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September 20
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BLOG BOARDS SIMPLE 7 copy Wine & Art Festival 2011

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My dear friend’s son turned 1 year old back in June, so they invited some friends and family to join the party.  I love cute messy faces.

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August 22nd was a kick off to the first annual Wine & Art Festival located at the Commons of Traverse City, MI.  There was food, dancers, and live music to accompany many of the local artists and wineries in the Traverse City area.  Even though it was a little drizzly here and there it was a successful turnout and plenty of wine to go around.

Great work Turtle Creak Casino and Leelanau Wines for sponsoring the event!!

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Another successful event for the Founders Brewing Company this year as they held their second annual Street Party.  It was filled with live music, art, food, plenty of particpants, and of course, Founders specially brewed beer.  What a perfect day to be outdoors and enjoy a nice cold one…or two…or three.

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My niece, Alexis, and her boyfriend, Glen, had their prom Saturday night.  They came over for me to get a good look at how stunning they both look.  We got a little silly in the studio and then headed to Tassle Park in Cascade to meet up with their friends.  Apparently, it’s a popular place to go to since many of their classmates were there as well getting pictures with their dates.  How fun is that?  Everyone looked gorgeous and I know they were all going to have such a great time.  Seeing everyone dressed up reminded me how fun it was to go to high school formals.  I’m so happy to have been a part of that for my niece.

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I love you, Sweety!!

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Last weekend, my husband and I had a phenominal and fantastic opportunity to hold a booth at the West Michigan Bridal Show and 2009 Women’s Expo.  It was a long weekend and well worth it as I had the chance to meet hundreds of brides planning for their fantasy event.  Not only did I get a chance to meet future brides but several vendors such as Shutter Booth, Molesta Floral, True Vine Creations, and many more photographers,  Shutter Sam Photography, Matt Pratt Photography, and Kyle Bultman Photography, as well as my friend, Krinn, from Affordable Flowers.  It was such a pleasure to meet so many of you and I look forward in seeing you again in the near future.

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During the weekend, there were a couple activities running for the Bridal Show such as the Bridal Run where brides had a chance to win $1000 for their wedding event held by 104.5 WSNX and Molesta Floral held a bouquet toss for brides for a chance to win a free bouquet.

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Thank you so much to all of the show participants and friends and families who stopped by!!!

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Saturday afternoon the 5/3 Ball Park held their annual Winter Beer Festival.  It held over 40 Michigan beer vendors including Founder Brewing Co., Hop Cat, Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Big Buck Brewery, North Peak, and many more with over hundreds of brewed beer.  Patrons came bundled as it was still yet a cold day even with it being nice and sunny outdoors.  However, they remained to be festive with fun winter caps and snowsuits.  If you were hungry, hamburgers, bratwursts, and turkey legs the size of your face were available and a live band kept the entertainment rolling.

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Nonetheless, spirits were high on Saturday with a nice cold glass of beer!

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Last Sunday, I made my trek to Detroit for the Red Carpet Events Bridal Expo which took place in the ball room of the MGM Casino.  It was an amazing event that held several wedding vendors such as cake designers, event coordinators, florists, and many photographers.  There also was a live bridal fashion show held for prospective brides.  Macy’s matched the event with several red item household goodies that can be added to the Macy’s bridal registries.

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It was definitely a successful day for many vendors and Red Carpet Events!

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February 15
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I just wanted to share with you a video produced by Absolute Michigan that gives you a little taste for the Taste the Passion wine event.

Enjoy!!

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February 13
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Last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph  a wine event up in Michigan’s Leelanau County.  The Taste for Passion was an event to kick off to celebrate Valentines Day by sampling different wines and tasting different chocolates and cheeses throughout the Leelanau wineries.

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Friday night began with a wine reception at Nonna’s Restaurant located in The Homestead Resort of Glen Arbor, MI.  There was wine, cheese, and some decadence of little chocolates available for people to try.

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The following day the Wine trail began and we headed to Cherry Republic located in downtown Glen Arbor, where we had the chance to sample aplethera of their signature cherry wines.

Then it was off to Longview Winery & Vineyard in Cedar, MI, where we were greeted at the door with glass of Cherry port wine and and a lovely chocolate confection as being a perfect pairing for the two.

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After Longview, we went to Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay outside of Traverse City.  Black Star Farms is located along cluster of other wineries all located within a 2 mile radius from each other.  As far as being on a wine trail, I was impressed by how large the farm was.  Not only is it a winery but also makes nationally award winning cheeses, has  petting zoo, and a horse stable.

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Then we were off to L. Mawby whose winery is known for their sparkling wines.  As much as I love my red wines, Lawerence Mawby’s sparkling wines are to die for and I always manage to bring a bottle home for my aunt, as she is a fan herself.

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Willow Vineyards, Ciccone Vinyards, and Chateau de Leelanau were our last three stops.  Ciccone Vinyards not only did you get a chance to sample their wines but also had a wonderful minestrone soup available.  Willow Vineyards had a small sample of wines but you got a chance to leave love notes for your sweety and taste wonderful chocolate raspberry dessert to go with your wine.  And Chateau de Leelanau also had more sweets to follow with their wines as well.

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After the Wine trail event ended many patrons arrived back at Ciccone Vineyards with a very successful After Party where karoke and pizza was available.  Several people came up to sing and livened up the crowd.

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It was a wonderful weekend to getaway and have a good time.  Thank you again to the Homestead Resort and Leelanau Wineries for the opportunity to photograph a very fun event.