Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Katie's "High Tea" Bridal Shower

For my sister Katie's bridal shower my cousin Tova wanted to throw what we thought would be an "easy" tea party themed bridal shower. That turned into quite the affair that 60 lovely ladies attended. It took a bit of work but the results were lovely! :)

Katie & Allison (one of Katie's bridesmaids)

We asked all the women to write some "Words of Wisdom" for Katie to read. The most popular advice was "Never go to bed angry with your spouse". Got that Katie?

I haven't mentioned any of the food yet, and ooooh the food...! My sister Jessica, who is a pastry chef, was a HUGE help in that department. She made scones, brownies, jam tarts, and cream puffs!

To die for!

Hungry yet??

Tova's friend Liesl was a big help with the prep! And she looks rather charming in this hat I must say! :)

Katie is going to make a beautiful bride!

Such devoted sisters :)

Tova thanks for coming down from Eugene and throwing this shower for Katie, it was splendid!


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Monday, July 26, 2010

Taylor's 1st Birthday {Dixon photoshoot}

Taylor's a special little girl to me because I've been taking pictures of her since she was only a few weeks old! Last week she turned 1 year old! I can't believe she's already a year old, where oh where does the time go??

One of Taylor's favorite things right now is stacking blocks!

Taylor and her mommy Kirsty, I love this picture!

You won't find more loving grandparents than Robert & DeeDee!

What a cute little family. Kris and Kirsty can you believe your little girl is already one?!

Awesome cake, made by my friend Emily. If you need a cake for any occasion you definitely need to get in touch with Emily, Check out her site!

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Michelle & baby {Davis photoshoot}

During my birthday weekend my best friend of 14 years (since I was 9 yrs old!) was here for a visit with her 4 month old baby. It was the first time I got to meet her - outside of her mommy's tummy, so that made this visit even more special! Before they had to head back home from their whirlwind visit we did a quick photoshoot at a nearby park.

She is one of the happiest babies I have ever been around!!

I LOVE her smiles :)

Two of my very favoritest girls.

Quick outfit change...

Oh my goodness, this face!!! Too adorable! I think I just melted into a puddle of cute-overload goo.

Michelle is such a good mommy...

Not to mention a wonderful wife....

And all around beautiful woman. Both inside and out.

Just look at those baby-blues!! I think her daddy might have trouble keeping the boys at bay in the not too distant future... ;)

The epitome of happiness right here folks!

One of my favorites from the day :)

And that's a wrap!
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

XXIII - birthday post!

Well yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year - my birthday!!! I turned 23, getting so old! ;) I was so thankful to spend the day with people I love so much! Did some of my favorite things... went to Starbucks. Chocolate crossiant for breakfast, thank you very much.

Then my best friend Michelle treated me to a pedicure, the massage was heavenly!!

In the afternoon we found some antique & thrift stores to poke around in. I wanted to stuff everything into my pockets and take it home!!

The evening ended with a delicious dinner at one of my favorite restaurants ~ PF Changs!!

Mr. Chang himself! ;)

The only downer was that I have a bit of a cold so that was pretty lame to not feel 100% on my birthday. Thankfully it didn't effect my appetite so I was able to partake in all the yummy food. One of my favorite ways to celebrate just about anything is with food! :)

And in honor of turning 23, I thought I'd give you 23 fun facts about Shannon....

1. As mentioned, food is my friend! I love to eat! I actually am a little disappointed when I'm not hungry because I enjoy eating so much! haha!
2. I desperately want to get a French Bulldog one day. They are too adorable & I must have one.
3. I wish I always had a freshly brewed pot of English Breakfast tea just sitting there for the taking. I could drink it all day long.
4. Speaking of tea, I love tea cups, tea sets, tea parties... basically anything tea related. I just can't bring myself to like coffee. Not even the smell.
5. I've been known to take long showers but I think I've definitely improved my time over the years. For the most part.
6. I have lived in the same little old town my whole life. All 23 years of it.
7. I love traveling. Actually it's more like, I LOOOOOVE traveling. Hopefully the next year I will be able to go to some exciting places :)
8. I've never really liked being tall.
9. My middle name is Marie, which is my Grandma's name.
10. I potty trained myself when I was two.
11. I would have to say my favorite movie is The Patriot. But some runners up are Pride & Prejudice, Remember the Titans, and The Prestige.
12. I've never been able to do a cart wheel. Not a one.
13. I share the same birthday (July 13) as Julius Caesar. And with the whole month of July being named after him I find that pretty nifty!
14. Haven't met a roller-coaster I'm not willing to try.
15. I wear a contact in one eye.
16. Coloring books are way under-rated. Give me a Disney Princess coloring book, markers, and about three hours & I'll be one happy camper :)
17. When I was little my cousin Tova & I would dress up like Dorothy because we both loved Wizard of Oz. Ruby slippers & everything. (PS go check out her BLOG, it's basically the highlight of my day!!)
18. Quite often I daydream about living in a different era...
19. I can gleek and put it to good use at times.
20. I've always loved vintage/antique things. Particularly books, trunks/chests, & tea sets.
21. I'm a sap when it comes to romance. Perhaps I blame this on fairy-tales, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
22. I am so thankful that my mom isn't as sick as she was last spring.
23. I have the best family & friends a girl could ask for. I feel SO blessed :)

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