Entries Tagged as 'weekending'

sunday funday.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

On Sunday, I convinced John and my brother Andy to go with me to Disneyland, partly because the weather was springtime perfection, but mainly because I wanted to test my new 50mm lens in the most colorful setting possible. Mission accomplished.

Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

As far as camera equipment goes, this macro lens is such a steal considering just how fantastic it really is! The sharp depth of field blows my mind every time… even if does force me to stand a mile away from my subject to get more than just their nostrils in the shot – ha!

xoxo

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!

xoxo

we found it.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

wedding venue hunting | ann-marie loves paper
Ventura, Ca | Ann-Marie Morris
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Ventura, Ca | Ann-Marie Morris
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It was a good weekend.

After searching and researching the past few months until I couldn’t stand to look at one more outrageously expensive pricing sheet, we finally found our venue. It’s not in San Diego, like I imagined. It hasn’t (yet) graced the pages of every big wedding blog. But it’s a blank canvas with a Spanish-style flavor. There are barely any rules and our date is wiiiide open! In other words, it’s perfect.

We are so excited to finally have a place to build our vision around. This is where I get to put my Pinterest boards to work. This is where I get to hire an amazing photographer. This is where I get to dance all night long in my beautiful dress. This is where I become an Espinoza. This is where it all goes down.

Oh yes. It’s gonna be good.

xoxo

what a weekend.

Posted on: Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris

(Photo by the talented Janelle Grodsky)

Our Valentine’s-themed engagement party went off without a hitch this past Saturday, thanks to all the wonderful worker bees who generously helped bring my vision to life. Yesterday I slept for nearly ten hours and then followed it up with a two hour nap! Needless to say, it was exhausting in the very best possible way. I also took hundreds of photos and can’t wait to share them with you soon! In the meantime, I’ll be writing thank you notes, drinking lots of homemade lattes, and getting my taxes squared away (blah!). Looking forward to a brand new week and a chance to start fresh!

xoxo

what our weekend looked like.

Posted on: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

weekend in la jolla | ann-marie loves paper
weekend in la jolla | ann-marie loves paper
weekend in la jolla | ann-marie loves paper
weekend in la jolla | ann-marie loves paper
weekend in la jolla | ann-marie loves paper
weekend in la jolla | ann-marie loves paper
weekend in la jolla | ann-marie loves paper
weekend in la jolla | ann-marie loves paper
weekend in la jolla | ann-marie loves paper

An oceanfront room overlooking La Jolla Cove. Shopping at Typo + Paper Tales. A trip up to Julian for pie + coffee. Breakfast on the roof of our hotel every morning. Rain + sunshine followed by more rain + sunshine. A walk around Balboa Park before heading home. And the real clincher: wedding venue hunting! We found two possible contenders, but are definitely in the market for other options. If you know of any great locations (anywhere in Southern California!), I would love to hear about them!

xoxo

wedding thrifting.

Posted on: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The best part about being engaged (well, aside from the fiance, of course) is that for once in my life, I have a LEGITIMATE reason to shop! Every single day! For better or worse, I have become obsessed with tracking down + purchasing awesome pieces that can be used for decor or wedding-related craft projects. When I’m not trolling the interwebs for great deals + free shipping, you can bet I’m raiding Target, Michaels, or the Goodwill like the crazy person that I was born to be!

Here are a few of the thrifted items John + I scored last weekend:

wedding thrifting | ann-marie morris
glassware for food and flowers | coffee mug for attempting this project

wedding thrifting | ann-marie morris
wooden cassette tape holder for placecards | chalkboard globe for funky signage

Given that our budget is low, I’m looking for any and all ways to pull together our creative resources and DIY / thrift / repurpose as much as possible. (We’re both still paying off our fancy design educations, so we might as well get our money’s worth, right? Ha!) So far, so good. Now I just need to find a place to store all this wonderful – and inexpensive! – stuff before someone turns me in to Hoarders…

xoxo

say yes to the forty dollar dress.

Posted on: Thursday, January 17, 2013

bhldn wedding dress | ann-marie morris

For as long as I’ve been dreaming of weddings, I always knew that I didn’t want to invest a ton of money in a dress I would only wear once in my life. Of course I wanted it to be something I would feel good in and would love seeing photos of for years to come, but never something I’d blow the whole budget on. (Photography + decor, on the other hand…all bets are off!)

With that said, when I found my dress last weekend at Anthropologie, I had no idea what kind of savings I was in for!

As the story goes, a local customer had ordered the dress online and then returned it to the store, so it was a rare opportunity for Anthro to actually have it in stock. It’s a beautiful layered + flowy dress in a light pink hue; not something I ever would have imagined choosing, but somehow so perfect. My future sister-in-law Jamie spotted it in the clearance section and convinced me to try it on. Once I did, all the salesgirls had to come see the BHLDN masterpiece for themselves…it turned into quite a party in the dressing room! And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, when I went to purchase it for the $80 clearance price listed on the tag, it rang up as FORTY DOLLARS. As in over $700 off the original price…! To say I was thrilled would be the understatement of the century.

To top it off, I scored the sequined gold flats and the cream jacket for a song, all in the same weekend. I don’t know what I did to deserve such a lucky fashion break (maybe it was all those days spent in my workout clothes / pajamas last summer?), but I am SO grateful!

Now if we could just find a venue at 95% off, I’ll be over the moon! (;

xoxo

engaged in yosemite on the last day of the world.

Posted on: Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
A Yosemite Engagement | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Could not be more thrilled and excited to marry this boy.

2013 is going to be an amazing year, I just know it.

xoxo

renegade los angeles.

Posted on: Monday, December 10, 2012

Renegade Los Angeles 2012 | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Renegade Los Angeles 2012 | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
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Renegade Los Angeles | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Renegade Los Angeles | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

This past Saturday marked my first trip to a Renegade Craft Fair and it most definitely lived up to the hype! There were SO MANY AMAZING VENDORS. Seriously. I was blown away not just by the artists and their products, but by the packaging, the booth decor, the business cards…you know, the good stuff that makes buying handmade worth every extra penny.

Did any other locals get the chance to visit? Do tell!

xoxo

when friends get married.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Like I mentioned in my birthday list, 2012 has been the year of destination weddings. And I am such a fan.












Two weeks ago, my good friend Jaymee had the most amazing wedding in Santa Barbara. And even though SB is only an hour north of where we live, John and I decided to turn the long weekend into a mini vacation. It definitely turned out to be one of the best ideas we’ve had in the many years we’ve been together. The first night we stayed near the harbor in Ventura and the next two nights were spent in picturesque Carpinteria. During the day, we traipsed all over Solvang, Santa Barbara, Montecito, and even Oxnard for a little Cafe Rio.

In case I haven’t mentioned it in the past fifteen minutes or so, I LOVE California. End of story.

xoxo

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