c’mon team goes to seattle!

You may remember the last time I talked about C’mon Team, that collective that Jayden + I started with our friends Wyn + Krista, where we unite other creative friends and contribute our abilities to nonprofits around the world.

Last month, we crashed in an AirBnB with 15 volunteers for C’mon Seattle. And it was glorious.

One of the contributors (the magnificent Sabrina) created an extensive blog post on the C’mon blog about the experience. She photographed and wrote about the arrival to the very end of the celebrations, and everything in between. Please, have a look here! There is an awful lot of sadness and negativity in the world, and this is a window of joy, positivity and hope that we create to serve the world. I promise it will put a smile on your face!

Also, if you’re a creative, please join us! We’re planning C’mon Milwaukee, C’mon Omaha.. and more! Sign up here. And if you’re a nonprof that would love to get in on our goods, you can apply here, too.

I’ll be back to share more wedding’y work very soon! Have a wonderful week. xo

fig house wedding los angeles (lindsay + arthur are married!)

It’s been a little while since we posted a full wedding, but we’re about to break the fast with a real bit o’ beauty! Los Angeles. Christmastime. The Fig House. Vintage Oscar de la Renta and Polish tradition, too. We aren’t gonna hold back! Get ready…

“We met in 2004 through mutual friends as Lindsay was just finishing high school. She moved to Oregon and we remained good friends until one fateful road trip in 2011. We started dating long distance, and at the time, we said in a year we would evaluate and maybe someone would move. 6 months (and a LOT of early morning flights) later we were on another road trip moving Lindsay back to Southern California.”

“Our wedding day was a really fun and beautiful holiday party full of love with all our friends and family.”

Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding?

I had a really hard time being overwhelmed in the beginning, but get the big things out of the way and everything else falls into place. It’s also super cliche, but everyone has an opinion. You do you, because in the end no one is going to remember everything except you, so have the day you want!

I mean, come onnnnnn. These two! This space! Just too much!



“We wanted to keep our ceremony a little condensed so we stuck with classic vows, but friends had given us the idea to share our own vows privately. The morning of our wedding we both got up early and wrote each other a letter including more personal thoughts and vows. We snuck away from the reception for a short while to read them together and it was a really wonderful moment together.”

“[Arthur’s]…most memorable moment was the first kiss. Not because I want to make-out in front of all our family, but because my initial idea was to keep it very simple and clean. I absolutely hate getting lipstick on me, so that had some bearing on my decision, but after seeing Lindsay walk down that aisle, it all went out the window. I ended up just going for it and destroyed my face with lipstick.”

Any DIY projects you were especially proud of?

“The favors! They were a real team effort between both of us, Lindsay’s brother (a groomsman) and his wonderful girlfriend (a bridesmaid). Christmas Crackers are a big tradition in my (Lindsay’s) family, so early on I knew I wanted to do something that was a nod to that. For months our friends and family saved empty paper towel rolls, we splatter painted the paper ourselves, and assembly-lined them over the long Thanksgiving weekend. We filled them with a tiny bottle of Belvedere Vodka and these amazing chocolates called Prince Polos, which were both a nod to Arthur’s Polish heritage. We also made tiny gold dinosaur magnets to include that tied into some of our decor details. I love visiting our friends homes and seeing them on the fridge!”


Photographer – Woodnote Photography

Videographer – Paperbird Weddings

Wedding planner – Pop the Champagne Events

Lindsay’s Dress – Oscar de la Renta

Lindsay’s Shoes – Kate Spade

Lindsay’s Jewelery – her ‘something borrowed’ necklace belonged to her grandmother

Bridesmaids’ Dresses – ASOS and Lulu’s

Arthur’s Suit – Hugo Boss

Arthur’s Shoes – Gucci

Groomsmen’s Suits – Macy’s

Hair stylist – Katie Hayes

Makeup artist – Chantè Platt

Flowers – M’s Flowers

Stationery & paper goods – Wedding Paper Divas

Ceremony/Reception Venue – The Fig House

Processional Song – Marching Bands of Manhattan Instrumental (Death Cab For Cutie)

First Dance – I Hear a Symphony (the Supremes)

Wedding favors – DIY team effort

Caterers – the Kogi Truck

Cake – Joanie & Leigh’s Cakes

Wedding rings – Claude Morady

light lab : the final reveal!

Well, well, well.. today is the day.

We finally get to share the finished space we started at the beginning of the year, Light Lab! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out the intro post here.)

The full tour was published on Design*Sponge last week (here), but we wanted to let you guys in on a few other elements, too, like this timelapse from the very start of the demolition to the final kitchen-install and tiling jobs. Check it out. Really. I mean it.

So, now that you know the full breadth of the task we took on, we give you… the finished space…

Our beloved friend/designer, Sarah Sherman Samuel, created these before/after images and shared them on her own blog. They took my breath away! Be sure to check out her own post here to see even more images of the space and to hear more on her designing process.

If you want to read more about our WHY and also our vision for Light Lab now that it’s complete, don’t forget to check out the interview on Design*Sponge!

