Downtown Chicago and Epic Restaurant Wedding: Jen + Patrick

Today I am excited to share the absolutely stunning wedding of Jen and Patrick!! It pains me a little bit that it’s taken me almost a year since the wedding to finally blog it, because of just how lovely it was. The downtown setting of Chicago mixed with a little rain and a lot of love made for a spectacular celebration! They say rain on your wedding day means you’ll have extra good luck… but Jen and Patrick won’t be needing any luck ;) These two share such a deep and unwavering love, one that family and friends were thrilled to come together to celebrate as these two joined in marriage. It was definitely one of my favorites of 2015!! And I hope you enjoy some highlights from their beautiful day. Jen and Patrick, thank you again for having me come to Chicago to document your wedding! It was truly a pleasure to be a part of!! XO

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Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s | Reception Venue and Caterer: Epic Restaurant | Planner: Michelle Jacob | Florist: Juliet Tan | DJ: Jim Willis | Invitations: Foglio Press | Bride’s Gown: Atelier Aimee | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew

Jackson’s Nursery Inspiration Board

Hello blog world! Forgive me for another 2 month absence. Things have been… interesting. Because I know you’re all dying to hear what I’ve been up to, I’ll fill you in on some of the highlights since my last blog post!

* Natalie and I spent the month of January in Park City, with Jake joining us for the first and last weeks.

* I got food poisoning the second weekend there and thought to myself, “It doesn’t get much worse than food poisoning while you’re pregnant!” Turns out I was way off…

* The next weekend I ended up in the hospital for surgery to remove a kidney stone. Yeah, that’s a lot worse than food poisoning while you’re pregnant. As someone who’d never had one before, I would compare the intensity of pain to that of labor, except you don’t get a baby afterwards. Soooo that was fun. (And I now feel extreme empathy for those who deal with kidney stones regularly.) But all in all I can’t complain because everything went very well and Jackson and I are just fine! I am so, so grateful for that.

* Other than those two fiascos, we had wonderful family time before coming back to Texas!

* I had big plans to get Jackson’s nursery in order and finish my new website in February. My mom even came out for a week to help me get the house organized (love you Mom!).

* I blinked and now it’s March????

I’m not totally sure what happened to February. Ha. Fortunately, I have made some good headway on both the nursery and my website! It’s just a matter of getting them done before Jackson decides to show up. I technically have another 6.5 weeks before his due date, but Natalie came a week early, and some of you might remember my story of finishing her nursery in the wee night hours while being labor… Hoping to avoid that this time haha. Cross your fingers for me!

Anyhow, since Natalie’s nursery inspiration board is actually one of my top pinned posts, I thought I’d share my inspiration for Jackson’s nursery as well!! At first I wanted to do an airplane theme, fittingly because Jake is an Air Traffic Controller. To my surprise, that was the last thing Jake wanted, saying pretty much all controllers have their little boy nurseries airplane themed. So I went back to the drawing board. We ended up deciding on a Mountain Lodge/Moose themed nursery!! I’m going with mostly neutral colors, with small pops of red and navy. We loved the idea of bringing a little bit of the mountains here to remind us of home, and I’m a sucker for animals so I wanted to focus on moose for the animal specifically. There is still much to do before it’s totally finished, but so far I’m very excited about how it’s turning out!! And here’s the inspiration board that’s helping me make it come to life.

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Hope you are all having a beautiful week!! And if I’m lucky I’ll have another post up for you next week ;) Happy Hump Day!

2015 Best of Weddings

Happy New Year!!! It’s crazy to me that it’s already 2016! We’ll see how many times I accidentally write 2015 in the coming weeks… haha. Although it’s now a new year, and I am unbelievably excited for what’s in store, I have to give one last ode to 2015, because it was a wedding season for the books! Ok, ok, I meant to have this done a few days ago so I would actually still be posting in 2015… Oops. But I failed to put together any sort of “Best Of” post for 2014, so I couldn’t let another year pass by without reminiscing on the beautiful love stories I had the honor of documenting. In fact, there a quite a few of these weddings that I haven’t even blogged yet, so you’re getting a sneak peek at the full weddings that are still coming! It’s a doozy of a post, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in. Hope you enjoy a look back at some of my favorite moments from 2015!!

