Entries Tagged as 'celebrate'

we’re having a…

Posted on: Friday, February 21, 2014

Baby Girl Announcement | Ann-Marie Loves

I may or may not have (desperately) hoped for a girl. In fact, John and I had our daughter’s name picked out about five minutes after we found out I was pregnant. It felt right from the very beginning. Regardless, I never had a gut feeling about what the baby was. I didn’t have any vivid dreams until the day of the gender reveal ultrasound. But I did know that I couldn’t let myself get too attached to the idea of a girl, because knowing my luck, it would be a boy. And of course, I would have loved that boy to pieces. But something about having a baby girl seemed undeniably appealing and I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.

I prayed for a healthy and happy baby (occasionally requesting it be of the female variety) every night. I made a wish for a girl every time I drove under a tunnel with my breath held. I hoped on every fallen eyelash, on every full moon, on every superstition I could think of, that this child maybe, just maybe, be a little girl. Admittedly, this makes me sound incredibly selfish and ungrateful. After all, shouldn’t I just be thankful to be able to start a family and not concern myself with the details? YES. I absolutely believe that. But man! Pregnancy has a way of taking your thought process to a whole new level of obsessive.

Baby Girl Announcement | Ann-Marie Loves

At my 12 week appointment, I was able to take home some decent shots of the baby, including one in particular that had us analyzing certain body parts far too closely. Clearly, we had no clue what we were looking at, so we recruited the opinions of just about anyone and everyone with a pair of eyes. And as it turned out, they had no clue what they were looking at either. Needless to say, the suspense was killing us!

So I made an appointment to have an ultrasound at 17 weeks.

Baby Girl Announcement | Ann-Marie Loves

John and I went back and forth over whether we wanted to have a gender reveal party (all the cool kids are doing it these days) or whether we wanted to find out privately. After much thought, we decided on the latter. Even though it would have been fun to have a little party with our closest family + friends, it was so much more “us” to celebrate privately.

During the appointment, I was SO NERVOUS. John, of course, played it cool as usual. Once the tech confirmed the sex of the baby, she wrote it down on a piece of paper and tucked the note into an envelope with plenty of photos for safekeeping. We guarded that thing with our lives. That night, we went out for a late Valentine’s-slash-gender reveal celebratory dinner at an Italian restaurant here Pasadena. After ordering our meals, we finally worked up the nerve to open the envelope. I was incredibly anxious so we agreed to look at it at on the count of three (dramatic, I know). As we opened it up, I was fully expecting to see the word “boy” spelled out. Imagine my surprise (and sheer joy) when I read “girl” instead. Ahhh, I want to remember that moment and that feeling forever!

Baby Girl Announcement | Ann-Marie Loves

The baby girl we had been pining for was no longer just a distant dream; she was real and she was ours.

ann-marie loves.

Posted on: Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, even when I was single. I’ve never viewed it as day reserved only for romantic love, but instead, a day to celebrate all the finer things in life. Like paper goods and chocolate-covered everything. So in the spirit of celebrating love, I made a list of nine things that hold a special place in my heart year-round:

Things I Love | Ann-Marie Loves

1. Crafting. Having a lifelong hobby-turned-career that still brings me tremendous satisfaction year after year? I’ll never stop making things.

2. My husband. Okay, so maybe that was an obvious choice, but I really do love this kid. No one makes me laugh harder. No one makes me smile bigger. No one makes me prouder. We’re in it to win it.

3. Decorating. Having a place to furnish, organize, rearrange, and shop for is quite possibly the greatest domestic joy I know. Plus, it gives me an excuse to go thrifting regularly ;)

4. Our baby. He/she may have been a total surprise, but it’s the best surprise we could have asked for. And now that the second trimester has rolled around, I’m really digging this pregnancy thing!

5. Working from home. I can’t stress enough just how much I love this lifestyle. It’s full of challenges, setbacks, and expenses that probably wouldn’t arise with a regular 8-5 gig, but despite all of that, it makes me genuinely happy to live my life on my own terms.

6. My family. I know I might be biased, but I truly believe I have the best family. My parents and my brother are my rocks through thick and thin.

7. My friends. Gosh, I love my friends. Our bond gets stronger and stronger with each passing year and I don’t know where I would be without these girls.

8. Southern California. Sure, it’s overpriced, overcrowded, and the traffic can be a bit of a nightmare. But it’s 80 degrees in February. I never have to dig my car out of the snow. I can visit the mountains, the desert, and the beach all in the same day. There is never a shortage of things to do, places to see, and experiences to enjoy. I am incredibly grateful to live in such a beautiful place.

9. Breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day and the motivation that launches me out of bed in the morning. I could subsist on oatmeal and coffee for the rest of my life!

Valentine's Day Card Printables | Ann-Marie Loves

For all of you later gators (myself included!), Valentine’s Day Card Printables are now 50% off in my shop!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

our vows.

