Thursday, May 27, 2010

Courtney and JC

I first heard from Courtney in November of 2008. She told me that although she wasn't getting married until November 7, 2009, she already knew she wanted me to do her album. Before she picked her photographer she wanted to know what she would need from them in order to work with me. I thought she was so incredibly brilliant to be thinking ahead like that! And, of course, I was very flattered and excited that she choose me to design her album.

Well, a year and five months went by, and Courtney emailed again to say that she was finally married and had just gotten her pictures from the photographer. It was such a pleasure working with Courtney on her album. Her details and decorations were so bright and happy. I love the bright green and orange color scheme - perfect for her Isle of Palms wedding.

photography by Kim Graham

Congratulations, Courtney and JC! Thanks for letting me design your album!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Haiti Medical Missions Album

My big sister Amy went to Haiti on a medical missions trip at the beginning of May. When she came back, she asked if I would design an album using her journal and pictures. I was very excited to take on this project for her. I'm so proud of my sister for raising money and using her vacation time to do this trip. Amy is a wonderful nurse, and I'm sure the patients in Haiti were blessed by her gentle comfort and encouragement. It's an incredible thing when people use their God-given gifts to serve others in need.

Here are some layouts I wanted to share. I can't wait for the book to arrive!

You can see the rest of the album here. I love you, Ames, and I am so proud of you!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jack's Party in the Park

I can't believe my little nephew Jack turned 3 this May! My sister Sarah threw the most adorable Party in the Park, and I just have to share some pictures. She's so amazing! At what point am I too old to say I want to be just like her when I grow up?

"Lunch in a Box" - pasta salad, fruit salad, pretzels and juice boxes

Jumbo chocolate covered marshmallows

Jack's proud aunts

The adorable birthday boy and his adorable mom:

Aunt Kiki and Uncle Brenty

I'm sure there will be more details on Sarah's Jack and Izzy blog in upcoming weeks. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Product - Thank You Postcards

I'm adding a new product to the Etsy Shop this week! Introducing... Thank You Postcards! I got the idea from my good friend, Elizabeth. After having her son Henry in December, she was showered with meals, gifts, and extra help. She asked me to create a photo thank you postcard so she could send a quick "thanks" to family and friends. It was such a great idea that I decided to create some for my shop as well.

These Thank You Postcards are perfect for the busy mom. The starter note on the back makes sending your appreciation quick and easy. Not only are they great for new moms, but they are also ideal for birthday parties, baby or wedding showers, or housewarming parties. The possibilities are endless!

The cards come in three styles: Fun Retro, Sweet Stripes and Modern Circles. Each style has several color options, so check out the listings to see more!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wedded Bliss

I know some people roll their eyes when it comes to weddings - the unnecessary stress, hassle, and expenses. Silly little details, bridezillas, drama, and the ever-expanding budget. I get that - it is just one day. But despite this, I can't help myself. I love, love, love weddings. I love the little things that make the day personal to the couple. I love pouring over the colors, flowers, rings, dresses, and cakes. But what I love most is this tangible feeling in the air. When you look around and feel that all of THIS is taking place to celebrate one couple's love and commitment. It's hard not to get absorbed in these thoughts as I design wedding albums. The joy and excitement are written on every picture. As I design a couple's album, I feel like I am sharing this amazing day with them, like I am right there at the wedding cheering them on. Of course I love the detail shots and the ceremony pictures and the getting ready chaos. But my very favorite shots are the stolen moments between the newly-pronounced husband and wife, glowing in a way only a bride and groom can. What can I say, I'm a sucker for the romance of it all!

I recently designed an album for the talented Amanda Pappas. She is a pro at capturing these defining moments. The bride and groom looked so sweet and it was obvious that they were really enjoying their wedding. I love that! Here are some spreads to share. Enjoy!

photography by Amanda Pappas