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diy wrapping paper.

Posted on: Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY Stamped Tissue Paper Gift Wrap | Ann-Marie Loves

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Mine was filled with brunch in Los Feliz with my BFF, working an awesome event with Amy, spending quality time with family at home (the baby’s first Easter basket…!), eating more than my fair share of egg-shaped candy, and of course, crafting up a storm (the weaving obsession continues!).

In other words, a perfect weekend.

My good friend Lindsey is sharing my tutorial for creating your own stamped wrapping paper on her blog! (There may or may not be a heavy dose of hot pink involved…) While you’re there, be sure to check out her awesome shop full of impeccably-designed printables. Enjoy!

bridesmaids.

Posted on: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

My bridesmaids. Oh, how I love these girls.

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

Not only are they my closest friends, but they were paramount in helping me pull off the wedding of my dreams. They listened to my crazy DIY ideas and contributed to making them a reality. They planned the ultimate bridal shower and bachelorette weekend. They stayed up late with me the night before the wedding to help me figure out the seating chart. They talked me off the ledge minutes before the ceremony when I thought I would pass out from nerves. And to top it off, my maid of honor gave the most beautiful, heartfelt speech at our reception. (Originally I had six bridesmaids, but my good friend Sarah got the stomach flu on the morning of my wedding and sadly wasn’t able to attend).

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

For their bouquets, I requested something earthy and organic. No tight rose bundles. Nothing too formal or expected. Just something that would complement my own oversized, freeform bouquet. And I could not have been happier with the results! My floral stylist nailed it.

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

When it came down to their outfits, I pretty much let them have free reign. Being a part of a wedding is very expensive, so I wanted to make sure that each girl was able to shop within her own budget to find a look that fit her own personal style. (And who am I to insist upon overpriced dresses when I only spent $40 on my own dress?) The only direction I provided was the color palette (aqua colored dresses and red / pink / orange / yellow accessories). I love how all six of them were able to find a look that completely embodied their own unique personalities, while still looking like a unified group.

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

If I can give any advice to future brides, it’s this: choose bridesmaids you can count on!

When I first asked my girls to be in the wedding right after getting engaged, 50% of them lived in different states…! But even with distance as an obstacle, I never once had to worry about any of them not coming through. All six girls were an absolute dream and it made my job as the boss lady a cinch ;)

Photos by Katie Pritchard Photography.

bachelorette weekend in lake arrowhead.

Posted on: Monday, February 10, 2014

Ann-Marie's Bachelorette Party in Lake Arrowhead | Ann-Marie Loves

When it came down to my bachelorette party, my bridesmaids nailed it. I gave these girls very little information about what I wanted my bach party to be like (aside from avoiding Vegas at all costs), and somehow they totally read my mind. It was the perfect October weekend, filled with good friends, good conversation, and good food + drinks in Lake Arrowhead.

Ann-Marie's Bachelorette Party in Lake Arrowhead | Ann-Marie Loves
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Ann-Marie's Bachelorette Party in Lake Arrowhead | Ann-Marie Loves
Ann-Marie's Bachelorette Party in Lake Arrowhead | Ann-Marie Loves

We spent most of our time hanging out at our awesome cabin (plotting ways on how we could steal the furniture!) and occasionally ventured out to the main part of town for excellent meals and countless photo-ops. (One thing’s for sure: I put together a solid group of camera-wielding b-maids!).

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Ann-Marie's Bachelorette Party in Lake Arrowhead | Ann-Marie Loves
Ann-Marie's Bachelorette Party in Lake Arrowhead | Ann-Marie Loves
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Ann-Marie's Bachelorette Party in Lake Arrowhead | Ann-Marie Loves

It was beyond better than anything I could have ever planned myself! And rest assured, there was plenty of booze and possibly a blow-up doll named Brad at this party to round out the bachelorette experience (;

P.S. My bridesmaids Jaymee and Janelle wrote about our fun weekend too!

photography workshops + downtown adventures.

Posted on: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Yesterday was one of those days that reaffirmed I am meant for this unconventional freelance lifestyle.

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

My good friends Jaymee + Janelle joined me in the Arts District of downtown LA for an awesome photography workshop led by Jessie Webster (who lives in THIS amazing Silver Lake house!) and Kim Genevieve. It was a Q+A format session, which quite honestly, is my favorite kind of all. I know how cameras work…what I REALLY love learning about is how amazing photographers MAKE them work, you know? So inspiring.

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

Once the workshop wrapped up, Jaymee, Janelle, and I headed over to Poketo (heaven) and then had coffee+ flatbread at Eat Drink Americano. (I also may or may not have had a lovely conversation with a random passerby regarding the way he made iced coffee whilst in prison. No big.)

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris
Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

It was so nice to be able to go on a downtown adventure with my best gals on a random Monday afternoon. The three of us are pretty much spread out in opposite directions across Los Angeles, but when events like this pop up, no amount of rush hour traffic will keep us apart.

workspace wednesday | connecting with other creatives.

Posted on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ann-Marie Loves | Workspace Wednesday

Working from home has a way of turning me into a bit of a hermit. With the exception of daily gym classes and errands punctuating my work day, it’s just me, my pups, and my computer all day long. Which – to be honest – is nothing short of heaven for this introvert. But these past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of leaving the house and chatting with some amazing creative freelancers who have given me invaluable insight and reassurance about this unconventional way of life.

