Organic

Earth tones, natural beauty, and nature's greenery put together so elegantly by Michelle White of Kychelle Photography. It was such a huge pleasure to be a part of this shoot and I am so excited to show you a glimpse into the calligraphy. 

I used gorgeous handmade paper and added subtle earth tones around the edges. I kept the entire suite in a neutral brown ink that went so perfectly with the hand drawn cotton branches for that organic feel. 

Film Photography: Kychelle Photography

Gown: Tara Lauren

Florals: Rachael Ellen Events

Calligraphy: Pop Calligraphy

Cake: Ash Coppins

Jewelry: J. Brooks Jewelers

Model: Hela Marie

Handmade paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants

Silk: Silk and Willow

Ballet Love

One of my first styled shoots became one of my favorites. Everything was so beautiful and I'm so thrilled to be a part of this shoot! It was featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

I focused on a moody ballerina theme and of course, copper! I used cotton handmade paper and painted the edges a moody purple hue. My favorite features were the scroll flourishes, those babies took a while. I made the invitation lettering in a wave so the letters would appear to be dancing. And one last thing, how gorgeous is the model??!

Design and styling:  Design + Fetch 

Photography:  As Ever Photography

Florals:  Mel Haupt Floral

Cake: Cake Adoration

Venue: This Is The Place in Salt Lake City, Utah

Hair and makeup: KL Artistry

Calligraphy: Pop Calligraphy

Model: Tiffany Pliler

Dress: Natalie Wynn Design

Veil and Hairpeice: Danani Handmade

Ring: Trumpet and Horn

Ring box: The Mrs. Box

Ribbon: Silk and Willow

Handmade paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants

 

 

 

 

 

Find your true peace.

Two years ago on November 1st, I had a pregnancy loss. I was exactly 12 weeks in and so excited for what the future holds. Thinking of what we would name that sweetie, imagining who's eyes it would have, what kind of hair, how I would rock him or her to sleep, feeling your body grow a little human, going through those crazy nauseous days (allll day, not just mornings), thinking about how we would go on errands together, and just thinking about holding that little babe in your arms so close to your heart, all gone...so fast. It was so hard to wrap my head around the fact that our baby was not with us anymore. It was in a much better place, in God's arms. A place much safer than mine or my husbands will ever be. 

I felt negative and thought about a lot of 'what if's' with that pregnancy. I guess I just felt something was wrong. When it happened, we went to the emergency room and I had an ultra sound. This was the first ultrasound I've had. Their was no black dot where the baby was supposed to be. The tech said I looked 6 weeks. They didn't tell me much after that, didn't even mention that it's probably a miscarriage, but I knew what was happening. Maybe if I've had an ultrasound earlier we would find the problem. I later was browsing through the internet and found out I had a blighted ovum (I believe). That is when the baby stops developing because of some problem but your body is still pregnant until it realizes it's not. That's why it looked like I was 6 weeks along.  But I'm glad I got to spend that time being pregnant even though it didn't last. It got me ready for my second pregnancy and I though about it so much more different. I'm not glad I had the loss but I know everything happens for a reason and trust that God knows best and I'm so happy He has my life in His hands. Who's hands are better than God's? Through all the pain happening, I was still somehow in a good spirit and managed to have a humor when I wasn't contracting. My mom and husband were with me and I'm so glad they were by my side. My mom knew what was happening but she kept me positive. I'm tearing up a bit now because I never really got my words out about this all. I can't believe how strong God has kept me. He is so great and wonderful.

After we left the hospital on our way home, I was so calm, and weirdly happy. It's unexplainable why because I was not happy that I wasn't pregnant anymore. I now realize I was happy about God's will being done. I was truly at peace. I remember experiencing my first true peace when I asked God into my heart. I had a good sleep that night :) Even through this mournful time, I was good because God is good. I found my unexplainable peace in Jesus Christ and He is the only true comforter. 

Of course I had tough days but it's so much easier with Jesus. I knew He had the baby in his hands. Two months later, I was reading John 14 when Jesus was comforting His disciples and told them "I will do whatever you ask in my name". That's when I really understood what it means to pray to God in Jesus's name. Because it's through Jesus we know God. 

"Jesus answered, "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6

I read a chapter a day and for three days in a row, I read about Jesus saying whatever you ask, ask in His name and He will give it to you. Those three nights I asked God, in Jesus's name, to give us a baby if it was His will. And we got pregnant that same month! God just gave us blessing after blessing even though we definitely did not deserve it. Even little things, like the day after our loss, we went to turn in my medical papers. The line was insanely long, but someone gave us their number and we got done in two minutes. Praise God even through the little things. 

I had a new perspective on my new pregnancy. I am too busy now to remember that day because God blessed us with this sweet little girl. No matter Gods plan for her, we will trust Him no matter what and thank Him for every minute we have with her! If we wouldn't have had a baby, I'm sure it would have been harder to deal with my loss. Some of you may not even be able to have children and it's not easy. But I know you can find your true peace and hope in Jesus Christ, the only one who truly gives it. Go to Him, He is waiting with open arms. Ask Him into your heart and I guarantee you will have true peace. 

 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

 

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The most important relationship in your life.

I was laying in bed, not sleeping (because my sweet husband let me have a nap in the afternoon) and I was pondering over my relationship with Jesus. I was wondering why I wasn't referring to Him in many of my thoughts and conversations. Right away, I caught myself thinking, "I try so hard to be close to God and I really try to make time for Him." And I quickly realized I'm lying to myself. I don't try at all. I don't make time for him. I put other things in front of Him, may that be Netflix or even family. When a thought comes to my mind to read His word, I think to myself, "I'll do it later for sure" and I go back to wasting my precious time and never getting to actually read. 

