Here we are 9 days until Christmas! Feeling a little sentimental as we officially have a 2 1/2 year old. We celebrated with some milk and cookies in Downtown Mesa, also some messy candy canes might have been consumed. Lucky Scooby got to tag along in the little red vintage car that was Atlas’ Papa’s when he was two! How adorable is that?! We have had so much fun this month being festive and really enjoying each other during this crazy time.
I swear it was just yesterday when I was sharing our first Halloween photos! Here we are 2 years old and our third Halloween! I really enjoy putting together his little costumes and watching the characters come to life. [Read more…]
Packing up the dogs/kiddo and stuffing the car with the essentials to get away and sleep in the trees has got to be the best feeling! We, like any other campers, stuffed our faces with an unimaginable amount of food and went on little hiking adventures. Little man AC is for sure getting what camping is all about! Atlas loves to roll in the dirt, climb on fallen trees, get dirt beneath his fingernails, eat a crazy amount of watermelon, splash in the mud, howl at the wind and just have fun outside. The weather was so incredible this last weekend with some slight sprinkling through out, we couldn’t have asked for a better little outdoorsy trip. Listening to the tiny rain drops hit the tent and watching the fire from our bed was the icing on the ole camping cake. It’s exactly what we’ve all been needing, and we can’t wait to go again! We got some video footage as well, and hope to make it into a short little weekend video montage!
Two things we learned:
Tree stumps are nature’s tripod!
Always bring more than one lighter!!
Atlas Dean – aka 5 Million personalities all wrapped into one happy, healthy, handsome and blessed kiddo.
- His love for trucks is at an all time high, on most days the instant he wakes up he cries for trucks. “TRUHHH” It’s quite possibly the most adorable thing ever.
- He is learning to scare things such as running after the doggies saying “RAWR,” as pictured above
- He prefers most things his way but soon realizes mommy and daddie’s way makes more sense hehe
- His amazement for airplanes is always celebrated with “WOWWWWWWW”
- Halloween songs & spooky toddler learning videos seem to be his fave
- “What dat” is what you will find this little guy asking just about 24/7
- Cereal & Craisins or anything food related really, is excellent bribery for this growing boy. He still loves his veggies too!
Our little baby boy born July 15th 2014 at 10 pounds is looking more like a rambunctious kid these days. I treasure his little laugh, and mostly the way he puts his tiny arm around my head and squeezes me goodnight. I love that his kisses are now given freely and purposely and I just hope he knows how happy his precious soul has made his mama and all that surrounds him.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY my little turkey dinner!
Please don’t ever be “Two Cool” for your mommy.
This photoshoot was made possible thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Crawford for the awesome chevron tent, cookies for bribing, and the movie “UP” playing to my right!
Well… The Crawfords are officially homeowners! ::annoying squeal:: We are having so much fun putting our style & touch on all 948 sq feet of this little but spacious “new to us” townhome in Mesa Arizona. We’ve had most things boxed up for the last 2 years, so unboxing our decor has been almost like Christmas! We have also been able to incorporate a lot of our wedding decor throughout as well, this makes me extremely giddy!
So, here is a sneak peek into my little adventurer’s room! I’ve already moved a few things around & put a few new things up since, which I’m sure will be never-ending, but I think he might like it; at least just a little! hehe. I hope it inspires him daily!
::takes a deep breath:: I am finally ready to share the rest of our photos from our springy, farmy, dreamy day! Truth is, I’ve been far too stingy, and a bit shy keeping them all too myself this whole time. Sorry!
We had so many wonderful shots captured by Emily & Travis Chavez that I almost felt guilty and somewhat weird about sharing 500 photos on fb ( hah ), so I’m very happy to be able to share them here and even have them available for downloading & printing for family & friends. ( Message me for details! )
I can’t believe it’s already been almost 4 months since we tied the knot! But I guess if 13 years with my love can quickly pass us by, 4 months certainly can escape us. We still couldn’t be more happy with how a year of planning and Diy-ing all came together & of course all of the extremely lovely and generous folks that traveled near and far to celebrate our love! We are forever grateful!
Without further ado
*our photo album should load above* or you can visit the album gallery here in full size !
Happy to give credits and many thanks to the hardworking and sweet people who made our wedding day happen:
Venue: Webster Farm Gilbert, Arizona
Captured by: Emily & Travis Chavez
Dress: Luv Bridal (dress sponsored by my Granny Judy)
Groom & Groomsmen attire: JC Penney
Bride Hair: Shaylee Valencia
Rentals: For A Perfect Day Events & Weddings
Invitation Suite Design: Bride Heidi
Bridal Bouquet: Flowers by Darcy
Wedding Cake & Planning partner: Patty Crawford – My mother in law
Desserts: Maria Baldwin – Family Friend
Food: Family friend and professional caterer Juan
Flowers: diy bridal party flowers & arrangements purchased bundles from AZ Flower Market
Music by: Good friend Cameron Kalis
Master of Ceremonies: Good friend David Raftery
Videographer: PJ Szabo ( video to be shared shortly! )
Officiant: Nathan Del Turco
Piano: Pete Costa
Photobooth: Party Box AZ
A special shoutout to our beautiful bridal party as well!
