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Because I Love It

Disclaimer: the following has nothing to do with weddings or photography and everything to do with something tasty!

I’ve made no secret about how much I’ve grown to love Avocado this year, so much so that I’ve swapped my cheese and crackers (almost) daily snack for avocado and crackers. It’s the perfect food really, and even comes with its own bowl :) Now anything I hear about or see on a menu that contains avocado immediately grabs my attention. This weekend a friend mentioned having just made a chicken salad with avocado that she found on Pinterest and my interest was piqued – I found and made it myself this morning with what I had on hand and it was so delicious I want to share it here and write it down for myself so I remember the simple recipe in the future:

*Bonus (in my opinion): it’s mayo-free!

As you can see in the image, the ingredients are few. Just canned chicken (shredded rotisserie would be delicious), diced avocado – the most important ingredient in my book, diced yellow onion which I sautéed in the microwave for time’s sake, Mrs. Dash Italian Medley seasoning – again working with what I had on hand, lime juice and salt! I enjoyed mine with my favorite cracker for avocado alone, Kashi Pita Crisps which I find at SuperTarget.

Next time I’ll definitely make a bigger batch! Let me know if you try it – and if you do, enjoy!

P.S. – if you’re on Pinterest and we’re not following each other yet, let’s! Find me on Pinterest as erindavenport.

Mommy Lisa luvJune 4, 2012 - 5:27 PM

Adding this to my healthy lunch menu for this week–perfection!

Nicole GroomJune 4, 2012 - 6:56 PM

I think I’ll have to try this!

Kelsy McCartneyJune 4, 2012 - 7:05 PM

YUM! I will be trying this, Erin :) Thanks for sharing!

LinneaJuly 15, 2012 - 7:00 PM

YUMMY! I need to make this asap :o) Thanks for sharing the recipe… we have a whole bag of avocados from Costco and this would be a great way to use one or two!

Mary Lichter-HimlerFebruary 12, 2013 - 1:24 PM

We are just making this today Erin. I love your lack of measurements but it drives Monica crazy! Sounds delish!

Captiva Island Wedding | Amanda & Jordan

I’m so excited to be sharing Amanda and Jordan’s wedding images with you today! As the very first couple to book my services I have been eagerly anticipating their big day for over a year now. Jordan’s sister Jessica is one of my dear friends and Amanda and I were bridesmaids and Jordan a groomsman for Jessica and John’s wedding last May – as a result I’ve grown quite close with their families and it was wonderful to share their biggest day with them :)

While the couple and many of the guests reside in Florida, this Captiva Island wedding was still a destination event. Tucked away at the end of a long, winding beach-side road is ‘Tween Waters Inn where the wedding weekend took place. I was thrilled to find Plumeria growing there, a favorite bloom of mine since visiting Maui . . .

Gown: Eve of Malady – The Collection Bridal, Orlando

Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy

Hair: ‘Tween Waters Spa

Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist & Officiant: Nan DeSelms – Romantic Island Weddings

Singer: Anissa Damon

DJ: Ron Rutz

The day started out bright, sunny and warm.

I just have to mention that Amanda wasn’t posing for me in the image below, she had just put one of her earrings in and looked up casually . . . Amanda, seriously you are so beautiful!

Despite the sunny start, clouds gathered early in the afternoon and opened up with thunder and enough rain to threaten Amanda & Jordan’s beach ceremony.

Amanda’s bridesmaids were so sweet and supportive while waiting to hear from the coordinator whether the show would go on as planned, I love this adorable shot of them under the awning of their cottage where we shot to avoid the rain :)

Those would be real lashes. Such a lucky girl. . .

My hubby Gary joined me for the day as my second shooter and contributed some great shots to Amanda and Jordan’s collection, including the one below on the left of Amanda and her Maid of Honor Kaitlynn.

Amanda wore her mother’s veil for the day, here they are seeing each other for the first time after she had it placed :)

The wedding date was sewn into her gown in blue:

Annie! This is Annie, the Bride and Groom’s pup. She had a special outfit for the day too of course . . .

So it rained on their wedding day. It did on ours too! I’ve been told it’s good luck and I’m gonna go with that. In Jordan and Amanda’s case, the rain served to cool the day and provide soft beautiful light for their 5pm beach ceremony. It was still sprinkling lightly as things got underway, but halted soon and I really couldn’t have been happier with the atmosphere it created.

Look at that groom looking at his bride :)

Those rings can be tough sometimes!

A bright, sunny day wouldn’t have yielded this beautiful view:

Why yes, Annie – this is a special blanket they brought just for you. She plopped right down as if it were the case :)

I believe this is a post “mean-muggin'” crack up:

A favorite.

Amanda is a proud Florida Gator so the Chomp was a must!

This was the first I’d heard of the Cat Daddy dance but definitely not the last of the day! Joshua’s face especially cracks me up!

The guys looking a little more GQ:

This move was introduced to me at Jordan’s sister’s wedding last May, the sequence is hilarious! A tradition being formed . . .

Ah, and now for the pretties of the couple. Thank the skies for lovely post-rain light and color.

Outside the entrance to the reception, a de-sanding station! Such a brilliant idea, and much needed after being out on the moist sand.

Parents’ wedding photos. So sweet.

This father-daughter dance image makes me melt . . . thank you Gary!

