• 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,…

  • Los Olivos, California golden sunset elopement session with Spell Bride Kate Nelle and photographer Chard Photo. Kate Nelle is wearing the white Spell Amelia gown, and husband is in a blue Suit Supply jacket
    Life,  Love,  Travel

    Our California Elopement!

    Will made me the happiest girl on July 20th, when we exchanged vows and said I do under the Californian sun! We eloped, just the two of us, to Santa Barbara, and it was absolutely perfect. Neither one of us wanted to fuss with a wedding or deal with the stress, planning, or expenses…that come along with it! We were simply excited to join our lives together and lay the foundation for our future and for our family. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps…

  • Spring Summer Style, Half up hair do, Scarf Hair Do's, Fossil Bag, Sanctuary Desert Peasant Top, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Peach Aesthetic
    Life

    6 Things Making Me Happy Right Now

    Today I’m sharing 6 things that I’m really happy about in life lately! 1. Rising with the Sun! I’ve become a true believer in the power of mornings! I formed the habit to go to bed around 8:30/9 and wake up around 5/5:30 am to get a good work out in. Taking that time to sweat, move and do something for myself first thing, always helps me to feel more motivated, productive, happier, healthier and overall balanced for the day ahead! Plus, I love the quiet stillness and the beautiful light the mornings bring. It really is my zen time. 2. SUMMER! Yeah, I know Arizona in the summer time has the…

  • The Best Apps to Up Your Instagram Game
    Life

    The Best Apps to Up Your Instagram Game

    In this post, I am sharing my favorite apps that will help you up your Instagram game! I use all of these apps regularly, to add style, function and ease to both my Instagram feed and stories. Some of this may be info you already know, but some of it may not! Let’s begin!     Instagram Planning:   Planoly This is an app that allows you to upload your images before posting to instagram and carefully curate how your feed will flow aesthetically. You can also add captions and hashtags in advance, and post directly from the app! It also gives you analytics that are helpful in your content…

  • Life

    Why Disney Ruined my Love Life

    I’m a recovering romantic. I blame Disney for convincing me that love was a thing of make believe and fairy tales. For instilling in me this idea of “Princess Culture” where beauty is the most valuable asset a woman can offer, and being sweet and submissive are her forms of charm. Now, I don’t claim to be a feminist, but with the rise of the “Me Too” movement and #Timesup, I’m beginning to see how women’s experiences (including my own) have been shaped by this culture. You see, for most of my life, I dreamt about being rescued by Prince Charming. You know the type. That dashing guy who swings…