I have enjoyed many great conversations while working alongside Amy at her kitchen table. I talked taxes, yoga, and Photoshop tricks with Katie over coffee. I exchange daily marathon texts about biz matters and time management with my good friend Jaymee. And just yesterday, I spent several hours at Urth Caffe with my wedding photographer (whom I found on Pinterest, of all places!) and now friend, Katie, chatting about marriage, wedding blogs, and not quite fitting the art school mold. Even though our career paths may overlap slightly, I am THRILLED that we can have an open, honest dialogue about what it’s really like to be your own boss (the consensus: it’s the best). There really needs to be more of this, don’t you think?

SoCal creatives, we should totally meet up for coffee. I want to hear about your life.

diy care package.

Posted on: Friday, June 7, 2013

DIY Care Package | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

As someone who has lived far away from family + friends, I can attest to how wonderful it is to receive a care package in the mail. My mom used to send me the best care packages filled with magazines, my favorite candy, and the occasional Starbucks gift card (thanks Mom!) to make the distance between California + Utah feel a little bit shorter. And even though I am now back in California, I still have several friends that live out of state, so I am always looking for opportunities to send a little happy mail their way.

DIY Care Package | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

The key to care packages is that they don’t have to cost a lot; it truly is the thought behind the gesture that counts! In fact, one of my favorite things to do is to “shop” my own supplies. I have waaaay more stamps, pencils, twine, washi tape, and envelopes than I’ll ever know what to do with, so I pass them along to someone who can put them to good use! And of course, with all these fun supplies comes the opportunity to create fun packaging. I especially love adding descriptions to my items (i.e. “15 yards”) with Martha Stewart’s Crafts Your Own Stamp Set.

DIY Care Package | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

There are no rules and you don’t even need to send the package to a distant location. It might be fun just to drop a box off on a good friend’s doorstep to make their homecoming a little bit sweeter. Happy mail for the win!

house tours | elise + sarah

Posted on: Thursday, June 6, 2013

I’ve been lucky enough to photograph not one, but TWO amazing houses lately. Neither of which are mine (I wish!), but they both belong to the loveliest of lovely homeowners, so I’m more than happy to visit.

HOUSE No. ONE | ELISE

The first house I got to crash for a night was Elise’s. Oh man, this girl is a force to be reckoned with. I’ve never met anyone who is quite as efficient as she is (much less, at nine months pregnant!), and her beautiful home is an excellent example of that. Plus, her style! Girl’s got style for days. Here’s her daughter’s adorable nursery that I had the pleasure of shooting:

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise + Ann-Marie

HOUSE No. TWO | SARAH

The next amazing house belongs to my good friend Sarah. I had been hearing all about and seeing tons of amazing sneak peeks of her gorgeous new home for months, so to actually visit it in person (and spend the night in her luxurious basement!) was an absolute treat. Her home is UNREAL (although I simply refuse to give up my campaign for her to move to California!).

Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

See more photos of Elise’s nursery here and Sarah’s house here!

happy place no. 002 | sundance, utah

Posted on: Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Sundance was one of the first places John and I discovered upon our move to Utah in 2010 and it completely bowled us over. In fact, it STILL bowls me over every time I visit. I spent this past weekend in Utah and on Sunday, my good friend Sarah + her husband Mike took me up to Sundance for an amazing brunch at The Foudry Grill.

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris
Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

After breakfast, we spent a little time shopping (I’ll take one of everything, please!) and wandering around the resort. Just being amidst the trees + the mountains felt so refreshing. One of these days, I want to rent out one of the cabins (or yurts!) and wake up and breathe in that crisp alpine air with a hot cup of coffee in hand. Heaven.

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

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Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

From there, we jumped back in the car and went for a scenic drive through the Alpine Loop, stopping along the way for photos. This time of year is an absolute dream in Utah. The temperature is no longer too cold and not yet too hot and it feels amazing. I’m so glad my trip happened to coincide with the perfect weather!

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

If ever you get the opportunity to visit Utah, I highly recommend stopping by Sundance. Not only does the resort have so much to offer (including Full Moon lift rides!), but the idyllic drive through Provo Canyon to get there is worth the trip all on it’s own!

let’s get together (yeah yeah yeah).

Posted on: Saturday, April 6, 2013

Despite being in five different states, three different time zones and unpredictable levels of Internet cooperation (Jamie – we’re coming for you!), my friends and I were able to hang out on Wednesday night + it was the greatest thing ever.

Google Chat | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Okay, so maybe not “hang out” in the same way we do when we take over Starbucks or stand in Jaymee’s parents’ kitchen until 2am or gather together for our annual holiday parties, but still, so good. Amazing actually. I mean, can you believe that with a few clicks, you can SEE + HEAR + TALK TO someone thousands of miles away? Or better yet, six different people all at the same time?! I can’t even…

Nothing better than good friends, good conversations + ridiculously amazing technology.

a valentine’s engagement party.

Posted on: Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris
Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris
Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris
Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris
Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris
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Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris
Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris
Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris
Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris
Valentine's Engagement Party | Ann-Marie Morris
The night was full of pink and red and so much love from our family and friends. I can’t wait for the REAL party in a few short months!

xoxo

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