Metts Photo

Our first shoot out was a success


We had a great time a few weeks ago as Kristina & I hosted our first shoot out. We had four photographers in attendance and we all had a great time. It came together beautifully. We worked with some amazing vendors to bring the intimate loft elopement to life. I truly thank everyone involved. The Bridgeport Art Center was a perfect location. The loft feel was a great contrast to the elegant decor.

Kristina from Vision of Elegance created the beautiful table arrangement. She used deep purples, golds and reds which worked so well with the brick and wooden beams on the venue. The plates and silverware can be found at Rent Vintage Chicago. I love how the high crystal centerpiece was coupled with shorter centerpiece florals from Redberry Floral Designs.

Kristina also designed the cake tables. The linens were supplied by Nuage Designs. I love how each table has a different linen, but they all fit together perfectly. The cakes and cupcakes were made by Magnolia bakery. Delicious!

The very creative Amanda Day Rose designed the stationary. The design worked so well for this shoot. Such simple elegance.

Cristin from Redberry Floral Designs crated amazing florals for us. The bridal bouquet was so good! The little bouquets that accented the dessert tables were a great addition to the table spread.

We could not have done this without the lovely models. Alana and Mike were great and so fun to work with. Her delicate lace dress was again a perfect contrast to the loft venue. The beautiful dress was designed by the Amanda Archer Collection and can be found at Mignonette Bridal. Mignonette has so many beautiful and unique gowns available and can even create a custom design.

The vintage yellow chairs were from Rent Vintage Chicago and were just perfect for a few portraits.

A big thank you to everyone who participated. It was a spectacular event.

Venue: Bridgeport Art Center
Rent Vintage Chicago
Stationary: Amanda Day Rose
Dress designed by: Amanda Archer
Dress and hair piece found at: Mignonette Bridal
Models: Alana Galvin, Mike Deis
Planner & designer: Vision of Elegance
Baked goods: Magnolia Bakery
Florist: Redberry
Linens: Nuage Designs
Lead photographer: Metts Photo

Also here are some behind the scenes shots.

posted on November 23, 2014 by karina

We wrote another book


Have you heard about the books that I have been writing with Elena and Elias? We wrote our first book at the beginning of the year and our second book a few months ago. Our third one happened spur of the moment. I had wanted to write one more by the end of the year. My favorite season is autumn, and the kids had been so, so excited about pumpkins that I thought it would be fun to write a book about just that. Their own pumpkin friends. Elena was thrilled.

We had such a nice morning going to the pumpkin farm, picking out pumpkins, and spending the day with them. I usually write the book first with Elena and then illustrate it according to our writing. This time, I came up with a basic structure and let the kids write the book as the day went on. I just documented the day and made notes of the things they said. Elena has gotten much better at this part, and Elias is saying so many new things, that he was able to contribute too. This has been my favorite book yet.

As I looked back on the books I made before, I can’t believe how Elena and Elias have grown. Elias loves to read, and Elena loves to read to Elias. It is so great to see them cuddling up together reading a book. I also love how these books are so easy for Elena to “read” since she was part of making it.

To read the full Pumpkin Friends story click here or visit our facebook page

posted on November 21, 2014 by karina

My second Stitch Fix


My second stitch fix came! It is like Christmas. I had been looking forward to it since I received my “your fix has been shipped” e-mail. And it ended up being another great box.

The first piece is the Aleah Heathered V-Neck Dolman Top (Market and Spruce). At first the shape of it was a little weird, but as soon as I put it on I loved it. It was a great color for me and I really like how it fit. I can wear this top with jeans or with leggings. I am keeping it.
They also sent the Paige Skinny Jean (Kut from Kloth). Unfortunatley they sent 2 sizes too big, so these jeans did not fit, but they were cute.

Third was the Pax Cable Knit Raglan Sweater (Lemon Tart). It is a cute holiday looking sweater. I just didn’t like how it fit me. It wasn’t long enough for my taste.
The Alfie Chevron Ribbed Edge Infinity Scarf is also super cute. I really liked the colors too and would go perfectly with one of my winter coats.

This last sweater is the Jocelyn Geo Knit Drape Front Cardigan (41Hawthorn). I am not a person who wears a lot of patterned pieces, but because this was mostly gray, I kind of liked it. I wore it for a while to see if I liked it and the more I wore it the more it grew on me. It stays!

I can’t wait for my next box in Janurary.

posted on November 17, 2014 by karina