Basic Invite | Holiday Photo Card Company

I am thrilled to partner with Basic Invite this year to provide my clients with a great company for all of their holiday cards and invitation for Christmas party needs!  They also do birth announcements, all kinds of party invitations, save the dates, wedding invitations, corporate holiday party invitations and so much more.  They have so many unique features and it was such a relief to know that there are other affordable online companies that offer beautiful designs for all of my card needs this year.  

Take a look below at some cards I designed from recent photo shoots of mine!!   I am so in love with these designs!   And can we talk about how attractive my clients are?!?!    :)

My favorite parts: 

-Almost Unlimited Colors(!!!)  -You can customize your text colors to literally almost any color imaginable…..and all on your own!  No more calling customer service or waiting in line for a chat to ask them to adjust it.  It’s so easy and changing the colors on the card will make your card sooo much more unique!  No more feeling embarrassed when your friend sends you her holiday card with the exact. same. design. Ugh….the worst! 

 Custom Samples Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as feel the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.  NO more second guessing!!!

Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.

Foil – Foil holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. (yes, ROSE GOLD- yay!!!!!) Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

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Truffleberry Market Catering | Food Photography

Some days my job consists of repetitively editing blemishes from people’s chins and some days I spend 8 hours scheduling shoots or sending/clearing invoices.  Other days, I get asked to do food photography for the absolute coolest and remarkably talented catering company…..for quite the hot client.  Google.  Ever heard of em?  ;)    That day was awesome.  Like…..really awesome.   

This food you guys… insane.  There is no other worthy adjective.  Insane in taste, insane in presentation and absolutely insane in overall creativity.   Check out some of their work below that I was honored to have been able to photograph.  Truffleberry Market, you are my new obsession.  

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Favorite Fall Recipes

Ohhh fall.  My love for you runs deep.  Maybe it’s the change that I love.  Maybe it’s the cozy fall sweaters and hot lattes or maybe it’s the food.   Let’s be honest, everything with me revolves around food.  ;)  I have been sharing with you my favorite recipe finds and new recipes from me for a little over 3  years now, so I have quite the arsenal.  In honor of one of my favorite seasons, I compiled a list of my favorite fall recipes from my blog that I am sharing with you today.   Happy Fall everyone!!



The perfect fall soup

Recipe found here


Tasty yet healthy.  Oh so good.  

Recipe found here


One of my favorite chili recipes, combining my favorite flavor combo- sweet and spicy! 

Recipe found here



Gooey, cheesy, crispy salty perfection.  The ultimate comfort food

Recipe found here


The changing of seasons, especially here in Chicago often brings those yucky cold/flu viruses.  Help fight it off with this yummy tea. 

Recipe found here



Don’t let the name scare you.  These flavors are INSANE together and the spaghetti squash is such a healthier alternative to regular pasta.

Recipe found here.

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Apple and Gouda Panini with Rosemary

I had high hopes for apple recipes this fall, guys.  HIGH hopes.  This was going to be the year that I finally attempted a pie, a tart or even an easy apple crisp for fall.  (For those who are new here….I’m not much of a baker).  Well, it’s mid October and that just might not happen.  BUT….and this is a big but……I DID default to my happy place and came up with something possibly even better than dessert.  Ladies (and gentlemen?)….I give you an Apple and Gouda Panini with Rosemary.   Think layers of smokey gouda cheese paired with sweet apples on a crispy piece of sourdough bread, buttered to golden heaven.   I’ll give you a second to wipe the drool from your chin.

Every year, I get way too caught up in busy wedding and portrait season to ever enjoy fall.  And it’s my favorite season!!  Can you believe I haven’t been pumpkin picking or to any fall farm of any kind since I was a kid???!   I know….I’ve been missing out.  So I made it my fall goal this year to plan a date with my sister in law (like 2 months in advance) to head up to Wisconsin with the hubby to see our nephew and go to a farm for all of the traditional fall cliché’s…….apple picking, pumpkin picking (like the real kind where you actually get driven out to the field and have to pull the pumpkin off the vines!) hayrides, and my favorite part- the market purchases.  Apple butter and caramel for dayyyyyys please. :)   I came home with a basket full of delicious apples of all kinds and couldn’t wait to dabble into some apple cooking!  It tastes like fall here in the Meghan Leigh kitchen and I hope you like what I came up with!! 


Apple and Gouda Panini with Rosemary
Serves 2
The perfect fall panini- Crispy sourdough bread with smokey gouda and crunchy apples topped with rosemary.
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  1. 4 slices of sourdough bread
  2. 1 apple ( use any kind!)
  3. Rosemary
  4. Butter
  5. Gouda Cheese ( slices or shred a block on your own)
  1. Butter all four slices of bread. Sprinkle each with rosemary.
  2. Dice your apples into very thin slices or strips and shred your gouda cheese if need be.
  3. Heat a grill pan or skillet on medium/low and place the bread butter-side-down onto the pan just like you're making a grilled cheese.
  4. Top with a layer of gouda, the thin apple pieces and then top with more gouda.
  5. Add the other piece of bread face up and flip the panini until both sides are golden brown and the cheese has melted through.
  1. If you don't like the crunchiness of the apples in your panini, simply grill the apples in the pan for a few minutes before you start making the panini. They will soften-up and blend in with the gooey cheese more inside if you do this.
Meghan Leigh | Photography and Lifestyle | Hinsdale and the greater Chicago area
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Jenna & A.J. | Grand Beach Engagement Session

When Jenna first approached me about doing their engagement session in Grand Beach, I knew I had to make this happen.  New areas to photograph in, especially when near water are always a good idea.   A.J. grew up coming to his family’s beautiful vacation home in the Grand Beach subdivision, golfing, swimming and enjoying the local area… they knew that they would both love to document their engagement in one of their favorite places.   We rode around in golf carts exploring new places to take photos in and they both were so easy to work with.  I can’t wait for their wedding next November!!!!  Congrats to A.J. and Jenna!


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