Taking the First Step – Break The Arrow!

Marlo was so excited when asked to attend this great team building/motivational exercise by Stroller Strides Chief Founding Mother, Lisa Druxman. The exercise teaches you to overcome fear and focus on what you have to accomplish, and in doing so, you find that you can accomplish your goals much more easily than you ever thought.  All these women were literally breaking arrows with their throats! Sometimes we focus so much on the hardships and obstacles in life (aka the arrow between you and the wall) and we’ve quit before we’ve even started, when really, we’re only one step away from getting where we want to go. Check out the full post by Lisa on Stroller Strides: What Would You Break An Arrow For?


Find Your Dream Dress

Hi Loveys,

With wedding season speeding along right about now, it seems like the perfect time to talk about dresses! I LOVE looking through our weddings and seeing each of our bride’s in such gorgeous dresses that seem as if they were made just for them! They don’t get there easily. I’m sure seeing how amazing they look in their wedding photos makes the wedding dress search seem oh so worth it! Here are my top tips for finding your dream wedding gown…

Finding the one. That’s a bride’s mission throughout the entire wedding planning process. Of course you’ve found the man of your dreams, now you need to find the dress of your dreams. But how do you do that with so many options out there? Each bride has a different vision for her day and the dress is a huge part of that!

It seems like they keep coming up with new styles to add to the mix, making the already overwhelming search that much more difficult. And how hard is it to decide if the dress you think you love is actually THE dress with thousands and thousands more out there you have yet to lay your eyes upon? The answer? Keep it simple!

There are six basic silhouette styles of dress, Empire-Waist, Mermaid, A-Line (Princess), Ball Gown, Basque-Waist and Sheath. Each bride should try on a basic dress in each style and decide which you like your body in. Of course, certain styles are recommended for certain body types, for example, if you’re pear shaped, and Empire-Waisted dress might look best on you.

Some women are set on getting a certain dress…until they try it on and see that it just doesn’t look quite right on them. And some women would never event think to wear a certain style dress, until they’ve seen themselves in one. This is beyond common! Having a good idea of styles or silhouettes you like is a great way to help narrow down the search, but having too much of a closed mind will possibly cost you your dream dress.

Kristyn’s Find-Your-Dream-Dress Tips:

Have an idea of what you like: simple, loud, color, bling, veil, no veil…

Try different styles & silhouettes until you know what you want

Bring examples of what you like to your appointment, but don’t expect to get the exact dress from the picture

Never try a dress on that is out of your budget – you will fall in love with that dress and be extremely disappointed or break the bank.

Be Open – you might not know what you look best in or what you might like once its off the hanger and on you!

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Kerrianne + Henry engagement

Can I just tell you how much I love this couple? They seemed a little shy when I first met them. But they exuded awesomeness during their engagment session and started opening up just as we were finishing. Kerrianne is so gorgeous – she reminds me of Christie Brinkley in her modeling heyday.  Pair that with Henry’s charming smile and wit and what do you get . . . and excited photographer! I cannot wait for their wedding in August!  I LOVED their engagement session – magic!

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Lindsay & Ken {Wedding at the Japanese Friendship Garden}

When my dear friends, Ken and Lindsay asked me to photograph their wedding, I couldn’t be more honored!  Ken and I used to work together in the biotech industry, and ever since we’ve become good friends over the years.  Gorgeous Lindsay waltzed into his life one day, and just lit up the place wherever he was.  She is also so wonderful with Ken’s beautiful daughter Athena.  We knew they were perfect for each other!

Their wedding was perfect.  The amount of personalization that went into planning really made their day wonderfully intimate.  I was excited about every detail of their wedding: Lindsay’s Vera Wang dress, the gorgeous flowers by Jennifer Cole Florals, the amazing cake by Sweet Cheeks, and the fantastic venues.  After they fed each other cake, Lindsay gushed about how wonderful it tasted and asked me if I wanted to taste.  Um, yes!   How often do the bride and groom feed their photographer cake?  score for me! haha!

I must admit though – I am incredibly jealous of their honeymoon trip.  They will be traveling through Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Bali!

Congratulations, my friends!  I wish you a fantastic journey together through life together.

A big thank you to all the vendors who made this wonderful day possible and as gorgeous as ever!

Wedding Coordinator: Jennifer Montalban

Venue: Japanese Friendship Garden

Officiant: Randy Roberts

Gown: Vera Wang

Florist: Jennifer Cole Florals

Cake Artist: Sweet Cheeks 

Caterer: Humphrey’s Restaurant

Hair Stylist: Vikki Rae’s Hair Studio

Makeup Artist: Hollywood Faces

Invitations: Paper Source


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