Aline & Nicholas: Julianni’s Italian Ristorante

Nicholas & Aline got married at Father Serra Parish in the desert of Southern California and then held their reception at Julianni’s Italian Ristorante. The two of them first met while working at the same hospital. Nick would come in early and she would stay late hoping they’d run into each other. Aline mentioned that she knew when she first met Nick that he’d be her husband one day. How sweet is that!  Aline looked gorgeous in her dress and  especially with her bridesmaids in Mint Green dresses standing beside her. Mint green is my fav! What I love about Nick and Aline is that it seems the just get each other and sometimes without even saying anything. I think that Aline brings out the spunk in Nick a little and I love that about them too. They are such a beautiful couple!

Your wedding day was so beautiful and I am so happy for you Nick & Aline! I wish you both the very best in your future together as Mr. & Mrs Nicholas Saylor!

Ceremony: Father Serra Parish      Reception: Julianni’s Italian Ristorante      Wedding Gown Designer:  Alfred Angelo      Bridal Store:  Alfred Angelo, Beverly Hills      Shoe designer: Michelangelo      Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal      Tux’s: Tuxedo Station      DJ: As You Like It, Ben Thomas      Florist: 1-800-Sunflorist, Annette      Hair & Makeup: Isa      Wedding & Groom’s Cake: Cakes by Carol      Cake Topper: Dances with Clay       Invitations: Vistaprint      Unity Candle Wrap: No.9 Downing Street


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Baby Reese: Santa Clarita Newborn

Little Reese finally made her entrance to the world on June 20th in Santa Clarita, California!  Her momma was on bed rest at one point trying to keep from going into labor too early and once they were in the safe zone Reese decided to take her time and make her mom and dad wait a little longer. :-)

Babies really are the sweetest little things and Reese was no exception. Such a beautiful little girl and she was so good for her session. My favorite part was when she smiled repeatedly when her daddy would talk to her. It was soooo cute! Apparently she still does that so it looks like she’s definitely a daddy’s girl.

Congratulations to our friends Drew & Emily! So happy for the two of you! Reese is adorable and she’s a blessed girl to have you two as parents.


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DIY Milk Glass Party Favors

I recently made these cute Milk Glass Party Favors using empty IZZE bottles for an event at my home and thought I’d share how I did it. They’d make cute wedding favors too!

Materials for the Milk Glass:
Empty IZZE glass bottles (or any glass bottles you want to use)
Goo Gone
Scotch Brite Heavy Duty Scour Pad
White Interior/Exterior fast drying spray paint

Materials for the tags:
White & Colored paper (I used this Boris Marker Layout paper for the calligraphy.)
Pen (I used my calligraphy speedball pen holderHiggins black Ink and Nikko G Nib)

If you are interested in calligraphy I highly recommend taking Molly Jacques’ online class Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy.


Step 1: Rinse your empty IZZE glass bottles out and peel the stickers off the bottles
Step 2: Spray the Goo Gone on the residue where the stickers were and let it sit for a few minutes then scrub off the sticker residue with the Scotch Brite scour pad. Wash the bottles with warm soapy water and dry completely.
Step 3: In a well ventilated area lay dow some cardboard, set the bottles on it and begin spray painting the bottles.Two coats should do and I sprayed slightly inside the lip of the bottle as well.
Step 4: Let bottles dry completely for the recommended time on the spray can.
Step 5: Decorate your bottle as you like . I used some cute bakers twine, made a name tag and added a flower to the bottle.


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Pursuit 31 Los Angeles | June Meetup

This last Monday night I held a monthly  Pursuit 31 Meetup for our Los Angeles small group at my home. We had special Guest Tina Rider of Top of the Line Tax there to give us a mini business workshop all about Self Employed Photographers.  We discussed accounting for small businesses and what programs to use, tax obligations, quarterly estimated taxes, quarterly sales tax,  how to manage sales tax, tax write offs and what are not write offs, doing business in other states, W-9′s for second shooters and more.   Tina was kind enough to give us a thick packet of information complete with dividers. It was so helpful! I had such a good time getting to see these girls again and we managed to have fun even with all tax talk involved. We made yummy Italian Cream Sodas to keep us happy during the tax talk and afterwards snacked on apple chips, veggies, flautas and guacamole.  Also see my DIY Milk Glass Party Favor post for instructions on how to make the favors I gave out.

If you are interested in becoming part of our Pursuit 31 Los Angeles Small Group contact me and I can tell you more.

Tina Rider | Top of the Line Tax | 661-6452633


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