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!

Adventures with Baby Hutch: Month 7

A (few) day(s) late and a dollar short…month 7 was a busy one! I cannot believe that ‘next month’ we’re having a baby…I’ll attempt not to panic now. Top 10 of the month:

1. On June 22nd, a group of family and friends gathered to spoil our baby boy at my baby shower! Cheyenne from The Schultzes ever-so-graciously shot the shower, so I’ll spare you with only a few iPhone photos for now :). It was such a great day at The Duke Mansion, and we are so thankful for all of the love and support as we journey to parenthood. A full recap to come…but here are a few little ‘details’ that Melissa from Atheneum Creative (she really is beyond creative!) put together for it! Her gift to me were these awesome onsies–how hilarious are these?!

2. The nursery is coming along! I find myself finding any excuse to go in to that room to ‘tinker’. Truly the only ‘complete’ item I have is my teepee…which is super practical for newborns…
I love the stools I got from Serena & Lily, I’m using them as side tables next to my glider. The teepee was a gift from LRT off the registry from The Land of Nod! I accessorized it with this adorable heirloom lion blanket (Baby Boy Hutch will be a Leo if he’s born on/near his due date!), a “Ragamuffin” pennant flag (I can quickly see this becoming his little nickname!), and a Happy Flags garland. I have received at least 30 blankets (hooray!), so I purchased this basket to store them next to the glider. His dresser came in and I love, love, love it. Waiting for his changing pad cover and then this will be all set! Lastly I got this giant orange lion head to go above the wall where his crib is–can you tell Etsy has been my best friend in this process?
There’s definitely one guy excited to hang with his new brother in the teepee! He runs under it at every chance he has. Melts me.
There has been SOME practical stuff happening in that room. Recently, I nested like a mad woman and did some major drawer organization. I love these drawer dividers from The Container Store (cheap and cute–and orange, of course).

3. Hutch has been really great about putting together and setting up all of the gifts we’ve received! He’s going to be an amazing dad. Here are a few that I’m really excited about–the stroller (orange, yay!) and these 2 seating/swing options!
 4. The dreaded acid reflux has taken over my body. I have been waking up all night, super uncomfortable and can really barely eat anymore. I posted a picture on Instagram last night of my desperate attempt to avoid it by eating plain pasta and got an overwhelming response about Zantac! My doctor told me the same thing yesterday so off to the store I will go. Thanks guys :)
5. We took maternity photos a couple of weeks ago…I can’t wait to see them and share them :).
6. Breast feeding class — the CFO and I went to it. Terrified, but will give it my all and feel armed with some useful tools.
7. Baby Boy Hutch lives in my ribs. It hurts. Badly. 6 more weeks of discomfort…
8. I have to find a pediatrician–any tips on this from other moms? Good thing I completed the teepee before I did this…priorities.
9. I think I found the cutest baby book, ever. I will be doing a full review post on it with a discount code next week! Stay tuned.…
10. I started to rash on my belly and can no longer use my stretch mark creams (now is when I really need them!). My doctor fears that it might be PUPP, but it seems to not be getting any worse so I’m praying it’s not! RIP delicious smelling oils and lotions.

Here’s a 33 week bump picture. I’m really not good at keeping up with these…I am up 14lbs now and definitely feeling large and uncomfortable. Here are 27 weeks, 20 weeks, and 16 weeks for comparison. He is absolutely insane inside of my belly, so I am super thankful for a healthy and active baby! Month 8–let’s do this.

Mint Museum Uptown Wedding: Natalie + Evon

Natalie+Evon were married back in March on a rainy day–but nothing could keep this crazy-in-love couple down. It was a total party. I am SO missing my time with Natalie and “Mom” :). We had such fun planning and they were just dream clients! Thank you so much to these great vendors who made all of their dreams come true. xo

Photography: Kristin Vining Photography
Church: Myers Park Methodist Church
Venue: Mint Museum Uptown
Catering: Best Impressions
Band: Heather Hayes Experience
Florist: The Bloom Room
Rentals: Party Reflections
Draping: Party Tables
Settee: Old South Vintage Rentals
Necklace: Kristin Hayes Jewelry
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bridesmaids: Dolly Pearl from J.Majors
Tuxedos: NY Bride & Groom
Videography: Isabel’s Corner
Transportation: Rose Limousine
Invitations/Paper: Elisabeth-Rose
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes

Engaged: Brittany + Joey

Meet Brittany+Joey. Brittany has a love for all things vintage, and Joey has a ‘thing’ for cars. Put the two together and this is what you get :). These two are so fun and quirky–I can not wait for their Biltmore Estate wedding come December. We’re in the midst of putting together some great vendors and (you guessed it!) vintage design for this one. Can’t wait :). Photography by The Schultzes…love them.