Blake + Heather Meyer | Austin Wedding

Photography: Elle Boone Photography | Wedding Planner: Tracy Collins Events | Floral Design: Native Bloom Floral | Cake: Ruth Boone | Paper Goods: Tricia Van Asten Designs | Venue: The Greenhouse at Driftwood | Catering: Crave Caterer | Beauty: Flair Austin Beauty | DJ and Lighting: Infinity Sound Lab | Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals | Rentals-Tent: Whim Event Rentals| Day of Signage: e.b. creative

Christmas Cards | The Key to Unlocking the Holiday Spirit

Christmas Cards | The Key to Unlocking the Holiday Spirit

It is the actions we take to reach out with a tender touch to affirm love and care to those around us. This is what brings about the magic and delight of the Christmas season.

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Shopping for Littles Fall 2017

Favorite Styles of 2017

Bonnets

Bloomers

Overalls

Handkerchiefs

 

Our Favorite Brands

Rylee and Cru

Fin and Vince

Childhoods Clothing

Go Gently Nation

Little Cottonwood

 

Affordable Brands

H&M

Zara

GapKIds

 

Click on the images below to access their websites. .  

Looking to book a fall mini session?  Click here.

Looking to book a full family session?  Click here. 

Affordable Fall Dresses for Family Photos

Places to Look

Urban Outfitters

Forever 21

Free People

Morning Lavender

Nordstrom

Ann Taylor Loft

Show Me Your MUMU

 

Click the photos below and the link will take you to the website.

If you are interested in booking a fall mini session, click here.

If you are interested in booking a full family session, click here. 

Welcome to Fall 2017 Interns!

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MJ, TCU Senior

Where are you from?

I am from a small town with a population of 2034 called Albany, Texas. Just imagine Friday Night Lights and you'll have a better understanding of it. haha

Describe your perfect day.  

Spend the morning drinking coffee and dancing around the kitchen with my roommates to loud music. Take a day adventure, maybe skydive, idk. Watch the sunset from a tall building roof with ice cream. Eat delicious food outside to live music. Finish with a movie drive in!

What is your favorite book?

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers; Love Does by Bob Goff; You Are Special by Max Lucado

Where is your favorite place to eat in Fort Worth?

Press Cafe for brunch or Woodshed for lunch or dinner! 

What fictional place would you most like to go?

Narnia hands down or maybe Candyland!

What is something many people don't know about you?

I did ballet for 15 years, but was so bad that my teacher always put me in the back corner. I really never tell anyone. haha

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about people! Understanding how people work, getting the chance to listen to their stories, and loving them wherever they are is what I want to do for the rest of my life!

What are you most excited about doing this internship?

I cannot wait to get an inside look on what it takes to run your own small business and to grow my photography knowledge!

How do you hope to grow over the semester? 

I hope to tackle projects that scare me with confidence and better know my capability of completing a task well. I want to get more used to be uncomfortable and grow my love of photography! 

 

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Neeli Brisky, owner of Eucharisteo Films

Where are you from?

I was born in Mansfield, TX and lived there until I was 18. I am now living in the North Fort Worth/Keller area and am proud to be Texas born and raised. ;)

Describe your perfect day.  

65 degrees, a light swirl of wind around me, with autumn colored leaves above my head and crunching beneath my feet. A hot cup of coffee in one hand, my husbands' fingers interlocked in the other. We are surrounded by dear family and friends, enjoying each other's company and all the beauty that our lives are immersed in. I am being hugged by a comfy sweater, warmed with a giant scarf, and secured by the fall boots around my feet I have waited all year to wear. Leisurely we are exploring a little town that resembles something directly out of a Hallmark movie. The aromas of the little bakery, architecture that tells of the town's history, warm smiles from every passing stranger... Okay, okay. Coming back to reality now. ;)

What is your favorite book?

It's a tie between two. As long as it can take me to read a book, my favorites are actually the largest books I have read thus far. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I am a sucker for good character development and detail.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Fort Worth?

Fort Worth is a pretty big place, but my favorite spot so far is HG Supply Co. Have you tried their Dairy-Free nachos? YUMMY.

What fictional place would you most like to go?

I am not sure how I can decide between Middle Earth and Narnia. But I will say that I tried many times as a child stepping into my grandmother's wardrobe to see if I'd find a winter wonderland behind the coats.

What is something many people don't know about you?

Ever since I was young, I wanted twelve children. I remember first saying I wanted six sets of twins. Clearly, I had no idea what that would entail at that age. I'm not sure if it was Cheaper By the Dozen that inspired that, or if it was just something the Lord placed on my heart from a young age. But now that I am married, both my husband and I still hope to have a house full of kiddos! Although I can say now that I am not necessarily hoping that comes about in six sets of twins. ;)

What are you passionate about?

