Baby Easton | 5 Months

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Baby Easton | 5 Months

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Our baby boy is 5 months old!! I cannot believe it! The time is FLYING! Where did the 4th month go? I actually did not write a 4 month blog post because, well, the 4th month was REALLY rough. And, I just did not have the time to write :( 

This is going to be a lengthy post because so much has happened since 3 months. 

Starting around 3 1/2 months, Easton really changed his sleeping patterns. He began to start “protesting” naps. He would CRY and fuss and it was SO hard to get him to sleep. Up until that point, he had been putting himself to sleep for naps and doing ok with it. He had never really made it past that 30 min nap mark, as he would only nap through one sleep cycle. But nonetheless, he would at least put himself to sleep. It got so bad that I had to start rocking him to sleep again for every nap (like we did when he was a newborn). Then it got to the point where I had to rock him CONTINUOUSLY or he would wake up. THEN he started protesting bedtime (which he never did before). Finally, he started waking up multiple times in the night. The cycle continued for weeks and it completely exhausted me.

On top of that, Easton’s feeding habits began to change as well. Turns out his latch was not great due to his tongue tie and he needed to have a revision. I was so glad that our pediatrician told us about this dentist who does laser frenectomy procedures. Easton tolerated it well, but the first couple of days after were hard. His feedings did not improve initially and his latch was still “off”. The after care was completely rigorous, but I was dedicated to the process of him properly healing. We got in contact with a wonderful lactation consultant and also began taking him to the pediatric chiropractor for adjustments. As of today, his latch is PERFECT and he has gained 2 POUNDS in one month!!! For anyone who has a baby with tongue tie and does not think that it is a big deal, please read this article—it explains EXACTLY what happened with Easton and I. And please peruse this website to learn more about tongue tie.

Next, his sleep. So remember how I had mentioned being exhausted from assisting him to sleep all the time? Well, it just so happened that around the same time that I felt myself coming to a breaking point of utter exhaustion, was the same time that this class came out by my favorite sleep consultant. I knew there had to be a change. I couldn't keep doing what I was doing spending hours in a dark room rocking him and going though a nightly battle with him falling asleep. I remember speaking with my friend about it and telling her that I just felt like I was “surviving and not thriving”. It was true, I was doing whatever I could just to survive. I was eating terrible because it was easy, and I was becoming so stressed and snippy! And, nobody wants that! 

After implementing the things that I learned in the sleep class, I am SO proud to say that Easton has improved SIGNIFICANTLY. Every night I put him down in the crib FULLY AWAKE and he falls asleep within 10 minutes with hardly any fussing. He sleeps for about 11.5-12 hours a night and usually wakes up once to eat, though sometimes he sleeps through. His naps are getting so much better and he is able to link his sleep cycles together so his naps are not ending after only 30 mins. They last anywhere from 1-2 hours now! :) And as for me? I am feeling like myself again. I am getting the rest that I need and am able to tackle the things around the house that I need to! I thank the Lord that He sustained me through Eastons 4th month! 


5 Month Milestones:

*He weighs 15.2 lbs!! He gained 2 lbs in ONE month after having his tongue tie surgery!

*Rolls from back to tummy and tummy to back

*Goes to bed at 7pm every night and sleeps till about 6:45am or 7:00am, usually gets onefeeding in the night.

*Puts himself to sleep!!!

*Naps are 1-2 hours long!

*Loves sleeping on his tummy

*Can sit up unassisted for a couple of seconds

*Can put his own pacifier in his mouth by himself (it’s so cute!!)

*Everything goes in the mouth

*Very interested in what we are eating, loves to suck on apple slices

*Giggles and laughs!

*He is starting to mimic us

*Smiles when he sees Ollie (oh and the other day I SWEAR he said “Ollie” lol!)

*Said “da da” ON FATHER’S DAY!! AND we got it all on video!!

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Brooke + Mitchell | Indian Riverside Park Wedding

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Brooke + Mitchell | Indian Riverside Park Wedding

Jensen Beach, FL

Of all the times that I have photographed at Indian Riverside Park, there have only been two incidents where I have caught it at golden hour, and this wedding was one of them! The park itself is beautiful, but that late afternoon sun just makes it even more magical! 

Brooke and Mitchell were so fortunate to have such a beautiful day for their coastal summer wedding. They lucked out with beautiful light for their bride and groom portraits! I could have shot portraits of them for hours on end!  I can’t say enough about how sweet Brooke is! She was one of the most laid back easy going brides ever! It’s no wonder Mitchell adores her!

