Prince Hutch’s Shower

A few weeks ago, friends and family from near and far gathered to celebrate our baby boy. How great is that? We are so thankful. After I booked the date/venue, my good friend Sara Shelor (you may know her from this place) insisted and ripped the planning responsibility out of my control-freak-planner-grasp (not before I sent her some Pins, of course)–which I am very thankful for :). Pretty nice having some great friends who also happen to be vendors and creative minds to throw a fantastic shower! Lynette, Melissa, Amy, Sara, and Cheyenne–thank you times a million. It was so nice to attend an event as a guest and have so many surprises to ooh and ahh at! Our poor second child will never forgive you-ha :). What a special day it was. We are truly thankful for all of the love, support and prayers we’ve received through this pregnancy.

Venue/Catering: Duke Mansion
Photography: The Schultzes
Florals: The Bloom Room
Rentals: Party Reflections
Paper Goodies: Atheneum Creative
Cake/Desserts: Wow Factor Cakes

The ‘guest book’ were these adorable circles where guests wrote advice on different aspects of babies–some of the responses were quite hilarious! The food was all so delicious and fun–it was themed for things that ‘little boys’ would eat (chicken and waffles, mac n’ cheese etc.)
Just feeding each other cake, like we’re at a wedding. Love you Sara :).
Opening gifts was so fun! I have a lot of learning to do when it comes to all of this baby ‘stuff’! Mom graciously wrote down all of the gifts for me (think we look alike??).
Look who joined us :)
This lady right here. SO thankful I hired her as our wedding photographer almost 5 years ago now! You are a treasure.
This is our sweet boy’s Godmother–Margaux. She is my oldest friend in the world :).

Rebecca Kearns - August 8, 2014 - 12:42 pm

I love everything about this! Where were those guestbook advice circles ordered/created?


katrina - August 8, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Thanks, Rebecca! Melissa with Atheneum Creative (see link above in vendor list) did them!

Engaged: Margaux + Fuad

Margaux+Fuad are getting married today. In France. And I’m not there. Today is such a bittersweet day for me. Margaux is my very very very best friend in the whole wide world. We have known each other since 5th grade and have remained incredibly close despite the fact that she moved back to Paris, France (from Florida) in the 7th grade, we went to different colleges and graduate schools and have never lived in the same place since we were 10-years-old. We were each others Maids/Matrons of honors…the best of friends.

Cut to wedding day. We had flights booked, but little Baby Boy Hutch has other plans. If there was ever one reason in the world to miss her wedding, the new life growing inside of me is ‘it’.  I had the pleasure (and honor!) of going over to Paris in February to plan her wedding–she put a lot of trust in me to do it since she couldn’t come due to taking time off of work. I feel as though I will truly be there in spirit!

Congratulations to my Bizatch and Fuad as they begin their new life together as ‘one’ today. I love you both so much and Baby Boy Hutch is so lucky to have you as his Godparents. xoxo Photography by The Schultzes :)

Engaged: Danielle + PJ

Danielle+PJ’s big day is approaching! They will be my first wedding ‘back’ post-baby…and I have a feeling I’ll be MORE than ready to get back in to the game. These two just recently relocated from NYC to Charlotte–welcome home to the Queen City. Beautiful photography by Stephanie from Indigo Photography. Enjoy :).

katrina - July 14, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Kathy–I love them too! :)

Belinda Grannan - July 14, 2014 - 7:29 pm

wonderful !! Such a mix of fun and love !! Great Pictures to treasure forever!

Bridals: Kaitlin — The Duke Mansion

Please enjoy a few of Kaitlin’s gorgeous bridal portraits by Capture Me Candid. I just love a timeless bride in a classic gown (from Hayden Olivia) with a big old bouquet of peonies — speaking of, the flowers are by Flowers By Lingky :). Hair and makeup by my lil’ Lindsey Regan Thorne.

Mushybooks Review + Discount Code

It’s no secret that I won’t be winning Pinterest-mom-of-the-year any time soon. I’m pretty clueless when it comes to pregnancy and babies…I’m hoping some sort of maternal instinct kicks in once he’s here! I’ve spent the last 8 months texting friends or calling my mom when I have a random inquiry, and attending doctor appointments with no questions other than “can I eat raw sushi?” (the answer is ‘yes’, by the way). At my shower I spent an hour opening gifts that I didn’t really know the use for (despite registering for them). I asked my mom if I could dry-clean some of the nicer outfits for the baby and a few days later 2 books arrived about raising babies (yikes–the answer is ‘no’, by the way). However, if there is one thing that I hold dear to my heart it is preserving memories. I love pictures, videos, books etc. I’ve always been one to scrapbook growing up, so I knew I had to find a perfect baby book to continue my (only-Pinterest-worthy) tradition.

Cue searching for baby books. Man, there are some bad ones. I’m really not in to everything being baby blue or baby pink, and certainly don’t like the cartoon-y graphics all over all-things-baby. After searching long and hard, I had given up hope. But then…I found IT.

Enter Mushybooks. I felt like I had won the lottery when I stumbled upon this website.  First of all, Lelsey (the owner) wins my heart with her branding. Clean, simple–love it. Second, I am all about some small business owners. I couldn’t survive with out people supporting me, so I love to support other SBOs too. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but I’d pretty much bet you won’t find a cuter baby book out there!

Lesley so graciously allowed me to review the book and is offering my readers a 10% discount on all orders through August 31st with the discount code TOGETHER10. Go to Mushybooks and check out her other designs and get yours today! Here are my thoughts on this adorable keepsake:
First of all, you open the box to the adorable and simple packaging. An all-white, super clean cover with just two pressed in baby feet grace the cover. Below is the back of the book. One more thing I love is that this isn’t a big, thick binder that takes up a lot of room!
I chose the “Dreamcatcher” theme for Baby Boy Hutch’s baby book. If I could, I would have one of each. They’re all really adorable. Check out her other themes HERE.
The pages are nice and thick, great quality (I’m a sucker for paper) and peppered with cute (but not cheesy!) graphics fit to each book’s theme.
The book has the traditional pages for growth charts, ‘firsts’, and let’s you document your baby’s life month-by-month.
It even has adorable inserts like this envelope for your baby’s first locks from their first haircut!
I am so excited about my Mushybook and can’t wait to start preserving memories in it! Make sure to order one for yourself today and don’t forget the discount code for a 10% savings through August 31st (TOGETHER10). These are also an amazing shower gift for other moms-to-be! Thank you, Lesley, for such an amazing book that I will treasure!