What I want more than anything is to help those around me see how much purpose and beauty their life is filled with. Nothing gets me more excited than when I see others living their lives knowing their worth, how loved they are, and how much goodness fills their lives, despite their circumstances.

What are you most excited about doing this internship?

I am so excited to gain a greater understanding of the administrative side of running a small business (planning, organizing, financials), as well as becoming more efficient and versed in shooting and editing a session.

How do you hope to grow over the semester?  

I am hoping to grow in experience and knowledge through this internship that I can take and invest into what I am most passionate about. I love capturing times in others lives that are valuable to them because it allows them to look back and REMEMBER just how much beauty and purpose they have been created with and given. I know this internship will help me grow in skill and character, and I am so excited to see all that comes from it!

Fun, Unique Baby Shower Gifts

          Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that you don't ask for.  There are so many cute children's stores and so many fun products out there.  These are difficult to register for, because they aren't sold at the typical Target, Buy Buy Baby, etc.  They are unique and may be a super memorable, unique, and thoughtful gift for a friend's baby.  Have fun shopping these cute and trendy sites. 

Mason and Harlow

flower crowns for babies, mommas, and brides

Cage and Lantern

braided leather pacifier clips

Wildbird

ring-sling baby carriers

Promptly  Journals

beautiful journals to document childhood from pregnancy to eighteen years old

Fact and Fiction Toys

handcrafted organic wooden toys

Gathre 

functional and stylish leather mats

Crafted Co

bows, bloomers, suspenders, dresses

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Wooden Story

blocks, cars, teethers, stacking toys made of wood

Pecan Grove Styled Shoot

We hoped to portray a natural, organic mood with this editorial. The detailed landscape of a local Texas pecan tree orchard was the perfect setting for natural ambiance. The model wore a soft, neutral-toned two-piece dress that complimented the warm tones of the landscape and the florals. The wildflower-inspired blooms reflected the relaxed atmosphere that's portrayed in the editorial. Nothing says summer like a Texas peach, so we incorporated them into the vignettes. The crisp, raw portrayal is a look that viewers can identify with, and is effortlessly beautiful. 

-Adri Smith

 

Hair: Mauricio Gutierrez

Makeup: Kari Does Makeup

Model: Elizabeth Peterson

Photography: Elle Boone Photography

Stylist: Adri Smith of Moss Floral

Florist: KatyFloraLee

Baby Registry Recommendations

          The baby registry.  oh my goodness, it can be so overwhelming.  It is so difficult to make decisions of what you need and what you don't.  It is hard to know what to spend big on and what doesn't matter at all.  When I was pregnant with Hudson, I had great help from friends and family to make decisions about what to register for.  I have also learned so much from experience this past year or two.  I hope that this is a great resource for you to help put your registery together! 

 

Nursery Furniture

Crib- Pottery Barn Spindle Crib

One thing to look at if the crib is convertible.  This can be helpful when your little one grows out of their crib and you need a small bed for them.  This is one of my favorites

Bassinet/Moses Basket- Tadpoles Twisted Basket and Bedding Set

When Hudson was a newborn, we had no clue what we were doing.  He cried all the time and we tried everything.  We started out with the Moses Basket, then tried the Rock 'n Play, then tried the 4MOMS Rockaroo.  We had the best luck with the rockaroo (swing).  Every baby is different!  Some of my friends' babies slept like champions in a moses basket.  They are visually more pleasing.  We had all the options, so we tried them all.  I don't think they are all necessary, but you just won't know what works for your baby.  

Glider- Classic Camelback Velvet Slipcovered Swivel Glider

My sweet brother actually built me a rocking chair for Hudson's room, but I would recommend making an investment in a great chair.  This chair will get covered in spit-up and milk, so be sure that it has fabric that is easy to clean.  The gliding and swivel aspects are awesome when you are reaching for something and holding the baby or trying to put the baby to sleep.  

Changing Table 

Storage space is necessary and helpful.  Hudson's changing table serves the purpose more as a dresser, because he is too wiggly to sit on the top (so we use the floor).  This is an aesthetic purchase in my opinion.  We found one on Craigslist that we liked! 

Crib mattress Safety 1sth Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress

I don't think it matters very much what type of crib mattress you have.  Maybe Amazon Prime one to your house so you don't have to load it up and transfer it from a store!

Night light- Starry Globe Nightlight-Pillowfort

I would highly recommend a night light.  In the first few months, you are awake all the time and need light to find the pacifier or to feed the baby.  This night light is really cute and gave out a good amount of light that didn't keep Hudson awake.  

