5 Aug

The Peaceful Home Birth of Hazel Mae

I’ve been getting lots of requests for my birth story and I’m so excited to finally share it with you all today!  I am equally as excited to show you some of our birth photos, taken by Susannah Gill Photographic Storytelling.  Susannah rushed to our birth after spending an entire day photographing a wedding and stayed with us for nearly 12 hours through the night to capture this special moment… what an amazing gift!

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2 Aug

Maternity Photos

Ok, I was HOPING to have my birth story ready to share today, but I’ve decided to save it for next week because I have some amazing birth photos to post with the story and they’re not QUITE ready.  I promise it’s worth the wait… our birth was shot by the ever-talented Susannah Gill who did our One More Time wedding shoot last Fall.

I’m not leaving you empty handed, though.  Today, I’m excited to showcase another little slice of Susannah’s work with you: our maternity photos!  I was 34 weeks pregnant during our shoot and we had SUCH a great time.  She and her husband, Greg, came up to the city to do lifestyle photos of us.  We wandered around some of our favorite spots in the neighborhood— it was so wonderfully relaxed and fun!

This is just a sneak peek.  Check out the rest of our shoot (with bigger photos and a beautiful video!) by visiting Susannah’s blog.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and make sure to stop by early next week for the full birth story!

1 Feb

Be Mine Valentine Giveaway: Win a couple’s photo shoot with hair & makeup included!

My sweets!!  I am oh so excited to kick off the Valentine’s Day countdown with this awesome giveaway from Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling

Susannah is an amazing photographer who recently migrated to the Bay Area from New York City with her husband and crazy-adorable son (the kid has red hair and brown eyes… I didn’t even know that combination was possible!)

Travis and I had the pleasure of working with Susannah a few months ago for a “one more time” shoot.  We got back into our wedding clothes a year after the big day and took some beautiful pictures that we’re so excited to hang all over our home.  It was a really fun way to celebrate a year of marriage, especially because we didn’t have time for tons of photos on the actual wedding day.

From experience I can tell you that being photographed by Susannah is a dream.  She has such a sweet and energetic personality.  That energy is contagious and I think it really comes across in her photos.  Check out some of the shots from our shoot with her…

(P.S. that gorgeous bouquet I’m holding in our shoot was courtesy of Seascape Flowers… if you live in the Santa Cruz area, you must check them out.)

So here’s the exciting part:

Since it’s officially February and Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away, Susannah is helping you get into the spirit by giving away a photo shoot for you and your sweetie!  Are you recently engaged (or hoping he’ll put a ring on it on February 14th?)  Are you celebrating an anniversary?  Expecting a baby and need some sweet couple photos while it’s still just the two of you?  If you live in the Bay Area (or want to take a little vacation to this neck of the woods) this awesome prize will give you the chance to mark the occasion!

AND… just to sweeten the pot… I’ll be stepping into my “other shoes” and offering my hair and makeup services for the shoot as well!

Are you swooning yet?

Here’s how to enter this giveaway…

1) Leave a comment on this post for ONE ENTRY.

2) Leave a comment on another {bb} post (and tell me about it here) for ONE ENTRY.

3) “Like” the Susannah Gill Facebook Page (and tell me about it here) for TWO ENTRIES.

4) “Like” {blending beautiful} on Facebook (and tell me about it here) for TWO ENTRIES.

5) Blog, tweet, or write a Facebook post sharing this contest for FOUR ENTRIES.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry to make sure you get credit for all of your “likes”, shares, etc…

Also note: This contest is limited to couples who live in or can travel to the Bay Area (Monterey/Carmel to San Francisco).

Visit Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling’s blog to see more of her beautiful work and feel free to check out my hair and makeup Facebook page if you’d like to look at mine.

The contest ends at midnight on February 13th, a winner will be selected at random, and I’ll announce the winner on Valentine’s Day.  Good luck!

Update: Congratulations to our winner, Whitney Damiani!  Thanks to everyone who entered.  xo

26 Nov

Awesome Artsy Giveaway!

Sorry I disappeared last week, my sweets!  The holidays had Travis and I running around like crazy.  But I’m happy to be back today with an exciting giveaway from Printcopia!  Printcopia creates beautiful custom prints of your favorite photos, either framed or on canvas.

I recently ordered a 8″ x 10″ canvas print to display on our mantle and I absolutely adore it!  (Photo by Susannah Gill Photography.)

I was really pleased with the quality and it was so easy to order and design the look of this piece— wouldn’t these make great holiday gifts?

You can win a 8″ x 10″ canvas print of your own… here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment on this post for ONE entry.

2) Leave a comment on another post (and tell me about it here) for ONE entry.

3) Become a fan of {blending beautiful} on Facebook (and tell me about it here) for TWO entries.

4) Follow {blending beautiful} on Pinterest (and tell me about it here) for TWO entries.

5) Post a link to {blending beautiful} on your blog/website/facebook page/twitter (and tell me about it here) for FOUR entries.

All entries must be in by midnight on Sunday (12/2)… a winner will be posted here on Monday (12/3).

Don’t forget to check out the Printcopia sister sites, where you can order custom car magnets, vinyl banners, and lawn signs!

P.S.- Printcopia is having an awesome Cyber Monday sale… 50% off their canvases through 12/3!

23 Oct

Wedding Album Love

Sorry for the late post today, my sweets!  This is such a busy week and the hours are just flying by…

I’m excited to share a few snapshots of our wedding album with you, if you’d like to see.

Nevermind that we’ve been married over a year already.  I was the ultimate procrastinator and didn’t put our wedding album together until a couple weeks ago.  This is not a sponsored post, but I have to give serious props to the company we used, Photobook America.

The quality of our album is awesome, and I was able to put the entire thing together myself with an easy-to-use downloadable software from the site.  When it’s time to order, you can choose all kinds of fancy options to make your album extra-snazzy.  We chose not to go above and beyond, and our book still turned out beautiful!

If you’re thinking of ordering an album of your own (I’m thinking a custom photo book would make great holiday gifts!), become a fan of Photobook America on facebook for a 40% discount!