Friday Footnotes

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1. Lettering Index

Feeling so very thankful to Brad Woodard for sharing this wonderful lettering resource! The Letter Index is a jackpot of letters and words in a variety of styles from script to logo to hand made. It’s just amazing. Quite often I’m asked to write out someone’s name and just my handwriting will be used for their logo. That’s quite a lot of pressure on my little pen and me, so this will be a hand resource to look up interesting and new ways of adding flourishes to make their letters a little more unique. I’m going to start pinning some right away! See my Handwriting, Lettering and Calligraphy board here.

2. The Hidden Sea

For another jaw dropping typo-centric piece, I’m loving Jon Contino‘s new type and illusration work for The Hidden Sea‚ it’s just gorgeous! I’m already a big fan of Jon Contino, especially his other nautical inspired designs, but this just blows them out of the water (pun intended)… And I just love how the flourishes emulate waves… I just keep staring wide eyed at the letterforms. I kinda want to get a bottle of the wine just to have it on display in my nautical themed office. 🙂 View more images here on The Dieline.

3. Oh Joy! at Target

I just love all these new Target collections by bloggers and designers I’ve been following for years—I posted about Dana Tanamachi’s collection a few months ago! Here’s a video and sneak peek of  Joy Cho’s party collection. So adorable!

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4. Peek Calendar

I haven’t been a fan of the iPhone iOS 7 calendar ever since first installing it. It lost quite a lot of features that I loved, even though it added quite a few! So I was definitely smitten when I saw this new calendar app called Peek Calendar on swiss miss.

5. DIY Concrete Countertops

How amazing are these concrete counters?! I seriously love them! Cost effective and super duraple! Should I add more exclamations to emphasize how much I love them??! See more on A Beautiful Mess.

The Pankratz Wedding: A Purple DIY Shabby Chic Fall Wedding

After a year of planning, my best friend’s wedding has come and gone. And while that may sound bittersweet, in place of wedding planning, they now are building their married lives together. It truly is the best end to the year, and a whole new beginning to something even sweeter.

All that to say, I don’t know if I’ve ever been more excited to blog here before! And to share these photos from Harvard Photography, with a couple of my own photos thrown in there too.

This was definitely a DIY, do it yourself, craft-centric wedding… and don’t you worry, plenty of links will follow.

As the Matron of Honor, I got the chance to be there all along the way… with dress shopping, crafting, and shower planning. But even better, I got to design the save the dates, invitations, and so much more of the day of paperie and decor. From the chalkboards to the escort cards, I got to hand letter them all. It really was a joy to get to be so involved and that is another big reason why I am so excited to share all these photos with you!

Enough blabbing from me, here are a few words from our lovely bride…

It is so hard to believe that the wedding has come and gone! Over the past year, countless nights were spent crafting and planning to create the perfect decorations, stationery and timeline for what turned out be the wedding of my dreams. We were so blessed by everyone who made our special day a reality — Matt and I had a perfect day shared with the ones we love the most!!  Anyhow, enough of the mushy stuff, lets get to the good stuff…pictures!

As most of you know, my Matron of Honor, Sam is a very talented graphic designer, and as of late she has been exploring the world of photography! Before the wedding photographer arrived, she graciously took these amazing getting ready photo’s of me and my bridal party!

My normal hair dresser, the lovely Tessa Ellis from Runaway Bridal, was our AMAZING hair stylist for the day of the wedding. She works side by side with the equally talented make-up artist, Amy Grieser to give both me and my girls the exact look I envisioned.

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Our lovely invitations were designed by the one and only, Sam Allen! Not only are they beautiful, but each piece holds a special memory of the late nights we spent creating them. Special thanks to my bridesmaids for helping us put them together! (photo supplied by Sam Allen)

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The dress..let’s just say I am still SO in love with it! I absolutely love pearls and lace, so when I saw this dress at David’s Bridal I just knew it was the one for me.

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I bought two very different garters from different shops on Etsy. The first, a beautiful shabby chic lace garter with pearls and stones from Petal n Pearl Boutique. The second garter was a little surprise for my husband to be. Matt is the biggest Indianapolis Colt’s fan and a while back I came across a cute little shop that sold NFL team garters and I knew it would be a sweet little surprise.