 

Nursery Bedding

Blankets-Luxe sherpa stroller blanket

At our showers, I think we received a total of about 30 blankets.  It is nice to have a few for the stroller and the crib.  I don't think it matters too much.  Hudson loves soft, furry blankets (and stuffed animals).  This RH baby stroller blankets is so cute and snuggly, it is my favorite.  

Hamper- Restoration Hardware Braided Wool Hamper

This hamper (pictured above) is cute and durable.  I lug around blankets and toys in it too.  

Hangers- Pillowfort Gray Kids' Hangers

I only bought a few hangers, most of his clothes go in the drawers.  

Mobile- Restoration Hardware Chambray Elephant Mobile

There are lots of cute mobiles out there.  Chose one that matches the theme of the nursery.  Land of Nod's mobiles are super cute too!

Sound machine-  HOMEMEDICS SOUND SPA

Sound machines are serious business.  You definitely want loud.  I have bought three, and this one is my favorite.

Changing pad - Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad

There isn't much to these, just make such it is waterproof. 

Changing pad covers

Whatever look you want, waterproof is helpful, but not plastic.  If it is plastic, it might be too cold for the babies to lay on.  I would have 2-3 on hand.  

Swaddles and wearable blankets- HALO SleepSack Swaddle

Swaddles with velcro are the best.  It doesn't really matter what brand, but having velcro to tuck their arms in is so helpful.  I think it is impossible to swaddle them in a way that they can't get out of.  

There are all sorts of cute, sweet swaddle blanket, Aiden and Anaias makes really soft bamboo swaddles.  

Crib sheets

I would buy at least 3 fitted sheets in case they wet the bed a lot or have the stomach bug.  

Crib pad- American Baby Company Waterproof Fitted Crib Cover

Hudson hasn't leaked through his sheets, except once, but I am glad that we have a waterproof cover to protect the mattress.  

Pillow

Purely aesthetic.

 

 

Gear

Infant car seat- Chicco Key Fit 30 Infant Car Seat

 I honestly did not do too much research on car seats, but I appreciate how easy it is to take out the liner and shoulder pads and wash them on this car seat.  It snaps in and out of the base easily.   

Car seat base- Chicco Key Fit 30 Infant Car Seat Base

So I didn't realize until recently that you don't actually need a car seat base.  You can buckle the car seat into the car using the adult seat belt.  Who knew?  Anyways we bought three of these- one for my car, Michael's and my moms.  If you are looking to save money, you could definitely get away with just one for mom's car.  

Stroller - Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller

We bought the double stroller thinking ahead.  I love this stroller.  It is pretty big (which is a downside), but it folds up very flatly.  It has an adjustable seat so you can lean it all the way back so they can sleep in the stroller (or when they are little it is more like a bassinet).  It has roomy storage underneath.  The seats also click in and out of the stroller really easily.  

Jogging stroller - BOB Revolution PRO Stroller

 The BOB is great.  It definitely can handle rocks, etc. on the trail very gracefully.  It folds up flatly.  We use ours everyday and it has been a great stroller.  I honestly wish we would have thought more seriously about buying a double BOB from the beginning too.  If your kids are just a couple years (or less) apart, it seems to make sense to go ahead and buy the double, even though you might look goofy at first.  

Bouncer - Baby Bjorn Balance Soft Cotton Bouncer

Hudson loved this bouncy chair.  There isn't much to it, but we could never sit him down when he was little without him screaming.  For some reason, he liked this chair and it provided us a little bit of relief.  I would put him in it on the floor while I cooked dinner or worked at the computer.  

Rocker- Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper

Some moms love the Rock 'n Play, but we never used it.  Hudson never let us sit him it without crying.  I am glad that I have it as an option for other kids down the line, though.  (They are all so different!!)

Swing- 4moms rockaRoo Infant Swing

This swing was a lifesaver when Hudson was an infant.  We tried the moses basket and the Rock N' Play first, but the swing was the only way we could get him to sleep at all at night.  One downside is that you can't swaddle them, because you have to buckle them in.  (We did, but I am not going to recommend that haha).  This swing was great too, it is pretty simple and you can play your music through the speakers? It is true.  

Playmat- Restoration Hardware Printed Cotton Play Mat

My friend Bailey recommended this play mat to me, I didn't really understand the purpose when I registered for it, but I would highly recommend it as well.  It is nice to have a bigger, padded blanket to lay your baby on when they are learning to roll over and sit up.  It is also nice to be able to lay it on hardwood floors, or a carpeted area, that you aren