As many of you know we love our cocktails around here. In fact, most of our clients do as well. So much so that they incorporate a signature drink or two as part of their wedding or event.

But, did you know that one factor in how well your cocktail is made is the ice?!?!

Wait what?!?!? Yup!! Mind blown!!

How did I find out this amazing little tidbit? Well, we partnered with Cocktail Academy and Penny Pound to create the beautiful herb-infused block ice and delicious cocktails. Ro and Co Events beautifully designed these delicious set-ups.

So, want to know how you can upgrade your ice to enhance your cocktail experience? Try incorporating floral and herbal elements!

Of course, we recommend leaving it to a professional like Penny Pound! They have specialized tools to cut their cubes with laser precision. However, if you want to give it a go for yourself, head on over to Ro & Co Events. They’ll show you all the steps you will need to make your ice the talk of the party.

We know you want us to share some of these cocktail recipes right?!?! Never fear, we love sharing! Head on over to Ro & Co Events to downloadable the recipe.

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Ahhh! This sweet couple had the most beautiful wedding at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica ! I adore them!
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Goli + Maciej came to me via Details Details and we hit it off right away. I love when that connection between myself and a client is so strong! That is when you know you have found the perfect client and photographer match! After all, it’s crucial that you choose the right photographer to go with your perfect guy and your amazing day.
And amazing day it was! From the first look at the beautiful Fig tree of Fairmount to the gorgeous traditional Iranian Aghd ceremony with a “sofreh” it was a perfect day for Goli and Macieji! With Goli being Persian and Maciej Polish, it was sure to be a happening party. And the guests did not disappoint!
Oh did I mention that Goli and Maciej originally planned to elope and at last minute decided to have a local wedding, planning everything with Kristi of Details Details in just a few short months! Pretty amazing huh?!?! Only working with highly professional teams can one make that happen and still have a stunning and smooth event.
Here’s some pictures from their beautiful day!
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The ballroom was set with an elegant simple white and green with florals by Butterfly Floral and illuminated by candles providing a soft and romantic feel.
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They are just too cute and I am so happy for them! OMG! How cute is their first dance! And Goli’s reception dress!
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The dance floor was bumping and everyone was dancing the night away.
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Venue: Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica / Traditional Aghd Sofreh: Asaneh Sargordan / Event Planner: Kristi Lee of Details Details / Hair and Makeup: Le Atelier Xavier / Wedding dress: BHLDN Adalynn Lace Dress / Flowers: Butterfly Floral and Event Design / Officiant: Golnar Djahanbani / Music: DJ Payman / Ceremony MC: MC Tehran / Wedding Cake: Sweet Lady Jane 

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It’s such an honor when a fellow vendor asks you to be the photographer for their Malibu elopement! I am always humbled by the love and support of the people I admire most!
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Lina, with A Stunning Affair, is one of these amazing people. I have had the pleasure of working with her on several occasions. Her style, vision and personality are top of the line! We have become good friends since first meeting in this industry in 2011!
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It isn’t easy finding friends in this industry and I am lucky to say I have found a few. Lina is one of the first people that welcomed me with open arms as I was trying to make my way into a new market. Another super supportive person is Susan who just happens to be the ever so talented florist for Lina’s wedding! Susan is also a dear friend to Lina and I as well. So you can say dream team for sure!
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Ok … ok … enough about me and these wonderful ladies. Let’s dive into this gorgeous elopement at Malibu Rocky Oaks, a private estate overlooking the hills of Malibu. OMG! I love this venue and I know you will too once you take a look at it! The views, the sunset, the stone, but phew those stairs! I got my workout for sure, but oh so totally worth it! I mean look at those breathtaking views. Not a bad place to work if you ask me. Stairs included!
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They had their ceremony on the helipad, where a view of a semi-circle garland of eucalyptus and olive branches adorned with colorful roses, dahlias, peonies and amaryllis intermixed with candles made this small elopement complete.
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Let’s talk about this ring! Stunning right? It may have been months and months and a few trips DTLA to find this one of a kind gem, but it was worth it! Lina got the rock of her dreams!
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Following the ceremony, guests were invited for dinner at Malibu Café where they enjoyed an amazing meal with good company in a casual, yet beautiful, outdoor setting. “We really wanted our reception to feel relaxed and were fortunate enough to create this look with long rectangular tables complete with eclectic rustic chairs.”
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And those vibrant floral arrangements from Peony and Plum combined with the linens from Luxe Linens and dishes from Pretty Vintage Table was a perfect complement to the relaxed and elegant setting Lina was shooting for.
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For all you dog lovers, how cute are these place cards of Lina and Hanz’s little Yorkshire Terrier puppy, Molly. You know I am a sucker for puppies.
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And then there is this sweets table! So cute!
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Lina wanted a simple, romantic, easy going wedding to celebrate with her closest friends and family and that is exactly what she got! Aren’t they sweet?
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VENDORS:
Wedding Venue: Malibu Rocky Oak / Reception Venue: Malibu Cafe / Florals: Peony and Plum / Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table / Linens: Luxe Linens / Stationery, Menus: Calligraphy Katrina / Pup Silhouettes: Factory Enova / Desserts: A Sweet Design

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You’re going to love this Vasquez Rocks maternity shoot!

