One week ago, on 1.9.19, our lives were forever changed as our boys made their entrance into the world. World, meet Reid Douglas, born at 2:10pm and Kyle James, born at 2:12pm. We couldn't be more in love with these two! Born prematurely at 34 weeks, they're spending some time in the NICU, though are doing very well. We're so grateful and relieved we made it to 34 weeks, a multiples milestone. In late November, after a routine check up at 28 weeks, I was admitted to the hospital due to preeclampsia/pregnancy induced hypertension, severe swelling, and a decel on an NST. Unbeknownst at the time, doctors thought I'd have to deliver that week. Thankfully, I remained on hospital bed rest for 6 weeks. All in part to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at @overlakemedicalcenter and Eastside Maternal Fetal Medicine. We cannot thank them enough, they treated us like, and called us, family. ❤ We never thought our journey to parenthood would have played out this way, though it's only made us stronger. Plus, boy do we have stories for these boys 💙💙 Happy One Week Kyle & Reid!
Moody fall bouquets just might be a favorite, especially this beauty by the incredibly talented Amy of @gatherdesigncompany. I saw this chair in the lobby and thought it was the perfect backdrop for a bouquet detail shot // Photo || @caskro Floral || @gatherdesigncompany Venue || @hotelsorrentoseattle Planning & Design || @areneeweddings
I'm a sucker for a raw, genuine, and beautiful first look moment. Like this one between Elena & Joe from their November wedding. Roughly 85% of our couples choose to do a first look. Those who feel strongly about waiting to see each other walking down the aisle, I understand and it's a personal choice. Though there are so many pros to seeing each other before the ceremony: ✅ you're anxious and nervous until thay moment you finally see your spouse to be; once you see each other, immediately feel more relaxed. ✅ it's a long day but the actual wedding portion goes by fast, so you may as well spend as much time together on your wedding day as possible. ✅ it's an intimate moment between you, your love, and the person behind the camera and IMHO, doesn't take away from the powerful moment when the bride walks down the aisle. ✅ logistically, doing a first look allows you to get all the photos you'll want of you two, your bridal party and families in daylight before the ceremony, rather than cramming them all in during cocktail hour and feeling rushed. ✨ Which category do you fall into, first look or wait until the ceremony? Photo || @landonandloren H&MU || @yessielibby Venue || @olympicrooftoppavilion Dress || @labelleelainesbridal Tux || @theblacktux Planning & Design || @areneeweddings
This rooftop ceremony backdrop of a greenery wall for days was one of our favorites of 2018 🌿 @althauserdesign and her team worked tirelessly on this custom structure over the course of two days and it came together beyond expectation // Being late September and with the forecast threatening some rain, we added this clear top tent the week of the wedding. Thankfully it was clear, yet pretty windy, during the ceremony. Gotta be prepared for the worst with outdoor ceremonies // Photo || @noellejohnsun Floral || @althauserdesign Tent || @cortpartyrental Planning || @areneeweddings
Hello 2019 and Happy Rose Bowl Day!! 🏈🏆 It's been 18 years since the Washington Huskies were in the Rose Bowl. Many in my family are down in Pasadena at the game - though being 8 months pregnant with twins, the hubs and I will be watching it on TV. GO DAWGS!! Photo || @samanthamcfarlen