Everything was setup by our wonderful loving mothers Patty Crawford & Angela Whitson, our aunt Sandi, and Webster Farm’s owner Lenor Webster.
Also a major thanks to Goodwill, Hobby Lobby, spray paint, and coffee!
You may share any photos in the album, thanks for stopping by!
Here it is guys, our wedding invitation suite! I thought I should share some more fun details such us how our guests were invited to our shindig! Wedding planning was a lot easier once we pin pointed a certain look we were going for and all of the colors we wanted to incorporate! A lot of late night brainstorming, sketching, and using stuff I already had for ideas on how we wanted to almost “brand ourselves.” Yes, I feel like a geek saying that.
Instead of just throwing my photos out into the inter-webs without little story or explanation ( like I am so guilty of doing otherwise), I wanted to talk a little about the process. Truthfully, a lipstick that I own and became slightly obsessed over inspired the overall dark pinky fuchsia color. I’m not sure how I got Chad on board with pink, but I was pretty lucky he let me take my ideas and run with them! Also, a pretty pink agate rock slice I had laying around the house that we used in our engagement photos was a major source for inspiration and became the actual photo/texture for the background of the invitation! I knew right away I didn’t want to use a template found on the internet, I wanted to design everything from scratch and really wanted everything to seem really fun and cohesive. I wanted our stationary and overall decor to have a rustic glam style, and really show our Arizona roots. I’d like to consider ourselves as pretty colorful couple in more ways than one, so bright & muted colors mixed with natural elements alongside mixed metallics seemed to fit the bill!
I was so proud to send these babies out! I would say invitations are pretty hard work, especially if you are determined to spend little to nothing on them but have big ideas like me! Even doing them yourself can become pricey especially if you forget to calculate in your stamps! This part of wedding planning was probably the most stressful for me, as it had many steps to it. From initiailly getting addresses, figuring out colors, fonts and theme, finding out who we wanted to print with ( I searched as many online coupons as possible ), laying out what information I wanted to include, making a few sketches, figuring out our registry info and placing it on our “details” card. We also had to include our chosen wedding website url, design a map to our venue, figure out how we wanted our guests to RSVP ( post cards seemed to be the cheapest route for us ), also I had to be sure I read up on etiquette on addressing the envelopes and who we wanted to use for calligraphy! Once we had all of our pieces I had to decide how I wanted to package them in our envelope, and how we wanted the pieces to lay in the envelope, we did a diy belly band in our case. Assembling, stuffing the envelopes and stamping them took absolutely forever! Especially since I am the type to take on all projects all by my lonesome. It was such a relief and scary sending my precious packages out into the world, I discovered that having invitations hand stamped at the post office was better than having a machine sorting them and possibly damaging them. Giving myself a deadline date when we wanted to actually have them sent out by and when to have our guests RSVP by was crucial! Timing is everything. We learned a few lessons during the process that’s for sure, one being to never send out your invites on a rainy day, we received two back weeks later that were completely drenched and the calligraphy had been smeared. I almost cried lol!
For any current brides possibly looking for some guidance or tips here are the companies that we printed with:
- 4over4.com – Invitation
- Wedding Paper Divas – ( Shout out to Sierra Johnson, she’s the best! ) Diy postcard & map to Webster Farm card
- Zazzle – Both stamps on envelope and RSVP post card, I submitted a custom design/photo for both
- Kraft Envelopes purchased at Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon!
As for the calligraphy, I have pretty okay writing but I knew I wanted to have someone with passion and the talent to address our envelopes! I stumbled upon Lori Vance at A Positive Curl blog and her Etsy Shop. She was absolutely the sweetest, her prices were unbelievably awesome and I am so happy I found her! She made our invitations have that fun special touch.
Anyways, we received so many compliments on them, and I’m beyond thrilled to share them here with everyone!
morning munchkin munching.
Who says you have to have a super good reason to take family photos?! I really try to make it a tradition to take photos during February around my Birthday. These shots are all with my sweet sister behind my camera, and then I sort & edit on my own! She is so patient & always shoots a million and 2 photos just so her sissy ( me ) can like at least one hahah. She even rolls around in the dirt to get that rad camera angle haha!
I edited and printed many of these photos to display at our wedding and to have as decor in my bridal suite. They turned out so dreamy and perfect for the occasion, also it’s the last photoshoot of me as a “Whitson”. Cliche to say but I will treasure these photos forever!
I also wanted to note that although Atlas looks bright eyed, angelic and calm in most of the shots, let me assure he was not ! All he wanted to do was throw the biggest rocks in the river or figure out something more dangerous to do! Sitting still and smiling with mom and dad is just a thing of the past! I guess what I’m trying to say is that photo sessions can be stressful & may not go as planned, but I try to stay calm and just go with the flow, as I hope most of my clients do too!
- I absolutely loved wearing white through out our engagement!
- I borrowed a MAC lipstick from my 12 yr old niece Hailey on a whim, which I fell in LOVE with and based our whole wedding around the color teehee. “Flat out Fabulous.
Cheers to turning 31!