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Sarah + Nick - A Surprise Pelican Hill Engagement

When your best friend gets engaged and you’re in the wedding industry - it’s kind of a big deal. Years ago my high school best friend, Sarah and I reconnected. For a good time I was hearing about her boyfriend and at that time, she already knew this was the man she wanted to marry. Naturally I made it my mission to hang out with him asap and as much as a could. Does anyone else have a hard time breaking this wall down with their friends sometimes? Maybe it’s the boys not wanting to be judged or they just want to be with their guy friends? I don’t know. But for some reason it seems to always be a little difficult am I right? And now Nicky knows I’m the funnest so theres that!

So once I finally got in to Sir Nick’s busy schedule, I was absolutely in love with him - that is in love with him for my best friend to marry. Passed the test.

Years later when he started planning his proposal, I was so honored to be included in the planning process. It was one of the hardest things holding back as a creative, but I wanted this to be about him and his woman. So with just a tiny bit of help from me - and lots of photographs he surprised his bride and made (to date) the best night of her life!

I loved, loved being able to capture this for now, two of my best friends! XOXO

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Girlish Charm

Hope everyone is having a lovely week! Here's a fun little fashion editorial shot down at Balboa's Fun Zone, I'm calling it Little Miss (No) Fun Zone.

Model: Lizzie W
Art Direction & Photography: Sidney Kraemer

I loved shooting here! Born and raised in Orange County, my dad would bring my sister and I to the Fun Zone in the summer time. He would share stories of his own childhood summers staying with his grandmother on the peninsula. He and his brother would sneak ice creams on the ferris wheel the same way my sister and I did. The park has recently been restored to which I found such a great, classic SoCal backdrop for this shoot.

(I do miss the grimy ski ball machines and sparking bumper cars though!)

As for the looks...Having a daughter has encouraged me to really embrace my own femininity.I wanted each look to reflect this. While so much of the world is hyped up on androgyny, I currently am all about playing up the female form. Don’t get me wrong, androgyny is great, but I might have overdosed a few years back. I shopped in the men’s department, wore oversized clothing, and then balanced it with some killer makeup. Nothing wrong with that. I'm now obsessed with the classic feminine style, and I love putting a little modern edge twist on it. I want to celebrate a woman and her body. I want to appreciate it.

When you get your post baby body back, it just feels good and the last thing I wanted to do was hide it. I started buying clothes that flattered my silhouette and hugged my curves. On top of that, Billy was a girl and all of a sudden not only did her clothes show some strong girl power but my own style got a lot softer. Instead of completely ignoring the color pink in stores, I was drawn to it. All of the sudden pastels, lace, and teeshirts with sweet sayings appealed to me. I wanted my own closet to compliment hers and with that an innocence and whimsical feel was added to my boyish assemble.

Show our womanhood some love. Let’s wear those short shorts! Put on that tight dress! Wear some pink! Elle Woods may have been on to something there. Case in point – having a daughter might encourage you to really enjoy being a girl and you may find yourself throwing a bow in your hair or slipping on a pretty girl dress.

Visit the mood board here to see the inspiration behind it.

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