Madison has moves and isn’t afraid to use them. I love it!

Sweet, sweet, sweet.

Amanda and Jordan, thank you so much for inviting me and Gary to be part of your wedding. It was an honor, a privilege and so much fun. Wishing you all the best!

Much love,

Jess WithamJune 2, 2012 - 2:38 PM

Beautiful as always Erin! Beach weddings are my favorite!

Kaitlynn EarnshawJune 2, 2012 - 2:38 PM

I LOVE THEM ALLL! Amanda you look stunning and erin you are an AMAZING photographer!

Joe SchaferJune 2, 2012 - 3:09 PM

This is such an amazing album and story. Thank you so much Erin Davenport for capturing the days special moments so perfectly!

Jessica BrueggerJune 2, 2012 - 3:43 PM

love the pictures! hilarious one of bub jumping in the air! sweet picture of him and manda dancing at the end!

Sue BrueggerJune 2, 2012 - 4:17 PM

very, VERY beautiful…I think our favorite will be the one of Madison….well…no, but it does bring back a BIG smile! In addition to the beautiful bride and groom, I like the one of Jaime fixing Jordan’s collar and one with Jessica Lynne looking so sweet and of course the flower girl…I look forward to seeing them all! GREAT job!

Kathy Schafer-PezzuloJune 2, 2012 - 5:23 PM

Beautiful pictures, Beautiful wedding. :)

Linda SiegelinJune 2, 2012 - 8:38 PM

I know jess bruegger and erin you do fantastic work these pictures are so breathtaking,,, so real,,, what a gift and talent you have linda siegelin used to work with jess,,,, would love to have you come and capture my 9 dachsunds lol your pictures are so full of feeling and love ,,,

Jessica Stone SpellJune 2, 2012 - 10:23 PM

Erin, these photos are beautiful and literally brought tears to my eyes! You are so talented; thank you!

Francine ReppelJune 3, 2012 - 10:23 AM

Beautiful pictures

Deidra Yerby-WaggonerJune 3, 2012 - 12:03 PM

Erin, you have a gift. These are really nice. You captured the moment and made me feel like I was there all over again. They have a treasure in these pictures.

Rachel PageJune 3, 2012 - 7:35 PM


Renee MulderJune 5, 2012 - 12:04 AM

Erin- you are a very gifted photographer! Loved all the shots, especially the “fun” ones like the one where Jordan jumped into the bridesmaids arms and the guys dancing on the beach. Also loved the sentimental one w/Amanda adjusting her veil and the Moms watching her and tearing up. What a beautiful bride Amanda was and it looks likes it was a very special wedding!

MariaJune 25, 2012 - 4:30 PM

Hi there, your photos are aimnazg! May I ask, where are good rooftop locations to shoot in LA? I live in LA and never got a chance to have a photo shoot on a rooftop. Let me know if you can, thanks!

Wedding Season 2012 Begins!

Excited to be on my way to Florida for some shooting fun! Jordan and Amanda’s beach wedding on Captiva Island, a portrait session, and then an engagement session with my other Florida couple, Kevin and Tory. Excited!


Destination Wedding Photographer

Looking forward to seeing you all, Florida friends!

Jesika BolinApril 26, 2012 - 3:11 PM

I cant wait to see all the photos!!! Bummed im not going to see you…

Garden of the Gods + Manitou Springs Engagement | Beth & Trinity

Beth and Trinity are my Colorado couple — they’re getting married this August at Copper Mountain and I am so looking forward to spending that wonderful day with them and their friends and families. We met up last Saturday for their engagement session at Garden of the Gods here in Colorado Springs and then headed over to Manitou Springs for the second half of the shoot. We had to keep a close eye on the weather all week as it threatened to rain us out, but luckily it held off and we were able to spend some great photo time together! Work brought Beth and Trinity together but it’s also been the source of weeks and months apart. It’s clear to me after an afternoon witnessing the way they are with one another that they’re meant to be together for good :)

Trinity proposed to Beth on a trip to Mexico with this gorgeous Ritani engagement ring. Love. it.

Trinity and Beth, I’m so glad to be part of this special time in your lives!

Much love,

Jen Goulet KesslerApril 20, 2012 - 12:39 AM

just beautiful! I miss colorado springs.

Darcy Bishop JolleyApril 20, 2012 - 12:55 AM

I love these pictures guys! good job:)

Gayle PauleyApril 20, 2012 - 1:09 PM

Beth, you are so cute! (Still!) Love the Garden of the Gods!

Pat StollApril 20, 2012 - 2:07 PM

Beautiful pictures! Just forgot your starwars T-shirts!

Jessica BrueggerApril 20, 2012 - 2:41 PM

so pretty what a unique ring! ring shots are definitly my fave! love the B&W shot of her resting her head on his shoulder too, soo sweet!

Beth Stroker McLeanApril 20, 2012 - 6:26 PM

Great pictures. So much happiness and best wishes for them. Thx Patty for sharing. Wow r we getting old when our young ones r getting married, having kids, etc. ha just keep remembering those HS days.

Mykel NicolasApril 20, 2012 - 6:54 PM

Personal and Professional. Lots of teeth and shades of green. Excellent.

Victoria DerrickApril 28, 2012 - 12:39 PM

Such a cute couple. Great location, and my favorite would have to be the kissing one in the bottom set. :-)

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