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I have had such fun getting to know Christiana and Kyle over the past few months. Kyle was the best man at one of my other weddings this year, and is such a fun guy. Christiana, in all of her grace and beauty, is his perfect opposite. When you see the two of them together, it just makes sense. I loved wandering around the Back Bay talking about our fat cats and Kyle’s past as a beauty pageant star (sorry Kyle ;)). I cannot wait for their wedding day at Brommer’s Canyon in October!

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I can spend countless hours on Pinterest pinning away things I will never actually do/try. Even so, I can’t resist the urge to click on that little “pin it” icon at the top of my browser every time I see something cool. It’s a disease. You never know, the day might actually come when I REALLY need to know how to braid my hair 17,000 different ways! And so, I pin. And I love every minute of it. And you are just lying to yourself if you can’t admit to loving it too. It’s science.

Here are some pins that I actually HAVE tried recently…or at least seriously considered for more than 20 seconds.;)

My favorite pinterest links

1. DIY Beauty Treatments. It may sound weird but washing your face with honey is so refreshing. (www.ruemag.com)

2. Ten summer cocktail ideas. I’ll take the Thai pepper infused tequila, please. (www.100layercake.com)

3. I absolutely LOVE the idea of making your own pretty hammock to relax in the summer sun in. (www.camillestyles.com)

4. CRAZY about these neon and triangle wedding invites from Pitpulls and Posies. (www.marthastewartweddings.com)

5. Since Will and I aren’t big on leaving the comforts of our own home most nights (pathetic, I know), 30 Ideas For a Date Night at Home is a fun (and cheap!) alternative to going out. (www.themomcrowd.com)

6. I made this roasted shrimp and orzo recipe for dinner the other night.  It has all the ingredients to compliment to a warm summer night, and it was super easy to make! (www.cupcakesandcashmere.com)

7. These mini patron bottles are totally inspiring me to start planning my 30th birthday party.  Tequila and mexican food will be a necessity. (www.bridalbar.com)

8. I love everything about this bright and relaxing bohemian bedroom. I would never leave this room if it was in my home. (www.frommoontomoon.blogspot.co.uk)

9. This morning workout has been kicking my butt. But I love that I can do this in place of going to the gym when it far too crowded to endure. (thebeautythesis.com)

Let’s pin together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been a while since I’ve written a personal blog post…or any blog post for that matter. The past few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions and changes. Some great, some not so great. But I have to say, even through all of the ups and downs, I feel like I am finally in a good place. Things are starting to move in the right direction.

Speaking of moving…we recently transitioned to a new place, leaving cookie-cutter Irvine behind for something a little more “us.” Once we decided we would be moving after our lease expired, we knew exactly where we wanted to go. I’ve always loved Eastside Costa Mesa. It has a certain charm and quaintness to it, and it doesn’t hurt that all of my favorite restaurants, coffee shops, and stores are right in the heart of it. Once our moving date crept closer, I dove in head first trying to find our dream apartment. Or at least somewhere we could call home until we are ready to buy an actual home, because let’s be honest, they don’t come cheap round these parts.

After a long and sometimes VERY discouraging search, we finally found the perfect little place. We have been spending the last couple of weeks since the move getting settled in and trying to make it little more “homey.” Interior design has been a recent obsession of mine, so naturally I’ve been spending lots of my spare time browsing pinterest and other design blogs for inspiration. It’s still a MAJOR work in progress, but I thought I would share a little bit of our adventure with you here.

I have to say, in the last two weeks, we’ve come pretty far. The hubby gets major props for re-painting our old black bookcases white, while I spray painted the metal parts gold. I love how they really brighten up the room now.

My handsome husband making meatballs in our new kitchen.

The “kids” LOVE our new handmade kilim rug that I bought on eBay. Here I’m explaining to her how I’ll be selling HER on eBay if she even thinks about peeing on it.;)

I’m OBSESSED with my new West Elm Dumont Credenza (pictured below). It brightens up the room and also sticks with that mid century modern look I’m loving right now. An added plus – LOTS of extra storage!   

As you can see by the bare walls, we still have lots to do. Including finding a coffee table. Who would’ve thought that would be the hardest part of decorating a new place. All of our other rooms are still pretty bare. One thing at a time I suppose. As long as we can fill our new place with lots of happy memories, I will be all set.

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  • Andrew Lemon - I would like to see it in person! I am making no promises about not peeing on the rug…ReplyCancel

  • Marcella Treybig - !!! I’m so excited reading this!!! LOVE what you did with the shelves – looks SO goooooood. The whole room looks like something out of a magazine… you can totally see the direction you’re going for with the design. It’s a slow process I know, but better to save and wait for the right pieces to fill a home then just getting stuff now. JUST started thinking about putting a room together for Olivia. Can’t wait to see what you do with the flea market desk!! BTW you can take the hook off the Ivy pot on the bookshelf if it’s not being hung. They snap off at the pot, and if you want to hang it later you can snap them back on.ReplyCancel

As a wedding photographer, there’s nothing more refreshing than a bride and groom who don’t sweat the small stuff. Even with cloudy skies and the threat of rain looming overhead, Leanne and Chris had nothing but smiles on their faces all day long. After getting to know their families, it’s no wonder these two are such kind and easy-going souls. And another thing, how stinkin’ cute are they?! I couldn’t have asked for a better couple and a more wonderful wedding day.

Side-note: You may recognize Leanne’s bridesmaid, Staci, whose wedding I shot last year. I’ll also be shooting Chris’ best-man’s wedding in October. There’s no better feeling than having your couples trust you so much that their friend’s can’t help but do the same.:)

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What’s that you say? An actual blog post?! Yes, it’s true. I am dusting off this blog and finally posting some of the awesome weddings and shoots I’ve been photographing this season. This one is especially awesome! One of my favorite venues to date, Rancho Las Lomas is a photographer’s dream. Wild animals, orange groves, spanish architecture, and of course, with a stunning couple like Ashley and Tony AND amazing florals by Sea of Blossoms, I couldn’t help but crush hard on this wedding. It was one of those wedding days where my finger didn’t leave my shutter once. There were some very talented vendors behind the scenes on Ashley and Tony’s big day, and the results were just pure magic.

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A big congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Grijalva!!!