Rachel and Mark are near and dear to me. They have not only been clients since their wedding in 2010, but have become wonderful friends! I just love when that happens. Good people that have a beyond amazing experience is what makes my day! That is why I love what I do.

This couple is a true testament to how choosing the right photographer is a big deal. It’s imperative that you don’t look back with regret. Rachel and Mark never have, in fact they have come back year after year and I look forward to many years to come of building a long lasting friendship with them.

I have had the opportunity to photograph their wedding and each new fur family member they have added since. And now, as you can see, they are expecting a little human baby now! (It’s a boy!) I can’t wait to meet him and photograph him for years to come. Congratulations Rachel and Mark! xoxo

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How about this dream wedding for you! A glass chapel and a reception with an epic ocean view in Palos Verdes! A romantic elegant wedding filled with love, laughter, and, of course, a good party!

Karen and Eric got married at Wayfarers Chapel and continued their celebration at Trump National Golf Course. But first, they started the day at the ever so beautiful Terranea. It was a perfect day … a day this couple has dreamed of for years, especially since they’ve been together for 13 years!

Read this note from Karen and you will see why I love them:

“Eric grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes. Spending most of our weekends in this beautiful city, we have always known we would likely get married here. We decided to have a smaller, more intimate ceremony with only family and close friends at Wayfarers Chapel and then host a bigger reception at Trump National. Our ‘first look’ was held at Terranea where we stayed for the weekend. We went for a soft, romantic and elegant wedding design, filled with candlelight and neutral flower palettes with greenery. The wedding was filled with so much love, laughter (and alcohol of course) and we could not be any happier with every wedding detail.” – Karen

I mean come on … a soft romantic elegant wedding filled with love, laughter and, of course, alcohol, it doesn’t speak any more to me than that! You already know you need to find a photographer that you connect with … a photographer that captures the essence of who you are and the beautiful aesthetic of your dream wedding. This wedding was a match made in heaven for myself and Karen and Eric!

You also know you need someone proven and who is committed to giving you a fantastic experience. You want an experience that you can look back at your investment knowing every penny was well spent. Karen and Eric got that for sure, especially since we made Eric smile and enjoy (or tolerate) the day. I actually have to give Aldo all the credit for that! I guess it’s a guy thing! Karen has beautiful photos she can look back on with pure love and joy, remembering her dream wedding just the way she had imagined it!

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Karen was so at ease when getting ready, we were able to capture some beautiful and goofy moments with her! How cute is she with her Mom and Sister? I love the relationship that the three of them have. Even more so since I was able to capture it a few times throughout the day.

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The first look was perfect as Karen walked up to Eric with the beautiful ocean in the background and a perfect overcast day -all to make a breathtaking scenic.

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I will admit … typically I am not a fan of multiple locations for your wedding day since it can take away from the whole experience with all the traveling around, but in this case each and every location was stunning! And, of course, Karen was totally down for all the photo requests, lol. Eric earned some huge brownie points that day. He doesn’t like having his pictures taken. But after getting to know us at their engagement session, he felt more comfortable with us. While I’d love to say he was all up for everything we asked, he politely tolerated it all with a smile, lol. (Gotta keep it real, lol.)

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VENDORS: Ceremony Venue: Wayfarers Chapel \ Reception Venue: Trump National Golf Club
\ Getting Ready/First Look Venue: Terranea \ Photographer: Krista Mason \ Wedding Planner: Chic Celebrations \
DJ: Vox DJs \ Lights/Drape/Floor: TMMPro \ Flowers: City Flowers LA \ Videographer: Lighthouse Studios \ HMUA: Angela Le \ Photobooth: Ryan Hung Photography \ Furniture Rental: Etablir Shop \ Linens: LaTavola \ Invites/Escort cards/Menu: Copper Willow 

