Make the most of yourself; for that is all there is of you! -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why does summer go so fast? I hope you all had a great summer! Today is bittersweet! Love the kids going back to school & the routine of things, but definitely miss SUMMER! Yah know!
Thank you all for your patience! I can finally now get more caught up with emailing, blogging, etc., etc.!
Today was Conner’s third day as a freshman & the girl’s FIRST day of school! had to do a little shoot before school started! With all the excitement everyone was ready super fast! LOL!
Happy back to school!!!!!!! It’s gonna be a great year!!!
Madison: 5th Grade
Kira: 7th Grade
Conner: 9th Grade
Last year’s First Day of School Pics HERE–!! I love seeing the changes!
I was chatting with my mom & she mentioned putting together some of the earlier “first days of school! ” I think I found each of the kids “first” days! Praise the Lord my photography skills have improved!
Today is a special day! It is Chris & Deanna’s ONE year anniversary!! Happy Anniversary you two!!!!! Hope you have the best celebration!
A few weeks ago this wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!! Yes! It was a dream come true for me! I was pinching myself!! I was so excited & couldn’t wait to blog the wedding, and have resisted, in wanting to hold off until today, Chris & Deanna’s ONE year anniversary!
From the moment Deanna contacted me I knew there was something kindred about her! She was a dream come true bride! I am in awe of her talent & as you will see in these pictures, her vision!! Her & Chris & so many others worked countless hours dreaming & planning & putting everything together for this incredible day!!! Be sure to read Deanna’s vision after you enjoy this amazing wedding!!!
Thank you so much, Chris & Deanna for the honor of capturing your wedding! It was a dream come true!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!
Happy One Year Anniversary!
From the Bride…We both share a love for the Central Coast of childhood memories, and now memories that we have built together. We’ve always known that we’ve wanted to get married by the ocean. We picked The Cliffs Resort because we love that it’s a beautiful place where the ocean meets the pine trees. We already felt married, so we envisioned our wedding day as a big celebration of our love with our family & friends. As I was letting our engagement sink in, it became a favorite ritual each morning to visit SMP to soak in all the beauty and inspiration. I took in every lovely swoon worthy detail from your featured DIY receptions to glorious destination weddings. It was an indulgence filled with giddy anticipation of what our wedding might look like someday on your pages.
I’m a huge believer in the saying, “one thing leads you to another,” and that is how I planned our wedding. When we discovered that we could have our reception in a tent overlooking the ocean – the dye had been cast. It was important to us to have an elegant wedding with many budget conscious DIY personal touches that allowed us to share a unique part of who we are with our guests. I have worked in luxury brand integration, producing events and styling for years, and Chris is a product designer who took every creative idea and all of our hand painted wood signage to the next level with his expertise. We easily decided to integrate Charcoal Grey, Sea Glass, White, Dark Wood, Driftwood, Dark Sea Fans, Moss, Silver Sheen Leaves, Gardenias, Burnished Gold Magnolia Leaves & Rocks, Succulents and Apothecary Jars filled with Sea Shells & Glass Japanese Floating Buoys. The same colors and decor we have in our home at the beach. We incorporated Gold & Platinum Metallic to represent our rings, as well as play off of the gorgeous heirloom toasting glasses that both my Grandparents and my Parents used for their 50th Wedding Anniversaries.
The planning of our wedding became a family affair, with meaning and purpose attached behind every sentimental detail. We tried to cherish every moment of the planning, as everyone knows that day goes by in one big happy blur. We were so honored to have my Dad build all of the wood work for our gorgeous table numbers and signage, while my Mom worked lovingly beside us on every craft project. We wanted a beach theme, however, it was important for us to be subtle. Our arch was constructed as a gift by dear friends from the driftwood we had collected over the course of our engagement. It was magical to see our visions come to life in a way that only happens in dreams. Our floral/event designer truly knows how to make flowers sing. She was able to not only bring every inspiration I had to life, but to the next level.
Music played a very big part in our wedding. After sharing with our DJ that Chris played a special song for me on a first trip to New York. He made my wildest dream possible for me to walk down the aisle to an original arrangement of “City of Blinding Lights” by Terry Lawless – Keyboardist for U2. Also, our very dear friend who is a Music Supervisor gifted us a hard drive of music. We had so much fun hand picking the sound track to our wedding. One of my favorite spontaneous moments happened as we were making our way back to our chairs at the head table to hear our toasts. I noticed a beautiful patch of green grass right in the middle of our tent, and decided to sit down in my big fluffy dress with all of the beautiful children in the our bridal party surrounding us. It made the moment that much sweeter to have such a candid and carefree moment.
All of our vendors were top notch. After a year of planning every detail and timeline, it was so refreshing the day of the wedding to be able to let go of everything knowing that we were truly in the best hands possible. Looking back, I’m most touched by the 18 lanterns that hung over our reception. Each one lit, as a thoughtful remembrance for loved ones who have passed. It was especially moving when we danced our 1st dance to “Lucky” under the lanterns, gorgeous chandeliers, and pleated draping of our tent. The sun was just starting to set over the ocean, as I was dancing with the man of my dreams, in the dress of my dreams, surrounded by so much love and celebration. We are still pinching ourselves and want to jump back into every gorgeous frame of our pictures and cinematography. For us, love is truly in every detail.
these two! pure inspiration & creativity they are! both musicians, amy, just released an ep! & jason is an incredible musician, as well, photographer, & currently makes some of the best coffee in town at the new COFFEE BAR!
seriously enjoyed their session. i could have made three blog posts out of their pics! ah! so many to chose from!