And a big thank you to all of my lovely couples, your trust in my vision breathes the life into my art, and I truly appreciate each and every one of you so much!! Cheers to the year ahead. XO

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Shauna Lopez - January 2, 2016 - 12:37 pm

Beautiful Carissa! So thankful that you could capture our special day, pictures were perfect. :)

A Name for Baby Number Two

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!!! I kind of can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already! That might have to do with the fact that it’s 80 degrees outside and there’s not a snowflake in sight. (I’m obviously still bitter about adjusting to the climate change.) But tomorrow is going to be the best Christmas yet :) Natalie is just at the age where opening presents is fun and she actually understands that it’s enjoyable to rip off the wrapping paper and see what’s inside the pretty package. Yep, it’s going to be a good day :)

In other news, a few weeks ago we found out the gender of baby number two!! I didn’t go all out and have a big family reveal party like we did for Natalie, partially because we live in a different state from our families now, and partially because, let’s be real, I wasn’t feeling up to it. But we did do a little something special instead!

With Natalie, we found out right away as they did the ultrasound. This time, even though it KILLED me a little bit, we turned our heads and had them put the revealing ultrasound picture in an envelope. We then went to a Carter’s, picked out one girl outfit and one boy outfit, and proceeded to ask the check out ladies if they would open the envelope and wrap up the correct gender outfit for us to take home. Needless to say, they were pretty excited about it! We stood in the back of the store while they did it, and I could hear the squeals and “Awww!” as they opened up the picture. Which killed me a little bit more. Once the outfits were safely out of sight, we paid for the one wrapped in the box and headed home. THEN…. We waited some more. Haha.

We waited until both of our parents were available to FaceTime that evening, and set up our phones so that they could be a part of the reveal. Once everyone was connected, I tried to start out with a little bit of small talk about the appointment and whatnot, but clearly at this point I was dying to know, soooo I cut it short and we opened the box! This is the outfit that came out (and my large 23.5 week belly…)

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That’s right, baby number two

IS 

BOY!!!!!!!!!

(Of course this is the little outfit I picked, because MUSTACHES. Am I right?)

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We are beyond excited!!!!! A part of me wondered if this one was a boy since this pregnancy has been quite different from Natalie’s, but because I had convinced myself last time it was a boy and I was clearly wrong, I was trying not to read too much into any inklings that I had and simply be surprised. Although this time I was right ;)

We are thrilled to announce that this little bambino’s name is

Jackson Felix Uribe

We went with family names for him, and I am especially excited to continue the Felix Uribe name. It has been passed down in Jake’s family for quite a few generations! Natalie likes to give him kisses and hugs, and knows to point at my stomach when we ask her where baby Jackson is, but I’m pretty sure she’ll be in for a surprise when he actually makes his debut in April and we come home with a real baby. Haha. And I absolutely cannot wait to meet him :)

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Wishing you and your loved ones a very wonderful and blessed Christmas tomorrow!!!!

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XOXO

 

 

 

Christine - December 24, 2015 - 4:35 pm

OH MY GOSHHHHH! I’m so excited for you guys and that is the cutest way to find out. You people are precioussssssss <3

Celia Lutz - December 24, 2015 - 8:49 pm

So excited for you! And super excited for Grandpa and Grandma Fine as they get to welcome 2 grandbabies so close together! Merry Christmas to you!

Park City Family Session: The Nicholls

You guys, Christmas is less than two weeks away!! How did that happen?! I have the majority of my Christmas shopping done, but there are always those couple of people who seem to be impossible to find the perfect gift for… cough*my husband*cough. Anyhow, today I’m sharing a few favorites from the Nicholls family session! We got together while I was back in Park City in September. I just love these guys and their sweet kiddos! They’ve been family friends for a long time, and it’s been a wonderful thing seeing the kids grow!

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Hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday!