Brittany & Joey’s Wedding Featured on Artfully Wed

I’m so excited that Brittany and Joey’s Rocky Point Beach wedding was featured on the fabulous wedding blog, Artfully Wed!  Go check out the feature HERE

Dear Baby Girl {My Maternity Pictures}

Dear baby girl,
You are being born into a tough world. You’re being born into a society that places pressure on us (girls and women) to look a certain way and act a certain way to be accepted, to be viewed as beautiful/sexy/hot. As hard as I will try to shield you from these false standards, you will be surrounded by them whether I like it or not! As you grow up and get older, there’s a really good chance you will be objectified and judged based on how you look. I absolutely hate it, but it’s the truth. I want you to always remember that you are not an object made just for man’s pleasure and remember that you are loved and valued by not only your family, but by the creator of this world!  I pray that will you learn and know early on that God’s opinion of you is the only opinion that matters; the only approval you should be seeking. And that seeking first his kingdom should always be top priority in life. I pray that you will learn early on about having a healthy body image, knowing your value comes from something deeper than looks. I pray your relationship with food and exercise will be a healthy one and that I can demonstrate and be a good example to you.  I pray that you will be strong and confident yet gentle and calm. You are already loved so much and I can’t wait to meet you!
I love you!
Love, Mom
Maternity Pictures by Ashley Rae Photography
Hair and Makeup by Jessica Fierro

Kitchen Renovation Complete- Before & After!

My kitchen renovation is finally done!  And wow, it looks soo different and LOVE it! Goodbye yellow, brown & dark… hello white, bright and airy!

Here’s what we did…  We got new countertops, added a backsplash, painted the cabinets, added hardware to them, painted the walls white and added shiplap to the nook area!  When it came to the counters and backsplash, I hired Alexander Enterprises to help!  They helped me choose materials then coordinated and scheduled demo and installations.  They were able to remove the old counters and sink and install the news ones all in one day.  Then they guys came to install the backsplash, which took one day.  After that I hired Arizona Wood Renovations to paint the cabinets.  I thought about saving the money and painting them myself, but I’ve heard how big of an undertaking painting cabinets is and decided it would be well worth it to hire it out…. and it was!  It took them 3 days to complete.  After the cabinets were painted, we painted the walls white!  During this whole time I was getting the shiplap walls done.  I installed them myself!  If I can install shiplap- all by myself- while being 30 weeks pregnant, anyone can do it!  The shiplap walls will be in another post coming soon.

Here’s the materials we chose:
Counters- New Cararra Quartz
Backsplash- Ancient Tumbled Travertine 1×2’s
Sink- Blanco Diamond Silgranit Super Single under mount sink in Metallic Gray
Faucet- DXV American Standard semi pro faucet in stainless
Cabinet Color- Woodlawn Colonial Gray (found at Lowes and color matched to Behr Marquee brand)
Wall Color- Linen White from Behr.





Different Photographic Styles- My Style

Every photographer has a photographic style they resonate with. From dramatic, to documentary, to classic, to lifestyle. The style of photographer you choose will directly effect the visual outcome of your images. I consider myself a lifestyle photographer. 

The Knot wrote an article on these types of styles and defined lifestyle as “…photojournalism redefined. It’s candid, yet done so with some direction and styling— it has an approachable feel and a relaxed result. A good photographer will look for moments, but also set the scene.” 

This describes my approach to a wedding day perfectly. It means that I will move you to a place with good light before you slip into your dress. I will suggest to your bridesmaids what they can do help. I know for some couples, public displays of affection- especially when a camera is on them- isn’t a natural reaction. So when it’s time for bride and groom photos, instead of just standing there not knowing what to do, I will direct you and give you cues on what to do! The result is natural and relaxed images!

Bathroom Re-do {Industrial Farmhouse Bathroom}

When we first moved into our home, I painted our guest bathroom yellow.  I did the yellow/gray theme in here.  It was cute for a while.  But since I have started to re-decorate my house in an Industrial Farmhouse Style, this bathroom has been screaming at me for a re-do!

So here is the before:

And here is the After:

I painted the yellow walls white.  I was a little hesitant about going all white because I love depth and texture.  But the white makes this small room feel bigger and so much more clean.  I knew I had to add some metal and wooden accents to help offset the white.

I love this towel rack! It’s hard to tell with the towels hanging, but they are actually hanging on industrial pipes that are attached to the wood!

I painted the cabinets a light gray color and I love how it completely makes the area feel updated. I added some light gray towels to match the cabinets and tie in a touch of color.

I also made a wooden frame for the mirror.  I got the wood from home depot, had them cut it to the length I wanted for the top/bottom and sides.  I then used my mitre box and had saw and cut the 45 degree angles…. yes a hand saw- took a little bit of time!  Then I glued the edges together with wood glue.  When I went to hang it, I was little hesitant to glue it to the mirror in case I wanted to take it down or I didn’t like it.  So I ended up using heavy duty Command Strips!  So far so good.  Note: make sure that your wood isn’t warped in any way!

Wall Color: Swiss Coffee from Home Depot
Cabinet Color: Rustoleum Chalked Spray Paint in Aged Gray
Towels & Topiary & Metal Baskets: Home Goods
Wash/Brush/Flush Signs: Spang Gang Designs
Towel Rack: Country Corner Goods
Metal BATH letters: Hobby Lobby