Friday, April 25, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
|I wanted to share a few of my favorite shots from our engagement photoshoot we did back in November. We went to amazing Olvera Street in downtown LA with my friend Kristina of Kristina Lee Photography. Brent wasn't thrilled about having to participate in something like this, but after a few margaritas and Kristina's guidance, we both loosened up and were able to have some fun with it, and in the end got some really great photos. Kristina had been telling me for years that when we got engaged she had the perfect engagement photoshoot location in mind for us - Olvera Street! She couldn't have picked a more perfect location for us : rustic, colorful, and a GIANT succulent wall?! This place was AMAZING and so fitting for us. It was a little awkward kissing in front of a crowd of tourists (who would have guessed from these shots that there were a ton of other people there?) but in the end all worth it! Thanks for the great shots Kristina!|
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
|My sister Hanna is expecting her second son in 6 days (!!!), and I drew this picture of these happy animal friends for her to hang in his woodland-themed nursery. You might remember this picture I shared (almost exactly two years ago) that I drew for my first nephew Max's nursery - his own version of Happy Animal Friends. Can't wait to meet you baby Gabe!|
Monday, March 24, 2014
Designing wedding invitations with MYSELF as a client was probably one of the hardest things I've ever done. I've designed so many invites via Orange Paper Shoppe this past year, but sitting down to make invites for my OWN wedding was very challenging, I'm a tough customer. I always wanted to letterpress my invitations, but Brent convinced me that they would be just as good if I made & printed them myself. Once he convinced me, I got to work hand-lettering the main invite and rsvp card.
I made mini postcards using a few of my favorites from my vintage postcard collection. On the back of these I printed all of our wedding info for our guests (hotel accommodations, registry info. etc.), which fit into these mini white envelopes.
We had an all-white, fiesta themed wedding in Old Town San Diego, so I stuck with a lighter white on white color palette and used these AMAZING vintage cactus stamps (found here on Etsy) and vintage cactus postcards to bring that fiesta flair.
My favorite part of these invites were the Hola bags I hired my super talented friends at Hecho Por Sego to illustrate and screen print for me. These little bags secured the rsvp cards and mini envelopes with all the wedding info, and I tied them all together with metallic and white twine.
They were a ton of work, but in the end I was really happy with how they turned out and think they did a great job setting the tone for our wedding. I'll be sharing more pictures from the big day soon!
Photos by Kristina Lee Photography
Thursday, January 30, 2014
|Hello loyal blog readers! Sorry I've neglected this blog for MONTHS, hopefully you all haven't given up on me and reading my blog. So much has happened in the last few months of my life, I finally have a moment to breathe and get caught up on my life + inspiration. We'll start by catching up with THIS - THE PROPOSAL! After 9 years of dating Brent proposed to me on the beach in Long Beach with this amazing Eiffel Tower ring he had made for me. BEST ENGAGEMENT RING EVER! We are moving to France in a few weeks, hence the Eiffel Tower. It was so cute and romantic, and even though it stuck out a bit, I rocked it until we got our real rings made. Everywhere I went, almost every day someone made a comment about how dangerous it was - well, you are all lucky I didn't punch you in the face with it. Brent tricked me into going down to the beach by telling me he had to collect straws off the beach for a presentation at work. He said similar to how Billabong makes boardshorts out of recycled water bottles, Quiksilver was going to start making boardshorts out of plastic straws from the beach, and they were going to give a presentation about it, so he needed to collect some to take photos for the presentation. Of course I never turn down an opportunity to go beach combing (beach combing HOARDER!), so I agreed to go, not thinking anything of it, picking up every dirty plastic straw in the sand all along the bay, all the way to the beach. GROSS! AND NO, Quiksilver is NOT actually making boardshorts out of straws, but there are SO MANY straws on the beach that I completely believed him. (Maybe someone SHOULD think about making something out of recycled beach straws?) Anyway - once we had gathered about 50 dirty straws he asked me to help him photograph them in the sand… so as I started styling straws in the sand, he got down on one knee and surprised me. I don't really remember much of what either of us said (I feel like this happens to a lot of people), but I remember being really happy and excited and surprised (obviously surprised, because if I had been suspicious at all I would NOT have worn workout clothes with my Patagonia vest - why didn't I even think to put on a cuter sweater and hat for this?! Haha oh well). He was also clever enough to have asked our amazing photographer friend Kristina of Kristina Lee Photography to photograph it all - she was hiding in the lifeguard tower on the beach snapping all these awesome photos. Thanks for the great pictures Kristina! We went back to our house after where more friends were waiting with champagne and it couldn't have been more PERFECT. That's my story.|