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Our niece was quite the character all day — she wanted to be in the middle of everything! The previous picture captures that just about perfectly.

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After shopping for veils at various bridal shops, I decided that making my own was the way to go — and if you’re wondering, it was pretty easy! One evening I enlisted one of my wonderful bridesmaids, Vanessa and Loretta (Matt’s second Mom) to help me. We were able to find the appliques and trim at a local fabric store as well as the basic plain veil. And get this, all we used was hot glue! No sewing was required! I am so happy with the way it turned out — simple yet elegant.

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My Papa passed away almost seven years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t miss him just a little bit more. He was so special to me and I couldn’t imagine my wedding day without him. When I found this locket I knew it would be perfect for his sweet picture to walk with me down the aisle.

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Sam here, I can’t help but interject every now and then… I was so thankful the photographers allowed me to grab my camera for a few shots too! So while the main photographer was taking this angle…

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I was able to take these of the bride… Isn’t she gorgeous!!?

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Kim Ryan from Tulips, Trophies and Treasures is amazing! She truly took my vision and made it a reality. From my first meeting with her, all I knew was that I wanted hydrangeas in my bouquet and books in the centerpieces.  From the few sample photo’s I shared with her, she included those and so much more!

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My Grandma and Mom are two of the strongest people I know. These hands have made me who I am and I am so grateful for their strong presence in my life.

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While us girls were having a wonderful start to the day, the guys were doing their thing…

How cute are these boys?! I love the friendship that my husband and his Best Man share.

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Matt loves his Van’s! They are seriously the only shoes he will wear. So it only seemed fitting that they were the shoe of choice for his big day.

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And then it was time for the First Look…

Your Favorite Moment of the Day

Amie: For me, the best part of the day was walking up to Matt and seeing him for the first time. There are no words to describe just how excited I was to see this man! I love him with my whole heart and more (if that’s even possible)! I was so overcome with emotion and I couldn’t wait to feel the warmth of his embrace (For those of you who don’t know, this guy gives the best hugs EVER). We had waited so long for this moment and it was finally here!

Matt: Standing in front of our family and friends saying I Do to the love of my life.

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From the beginning of our relationship, Matt and I have always pinky promised over the big and even the silly small. This may be one of my favorite pictures from our wedding day. 

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Now that we got the bulk of our emotions out during the first look, it was time for the ceremony!

One of the most important things to Matt and I when shopping for a wedding venue was the privacy of the location. It was very important that the venue was secluded and intimate — especially the ceremony site.  We envisioned our wedding to be a special moment shared with the ones we love most with no outside distractions. Secluded Garden Estate definitely fulfilled that desire completely.

From early on in our planning stages, I knew we wanted to decorate with a lot of wooden signs throughout the venue, from telling guests where to park, where the reception was, to the sign my nephew held as the “ring bearer”  and with only a few days to go, the best Matron of Honor was at my service once again to hand paint each and every one!

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Our typewriter held a welcome letter to our guests… it was given to us by Matt’s mom, originally it belonged to her father in law’s family back in the day!

I LOVE old books and this unique sign in book designed by Morgann Hill Designs definitely fit out theme well! You can check out her shop on Etsy here!

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My Grandpa’s chair was reserved in his honor by his favorite hat.

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I love the emotion captured in my mom’s face in this picture as my brother walks her down the aisle to start the ceremony…she is beautiful!

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Music Choices

One of the hardest parts of wedding planning was selecting the music for our ceremony and key reception events! Finally Matt and I agreed on the most important songs, and let our DJ decide on the rest.

 For our bridal party processional we went with “It’s a Good Morning Beautiful Day” by Keith Urban. For the first three months of our relationship, Matt re-wrote the lyrics to this song and texted them to me every morning!

For my processional I choose “You Had Me From Hello” by Kenny Chesney and our recessional was “Overwhelmed” by Tim McMorris.

