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Happy NEW YEAR!

As you all know, I’ve taken a solid two year break from regular posting on this space. Since then, a lot of life has happened. Many of you probably thought I completely retired. So did I.

The truth is, that I’ve missed it here. This space has been calling me back for some time, I just didn’t know how I should break back into it. Blogging is a funny thing. It’s an online journal for the whole world to see and being the “private” person I consider myself to be, sometimes it just didn’t jive well with me. I felt vulnerable more times then not. Sometimes judged. But as we all know, no story is perfect. We are all a work in progress and saved by grace on the daily. With that being said, I’ve made a commitment to myself to get back into “blogging”. If for anyone, myself. Weather its pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, I feel most alive when I can express myself through my words.

So there you have it. Im brainstorming my thoughts and hope to bring you lots of picture heavy posts from the heart, DIY’s, a little bit of fashion, and of course party planning because lets face it, we all love a good party.

I’ll be back soon. Promise.

Landyn 7th “Frozen” Birthday

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My oldest babe turned another year older.

7.

That just sounds old. Each year becomes a little more nostalgic than the last.

This motherhood thing is no joke!

“Frozen” is still going strong in our home, and Landyn made clear her party theme immediately after last years birthday.

Girl knows what she wants.

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So Frozen it was.

We took somewhat of a modern approach to the theme and added some fun pops of color and pattern. We turned our backyard into a modern Arendelle and had all the little girls come dressed as their favorite princess. Elsa even made an appearance and did a story time, face painting, photos, and a performance of “Let it Go”. 

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To say I was obsessed with this “Ice Castle” cake was an understatement. It was as delicious as it looked too. The top layer was “funfetti” and the bottom layer chocolate. The candied glass on top was made from scratch to resemble Elsa’s castle. Gorgeous.

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 A huge thank you to our amazing vendors that made this special day possible. And my husband that tirelessly assists me for weeks leading up to these big events. We love you Joshy. xo

IT TAKES A VILLAGE!!!

Photography: Pixel Planet Photography

Elsa: Wishing Well Entertainment

Tulle Wands: Pretti Mini

Tassel Balloons and Banners: Paper Fox LA

Cake & Cupcakes: The Bake Shoppe

Candy Kabob Favors: Candy With A Twist

Signs and Printables: Simply Create Designs

Letter Balloons: The Sweet Lulu

Sequin Table Runners: Party Pleasers

Paper Goods: Target

Landyn & Monroe’s Elsa Dresses: Disneyland

Fabric Panels: Reused from our WEDDING. Simply glued new fabric on.

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Check out Landyn’s past parties here:

5th Puppy Paw-ty

2nd Elmo Party

1st Cupcake Party

Newborn Photos: Monroe James

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Photos: Wisteria Photography

Our sweet Monroe James has been such a light onto our lives. She is sleeping well, growing way too fast, and becoming her own little personality. 10 weeks in, and we are all starting to find our groove. We cant imagine life without her. Thank you all for the well wishes.

Introducing: Monroe James Baltimore

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More photos coming soon.

Our Wedding 3.13.15

6 months have passed since this dream day, and I am just now getting to posting. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

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An excerpt from our feature on Style Me Pretty blog.

From the Bride… Anyone that knows me, knows I am ALL girl. Josh and my story is proof that opposites do, in fact, attract. When we got engaged on the beaches of Malibu last July, my mind instantly shifted to “wedding” mode. I’ve dreamt of my “fairytale” wedding since I was a little girl. To me, that was going to be a traditional, romantic affair with touches of glam.

Right away we headed out to check out wedding venues. We quickly decided on Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Ca. My wedding stylist, Laura Giuliani came with me and she immediately envisioned oversize fabric panels to make the alter site one to remember. The panels were monsters! They were 4′ wide by 8′ tall. Because Laura couldn’t find any fabric that really fit what she had in mind, she hand-dyed each piece of fabric that came together to form a hand-made floral reliefs. She also included linear portions of the fabric to compliment the layers of my dress. The panels were truly breathtaking. To further soften the spot, she dressed the existing grapevines around the alter with Queen Anne’s Lace and Baby’s Breath. And, to tie in the pink hued florals an oversize grapevine wreath was hung over us. It had eucalyptus and peonies, exactly what I wanted. To finish off the spot we placed amazing candle-lit geometric brass and glass lanterns from Anthropologie on the steps!

Because I really wanted my husband to feel like his personality and interests were being represented at our big day, Laura and I worked together to add an edge to our otherwise feminine and romantic event! Laura painted two oversize panels of chain link fence bright gold and added pieces of the hand-died fabric in a geometric pattern. One of the panels was placed next to the bar during the cocktail hour (with a ‘Cocktails’ marquee sign) and the other we used as a photo backdrop. They were so striking in person and definitely something that is doable for any DIY bride!

In keeping with the chain link theme, gold chains were added to the bridal party florals! Each boutonniere and bouquet was wrapped with the chain. As a finishing touch we also put the chain around the dinner napkins at each place setting! Simple and cost effective!

Walking into the reception site felt incredible. Laura built a wall upholstered with fabric to hang our seating chart. It sort of felt like a wall in our living room! The seating charts were affordably printed with gold foil by Olivia Grace Paperie framed and mixed in with other ‘art’ of inspirational sayings including: Dream Big, Smile Always, and Be Happy. That same fabric was used to make runners for the specialty tables including the cake table and tables with framed family photos.

Our dessert bar was a yummy one!! We decided to create a “Bar Bar” and we served up all types of bars including charmingly wrapped mini chocolate bars (with paper from Paper Source), Lara Bars (for a healthier option), and home-made lemon bars, 7-layer bars, and brownie bars. This area also had a hand-made wall upholstered with fabric and two bar signs that lit up!

Laura wanted to tie in my business, Paper Doll Clothing Company into our event, so she made “Paper Doll” place cards for our kiddie table. The table was draped with a gorgeous bright pink sequin runner, tassel balloons, ring pops, and kiddie crafts. The littles were more than entertained and my daughter (our flower girl) felt so special.

Our wedding turned out to be the perfect reflection of who Josh and I are. My favorite memory of the day was seeing Josh’s face light up as he turned around at our first look. It truly was “the best day ever”. I am forever grateful to all our vendors that helped bring my vision to light. Especially my stylist Laura, your talent takes my breath away.