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Bonjour de Paris!

December 30, 2009

As you may know we are having a grand time in Paris! So many beautiful things to see, wonderful food to eat and interesting people to meet. I just wanted to post up a couple of photos I took tonight from our apartment window. Just a reminder, we will be out of the office and email response will be slow and voicemail response will be in a couple weeks. We wish you a very Happy New Year or as they say in France, Bonne Année!


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Out of the Country!!!

December 25, 2009

First of all, Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you are enjoying the day with friends and family and having a great time! In just a few hours, Geoff and I are boarding a plane to England! We’ve got a couples portrait session scheduled with Melinda and Greg in Paris and we’ll be back in January. SOOO we’ll be pretty good about responding to emails, but it may take about three weeks to return voicemails. Know that we still love you and we’ll talk to you when we get back!

Until then, I leave you with a ridiculous photo Geoff took of me when we got our Christmas tree. Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


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We are Homeowners!!!

November 19, 2009

After a 5 month process, Geoff and I are SO excited to say that we are HOMEOWNERS!!! We just got the keys to our very first home together in Elk Grove. We are moving from our ~500 square foot, one bedroom apartment in midtown to a 2059 square foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bath 2 story home. We needed the space desperately! We are so excited to set up our home office, and our client meeting and premier space as well as put those creative decorating skills to work! I’m sure we’ll have plenty of before/after photos to share as we work on updating and awesome-ifying our straight-out-of-1990 house. SO exciting! Thank you to everyone for your support and help during this process! It’s moving time!!!

The house! Not crazy about the paint color. I dream of a sunny yellow house with white trim. We also want a porch on the front!

House hug!

Geoff carrying me over the threshold! Been dreaming of this moment for so long!


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We are all sooo happy around here to finally welcome baby Eva to the world! My dear friend Helena spent 36 hours in the hospital (ack!) before giving a cesarean birth to Eva Jasmine on October 11, 2009 at 12:02 pm.

I felt so honored to be in the room when Eva was brought into the world. I’m telling you, it was EMOTIONAL! I cried like (excuse the pun) a baby.

Our first little peek at baby Eva!

We were all completely shocked when she appeared to us. Eva is one huge baby! Everyone in the room took guesses for how big she was…9 pounds…10?

I loved seeing Helena’s face when she first saw the little person she had been so anxiously waiting to meet.

Sol was a proud papa too. I love that you can tell he’s got a big smile on his face even though he’s got a mask on.

Finally, she was weighed and measured. Eva was born 11 pounds, 1 ounce. She was 22 inches long! Helena you are amazing for carrying her around!

This next photo just gets me. Just look at all the emotion in momma’s face from the first time she got to see her baby up close.

Check out all Eva’s adorable little features.

After a while big brother Shae came to the hospital, terribly excited to see his new little sister.

Many congratulations to Helena and Solomon for creating such a beautiful and healthy baby girl. She is absolutely perfect and I know you both will be wonderful parents for her. Thank you for letting me be a part of the birth, I cannot even express how amazing it was to witness Eva coming into the world and to be one of the first people to meet her. I am so proud of you both! Geoff and I both love your little family so much and we feel so lucky to know you.

Click here to see all of Eva’s birth day photos


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Helena is my very best friend (you may recognize her as my MOH at our wedding) and I am soooooo overjoyed for her because she is expecting a baby! She is already and awesome momma to little Shae (who was our ring bearer!) and I know when little baby Eva arrives she will be an even more amazing mother. And what is a best friend to do? Throw a kick-butt baby shower! Geoff and I teamed up and had a blast putting on the event. Below are the invitations I designed.

I have to start off this post by talking about the FOOD. Geoff planned and prepared the entire menu and it was the highlight of the party. Geoff is just amazing that way, I sure love him lots. He made a plethora of baguette slices topped with lots of fun yummy things like chicken salad, brie cheese with apples and caramelized onions, Nutella and orange marmalade, avocado with bacon and sprouts and he made fried ravioli. Everything was SO delicious.

He also made sliders with homemade chipotle mayo. Yum…

Geoff was in charge of food and I was in charge of everything else! We all had a blast playing baby shower games like “guess the melted candy bar”. The game sure elicited some grossed-out looks from the players.

