• 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.

Lisa and Curtis are a wonderful and playful couple.  Their engagement session ( which you can see here ) took place in the beautiful spring; when the snow finally melted and dandelions and delicate pink, cherry blossoms dotted the Mission Penninsula.  Their wedding took place just as the leaves were turning, in the brisk and colorful fall when an all too short summer finally ended.  But, good weather blessed the day and the wedding was a joyous celebration of the 5  lives that became one.  Many special people attended their wedding, including lots of extended family and even an honorary groomsman; Curtis’ grandfather. What a great celebration for Lisa and Curtis and their new blended family!  Thankyou so very much for including me on this special day.  I wish your new family many happy years together!

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Piper is a Wheaton Terrier , a precocious friendly pup that truly loves her mom!  Well, she loves treats too.  Mom and treats, treats and mom, treats, treats, mom, mom… Well, mom thought that she would cherish lasting memories of her lovely pup with the fall leaves- so off we went for a photo shoot  to Bower’s Harbor Park on Old Mission Penninsula.  Piper was very well behaved.  She enjoys leaves, but probably loves the green fresh grass even more than the pesky leaves.  Here are some cute pictures of Piper!  What a lovely pup!  Mom loves this sweet, friendly playful pup.  And there is just no doubt that Piper is in love with her mom!!

 

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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!

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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…

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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!!

 

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