The Mission San Juan Capistrano is a favorite for the Gonzalez and Trofeo families, so they knew it would be a great spot to take a few family photos! Joe and Portia have been together since they were 16. After raising 3 children, some who have gone on to raise families of their own, they felt like it was time to take some photos for themselves. We also shot a few of Portia’s mom and sister who were a crack up! These ladies sure know how to have fun. Thanks for letting me spend some time with your wonderful family!
A friend of mine was walking into the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. on November 2nd around 12pm when he heard a crowd clapping and he happened to capture this moment. He didn’t see anyone else taking pictures for them. We were wondering if the magical power of social media could connect these two people with this beautiful moment! Please share and see if we can find them! Thanks!
Within HOURS of this post, the “Mystery Men” have been found and are beyond excited to have these photos. Never doubt the power of social media, as well as what you can do for others! I’m so glad I was able to help put these pieces together :) Congrats AJ and Kevin!
This little prince was born on September 10th, 2013, to the best parents in the world! I’m so glad I was able to meet little Oliver and take a few photos of him!
Congrats to Michael and Kelly on their beautiful, growing family!
Also, a huge thanks to Harmony from the Sugar Stitch for her wonderful props! They were the perfect addition to this shoot.
This was a FUN gift to make. I got the idea from this other blog post here: Lingerie Shower Gift . It tells you everything as far as how to make the box and getting started. It’s a good idea to do this with 1 or 2 other people so you can get a lot of cute stuff without breaking the bank! As we started collecting undies, I realized I had a ridiculous long flannel that my sister-in-law gave me for my bachelorette party…. so we had to incorporate it :) From there we just kept finding more and more funny things to include. Like His and Hers Candy underwear, nighttime mask and warm fuzzy socks. Ultimately we wanted to make sure she got a bunch of cute undies… BUT if we could make it funny too, well then why not?! I got the box at HomeGoods ($15 I think) and with deals at Victoria’s Secret and Frederick’s of Hollywood, it wasn’t hard to get the rest without spending a ton.
I had a little help cutting the hole on top
All items combined to make a perfectly unassuming package……..And away we go!
I wanted to include captions to describe what she was getting and to make it more personal. I typed out each phrase, whole-punched it and put it through the ribbon. As she lifted the lid and pulled the ribbon, the first thing she read was this:
We had captions for each type of underwear. Items in BOLD are what we added after the note. Here’s how the rest went:
For a long day at the clinic. (COMFY UNDIES)
For those fun date nights. (SASSY, FUN UNDIES)
For a night at your in-laws… (LONGJOHN’S, FULL LENGTH NIGHT GOWN ETC)
For those cold winter nights. (WARM SOCKS)
For days when you just want to get away. (“RELAX” MASK)
Can’t forget the ta-ta’s! (CUTE BRA OR TWO)
For those wild and crazy nights (ANYTHING GOES!!!! HAHA)
With all this fun we must not joke, We can’t forget the night you become Mrs. Oakes!
(CUTE, WHITE BRIDAL UNDIES FOR THE WEDDING NIGHT)
We forgot the groom!
Since Adam is such a kind and “sweet” groom, we must find something that’s fitting for him too! (CANDY UNDIES FOR HIM…..BEWARE THESE ARE ONE SIZE FITS ALL….THE SIZE MAKES IT EVEN BETTER)
The End Wishing you a fun, sexy, sweet, exciting life together.
As you can see the gift was quite a hit and you can really customize it to whatever you find or what the bride likes. Have fun with it! In the end, she will definitely have several fun items to wear as a newly married woman After the shower the groom showed up so we put the box back together and let him have some fun with it too
Showering your bride but don’t want to forget about the groom? For my friend Dianna’s shower (you can see all the shower photos here), I sat down with the groom, Adam, and asked him some simple questions about the bride! We then showed the video at her bridal shower and had Dianna answer the questions before we showed his answers. It turned out great. It was so nice to incorporate the groom without him actually being there. Plus, a few of his answers really surprised everyone and even made most of us tear up! It was the sweetest
It really wasn’t too hard to do and you could really do it yourself! Or better yet…hire me haha
Here’s a few photos of the bride playing along with the DVD.
And here’s the video
I’m loving the showers and bachelorette parties happening with everyone’s weddings. My friends Adam and Dianna are getting married in September so we are in the final stretch! The other bridesmaids and I had so much fun getting ready for this shower…complete with a few DIY projects! Dianna decided she wanted a Retro Summer Shower. We did our best and I think everything turned out pretty well. Here are a few pictures!
Playing the Newlywed Game! See how we did it here!
My favorite gift… the Undie Box! Along with a few other surprises….
My brother’s getting married! This past weekend, a few family and friends hosted a couples shower for my brother and his future wife. I couldn’t believe how well all the details came together! Simply beautiful.
One of the girls made these awesome vases out of old beer and wine bottles by just using spray paint and rubber bands! We used these as one of our games where guests had to match the type of bottle to the correct beer or wine. The boys loved it!
Can’t have a party without delicious food!
Probably the best part of the night…. the Shoe Game! The couple was asked a list of questions and they have to respond by holding up the shoe of either the bride or groom, depending on what they think the answer is. Click here for a great list of questions.
My friend Rachel and I have known each other since 2004, when we were in the same calculus class in college. We joined the same sorority and lived together in college. Needless to say, there’s a lot of history there! Rachel is getting married next month and for her bachelorette party, we all decided to put a book together that would help commemorate everything she means to us.
A friend of mine had initiated this project for another friend a couple years ago and I loved the idea. I started by collecting photos from the bride’s parents, family, friends, fiance and anyone else who I thought she was close to. I had each person who submitted photos write a note to Rachel, either saying how much she meant to them, talking about inside jokes, or even tips to remember as a newlywed.
I put the book together using Mixbook.com (one of my FAVORITE sites). Their quality is great, price is even better, PLUS you can almost always find a coupon code online.
I built each page around aspects of her life… for Rachel, she is a teacher, who loves to cook and travel the world. All the pages can be customized 100% and there are a ton of themed pages, stickers and fonts to pick from. I also had time to incorporate some pictures from her bridal shower in the weeks right before we gave her the book!
Beyond that, I made a 2-page spread for each person who wrote a special letter for her and added photos to tell the rest of their story. I saved the best for last and put her closest family members and fiance at the end. I think she was so surprised to know that we had all been emailing each other without her ever knowing!
A great perk to Mixbook is that you can invite multiple collaborators so everyone can work on the book at the same time. So for those who were a bit more tech savvy, I invited them as a contributor and they uploaded their own photos and created their pages.
I knew Rachel loved the book the moment we gave it to her. She started crying right away! It made all the planning and preparation totally worth it. Being a teacher, of course she said “Oh my gosh, I get my own yearbook!” Thus the Bridal Yearbook was born
And here’s the link to the book: Bridal Yearbook
This is such a special gift idea for any bride, or even just a friend for a birthday or special occasion. It’s such a nice memento and really makes the bride feel loved by everyone she knows!
Lindsey is such a sweetheart! I had the best time photographing her, along with her boyfriend Danny and 2 pups, Toby and Nala. They are the cutest. Lindsey is graduating from CSU San Bernardino and I am so happy for her!