Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flower girls.

I shared pictures from the wedding, but I had a ton of flower girl pics still left to share. So, here ya go – a post full of mint tulle and blonde curls! ;)

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The picture above is just the girls coloring while we waited for photos to begin. They were troopers the whole day; so proud of them!

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Cate was much better at smiling for the camera than my little one. Cate looks angelic to me in the photo below!

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With the beautiful bride…          

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And this one was not staged. They just grabbed each other’s hand and went walking. {Love it.}

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Oh, by the way, my sister & I made their tutu dresses using this tutorial, but we didn’t tie the tulle again for the waist. I just put the ribbon on them the day-of. The dresses turned out to be more see-through than I expected, mainly when the girls would twirl in them or sit down. I sewed some liner fabric {part of a ribbed tank top actually} and had her wear some white spandex shorts too. When they were in the ceremony, you couldn’t tell one bit, but once they got dancing you could definitely see the shorts/lining.

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They made it down the aisle with no tears…and no shoes! {Their shoes gave them blisters.} I’ll take the trade of no shoes for two happy flower girls any day!

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The rest of the pictures were taken after the ceremony.

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Sisters. Cousins. Two sets of best friends.

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This was towards the end of the night – what an ornery smile.

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The girls loved sitting in the big picture window right behind the head table. By this point, I was really picking my battles, plus it was pretty cute to watch Eugene entertain them!

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Once the DJ started playing some upbeat music, the little one got a whole new burst of energy. She was running around and dancing NONSTOP.

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Both girls were dancing machines from the start of dinner until my sister and I pulled them off the dance floor to put on PJs.

I think it’s safe to say they had a blast. I love these little flower girls!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dillan and Kelsey’s wedding.

We spent last weekend celebrating the wedding of Eugene’s brother & now sister-in-law. Eugene was the best man, the little one & Cate were flower girls, and I had a reading in the ceremony; we were honored to play a part in their special day. I took lots of photos {especially of the flower girls}, so I’ll post another blog of mainly just flower girl shots later.

This shot’s a little blurry, but I still love it. Cate colored a picture for Kelsey, and the little one gave it to her. So precious…

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I was so proud of our little flower girls! They made it down the aisle like pros!

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I love it when the bride & groom save the “first look” until the walk down the aisle…

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The weather for the ceremony was perfect, and the rain held off until just after cocktail hour…

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Beautiful Aunties & cousins…

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What a sharp looking bridal party!

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The new Mr. & Mrs…

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I know I’m partial, but I’ve also heard a TON of bridal party speeches {being an Event Coordinator and all}, but Eugene’s Best Man speech just might have been the best one I’ve ever heard. He did such an amazing job – talked about making a list of memories with your best friend, the challenge of being selfless in your marriage, and the ultimate example we have of selfless love in Christ, our groom. {So good.}

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Kelsey’s dress looked just as beautiful inside at night with a flower crown as it did outside with the veil for the ceremony. Gorgeous…

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I’m so happy we stole the newlyweds for a quick pic of the four of us…well five if you count my 8-month belly bump. ;)

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Eugene’s sisters looked gorgeous too. I love these girls!

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Caught a parent pic at the end of dinner… 

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The girls LOVED dancing. That’s an understatement actually. They danced nonstop from dinner time until 9:30 – way past bedtime! I managed to grab a little family photo for our own too. And let me tell you, it wasn’t easy to tear the little one away from the dance floor!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Rehearsal dinner.

Eugene’s brother got married this weekend. It was a beautiful weekend, and we were honored to be a part of it. Eugene was the best man, the little one and her cousin were flower girls, and I did a reading during the ceremony. Here are a few pics from the rehearsal dinner night…

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I posted the photo above yesterday in black & white, but I like the color version too, so I figured I’d share this one too. I absolutely love the picture above of my sister with the two girls. So much beautiful love!

The girls did a fantastic job at rehearsal! We were all hoping and praying they did just as well for the real deal the next day. :)

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Just one maternity photo.

Last time I was pregnant, I just wanted one to capture one picture as my maternity pic. This was it:

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I love the simplicity of a silhouette, the focus on the round, growing belly, rather than me.

This time around wasn’t much different. Again, there was only one photo that I really wanted to get as a maternity picture this time around…and this is it:

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We arrived a little early to Eugene’s brother’s wedding rehearsal, and there was a perfect overhang that overlooked a beautiful golf course. It was the perfect setting to try for my one maternity photo. Eugene snapped this pic. of the little one reaching for my belly, again as a slight silhouette. I love this picture. She’s going to be such a great big sister, and we are all so anxious to meet the little guy!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Baby boy’s nursery.

Back when I originally planned this room’s paint color, I didn’t know whether the little one was going to be a boy or a girl. I loved the idea of a navy blue with bright white accents, regardless of the gender of the baby. Well, that decision played to my advantage this time around as well. If you remember, this is what the bedroom looked like when we bought the house, and then what the little one’s nursery looked like after some work:

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I loved how her room turned out. It fit her well – bright, colorful, and happy. Once we found out we were having baby boy, we decided to keep the nursery as a nursery and move the little one into her own new big girl room. We had two main reasons for this: the bathroom in the nursery is really convenient because we use cloth diapers, and because we wouldn’t have to repaint, rebuild the crib, or re-do much of anything for that room. I love the navy, orange color scheme for a boy, so I was excited to get to use it this time around. I added in some grey and green too.

Here is baby’s boy nursery in its current state…

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My mom bought new rugs, so I scored her old one for this room. It’s so nice having a soft rug in there…especially since the old wood floors are super creaky without it! I removed the button crib skirt I made and opted for no crib skirt this time around. I bought the little trash can at Big Lots for like $6 because it was perfect colors. We’ll use that for wipes, and we’ll keep the bigger white trash cans for the used cloth diapers. I also swapped out the Katie Daisy prints that I based the little one’s whole nursery on, and I used clip boards and prints I found either online or made myself. 

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I bought the kelly green pendant light from Ikea for – get this – just $14.99. I was nervous it’d be too green, tut I think it adds nice variety to the space. baby boy nursery 10

I kept the same orange changing table that I originally found on the side of the rode & painted. I used new scrapbook paper and modge podge to update the shelves to from flowery to stripes.

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I loved how the little one’s colorful mobile turned out, but this time around I used scrapbook paper to make pinwheels, glued them to some twine, and created a new mobile for our little guy. {Just Google how to make a pinwheel. It was super easy!}

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I had some extra pinwheels, so I made a little garland with them. I still need a lamp and some new decor items on the shelf.

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I still have some ideas of things I’d like to add to the room, but for now, I’m happy with the results so far. :)

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We are getting quite excited to meet baby boy. I can’t wait to see what kind of personality he has, how he looks, and how he and his big sister will interact. We have some exciting times ahead of us, that’s for sure!

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