Happy Anniversary Hayley + Jon

Ottawa Fall Wedding Stephanie Beach PhotographyThis time last year we were getting ready for our last wedding of the 2014 season. And while I recover from yesterday wedding (which happens to be the last one for us for the 2015 season), I wanted to take a look back at the absolutely wonderful wedding of Hayley + Jon.

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Testimonial Highlight #8

Ottawa Fall Wedding Stephanie Beach PhotographyHayley + Jon’s¬†wedding was definitely one of the highlights of the 2014 wedding season, but not because of the amazing DIY details throughout the entire day, not because of the gorgeous weather we had or the beautiful fall colours, not even because of the delicious meal or the cookie table with so many delicious treats. It was a highlight because of all of the little moments where I would catch Hayley + Jon smiling at each other, just being so in love and so happy. Continue reading

Ottawa Fall Wedding: Hayley + Jon

Ottawa Fall Wedding Stephanie Beach PhotographyI grew up in a small town where everyone pretty much knew each other. It wasn’t so small that you knew every intimate detail of everyone’s life, but you knew their names and usually where they lived, who their parents and siblings were, etc. I moved to Ottawa for after high school and have been here ever since. I have very fond memories of growing up in my small town and even fonder memories of most of the people I grew up with. So it is an extra special treat when I get to capture the wedding day of one of those people I grew up with.

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Halloween Monster Cookies

I don’t normally post recipes, etc. here as it doesn’t really go with the overall feel of the blog, but these were just too cute to not share!!

Halloween Monster Cookies

I made these for a Halloween party and they were devoured by everyone there!! They were so delicious!

Halloween Monster Cookies

I got the recipe from here, but in short you cream 8 ounces of cream cheese with an egg, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 cup of butter.
Then you slowly add in 1 box of yellow cake mix. I know it sounds odd to make cookies out of cake mix, but seriously, it’s so good.
Once the dough is nicely combined, I split mine into three different batches and dyed them lime green, aqua and orange using normal food dye in different combinations.
Chill the dough until it is nice and firm. The original recipe says 30 minutes, but mine took about an hour to be ready. Once chilled, roll into balls and then dip the into icing sugar.
Bake the cookies fro 10-12 minutes a 350*F. As soon as they come out press candy eyeballs into the cookies and then let them cool on a wire rack.
Like the original poster, I got the candy eyeballs from Michaels – they weren’t cheap, but it was a little something special for these already delicious cookies.

Like I said (multiple times), they were delicious and everyone gobbled them down lickity split. I am definitely going to be making another batch of these (likely without the eyes) another time.