You can't be lazy in relationships. When you stop trying, the relationship starts to die. For example, can you imagine not talking to your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend for a week and not listen to what they have to say? That's enough time, right? Any sane person can tell you that the relationship is not going to last long unless you change and start trying. Why do people think it's different with God? 

It's the same with God. You need to make sure you do everything in your power to maintain that relationship with Him. You need to try to make it work. It doesn't come easy. No relationship does. But when you understand how much you need Him and ask Him to help, it's that much easier. The wonderful thing about Jesus being on the other side of that relationship is that He will never stop trying. He will always be there for you. He wants you to be close but it's all up to you and you're the only one who can make that choice. 

Has this happened to you? It's time to go to church. You don't feel like going and you make up excuses in your head on why you can't go. But then you just go, listen to the word and love it. You think to yourself, "I'm so glad I came today!" You know this happens all the time. And next week you do it all over again. I notice this in myself allll the time. Whether it's to simply read the bible or actually go to church or a conference or even turning on a sermon on youtube. The enemy takes away our desire for God. Just do it and go. 

I heard a wonderful sermon at my church recently about towels. Yes, towels, the pieces of super soft, absorbing fabric that hang on your bathroom wall for decoration and don't you dare wipe your hands on them. The pastor who was speaking (so bummed I don't remember his name but if I find out, I'll definitely post it) showed us a messed up, cut, dirty towel. It was a wedding gift for his and his wife's wedding (it was NOT gifted in that condition). At first, they hung it up on the rack in their bathroom for decoration and it shouldn't be used. Then, the style changed in the bathroom and that light pink towel did not match the decor anymore and they started using it for wiping hands. That towel soon got too dirty for hands and they began washing the floors with it. Next, it went to the garage to dry the cars. One day, the pastor needed a small piece so he cut it from that towel. It's next stop will probably be to clean the oil from the car. 

The towel existed to serve it's master. It was not meant to hang on a wall. It was meant to be used whenever, wherever, and however. Towels don't have a voice in when they are used. We exist to serve our master, Jesus Christ, not for just sitting pretty. We are all called to serve and as His servants, we are ready and available to serve when God needs us. So get ready to be used. 

Your relationship with God is the most important relationship in your life. Don't get lazy with it because it's a two way commitment. God is doing His part, are you doing yours? 

The best client ever.

I've been taking photos of Mira every month and it's so wonderful to look back and see how much she has changed and grown! She's my best client.

 

Mini photo sessions with this girl are so fun! Either because she's that good at it or because she's mine. This birthday photoshoot was to fill up that last month photo, but my husband loved them so much he insisted on continuing doing them every month! 

The banner is made from letter cutouts from regular printer paper and the bubble machine is from Target. The dress is from handy Baby Gap. We love everything from there. 

Bringing bubbles into this shoot made it that much much better! She was so excited most of the time and so fascinated by them! They did make our bed soaking wet, being on for 15 minutes or so, but they are scented so that made the room smell delicious.  

 

You can never have too many pictures of your babies. 

This was a fast little shoot we had right outside our house. There is a nice batch of green so I took advantage of it. 

Super simple crown was made from chenille pipe cleaners from Michaels and to my surprise, she didn't take it off! She usually takes whatever is on her head off the moment it comes on. 

Thanks to grandpa for his help and patience. (Patience for me, not little Mira) She adores him...and all her grandparents. 

Some bunny turned one!

I enjoy decorating... a lot. So when my babe's day was coming up, I got out my little notepad and started planning. I am super excited to share our special day with you! 

We had a crazy (good) day. We got to the park and it started sprinkling on and off. Then it started pouring! We paused, prayed, and waited. The sun half came out and the rain stopped. Thank God! We enjoyed celebrating and had a relaxing time.

There wasn't too many kiddos so the party was more for adults. I had a few more things planned out for kids like our bubble machine(which we brought but totally forgot about because we were having too much fun already) and a kiddy pool filled with plastic balls. But the weather wasn't too kind to us. The dudes were busy playing volleyball, the gals enjoyed chatting, and Mira was busy going from arm to arm throughout the party and walking when she could. She's been doing so much better now and can walk by herself a long way! You go girl! I made the girls green head wreaths and the babes tribal feather headbands. Couldn't leave the dudes out so they got to wear feathers in their hair too! And they all got to take them home as gifts. 

So, affordable teepee in Sam's Club, score! The tapestry was made from paper crepe streamers with a gold-dipped leaf garland in the front. We were going for en elegant boho feel so little Mira's dress from Rose and Belle Clothing was spot on! And her moccs are just $15 from The Little Doe! Most of the materials for the headbands are from Michaels. So, Kelli Murray. She is just wonderful. I fell in love with her and her designs and she was my inspiration for this party.

The table was sweet and simple with silver platters, vases with all sorts of greens and silverware and tablecloths from In-Style Design Center. Plus, gold spray-painted rocks to hold the plates down. The calligraphy wood board was written with the words from the song I walked down the aisle to and they were just so perfect for little M!   

We didn't get too many family pictures in because when a girls gotta sleep a girls gotta sleep! Thankful for the love Mira got especially on this special day. Well, still can't believe it...this goofy girl is one! Happy birthday our sweet girl!

 

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