Posted on: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography

When it came down to our wedding ceremony, I had no qualms about my choice in groom or my choice in words. But the idea of standing in front of 115 camera-wielding people? TERRIFYING. For months leading up the big day, I would get nervous just thinking about the task that lied before me. So when October 26th rolled around, I was a huge ball of anxiety.

Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography

Minutes before the ceremony, I was hiding out in one of the bedrooms just off the front yard. I could hear the DJ playing the songs that John and I had been putting together for months. I could see all of our guests finding their seats and chatting with their neighbors. I knew that I had no choice but to suck it up and put on a brave face. John and I saw each other plenty before the big moment, and I remember finding comfort in holding his hand before we stood in front of everyone.

Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography

Finally, our day-of coordinator was shuffling the bridal party out the door. IT WAS SHOW TIME. I was all kinds of terrified until I actually got out there and saw everyone smiling back at me. Oh, it’s just our friends + family. A group of 115 people doesn’t look so intimidating when they’re all smiling at you.

Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography
Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography

All of a sudden, I was CALM. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so peaceful in front of so many people before. I tried to make eye contact with as many of our guests as possible. I think I may have even said a few hellos as my dad and I made our way up the aisle. Then I took John’s hand and I knew: WE GOT THIS.

Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography

Our good friend Jameel officiated the ceremony and I listened to each and every word he said because I knew he would be hilarious. (He totally was.) Then it came time for the vows. John and I had chosen very early on in our engagement that we would be writing our own vows and not revealing our words until the actual ceremony. While this contributed greatly to my pre-wedding stress, it could not have been more perfect in the end.

Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography
Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography

We alternated reading back and forth between each section of our individual vows because we liked the way that it sounded more like a natural dialogue than a formal speech. I loved saying my words out loud. They were straight from the heart and I was proud to share them in front of all of our loved ones. But even more than that? I loved hearing John read his vows. I tried to concentrate on his every word and take mental photos of the way he would look me in the eye, and then nervously turn the page. He was his usual adorable self and I was so happy to be the recipient of his heartfelt words.

Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography

I remember high five-ing over one of my vows. I remember watching the last of the bridesmaids + groomsmen rounding the corner and walking up the aisle. I remember my dad purposely slowing our pace down so as to savor every moment. I remember looking back at our guests as the ceremony was taking place. I remember hearing laughter. I remember my maid of honor quietly reminding me to hand her my bouquet as I took my spot with John (thanks Val!). I remember slipping John’s ring on to his finger. I remember hearing the first few notes of our recessional song “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys. I also remember shimmying a little bit..! (Or maybe a lot!) I felt so comfortable and so at peace with all that was happening.

Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography

Ann-Marie + John | Katie Pritchard Photography

And before I knew it, we were married.

All photos by the amazing Katie Pritchard Photography.

simple wreath.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ann-Marie Loves | DIY Wreath

Last week I had the pleasure of helping style a shoot with Katie Pritchard and Adrienne from The Bloom of Time (among other amazing vendors!) and was lucky enough to walk away with a giant bag of leaves and florals.

Ann-Marie Loves | DIY Wreath

Since I had plenty of long stems (that smell like a DREAM) to go around, I decided to shape them into a festive wreath for our front door. I started by taking the largest branches and then wrapping them together with thin wire to reinforce the round shape. Once the base was formed, I added in additional elements, such as the eucalyptus buds and berries.

Ann-Marie Loves | DIY Wreath

And that concludes my holiday decor for the season – HA! One of these days we’ll bust out the tree, but for now, I am loving being greeted by this simple, earthy wreath every time I come home.

one month in.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Photos by Katie Pritchard Photography

This week has been super exciting in the world of post-wedding bliss because not only did we survive a month of marriage, but we received our photos AND our sneak peek video!! Needless to say, I’ve been spending waaaay too much time on the computer staring at myself. HA!

One month in and life is better than ever…

Video by Ellay Films


Posted on: Friday, November 15, 2013

Ann-Marie Morris Espinoza | 27

26 has been one of the most eventful years of my life and I am so grateful for all that it taught me. Here are 27 of my favorite moments from the past fifty-two weeks:

