Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hindu Wedding

A few weeks ago I featured a layout from Neha and Mohit's wedding. They had a traditional Indian wedding, with festivities that stretched over four days! Here's what photographer Brooke Schwab had to say about the wedding: "The Hindu wedding celebration is focused on rituals and centered around family. Deeply rooted in tradition, the colors and sounds of this event were truly a unique experience AND the food was to die for!" I was so inspired by this 40 page album that I decided to share a few more spreads with you. As always, you can click on the spread for a closer look at the pictures.

On the Wednesday before the wedding, the bride and her close friends had a "putting hena" ceremony.

The bride and groom do not see each other during the pre-festivities. This spread shows Neha's family at the sangeet.

Thursday includes the gift giving ritual for the families.

The bride's preparations the day before the ceremony:

On Saturday, the groom participates in the baraat. Here's Brooke's description of the event: "The baraat is a marriage procession. It is customary for the groom to travel to the brides on a horse. This event is spectacular with lots of singing, laughter and dancing and Mohit could not have worn a bigger smile on his face. "

The bride and groom had new attire for the reception. All the clothing and accessories were brought in from India.

It was an incredible reception with amazing florals, food and dancing. Look at these colors!

I'm so glad I had the opportunity to design the album for this unique wedding. It was a wonderful learning experience for me. Special thanks to Brooke Schwab for the incredible photography!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Cards: Christmas

Instead of doing a layout of the week this Friday, I'm going to continue with my card series. I'm afraid I'll loose steam if I wait till Monday!

I know it's only September, but, believe it or not, it's not too early to start thinking about Christmas cards! I love, love, LOVE the Christmas season. Everything about it makes me giddy. I always try to send my cards early so I can get everyone else's cards when they send them (an incredibly selfish motive, I know!).

Here are the cards Brent and I sent our first and second year of marriage:

I've also designed Christmas cards for photographers to send out to potential/past clients. Here's one I did last year for Dede Edwards. Front:


We have family friends who, instead of sending Christmas cards each year, send Valentine's day cards. This gives them more time to spend enjoying family and friends around the hectic holiday season. I think it's such a great idea!

If you are interested in having me design your Christmas card (or Valentine's Day card!) this year, please shoot me an email at krubooks@hotmail.com. The design fee is $50. Then I can order the cards for you (pricing will vary depending on quantities) or I can send you the high resolution file to order on your own through Kinkos, Snapfish, or another printer. Please don't hesitate to call or email for more details!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cards: Birth Announcements

More card designs! This time, here are some birth announcements for your viewing pleasure. As always, you can click on the image for a closer look.

Here's is the Tuner Twins' announcement:

We played around with a couple ideas for Savannah's announcement:

Here's the one we decided on:

It's a boy! Grant Lewis:

And here's a sample I made for the KruBooks site:

There's nothing like some cute baby pictures to brighten your Thursday :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Gender Party Fever

Remember the gender party I wrote about last week? Well, my sister's party has been showing up all over the web this week! First it was on Ohdeedoh (Apartment Therapy's Kids @ Home Blog). And today it is featured on the popular entertaining blog, Hostess with the Mostess! I'm so proud of my big sis!

Sarah's blog
Sarah's Etsy stationary store, Jack and Izzy

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cards: Invitations

As I've mentioned before, I am crazy about card design. I've dabbled in a little bit of everything - birth announcements, Christmas cards, save the dates. Today I'm going to feature a couple of party invitations, and hopefully get around to showing off some other types of cards soon.

First, here is an invitation I did for my sweet twin nieces first birthday. The pink and green elephants made for a fun party!

Note: All addresses and phone numbers have been changed and are not intended to be real

I designed this invitation for a baby shower. The mom-to-be calls her little one "ladybug" so we played off that :)

Finally, here is an invitation I designed for a friend's bridal shower.

If you are interested in a custom designed invitation, please email me for more information (krubooks@hotmail.com). The design fee is $50. Then I can order the cards for you (pricing will vary depending on quantities) or I can send you the high resolution file to order on your own through Kinkos, Snapfish, or another printer. Please don't hesitate to call or email for more details!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


I'm currently working on a second studio album for the incredibly talented Mark Ketcham (San Diego, check him out). I love how at every wedding or session there is always one shot that becomes THE shot. You know the shot I mean? The one that catches your breath. The one where the stars aligned and the moment was perfect and the camera snapped. Need an example? Voila:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

It's a GIRL...and a BOY!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Don't you wish all weeks had one less weekday? We had an especially fun treat this weekend - we found out the gender for two of our on-the-way niece/nephews! Right now, Brent and I have three pregnant sisters. We will have SEVEN nieces/nephews by February! We've known for a while that Brent's sister Joelle is having a boy, Kru William, in November. When we found out that Lorren and Sarah's ultrasounds were a day apart, I was ecstatic! On Thursday, we got the call that Brent's other sister Lorren has her second GIRL on the way. I'm so glad little Savi is getting a sister!

My sister Sarah had her ultrasound Friday, and planned a little party to announce whether baby Addy or baby Noah is on the way. Everyone had to wear pink or blue for what they thought the baby would be. It was such a fun party!

Here's my nephew Jack and I (both predicting a baby girl):

Jack's been saying for MONTHS that he thinks baby "Addy" is in mommy's tummy. Here's a clip from the party...

Time for the big reveal! Sarah and Garret put a pink or blue gumball in the center of each cupcake.

And...it's a BOY!!!

You can see more pictures of the party details on Sarah's blog. She is incredible!

Brent and I are so excited for our new niece and nephews! We can't wait for them all to get here. I just love being an aunt :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Layout of the Week

It's been a while since I've done a layout of the week. But here's a really good one to make up for it. This week I finished an album for an Indian wedding - what a fun project! The wedding festivities took place over FOUR days. I can't even begin to tell you how many images there were for this event! It was incredible. This spread shows the ceremony decorations, and the bride finishing getting ready.

photography by Brooke Schwab

The final album is too fun to only have one "layout of the week" post. Check back for more designs from this beautiful wedding.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pink is My Favorite Color

Since Walter was hit by a car last Sunday, we've had to take him to the vet everyday to get his bandages changed. I'm always excited to see what color wrap they will use - we've had teal with stars, green with bones, orange with smiley faces, purple with dots. I've been secretly hoping they would bust out a pink wrap one of these days, but for the last week, no such luck. Finally, yesterday, my dream came true.

Brent is horrified. But I love it. And I think Walter does too.

I love this dog.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Anniversary Album

A while ago I mentioned a 40-year-anniversary album I was just starting. Well, I was so happy with the way it turned out, I decided to share a couple more layouts. I love this idea! I hope I get to do a bunch more.

As always, you can click on the images below for a closer look.