It's Giveaway Time!

It's Giveaway Time!

Looking to win a session of glamour and luxury? Here is your chance! Enter to win a free boudoir session on APRIL 15, 2018. Enjoy the experience of intimate portraiture in the comforts of Studio Northwest, Portland OR. Treat yourself by sipping on champagne while you get pampered and glamorous.

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Let's Meet Wandering Spirits...

I had the pleasure of meeting with Wandering Spirits PDX, and the face behind it Casey Wiser. We met early on into my move to the Pacific Northwest, she was fun and open which made wanting to work with her an easy choice.


Wandering Spirits is a mobile party cart service with a vintage, 1971 Shasta traveling bar that comes equipped with a 2 keg system. Along with the traveling bar their service includes a friendly bar staff serving your chosen bar menu, beer, wine, and/or liquor. 


"I've always obsessed over Vintage trailers so it just felt right starting a business out of one." 

Casey's favorite part of doing what she does, is the joy of meeting new people and what better place to do it than from behind a bar?!  Covering all occasions from weddings & birthdays to corporate & private events, as well as the abiltiy to travel outside of Portland, meeting a variety of people is always in the mix. 


As a business owner we all have our struggles and Casey isn't any different than the rest of us, so making time for herself is an important task. In her free time she loves spending it with her family, especially in nature. Being in the middle of  Mt. Hood's Mountains, with no cell service is her ultimate happy place.


"The balance of work and family life was a real struggle at first.

With better organization everything is more efficient and easier to balance"

 photo by: Trung Phan

photo by: Trung Phan


As for the rest of the year, keep your eyes out for Wandering Spirits and there new mobile lounge coming in Spring 2018, as well as breaking into the Cannnabis Industry with personal bud tenders and more.

I know I am excited to see, and maybe even taste, what this year has in store for Casey and Wandering Spirits PDX.  Check them out and follow their journey.

Instagram: @wanderingspiritspdx   Facebook: @wanderingspiritspdx    Website:


Photography: nunez weddings // Location: tumwater vineyard  //  Styling & Props: as you wish northwest // Florals: giffords flowers // Signage: letters and dust // Table Rentals: country garden tables

Did Somebody Say Tacos?!

So Mexican food is without a doubt a favorite of mine, I mean come on who doesn't like Mexican food? While having a mainly plant based diet, finding a perfect taco combination out there isn't always easy.  All of my favorite taco spots growing up were all about the meats, it wasn't till these past few years I started exploring meat free choices.  With so much to choose from in the world of fruits and vegetables, there can be so many fun options to keep the flavors from anything but boring. One of my favorite bases to use is Jackfruit, which I just love!  It has a shredded like texture and takes on the flavor of whatever spices or sauces you add to it.

I created two different taco mixtures, cause Im a boss and like options! We have Jackfruit Tacos with a refreshing Cucumber Salsa and Potato Tacos with an Avocado Cream Slaw. 


  • Can of Jackfruit (1 lb)
  • Choice of Tortillas
  • 2 Cups of Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 Cup Sweet Potatoes
  • 16 oz chopped Fingerling Potatoes
  • 1-2 Jalapeños
  • 1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2-3 Limes
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 -1 Tbl Spoon Chili Paste
  • 1 Cup Sliced Cucumber
  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion
  • 1/2 Cup White Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 1/2 Cups Broccoli Slaw Mix
  • 1/2 Tbl Spoon Oil
  • 1 Tbl Spoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbl Spoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Tbl Spoon Smoke Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper

Jackfruit is amazing and full of fiber!  Drain and rinse your can of Jackfruit, use a fork or knife to give it a shredded texture, then mix in a bowl with your sliced mushrooms, 2-3 chopped garlic cloves, chili paste and juice from 1 whole lemon. Add some salt and pepper to taste, mix well and set aside in the fridge to let the flavors marinate.