Brooke and Mitchell, thank you so much for inviting me in to document your wedding day. You were both so generous to myself and Frank. I wish you a lifetime of happiness! 

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING VENDORS:

VENUE: Indian Riverside Park

DRESS: Mori Lee from Allettante Bellezza

DJ: DJ Towers

CATERER: Firehouse Catering

CAKE: Publix

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Browning Photography and second shooter Frank Donnino

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Lisa + David | River Palms Cottages and Fish Camp

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Lisa + David | River Palms Cottages and Fish Camp

 

JENSEN BEACH, FL

Almost every day last week we had some kind of rain shower that left the air hot and humid. But on Saturday, we lucked out with a completely sunny summer day! Lisa and David got ready for their wedding at the River Palms Cottages, the same place that I was married at over five years ago! There ceremony was at Indian Riverside Park

I loved being a part of their wedding! Their wedding party was soooo amazing! Even one of Lisa's bridesmaids was a wedding coordinator, which was so awesome and helped make the day so smooth! One of my favorite parts of the day was Lisa and David's first look. Such genuine emotion! There is a black and white photo from this moment down below that I just adore!

Lisa and David, thank you SO much for inviting me to document your day! I wish you the BEST and a lifetime of happiness! 

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THE FOLLOWING VENDORS DID A FABULOUS JOB TO BRING THIS DAY TOGETHER:

VENUE: INDIAN RIVERSIDE PARK AND RIVER PALMS COTTAGES

HAIR: PATTY SNEIDER

MAKEUP: MARIA SOMMERS

DJ: EVAN NINE ENTERTAINMENT

CATERER: FIREHOUSE CATERING

CAKE: PUBLIX

PHOTOGRAPHY: KRISTEN BROWNING PHOTOGRAPHY AND SECOND SHOOTER KIMBERLY SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Meet Baby Logan | Newborn Session

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Meet Baby Logan | Newborn Session

I've never been more excited to shoot newborns than I am now! Ever since I had a baby, I see newborn photography in a whole new way. The preciousness of life that you hold in your arms is something that stays with you and gives you a greater depth of appreciation for. 

Baby Logan is two weeks old, isn't he just adorable?! His mama and daddy are doing such a wonderful job with him! 

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Monica + Ryan | Maternity Photos

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Monica + Ryan | Maternity Photos

House of Refuge

Stuart, FL

Not only did I get the honor of photographing their engagement photos and wedding, I am now photographing their maternity session! I am overjoyed for my Monica and Ryan! They are due to welcome their baby girl this summer! It will be their first baby and I am so excited for them!

I talk to Monica all the time about my experience with pregnancy, delivery, and having a little baby, it's so fun to be going through this season of life with a friend! (I've known Monica since 7th grade!) 

Ryan and Monica's session was taken at The House of Refuge in Stuart. Monica wore some amazing outfits. My favorite was the cream colored off the shoulder long sleeved maxi dress, she looked so stunning in it!! 

These two are going to be wonderful parents and they will no doubt have a beautiful baby (I can't wait to see her!) Thank you to Monica and Ryan for giving me the privilege of documenting such a beautiful time in their marriage! :) 

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Fort Pierce Engagement Photos | Kate + Shaun

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Fort Pierce Engagement Photos | Kate + Shaun

Their affections for one another started in high school. And after five years of dating, Kate and Shaun decided to make it official and get engaged. These high school sweethearts will be married this November and I have the honor of documenting their day! 

We nearly had this beach all to ourselves for their engagement session! (How does that even happen?!) Kate and Shaun chose two outfits, one casual and one more dressy. I just love the contrast of colors they wore with their first outfit: Kate's raspberry colored lace top juxtaposed to Shaun's navy blue polo. And I just adored Kate's demin off the shoulder maxi dress she wore for her second outfit! Kate looked stunning! 

I cannot wait until their wedding! :-) 

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Delray Sands Resort Wedding | Ashley + Jason

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Delray Sands Resort Wedding | Ashley + Jason

Delray Beach, FL

What is interesting about Ashley and Jason's wedding is that they got married at the same resort that Ashley's family used to vacation at when she was a child! The Delray Sands Resort had the familiarity and sense of relaxation that Ashley was used to and it made for the perfect beach wedding venue! 

