Peaches & Cream Styled Shoot with Christine Pegany—As Featured on Wedding Chicks!

I was absolutely blessed to be able to be a part of this gorgeous photo shoot, planned and photographed by Christine Pegany! She has so much talent and such an eye for details. Plus you know, horses!!

Regarding my stationery: I loved the theme of Peaches & Cream too… and used a peach blossom as inspiration for the suite by painting a branch for the envelope liner. Each page of handmade paper was painted with a watercolor wash before printing the calligraphy. These flatlays Christine shot are just divine.

Keep scrolling to see all the beauty the team made that day and see the bottom of this post for a full list of the vendors!

Photography – Wild Love Photography – https://www.wildlove.us
Venue – Carola Horse Ranch
Florists – Black Petal Floral Design – http://www.blackpetalfloraldesign.com/
Furniture Rentals – Mintage Rentals – http://www.mintagerentals.com/
Cake & Cupcakes – Texas Wildflours Bakery – https://txwildflours.com
Calligrapher – Invitations – Sam Allen Creates – https://samallencreates.com/
Weddings Sign – Leigh Letters
Dress Designer & Veil – Yours And Mine Bridal – https://www.etsy.com/shop/YoursandMineBridal
Shoes – KUKLA Fashion Design – www.etsy.com/shop/kuklafashiondesign
Hair & Makeup – Ashley A Hair & Makeup – http://www.ashleyahairmakeup.com/
Jewelry – Pink Carnation Design – https://www.etsy.com/shop/PinkCarnationDesign
Suit & Tie – Stitch & Tie – https://stitchandtie.com/
Mens Ring – Metal Wendler – https://www.etsy.com/shop/MetalWendler
Hair Vine – Bella Via Designs – https://www.etsy.com/shop/BellaViaDesigns
Ring Box – Happy Boxes Shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyBoxesShop
Day of Coordination – Sweet Laurel Events – https://sweetlaurelevents.com/
Models – Colton Longden & Lacie Burkdoll – http://www.lalalalacie.com/
Handmade Paper – Fabulous Fancy Pants – https://fabulousfancypants.com/


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Sam Allen Creates: January thru March 2018

I’ve been working on this post for a year, adding to it over the year but never finishing it. I hope you enjoy a peek back at some of my favorite projects from the beginning of the year!

A lot of these will just be a glimpse into the project, like for the styled shoots… as I plan to post more in depth about them at a later date.


January

January kicked off with a mighty bang! Right off the bat, I spent the first morning of the new year painting this GIANT painting!

And partying for this little guy’s 2nd birthday!!

Most of January was spent working on styled shoots, one that I got to attend in San Diego and one in Joshua Tree for a photographer coming in from Arizona.

The following photos are by Carsten Tice Photography, will share a full post soon with full vendor credits.

And from Joshua Tree, by Molly McElenney

The year also started with the creation of a housewarming party invite for a good friend of mine here in California! I created the art for the invite in such a way that I could frame the original painting as the housewarming gift! Win!

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February

Once those January shoots were done, I went right on to work with Abbe Foreman on her blush pink and gold shoot…

And went on to work with Emily Sallach on this boho shoot at L.A’s Frogtown Magical Cabin, photos by Jenn Spain

Along with this handpainted gold and emerald suite for a flat lay conference on the east coast.

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And I also celebrated my shop’s 5 year anniversary!! This was such a big celebration as it coincided with my 10,000 Etsy sale!!

February is also a big month for Disney animation anniversaries! And of course I had to celebrate!! First up is my favorite: Peter Pan! And then keep scrolling to see the Cinderella inspired piece that went on to spark a whole invitation suite…

And to finish off the month, some envelope addressing!




March

These Disney inspired pieces were created for the AMAZING Michelle Santiago to photograph. It was magical collaborating with another Disney nerd to create these suites! Will be posting more about these soon!

Another style shoot, this one photographed by Danielle Unger… love that fabric hanging and the fabric menus! Oh my! Held at the Woodshed in Vista, California.

In honor of my Etsy shop’s anniversary in March, I did a giveaway for shop credit! One of the winners worked with me to create this custom piece, the solution to her problem of having to pick the Floral Letters or the papercut silhouettes. Such an an amazing idea, I just love how it came out! Find out more information to create your own custom piece in my shop here.

