Pale Pink Wedding Invitation Suite + PIZZA MENU

When Juliana First asked me to create their wedding invitations, she sent me this awesomely long email about her and Matt--- how they met, why she loves him, and how excited she was to marry him. If you know me, you know I like long emails, love stories in detail, and really getting to know my Bride--- and if you know Juliana, you know she loves sharing her life, stories, details--- and, most importantly, you know her exuberance is contagious. 

I was PUMPED to design this suite and a few extra wedding signs before we even started, 1) because this is my job and I LOVE IT and 2) because Juliana's excitement took this shindig to a whole new level of fun. 

The best part about all of this? Juliana and Matt had their first "date" at one of my favorite coffee shops, Classic Coffee in Glendora, CA. The secret is to get the Spiced Chai, not the coffee. Ya know, if you end up going there ever. Buy me some chai mix while you're there, okay? 

Juliana and Matt chose my A La Carte option so they could pick and choose exactly what they needed: Invitation Card, Details/Info Card, Handrawn map, Wedding Monogram, Silver Envelopes, a Wedding Program and Food Menu. 

Here are two alternate Invitation alternates Juliana and Matt didn't end up choosing. I'm a sucker for messy handwriting, and I absolutely loved the alternate invitation with extra wreathing and florals, but you know what? Juliana was the one choosing, and I love what she chose! 

Also, if you take a good look at the map, you'll find APU! Shout out to all my APU alumni out there--- I don't have an APU love story, but I know a lot of friends who do. :) I loved that it made it onto these wedding invitations. 

Demi + Alex | Wedding

How is it I keep getting to photograph these beyond chill couples? Not only were these two CRAZY relaxed at their wedding, they were CRAZY kind and hospitable to everyone there. I've always known Demi as the hugging type, but it turns out Alex is too---I loved getting to see and meet her family and Alex's family, the very huggers they got their hugging from. :)

These two...

Caring, selfless, and fun. I experienced some of the sweetest friendship, family, and marriage moments at their wedding that I don't always see in what can be a stressful day. For them, it wasn't. 

Halfway through Demi and Alex's wedding day, we ran into another bride and groom, both of whom looked stressed out, haggard, and were audibly frustrated with each other and their families. It was insane to see the stark contrast and it made me silently so grateful for the kind of intentional and gentle love Demi and Alex have created in their relationship and had made extra room for on their wedding day. 

And that prayer around the door moment? We'd laughed earlier that day about Alex crying, but you can see it in Demi's face--- she wasn't expecting to be the one overcome with tears. And that prayer Alex prayed--- He thanked God for Demi and for the day and for marriage. And his joy in telling God how excited he was is evident in these pictures. 

Madison | Senior & Lifestyle Portraits

I've got two custom wedding invitation suites to design, a wedding to photograph, and a promotional video to film this month--- but before all that fun goes down, I got to snap pics of THIS BEAUTIFUL TEXAS TECH SENIOR. She's a nurse. She's already loved on, served, and impacted so many peoples' lives at the hospital. She's got a big empathetic heart for others and that's what makes her an awesome person and an awesome nurse. 

ANNNDDD, most importantly, if you're about to graduate with a nursing degree and you've worked your butt off the past few years, what would you do to celebrate? 

Not sure? Take some notes from Maddie--- she went to Vegas to see the Backstreet boys and relax by the pool. Teenage me, early twenties me, and Now-twenties me is fan-girling with jealousy and super jealous of the sun-rays she'll be picking up. 

For this photoshoot, Maddie wanted to kick over her nursing books and walk around the horticulture garden like a boss. I love how fun these turned out! 

Spark Voice | Inspiring Print Design

Do you remember who or what it was that first inspired you to do something? The thing or person who gave you purpose? Do you remember when something sparked your interest so much so you knew it made you you-i-er? I think sometimes it takes several years and many different moments, people, books, ideas, and experiences to get us moving more and more toward the thing(s) we really want to DO in life. 

What I love about SparkVoice, is that middle school and high school girls are being asked to consider what their spark is--- through writing. Through journaling. Through creative thought. 

They're interviewing women from SO many different professions and getting to hear about the potential they have as women and as decent and kind human beings on this planet. They are being encouraged to seize opportunities, to work through insecurities and fears-- they are being told how important their voice and how important it is they find it. 

Karen, SparkVoices' founder, was one of my professors in college, and I'm BEYOND excited she's invited me into the SparkVoice world as a speaker and contributor. For this particular project, she gave the young women in her SparkVoice meetings the opportunity to come up with a tag line or quote they think the women in their generation need to hear--- and I was then given the opportunity to turn their words into an art print. The kind of print they'd want to hang up in their bedroom. 

The quote that struck me the most, as someone who is constantly in fear of "serious-looking people" side-eyeing me for pursuing a creative career, was the Hater Shades Quote: "People will tell you otherwise, so put on your Hater Shades and black them out." Y'all, a freaking brilliant teenage girl came up with that! I LOVE it. 

Because I grew up a writer and have about 25 journals in my closet carrying the thoughts and ideas of elementary aged Stacie to 27 year old Stacie, I've found myself wishing I'd had something like SparkVoice back in the day. I wish I would have had someone telling me how to write creatively and for fun (not just how to write a research paper or how to write  a-little-bit-better-than-crappy SAT essay). I'm beyond pumped for these women and the workshops they're attending. 

I love SparkVoice (and Karen!) so much, from now until the end of July, I'm teaming up with them to sell a handful of prints I designed for their ladies and am donating 20% of every print sold to SparkVoice, so vibrant girls can continue to be encouraged, at a fun young age, to find their voice in writing, in their social interactions, and in their future endeavors. 

Help me support girls finding their voices, shop my SparkVoice prints!