• Welcome to Beryl Striewski Photography , Striewski Weddings and Heartfarm!!

    HI! Welcome to my blog and my website. I am a Northern Michigan gal, and I spend lots of time photographing people, places and food! I live in Traverse City but, have been known to travel outside of Michigan for just the right shot! I can photograph your wedding... or your table... or your lovely family!
    Traverse City Wedding, Portrait and Food Photographer Beryl Striewski, specializes in Northern Michigan Weddings, Lifestyle assignments, Portraits and Food Photography.




Do you think that wine pairs nicely with cheese and pizza pairs nicely with beer and sweets just top it all off?  Have you ever thought of pairing food with bourbon?  The Grand Traverse Resort recently held a Bourbon Dinner that paired a four course dinner with bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery.  As the sun set over the bay, Aerie restaurant was alive with the potential of an exciting, specially prepared dinner by the Grand Traverse Resort.

Executive Chef Bill Matthews created a first class gastronomic experience. The first course paired Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon with a vanilla bean gastrique over baked focaccia bread crostini with maytag blue cheese and warm spiced pecans. Yum!  But, that my dear friends, was just the beginning. Next up was a lovely peppery arugula tossed with honey crisp apples, toasted almonds, camembert cheese with smoked shallot orange zest Eagle Rare vinaigrette salad of sorts paired with an Eagle Rare 10 year Single Barrel Bourbon.  I mean, who comes up with these dishes?  Chef Bill of course!

The next course was an intermezzo, a break from the richness of the dinner.  I heard the chef  talk about the trial and error it took  to find just the right marrying of flavors for the sorbet; ginger with bourbon. The bourbon served with the sorbet was a Buffalo Trace Small Batch Bourbon.  And the diners loved every minute of it!

The main course was an espresso rubbed slow roasted tenderloin with saskatoon berry ridgemont demi glace, served with apple wood bacon wrapped potato terrine and butter poached brussel sprouts.  There were three different potatoes under this tender mouth watering piece of meat.  Paired with 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon.  I believe the Chef received a standing ovation for this course!

The last and final course, paired with a velvety creamy bourbon from Buffalo Trace was a bourbon brioche bread pudding souffle, with sugar bourbon candied pecans drizzled with salted caramel, and served with vanilla bean frozen yogurt. Oh gosh, what a delight!  Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon… all night long.

What a dinner!  What an experience! Bravo Chef Matthews!  Bravo Grand Traverse Resort for such an amazing dinner!!! And thankyou Buffalo Trace for providing the distinctively special bourbons!










This is my wonderful family that I had the pleasure of sharing time with this summer… Arwen and Heather and their two ridiculously cute children along with myself and my husband Jim (Arwen’s father)   along with a whole tribe of people from Heather’s side of the family vacationed together this summer in Colorado Springs.  We had a ball, hiking around Garden of the Gods and venturing up to the top of Pike’s Peak. I had the pleasure of taking some family portraits that I am oh so proud to share- not for the sake of the photography, but this family is so darn cute!!!  It was a glorious week, we had a fabulous time and here are a few of my favorite pictures that kind of say it all… family, love, children, vacation, love, family.  I can’t wait to see what we dream up for next year…




okay! this post is becomming too long… stay tuned for more family pictures!

Fall is in the air, and I wanted to remind everyone of how wonderful portraits can be with the warm fall light and the beautiful color of leaves that happens only in the fall.

Jackie, Dave and Alanna invited me to photograph them and their horses last year at Jackie and Dave’s farm.  I just love these warm and beautiful photographs.

If you’d like to have me take pictures with your horses, just call (713-927-5931)  or email me Beryl   and let’s set up an appointment!!


Jameson and Cram Horses
Jameson and Cram Horses
Jameson and Cram Horses
Jameson and Cram Horses
Jameson and Cram Horses
Jameson and Cram Horses

It was always Jenn’s dream to be photographed on her very large, deep black and gentle gelding named Jackson during her wedding.  She had hoped to ride down the aisle on him, hair flowing, black bow on her white dress flapping gently in the breeze as she cantered up to the minister to take her vows with her beloved… how romantic that would be.  Well, some things don’t turn out as planned. I think that Jackson had other thoughts about cantering down the aisle, but as it was, it was a beautiful day for a barn wedding.  Jackson was a gallant steed and posed for many pictures. More importantly though, Brad and Jenn tied the knot at this beautiful, backyard barn wedding. The evening was full of wonderful delight, great food shared with lots of friends and family…and we even had a couple of horses show up for the wedding!!  Jenn is a definate cowgirl… now, does this make Brad her very own cowboy?  Congratulations you two! I hope that you enjoy many many years of wedded bliss!!

Hi Ho Jackson!!!


Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad



Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad

Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad


Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad

Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad

Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad



Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad

Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad
Jenn Smith Wedding to Brad

When I first met up with Kim, she said that she was envisioning a colorful, summer sunset, beach celebration.  She was very excited about getting married to her beau Randy at a private beach home on East Bay. She wanted all the details to be perfect and was planning on personalizing many of her decorations for the wedding. Her celebration was filled with laughter, love, friends and smiles.  This beautiful  turquoise and coral orange setting was  beachy and colorful. Randy and Kim are blending two families.  Now there are 4 siblings that share 2 parents!  Their sunset beach celebration ended with a bonfire on the beach!  A wonderful ending to a perfect Northern Michigan Beach Wedding!  Congratulations Randy and Kim!



Randy Brothers and Kim Marino

Randy Brothers and Kim Marino Traverse City Beach wedding








Traverse City Beach wedding
















  • Kim Marino - These are so beautiful Beryl!! Thank you for sharing these!!ReplyCancel