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Blaire: Santa Clarita Newborn Photographer

Oh my goodness I am loving these adorable newborn photos of Blaire! It’s double the cuteness with her big sister!! Matching flower crowns and laying in a circle of flowers, I’m not sure it can get any more cute! Well maybe down the road when another new sister comes along. :-) Larry and Ashley, you two have some super adorable girls for sure! 

We’ve known this family for many years and they are some of our very best friends. I was of course excited when Ashley asked me about doing newborn/family photos after Blaire arrived. We started bouncing some ideas around for flowers and landed on doing fresh flower crowns and a flower circle for the girls to lay in for a few photos. I made the fresh flower crowns using floral wire, floral tape, hot glue (a woman’s version of duct tape, lol), wild rose buds and stock flowers. I’ve never purchased stock flowers before but not only did they work well for the crown, they also smelled AMAZING!  I’ll have to get them more often! For the flower circle I just used a few different flower bouquets from Trader Joe’s and cut them down to smaller stems.

Blaire was a little over two weeks old for her session which is a little older than when I typically photograph newborns. She was a late arrival and I ended up being out of town right after she was born so we had to wait until I was back. We had to play by her rules and have lots of patience but even though things took a little longer I am so happy with how the session came out. After playing with the flowers we ended the session by going outside in their front yard just as the sun was setting. We had some beautiful warm light seeping through the trees and big sister Leighton managed to hold out for just long enough to give us some super cute smiles.

Congrats Larry & Ashley! Loved photographing Blaire and your new little family of four! Adorable!

Girls Dress: Bow Dream

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Kristian & Nolan: Monroe North Carolina

It’s always a special trip when I get to photograph weddings for family and this trip was no exception. Last year Nolan & Kristian asked if I could fly out to North Carolina to photograph their wedding and I was of course over the moon to have their wedding date open on my schedule so that I could say yes. Nolan is a cousin of ours on my husbands side of the family and we only get to see them about once every 2 years or so but we always have such a good time with lots of laughs.

Kristian & Nolan got engaged in August of last year. Nolan set up an intimate dinner in the backyard of their new home and surprised her with a proposal. They even had their little puppies there to witness their sweet moment. :-) Then began the wedding planning!

One thing I love about going to the south is all the cute churches. Many of them are made from brick and set in the middle of the country surrounded by beautiful trees and open fields. Kristian and Nolan got married at Wesley Chapel in Monroe, NC and it was definitely one of those cute little southern churches. The beautiful red brick and white cross steeple were so charming! There was of course lots of green surrounding the church and we drove down the road a little ways to a wooded area for some of their portraits. The day of the wedding it was raining off and on all day but it seemed to give us just enough of a break in between downpours to get the photos we needed outside. It turned out to be such a pretty day and I am so very grateful that I (along with the hubs) was able to document their day and get to spend time with our family whom we miss so very much!

Congrats Kristian & Nolan!! Eric and I are so very excited for the two of you! Thank you inviting us to capture your day and we wish you all the best in your new life together as Mr. & Mrs. Nolan Weiler! Love you guys!

Dress Shop: Dar-Lynn’s Bridal and Formal Wear

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Weekly Planner & Daily Pad by Tess Elle Design

These 2015/12016 weekly planners by Tess Elle Design right here in Valencia are just gorgeous! I love photographing pretty products and especially for small business owners like myself. After Tess’ launch earlier this year with her 2015 planner people quickly fell in love with their gorgeous new planner! They loved them so much that she began receiving requests for an academic year planner. Tess brought it to life and the 2015/2016 academic edition is now on sale! She also just released the Daily Pad to use for your daily schedule planning. There’s only has a limited quantity of planners this round so if you’ve been eyeing them go grab one quick!  Head over and follow Tess on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with her latest releases!