When I saw Christine Pegany post about needing a calligrapher for her upcoming shoot, I jumped at the chance! She’s such a talented photographer and stylist! In a few weeks, I’ll be sharing more on this gorgeous shoot!

And to end this first quarter review, a REAL wedding suite created for Kate Vennergrund (photo by Carmen Soares). More to come on this as well…


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and for making it this far! I enjoyed going back over these projects that seemed to have taken place so long ago but as if they were yesterday!

Lauren & Kellen — Menifee Maternity Photos

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This little sweet baby girl is about to make her debut in the next couple weeks so I thought I’d share a few of her parent’s maternity photos with you all first! I can not wait to cuddle and love on this babe. Timehop has been reminding me daily of my little Isaiah as a newborn from last year everyday and it’s giving me baby fever!! Olivia June, I can not wait to meet you! And neither can your mama!!

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Eleven Month Old Isaiah

You are growing up so fast! I keep mourning this fact but really each and every day brings so many fun surprises! You have such a funny personality, full of so many sweet little quirks that bring me so much joy! One of which is this new “stink” face that you give out way too often and at the funniest of times. Your little gummy smile still melts my heart though! Seriously, I become one big mushy mess when you give me that giant open mouth smile that lights up your whole face.

Poor little guy with his puffy eyes had a cold on Easter

Big milestone moment!! You took your first steps! I was so afraid I would miss this moment in your life. You’ve been on the verge for so long but you spend so much time with your grandparents, that I was so terrified I’d miss THE moment. So I’m ever so thankful for being the one you took those first steps to. I’m so proud of you sweet boy. I feel like you are going to do big things in your life (what mama does feel this way?!) and I am so excited to be cheering you on all along the way.

Of course, that same night, watching you let go of my hand to walk away from me led to moments of intense emotion. After you’ve clamored for my hands to help you walk, you soon won’t need them at all anymore. It’s led me to really cherish the moments where you truly are still my baby. Like during the middle of the night feedings and when you need extra help falling asleep. I’ve definitely rocked you to sleep more this past month than I have for the past several combined. I constantly feel like my baby is slipping away but I’m truly loving this big kid stage you’re entering.

You have a series of “tricks” that you do. I think we may have asked you to do them to many times because now if we start with singing “if you’re happy and you know it…” you will clap your hands, then show up where your ears are and then tilt your head to the side in the cutest little way.

You LOVE to eat. I don’t even know if I have ever really seen you get full yet! You have loved every meat we have put in front of you… starting with your dad’s Texas style pulled pork but you love his brisket too! With chicken not far behind those. It looks like you eat super fast, but you’re really just storing it all in your cheeks and then picking up another bite before you’re really done with the last one.

You still love to walk while holding our hands. And you can walk up the stairs with ease. Taking each stair in only one giant step. You are going to be such a handful!

You love to look in the mirror when we ask “where’s Isaiah??” The “mirror” also includes the faucet in your bath where you actually look back at our reflection with that big gummy grin of yours!

Thank you for always bringing a smile to my face and laughter to my heart, son. You just make life so very magical.

Five Month Old Isaiah

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Another month has come and gone and here I am posting over 3 weeks late about our little man’s month-iversary….

The weekend you turned 4 months officially, everything changed. You literally grew up right before my eyes. You started playing with toys. You latched on to a monkey shaped teether (“Coco”) and a burp cloth to no end. You seemed to finally see the world around you and experience it in a whole new way. Now you just grab everything and in your mouth it goes. Even including my face 🙂 but I love your kisses!

If you don’t have a toy, then you like to fold your hands across your chest and kick your legs up. And then even that changed once you found your toes. A toy connected to your chubby little legs! How fun! And so cute!

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You always want to sit up if you’re even at a slight recline, you struggle to sit up all the way and once I hold you up, then you want to stand. And you sure love to stand. It’s wibbly wobbly, but your face lights up with big boy pride! You look around at us making sure we see your new trick. I see it, I see it all.

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Your dad loves to lift you high in the air. It’s a trick that’s sure to get those gummy smiles of yours. I’m always waiting nearby ready to clean up the spit up but I sure do love watching you two play together. The best of friends.

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Your sweet little coos have turned into deeper shouts and squeals. But we still hang on to every single word of those long monologues.

