Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeFirst, mix together your dry ingredients of whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. The whole wheat flour definitely makes a big difference with the almond butter and almonds, so don't substitute with regular flour.

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Then beat your wet ingredients together (I lied by the way - these cookies DO have regular butter, but are mostly made of almond butter). Start by beating the regular butter until it's nice and fluffy, then add in the almond butter.

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeOnce the regular butter and almond are mixed smoothly, add the brown sugar and egg and mix well. Then gradually add in the flour mixture on low speed until it's just combined. Be careful not to over mix the dough or else the cookies will turn out dense. Then finely chop the almonds and stir those puppies in.

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Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeOnce a stiff dough has formed, roll the dough into a footlong log, wrap it in parchment paper and stick it in the freezer for at least an hour. I love that you can keep this dough in the freezer and pull it out for cookies whenever you'd like. It's great!

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Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeOnce the dough is frozen, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cut the log into slices about a quarter inch thick. Make sure to use a sharp knife so that the cookies don't get misshapen when you slice through the dough.

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeBake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes. Of course, my oven takes 12-15 minutes, so that was fun to figure out! Ha!

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Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeWhile the cookies are baking and cooling on cookie racks, beat together the cream cheese filling. The cookies should be pretty cooled off before sandwiching them so that the filling doesn't melt.

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These are so much FUN to make and eat. The cookies are delicious on their own, too, so if you don't have time for the filling, you can munch on them alone. I actually set out the cookies and filling separately and let people make their own sandwiches which made these even more entertaining.

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Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies

(view original recipe from Martha Stewart here)

  • 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural almond butter, stirred
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted and finely chopped
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed 1 minute. Add almond butter; beat until smooth. Beat in brown sugar, then egg, until well mixed. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture until just combined. Stir in almonds.
  2. Form dough into an 11-inch-long log, 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Wrap in parchment and freeze until firm, about 1 hour (or up to 3 months).
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a chef's knife, slice log into scant 1/4-inch-thick rounds, using one quick motion for each slice. Arrange rounds 1 1/2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets, pressing back into shape.
  4. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are light golden on edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored, covered, up to 5 days.
  5. Beat cream cheesehoney, and vanilla with mixer on medium speed until combined. Spread 1 tablespoon each on bottoms of half of the cookies, then sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing gently to spread filling to edges. Filled cookies are best the same day.

Hugs,
Erin

 

    

Villa San Juan Capistrano Wedding, Part Two
Jason and Lindsay

Happy fall weekend everybody! As you cuddle up in your PJs this Saturday morning with a Pumpkin Spice Latte and a maple scone slathered in honey butter (can you tell what I'm craving right now?), we have even more fall goodness to fill your appetite, because Jason and Lindsay had a gorgeous fall wedding with all of the yellows, oranges, and reds you could wish for. Their rustic wedding at The Villa San Juan Capistrano was sweet, lovely, and emotional - everything we could want with a wedding at one of our favorite venues.

After the ceremony, we photographed Jason and Lindsay for a few calm moments before sending them into their celebration.

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Isn't The Villa so cute? And aren't Jason and Lindsay so perfect??

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I just love all of the little details that Jason and Lindsay incorporated into the tables and around the space.

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The stationery was incredibly cute and rustic, and the keys at each place setting added the perfect touch.

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Guests enjoyed drinks and mingling before sitting down to a fabulous meal filled with laughter and toasts.

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Divel Entertainment provided the beautiful lighting for the dancing space as the sun went down and the party continued.

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The first dances were seriously sweet and then everybody joined the dance floor for a night under the stars.

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Jason and Lindsay: You two are going to have so much FUN together because it's obvious that you are best friends, and I can't wait to see where life takes you! Your journey is going to be a blessed one, and living life together will be the best part of all!

Hugs,
Erin


Wedding Photography : The Youngrens | Ceremony Location : The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Reception Location : The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Event Coordinator : Michelle Tkach | Floral Design : Lynne Lucente | Cake : Dolores Morris | Dress : Alfred Angelo | DJ : Divel Entertainment | Reception Lighting : Divel Entertainment | Catering : The Ramos House | Wedding Invitations : Invitations by Dawn |


    

Rachel Salas - Hi! Just a correction – Iva Lee’s was the caterer for this event. :)