Thanks so much for following along with our journey and for celebrating the finished result with us! xo


Photos by our amazing friend Jeff Mindell

Space design: Sarah Sherman Samuel

Additional Styling: Anne Sage


-fridge, dishwasher, oven, bev cooler from Kitchenaid

-backsplash and countertops: Formica Corporation (product names: Calacatta Marble from the 180fx by Formica Group line; Arctic from the Formica Solid Surfacing line Countertops)

-cabinets + floating shelves: Semihandmade Cabinets

-pendants: Cedar & Moss 8” lights from Rejuvenation

-white wall paint: Nova White by Glidden Paint

-faucet: Brizo

-island tiles: Fireclay Tile

-island counter stools: High Fashion Home Stools


-sink: Duravit from Wayfair

-faucet: Kohler from Wayfair

-toilet: Duravit Starck 2 from Wayfair

-tiles: Fireclay Tile

-framed photo: Max Wanger Print Shop, framed by Simply Framed

-wallpaper: custom design by Sarah Sherman Samuel, printed by Limitless Walls

-wall-mounted cabinets: IKEA

-acrylic towel bar + toilet paper holder: CB2

-towels: Yuka from Wayfair

-mirror: CB2

-lights: Cedar & Moss sconces from Rejuvenation


-plant design by Folia Collective

-rugs: Coco Carpets

-framed art: photos by Caroline, designs by Sarah, framed by Simply Framed

-wall mirror: West Elm x Commune

-storage bench: West Elm x Commune

-wood chairs: ATG Stores 

-marble-topped coffee table: West Elm x Commune

-shearling chair: West Elm x Commune

– conference table: ATG Stores

– white molded chairs: ATG Stores 

– pink molded chairs: ATG Stores

– green molded armchairs: ATG Stores

– bent wire chairs: ATG Stores

-channel-back couch: custom design by Caroline + Anne, created at Alpha Upholstery

-white swivel chairs: Bernhardt Camino Swivel Chairs covered in Crypton ‘Snow’

-gold leaf coffee table: DIY done by Jayden

-lamp: West Elm x Commune using C by GE LED light bulbs

-leather sling chair: West Elm x Commune

– reclaimed wood stump table: Pottery Barn

– brass sculptural vase: Pottery Barn

-gorgeous oversize painting: Adam Lee

-Light Lab logo: Alissa Bell Press

epic surprise christmas wedding in wisconsin (andrea+chuck are married!) – surprise wedding photographers

Picture this.

Christmas week. You’ve been invited to the engagement party of your friends, Dre + Chuck. They normally live in Portland (remember them?), but are back in Wisconsin for the holidays, and are having some “Hey! We just got engaged and wanna celebrate with you!” drinks. Why not, right?!

Then, you get invited to show up a bit early. You know, to get your hair + makeup done before the party. Because it’s Christmas week and you’re going to a party. So you go.

And here you are. Sitting in a salon, getting beautified.. all excited about your friend’s engagement.

And then she says, “Hey.. so. Today is actually my wedding day..”

Pure magical madness, right?!

The tears + elated joys of this day are indescribable.

All of the pre-wedding day stresses and plans and tensions with family members over guests lists? They never happened.

All of the over-thinking what you’re going to wear because it has to be totally perfect? Not possible.

It was a ‘be in this moment‘ moment, all day long. And it was unforgettable.

Andrea + I had been emailing for months about their ‘real’ wedding that was going to be a summer wedding.. but then one day, I got this:

“So this is crazy…and something that is just playing out…but we might try to do a surprise wedding on what is supposed to be our engagement party this december..”


Jayden + I adore everything about these two. The way they live life big and crazy and unconventional. Just take one look at their faces and you’ll be in mad love with their zest for life and love..

(Even the guys got all kinds of stoked about the surprise, see?!)

Andrea + Chuck had a videographer make a same-day edit so that their guests could watch them reveal the surprise to their families earlier that day.. oh man. Pure gold. (You can see the video here!)

A+C, your day truly was the most lighthearted, freespirited, joy-filled day, and it was perfect. We love you both a ridiculous amount.. cheers to your lives + love! xoxo

7 continents 1 year: spain (and, making time for personal work)

“Busy months” fly by so fast, and suddenly, you find you’ve had 2 years of consecutive “busy months” in a row. And perhaps this “busy month” thing is actually just a myth — and it should better be referred to as life.

And so, here I am. Welcoming myself to ‘life’.

From this moment on, “life” means; making time to exercise every day because waiting ’til everything is checked off of my ‘to do’ list will never happen, taking that wine tasting class because I said I wanted to someday — and today could be that someday, and, blogging our personal work because this is our real life and we are real people who want to share the authentic stuff with our couples. (Not to mention, our incredible couples share their most personal moments with us as we capture them, so it is only fair that we show up here, too, right?!)

We visited the magical land of Spain back in 2014. It was a part of us visiting all 7 continents in one year.. another crazy post we have yet to create / write / share. (Like I said, those busy months sure have been flying by…)

We started in Madrid, hit [“Holy]Toledo[!”] and shimmied our way down to Barcelona.. a day trip to Cadaqués, then Seville, Cordoba and finally Granada. Here are a few glimpses into what we saw.

Highlight: visiting Salvador Dalí’s house in Cadaqués, a short rental-car ride from Barcelona. We made a reservation to get inside, and I’m so glad we did! What a magical world of deliciously weird… I was inspired for days!

(Next inspo for a bridal portrait inspired by Salvador’s portrait of his lady?! Who wants it?) 😉


While in Seville, we rendezvoused with the fabulous Megan + Mike of the Fresh Exchange. We hadn’t met them in person before, but had been World Wide Web Franz for years, so it was such a magical accident that we were in the same place at the same time and got to sip countless pitchers of sangria together.

These guys are total sweethearts, and are very near + dear to our hearts. They also happen to be good at actually blogging in the moment, so feel free to check out their rad posts on our days with them in Spain here and here

On to Cordoba! The Mezquita de Cordoba was a major bucket list moment. Just delicious..!

And finally, last stop Granada where we hit up the Alhambra. We typically skip most ‘tourist traps’ when we travel and debated about giving this one a miss, but I’ve gotta say, it was so worth it. The shapes + architecture made it worth the lines of school kids there on a field trip..

And a little look at what we looked like in 2014. 😉 Check out #spainreveals to see more of the iPhone shots we posted from our adventure in the moment… More soon! xo