Opening the groom’s gift from the bride.
Kaleb saying a prayer with his groomsmen
Ceremony in the courtyard
Noor was a really unique and beautiful location for a wedding. I loved the bar.
As another year whizzes by, I am amazed how this is already Aidan’s 3rd Christmas. It truly is awesome to see how much he has grown. He went from being a helpless little infant, that first Christmas when he was only 3 months old, to a 2 year old toddler than is starting to have almost a whole conversation with you about Christmas lights. As much as I always wish I could just win the lottery and strike it rich, I know how lucky I am in life to have such a great son, a loving husband and wonderful family and friends. I’m lucky that everyone is healthy this year and we get to enjoy another Christmas and New Years together.
So I would like to pass some of my luck to you and wish everyone a wonderful Holiday with all of your loved ones too!
On September 2nd, my friends Coleen and Matt made it official and got married in Lodi, California at Wine and Roses. I met Coleen through my friend Kim almost 13 years ago, and since then we have remained great friends. Coleen and I aren’t the friends that talk everyday, but when we do get together, we always have a great time. She was the friend that would ride the elephant with me in Thailand when no one else wanted to, or think it was a good idea to ride down the river on a raft…..and we would laugh the whole time doing it. When Coleen called me to let me know that her and Matt were tying the knot, I was so happy for her. They’ve known each other since high school and even after losing touch after school they reconnected after college and ultimately made a family together and are now husband and wife.
The wedding at Wine and Roses was perfect for them, it was beautiful and intimate, and we were so happy to be a part of their day. Congratulations Coleen & Matt…may your lives be forever full of love and happiness!
Check out the pictures from the day and to see more here is the slideshow.
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Their daughter Elise….isn’t she adorable!
Their son, Mateo was the ring bearer and Elise was the flower girl.
And here is Aidan, enjoying music.
Oh my goodness, I can’t believe another year has flown right by. When they say it kids grow up fast, they weren’t kidding! My little baby boy….not so much a baby anymore has just turned 2 on September 26th and we had a fun Bubble Bash for him.
I was toying around with some different birthday themes. I wanted to do something that I knew Aidan would like and was age appropriate for him but yet fun for everyone at the party of all ages. So I came up with bubbles! Simple and fun. I decided incorporate all aspects of bubbles….the bubbles we play with, bubble baths, and the popping of bubbles. I picked a color scheme and the rest fell into place. Check out all the fun details from the party.
Here are the invites. Even though bubbles are clear I still wanted lots of color, so I designed the invite with colored bubbles. You can order these invitations at: www.invitationparlour.com for matching favor tags, signs, etc, contact us at email@example.com
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For the dessert table we had a variety of treats that was associated with the word POP. Such as our Popcorn bar, Cake Pops, Tootsie Pops, and Rice Krispies Treats, because they go “Snap, Krackle and Pop” Of course we also had cupcakes and birthday cake, which I got at It’s A Piece A Cake Bakery. They have the best Black Forest Chocolate Cake. I had the baker make the cake in a aqua blue frosting and I added the rubber duck and glass balls I found at Michaels to make it look like bubbles. For the background I cut out various size circles and made the birthday sign with my Silhouette. I also hung a bunch of clear balloons on the ceiling too look like bubbles.
For the favors, I had bubble bath, bubbles, and rubber ducks all packaged into a cute little popcorn box.
Some of the other fun food items that were associated with pop was our popcorn chicken and soda pop. I also made a blue punch that looked like a bath with rubber ducks floating in it. The recipe for the punch is at tidymom.net
So of course for the kid’s activity I had bubbles. We bought a bunch of different bubble wands, and I had a bubble refill station, bubble guns and even a football that creates bubble when thrown. I also had a bunch of inflatable balls in the yard for the kids to throw around.
Aidan loves to dance, so we had the kid pop music station on.
Here’s Aidan with his cousin Kyan.
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You know almost a year has past if you see the Freeman’s family portraits posted onto my blog I have had the greatest pleasure in helping Lisa capture her family memories for the past 4 years. Not only is Lisa a client now, but she is truly one of my greatest friends.
The first photoshoot was Lisa and Nick’s engagement/first family pictures with Addison. I remember when Addison was just about Jackson’s age at the time. Now look at how big she is already! And Jackson was a just a newborn when we took his first pictures, and now he’s such a little man. We had a great time at the beach, and we have pictures to show for it. Check them out! Click here for more pictures in the slideshow.
Cute brother and sister moments.
Mommy’s little boy.
Daddy’s Little Girl.
It’s Daddy’s little monkeys!
I love the funny face that Jackson is making in this picture.
When my business partner and best friend Justina told me that her little sister, Le My was having a baby, I was so excited for her. I have known her since she was just a kid and now she was having her own baby!
So on May 12th, we celebrated Little Mister Tavian’s one month birthday. In the asian culture, instead of having a big baby shower, they have a one month celebration to celebrate after their arrival. I’ve been wanting to throw a party with mustaches and bowties so I suggested we have a little man party. It was so much fun trying to come up with manly items to do for our food table and also cutting out all the mustaches and bowties. And of course let’s not forget the argyle pattern we had everywhere.
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And here is the table we designed.
We had root beer, mini man-wiches, bow tie pasta salad, tiny tater tots, bubble gum cigars, candy cigarettes, candy mustaches, cupcakes, oreos, chocolate chip cookies, and even mini slim jims.
We had white bags for guests to put their treats in and we added buttons to them so they looked like white shirts, then guests got to pick out a bowtie to add to the top.
And here is the guest of honor, little Mr. Tavian himself
And here is the new happy family.
Navin and Andrew testing out the Root beer with their mustache straws.
And Nayla & Briohny are making sure the mustache dum dums tasted ok
And here’s the little man in my life, Aidan, taking a picture with his new friend Andrew.
Getting dolled up.
Hot Red Shoes
Ceremony at the beautiful Japanese Gardens
Husband & Wife!
Loving all the details, especially the birds and cherry blossoms.
Saturday, April 14th, we celebrated Jackson’s First Birthday. Lisa and I have been planning this little soiree for quite sometime and finally it was all put together. You’ve probably seen Lisa’s picture quite a few times on the blog, just because I’ve designed everything for her wedding, her birth announcements and now her son’s first birthday party. It’s been quite an honor being a part of this wonderful family’s life. And the best part is that I’ve gained a new friend in Lisa, who loves parties as much as I do
So on with the details from the party….
First off, the invitations. We did a bi-folded 5×7 wide folded invitation, that had pictures of Jackson from throughout the year. I think it’s always fun to incorporate the pictures from the year, just because babies change so much from the day they are born till they turn one.
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Dessert Table. We designed the pennant banner & signs and labels to match the invite, for the various delicious dessert Lisa had. Colette’s Events, designed the cake, chocolate elmo pops & cake pops….it was soooo cute, and delish!!
Lisa ordered a bunch of cute favors from etsy, including the sesame street frames, Elmo & Cookie monster pails, and the Zoe ponytail headbands. She also got the cute “Jackson” street sign there too.
Both Elmo & Cookie Monster came to the party to join in the fun.
Aww, look at that cute little smile.
Jackson really likes birthday cake mmmmm yum, yum, yum!!
Here is Jackson with his dad Nick, who, one is very handy, he made the second “Jackson Street” sign & two, makes the yummiest hamburger sliders!
And here is big sister Addy hanging out with Elmo
Here is Jackson with his mama, Lisa!
And here is my son, Aidan, who was one of the guests, dancing to the music
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