We had a contest to see who could drink the most beer/soda from a baby bottle. So funny watching grown men drink out of the bottles.

That’s the most the winner could drink in 3 minutes!

I froze plastic babies in ice cubes and had a race to see who could “give birth” to their baby the fastest by sucking the ice off. No biting allowed!

And lastly blindfolded “mommies” had to feed their “babies” a jar of baby food the fastest to win the game. Mmmmm…the yellow is Mac ‘n’ Cheese flavor. Ack!

My favorite little Shae!

After the party wound down I took Helena away for a quickie maternity session. I told her she had to have at least SOME photos while she was preggers.

Who’s that peeking around from Helena’s belly? It’s Shae! Boy, doesn’t he look excited to meet his baby sister. I know he’s going to be an awesome big bro!

Helena you are such an amazing person and you are going to be a fantastic momma to Eva. Geoff and I both cannot WAIT to meet her! It really should be any day now, so expect some newborn photos up here soon!


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When it comes to wedding planning, “they” always tell you not to get caught up in the details. Well I say the details are the fun part! Being engaged got me so excited not only about marrying the man I love, but about all the fun craft projects in store! I’m am HUGE on do it yourself (why buy when you can DIY?) and Geoff was on board with the projects and even willing to help. You already know I made my own wedding dress, veil, bridesmaids dresses and invitations and all the paper goods. Well, there is more, my friends.
Our wedding’s theme was fair / carnival / circus / summer BBQ but mostly the theme was FUN. We just wanted everyone to have a great time, and indulge their inner kid a little bit. Start with the tables. All of our centerpieces were kids board games. We had everything from Operation to Hi Ho Cherry-O to Perfection to Hungry Hungry Hippos to Battleship and so many more!

Our escort cards were High Hill Ranch’s DEEElicious caramel apples.(Ummm…apple farm, no question!) They fit in perfecltly with our theme. We also had homemade caramel corn made by my mother (she makes the BEST) and animal cookies, snow cones, and cotton candy. Cocktail hour was a sugar rush for sure!

Each place setting had a placemat we made, about 140 of them, cut out from different green patterned fabrics. When I get around to it, I want to make a quilt or a picnic blanket from them.

In addition to the games we had our DIY mustaches on a stick at all of the tables and orange and yellow Dahlias in Strauss Creamery (the best dairy EVER, period) cream bottles.

Speaking of flowers Brandi of Party Petals created our beautiful bouquets and ’bouts. She did such a great job, Geoff and I give her the highest recommendation!

Our decorations would not have been complete without the BALLOONS! I loved the pops of color they brought, How can you not love balloons, they are just so fun and cheery.


Geoff took on the task of making our (cup)cake stands. We scoured the thrift stores for candlesticks and platters, pie pans, trays and anything else that was flat and pretty. A couple tubes of epoxy and several cans of spray paint later, and you have our cake stands. I loved how each one was unique and they were all very affordable to create! (I WILL make a tutorial soon!) By the way if you want the BEST CUPCAKES IN SACRAMENTO (ok, ok, best anywhere) check out Babycakes on J street. Geoff and I go there a couple times a month at least. They are sooooo yummy. Easy choice for the wedding!

Our elephant cake toppers were purchased from bunny with a toolbelt on etsy.com. I do plan on buying one of her adorable sculptures for each of our children.
Of course I designed our guestbook! I took the design from our invitations and incorporated it into our own guestbook. Its very similar to the ones we offer our clients. Geoff and I still love reading through all the messages our guests left us.

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This post wouldn’t be complete without talking about Geoff’s ring. Or should I say RINGS. Geoff’s first ring, the one he wears the most, we bought from etsy.com seller Stout Woodworks. It is made out of Zebrawood, so beautiful and completely unique. Geoff is always getting comments. Now, although it is a lot sturdier than you might think, a wooden ring is not always practical so that is why we also purchased a titanium ring from another etsy seller Zoe and Doyle. We love that both rings are handmade and one of a kind. I LOVE the ring shots Sarah took of all the rings.

One more wedding post to go! Coming up next…the PARTY!


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