Even though her outfit was just too adorable, Farley was in no mood for a photo shoot.
Two year ago today Michael and I tied the knot and it's pretty amazing to be sharing our second wedding anniversary with our little daughter. I really hit the jackpot when I meet Braino. He is honestly the best husband and my best friend; he was so supportive throughout the whole pregnancy and birth and he is now the best dad. Farley is one lucky girl and I'm so grateful to have him by my side.
So in love with our baby girl - Farley Wilder Brain.
The baby's nursery has been a work in progress over the last few months and I'm now a little obsessed with how it's all come together. You can see what the room looked like when were first moved in - very pink with granny decor. We first had the walls painted, laid new carpet and hung new curtains.
As we haven't found out the gender of our baby, I wanted to create something that was gender neutral, while still being colourful and fun. After endless pinterest inspo sessions, I decided on a southwest / desert / arizona / adventure sort of vibe - cacti seem to be very on trend at the moment and I'm more than happy to jump on that bandwagon.
I've also had the luxury of a lot of downtime over the festive session but I've found that my idea of relaxing involves undertaking as many craft projects as possible. During all the renos we have done, my husband has always been the voice of reason when it comes to spending money on what I like to call home decor and styling, but what he refers to as knick-knacks and junk. So rather than go on an esty spending spree, I've filled my time off with crafts. You know you have too much time on your hands when you see things on pinterest and then just make them yourself - like the woven wall hangings, the timber mountains, the bunting, the pom pom mobile above the change table and the cactus shaped cushions (well, mum sewed those). I did treat myself / the baby to the gorgeous crochet cacti from Cacto Cactus, who I found on instagram. And then one of my best friends ordered the custom made cacti mobile that's hanging above the bed as a surprise, all the way from Canada, after we were discussing nursery decorating over facetime one day. Such an incredibly thoughtful gift. My mum also made a beautiful cross-stitch and took the time to clean and restore my old rabbit toy I took everywhere as a kid (you'll see them on the top shelf, above the crib in the video. ) A big thank you to everyone who has bought gifts for our baby, we really appreciate it!
My other favourite item is the rocking chair - this was a bargain find on gumtree! It's an antique seagrass rocker which apparently is from the 30s or 40s. It was in fantastic condition and we got it for a great price. The crib and set of drawers are from Sunbury Nursery Furniture which we purchased from Bubs but I was pretty stoked to find that they are a local Brisbane business. The rug is from Urban Outfitters and is what I based the colour scheme around. I liked that it had a mix of colours that were great for either a boy or a girl. I had hunted around for quite a while, looking for the perfect rug and really could have spent a small fortune on some of the ones I loved. But realistically, for a kids room, it's going to get grubby pretty quickly, so I reigned in the budget and found this one on sale. The map above the change table was actually just some wrapping paper - Braino found it in a gift shop and it was his idea to frame it which I thought was so cute. The frame is from Ikea. And the rest of the items, like the knitted foot rest, yellow cushion, yellow side table, throw blanket and bed linen are from good old Kmart.
And that sums it all up. Wow, can't believe I've how long this post has become - enjoy the photos and video!
2015 has been an amazing year both personally and professionally. I'd like to say a big thank you to all the wonderful couples who trusted me to capture their wedding day. I know I say it a lot but it truly is an honour and I'm so grateful that I get to call this work. I'd also like say how grateful I am to have met and worked with so many amazing vendors and creative folk throughout the year. I've made so many new business connections and friendships, it been awesome!
On a more personal note, my biggest goal for 2015 was to start our little family. In fact, two years ago, I quit my full time job and worked towards building an income through self employment, so that when the time came, I could create the best work life balance as a wife and mother. The industry I worked in was all about tight deadlines and really wasn't flexible for your personal life. I knew it wasn't something I'd want to go back to after maternity leave. I was never the sort of girl that dreamt of being a stay at home mum; I've always been career driven but over the years I've learnt how valuable it is to be in control of your time and how valuable it is to be able to spend your time doing work that you are passionate about and that enriches your life and the lives of others. My priorities have definitely changed since falling in love and getting married. I now want to be the best mum and wife I can possibly be, while still having an outlet for my creativity and also still be able to contribute to our families income. So, before I get too deep, I'll wrap this one up with a current photo - me at 40 weeks pregnant! The journey of pregnancy is coming to an end but a whole other, even more epic, journey is about to start! Motherhood!
Also, one of my new years resolutions is to take more photos of myself, not in the selfie kind of way, but just to make sure I have photos my kids can look back on.
Here is the last instalment in my vlog series; this one focuses on the family video and photography packages I offer. This style of film is something I really love doing but haven't had much of chance to focus on in 2015, with all the consistent wedding videography bookings. However, in 2016 I'll be available for more of this style of work and would love to hear from if you are interested! No doubt I'll be sharing lots of photos and videos of my own baby as well.
Check out more of my family and baby videos here.
And find out more about the packages on the info page.
If you have any questions or would like to make an enquiry - head over to the contact page and send me a message - I'd love to hear from you.