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Ahhh..one of my favorite things. Cocktails! Even better? Happy Friday Cocktails!!
I will take a good hand crafted cocktail anytime! And aren’t they so pretty! Gianna and Lauryl really took pretty to a new level with this event. I mean killer – right! Now you guys know why this is one of my favorite dream teams! They know style!
I have always had a love for cocktails, but it wasn’t until a recent workshop with Tal of Pharmacie that I learned about the goodness of handcrafted fresh made cocktails.
My appreciation grew so much that after the workshop I went to a bar supply store and purchased everything I needed to make my own juices and syrups and began experimenting with all sorts of cocktails. Do you feel a cocktail party coming on….ummm, I sure do!
I have to say Pharmacie makes the most incredible cocktails ever, to the point that it could be dangerous. Trust me … been there! Haha, thanks Uber!
What I love most is Tal’s passion for his craft. We all have a skill, but what really makes what we do special and unique is the passion we have for our craft. And it shows in our work. We care so far beyond the service we’re providing. It goes even deeper – we want you to feel ecstatic and just as passionate as we do. We want you walk away not just with good food, cocktails, florals, and photos, but an experience that moves you. When you take a sip or bite or look at your photographs, it should invoke an emotion that says, “Yes, that’s exactly what I had in mind. How did they know?” Trust us, we just do, and it isn’t just what we do, but who we are.
And you can see that in this stunning cocktail editorial shoot. I’m asking you, has a cocktail really ever looked so good? I know you wanna go make one right now – I do!
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VENDORS
Styling: Chic Celebrations // Styling and Florals: Lauryl Lane // Venue: The Fig House // Cocktails: Pharmacie // Sweets: Hey There Cupcake // Table Tops: Borrowed Blu // Calligraphy: Anne Robin // Photography: Krista Mason Photography

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You’ll love this Griffith Observatory engagement shoot! Maggie and Chad are adorable, fun and easy going, but they don’t consider themselves photogenic. Who can relate to that?
Don’t be shy, I know most of you feel this way. I know Aldo and I do.
Having your pictures taken can be dreadful, yes I am aware. But this is why I love what I do and have found my dream job.
I not only capture what you are feeling (the good feelings, lol) but also help you see yourself in the best possible light – all while making you feel at ease, beautiful and amazing.
And that is exactly how Maggie and Chad felt through out their session. They were at ease and comfortable, even when I asked them to do some close snuggling that made them a bit uneasy (they aren’t big on PDA).
The end result was some amazing engagement images at Griffith Observatory that they now gloriously share with all their friends and family.
They trusted me and found a photographer that they connected with and understood their needs.
Isn’t that what you want too? The bottom line is that excellence starts and ends with your experience, where you literally don’t have to worry about a thing. Oh, and of course, if you get beautiful images in the end? Well, then it’s all worth it!

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Ahhh This wedding … this venue … this couple … I could gush all day! But instead, let me tell you a little about this amazing couple and their dream wedding at Sunstone Vineyards.
Haley + Sev live in New York and decided to have their wedding in Central Coast California! I love central coast weddings! They are so beautiful! The lighting and the vibe is so very different, but in all the most amazing ways!
I was super excited from the first moment I connected with Haley! Especially when she told me she was having her wedding at Sunstone. My heart started to beat even faster, it maybe even skipped a beat! Sunstone is one of the most amazing venues with it’s beautiful vineyards and gorgeous villa that reminded me so much of my recent trip to Italy. So you know I was already hooked. After a Skype call with the lovely couple and our dogs, I fell in love even more, as did they!
Haley and Sev are New Yorkers and that is where they met and fell in love. But that’s not where their families are and family is very important to them. They wanted to include as much of their family and family heritage as possible.
“We wanted our wedding to speak to our families and where we came from. [Sev] is from France/Belgium and I am from the Bay Area. When we first walked the grounds at Sunstone Villa & Winery, we knew we had found our happy place – a perfect blend of CA wine-country with European charm (complete with a Villa built from authentic French materials!)” – Haley
Throughout the whole wedding planning process, there are some things you just know. From the moment you fall in love to the proposal, all the way to selecting the wedding dress and the venue, there’s a tug at your heart, or maybe you feel it deep in your gut, whatever it is … you hear it, feel it, say “This is it.” You can’t put it into words, but you know.
“Our vision was for a day of ‘California Cool’ meets with ‘European Elegance’ –  something warm, inviting & sophisticated, without fuss and formality. Because we had so many family and friends traveling from around the world, we wanted our day to be memorable not only to us, but to these important people who had gone above and beyond to share in our day.” – Sev
I am all about the sophistication without the fuss and formality. It is a party to celebrate your love for one another. And that is just what we want you to experience, the beautiful wedding you have envisioned celebrating with your closest family and friends.
I think some of my favorite weddings are ones that are more than just a day! They’re a weekend or even week of celebrations. Why stop at one day? Especially when everything goes by so quickly. Take the time to enjoy all the people you love and adore and make sure to you enjoy and soak in every amazing moment. One day you’ll look back and remember all those special moments and they’ll bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your lips. You’ll remember what you were feeling right before you walked down the aisle. What your maid of honor said that made everyone laugh. How handsome your love looked on this day or how you can see in his eyes how beautiful he thought you looked as he saw you for the first time.
And since I am a sucker for happy endings, here is Haley and Sev’s, straight from them:
“It was an unforgettable day and night. Not only made beautiful by the details in the venue, food and florals, but also by our amazing friends and family who traveled from far and wide to celebrate our marriage. We haven’t stopped smiling.”
That’s what dreams are made of!
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I love the champagne neutral colors of Haley’s bridesmaids dresses. A perfect example of that sophisticated, no fuss vibe the couple was striving for! Well, I think she nailed it. Especially with the classic white florals. Beautiful, classic, elegant! That’s what I am talking about!

