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Our big weekend starts now and I cannot wait to make it all happen. And the truth is- none of it could happen without other vendor support. I'm amazed at the help and love and genuine goodness I see in my friendors in the thick of it with us each weekend. ⠀

We have two big weddings this weekend and then the first edition of #thegatherseries for the summer on Monday--- creating a three day marathon that I could not dream up if I tried. ⠀

And yeah its crazy and yes I know the wedding industry is insane and yes I am aware that hosting 16 people (many of whom are strangers) for dinner would stress some out- but when its what you love to do- it ALWAYS comes together. ⠀

Cheers to our brides this weekend and cheers to the tribe that helps us execute it each and every weekend. ⠀

And cheers to kinda sorta maybe a little falling in love with boutonnieres this year. MAYBE.⠀

Clinks from the road. Early bird always gets the worm. And the vases. And the coffee date. And the flower truck. And the client meeting.⠀

xo⠀
K⠀

Thank you to the lovely Kalin @stemsandsprigs for inviting me to be a part of the inaugural #theGatherSeries series at her beautiful event space & farm @sweetwaterlavenderfarm💜

The planning for the second #thegatherseries has begun and I'm excited! Pictures turned out awesome and can't wait to share more. Here's me "in action" in case anyone thinks I'm making this all up. Happy Saturday! ☀️

Snacking on an arugula salad with the woman who farmed it sitting across from me. Lavender sprawling the table with the woman who grew it to my left. And wine, so much wine. #Womanpower #PureMichigan #thegatherseries

Every time we host #thegatherseries we love showing people around our tiny farm. Can't believe this was one year ago! Little baby plants being admired by our friends @fieldguidefarmhouse @spiritofwalloon and shot by our friend @holdenphotographs ---crazy to see how far they've come 💜💜💜

Friends and feast! It's the people who make a house a home and we were so honored to welcome #thegatherseries hosted by boss lady @stemsandsprigs a few weeks back. Connecting people over food and wine for thoughtful conversation just for the pleasure of it all is beyond. #dinnerparty #friends
Food prepared by @sunshinequeen8 and @that_french_place. Photos by the talented @thecompasspointshere

Behind the scenes in the kitchen- where the magic happens right! #cheflife #sunrise2sunsetevents #sweetwaterlavenderfarm #thegatherseries #kitchentime

It's easy to lose sight of the importance of relationships in your life...which yuck, I hate that life can make that easy. You can get swept up in the busy and the hustle, and be temporarily fulfilled by the social media connections...but PEOPLE and investing in real face-to-face friendships with them, can make life so much better!

My girl, Kalin, of @stemsandsprigs, has a passion for investing in people. When it starts to gets warmer, she invites strangers to her beautiful Petoskey, MI farm (but seriously, so beautiful, go check her feed) and hosts a dinner catered by local chefs and covered in her beautiful blooms 🌻 How amazing is that?! When I heard about #thegatherseries I knew I had to support it, and now a little piece of KRD will welcome all of her guests ❤️ now I just need to make it up there and be a guest myself!

Go invest in people and have a HAPPY FRIDAY!

Long shadows, fruit trees and sparkly lights... it was the start of a brilliant evening. #thegatherseries #manythanksandgratitude @stemsandsprigs @sunrise2sunsetevents @bearcreekorganicfarm @brysestate

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Our big weekend starts now and I cannot wait to make it all happen. And the truth is- none of it could happen without other vendor support. I'm amazed at the help and love and genuine goodness I see in my friendors in the thick of it with us each weekend. ⠀

We have two big weddings this weekend and then the first edition of #thegatherseries for the summer on Monday--- creating a three day marathon that I could not dream up if I tried. ⠀

And yeah its crazy and yes I know the wedding industry is insane and yes I am aware that hosting 16 people (many of whom are strangers) for dinner would stress some out- but when its what you love to do- it ALWAYS comes together. ⠀

Cheers to our brides this weekend and cheers to the tribe that helps us execute it each and every weekend. ⠀

