I can't believe these two babies are all mine. I feel beyond blessed every time I kiss their little cheeks and snuggle their warm little bodies.
Marquis and Alfonso were married at Santa Margarita Ranch near San Luis Obispo, Ca at the beginning of October. It was seriously such a gorgeous day and that venue... it's just amazing. I truly enjoyed photographing this day and being with two of the kindest people for the biggest day of their lives. The bride was just stunning, and also incredibly humble and sweet, which makes her even more beautiful! And to see the way they looked at each other... it was just magic.
Paige and Curtis exchanged vows at Birdstone Winery in Madera, Ca on September 21st. The weather got a little bit crazy for a few hours, but with the help of their awesome friends and family, they were able to move everything under cover in time for the ceremony.
These two were so calm and relaxed the whole time; it was so incredible to see them just excited to marry one another that day, no matter what curve ball mother nature decided to throw. Well, it ended up being absolutely perfect of course, and they couldn't have been more fun to spend the day with...Congrats Mr. + Mrs. Williamson!
I absolutely loved having the opportunity to photograph this couples' Santa Cruz wedding last month. The venue was completely dreamy, the weather was ideal, and the bride and groom were just so kind and calm and full of love for one another.
One thought that I always keep in the back of my mind when I am shooting a wedding, is to make sure I'm capturing everything about the day. I want my photographs to tell a story. To capture events, elements, details, and expressions that maybe the bride and groom weren't able to appreciate at that moment because there were so many other things going on. I want them to be able to look back on the photographs and know what that day looked like as a whole. So here is Matt & Adrianna's story...
I had so much fun photographing this beautiful couples' wedding last month, but since it was held at more of an urban setting, we decided to hold their bridal session at a more natural location.
They were just such a great pair; so good together, and the lighting that evening....I mean...it was like a dream!
Congrats you two and thank you for letting me capture these moments!
I have to admit, I was all kinds of stressed over switching Daphne to a big bed. However, we didn't want to buy another crib for the new baby, and I wanted to make the transition a few months before my due date to make sure she was good and comfortable in there when the baby came.
So after a few weeks of procrastinating, we decided to take the plunge. I also have to admit I cried about this a few different times leading up to the actual switching of the bed/crib. She's still my baby, and it was making me a tad bit sappy to think about her little tiny self in a big queen bed. Plus, we still rocked each night for a few minutes to get in those extra snuggles before bedtime, and I was afraid she would feel upset about not having that as part of our routine anymore.
So I prayed about it (as I tend to do), and sure enough, I was stressing out about nothing (which happens more than I'd like to admit). The transition was a dream. I think the fact that we had been talking about "Daphne's big girl room" and her "big girl bed" with such excitement the months that proceeded the big switcheroo, played a huge role in the success of the transition. The whole time Matt was putting her big bed together she kept jumping around saying "Oh Boy! Oh Boy!" She was SO excited.
With the exception of a few lingering night time snuggles in her bed (which I have to admit, I kind of love), she has been a total gem with the switch from crib to big bed. She has guard rails up on both sides and lots of cozy blankets and pillows, which I think also makes her feel extra snuggly.
Ok, I realize I may just be rambling now...so here are a few photos of the big girl room itself!
+bedding-clearance from target
+teepee- I painted a tablecloth with gold polka dots and used $2 poles from Lowes to make it
+pillows on bench- I made them
+Easel, white table, galvinized buckets and rod, picture frames, large frame above bed - Ikea
+gold vinyl wall polka dots- walls by mur
So what do you do when your mom let's you borrow her super duper powerful food processor? You make up crazy paleo deliciousness of course! I'm definitely not entirely paleo or entirely vegan, but I tend to bake using the principles of both. I think it just overall makes me feel more healthful when I'm "indulging" in said treats, and it makes me feel great about letting my little have all the "treats" she wants as well.
So as usual, I have no precise measurements for these recipes (sorry), but I will do my very best to guesstimate!
Paleo Vanilla Maple Granola
-about 1 1/2 cups (each) of raw almonds, hazelnuts, pecans + 1/4 cup of flax seed
(add those to your food processor and pulse until you reach a "granola" type consistency)
-pour nuts in mixing bowl and add:
-1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
-1/4 cup pure maple syrup
-1 tbls vanilla
-cinnamon (couple of shakes)
-dash of salt
-1/4 cup or so of unsweetened shredded coconut
-about 1/4-1/2 cup of coconut oil (in liquid form)
*basically you want all the nuts to be lightly coated so that they crisp up like granola in the oven
Mix together and spread out on a baking sheet. Bake at 325 for about 10-15 minutes, mixing around halfway through.
Raw Pumpkin Pie Balls
-place about 2 cups of raw almonds and 1 1/2 cups of pitted dates in the food processor
-pulse until everything is chopped VERY finely (like the consistently in a larabar)
-pour into a mixing bowl and add half a can of pumpkin pie puree
-a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice
-roughly 3 tbsl of pure maple syrup
-about 3/4 cup of carob chips
Mix together and form into balls. Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet and place in freezer for a few hours. When they're frozen, put them in a big ziploc and keep in freezer to snack on whenever!
*btw...I purchase all of my nuts, paleo flours, dried fruits, and carob chips from the bulk bins at Winco!
I'm still dying over the peach photos of this little fellow. His daddy is a stone fruit grower, so naturally we needed to incorporate those fuzzy little fruits. He was so new and so good, and it made for an overall fantastic session!
^^^Huntington Beach (Back when I was 24 weeks...not I'm pushing 27 weeks and look like a whale compared to those pics / Sunday movie dates / snuggles / "ice keem teats ^^^
^^^ Sunday family hike / Daphne and me testing out her new ride / 25 week date night with my love / visiting dada at the office / dinner date ^^^
(you can follow along on instagram ... lovedaphnemae)
I really loved this sweet maternity session/ gender reveal. The momma to be was just beautiful, and the two of them were so excited to be having a sweet baby girl to add to their family. She's due about a week before I am, so I'