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OMG! Didn’t I tell you the lighting was amazing here? There was a wild fire nearby that weekend and all the haze made for some beautiful skies! Luckily, no one was injured because it sure did make some stunning images. Now don’t go starting fires! Trust me, the coastal sunsets are still beautiful! Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Wedding Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Wedding Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Wedding
For Haley and Sev, it was all about spending time with their guests, and that they did. I love when couples work that into the timeline! A little pre cocktail, post cocktail and a grand party!
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Venue: Sunstone Winery \\ Planner: Tara Bassi Party Design \\ Catering: Field to Table Events \\ Rentals: Classic Party Rentals \\ Florals: Ambient Event Design \\ Photography: Krista Mason Photography \\ Music: Anthony Ybarra Music \\ DJ: Quiana \\ Cake: Decadence Wedding Cakes \\ HMU: Carlyle Salon \\ Transportation: EOS Transportation \\ Security: DAD Security \\ Onsite Childcare: The Little Guest \\ Linens: La Tavola Linens \\ Beverages: BevMo

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This shoot at the Fig House has my heart!
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One of the things I love best about being an artist is the ability to redefine 0ne’s self. Even when your art is photographing other people’s vision for their perfect wedding, being able to express personal growth through your art is exhilarating.
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I am sure you are asking, “What they heck does this have to do with this amazing shoot?” Well, I discovered a little more of myself last year when I started gravitating toward the weddings and events with bold colors. I have a newly discovered love for these rich deep hues. (My current obsession is with black and white!)
You see I always thought I wanted to be a soft dreamy neutral photographer; I thought it told a dreamier story. But the reality is I find beauty in all colors and most styles. I still have my core photography style, but I’ve just expanded it a tad bit. That is why I love collaborations like this one. It’s not just about sharing what could be, but exploring outside of the box as an artist. When all this amazingness collides, the end result is an out of this world stunning editorial shoot!
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Ok, back to this shoot! Besides getting to work with my dream team, what I loved most about this shoot is it took me way out of my comfort zone and I couldn’t be happier! I love these rich bold colors and the entire vibe of this shoot. I mean, I could talk for days about every single detail. You know my love of details and this shoot had them all! From the invitations to the table decor and of course in our bridal attire.
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OMG! The style of this bride and groom was off the hook! I am not gonna lie … I tried to rock the glam head piece while shooting. It might be my new shooting look – lol. And can we talk about the grooms velvet jacket? YES, please! There was so much goodness from this shoot, I can’t get over it.
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The Fig House, like many LA venues, is an amazing backdrop and has so many built-in WOW factors. But, I am all about transforming a space to be unique to you. Just like they always do, that is what this dream team did for this shoot. They took a rad venue space with so much already going for it and transformed it into this incredible dream wedding with a bright and bold vibe to match.
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Gianna, of Chic Celebrations, shares, “For our bright and modern styled shoot, we wanted to embrace all of that at every turn. Every detail was a creative marriage of the space and the art in it. We chose to use a mix of darks and brights with warm golds and black. The Fig House features vibrant abstract art throughout their space, the perfect backdrop for statement pieces. Love the way that bougainvillea chandelier looks like another piece of art!”
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The bouquet was what did it for me. Lauryl is a true floral master and she really knocked it out of the park on this one. In fact, it was voted one of the top bouquets on Green Weddings Shoes. The cake was voted one of the best of the year too!
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You know you have a great inspiration when two pieces of art in this case the bouquet and cake are voted best of the year. There is no question about it. I want to frame that bouquet!
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I love the base layer of the two piece combo from BHLDN. It’s an extra bonus that we were able to get three different looks with just a simple caplet or hair accessory change! I love accessories, don’t you?
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I am thrilled to say this isn’t my only bold shoot of the year, so keep an eye out for more bolds and blacks! I am so excited, are you?!?!
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Event Planning: Chic Celebrations // Florals: Lauryl Lane // Venue: The Fig House // Cocktails: Pharmacie // Cake: Hey There Cupcake // Table Tops: Borrowed Blu // Rentals: Classic Rentals // Stationery: Bliss and Bone // Calligraphy: Anne Robin // HMU: Kacee Geoffroy // Bridal attire: BHLDN, Camilla Christine Bridal // Groom’s attire: The Black Tux  // Bridal accessories: Styled By TC // Photography: Krista Mason Photography // Models: Chaz Hern and Bela Ruiva

