Taking a Break: Vegan Raw Cheesecake

vegan raw cheesecake with dates and nuts

I haven’t posted about my personal life to this blog in ages, but I absolutely had to share this recipe. I spend most holidays enjoying mounds of chocolate, pie and other desserts, but earlier this month, I gave up dairy, refined sugar and caffeine (yes, my morning coffee!) in an attempt to rebalance my diet and life.

I was craving a little something sweet as I watched family and friends enjoy my typical favorites, and this vegan raw cheesecake recipe was the perfect find (thank you, Pinterest). It’s made with dates, cashews, walnuts, agave nectar, extra virgin coconut oil (a new favorite), vanilla and other natural goodies. If you’re looking to try something a little different in the new year, you absolutely must give it a try. The whole process is fairly simple, since there’s no actual cooking. Jeff and I have been ooohing and ahhhing over it ever since we tried the first bite.

Find the full recipe on the DAMY Health blog: Caramel Blondie Brownie Cheesecake (Vegan/Raw)

See Allie Siarto Photography on Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan featured photograher

Style Me Pretty seems to have become the gold standard in wedding blogs that every photographer aspires to be featured in. Thanks to the delicate, thoughtful details from Alex and Eric during their August wedding, my little photo-love dream has come true! Check out the full feature on Style Me Pretty—you’ll love the personal details these two put together. They put a lot of love into their wedding, and it’s so nice to see that others appreciates all of their thoughtfulness and hard work.

Check back next Tuesday for a brand new blog post.

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Rachel + David | Deer Path Inn Wedding

Chicago will always have a special place in my heart, so I was thrilled to get back there for Rachel and David’s wedding during Memorial Day weekend. Rachel and David—thanks for letting me spend a beautiful day with you and your wonderful friends and family.

And the Gold Coast Orchestra was insanely good—they completely filled the dance floor, which is always fun for a wedding photographer.

Wedding dress photos

wedding shoes photo

wedding rings photo

Getting Ready Photos

Girls getting ready

Getting dressed

Getting Ready

First Look

wedding portraits

Deer Lake Wedding photos

Deerpath Inn groups

Deer path inn men portraits

Deer path inn bridesmaids

Lake Michigan Chicago wedding portraits

lake michigan chicago wedding pictures

Deerpath Inn


Deerpath Inn wedding ceremony photos

Deerpath Inn wedding photos

Deerpath Inn wedding aisle

Deerpath Inn wedding ceremony

Deerpath Inn Jewish Wedding ceremony

Deerpath Inn wedding ceremony

Deerpath Inn wedding cocktail hour

Deerpath Inn wedding photos

Deerpath Inn wedding reception photos

Deerpath Inn wedding reception

First dance photos

Wedding speeches photos

wedding dances

Wedding cake photos

More dancing

Wedding Band


Wedding dancing photos

Wedding dancing

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Grand Loft | Shabby Chic Wedding Inspiration

I put together this shabby chic wedding inspiration shoot last May with an amazing group of artists, but somehow I’ve held out on sharing it with you until now. As we inch closer to wedding season, I didn’t think it would be fair for me to keep this one to myself any longer. I hope you find some inspiration in the photos below.

Many thanks to all of those who helped make this shoot happen:

loft wedding styled shoot

Loft wedding diy flowers

Wedding wish jar

wedding wish jar

shabby chic loft wedding

Wish jar

shabby chic wedding

DIY wedding decor

eclectic wedding design

Lansing loft wedding portraits

diy wedding bouquet

DIY wedding invitation

DIY wedding seating

Shabby Chic wedding drinks

DIY shabby chic watermelon dispenser

shabby chic chalk board wedding table numbers

Green French Macaroons wedding rings

green french macaroons wedding

A piece o cake wedding cupcakes

wired wedding earrings

wedding perfume

diy wedding flowers inspiration shoot

wedding pillow

diy eclectic wedding design

Etsy wedding birds

Shabby chic wedding birds

custom one shoulder wedding dress

Lansing loft wedding



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