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I'm Erika. I'm a wife, a creative, and a friend.

a day in the life

a day in the life

Austin and I are nearing two years of marriage. Some days it feels like we're veterans of being wed, and others it's appallingly obvious we're still learning (and I'm sure we always will). We documented the pinpoint of year two in marriage with Hannah Merritt who joined us in our home for a lifestyle session; she poured into our home with her whisper of a southern accent (it's adorable) and captured our story honestly, transparently, and comfortably. She arrived as a sought-after professional and left a friend.

 

if the clock reads any time after 3 o'clock, chances are I've poured myself a glass of red.

if the clock reads any time after 3 o'clock, chances are I've poured myself a glass of red.

I'm so terribly uncomfortable being in front of the camera. With the help of wine, Austin's whispered jokes, and Hannah's gentle presence, she somehow managed to capture genuinely candid images.

I'm so terribly uncomfortable being in front of the camera. With the help of wine, Austin's whispered jokes, and Hannah's gentle presence, she somehow managed to capture genuinely candid images.

honorable mention: Austin built this window bench from foraged materials from a deconstructed deck. Our home is ninety percent used/thrited/second hand items. I love finding those treasures.

honorable mention: Austin built this window bench from foraged materials from a deconstructed deck. Our home is ninety percent used/thrited/second hand items. I love finding those treasures.

my beloved Daisy.

my beloved Daisy.

Brie, sister to Tigerlily. Our two (barn)cats.

Brie, sister to Tigerlily. Our two (barn)cats.

she's far more affectionate than this snare implies, really.

she's far more affectionate than this snare implies, really.

my forever. I've been asked to note that the wine + cigar are simply props. Let it also be known that I later enjoyed that wine.

my forever. I've been asked to note that the wine + cigar are simply props. Let it also be known that I later enjoyed that wine.

dessert isn't my choice of treat, but Austin. Austin never met a dessert he didn't like.

dessert isn't my choice of treat, but Austin. Austin never met a dessert he didn't like.

my ever-growing floral gallery.

my ever-growing floral gallery.

flowers are undeniably the way to my heart. arrangement | North Bloom

flowers are undeniably the way to my heart. arrangement | North Bloom

vanilla bean bundt cake + honey whiskey glaze from the kitchen of BTTRCRM

vanilla bean bundt cake + honey whiskey glaze from the kitchen of BTTRCRM

topped with poppy seeds.

topped with poppy seeds.

it was a cool February day. it was meant to rain, but it seemed to hold out long enough for us to capture some moments. this piggyback was Austin's ideas as the land was marshy and he's a gentleman and all. he gets upset that I never hold myself on with my arms, but instead clench with my legs. please note in this photo, all arms (even though his face suggests otherwise)

it was a cool February day. it was meant to rain, but it seemed to hold out long enough for us to capture some moments. this piggyback was Austin's ideas as the land was marshy and he's a gentleman and all. he gets upset that I never hold myself on with my arms, but instead clench with my legs. please note in this photo, all arms (even though his face suggests otherwise)

our beloved tire swing. Austin and I knew from a very early stage of dating that we'd choose to spend our lives together. one early fall afternoon, we collected a few reclaimed materials to establish this swing. and now, I have the privilege of it waiting for me each day.

our beloved tire swing. Austin and I knew from a very early stage of dating that we'd choose to spend our lives together. one early fall afternoon, we collected a few reclaimed materials to establish this swing. and now, I have the privilege of it waiting for me each day.

this boat has not spent it's days filled with water, rest assured. it's seen evenings on the pond (mostly trying to gather that red blanket of duckweed you see behind it)

this boat has not spent it's days filled with water, rest assured. it's seen evenings on the pond (mostly trying to gather that red blanket of duckweed you see behind it)

thank you, Hannah, for capturing these forever moments.

thank you, Hannah, for capturing these forever moments.

photography | Hannah Merritt

cake | BTTRCRM

flowers | North Bloom

jewelry | Hadley Frances

makeup | Gild

 

celestial nye shoot

celestial nye shoot

double dipped workshop I

double dipped workshop I

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