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Here is a little wedding day story that holds a special place in my heart: I was overcome with emotion as our bridal party lined up for the wedding ceremony. I seriously could not stop crying happy tears (which is not like me — I’m normally not that big of a cryer). As I stood with my dad, watching our bridal party proceed down to our ceremony site I balled, the ugly cry. I was just so excited to marry the man of my dreams. Anyhow, moments before we were to walk down the stairs (and I was still balling) my dad told me to look down and he said, “You know, your Grandpa is up there laughing at you right now.” After a few seconds I got it together and my dad told me that the two of them were ready to walk me down the aisle. I miss papa so much but I was so blessed to have him as I made the walk to marry the love of my life. I definitely took a mental picture at that moment and I will cherish that moment the rest of my life.

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Our ceremony was the most perfect part of the day. I loved every moment of it and not to mention it was just beautiful!

Another aspect that Amie loved about Secluded Garden Estate from Day 1 was not only that the ceremony site was located on the foundation of an old green house, but that the original window panes are displayed, hanging from the wooden framing. Plus Kim, the florist, added her special touches by wrapping the posts in burlap and adding a chandelier.

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After the ceremony, the bride and groom were able to steal away for some more photos at the ceremony site… along with some fun formals with family and friends.

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Then Amie and Matt made their way over to the reception site for their grand entrance as Mr. and Mrs… as husband and wife.

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Matt is definitely an outdoorsy type person. As our relationship has grown, I have become a lot more open to the whole wilderness thing and I’ve truly come to enjoy the outdoors a whole lot more.  Our reception site felt like it was in the middle of wilderness and we just loved that! 

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One of the things I truly loved about our wedding was the handmade look everything had. From the tea stained escort cards, made by Primitive Blessings, to the hand written chalk boards and signs.

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Matt and I are big history nerds — especially when it comes to United States History! Although all these books are not US history related, they are all pretty old and we thought that it would be a fun way to tie our love of history into our wedding day. And then our florist engraved the table numbers.

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Our signature cocktail was a mix of lemonade, vodka and iced tea… perfect for a BBQ dinner.

Each guest got to take home a mason jar, ladies got the redneck wine glasses, complete with a bookmark and wedding tattoo.

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Our cake from Cakes to Celebrate was absolutely delicious! Each layer was a different flavor ranging from red velvet to dark chocolate cake filled with coconut pecan filling. I seriously can not wait for our first anniversary to dive in to this cake again!

Our cake topper was also designed by Morgann Hill and they can be found in her Etsy shop.

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This was by far one of my favorite craft projects made for the wedding! It definitely was a joint effort made by my Husband, Sam and I.  You can find the DIY link here.

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Sam’s husband, Andy runs a BBQ competition team and he so graciously cooked for us and all of our guests! If you ever have the chance, check out Rooftop BBQ at one of their competitions! You won’t be sorry….

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Matt’s favorite band is AC/DC and he was adamant that we make our grand entrance to “Thunderstruck.” Because I got to choose most of the other music I went along with it and boy am I glad I did! It was the perfect song!

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Since Matt and I love games, while we were taking our formal pictures, we had the guests fill out a Mad Lib card…

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Although you can’t tell from these pictures, Matt has quite a few tattoos! And so just for fun we decided to make temporary tattoos with our wedding date and a pair of love birds for all our guests! (photo provided by Dave Anderson, Sam’s dad)

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Matt’s Best Man, Jim, gave the one of the sweetest, emotion filled speeches I’ve ever heard…not what we were expecting from such a funny guy!

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Matt and I surprised each member of our bridal by using their baby picture as their place card. We also did a little tribute to them at the end of our slideshow with these pictures!

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Music Choices for the Reception Dances

Matt and I danced to Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban for our first dance. Mr. Urban seriously writes some of the best love songs.

I had my dad select the song for our first dance and he decided to go with Wildflowers by Tom Petty (One of my dad and my favorite bands)!

Matt’s right arm tattoo sleeve is based off of the song Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It is seriously such a sweet song about what a mom taught his son…it was perfect!

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Matt’s niece and my nephew are seriously the perfect pair! These two were such party animals all night and they seriously danced the night away!

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Advice to Future Brides

My biggest advice is really to be organized and to do a first look! I am so happy will all the pictures we got and that wouldn’t have been possible with the short amount of time in between the ceremony and reception.