Pre-Heat Oven to 425 Degrees

While the Jackfruit mixture sits, let's get your potatoes going! Take your chopped potatoes (sweet & fingerling), white onion, oregano, paprika, oil and mix it well in a bowl, making sure all potatoes are covered. Add some salt and pepper to you're liking, place on a baking sheet and cook for 30-40 minutes or until browned, occasionally mixing.


For the potato tacos I love the flavor combination of this creamy avocado slaw and the sweetness of the potatoes. I use a high power blender to make the avocado cream sauce but a food processor will work just as well.

Take a whole avocado, 2-3 garlic cloves, 2 juiced limes, cilantro and 1/2 - 1 whole de-seeded jalapeño (depending on your spice level) and blend it up till it's as creamy as you can get it. Then in a bowl mix the cream sauce with the broccoli slaw and set it aside.


While the potatoes are cooking we can now make our toppings. For the Jackfruit tacos I used a marinated cucumber mix to add a refreshing citrus flavor to the spicy filling. Take your red onion, 1 1/2 limes juiced, cucumber, 1/2 cup red bell pepper, garlic powder and a pinch of salt & pepper, as well as lime zest (about half a lime). Mix it all up and set aside.


These are also great to prep for weekly meals, it is easy to make in large batches and lasts well. I hope you enjoy and would love to see your results! Share and comment below <3


Grab your jackfruit filling and give it one last stir to make sure everything is evenly coated. Heat up a large skillet to a meduim-high heat, take your jackfruit mixture and simmer for 10 minutes or until your mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally.

Once your jackfruit and potatoes are done, all we have to do is assemble! Depending on what size tortillas you use you should have up to 8 tacos of each kind. Top it with your favorite Pico De Gallo for an extra kick.


A Vintage Inspired Wedding with. . .

Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy


This beautiful mid-century inspired location was the perfect mix of vintage styling and pops of color, giving this Los Angeles wedding a modern, yet glamorous vibe.

Highland Park being where this couple grew up, they both have followed the transformation of the area and along with their personal style preference, knew The Fig House was where they wanted to tie the knot. Take a peak at this couples day sharing their love of Star Wars and delicious beer.


Planner: Kira Vance                           2nd Photographer: Tess Baker                Florals: Anthos Floral Concepts   Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop                     DJ: Adroit Sound Entertainment Hair/Makeup: Angela Mersola Catering & Dessert: Noho Cuisine Gown: Jenny Packam                    Dress Shop: David's Bridal            Shoes: Jessica Simpson                Men's Suits: Men's Warehouse  Invites: Minted


Not So Traditional Anymore

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While planning a wedding couples can get caught up with the tradition of it all. It’s your choice to be as traditional or not, as you want. There are many different reasons why a bride doesn’t want to rock a traditional wedding dress. Maybe you want a dress that can be worn more than once or crave something with a little edge to it. Why shouldn't you get something you love?!   


If you are looking to stay in the world of whites and creams but want to have some fun consider something with feathers or texture, which works great for fall and winter weddings.  A shorter length dress can have a more casual feel but with embellishments it adds a more whimsical yet, fashionable vibe.

If you are leaning in a more formal direction and love a touch of vintage glam this sweetheart beaded gown is the answer.  I love it paired with a mix of chunky jewelry!


For the bride who wants a dress that screams fun, this soft pink featherd number would be great for a summer wedding. Or maybe you want to pull a "Mariah Cary" and do a dress change for the reception, this is perfect party time number.


Let's not forget a lady after my own heart, one who has a little bit of a dark side, these beaded gowns are formal with a sultry appeal. Darker colors can be beautifully paired with pops of color throughout your makeup & bouquet accents.


Whatever direction you decide to go is your’s to make, don’t let tradition stop you from having the dress of your dreams. 



Dresses - JM Coture                      

Jewelry - Hannah Frost Jewelry 

Venue   -  Hamilton Oaks Winery

Florals  -  Tustin Florist                  

Makeup - Marylu Gomez              

Models  - Theresa Murphy            

                  Merissa Underwood