Welcoming Baby Newell: A Book Themed Baby Shower

Since I was just talking about my love for October, my birthday month, I should also point out that a good handful of my best friends also have October birthdays. Katie, Emily, Ro… and I could go on. Since Emily’s was yesterday, I thought this would be a great time to show the world the adorable shower that her mom and other relatives and friends threw her the last time she was in town. Emily and her husband currently live in London so they aren’t around to celebrate too often. Baby N is due NEXT month and I’m so excited to finally share this wonderful day we spent celebrating him! The shower was entirely children’s book themed, including the buffet food, decorations and party favors – bookmarks! Instead of cards everyone brought a book to help Emily and Darren build a nursery library.

This day was filled with so much love, joy, and celebration of life. A lot of our friends from all over the country were able to make it, her childhood friends were there, and tons and tons of family! So much so that we rented out a two story art gallery to host everyone. There were babies, so many presents, champagne, treats and just general excitement that Emily’s Irish husband was momentarily completely taken aback at all of the love. (He quickly got over it when he started rifling through the presents.) They just bought a new house and all of those gifts are going into an adorable elephant themed nursery. So sweet. That same weekend we also did an impromptu (amateur) pregnancy photoshoot around Kansas City and the results are pretty adorable. We went to Union Station, a walking bridge over the train tracks in The Crossroads, and the World War I Memorial park to get some great views of the city. This little family couldn’t be any cuter and I am so excited for them.  There are a ton of pictures in this post but I couldn’t help it, I wanted to share them all! Enjoy! And happy birthday to all of the Libras!

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Ro’s Wedding Countdown is ON!

Yesterday was “National Proposal Day” and the other half of this blog and I have been planning her upcoming nuptials for months now, and the big date is officially 21 days away! As a special surprise, yesterday our bride’s picture showed up on Southern Bride Magazine’s blog with tips on how to take great engagement photos! Christen Jones Photography did a fabulous job and Ro loves working with her. If these are any indication of the wedding photos, Ro has chosen the right woman for the job.


Copyright Christen Jones Photography


Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some sneak peeks of all the planning coming together before the big reveal on her wedding day in April. The theme is “vintage travel” and the intricate details woven into every aspect of their special day are so romantic, I can hardly wait. So much so that I wish it was this weekend. Except for all of the painting I have to still get done. And finishing the favors. And the seating chart. And the place cards…. but I’m so excited I can’t stop thinking about it! As an event coordinator, this is my first non-work related project, and I’m so thankful that Ro and Rob let me be a part of the creative process!

Ro and Rob Globe

Copyright Christen Jones Photography


The week before the engagement photo shoot, I helped Ro pick out what to wear, taking into account their life together as a couple and the backdrop of spots around the Memphis historical South Main arts district, where we all happen to live. I’m telling you, every part of this wedding has something sentimental to it. She chose to re-wear the dress that she wore the first time they met- at a wedding. Of course she didn’t want just an average engagement shoot, so we brainstormed how to make it even more special for her and Rob, and incorporating their travel theme was a must. Weeks before, I was in Kansas City searching through the West Bottom’s antique warehouse district (post to come on that magical place!) for items to bring back to Memphis specifically for the wedding. Old suitcases, egg crates and more are all making a wedding appearance, but the vintage globe I found tucked into a dusty display was the best find of the weekend. We will be using it for their guest book, but for their engagement shoots it was the perfect prop! Big thanks to Christen Jones Photography and Southern Bride Magazine for capturing their cuteness and sentimentality in all the right ways! Check them all out here if you want more!