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Small Stylized

When a past coworker / current friend wanted to send flowers of course he called me! (haha just kidding, but he did call me)

The specifications were small to go on a desk and a “Jacki-Style” arrangement. Here is what I came up with. I personally LOVE it! I am sure she did as well.


Our Wedding! Part 3: Portraits

Pictures are HUGE in my family! I have grown up with a camera in my face my entire life (and frankly I would not have it ANY other way!) but it was still a unique experience to had a professional following us around all day long! It was a blast… at least for me.

It was important to us (and our family) that we take the traditional portraits after the ceremony. We wanted to make sure the Chad’s grandmothers and brother and sister were included. It may have been a tad unconventional but it would not have been us if it was too traditional!

I love the wetlands in Huntington Beach!! They have been one of my favorite places for many years. We originally wanted to portraits at another location (okay, I wanted to do them at another location) but Chad, being the very logical man he is pointed out that it would be too much walking for the grandmothers and frankly the directions would get people lost! And he would have been right… but don’t tell him I said that!

Funny story; Chad and I discussed doing “pin-up” style portraits with his 1971 mustard colored Chevelle. I LOVE the color and thought it would be have been a blast BUT the day prior to the wedding Chad parked it on the street for the rentals and the other things that we needed the driveway for. Well, my mom backing out of the driveway in a slight rush (I should say we were slightly behind with all the work we needed to get done) backed right into the side of the car. The car is not in the best condition but it had a good side that did not show any rust. Guess which side she hit… yup, the good side! Needless to say she was SO upset and honestly was afraid to come back (and she would not answer her phone so I had to call her close to 20 times to let her know it was fine and she should really come back)!  We ended up ditching the car idea since it wasn’t running all that great anyways. But the good news is that the damage kind of kicked Chad into gear and it is now at the shop getting the dent fixed as well and all the other body work done and the rust fixed. So maybe we should thank my mom since he is getting the car restored, something off the to-do list!

Anyways here are some of the pictures! These were SO hard to narrow down!!

I am slightly obsessed with jumping pictures!

And Chad is obsessed with his “explorer” pictures! Every time we take picture he has to have one or two!

After the wedding we spent the night at the Roosevelt Hotel in LA. Duncan followed us up there for a few pictures! These are some of my favorites from the entire day of portraits!!

Photos: Duncan Stewart,


Dress: Ebay (Vintage)

Dress Alterations: Designer Touch Group

Hair: Friend who works at

Shoes: Nine West (sorry they have been discontinued!)

Flowers: Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Our Wedding! Part 2: Up to the I Do’s

There was quite a bit of planning that went into the wedding but a few things were simple decisions. First I knew (and Chad thankfully agreed) that a private ceremony was the way to go. I have a hard time being the center of attention sometimes and the pressure would have been too much! Despite some objection to the decision we only had my in-laws and my mom and Bob (who is better than a grandfather to me). I love the feel of the courthouse in Santa Ana. It had a great historic décor and frankly I knew it was the perfect place!

We also knew that we wanted to have the reception in our backyard. We were trying to plan a budget conscience wedding yet still have the things that were important to us. There was some elements that splurged on and do not regret it at all!

Third and probably most important to me was that I was adamant that there were no cameras allowed at the ceremony besides the photographers. That was a pretty simple request since there were only four guests but I wanted them to actually SEE the ceremony and not through the viewfinder of the camera (mainly my mother…).

I have AMAZING friends who were very involved with the set-up of the wedding and I could not have pulled it off without them! Seriously guys, you are the BEST friends anybody could ask for, you’re family!

Some of my favorite getting ready pictures:

Don’t quite know what my Mom was so excited about but I still love that picture!

As you can tell Peter was a HUGE help the morning of the wedding; putting together the ipod play list, holding mirrors and lint rolling Chad!

Chad is ADDICTED to Mountain Dew so it was only fitting as soon as he walked in the door he had to have one!

Bob is an amazing man! He is my “Grand Father’  despite not being blood related. He HATES pictures and yet is very photogenic. This is probably my favorite picture of him ever taken! He is so serious here and this picture captures his emotions from the day, nervous and wanting it to be perfect.

At the Courthouse:

I have told this story a few times but I still think it is one of the greatest things that could have happened! WE GOT KICKED OUT OF THE COURTHOUSE!!! Yes, you read that right. We rented the upstairs courtroom for our weddings. The actual ceremony is quite short since it is just the basic vows and ring exchange, but it was perfect just the way it was. After the ceremony we wanted to get some pictures of course and we went some places we were not supposed to. We sat in the jury box, behind the judge’s desk and when the security guard found us we were behind the glass partisan in the jury room. Needless to say he was not happy with us so he asked us to leave. At least it was AFTER we were married!


Photos: Duncan Stewart,


Dress: Ebay (Vintage)

Dress Alterations: Designer Touch Group

Hair: Friend who works at

Shoes: Nine West (sorry they have been discontinued!)

Flowers: Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Our Wedding! Part 1: Engagement Pictures

It is about time I get around to posting pictures from my wedding…

My Husband and I dated for almost three year when he purposed. It was not unexpected since we already had a wedding date picked out and I had already bought my dress but it still was a very sweet moment and one I will never forget. We knew and both agreed we wanted a short engagement and have just under 3 months to plan the wedding! Talk about a QUICK engagement. He is not one for taking pictures and I was utterly shocked when he agreed to take engagement pictures but I have to say that it was SUCH a great experience and I think it helped him get more comfortable being in front of the camera.

I am going to start with our engagement pictures. They were taken by Amy Boring of  in Fallbrook. We did not know what to really expect since neither one of us had ever had professional pictures taken but Amy made it really easy and confortable! She was great and I truly LOVE the pictures!!

Here are some of my favorites from the day.

Some more of Amy’s pictures!


We ended up using them for our guestbook. I really wanted people to give us advice on how to live a happy life and we got some great advice and some silly comments (which we of course expected with our friends). Some of my favorite quotes:

“Have a forgiving heart and make crazy love.”

“Never forget how important the little things actually are. A look across the room will still melt your heart for years to come.”

“Love does conquer all and gets you through the tough times… and it’s the syrup that sweetens the good.”

I sometimes flip through the guestbook and it makes me smile every time I see the pictures and the wonderful advice that everybody gave us. Something I truly am glad we put together!

Dainty Corsage

Corsages can be very big and bulky BUT this corsage is a nice feminine and simple corsage that is light weight and easy to wear. Yes, it is on my wrist so I know just how light it is!

A single Phalaenopsis orchid is placed off center and accented with foliage and palm berries (I am guessing that is what they are called since they are from Palm trees…) on a black wire bracelet. The berries are placed in between the variegated pit leaves.  A simple fun accent for many styles of outfits for a prom or wedding… fun fun fun!

Oh and this was entered into the oc fair and won 1st place!

Summer Backyard Soiree

One of the best parts about living in Southern California is the weather. One of my clients has the perfect backyard for entertaining. Luckily she loves to through parties! This was for one of her parties this summer. The tablecloths were from Wildflower linens.

We used light blue hydrangea, orange and yellow zinnias, pale orange and yellow roses and pink dahlias.

I LOVE THESE CENTERPIECES! The colors were so fun and turned out beautifully together. The perfect color combo for a summer party!