1. An anniversary trip to Yosemite for snow, scenic views, and a sparkly ring.
2. Sunshine cocktails at Tasty N Sons in Portland.
3. Having a new place to make a home.
4. Thrifting. I may have gotten a little out of hand
5. Photographing brides, babies, and a million stylized desk shots.
6. Dancing to “I Want You Back” with all of my friends at my wedding.
7. Living in Pasadena! Gosh, I love this town.
8. Forming a fun little family unit with the Jubrans.
9. Bachelorette weekend in Lake Arrowhead. An adorable cabin? My BFF’s? Moscow mules? YES.
10. Zumba! I know, I’m annoyingly obsessed with it, but like rollerblading + Tae Bo before, this is one workout I won’t quit until I kill it.
11. A handful of trips to San Diego.
12. Realizing just how lucky I am to have such a solid group of girlfriends, year after year. We’re in it to win it!
13. Taking Wally for walks. That little guy makes me SO HAPPY.
14. Shrimp tacos. That’s all I ever want to eat!
15. Seeing Fleetwood Mac at the Hollywood Bowl with my mom.
16. Spending time with Sarah at her beautiful home in Utah.
17. Bruno Mars’ “Treasure.” My most played song this year, hands down.
18. Seeing years of hard work pay off at my brother’s college graduation.
19. Taking calligraphy, interior styling, paper flower making, and bunch of other amazing Skillshare classes.
20. Picking up my dream painting for three dollars…!
21. Spending extra quality time with my parents this past summer.
22. Reading Danielle LaPorte’s The Fire Starter Sessions. That book spoke to me.
23. Attending some awesome events, including a handful of Urbanic parties, The Cream, Crafts + Cocktails, Arrested Development’s World Tour, and Eva Black’s Madewell soiree, just to name a few.
24. Honeymooning in the Pacific Northwest and feeling right at home. John and I are PNW’ers at heart.
25. Wedding crafting, wedding crafting, and more wedding crafting!
26. Having another full year of freelancing under my belt.
27. Marrying my best friend. The big day took months + months of planning and it was over in a flash. I love the person I got to marry, the people I got to celebrate with, and the memories I get to take with me.

I’m so excited to see what 27 has in store!

andy’s graduation.

Posted on: Monday, June 17, 2013

andy's graduation | ann-marie morris

This past weekend my brother graduated from college with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, so we spent the better part of Saturday exploring the Cal Poly Pomona campus (beautiful!), taking tons of photos (740 to be exact…lord help my hard drive!), and celebrating Andy’s hard-earned accomplishment (heyyyy, brother). It was a reminder of the good things in my life: lots of walking under the California sunshine, big camera + empty SD card in hand, quality family time, an opportunity to wear a new dress + a giant hat, lots of laughter, exploring a new-to-me place, and a chocolate chip Pizookie for good measure.

andy's graduation | ann-marie morris
andy's graduation | ann-marie morris
andy's graduation | ann-marie morris
andy's graduation | ann-marie morris
andy's graduation | ann-marie morris
andy's graduation | ann-marie morris
andy's graduation | ann-marie morris
andy's graduation | ann-marie morris

Not only is my brother a whip smart, hilarious, human calculator, but he is also one of my best friends. Cheers to all your successes, Andy!

rustic fiesta.

Posted on: Saturday, June 1, 2013

Rustic Fiesta Wedding | Ann-Marie Morris

For as long as I’ve known that I wanted to marry John, I’ve known that our wedding would be a fiesta. I mean, I live for color! I live for dancing! And I really live for Mexican food and margaritas! So clearly, there was no wavering on the fiesta idea. On the other hand, John and I both love anything rustic. We love the great outdoors. We would kill for a Craftsman-style home one day. And of course, we did get engaged in Yosemite, after all. So together we came up with the concept of “Rustic Fiesta!” It blends the colors + vibrancy of a traditional fiesta with the earthy + organic textures of rusticism. !Ole!

These photos + colors really represent the vibe I am hoping to achieve this coming Fall. I am obsessed with wild + overflowing floral arrangements, lots of warm mood lighting, and plenty (and I mean PLENTY) of paper decor items. I love the idea of exposed wood tables + an eclectic mix of dishware, dancing alllll night long to my favorite songs (I have gold flats for this very purpose!), and a fantastic spread of tamales for dinner and churros for dessert. I am so excited to be collaborating with John on our unique + collective visions for the big day. It’s so much fun to bounce ideas off of each other (or more like me sending him 15 texts in a row with ideas…he loves when I do that! HA!), even when we don’t see eye-to-eye on how things should go. We’re working as a team and that’s all that matters.

Rustic fiesta forever!

crafts + cocktails.

Posted on: Monday, April 22, 2013

This past Saturday, Elise and I attended Elsie + Emma’s “Crafts + Cocktails” party hosted by Ruche and Zooey Magazine at the Seychelles’ showroom in LA. In three words? IT. WAS. AMAZING. I must have have done 50 laps around the place in an effort to take in every last detail! 

Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

True to the party’s name, there were crafts, cocktails, cupcakes, and so many stylish people in one beautiful space. It was such a treat to meet Elsie and Emma in real life and see just how friendly and down-to-earth they are (I love when that happens!). And! I even had a conversation with Joy the Baker! (I live for her podcast, you guys.) All of the details that went into this party were beyond inspiring, you can bet your bottom dollar I will be swiping them for my own future celebrations. But really, the time spent with this impossibly cute little mama was the highlight of the whole trip. She’s such a gem.

the cream event.

Posted on: Monday, March 11, 2013

The Cream | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

THE CREAM! Where do I even begin? So many talented vendors in such a stunning location. It was pretty much the best of the wedding blog scene mixed in with super stylish vendors + guests (wearing their “blogger’s best” as my partner in crime Janelle so aptly put it) topped with a killer soundtrack that had everyone moving + grooving. Those Bash, Please gals sure know to get things done right.

P.S. You can see our Vine videos from the event at @Ann-Marie Morris and @The Style Eater!


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