Friends + Thanksgiving.
Last November, my family and I spent a week with our close friends in a magical house in Ojai before the big Ventura fires took it away. But I’m grateful for the memories and these incredible pictures that Todd Pinckney took.
I look back on our trip to Ojai with friends and I feel so much gratitude towards them for their friendship and their faith and support in me and my family. For most of them, we’ve been doing life together for over 12 years and now growing families together is just so special to witness. God has created us to desire relationships and crave community and to have one like mine is just gold.
To change things up a bit and to break up the wedding posts, I’m sharing a fun little baby shower that I did last year! The hostess + my friend + photographer Kelsey, thought of this fun jungle theme for her sister in law. I wanted to be sure to incorporate chic and modern elements to it without it feeling like it’s been over done.
The black and white pops really added a clean touch to something we also wanted to feel wild.
My favorite part about doing anything tropical is that each leaf is so big and vibrant and textural, you really don’t need to go crazy with it. I mixed all sorts of palms and tropical plants to create texture and interest. we added the pops of metallic next to the black and white to really make the greens stand out.
This is Kate and she is the sweetest and prettiest mama to be! I’m so happy for their family to bring in a cute little addition! Congrats on your baby boy Kate!
Photography: Kelsey Lauren Photography
Catering: Continental Catering
Last month I had the pleasure of hosting my first workshop in my studio! It’s always been a dream of mine to gather women together to craft and bond and learn from each other. Every one has such an amazing story to share and we are all on this journey together, so why not grow together! And I’ve always thought life is just better when we do it together. So drawing community together through workshops was something I have been brewing for sometime. It just gets crazy to fit it all in with a toddler, weddings and events that are already booked, and pregnancy! But luckily with all the holidays coming up, I was able to host one that was sure to get us in the festive spirit! And what better way to test out my first workshop, than on my church’s Moms Group.
You guys! Family style dinner is my favorite. There’s something about breaking bread and sharing a good conversation with new and old friends that just warms my soul. Family dinners to me is such an intimate form of quality time spent amongst loved ones. I can’t wait for my son to be a little bit older where the chaos of feeding a toddler is a season of the past and cultivating fun and stimulating conversations is created.
it’s all in the details.
This was my very first photoshoot that I helped style and creatively brainstorm the concept with. And let me tell you, it was a lot of work but totally worth it! I met with my friends Jess from Jessica Miriam Photography and Ashley Pike (who I had the pleasure of working at Anthropologie with). A good chunk of our meetings were really just us hanging out and sharing life together but when we did start discussing ideas and concepts, we were loving all the creative juices that were spilling out of our brains! There was a little thing called rain that tried to stomp on our photoshoot party but when you have a group of amazing vendors collaborating together, nothing can stop the greatness! I can’t wait to share these incredible photos with you!
This month I was asked to collaborate with Susanna who is one of the 2 sisters of 4 Corners International Interior Design. She was featured on a morning segment on FOX 5 San Diego where she also gave me an awesome shout out! If you missed the segment, it’s on my Facebook page where I tried to record it with my phone but it cut of because I ran out of memory space due to taking too many picture of my kid and flowers. HA! Anyways, Susanna is so talented and creative and I was beyond honored to work with her on some florals and wreaths for her Thanksgiving Table Scape Photoshoot. You all have probably started to see a lot of marsala and jewel tones in weddings and table decor due to its rising trend in rich, vibrant colors. It’s no question that a little gold and brass can really bring out so much elegance and richness in those deep burgundy flowers, teal, and fuchsia. Honestly, I am loving the jewel tones because it’s a new way to play with different color pallets.
A several weeks ago, I had the pleasure to flower crown all the lovely guests that attended Van De Vort and Cleobella’s Spanish Rose Collection Launch Party in Del Mar, San Diego. It was hosted by the gorgeous and fun model Alden Steimle. I had such a blast meeting so many fabulous ladies and their love for unique, casual, bohemian, sexy fashion. If you haven’t been to Van De Vort in Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar, San Diego…then you are missing out! All the girls that work there are gorgeous inside and out! They are all so easy to talk to and will ensure that your closet will get a new lift!
I love doing weddings, but I also LOVE collaborating with my creative friends to help them make their event/party extra special with any type of florals. So when my friend Kelli Murray (check out her blog HERE) asked me to help her out with some decor, I jumped at the opportunity! Kelli is such a creative force, inspiring artist, loving wife and mother, and honestly, I don’t know how she does it all! She’s pretty much super woman!
Anyways, I’m excited to share a few of my favorites from her son’s first birthday party! It’s so cute, chic and perfect! This makes me want to have more kids so I can plan more first birthday parties!! Hope you all enjoy the amazing pics wonderfully captured by another creative and amazing mama friend of mine, Jackie Wonders.
This past weekend I hosted a dinner party that doubled as a “Sip ‘N See” for my best friend Melissa. For those who don’t know what a “Sip ‘N See” is, it’s a little post baby shower. So you can SEE the baby while SIPPIN’ on some champagne to celebrate the momma and babe! My friend Melissa just had her third daughter, Lucia Rey and she is absolutely perfect!
You guys!! I am beyond excited…no…STOKED to share this special dinner event with you. I was asked to do florals for a very special dinner event and to collaborate with the incredibly talented Farra from Hostess Haven and let me tell you, it was a dream come true!
Since I’m no writer, I’m just gonna copy and paste what the Village Magazine wrote about this event, because it couldn’t have been said better:
“The vision was clear. Makers, doers, shakers; originators and artists of all kinds, side by side in a moment to celebrate and spread brand integrity and authenticity. This is Gather the Makers.
[…] We shared a table with the most inspirational and wonderful people. It never ceases to amaze me and warm my heart to watch a room shift and the warmth change when people are honest and open and willing to share their heart.
Thank you to all of you beautiful Makers who came […], and to everyone who made such a lovely night happen.”
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