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Who loves a great dinner party! Time to connect … eat … drink … enjoy. We are all foodies at heart! I don’t care what you say! You may eat differently than me, but you can’t tell me you don’t like a delicious meal, no matter the calorie count. (Can you tell I have adjusted my diet recently? lol) roomforty is definitely THE place for the modern LA foodie!
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That is what I love about weddings and events these days…food is no longer boiled, grilled, stuffed, dry, boring chicken! YES!!! Thank you to whoever made that shift happen! The joke used to be what kind of chicken are we having tonight! I am so excited for all of you; now you have amazing options when it comes to food.
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And let me tell you, Roomforty … YUMMMMM!!!!! I have had the pleasure of photographing several of these popup dinners and they are so fun. They are what made me fall in love with the gang at roomforty.
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But, you know what I love best about roomforty – I mean other than the food, the passion and love and soulfulness from the kitchen prep to the serving? They don’t just cook and serve food. These guys want you to have an experience with the food. Now that is what I am talking about. Life truly is all about the experiences, not just the results, but how those experience really make us feel, think, react and remember.
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That is why roomforty and I are a match made in heaven. We both want you to experience more than just food or photos. We want you to have a genuine experience and remember every detail. It’s everything you’ve dreamt of, right?
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One of the favorite questions ever asked of me by one of the lovely people at roomforty is, “What was your favorite childhood dish and why?” My answer, while a little embarrassing, was so intriguing. It made me think of things I hadn’t thought of in years. Who knew that food could produce so many thoughts, memories and feelings.
Oh you are still waiting for my answer. Ok, I will share if you do. Go ahead, leave a comment below with your favorite food. OK, indulge me for a few minutes.
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My favorite dish is fried chicken. I swear I would order it every meal if I could! You ask what does this have to do with my childhood? Well, my favorite food as a kid was McDonalds’ chicken nuggets and KFC chicken strips. (OK, don’t judge.)  There are many happy memories associated with these trips to KFC and MickyD’s. I can’t pinpoint why, but it brings me joy to think about these times as a kid. Thank goodness my pallet has matured, but I still love some fried chicken occasionally!
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No, my parents didn’t have me living off of these meals, but they were very, very young and trying to juggle a child and a career in addition to growing up themselves. I spent many evenings at my grandmother’s house. Whenever my parents asked what I wanted for dinner before heading off to my grandmother’s … I swear it was always KFC!
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When I was very young, it was always MickyD’s, or so goes the story my dad will tell you! He tells of a time I was being rewarded for something I had accomplished when I was five years old. My dad asked me, “What do you want for dinner, you can have anything you want.” My response? “McDonalds chicken nuggets.” My dad swears he tried very hard to get me to eat anything else, but I held my ground … haha!
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Ok, now I want to hear yours. Seriously, when you’re done reading this post, you’ve just GOT to tell me what your favorite food was when you were growing up! OK, I’ve been talking a lot about one of the most common American food dishes. Let me show you a few more examples of the amazing food the crew at roomforty can put together for your next event.
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RoomForty {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]
Don’t these dishes look absolutely amazing? The food, while not friend chicken, is incredible – trust me! I’m sure if you ask, they’ll make you some fried chicken, haha! You HAVE to connect with roomforty to cater your wedding or event. Oh … they also have these really cool pop-up dinners … they’re so much fun! They make for a great evening to celebrate with people you know or maybe even make new friends.
RoomForty {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]
Here’s some exciting news! roomforty and Pharmacie have partnered with The Fig House. Tasty cocktails, amazing food, a gorgeous venue – it doesn’t get much better than this!
RoomForty {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]
RoomForty {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]
RoomForty {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]
RoomForty {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]
All of my favorite things in one place! Rad venue, good food, killer cocktails, and unforgettable experiences for a superb social gathering! Sign me up!!!

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