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But I never set out to be a photographer. I was (and still am!) going to be a writer. And then as I worked toward that writing goal, someone put a camera in my hand and asked me to try telling stories with something besides words. So with an English nerd's love for character and tone, a romantic's love for poignant beauty, and a realist's love for imperfection, I dove in.

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That was back in 2010.

Since that time, photography has changed much of my life. It's brought me some of my dearest friends. It's reshaped the way my husband Danny and I view serving others. It has even literally taken me around the world. One thing that hasn't changed: my soul-stirring desire to tell stories that feel so real you're sure you knew them before you heard them. Or saw them. It's my privilege to tell those stories for my clients, and for the generations of their families still to come.

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Friendsgiving 2016 – A Rifle Paper Co.-Inspired Gathering

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

It started with a piece of paper from Rifle Paper Co. A beautiful floral print in hues of sweet peach and apricot and cream and sage and fir. (If you look for it, you’ll find it peeking out on the table.) Then came the birch wood, the heirloom sterling silver, the white pumpkins, the handmade burlap utensil holders. And then, the food.

Oh, the food!

After last year’s Florida-themed Friendsgiving, we knew we had set the bar pretty high. So we decided to aim even higher, with an even more gorgeous tablescape and a more adventurous, less traditionally-Thanksgiving-y menu that was still built around locally-sourced ingredients.

I have to say, our second annual Friendsgiving was a second roaring success. And by the next morning, we were already planning for 2017.friendsgiving-2016-2friendsgiving-2016-6friendsgiving-2016-7friendsgiving-2016-5friendsgiving-2016-12friendsgiving-2016-13friendsgiving-2016-4friendsgiving-2016-3friendsgiving-2016-15friendsgiving-2016-9friendsgiving-2016-11friendsgiving-2016-1friendsgiving-2016-14friendsgiving-2016-8friendsgiving-2016-10

The menu:


Florida-orange-infused vodka cocktails
Hash of bacon and locally-grown sweet potato, green beans, corn, tomato, bell pepper, and onion on crostinis

Main Course(s):

Chardonnay (from California; like last year, this was our big non-Florida concession!)
Kale + spinach salad with roasted turnips and bacon-mustard-shallot vinaigrette (get the recipe that inspired it here)
Spiced sweet potato soup with coconut milk, cilantro, and pepitas
Roasted Florida shrimp with tomato and goat cheese over crispy polenta cakes


Meyer lemon chess pie
Florida vanilla-infused sherry

And today, Danny and I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

~ Laura

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