Terra • Pete {and baby makes three}


Oh my loves.  Terra and Pete.

I truly could not decide between the above (one is so classic…but I can only assume James did something nerdy + humiliating in the second, and in return, we get those sparkly laughs).

I am posting today in honor of … Terra had a birthday yesterday! AND, I was hoping that baby would share a birthday with mama, but looks like baby is still too cozy to come out and debut.  So, in honor of celebrating a fantastic being…and new life on its way any day now, meet Terra + Pete (and baby H).

I cannot really even remember when Terra + I officially met, truthfully.  I just know I have always known her.  I associate her as part of my Iowa City family.  She has been cleaning us up (cutting our hair) from the days of James long curls to his dad-buzz-cut.

She knows everything about me.  Probably too much.  Anytime we are together, its like we are finishing each others sentences and diving right into the gritty goods.  Many life lessons have been passed onto me from Terra {everything from how to preserve screen printing emulsion, to the easiest credit card gadgets for small businesses, to using up soured milk to make biscuits…and most importantly how to curl your hair with a straightener}, its quite obvious the two of us simply cannot function in todays world without one another.

And now they are having a little peanut (gender is a surprise!) and James got to grab some pics. of them this fall:


The plan was to do a fall mini-session {here} and then a snowy session now with baby due any day! but Iowa is such a drama queen.  We got our fluffy snow but along with it, the freezing cold temps that are so dangerous, schools are cancelled.  So, we are going to cross our fingers for a tad of warming up, then is it too much to ask for a couple pretty fluffy fresh flurries?

Terra-Pete-brick Unpredictable is a double-edged sword.  While I know many of our other clients this year were so patient and understanding with the weather this season (we wanted fluffy snow in December too guys!) thanks for going with the flow with us.  Baby H could be born tonight (or today), or three weeks from now.  Some higher power is testing us, each day, on our patience, right?

Happy vibes your way this week, and month, Terra + Pete!

xo – MD


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jackie and justin | galena il | video/photo


You guys.  Jackie and Justin.  We were part of the family/wedding party/crew (not sure what our title really was) but literally – we lodged in Galena for three days chilling + hanging + yeah – documenting everything…everything!  So many wonderful things happened, to tell you in just a blog post is impossible.  Since we did have several days with them (and several sangrias, and several cups of Whiteys ice cream shipped in from Iowa City, and several bags of cheddar/ranch/chocolate popcorn…and more than several laughs and inside jokes and probably stories we should not have heard) so dang, I tried to keep the photos equivalent to that of a, I guess, traditional wedding (singular) day, I realized I pulled 80 photos for the blog, then laughed at myself come time to shrink them down in Photoshop.  So, here is a mini recap of the wedding day in photos…and see the VIDEO for more such as golf, mens prayer, shopping/deliciousness (oh dang we were fed well that weekend) and just to feel the energy and spice that Jackie has (its so contagious)!


How did our worlds collide?  Jackie and I worked together at the cutest scrapbooking store in the world, Reminisce, in Iowa City, while we were still broke college kids.  Yes, we spent every dollar we earned right back in the store.  We lusted over stickers, paper, ribbon, stamps/ink, you get the idea.  I had no doubt in my mind that the wedding day decor + details would exceed my expectations but whoa:

A sweet + charming popcorn station fed guests during their short walk from the outdoor vows to the outdoor reception (all at the same location/venue).  If one chose to forgo popcorn, you could grab a Czechoslovakian traditional tart (of course made by the grandmother).  Is this not perfect?  Oh you just wait – theres more.

So make your way nearly to the reception (already flabbergasted by the lovely details) and graze through an adorable little schoolhouse that showcased wedding dresses (nope not photos, like legit the dresses of generations) and be greeting by lanterns softly bouncing in the wind (a breeze that felt delightful following a sunny ceremony) then into this tented bash, where guests were fed like kings, pampered their tootsies to complementary flip flops (who needs heels anyways) and were entertained by live music (not just anyone – musicians were family/friends and they were GOOD stuff)…our salads were so delicious that Chad embarrassed us all by asking the chef directly for the recipe (we all love and hate Chads blunt approach to life).  And no, unfortunately, no recipe (total secret).

It was a weekend we will never forget.  Literally – you do not want to know the amount of memory card space we exceeded (wink).  Thanks J + J for everything.  How come this only gets to happen once?!  Miss you guys + the families already.

Enjoy the video:

Jackie + Justin – wedding from DPD Productions on Vimeo.

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Chris • Alex | engagements | Iowa City IA


What a perfect session!  Chris {the groom} is James best friend AND the Godfather of our pipsqueak.  The wedding will be enjoyed the same weekend as our 8th wedding anniversary – ah!  We have quite the honor (and responsibility) of best man (James), bridesmaid (Missy) and flower girl (Reese).

Lets talk about Chris.  He already declared himself the Godfather of our kid(s) long before James + I were married.  So, it was a long time coming.  I was showered with support + encouraging words even before Reese was born.  So when the little gal arrived, it was lots of toys (were talking bounce houses, a basketball hoop, Frozen teeshirts and inconveniently for me, the largest holiday-themed stuffed animals he somehow always finds).  Reese receives so many cards for so many holidays (always with a two dollar bill, sometimes a twenty and/or a packet of Mickey Mouse stickers) that I seriously forgot it was Saint Patricks Day last year until an oversized, sparkly green envelope landed in our mailbox.

You get the idea.  He has always spoiled me (Missy) + Reese above and beyond, now imagine what an awesome hubby he will be.  I still remember last year when we visited him {we live in different states} and he stocked the fridge with my favorite foods + vacuumed prior to my arrival.  He is a total catch!

Alex has taken Reese under her wing by treating her to sparkly sunglasses, letting Reese brush (tangle is the correct term) her long hair + allowing her to be the only other chick to wear white at her wedding.

I could rave all day about them (separately and as a couple).  I love that she always has a witty remark if he needs to be put in his place.  I love that they share a bond + understanding over loss (God knew the appropriate timing for Alex and Chris to meet) and that she can wear a Packers jersey and drink beer, but also rock a dress + curls.  I love that she has accomplished so much in her career + schooling already, but can also kick back with Reese in sweatpants and eat a box of donuts.  I am so lucky they are in my life.


After the session, we were hungry for some mezcel mules + a long overdue hangout, so we grabbed some quick pics of the bride + groom with their beloved God-babe too!  They are not perfectly backdropped pics…but us chilling casually on our deck, I love to be just as meaningful + pretty.

Love you guys.

xo MD


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