piece of cheesecake

tyler loves cheesecake. i do too, but if i eat it i only have a bite because it's so high in calories and fat. i found this recipe for no bake cheesecake, and decided to lighten it up as best as i could. and it only has a few ingredients!

1 package of reduced fat cinnamon graham crackers, finely crushed
6 tablespoons margarine
1/3 cup sugar

1 8 oz light cream cheese
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 8 oz tub light cool whip
1/4 cup lemon juice (use fresh if possible!)

mix the first 3 ingredients and pat down in a springform pan. bake at 325 for 7 minutes. let cool.

let cream cheese sit out for a few hours until room temperature.  cream cheese should spread easily with a spatula.

combine the cream cheese, cool whip, and condensed milk with a hand mixer to combine.  add lemon juice last. mix for two minutes with the hand mixer.

pour combined cream cheese mixture on top of cooled graham cracker crust.

spread evenly. refrigerate at least 2 hours.

ok, so its not exactly the consistency of cheesecake, its quite a bit smoother.  and it has a hint of lemon taste, but its still pretty darn good and you can eat a slice without feeling totally guilty!


happily ever after

for the first official post, i thought it would be appropriate to post our wedding pictures.  we loved our photographers, jenny and eddie of jenny martell photography.  jenny was almost 9 months pregnant on our wedding day, so eddie was our main guy with a second shooter (jenny was there for our engagements and my bridal portraits.)  they are both super fun people and very talented.  we're so glad we hired them!

i was a bit more particular about our photographer than tyler was. it was important that our photographers were fun - afterall, we'd be hanging out with them the whole day of our wedding. also, it was important to me that our photographers used photoshop.  a lot of photogs out there use lightroom, and while that's totally acceptable and you can get beautiful pictures with it, i needed to know that our photographers could do some major retouching, etc. if needed, and while you can do some of that in lightroom, i was totally okay with our photos being photoshopped (some people like them to be more natural looking). and lastly, i wanted photographers that were more journalistic in their style.  the current trend in wedding photography right now is vintagey, yellow tones, which is beautiful - but is it going to be great in 30 years or would our pictures just look old?  jenny and eddie have a very modern, journalistic style and i think it will be just as beautiful in 30 years as it is now.  here are just a few of our favorite pics.

Mo, my hair and makeup lady, did miraculous things with my hair

Isn't the lighting in this picture stunning?

Still dying over my Valentinos. 

Bridesmaids - minus one (Nicole had emergency dress issues!  Luckily Mo was a seamstress too!)

Cute husband :)

Sweet moment

Mom and Dad

Tyler was crying, so I had to cry!


Tiffany's - I married a very smart man
His first pair of custom cowboy boots - I picked out everything about them!

New sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and niece

Marcela, you're adorbs.

Mr. and Mrs. Caviness

We like to be models

My cake - might be my favorite detail of the wedding


My friends are fun!

My reception dress was made out of my mom's wedding dress.

2nd line! Favorite part of the night!

Not sure where the guitar came from, but it was fun!

was that enough pictures for you?  :)  we really love them.  next thing to come is the wedding video!

a shout out to all my vendors:
church: highland park united methodist church
reception venue: 333 first avenue
wedding planner: jordan payne events
floral: jordan payne events
lighting: beyond
dj: beyond
caterer: gil's elegant catering
cakes: the cake guys
photographers: jenny martell photography
videography: hakim sons films
paper goods: paper and chocolate
calligrapher: the left handed calligrapher
hair and makeup: fairy godmother (mo bowers)
wedding dress: paloma blanca purchased at brickhouse bridal
reception dress: custom made by becky fowler
bridal earrings: nordstrom
bridesmaid earrings: custom made by black and white jewels
purse: vintage
tyler's custom boots: wild bills western store in the west end