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A few other random things I want to remember:
– holds bottle on his own-ish
– you love blankets, mostly to chew on but you love to play with them too
– I left you for the first time, for more than a couple hours (your dad and I went out on a Disneyland date night)
– loud noises still startle him, even from the mouths of little friends 😉
– Superman for Halloween, spent the evening at your godparent’s house and slept through trick or treating in the Ergo with Grammy.

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Time is just flying by. I sure do love this age the best so far but I miss that little 6 pounder that fit so neatly in my arms. Everyday with you brings so much excitement, I look forward to each adventure!

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My Nautical Baby Shower

I’m seriously the luckiest girl in the whole wide world to get to have these amazing baby showers thrown for my little guy! This post is about my nautical themed shower thrown by my best friend, Amie! Her attention to detail was impeccable, there were things I missed in person that I only just now noticed looking at the photos!

Of course, she didn’t do it alone… I’m so thankful for all the girls who helped her plan, craft, and set up that day! And to her hubby for his help in “crafting” and her mama for watching her kiddos and more!

Every corner of the backyard was decorated, it was truly amazing!

This backyard may look familiar to you if you’re a long time reader…  it has graciously hosted many the event, such as Brittany’s lavender bridal shower and Amie’s cherry blossom shower.

Of course, we have to start with the invitation. Amie found these PERFECT invites on Etsy… but she let me address the envelopes! I was so excited to get to help in this small way!

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Isaiah’s nursery is nautical themed so Amie used his room as inspiration for colors and the overall look. But she took is so far above anything I could have dreamed of. View her Pinterest board here.

When you walked up to the house, this table greeted you! Each guest was asked to leave me a message with words of encouragement as I enter motherhood.

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Once I got into the backyard, I just couldn’t believe my eyes. There was so much to look at!

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The tables were each set with a different centerpiece…

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Behind the guest tables, sat the gift table and this amazing fabric banner.

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But before you got to the guest tables, you had to walk by this darling drink table! Some of these decorations are from my office and Isaiah’s room too!

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Some of my favorite decorations though were under the pergola where the food table was… which by the way, the food was amazingly delicious!!

Amie’s husband BUILT the boat centerpiece. It was incredible.

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How cute are these little boats that hung above the pergola! I’m still trying to think of a way to hang the garland in his room because they are just so cute and perfectly rustic!

Sams Nautical Baby Shower Boat GarlandEach food item was labeled with a message in a bottle. These were just too cute! Creative! And Crafty!

Sams Nautical Baby Shower Food SignPlus the main entree of chicken salad croissant sandwiches were made to look like crabs. Cuteness overload!

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A lot of the graphics were revised by my friend Courtney from a set I bought off Etsy here.

Guests that brought diapers (THANK YOU!!!) were entered into a drawing for a prize. The saying on the tickets was so perfectly themed.

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And lastly, the shower favors were homemade bath salts! Amie bought this container of Epsom salt from Hobby Lobby and then followed the instructions, like adding essential oils to the salt, to make the bath salts.

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Thank you so much to my hostess with the mostest, my Amie Belle! You really outdid yourself! I couldn’t be more thankful for such a perfect day to celebrate my son!

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And a big thanks to all my friends and family that attended. My boy is so loved and I couldn’t be more appreciative for each and every one of you!

 

Maternity Photos with Janet Rayne Photography

I had the longest list ever of things I looked forward to doing while pregnant. Many of those came and went as I mentioned in my last blog post, but taking maternity photos was top priority.

So thankfully I LOVE THEM!

And a big thank you to Janet, of Janet Rayne Photography, for her patience on my unrelenting demand for the golden hour light—as you can see, she definitely delivered on that.

 

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Two Oh Fifteen

I totally missed the months where the reminiscing posts are made, but I still want to take the time to look back on the crazy year of 2015. It was a year I will never ever forget…

January + February

These months were so work-centric. Tons of overtime and I know I’ve shared so much of Etsy based stuff so I’m just rushing past this… if you don’t mind 🙂

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March

The month started off with a bang, just mere months after celebrating the BIG 1,000th Etsy sale, I made my 2,000th sale! And after that very stressful 2014 year of working a “getting busier by the month” Etsy shop while maintaining a full time job, I finally decided to put notice in at my job to be able to fully focus solely on my shop. Even though I still worked both for another few strenuous months, there was finally light at the end of the tunnel.

