brooklyns 2nd birthday – under the sea

I can’t even handle that my baby girl is already two! Where has the time gone? Since my little babe loves the beach, I decided to do an “Under the Sea” theme for her party. She was super excited about it and kept saying “I have mermaid party!” I started working on her party a few months before so I would have time to make most of the decorations myself. I really enjoyed working on everything and I’m stoked on how it all came together. I especially love how treats table turned out. Brooklyn had a blast celebrating her special day with all her friends and family. We love this little girl of ours and can’t wait to see what this year ahead will bring! Happy birthday sweet baby girl!

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kelly & matt – july 25, 2015

Kelly and I have known each other since we were twelve years old. We first met each other on the soccer field and you can still find us there on Thursday nights where we play on a co-ed team together. Which brings me to how I met Matt. Matt plays on our team as well and I have gotten to know him pretty well over the past two years. He is sort of opposite of Kelly which is why I think they make such a great couple. They balance each other – in life and on the soccer field.

Kelly and Matt chose to have their ceremony and reception at Dove Canyon Golf Club. I arrived early that day to watch Kelly get ready for her big day. It’s weird because in all the years I’ve known her, we usually see each other in soccer uniforms, no make-up, messy hair and covered in sweat. Today was different. Kelly wore a wedding dress, with flawless make-up and hair and looked absolutely stunning. Her dress was romantic and sexy all at the same time. I’m pretty sure Matt thought the same thing judging by his reaction to seeing her for the first time.

The ceremony was held outside in the courtyard. Following the cutest ring bearers and flower girl, Kelly walked down the aisle with her father. Kelly and Matt had the biggest smiles on their faces throughout their vows and exchanging of the rings. Then they kissed and officially became Mr. and Mrs.!

Cocktails and dancing followed the ceremony and guests had a blast celebrating the newlyweds all night long! Kelly did such a great job personalizing her reception with touches like naming their tables after cities they visited together. Some of my other favorite details from this wedding were the chalkboard signs, the flowers, and the s’mores favors.  I had a blast working this wedding and it was so special to watch someone I’ve known half my life marry her best friend.

{Kelly & Matt – Thank you so much for allowing me to celebrate your big day with you. It was so much fun to be a part of your wedding and watch the two of you commit your lives to one another. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both and look forward to many more soccer games together! Congratulations!}

Thank you to the following vendors for an amazing day:

Photography & Videography – CC Street Studio

Officiant – Don Johnson

Cake – It’s All About the Cake

DJ – Michael McNeil, Ovation Entertainment

Flowers –  Bloomwell and Co.

Photo Booth – Orange Box Photo Booth

Hair – Kristin Blaker

Make-up – Beauty-full By Molly

Venue – Dove Canyon Golf Club

Check out these beautiful images captured by CC Street Studio.

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tania & jonathan – august 15, 2015

My first meeting with Tania was over coffee and scones as we discussed the details of her wedding. I also had the pleasure of meeting Tania’s mother. I had a blast working with the two of them. We had no shortage of laughs during our meetings and would often get side tracked just chatting about life. I was so pumped about their wedding at Pala Mesa Resort. This was the first time working at this venue so I couldn’t wait to see it!

As I pulled into the parking lot on their wedding day, I could hardly contain my excitement. What a beautiful spot to say I do! Not long after arriving, I got to watch Tania finish her hair and make-up and get into her wedding dress. The dress was perfect for her and she looked radiant in it. Surrounded by mountains, trees and their closest friends and family, Jonathan and Tania said “I do” and sealed their vows with a kiss.

After the ceremony, guests mingled during cocktail hour and then made their way into the tent for the reception. Some of my favorite details of their wedding were the flowers, the bride’s dress and the beautiful chandeliers hanging throughout the tent. I also love how Tania and Jonathan named their tables using all of their favorite restaurant spots. Following dinner, toasts were made and a slideshow played of pictures taken throughout their relationship. Then the fun got started as the band played and guests crowded the dance floor. At one point during the reception, Tania got on the mic and serenaded the crowd. It was ah-mazing and one of the best things I’ve seen at a wedding!

One thing that was clear throughout their wedding day, was that Tania was happy. Like soooo happy. She had the biggest smile on her face all day long and I’m pretty Jonathan was responsible for that. This was such a fun wedding to be a part of and one that I won’t soon forget!

{Tania & Jonathan – Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day! I think I speak for everyone when I say that your love is contagious and the two of you together makes perfect sense. I hope you had an amazing honeymoon in Thailand and I wish you all the best as husband and wife! Congratulations!}

Thank you to the following vendors for making this day so awesome:

Photography – Amy Reams, Reams Photo

Flowers – Whimsey Florals

Band – The Moon Units

DJ – Lady Phizz

Hair & Make-up – Sarah MacLeod

Officiant – Judge Linda Marks

Cake – Cute Cakes

Venue – Pala Mesa Resort

Check out these beautiful images captured by Amy & Paul of Reams Photo.

 

 

 

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reflections // my baby girl

Today is November 16th – which means my baby girl turns two in exactly one month! Sigh. I can’t really fathom that she is no longer our tiny baby girl. I mean, I’ve done this before. I have a 4 year old. You would think I know about these milestones and how they totally creep up on you when you’re totally.not.ready.  It’s happening though and you better believe we are celebrating this little babe of ours and the fact that we have made it survived the past two years.

Since I’m in total party planning mode, I’ve had some time to reflect as I craft for the big celebration. My pregnancy with her was anything but easy. Physically, everything was fine – with me. However, from ten weeks pregnant, I had been told by a handful of Doctors, that there were many possible things that could be wrong with our baby girl. Trisomy 13 & 18, Down’s Syndrome, Hydrops…those were diagnoses I had become very familiar with as I did my fair share of googling from week ten to thirty. Yes, thirty weeks. It was at that appointment with the cardiologist at CHOC where I was finally given some sense of relief that everything seemed to be ok with our baby. However, it wasn’t until I held her in my arms for the first time that we truly knew she was going to be a healthy baby girl.

Although those seven months were some of the hardest in my life, I wouldn’t change a thing about them. Mainly because I grew a lot in those seven months. My faith grew stronger, my marriage grew stronger and so did many of my friendships. I also had an even deeper love for this child that God so perfectly placed in my arms. As a mother of two kids, I truly understand what it means to love someone so much it hurts. I love this baby girl of mine with all that I am. I am beyond blessed to be her Mommy and to have the opportunity to kiss her forehead everyday and tell her just how much I love her.

When I was about 35 weeks pregnant, we had maternity/family pictures taken by a good friend of mine who is a super talented photographer. These photos are so special to me because they capture such a special time in my life. I realized I never shared these pictures on my blog – mainly because I post wedding and event planning stuff. But these are just too good not to share.

Happy Birthday month to my baby girl! It’s been a wild ride these past two years. I look forward to thousands more kisses and I love you’s.

Thank you again to Candice Brooke Photography for all these beautiful images that I will cherish always.

Kathy - Love these photos so much! Candice did a great job capturing the special moments of your sweet family. We are so blessed with the 2 kids God has given you and Andrew. Xo

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