After DAYS of non stop rain, South Florida finally got a break and the sun decided to shine on the same day as Ashley and Jason's wedding. Had it been one day earlier, they would not have been able to have an outdoor wedding as they had hoped! I was so happy that their day was just what they wanted! 

Ashley and Jason, I wish  you the very best as you venture into your marriage together. It was an honor to serve you and document your wedding day! Thank you for the kindness that you showed to Amanda and I! May you have many happy years to come! 

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VENDORS THAT HELPED BRING THIS DAY TOGETHER:

VENUE: Delray Sands Beach Club

DRESS: Alfred Angelo

HAIR/MUA: Giselle Sanchez

FLORALS: Nature's Bouquet

DJ: Kenny Mondo

CAKE: Diva-Licious Cake House

OFFICIANT: Jhoxan Rodriguez

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Browning Photography and second shooter Amanda Smith Photography


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Model Call | High School Seniors Girls!

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Model Call | High School Seniors Girls!

 

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Model Call!!

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For the last week or so I have been working behind the scenes and planning a super fun photo shoot for high school senior girls!

Today, I am excited to unveil it!

I have teamed up with All For Color ,  Sloane Ranger, AND Prep Obsessed to give TEN lucky high school seniors an exclusive offer to model their products and be featured on their social media and website! This will be a super fun photo shoot! 

*The Details* 

When: June 22, 2017 @ 5pm

Where: Downtown Stuart

Each senior will be styled by All For Color and Sloane Ranger and have 10-15 minutes in front of the camera. After the shoot you will receive a link to an online gallery to view your images (option to purchase images). In addition to that, I am giving away a $50 voucher to each senior that can go towards another shoot with me! If you are under the age of 18, your parent/guardian must sign a online model release.

If you are interested, fill out the questionnaire to enter! Space is VERY limited--only 10 spots available and you don’t want to miss out!

***ENTRYS ARE NOW CLOSED!***

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What I Love About Veils

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What I Love About Veils

 

What I love about veils is...everything! Nothing excites me more when my brides wear veils, the longer the veil, the better! (Ok, I get excited whenever we are offered cake at a reception too!) If you are a bride and you are on the fence as to weather or not you will wear a veil, I want to encourage you to just do it! You can always remove it later on in the day. But veils just add so much to the photographs.

Here's why I love 'em:

1. You can create beautiful bridal portraits

This photo below of Heather is breathtaking. I especially love the fact that the wind caught the veil, it gives the photo such a dreamy effect!  And it gives the hands something to do. "What do I do with my hands?!" I try to avoid stiff and overly posed images. I want my portraits to reflect the natural personality of my clients and I always want them to feel comfortable. Giving the hands something to do, like hold the veil, creates natural gesture and gorgeous portraits!

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2. Veils make excellent backdrops

One of the things I think looks so pretty is when bridal details are placed on top of the veils, or when the veils are gently draped over top of the details. It definitely adds a softness to the photo and gives it that bridal, wedding look (perfect for the album!)

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3. Stunning bride and groom portraits

I love romantic images, I am drawn to creating them on wedding days and the veil is one of the things that I use to evoke this feeling. Also, I just love the way they look draped across the frame of the photograph!

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Hutchinson Island Marriott Wedding | Michelle + Mike

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Hutchinson Island Marriott Wedding | Michelle + Mike

Stuart, FL

Nothing could stop them from having a blast on their wedding day--not even the RAIN! It was literally raining as Michelle and Mike stood beneath their bamboo altar and repeated their vows to one another. Despite promises of sunshine, the dark grey clouds rolled in and crashed the wedding. Drops of rain trickled down Michelle and Mike's face as they shared their first kiss as husband and wife, how romantic! Rain was no big deal to these love birds! 

I don't think I could have shot this wedding in the rain had it not been for my husband Jeremy, who came to assist me and held an umbrella over me the whole time! If it wasn't for him, I probably would have recruited a wedding guest! But I don't think they would mind because they were some of the nicest people. 

Mike and Michelle, I can't thank you enough for inviting me in to your special day! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and joy! 

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THANKS TO THESE AMAZING VENDORS:

CEREMONY: Hutchinson Ilsand Marriott

RECEPTION: Sailor's Return

HAIR: Haylee Linquist

FLORALS: A Goode Florist

CAKE: St.Lucie Bakery

 

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Baby Easton | Three Months

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Baby Easton | Three Months

 

It seems like these last three months have gone by so fast! I mean, it "feels" like three months, but the rate at which my baby has grown has flown by! He seems like a big boy now! 