And cheers to kinda sorta maybe a little falling in love with boutonnieres this year. MAYBE.⠀

Clinks from the road. Early bird always gets the worm. And the vases. And the coffee date. And the flower truck. And the client meeting.⠀

xo⠀
K⠀

Every time we host #thegatherseries we love showing people around our tiny farm. Can't believe this was one year ago! Little baby plants being admired by our friends @fieldguidefarmhouse @spiritofwalloon and shot by our friend @holdenphotographs ---crazy to see how far they've come 💜💜💜

It's easy to lose sight of the importance of relationships in your life...which yuck, I hate that life can make that easy. You can get swept up in the busy and the hustle, and be temporarily fulfilled by the social media connections...but PEOPLE and investing in real face-to-face friendships with them, can make life so much better!

My girl, Kalin, of @stemsandsprigs, has a passion for investing in people. When it starts to gets warmer, she invites strangers to her beautiful Petoskey, MI farm (but seriously, so beautiful, go check her feed) and hosts a dinner catered by local chefs and covered in her beautiful blooms 🌻 How amazing is that?! When I heard about #thegatherseries I knew I had to support it, and now a little piece of KRD will welcome all of her guests ❤️ now I just need to make it up there and be a guest myself!

Go invest in people and have a HAPPY FRIDAY!

Really really looking forward to the return of #thegatherseries this summer. I need it. ⠀

Need the connection and the pace of it all. Need the flurry of activity beforehand only to then sit at a table with a dozen strangers who become our friends and no one is glued to their phone or wishing they were elsewhere. Need the quiet clinking of the glasses as I load the dishwasher after everyone has left. Need the kind words of affirmation the next morning from our guests. Need the reminder that the best way to feel connected to something is to pour your heart and soul into it and then share it with others. ⠀

Needing all of it on this rainy Tuesday morning here at the farm, and know it'll be here before we know it. ⠀

A big list to cross off today, including a little site visit adventure with one of our brides. Man this adventure is fun. 🤗⠀

Clinks to you my friend.⠀
xo⠀
K⠀

PS- We have a FEW spots at August / Sept editions of #thegatherseries - interested? Drop me an email. ⠀

Photo: @holdenphotographs

Looking for a place to host a dozen of your favorite friends? Check out our #thatchhouse where there is plenty of room for everyone. This sweet table set for #thegatherseries by @stemsandsprigs. Thank you @thecompasspointshere for the photo! #rentalproperty #vacationrental #chalet #rentalproperty #vacation #springbreak

The delicate balance of love and life and all the good things you should slow down and recognize in between. There is a lot more than you sometimes realize. I see my own hands at work and know that I am fortunate to pursue all that I love and share it the way I do. Photo credit flashback from the September 2016 #thegatherseries @thecompasspointshere

See her in her natural environment. Notice her focus and determination to make whatever she is creating A masterpiece. #chef #cheflife #chefsofinstagram #girlinthekitchen #foodstagram #plateup #chefstable Photo credit: @thecompasspointshere #thegatherseries

Friends and feast! It's the people who make a house a home and we were so honored to welcome #thegatherseries hosted by boss lady @stemsandsprigs a few weeks back. Connecting people over food and wine for thoughtful conversation just for the pleasure of it all is beyond. #dinnerparty #friends
Food prepared by @sunshinequeen8 and @that_french_place. Photos by the talented @thecompasspointshere

To gather with friends is always a priceless moment in time. @stemsandsprigs hosted their winter #thegatherseries at #thethatchhouse a few weeks ago. What a fabulous way to bring people together over a thoughtfully prepared meal and of course plenty of wine. #dinnerparty #weddingvenue #rentalproperty #vacationhome
photo: @thecompasspointshere
food: @sunshinequeen8 @that_french_place