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Vendor Links

Location: Secluded Garden Estate

Photographer: Harvard Photography

Videographer: Boffo Video

Florist: Tulips, Trophies, and Treasures

Stationery Designer and Letterer: Matron of Honor, Sam Allen Creates

Caterer: Rooftop Barbeque

Cake: Cakes to Celebrate

Cake topper: Morgann Hill Designs (bragging bags)

DJ: Good Time Entertainment (Mike)

Makeup and Hair: Runway Bridal

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: purchased at Mary Me Bridal by the Dessy group

Veil: handmade by bride and family

Garters: PetalnPearlBoutique

Dress hanger: Creations by Tilly

Guest book: Morgann Hill Designs (bragging bags)

And one final note…. Thank you Matt and Amie for allowing me to have such a special part in your big day. I am so honored and will never forget these moments that we have been blessed with to share. I love you both so much and couldn’t be happier for you as you start your happily ever after…

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My Etsy Shop: Your New Friend Sam

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Over the years as I’ve posted a few dozen invitation designs, and all the while quite a few people encouraged me to open an Etsy shop. And I finally did!

Back in February, on a night my husband was out of town, I sat down and stocked a few invites and opened a shop. Just printables, nothing printed. Calling the shop “Your New Friend Sam”—a name I had been wanting to establish here on my blog but never felt enough confidence to do.

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Then while working with my best friend on her wedding stationery, starting with her save the dates, I created a return address stamp with a mix of handwritten and digital type. And from there, my little shop grew from invites only, to also include rubber stamps. And that’s when things got interesting.

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As of August, I still hadn’t sold over 20 orders through my shop, but in this past month my sales have almost doubled! And that doesn’t even include friends and family that have been keeping things consistent along the way.

As a perfectionist, I kept delaying an official post on my shop until I felt like I truly had it figured it out… but since it’s constantly evolving, I just can’t wait until that day, whenever it may come.

So let me formally introduce you to Your New Friend Sam… an Etsy shop that specializes in shower invitations and personalized handwritten rubber stamps.

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And to celebrate this formal introduction and to thank you for your encouragement along the way, I’m giving all of you 20% off all items in my shop (minimum $10 purchase)!

From today through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday use code LAUNCH2013 when checking out to receive your discount.

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Evernotes Every Friday

1. Burton Skateboards by Dana Tanamachi

I wish I would have seen this in time for my 27 Wishes post! These are pretty much the most gorgeous snowboards I have ever seen. Oh how I love EVERY SINGLE piece of work Dana Tanamachi puts out!! See more images including some behind the scenes production work here.

2. Envelope Addressing Technique

One of my favorite things to do is letter envelopes… I have no idea why but its fun to get creative and try out different writing techniques along the way. It’s definitely where I’ve gotten the most practice in hand lettering (thanks to the many events of the Pankratz wedding)! But what I haven’t mastered yet, or taken the time and patience for, the address portion. I love to write the names in cursive but then the address usually defaults to my usually printing. But I love love love this concept of hand writing the address and then using a banner like shaped label for the address, bonus points for the wrap around to encompass the return address too!! Found via Erica’s Sweet Tooth.

After reading a few posts from the ladies who attended the Designer Vaca  from this past weekend, I started following some new boards on Pinterest. The next three features are about these new finds of mine…

3. Kayla Adams on Pinterest

I love so many of Kayla’s boards… her likes seem to mirror mine with the range of design to photography filled in with quite a few wedding related pins too! Follow Kayla here.

4. Shauna Haider on Pinterest

I’ve posted a few times from the Nubby Twiglet blog, aka Shauna Haider, a Designer Vaca attendee. So that name may stand out to you! While I have been following her blog for quite some time, for whatever reason, I never made it over to her Pinterest account! And I have definitely be missing out… Follow Shauna here.

5. Megan Gilger on Pinterest

And lastly, my most recent new follow: Megan Gilger. She posts fashionable finds and pins from her blog of her traveling adventures… oh what fun. Follow Megan here.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. The Progression of Storytelling

Really enjoyed this short video found on Brave the Woods! Joe Sabia has great storytelling skills—all using his iPad to supply the visuals. Just watching made me so excited to create and read and learn and share! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did or at least I hope it brings a smile to your face this Friday morning!