Three months means we are officially OUT of the newborn phase of Easton's life! It's bittersweet. There were a lot of struggles that came with the newborn phase that I won't miss, but he will also never be that tiny again, so it's sorta sad! But with this new phase in his life brings with it new milestones. 

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Milestones for this month:

*Consistently rolls from tummy to back

*LOTS more smiles

*He is so interactive now and loves to talk to us

*He has been drooling a lot lately, making me wonder if it is the beginning stages of teething?

*Still consistently is sleeping from 8pm-6am (sometimes 7am) with no dream feed anymore

*Has been to church with us twice now! 

*Loves the pool! His favorite thing is to float. He even did a little tummy time on the surfboard!

*Took his first trip to Dubois Park in Jupiter but didn't like the cold water 

*He has pretty much outgrown the "newborn" size. Things in his closet that I thought he would take a while to fit in are actually fitting now! (They really do grow fast!)

*Had his first trip to the dentist (the appointment was for me) and he sat on my lap while I got my teeth cleaned. He even flirted with the dental hygenist! :) 

Napping is still somewhat of a struggle but it has gotten ALOT better! Some days he goes down really easy and other days (like yesterday) he really protests! I've gotten better about not rushing in the minute I see him wake up on the video monitor. I just watch to see what he will do. If he is not crying, I don't go in. Typically though, naps average 45 minutes. Last week he did 1 hour naps one day! That didnt last long though :( But today he did a 1.5 hour nap!!!

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Bree + Benjamin | Bonnet House Wedding Photos

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Bree + Benjamin | Bonnet House Wedding Photos

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You would have thought she would have been frantically pacing in her bridal suite after getting caught in traffic, or have a look of stress in her face. But she didn't. Bree was cool as content as could be. It was her wedding day. And Even though our timeline was tight, we managed to get everything we needed (having a rockin 2nd shooter helps, too!). 

I'm overjoyed to have had the HONOR of documenting this wedding! This was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I've ever documented. Bree and Benjamin's Messianic Jewish wedding ceremony was emotional, prayerful, and Christ honoring. 

It's beautiful to see Bree and Benjamin's hearts full of love for The Lord. One of my favorite parts was during the ceremony when Benjamin prayed over his new wife; his first duty as her husband. What a beautiful moment it was to see Bree snuggled into her husband as he prayed. 

Their wedding at The Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale was magical! Victoria Park Flower Studio  did a killer job with the florals and chuppah. Wait till you see Bree's bouquet, it had some of the most unique flowers, I wish I would have stopped to ask the florist what they were! 

Bree and Benjamin, thank you so much for inviting me into your day! You are a beautiful couple and I wish you a lifetime of joy! :) 

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One of the best groom portraits, captured by Frank!

One of the best groom portraits, captured by Frank!

Check out those florals on that chuppah!

Check out those florals on that chuppah!

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An emotional moment when Benjamin sees Bree!

An emotional moment when Benjamin sees Bree!

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Benjamin's father was so happy for them!

Benjamin's father was so happy for them!

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Another beautiful moment when Rabbi Matt sang a prayer in Hebrew and Benjamin's father translated in English.

Another beautiful moment when Rabbi Matt sang a prayer in Hebrew and Benjamin's father translated in English.

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These two were full of laughs!

These two were full of laughs!

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The sun was well hidden from an overcast sky and it was late in the evening, but this was a perfect place for Bree's bridal portraits, a HUGE white natural reflector there with the gravel!

The sun was well hidden from an overcast sky and it was late in the evening, but this was a perfect place for Bree's bridal portraits, a HUGE white natural reflector there with the gravel!

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This photo is a new favorite! I felt like I was in Hawaii!

This photo is a new favorite! I felt like I was in Hawaii!

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VENDORS THAT HELPED MAKE THIS DAY PERFECT:

VENUE: The Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, FL

SHOES: Betsey Johnson

FLORIST: Victoria Park Flower Studio

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristen Browning Photography with second shooter Frank Donnino

 

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High School Senior | Justin

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High School Senior | Justin

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Love, love, love photographing seniors! Meet Justin! He was referred to me by the mother of this senior, and that senior (Thanks, Frances!!). Justin is in the graduating class of 2017 at Jensen Beach High School...he is such a photographic young man with a super sweet spirit. He plans on going to FSU for dentistry school! 