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Emily & Nathan: Ritter Farms – Cle Elum WA

I’m so excited today to share Emily & Nathan’s wedding at Ritter Farms in Cle Elum, Washington! Before the wedding I’ll admit, I did panic inside just a little when I learned how many photographers were in the bridal party (including the bride) but they were all so incredibly sweet, kind and full of compliments from the moment I met them at the rehearsal. Emily has some pretty amazingly awesome photographer friends! Ritter Farms is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The perfect place for a farm-to-table tuscan style wedding! The day was overflowing with gorgeous details, dear friends & family and delicious food!

The ceremony was in an open field with the most amazing rustic timber barn and a forest of fir trees as the backdrop. Shades of wine, charcoal gray and artichoke were spread throughout the day and the reception felt like you stepped into a Tuscan family gathering.

Emily loves to cook and incorporated a farm-to table theme. Inside the timber barn, fresh vegetables streamed down the center of the farm style dark wood tables and the cutest vegetable place card holders were carefully placed at each setting. Little corners and nooks filled with fresh lemonade and an abundance of vegetables were everywhere. They served fresh strawberry and spinach salad tossed with candied almonds, crumbled feta and a tuscan balsamic vinaigrette, delicious Italian roasted chicken dinner with a fresh lemon and rosemary reduction. Dinner was complimented by sides of baby red potatoes roasted with tuscan herbs, grilled seasonal vegetables and rustic breads with garlic and herbs. Is your mouth watering yet? To finish it all off they had the most delicious triple berry pie with a crumbled streusel topping and warmed apple pie with local apples.

Emily and Nathan first met casually when he was over visiting her older brother. Nothing really came of them meeting each other until years later when she went out on a limb and invited him to her brother’s rehearsal dinner. Emily admits that it seemed completely irrational but she decided to do it anyways. :-) She didn’t hear back from Nathan and assumed that he wasn’t coming. The night of May 24th, 2014 while driving to the rehearsal dinner, Emily prayed specifically that if Nathan was meant to be there, he would be. If he was there, he’d be standing exactly in the front of the restaurant, all alone. Believe it or not when she pulled into the parking lot he was standing there and he was the only one one standing there. Emily was stunned and could hardly believe that God had just answered a prayer right before her very eyes. They continued to talk over the phone every night after going back to their homes which were several hours apart. They talked for at least an hour and half each time, I guess you could say they were becoming pretty good friends.

Over the next several months they continued talk over the phone for hours on end and make quick weekend trips to spend time together. It was so obvious they were head over heels for one another and the coolest part is that God was right in the middle of it all. Soon enough Nathan bought a ring and on December 29th while visiting Emily’s family he planned a pretty epic “geocaching” adventure. Nathan proposed at Alta Lake, Emily said yes and so the wedding planing commenced! You have to read her full version of the proposal on her blog!

Congrats Emily & Nathan! You are two incredibly kind people and being part of your day as your photographer was an honor. I am so happy for the two of you! Watching you two interact and seeing the tremendous love your families have for you both was such a joy to photograph. Wishing you both only God’s very best as you begin your story as Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Moller.

Also, a little shout out to Sabrina Nohling for being an awesome second shooter! Thank you!!

Venue: Ritter Farms - Cle Elum, Washington    Dress: David’s Bridal    Florist: Fleur De Lis Floral Design    Design: Out on a Whim    DJ: Sean of Seattle Wedding DJ    Cake: Lone Pine Fruit and Espresso    Catering: Ritter Farms    Invitations: Zazzle    Hair: Megan at Tousled Salon    Makeup: Makeup by Alyssa Walsh

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Reese is One: Mermaid Birthday

Get ready to see the cutest little mermaid you ever did see! Oh my goodness! The cuteness is just too much! My husband and I met Drew and Emily through our church three or four years ago now and have become good friends with them. I remember when Emily announced to our small group that she was pregnant and it seems as if time has flow by. I feel like it was only recently that I was photographing Reese’s newborn session but it’s been an entire year and she just keeps getting more cute as the days go by. Now Reese is ONE! I can’t believe it! Such a cutie pie! I love watching little ones grow and seeing how they change and starting showing their character.  Happy One Year Reesey!!

Mermaid Crochet Outfit from Mother & Baby Boobtique

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