• Life,  Love,  Writing

    I Dreamt a Dream

    I had almost unknowingly deleted this unpublished and forgotten post from 2018. But today I decided to hit publish… I dreamt a dream the other night… We traveled to a foreign place from the comfort of my bed. Through the lullabies of sleep, we found ourselves walking through a narrow airplane aisle making way to our seats, as we were about to trek across the world. The airplane cabin was dimly lit, with a muted yellowish-brown hue drearily illuminating the space. We must have been the last people to board the plane, as everyone was turning to look as we inched forward through the long line of people. I saw Drew…

  • Life,  Motherhood

    Thankful

    Tis the season to give thanks so I wanted to reflect back on this year and honor the highs and the lows. Here’s a list of things that I am thankful for: 1. The birth of my daughter Kaia. She is like golden hour. Everything glows differently with her here. She is my whole reason for being, my why. Everything I do, is for her and my family. She makes me dig inside myself to be a better person, to face my fears and to love harder, deeper and without condition, so that I can be a good example for her. Kaia is full of so much joy, innocence, wonder,…

  • Baby Girl Cactus Boho Themed Nursery - Anthropologie x West Elm x Pottery Barn Baby
    Home,  Life

    Kaia’s Boho Cactus Inspired Nursery

    I had so much fun designing and decorating Kaia’s boho cactus themed nursery while she was in my belly! It really kept me occupied during those months we waited for her! I started the process by pinning things I loved onto my Pinterest Nursery Board. You can view it here! Will let me have full range to do whatever I wanted and he helped along the way building shelves and the curtain rod! I guess you could say he was the Chip to my inner Joanna! 😂 I decided to go with a boho cactus theme nursery that would flow effortlessly with the rest of our house. Besides, we’re in the…

  • Life,  Motherhood

    Birth. Renewal.

    So much can happen in a year. Last Easter, I had a miscarriage and it devastated me. I laid in bed, with the windows drawn. I was an empty vessel drowning in an ocean of my own tears, with my mattress as an island. Yet, this Easter painted a very different story… It was 6 A.M. and the world outside was just beginning to stir. I awoke to sunlight pouring through the windows. The shadows of the tree’s leaves danced sleepily upon our white bedroom walls. A morning owl sent her greeting. I was the only one not sleeping at our house. The dogs laid at my feet, snoring in their…

  • Life,  Motherhood

    Welcome Kaia – Our Birth Story

    Spend time talking to your girl friends, mom, aunts and well…any woman who is a mother for that matter – when it comes to the birth of our babies, nothing really ever goes as planned! Maybe I was a little naive to believe mine would go any other way but picture perfect. I had a deposit in for a birth videographer, a photographer coming in for fresh 48s. Yet – I had to cancel all the photo ops as I underwent an emergency c-section. The last days leading up to giving birth were pretty agonizing for me. My body was at its absolute maximum capacity and there was no more…

  • Kate Nelle's Salvation Mountain Maternity Shoot wearing the gold "Portia" Fillyboo Maternity Dress
    Life,  Pregnancy

    Salvation Mountain Maternity Shoot

    I have been wanting to visit Salvation Mountain in Niland, California for literally ten years, and we finally made the trip! When I found out I was pregnant, I knew we needed to capture some maternity pictures there and I’m so glad we did! I know I will treasure these pictures of me and baby girl for years to come, and I hope to print one and hang in her nursery. 🙂 To be honest, it was ridiculously hot here, and being pregnant only made the temperature that more uncomfortable! The 105 degree heat and piercing desert sun made it hard to really enjoy exploring this fascinating place, but we…

  • Los Olivos, California Elopement with Kate Nelle x Chard Photography
    Life

    Our Santa Barbara Elopement Pictures

    I am so excited to share with you our Santa Barbara elopement pictures we took with the incredibly talented Rich of Chard Photo! He was so amazing and fun to work with, and made the entire experience memorable. We ended up meeting Rich in Los Olivos, California, which by the way, is the cutest little wine town. We need to go back! Rich took us through the gorgeous rolling fields of gold, and we found a spot near Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch to take these elopement pictures. The light and the colors were so gorgeous, and these photos definitely do the landscape justice. We then hopped in the car and…

  • Blogger Kate Nelle shares her gender reveal, surprise it's a girl! Wearing a pink Reformation dress sitting in a field of grass with falling pink rose petals for her gender reveal, gender announcement, long braid style, feminine maternity style
    Life,  Pregnancy

    Dear Baby Girl

    To our baby girl, You are finally here. I’ve felt your spirit strongly so many times. I’ve seen you in my dreams, running around in a diaper with soft curls of golden blonde hair, underneath trees of giant peonies. Every time I think of you, my heart feels full and I could cry, knowing one day soon, you will be mine. You will be ours. I finally found the father you deserve. He is good and he is so kind. I promise he will love you and take care of you, better than anyone I’ll ever know, because that’s how he takes care of me. You are so so lucky…

  • Life,  Pregnancy

    First Trimester Update

    Written and photographed at 10 Weeks. Making: a baby. Right now it’s the size of a strawberry! Cooking: from the Whole Smith’s Good Food cook book and I’m obsessed with the recipes! Craving: watermelon and french fries. Drinking: gallons of water, orange juice and milk! Reading: The Mindful Mom-to-Be and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Looking: up baby names! And it’s really hard finding any I like! Having: the WEIRDEST dreams ever.  Wasting: time watching re-runs of Keeping up with the Kardashians. I can’t help that I love them. Ugh. I said it out loud and it feels sooo good. Wishing: for a happy, healthy, beautiful baby come February!!!…

  • Kate Nelle Pregnancy 14 Week Announcement, Spoiler Alert I'm Pregnant Blaine and Bowen T-Shirt, Holding Ultrasound
    Life

    We’re Having a Baby! – Our Pregnancy Story

    AHHH! WE’RE HAVING A BABY!! It has been 16 weeks sinking in this baby news, and it still feels surreal! Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful, divine journeys and I feel beyond blessed to be carrying this sweet little baby God chose for us. This is literally my dream come true to become a mom, and I am beyond excited for this next season of life. I have a feeling it is going to be the best one yet! How We Found Out About Our Pregnancy It was 6 AM on Sunday, Memorial Day. I woke up, and had this immediate thought, “I think I’m pregnant.” For the past two weeks,…