The afternoon light was butter. So beautiful. And it was SO good for me to get out of the house and get some late afternoon salt air in my lungs. It's amazing how refreshing being by the water is. I literally could do shoots like this one every day of the week, I love it that much!!

Justin, thanks so much for the fun session! You're going to make an awesome dentist! Best of luck in college!!!

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Best Wedding Venues In South Florida

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Best Wedding Venues In South Florida

 

Over the course of the three years that I have been shooting weddings, I have had the privilege of photographing weddings at some pretty amazing venues. It's no secret that I love destination weddings! So, I figured I would share a few of my FAVORITE wedding venues from my travels!! These are not listed in any particular order, as they are all amazing!

Coconut Palm Inn | Tavernier, FL

If white sand beaches and turquoise water is your thing and you love to enjoy a fruity drink beneath a palm tree, then Coconut Palm Inn is your place! The venue is perfect for those who want to have a destination wedding. The good thing about it is that you can literally rent out the entire Inn and have plenty of rooms for your friends and family to stay. Plus, you get the place all to yourselves! The minute you check in, you are offered a tropical drink and you can immediately go relax by the pool, or take a kayak for a spin! This venue is perfect for someone who wants an outdoor Keys wedding. Leave all the planning to Blue Water Weddings and Events, they will take care of everything!

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Plymouth Congregational Church | Coconut Grove, FL

I wasn't aware that we had churches like this here in South Florida! The Plymouth Congregational Church has some of the most beautiful architecture ever! Perfect for those who have an appreciation for old, historic buildings. The Spanish style church was built in 1917. It’s ornate architecture built from coral rock and the dark walnut church door really make it feel like you’re at a CASTLE! 

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Casa Feliz | Winter Park, FL

Ok, so technically this is outside of the scope of South Florida, but I have to include it on the list cause it's so pretty! This beautiful brick structure is actually located in Central Florida and was built in 1933. From the red brick that was stacked perfectly, to the vintage archway, the blue shutters and the gorgeous landscape, Casa Feliz is the picture perfect vintage romantic wedding venue. 

I'm so excited to have the privilege of shooting another wedding here this fall!! :-) 

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The Hemingway House | Key West, FL

This wedding venue was a DREAM to work at. A wedding at legendary novel writer Ernest Hemingway's house? Sign me up for that!! 

Hemingway's home is situated on a corner lot surrounded by wild tropical Floridian landscape and an old brick wall that encompasses the entire estate. The inside of the home is staged to mimic how it was when occupied by Hemingway. Tours through the home are given on a daily basis. But they will shut it down for your wedding. 

A couple of options for the ceremony. Ceremomies can be held in the courtyard, or the lawn. While cocktail hour can be enjoyed by Hemingway's famous pool, and finally the reception can be held underneath a tent in the lawn. Such a cool place for a destination wedding!!

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The Cooper Estate | Homestead, FL

What I love about the Cooper Estate is its unique architecture!! Most of it is made from coral rock and the reception room is stunning!! 

The bridal suite is perfect. It's got that large window that is great for photos, and just enough space for everyone to get ready without it feeling too overcrowded.  

I love the fact that there is a little space outside that is perfect for an intimate ceremony. You're completely surrounded by plants, it's like you're in a jungle! And just outside that area and it opens up into the perfect space for an outdoor cocktail hour.  

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Baby Easton | Two Months

 

2 Months Old!

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I have been tryinggggg to set some time aside to write out a 2 month blog post for Easton for weeks now! It's just been so crazy busy around here. That's no excuse though because I desperately want to keep records of his life!

So how is Easton? He's great. In fact, right now he is asleep in my arms. It's 6:00 am and he was wanting to wake up for the day after his morning feeding and I just couldn't start my day yet. So I swaddled him up, gave him a paci and we are chilling in the recliner :) *jeremy is bringing me some coffee to sip on*

 

2 month milestones:

-He is definitely more expressive, loves to smile and "talk" to you.

-Sleeps from about 8pm-5am.

-Beginning to put himself to sleep while awake (without being rocked to sleep!) this was HUGE for him. The only way he used to fall asleep was if he was being rocked! If you're interested in learning how he did this check out takingcarababies.com.

