I wanted to post these precious pictures of this baby that I happen to love very much tonight, because right now, the world could use a little sweetness added to it. Last month I got the amazing experience of taking this cutie’s photo. About 1,000 times. Along with some candid moments with his grandparents and great grandparents. Him and his great grandpa just instantly make my eyes well up. I just can’t contain myself, he’s so stinking adorable. He also happens to be one of my dearest friend’s baby boy. Callan is charming, even at 7 months. He’s more traveled than most, given he’s born to an Irish father, an American mother, and currently resides in London. Callan’s your man if you need advice on riding the tube in a pram, attending playdates at the pub, or how it feels to be an international baby of mystery.
You can view more of this sweet family on my new photography page, http://whatchusroam.wix.com/photography Where you can also drop me a line if want some pics of your own, as nothing would make me happier. I freaking love happy babies. Let’s spread more love, ya’ll.
Here’s to the precious, happy moments in life ~ Amanda
The Kansas City Plaza lights are still up so I can still pretend it’s the most magical time of the year and not January if I want to, right? Christmas may have already came and went with the beginning of the new year, but my recent pre-Christmas adventure to The WigWam Resort, right outside of Phoenix, Arizona the week before has stayed with me. Even though I was there on business, The WigWam was the coziest and cutest home away from home. And it was all done up in all of its Christmas splendor, complete with a candy cane lane and gigantic Christmas trees. Built in 1920, this historic hotel is spread out on almost 20,000 acres with two world renowned golf courses, an Elizabeth Arden Spa, and beautiful grounds filled with guest “wig wams” – not your typical hotel room. Originally opened by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company as a guest ranch, the updated resort has beautiful pools (one has a slide!), 331 casas and suites, outdoor fire pits, plus ballroom, meeting, restaurant, bar, and wedding space, all with gorgeous southwestern furnishings, flowering plants and cacti. It is truly a jewel nestled right outside of the Phoenix hustle and bustle.
My own personal wig wam was a comfortable home away from home oasis for the week with my own fireplace, large tile walk-in shower, walk-in closet, soft king sized bed, and cozy robe and blankets. I also had a front patio which was perfect for eating breakfast (their food was amazing!) and soaking up the Arizona sun on my last day. It was unseasonably cold while I was there (thanks, El Nino) and the fireplace was a welcome retreat after long work days outside. The main reception and dining area was a treasure trove of Southwestern artifacts and history, which I loved. The staff was friendly, the whole place smelled incredible, and there were oranges from orange trees everywhere. I grew up just a little bit (a lot) obsessed with Native American and Southwestern culture, so this really was a dream stay for me. I didn’t want to ever leave my Wig Wam.
I am so grateful for the space I am in right now. I’m still pinching myself that 6 days ago Ro let me coordinate her insanely beautiful wedding. Never have I learned so much in 24 hours, nor felt like time stood still like I did this past weekend. It’s taken me 5 days to be even able to write about it. It was that magical. When I took a second and looked back at my work, in the brief moments where guests were filing out of the ceremony into the cocktail hour, I couldn’t believe this was my life. I was standing on the river bank overlooking a setting sun, its warmth still on my skin, and goose bumps traveled up my spine. Saturday was an incredible amount of work. I’m still sore from lugging boxes and running nonstop for 12 hours. But as I had that surreal moment, you know the one- where you feel like you’re looking down on yourself, you’re in the moment, but not quite- I felt for the first time in a long time that I was just right where I needed to be. I had so much fun helping to curate and design this wedding. The food was delicious. The flowers were beautiful. The DJ and Pastor felt like my besties by the end of the night. But most importantly, two of the most generous hearted people joined two families and created one of their own. Sri Lanka and Germany collided on the banks of the Mississippi on a warm April night, under a sparkling clear tent with the stars shining through. Seriously, it was like straight out of a fairytale. Ro and Rob were married at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, just south of downtown Memphis. The museum sits on what once was a Navy hospital built during the Civil War, so the grounds are old and the buildings are stoic. The theme was “vintage travel” because this couple has been everywhere and traveling the world is important to them in their new adventure of marriage. We kept the decorations simple, vintage, and reclaimed and up-cycled as much as we could to respect our resources and let the Metal Museum’s grounds and the river speak for themselves.
We used vintage, repurposed props where we could. These globes were rented from PropCellar Memphis.
We used nontraditional forms of a guest book setup on a farmhouse table at the entrance. Guests signed their name on the vintage globe I found at an antique fair, and also stamped their fingerprint on a “family” tree that Rob’s mother painted.
We found this old mailbox at Goodwill. I painted it with chalkboard paint and used it to collect love notes for the couple and cards.
Ro + Rob’s ceremony took place in the gazebo, right outside the tent.
I kept the flowers simple, arranging 30 bunches of babies breath in over 100 up-cycled bottles we collected for months from friends and family.
The Mississippi River could not have looked more majestic if it tried.
Ro made every. single. candle at her wedding. Her dedication to the reusable ingredients was amazing. We found vintage teacups and champagne flutes at Goodwill, which she filled with wax and we lit the reception with.
Each table had its own country code which guests had to match with their own personal tags they received upon sign in to find their tables. The countries were all places the couple has visited.
The head table was a rented farmhouse table, kept simple with bunches of white flowers and candles. I could not have pulled off this wedding without the help of Rob’s groomsmen, friends, family, and my rockstar best friend, Ryan Hart (seen here in seersucker lighting candles).
The cocktail hour took place adjacent to the ceremony, next to a fountain and rose garden.
Right now the bride and groom are jet setting in Paris, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, and England on their honeymoon. Their April beats yours. Hands down. These are some pictures I snapped during the chaos of setting up, but I can’t wait to see the professional ones. When we get those, and I come down from this wedding high, I’ll post all the gory details! Until then, enjoy!