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Here is a peek of my lovely wedding day! We were married July 20, 2008 in the gorgeous Black Hills of South Dakota. Find more images and details about my incredible wedding day on Style Me Pretty.

                    

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Friday
Nov152013

spouse pregnancy announcement

While not the most elaborate surprise, this was a simple & sweet way to share the exciting news with my husband.

My husband left the house for a small errand (I may have manipulated him going/me staying). So I lined his return path leading up to the door and through the front of our house with washi tape "plus signs". He said his first thought was "my wife forgot to pick up another craft project" hahaha. ;)

The plus signs led to a small note. I hid behind a door and watched secretly.

His jaw dropped and I said "surprise!" and then we laughed and laughed. And laughed. For some reason it just felt too unbelievable!

He had actually been out of town an ENTIRE WEEK after I had taken a pregnancy test. I had to bury myself and ignore all people for a week! But it was perfect timing for him to be taking a man-cation. Since that might not happen again.

So that's my little story of sharing the biggest news in a small way. What about you, did you find a sweet way to share with your husband? 

Wednesday
Nov132013

an urban {rustic fall} wedding

Just a few short days ago was the anniversary of two wonderful people. Their wedding was such a blast, and I'm so excited to share a few snapshots of their day.

One way I love to style a wedding is to offer brides-to-be a "decor plan" and inspiration that I art direct, but they find the labor to implement. This was one such wedding.

The vision of the bride was to have an urban fall theme, with a touch of rustic. Rustic that does not include a hint of country—no burlap or mason jars allowed. Fair enough.

Using strands of wheat, scattered throughout the flowers & reception, we brought in both the season and rural texture. To compliment the wheat, we also had a number of corn husk flowers in the reception decor.

One highlight of the event was the entrance of the bride, who appeared with an acoustic performance of the song by The Lumineers. It was such a surprise and so touching!

Breakfast was a major part in the courtship of the couple, so for reception fare they had a wide range of breakfast for dinner. Including a pancake station where the guests had to catch their pancakes mid air.

In place of mason jars, we used painted tin cans in various shades of copper and gray. And for favors, an eclectic collection of coffee mugs. So fun!

And that gives you a glimpse into this lovely autumn event!

Happy Anniversary, Friends! It was truly wonderful to play a part in your special day.

Photography by: Feels Like Today Photography // Blog // Facebook
Styling & Flowers by: Amanda O'Rourke

Monday
Nov112013

week 19 ::: pomegranate

The weekly photos continue! Feeling a bit more this week like things are becoming noticeable. And maybe, just maybe, I can feel little movements. Or perhaps I'm only feeling indigestion.

I hope you had a great weekend! I've got a lovely wedding post in the works, hoping to share soon!

Monday
Nov042013

week 18 ::: onion

Anyone else loving the crisp fall weather? This week I had to get some of those lovely autumn colors in my weekly pregnancy photos. The bump is still not very noticable—to anyone other than my wardobe waistline.

Monday
Oct282013

week 17 ::: turnip

It is shocking to me that in a few short weeks I'll be halfway to meeting MY baby. A baby that is half me & half my husband. HOW is this possible?! And I do very much need to start tackling the before babe to do list.

Is everyone else super busy this time of year? Last week I worked on an amazing photoshoot, and this week I'll be decorating for a big gala event. Lots of fun in the works! (You can always follow my weekly adventures via my instagram)

Have a fantastic week, everyone!

Monday
Oct212013

week 16 ::: apple

A fine fall fruit for this week. I'll confess that I've already purchased a few maternity outfits. It sure didn't take long for me to feel incredibly uncomfortable in my current waistband. Ah well!

Monday
Oct142013

week 15 ::: avocado

The pounds should start coming fast nowadays. And I'm visiting my newborn niece & nephew so the baby anticipation/excitement is also on the rise. Enjoy your week while I enjoy twin snuggles!

Friday
Oct112013

blood vile ::: halloween invitation

Here's the follow-up invitation that accompanied the Halloween Save-the-Date. These little 3" boxes were mailed to potential party guests.

I still love them so much! Fun packaging is the best. And don't forget you can download your own version of this invitation! Have a great weekend, friends!

Wednesday
Oct092013

halloween invite {free download}

So last year I hosted a small Halloween bash. It's one of my husbands' favorite holidays, and I love an excuse for decorations & food. Like many (nay—nearly all) projects, I hardly had time to pull it off let alone document with photos. 

But now I get to show off the fun invitations that were sent out!

The photos are of a save-the-date (more elaborate invite coming soon!), but the printable is for a fill-in-the-blank halloween party invitation. The red drip/splash isn't part of the design, it's actually a drop of food coloring. Each invite was unique with its own runs and splotches. How haunting!

Above is the link to download your own invitations. Be sure to add the splash of blood!

Monday
Oct072013

week 14 ::: lemon

A week ago I denied there was a bump and said it looks like I've just eaten a large burrito. But a few days ago I embraced that I may be showing (though I admit it looks super obvious in pic 1).

Bye bye pencil skirt, you were fun for all of 10 min. Perhaps we'll meet again years from now.

Happy Monday to you—hoping you have an amazing week!