-Gaining lots of weight & getting a chunky belly!!

-This month he conquered breastfeeding!! It was a huge struggle and I ALMOST gave it up. Im so happy I stuck it out though!

-Felt the rain on his head for the first time

-Had his first Easter and had a meltdown :) His evening bouts of colic seem to have resolved though so that's a good thing!

-Took his first trip to Nelson's Produce!

-Had a dip in the pool for the first time & he loved it!

-Took a 2 hour nap on his own! He's really struggled with 30 min naps from the time he was 4 weeks old. I say he struggled, but it was more like I struggled. Easton was ready to go after those short naps lol! But after using some tips from nap expert Cara, we had a breakthrough. It's only happened once (yesterday). Now that I know he can do it, I am going to continue to work with him on it.

-He rolled from tummy to his back 4 times in a row yesterday! I seriously think he will walk early. He is ready to explore!

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Downtown Stuart Engagement Photos | Jessyka + Jesse

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Downtown Stuart Engagement Photos | Jessyka + Jesse

Meet the sweetest couple on the planet, Jessyka and Jesse! Yep, that's right, I just gave them the title of the sweetest couple because it's true! Jessyka and Jesse  both love making eachother laugh and are totally comfortable snuggling up in eachother's arms!

I had such a fun time photographing these two in downtown Stuart last week for their engagement session. We lucked out and caught some awesome golden light (it was supposed to rain), just before that huge lightning storm rolled through. Does anyone remember that? (PS-Easton sleeps well through thunderstorms!)

I can't wait to spend a whole day with these guys this fall for their wedding!! Eeek!!! 

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Pelican Grand Beach Resort Wedding | Heather + Brian

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Pelican Grand Beach Resort Wedding | Heather + Brian

 

A Scottish Inspired Beach Wedding

It was just like a scene out of a movie. There she was standing in line, the cashier ringing up her items, when a man—tall, dark, and handsome caught her gaze. They were immediately drawn to each other. And here is the amazing part...right there, in Trader Joe’s, Brian asked her out. Reluctant, Heather was due to fly out to Scotland soon and wondered if it was worth it. And besides, she had not planned on picking up a date while she was picking up her groceries.

There must have been something exceptional about Brian that made her say “yes” to a first date while standing in line at the market. That is easy to believe since Brian is just one of those guys who makes you feel as if you have known him your whole life, he’s got that guy next door, friendly demeanor. 

Soon after, Heather and Brian got engaged at the very same place as where they first met! As of lately, the pair has been enjoying life while living in London. For about the last year, Heather had planned her wedding with her mom who lived across the pond in Florida. So much planning went into her wedding and it paid off, because everything went perfectly! Throughout the day I mentioned how I couldn’t believe that the timeline was going so smoothly, the day flowed without any hitches (a rarity on a wedding day!). 

What I loved most about this wedding was the fact that Heather incorporated her Scottish roots throughout the day. Her father walked her down the aisle wearing a traditional Highland dress and even played the bagpipes! I just love when couples incorporate pieces of their heritage into their weddings like that!

These two are an exquiste couple. Heather has that Christy Brinkley, model-esc look about her, she is STUNNING! She made such a beautiful bride! Heather and Brian, congratulations! Thank you so much for giving me the honor to document your day! I wish you a lifetime of happiness!! <3

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Vendors that helped make this day amazing:

VENUE: Pelican Grand Resort

COORDINATOR: Susan Marie Gonzales

DRESS: Allure Bridal from Bellissima Bride

SHOES: Betsey Johnson

MAKEUP: Kim Lokitus

FLOWERS: Lush Celebrations

DJ: Eddie B & Company

CAKE: Publix Bakery

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Browning Photography, and second shooter Vanessa Velez of DiegoandVanessa.com

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Baby Easton | One Month

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Baby Easton | One Month

Our boy is 4 weeks old!

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4 weeks, 28 days, 672 hours…sounds like a long time when you break it down that way. But the truth is, for me, it has gone by fast. Don’t be fooled, it’s half way through the morning, I am still in my PJ’s, drinking this morning’s coffee and watching Easton on the baby cam, crossing my fingers and toes that he doesn't wake up so that I can finish writing this post! That is how my days have been, get things done when you can get them done! But I take solice in these breaks I get where I can sit at my kitchen table, enjoying the silence with a cup of coffee and a candle burning. 