2. Once in A Lullaby

Adorable poster by The Heads of State (and congrats on the new site!)… Love how they created the telephone wires into music notes.

3. Emily Henderson

I’ve always been a fan of Emily Henderson after seeing her compete and win HGTV’s Design Star. I watched her show as often as I could but now—thanks to this Design*Sponge article—I have discovered her blog! My favorite quote in this write up was her response to “what’s the best business advice you’ve ever received:”

Sell a product/service you’d actually buy yourself. Seems like a no brainer, but there are so many times that I could have done something cheap and easy or just kinda generic, but I always ask myself  ’Would I want to live in this room? Would I buy this pillow for this price? Would I read this blog?’ And if the answer isn’t a total ‘yes!’ then I change it. I consider myself my best customer because I know that so many people need the same things at the same price point as I do. I’m not sure if this makes it the most profitable that it can be, but I’m almost always really proud of what I’ve done.

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4. Heidi Swapp

Working on my brides’ scrapbooks last year made me find within myself a love of scrapbooking! Obviously I love to create, but after years of seeing my mom scrapbook, I never had much interest in making them myself. But oh how I love it! It’s more freeing and forgiving than graphic design! All that to say, I have developed a strong relationship with Michael’s and am loving any and all of the products in Heidi Swapp’s line… I gasped when I saw this pin from her on handwriting! My two new loves combined in one: scrapbooking and handwritten goodness!

Flourish, Calvary Chapel Canyon Hills Womens’ Luncheon

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handwritten-sketch-Flourish_1471Another project completed with Jess, from J. Rose Photography, for our church… but this time for the annual Womens’ Luncheon.

Their theme verse for the event was from Psalms:

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree.

We created a flyer for our church bulletin that used a pink and mint green color scheme, incorporating hand drawn type and succulents. Definitely loved how this came to be!

Here are some close ups of the flyer along with some photos from the event from Jess!

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Evernotes Every Friday

1. Ryan Hamrick Lettering

Loved this video created in reply to the question, “Where’s the best place to get started in lettering?” And a big thanks to Ryan for this wonderful post on some of the tools of the trade—now I want a felt pen!

2. Nike Air Packaging

Makes me want to buy a pair of Nikes just to be able to pop the packaging! Found via The Dieline.

3. Pipe Shelves

With our office barely done… okay its been months—I am already yearning for a new project for decor and storage! Found via A Beautiful Mess.

4. How to Find Sanity by Separating Work and Life

Found myself nodding and nodding and nodding while reading this article—of course a freelance doesn’t really fit the mold when its over and above the 9–5 job… via Braid Creative.

5. Wedding Placemat Ideas

Let’s come full circle, since we started this post with lettering—looking for creative ways to label the guest seats at the upcoming Pankratz wedding—loving this type treatment and look of white ink on Kraft paper. Love love love. Found via Elizabeth Anne Designs.

Evernotes Every Friday

While I continue to play catch up every evening on all my various freelance projects, I thought giving another glimpse into a couple of my last 2 weeks’ projects would be fun!

1. Nautical Baby Shower Invite

Last week, I designed a baby shower invite for a friend of a friend… hoping to get this final design up in my Etsy shop within the next month. I just love how it came out!

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2. Etsy Stamp Sales

Speaking of Etsy, I could possibly say that my Etsy sales have quadrupled this month, but if you knew how they were doing last month… then that’s not really saying much. I just get so excited with every sale though! And then sending out each order, feels like sending a small piece of my heart right along. Anyway… I got 2 similar requests though this past week for a somewhat customized order of my return address stamp. Hoping to make this a regular product soon!

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3. Glow

Working on a logo with a  neon light treatment for church….

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4. Superman Birthday Party

A very special someone is turning 5 this month, here’s just a little peek into the festivities to come. Can you guess the game?

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5. Miss Kaelea’s 2 Year Photoshoot

Earlier this week, I spent an evening photographing this little wiggly dancing blonde 2 year old! I have only just begun digging through the hundreds of photos, but I thought I’d share a rare glimpse of the little miss laying still. So so much fun. I can’t wait to show you more!

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