Three Reasons You Should Take Maternity Photos

When I was pregnant with my first child, I made the mistake of not taking professional maternity photos. I was asked by a couple of my friends who were photographers, but I wasn’t feeling myself. I was busting at the seams and couldn’t fathom getting all dolled up for a photo session. I opted not to have them done, and looking back, I regret it. 

Now that I am pregnant for the second time, I am feeling a bit differently about the process. Here are three reasons why I changed my mind about maternity photos the second time around. 

1.  The photos document the change in your body.

Our bodies go through all these amazing changes and despite the fact that we may not feel beautiful one day or comfortable for a couple of months, the photographs will be a reminder of what we went through to bring a beautiful life onto this earth. 

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2. The session is a memory you will treasure forever. 

Regardless if it’s your first child or your third, these photos sessions create long-lasting memories. You get all dolled up, put on a pretty dress and smile for the camera. You look fabulous doing it and the photographs will capture that pregnancy glow. 

If you already have children, the pictures are a sweet way to show the love between a child and their soon-to-be sibling.

3. The photos are a great keepsake. 

I didn’t realize it then, but you will always have these photos to use as you wish. You can make a photo album, share them online or even put one on a large canvas and hang on your living room wall.

There is only a small window of time to take these beautiful photographs, a time that you will never be able to get back.
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All dresses pictured can be found at Nuova Vita.

Let your mamma goddess shine through and create a memory for yourself and your family.

XO – Francesca

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How to Find the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress: Part One

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Hunting for bridesmaid dresses can be one of the most difficult parts of the wedding planning process. Before you decide what style of bridesmaid dresses you want, here are three important points to consider:

  1. The location of your wedding,
  2. The theme of your wedding,
  3. And finally, but most importantly, your personal style.

The location of your wedding

Location. Location. Location. Once you pick out the perfect backdrop for your perfect day, the rest of the pieces should fall into place. The location helps guide you on the style and color of the bridesmaid gown.

For example, a scenic, lush, mountain view wedding would pair perfectly with bold colored bridesmaid gowns to capture the background.

A beach wedding might have bridesmaids wear something a bit softer, maybe soft, pastel colors, so the crystal blue water will pop in the photos.

Whereas a white winter wedding could suggest something a bit more glamorous, yet completely warm, for the bridesmaids, such as a fur coats or sequin gowns.

The theme of your wedding

The theme of the wedding can help guide you towards choosing the right bridesmaid gown for your girls.

For a beach wedding, the dresses could be flowy and airy. A traditional Church wedding could have the opposite effect: maybe choose something simple yet glamorous to match with the decor of the Church or reception room.

Your personal style

Your personal style needs to be at the front of your mind when selecting bridesmaid gowns.
Here are three questions to ask yourself:

What do you like to wear?
Would you enjoy seeing these colors, patterns, and styles at your wedding?
Would you wear it?

Tomorrow, I will be talking about the how to coordinate your style with your bridesmaids style thus creating a beautiful and cohesive wedding party.

xoxo Francesca

Five Gifts For Your Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids are such an important part of the entire process of getting married.  From the bachelorette party, to the bridal shower, to the Big Day! Brides give their bridesmaids a gift before the wedding to show their appreciation for all their love, support, and hard work helping plan the wedding.  I am the type of person that loves a gift that has meaning and also something that they will be able to USE again.

Below are 5 great gifts that I think your bridesmaids will love:

  1. Jewelry: You can give your girls a piece of jewelry that they can wear the day of the wedding and even after.  A lot of my jewelry pieces that I wear has meaning behind it, that is why I loved when I stumbled across the website http://www.dogeared.com.  They have beautiful dainty jewelry that have meaning behind it.  I bought all my bridesmaids the Pearls of Friendship Necklace. But If you wanted to personalize each piece of jewelry for your bridesmaids then you could do that to, and buy different pieces for each bridesmaids from the same collection.  You could buy one maid earrings and another maid a necklace or ring depending on what they wear most.

2. Robe: You can give your bridesmaids something they can wear while they are getting ready. They can be comfortable and look cute in a pretty robe and they wont mess up their makeup or hair by pulling their clothes over their head.  Your pictures with everyone getting ready will look amazing too.  There are so many options in robes, but I am a stickler for floral prints and I love these robes by Plum Pretty Sugar and  Heritage Wedding.

Plum Pretty Sugar: Silk Robes

Heritage Wedding: Set of 6 Cotton Robes

3. Tote Bag:  Every girl needs a simple tote bag. L.L Bean has a great selection of totes that can be monogramed in-house, are affordable, and are great quality.  Your girls can use these bags the day of your wedding and can use them after.  I have one that I love and I use it as a beach tote and travel bag.

4. Jewelry Dish: Your bridesmaids can keep these personalized jewelry dishes on their nightstand to keep their small treasures, or in the kitchen or studio to keep their rings from getting messy.  These personalized jewelry dishes from Modern Mud are simple, and classic with a touch of glam accented in 22k gold.

Jewelry Dish

5. Emergency Kit: The Pinch Provisions Survival Kit  is the perfect tiny bag filled with everything necessary to fix any fashion or beauty emergency. It has hair spray, mints, fashion tape, static remover, clear nail polish, ibuprofen etc.  This bag will come in handy the day of the wedding but your bridesmaids can also use it as a small makeup bag for your every day essentials.

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Hope you like my ideas!

XO – Francesca

 

Oh Baby!

On July 4th, 2015, our lives changed for the second time.  We found out we were expecting our second child!

I had a slight feeling that I could be pregnant and even though it was a bit early to test, I took one anyway. July 4th is my husband’s birthday. In my head, I figured if I was pregnant, then what better time to tell my husband then on his birthday! and if I wasn’t then off to the next month.

We call him our birthday baby. We are so excited to meet him and welcome him into our family.

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ISLA Convertible Dress by Nuova Vita

XO – Francesca

Three Ways to Style Your Bridesmaids So They Stand Out!

Have you ever been to a wedding where the bridesmaids wore different dresses?
Have you ever been on Pinterest and saw a photograph of a stunning bridal party wearing the same color dress with different accessories?

The options are endless when it comes to styling your bridesmaids, and each look can be achieved in a fairly simple fashion.

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Remember, each of your bridesmaids are different; different bodies, personalities, and tastes. Your bridal party doesn’t have to have the “one style fits all” bridesmaid gown. They can feel comfortable and beautiful too! The photos will look even more spectacular with bridesmaids who look and feel fantastic.

Check out three different ways you can make your bridesmaids stand out:

1. Mix and Match: The color of the dress is not the only thing you can play with. Pick your favorite designer, color, and fabric and have your bridesmaids choose the style they would like to wear. Or, if you are feeling extra brave, you can play with different dress materials, or mix and match all three.

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 Nuovavita Signature Convertible Gown – same color, different styles
2. Choose a color/theme: If there is a color theme for your big day, be sure to base the colors of the mismatched dress in various tones of that central color. You can search the internet for different color tones and themes that will coordinate with your wedding.
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3. Tie it all together: Select a uniform element that each girl can wear. It could be a piece of jewelry such as necklace, bracelet, or earrings. Or you can have the bridesmaids wear the same shoes or hairstyle. It’s ultimately up to you, but any way you go, these suggestions will tie your look together.

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Of course, there are many options when it comes to mismatched bridesmaid gowns.

Same designer, different dress

Same dress in different colors
Same dress in different lengths
Same dress, different accessories or beauty looks

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Same color, different textures, and/or patterns
Same color, length, fabric, different dress 

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If you are looking for beautiful bridesmaid dresses, contact me for a much-loved result.

XO – Francesca