A Luce Loft wedding dream: Teal and Derek

Some weddings make you fall deeper in love with your craft.  Teal and Derek wow'd me.  It's nothing I can put into words but I hope that I've put it into pictures.  Their spirits are so magical and finding each other was equally magical.  Maybe one day I'll be able to tell all of you how they had a meditation at the wedding ceremony or how Teal sang for Derek but I think it would take me weeks to be able to say it all, so for now here is a beautiful day that I'm still smiling about.

xoxo Suzanne

Venue: Luce Loft

Coordinator: Soirees With Grace

Photography: She Wanders

Hair: Thorne Artistry

Make Up: Lindsay Jones Makeup

Florist: Teal Zeisler

Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals

Videographer: Nena Films

Catering: Wild Thyme Catering Co.

Bar: Snake Oil Cocktail Company

Musician: Jim Vita

Dj: Scratch Weddings

Cake: Large Marge, Nonna + Zucchero

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joyfully waiting to be one more — maternity portraits

I first met Katie when she was a guest at Alicia and Adams wedding years and years ago.  She has the most amazing personality and ease.  I admire the way she is with her girls and how she manages to pull things together and let the moment be - at the same time. 

When she reached out for a maternity session and said she wanted to include the girls as well I was so happy.  These two sprites??? are full of love and laughter and on this day many many songs.  Soon there will be 3 little ones.  

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Engaged Jen and Tyler

It was so fun to meet Jen and Tyler at their engagement session.  It's been fun to get to know these two on the phone and via email but finally I got the real deal.  I loved how fun and supportive they are of each other and how much they value creativity.  They are getting married at Underground Elephant as well.  I'm sure their guests are going to have an epic night.

Wahoo Suzanne

A photo walk around North Park with the Estrada family

Every time this crew says they are ready for pictures my heart explodes.  I was at a party at Eddie and Lindsay's house a million years ago and Lindsay was gushing over her new girlfriend.  The smile on her face was the real deal.  Then later that night her new girl walked in and ... it turned out to be my friend Justina.  Yup.  It was a moment.  So fun.  And in between this day and north park and that other day in Hillcrest over a decade ago there has been the sweetest most inspiring day and so many other loved ones that have joined their story.  Here are a few gems about how much I love them.

xoxo Suzanne

The Lodge at Torrey Pines : Juli and Dave

I am all smiles posting these.  Juli and Dave know how to laugh and make everyone feel at ease.  These two brewers came up with some magical ways to celebrate their day and had an incredible team to help them.  They even brewed their own beer as a gift to their guests to take home.

Congratulations!!!

xoxo Suzanne

Luxe Events : Designer 

Native Poppy : Florals

Audra Rene : Hair

Elizabeth Root : Make up

Fertility Vacation 2.0 // So many questions

I want to be a mom, I’m unwavering in this idea. My most beautiful dream is sitting with Mike on a couch, playing with our baby in pajamas by a Christmas tree. I know this is what I want. The will is there and I am strong. I’m balancing the hope of this dream against what I can survive and still keep of myself; my mind, my spirit.

I don’t really understand what happens to me when IVF doesn’t work. How do people survive multiple attempts? How are people made that strong? I’ve never seen myself as weak until we started our fertility journey. Not one day.

Why can’t I handle this? Every month we don’t get pregnant I’m sad. Just because you try IVF doesn’t mean you get pregnant. After the first attempt I was sad for a few days. Every day got a little better.

And then it didn’t. For seven weeks I felt like someone had died. Not uno and dos, not our pregnancy. It didn’t appear to be related to anything. The moments accosted me randomly and constantly. I felt terrorized by grief. I didn’t understand a grief that didn’t feel like mine. Why? Why does it feel this way? I know why I’m willing to risk feeling this way again, but why does it happen?

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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding : Laura and Andrew

Laura and Andrew decided against an extravagant guest list, and instead kept their wedding small and shared the day with only their closest friends and family. Laura dreamt up the most beautiful day and floated through it from start to finish. I felt so lucky to be able to share in their celebration and document this intimate day full of love. Laura's brother officiated which was so special. The harpist played throughout the whole evening and all of the decor was imprinted with hand drawn calligraphy. So many amazing details!

xoxo

Suzanne