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April

Following a weekend trip to Salt Lake City for BBQ, my best friend Amie and I with her little 4 month old, Hudson, in tow, we traveled to go see the missing piece to our set: our bestie Joyce in New York.

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May

In May, Andy and I traveled up the state of California to the coast of Oregon where Rooftop BBQ took calls in every category at the Coos Bay BBQ Competition and won Grand Champion! We then drove from Oregon to Colorado (yes, we are crazy) to compete in Loveland, spending a few days at my aunt’s in the mountains where we got some rest and work done before the competition and the drive home.

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June

Toward the end of June, one of my best friends from high school, Brittany (who you’ve seen around here quite a bit!), gave birth to her sweet baby girl. While I don’t get to see them very often and not even close to enough, I was so happy to take her newborn photos and get some extra cuddles in with the lil’ princess. More photos here.

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July

In July, Etsy was at it’s peak. My full time job had finally and officially ended. I started working on my sign designs that as I know now, would end up being sold in Hobby Lobby (!!!!). One of my best friend’s wedding was coming up in less than 30 days so there was lots of painting, work to do and celebrations to have… and then we left for a road trip to Montana for my family reunion in which we flew back early for the wedding itself! Whoo!

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August

My beautiful friend Lindsey’s wedding was sandwiched right between our TWO Montana trips of last year. It was such a beautiful day and the wedding was a blast! I was so honored to get to stand up with her as she married the man of her dreams!

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A week later, Andy and I drove right back up north to compete in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. In Wyoming, Andy won his second Grand Championship of the year and I can’t believe I got to be there by his side. I’m so incredibly proud of his talents and love when he gets recognized for his amazingness.

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September

This was our month to relax and recoup before the BIG trip to come.

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October

At the start of October, we were already in the midst of our cross country trip that would be taking us to Missouri, Tennessee and finally to Florida before the long journey home.

In Missouri, Andy and Joe competed for Rooftop BBQ at the (Invitational and Open) American Royal World Series of BBQ in Kansas City. They not only got some high trophies, including a first in brisket, but they also were awarded their first ever PERFECT score!

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From there, we spent a couple weeks crashing at my cousin’s house (more on our time in Missouri here) before heading on to Tennessee where Rooftop competed at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg—winning another top ten call for their brisket (it’s really that good, seriously).

Before making the final trip east to Florida, we spent a few days around Nashville including a cave tour! I’m 5 weeks pregnant here… even though we wouldn’t find out for another couple weeks!

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November

The start of November 2015 is where we found ourselves in the midst of a brand new adventure. The morning of November 2, hours before we planned to tourist around Walt Disney World… we found ourselves excitedly staring at a positive pregnancy test. After so many years, it seemed like a lost dream. I’ll be posting more about it (soon), so for now I just wanted to share our first official family photo at the Happiest Place on Earth.

P.S. The photographer who took this for us was the first official person to find out about the pregnancy! Ah!

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December

The last month of 2015 is a total blur as I spent the majority of the month in the throws of morning sickness… but we did manage to have a quick photo session with my friend Courtney and make an announcement about our little one to come!

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So all in all, 2015 was a pretty spectacular year!

xoxo

Luellen and Walkenhorst Family Portraits, Montana Reunion Photography

Hi there! As I recover from that crazy road trip of ours, I thought I’d share some photos from our family reunion this past summer…. my dad’s brother in law just turned the big 7-0! So that side of the family had me take some photos of the generations as a gift for grandpa Jim!

These were all taken around the yard of our rental house just outside Glacier National Park! It was truly a gorgeous place with an unbelievable view!

From left to right we have the Walkenhorst family with my cousin Katie, then my dad’s sister Diane and my uncle Jim, and then the rest of the Luellen’s with my cousin Tom…

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Grandpa with son and son-in-law…

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And Grandpa Jim with Grandson Jake…

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Grandma and Grandpa with the grandkids.

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Here’s my cousin Tom and his family who were our gracious hosts in Missouri last month!

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Later that week we took some more photos but of just the Walkenhorst side…

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And that wraps up our family photos from the trip… so fun! Next up, my cousin Jake’s senior photos!