This past month has been a major adjustment for Jeremy and I. We are still navigating the waters of parenthood: what kind of schedule we are going to give Easton (feeding/sleeping), trying to figure his cries out, and keeping up with all of the dirty diapers… 

My biggest struggle with being a new mom is reading books and thinking that is the end all prescription to mold the perfect baby. I think a lot of new moms probably struggle with that. After all, we have never done this before, there’s got to be a manual for this thing, right?! Wrong. Every baby is different. The books will tell you what your baby “should” be doing and you feel like something is wrong when he/she doesn't fit the mold. 

Best advice this week: Do what is best for our family and best for our baby. 

The best thing that the three of us did this week was to get out of the house and go do a little shopping together. Life gets tiresome when you render your days to the four walls of your house. Another thing Jeremy and I have done on a consistent basis is leave Easton with the grandparents and go out to dinner together. It’s been such a sweet reward for both of us and something that we plan on continuing to do every week! :)

Milestones for this month:

  • It seems like Easton had eye contact down pat at the start. From the moment he was born, he locked eyes with me and continues to keep his gaze on whoever holds him :) 
  • Easton lovessss smiling at us, he is especially smily in the morning! I love the morning time with him! 
  • He is eating like a champ, he’s gained 2 lbs since birth!! Which is awesome because he dropped 11% of his body weight after we brought him home.
  • He’s starting to make little “coo” sounds and other cute little baby noises, they are so sweet!
  • He LOVES to be cuddled. In fact, he falls asleep best when he is being held or rocked. Grandmas love this! 
  • Another thing that he loves is staring out the window! He has a changing table that is right up next to the window and he will just gaze out there forever!
  • He loves being outside, taking walks and feeling the breeze on his face.
  • He has an obsession with the ceiling fan in our living room! You can lay him on his back and it will have his attention indefinitely!
  • We have had a couple of visits to the Doctors. Most recently, Dr.Bowling told us that Easton is an “intense” baby by the way that he furrows his brows! He said he needs lots of stimulation because he is so curious. 
  • He's not a huge nap taker, but he sleeps well during the night. Lastnight he slept 5.5 hours straight!! He seems to know his day from night so it's helped a lot.
  • Yesterday was Jeremy's first day back to work. He works 24 hour shifts. When he came home this morning, Easton greeted him with the biggest smiles he's ever shown us! It was SO sweet! He missed his Daddy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Introducing Baby Easton!!

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Introducing Baby Easton!!

 

Meet Easton

Introducing Harry “Easton” Browning! Born on Feb.25, 2017! Named after his Poppa, Harry Browning, Easton is now 2 weeks old and giving his Mommy and Daddy a run for their money! He's generally a good boy, but has his fussy moments where you just think you can't do it anymore! It's all newborn baby stuff :)

So how is life with a newborn? The first few days at home were the hardest. But it has gotten easier little by little. Easton doesn't quite yet have a routine, he is the one who is running the show! And motherhood is hard work. Hard. Work. I've shed lots of tears and struggled with "I don't think I can do this". I've prayed for patience and endurance...and for Easton to give us some sleep! It's hard work, but it is rewarding. And from what everyone says, it will get better. 

Lastnight he slept like a champ, I accidentally hit the snooze on my alarm for his feeding and he slept 5 hours straight! After eating he went right back to sleep, giving us about 7 hours total! I don't think we have had that much sleep since before he was born!!

Jeremy has been a phenomenal husband and father. I couldn’t have asked for a better man in my life than him. He has really supported me through the adjustments of motherhood! 

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Five Years as Yours | Happy Anniversary!

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Five Years as Yours | Happy Anniversary!

HAPPY FIVE YEARS!

When we first met, who knew that we would soon be taking weekly trips to the jetty to go surfing. You had me at your cutback :) It was shortly after that when we were floating in the water and you told me you loved me. Not long after, you flew me to NYC and proposed at the Top of the Rockafeller. (Well done!) After a few short months we were married, then we got a puppy and settled into a little apartment. Then we had to leave our apartment (they were serious when they said we couldn't have a dog) and we moved into a little bungalow. And now…its our 5 year anniversary and we are expecting our little boy to arrive any day! 

So much awesome-ness condensed into one paragraph (which probably has many grammatical errors, but it's ok!) 

It’s simple. I love you more now than I did 5 years ago. You’re going to be the BEST dad, because you are the BEST husband! Happy 5 year anniversary!

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