{still standing} baby bump highlights

& here we are!  It is time for me to say good-bye for a bit.  Although I haven't been blogging much during my pregnancy, I have been working hard behind the scenes to make a three month (give or take) break possible.  Now I am 38 weeks pregnant & exactly two weeks away from my July 11 due date.  I grow more & more excited, as well as more & more nervous, with each passing day.  Most of all, I can't wait to meet our little guy & be his mama.

I'll leave you with a few highlights of my very blessed, very easy pregnancy . . .

Here is my first official baby bump photo!  I was about 24 weeks pregnant & loving our babymoon at Newport Beach.  Our babymoon was absolutely amazing.  Just imagine five relaxing days spent enjoying the beach & the pool, not to mention amazing meals at great restaurants.

Here is a sweet moment captured on Mother's Day, one of the first beautiful weekends of Spring.  I was about 31 weeks pregnant & stealing a quiet moment in the sun.  I was so happy to be spending Mother's Day with my baby bump & my fur baby.  All of us love soaking up the sunshine!

Last but not least, here are my hubs & I posing shortly before my baby shower began.  I was about 34 weeks pregnant & I was really glowing that day.  Let me tell you, my Mom & my sister hosted the most perfect, most adorable baby shower ever the backyard of my childhood home on a gorgeous day.  I will forever cherish the lovely memories of celebrating Baby Boy Koru with our family & friends.  

What a journey.  & to think this adventure is only beginning!

& that's a wrap, my friends!  Enjoy the long, lazy days of your Summer.  Let's meet back here in the Fall, shall we?

Photography: Kate Corpuz for Koru Wedding


{puppy love} fourth anniversary

Today, we celebrate something very special: the fourth anniversary of Bailey's adoption!

On June 26, 2010, Bailey arrived on P.E.T.S. from Arkansas, where he was found wandering alone on a country road & rescued by an amazing foster family & animal rescue group All About Labs.  After about one month of talking to the rescue group & foster family, I was over the moon for Bailey's arrival & I still remember it like it was yesterday.  Instantly, Bailey became a part of our family, our home & our hearts.  He brings us more love & joy than we ever imagined &, quite honestly, he gets us into more scrapes than we thought possible.  Life is always an adventure with our tri-color wonder!  I wouldn't change a thing.  I'm so excited for him to be a big brother!

On Bailey's behalf, I would like to remind you to adopt cats & dogs from your local shelter or from a rescue group.  Our Bailey was cut, dirty & infected when we was found in rural Arkansas.  Despite this, he was still so sweet & trusting when a kind-hearted couple stopped to help him.  God knows where he would be without them & All About Labs, the rescue group who facilitated his adoption.  Sadly, too many animals don't get saved.  These innocent animal deserve a second chance just like Bailey!

Happy Adoption Anniversary, Bailey!  Let's celebrate many, many more together!  xoxo

(P.S. It may have seemed like I was signing off yesterday but it was only my last wedding feature before my maternity leave. Stay tuned tomorrow for my official last post- including baby bump photos!)


{Yellow & Blue Utah Wedding} Jane & Kesler

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Welcome to my last wedding feature before Baby Boy Koru!  I'm taking a short break until the Fall to enjoy motherhood (wish me luck!).  I decided to leave on a high note with the prettiest, sweetest affair that puts a big smile of my wedding-loving face.  Prepare for a lovely wedding, full of bright yellow ranunculus & other gorgeous yellow & blue details.  Pepper Nix Photography shows us the beauty:

Jane & Kesler got married on August 21 in Salt Lake, Utah.  Their wedding was marked by true love, cheery yellow ranunculus & beautiful yellow & blue details.  The main event was the private temple sealing held at the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  To celebrate their marriage, family & friends gathered with the Bride & Groom for an intimate reception at La Caille in Sandy, Utah.  Good food & sparkling conversation were had on a spectacular patio, complete with lush greenery, twinkling lights & gorgeous yellow, white & blue centerpieces.  As the evening came to a close, guests enjoyed not one but two (!!) white wedding cakes accented with fresh flowers.  A fun sparkler departure ushered the Bride & Groom into their happily ever after! 

My Favorite Moment: The darling kiss after their sparkler departure from the reception.

My Favorite Detail: The happy yellow ranunculus sprinkled throughout the celebration!

Congratulations, Jane & Kesler!

Photography: Pepper Nix Photography  /  Submitted via Two Bright Lights  /  Ceremony Venue: Salt Lake LDS Temple  /  Reception Venue: La Caille  /  Floral Designer: Sean Oviatt Designs  /  DJ: Allurish Audio  /  Wedding Cake: Glaus Bakery  /  Wedding Gown: Abella Bridal  /  Bridesmaid Dresses: Shabby Apple


{DIY Bohemian Wedding} Violaine & Gaetan

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Have I got a feast for your wedding-loving eyes!  This charming wedding is full of one delightful surprise after another- an original First Look, a tiny owl (yes, an owl!!!) ring bearer, a beautiful teepee ceremony, and much, much more.  Bonnallie Brodeur shows us the beauty:

Violaine & Gaetan got married on July 27 in Quebec, Canada at Haut Bois Normand.  The cozy sugar shack is located on a 10,000-tree maple bush situated on mountainous land, just perfect for the nature-loving couple.  They adore animals & color too, both of which were infused into their unique wedding.

The wedding day started with a cool First Look by the lake.  The Bride, wearing a flowing white wedding gown & sweet floral crown, waited for her Groom on a wooden dock.  Leaving from the opposite shore, the Groom rowed his way over to her in a red canoe flying a pirate flag.  The anticipation built as they spied each other across the water.  When they triumphantly met on the dock, they sealed the moment with a kiss!

The outdoor ceremony took place in a green clearing, marked by a lovely white teepee & bright rainbow tassels.  A little owl with bright yellow eyes was perched on the Groom's hand throughout the ceremony, where he adorably guarded the wedding rings.  Surrounded by their family & friends seated on simple wooden benches, the Bride & Groom became husband & wife during an emotional ceremony.  

A great party followed at a warm, welcoming reception.  The rustic space was decorated with family wedding photos, white cafe lights, and long, wooden tables decorated with clusters of flowers, feather place settings & tiny animal figurines.  The delicious dinner was served family-style with generous sides of good conversation & merry laughter.  What a tremendous wedding!  

My Favorite Moment:  The lakeside First Look complete with a pirate canoe & weathered dock.  SO fun!

My Favorite Detail:  It was very, very hard to choose, but how could I resist picking that cute owl ring bearer?

Congratulations, Violaine & Gaetan!

Photography: Bonnallie Brodeur  /  Submitted via Two Bright Lights
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