I am so absolutely in love with The Gather Series. What Kalin @stemsandsprigs has created by bringing awesome groups of diners and chefs together is really truly special. This sounds super gushy and cheesy but it really is all about the vibes... and really good ones are created here. I loved the cozy environment of this dinner @mushroomhouserentals - it obviously had a very different feel compared to the outdoor farm dinners of the summer and fall, but everything paired so nicely together. The courses from @that_french_place and @s2s.sugar2salt were fabulous. If you haven't had the chance to snag a seat yet, reach out to Kalin about upcoming events - you won't be sorry! .
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Pictured is Stephanie @sunshinequeen8 getting ready to plate the main course.
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#thegatherseries #charlevoix #food #dinner #cozy #hygge #dinnerparty #foodie #event #winter #northernmichigan #chef #cheflife #mushroomhouse #thecompasspointshere @kalinelizabeth @juniperandlaceevents @bloomfloraldesign @emilita1825

I feel like I have opened a door to a whole new world… Savory maccarons- Brie raspberry. Love it when the culinary world surprises me and this tasted genius! @that_french_place #savory #maccarons #cheflife #thegatherseries

A lovely gathering hosted tonight @mushroomhouserentals by our sweet friends @stemsandsprigs. #thegatherseries #dinnerparty #rusticdecor #woodland #cottage

As 2016 comes to a close I am weirdly emo about everything we created this year. It seems that out of thin air at times, we got this cluster together enough to create magic. And what sticks out the most for me personally, is The Gather Series.⠀

I feel most at home, setting the table for you. Maybe its all the napkins my mom made me iron as a kid before company came, or my undying hate for chargers thanks to hand washing them every holiday and hollering into the dining room where the adults were having another bottle as the candles burned down, "but we didn't even EAT OFF OF THESE" --- my how far I've come. ⠀

I crave the simplicity of a table, but the little touches that make it feel special. Like this snap from our July edition of #TheGatherSeries where we made bouquets from the garden for the table, and came up with what will forever be my favorite guest favor- a tiny bundle of fresh lavender at each place. ⠀

Listen, I'm not here to pretend this is all perfect, or that I'm setting the table for Matt and I each night. But when the time is right and we put some effort into it- it all seems to click. It simmers down to one thing: I am obsessed with bringing people together. Quality over quantity. That's why our tables can only hold 15, max. ⠀

So I hope however the year ends for you- it involves time at a table. ⠀

Oh! And if you're still reading and want to be first to know when you can sign up to join us next year at The Gather Series -- make sure you're signed up for our mailing list, you can get all set up on our website. We are always looking for farmers/ food artisans / Northern Michigan people who enjoy conversation & wine. ⠀

Happy Friday.⠀
xo ⠀

Photo: @holdenphotographs

What this place is all about. Slow meals. Delicious flavors. Clinking glasses. Bistro lights. Good company. Scheming up so many beautiful things for when #thegatherseries returns in June. Can't wait to have you with us at the table. 💜 pc: @thecompasspointshere

#thegatherseries from September was magical. Already dreaming up plans for 2017. Tap this photo to see the amazing team that put this one together.
Photo: @thecompasspointshere (for real, hire Courtney & Mike --they have so perfectly captured so many moments here at the farm this year. we love them)

Serving up photos from the September Gather Series on the blog soon 📷...hopefully as well as I served myself some of @bearcreekorganicfarm's micro green salad (that I still drool over from time to time). #thegatherseries pc:@thecompasspointshere

I'm still dreaming about this salad from @bearcreekorganicfarm at #thegatherseries dinner last week. If you're near the Petoskey Farmers Market you should definitely grab some of these micro greens! My dear friend Kalin started The Gather Series to bring people together and celebrate local food, entrepreneurs, and community. We've been super grateful to share in these meals and document the magic. Check out @sweetwaterlavenderfarm and @stemsandsprigs if you want to stay in the loop for upcoming events! .
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#tbt #thecompasspointshere #localfood #microgreens #organic #nomi #northernmichigan #petoskey #upnorth #fall #harvest #foodie #tcfoodie

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