loveandsplendor Was rendered speechless when I found this gorgeous floral arrangement on my doorstep yesterday, sent by the sweet Heather of @allsetevents. I was truly touched by the thoughtful gesture -- thank you, love. Grateful for the people in my life, new friends and old, who cultivate our relationships with mutual care and intentional kindness. That kind of deliberate grace leaves deep impressions and I strive to love others with the same purposeful consideration. The best thing I've gained in nearly 11 years of designing weddings? Countless lifelong friends in the form of clients and colleagues. You know who you are and I love you. Feeling pretty darn lucky. xox // #loveandsplendorweddings #gratitude 9h

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loveandsplendor Olive loved the wave crash tunnel at the @montereybayaquarium I loved how she loved it. // #littlemomentsthatfeelbig #montereybayaquarium #momstaysinthepicture 2d

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loveandsplendor Today I took a walk in a place I often walk. On the final loop headed to my car, I was stopped in my tracks by this: a giant ginkgo tree towering overhead. Ginkgo is my favorite tree on the planet yet I had never noticed it on my frequent walks. These magnificent trees are symbols of longevity, beauty and resilience. They are considered "living fossils" by botanists, since they have had no changes from the fossil record and no known relatives in the plant world. In Hiroshima, six ginkgo trees were among the only living things to survive the blast and those trees continue to grow there today. I love their delicate fan-shaped leaves and the stunning saffron yellow hue they take on in the fall. They remind me invariably of Tokyo, one of my favorite places on earth. One of my most beautiful memories is walking along the streets of Tokyo in late 2010, where the fallen ginkgo leaves created a surreal golden carpet of tiny specimens of perfection. I have even integrated the ginkgo leaf in my logo artwork ( @juliesongink) and various personal projects. These trees just move me. Now here was a marvelous ginkgo, standing right in my path. How had I missed it? What else had I missed? I stood for a while and just stared and marvelled, getting a teensy bit misty eyed (so #emo). What a reminder that beauty is all around, if we only stop to look up and notice it. Grateful for this lovely bit of magic on an otherwise ordinary day. // #myheart #gingko #ginkgotree #senseofwonder 3d

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loveandsplendor I love a five-star hotel as much as the next gal (maybe a little more, if there's a soaking tub and room service involved ) but this is where my heart is fullest. Give me a sleeping bag under the stars, a cricket chorus, the sound of rushing water and the crunch of leaves underfoot, wind blowing through ancient forest canopies and the scent of campfire clinging to everything. Grateful for the time I spent among the redwoods last week. See you again soon, #bigsur. // #centralcoast #limekiln #limekilnstatepark #camping 5d

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loveandsplendor Brekkie at @sallyloos with the sweetheart dynamo Heather of @allsetevents // This gorgeous tartine was topped with ricotta, oranges, basil chiffonade, honey and a strawberry rhubarb compote. Perfect start to the week! // #sallyloos #sallylooswholesomecafe 7d

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loveandsplendor I think he knew how much I needed this. Hope your Sunday has been slow and sweet. // #myheart #motherhood 1w

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loveandsplendor Continuing my baby fix tour... I brought coffee and donuts to @1011makeup in exchange for baby #asherraen snuggles. Clearly I got the better end of the bargain. He is utterly gorgeous, Erica and Joel! // #givemeallthebabies #newbornbliss #cuddlehoarder 1w

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loveandsplendor Filled to the brim with baby love for my new niece Ava Mae. Since I'm her one and only auntie, I will gladly assume full spoiling duties. 🏻 Couldn't be happier for my beautiful sis @annacranmer and my bro in law @seanrosscra. She is perfection!! // #myheart #newbornbliss Swaddle by #ohjoyfortarget 1w

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loveandsplendor I brought my fav local @honeycocoffee beans with me to #bigsur and made avocado toast for camp breakfast. I promise I'm not a hipster. 😬 // #honeycocoffee #scoutcoffee #camping 1w

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loveandsplendor We left camp and took a day trip to @cityofmonterey on Tuesday. The @montereybayaquarium was as incredible as I remembered. We were there from open to close and I could've stayed hours longer. Watching Olive take in the magic was my favorite sight. // #monterey #montereybayaquarium #childlikewonder #littlemomentsthatfeelbig 2w

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loveandsplendor What camping dreams are made of... ️ Perched among the redwoods, adjacent to a running creek, a short stroll to the ocean. 🏼 // #bigsur #redwoods #limekilnsp 2w

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loveandsplendor In this magical place for a few days and my heart is full. // #bigsur #bixbybridge #theoriginalroadtrip #highway1 2w

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loveandsplendor Motherhood is a brilliant adventure and one I am grateful to experience alongside so many inspiring women. Most of my mama friends (and I!) wear many hats, constantly seeking to pour ourselves into our mothering while carving out some creative release for ourselves. My loves at @bashplease (along with some exciting collaborators) are producing an amazing retreat for mamas that takes place next weekend in Ojai. If you can find time to get away for a few days, I know you will find encouragement, inspiration and refreshment. More info at @the_great_jane! xox // #weareallgreatjanes 2w

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loveandsplendor I know lately it looks like all I do is eat avocado toast, but trust me... things are very busy around here! These gorgeous #savethedates (designed by my dear @kristinslocum and printed by @czarpress) are headed to some lucky guests this week! Excited for the magic we are taking to Palm Springs this fall... // #loveandsplendorweddings #palmspringswedding 3w

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loveandsplendor He's smiling because he thinks he's getting some of my avocado toast. Think again, buddy. Happy Wednesday!! // #motherhood #avocadotoast #inthekitchenwithangel 3w

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loveandsplendor If you can judge a day by the breakfast you have, today is going to be amazing. Smashed avocados, homegrown radishes, grape tomatoes, crumbled feta, red pepper flakes and aged balsamic vinegar. // #inthekitchenwithangel #avocadotoast 3w

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loveandsplendor Oops I did it again... Homemade ice cream with local #rutizfarm strawberries and sour cream, topped with a luscious drizzle of @ilfustino aged balsamic vinegar. // #inthekitchenwithangel 3w
  •   ilfustino Oh my! We've paired our Aged Balsamic with ice cream and/or fresh strawberries a dozen times but never have we combined the two. What a great idea! Strawberry ice cream looks delicious thanks for sharing. 3w
  •   sohappitogether OMG delish!!! 3w
  •   younglovestory Stooop! This looks so delicious! 3w
  •   moodeventsllc Love! 3w

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loveandsplendor These sweet #mothersday blooms from @wilderfloralco make me smile. Locals who wanna make a gal swoon: go see my darling Asha. // Hope you are prepping for a wonderful week, brimming with the good stuff. I have a lot of work on my schedule, but I'm making sure to carve out room for walks, a beach picnic, play dates, and dinners with friends. Make space for what matters. Happy Monday, loves! xox 3w

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loveandsplendor There isn't a single day that I don't pinch myself when I look at the two beautiful souls entrusted to my care. May I always give them the best of what I have and who I am, lavishing grace, demonstrating gentleness, and covering them with unrelenting love and sincerest affection. // Happy Mother's Day to all the women who have inspired me with their tender and intentional motherhood, many of whom have "mothered" me with their encouragement and kindness. Feeling all sorts of sentimental today. // #myheart #momstaysinthepicture #motherhood #mothersday #gratitude 3w

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