Chanell & Kyle | the hotness

Since their engagement announcement in Chapel Hill Magazine is officially out, we have to share this bunch of hotness that is Chanell & Kyle. Shot in the spring this year, they’re some of our favorites ever, of some of our favorite people ever. These two are amazing artists - Chanell a hair stylist and Kyle the owner of Mitchell Restoration, so we knew they’d bring some serious style and fierceness to their shoot. And their fluffy girl Lyla brought the cuteness. We, being us, made sure to get their sweet side too. :) 

This, you guys, is fierce. Official engagement announcement pic - we knew it as soon as we shot it.

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Oh Lyla, you sweet little fluffy thing. We’ll have to do another shoot with these two and get their new little guy, Rossi in some images too!

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 I seriously can’t handle how much I love all of this blue. We had absolutely perfect lighting on these two.

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Seriously? Perfect. I love you two and your love. And your hotness. ;)

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Yeah we totally printed these to be hung side by side. Totally. Hot. For serious. Totes. (I can’t stop the cliche blogging words - but…seriously!)

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Lyla snuggles!

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Love their love!

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This? YES.

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You guys - we’re so excited about your wedding next June! Absolutely cannot wait! :)

Love to all three of you!

~JAM

Riley + the beach

While technically not our first beach trip (we spent one night at Wrightsville when Ri was nearly 4 weeks old), this was our first big trip, with our very bestest friends, the AKs. They drove all the way to the NC coast from Missouri. Whoa guys. I think it’s safe to say they’ll fly next time. :) But all of the Riley cuddles, (three) dollar tacos, mocha shakes, and beach time were worth it, I’m sure. We miss you guys, and have since the second we drove away. Here are some fun highlights from our trip! 

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Ri's Room

This is a place I could stay in all afternoon. The light in there is just perfect later in the day, and it’s so cheerful and fun but not too over-the-top. It’s Riley Boone’s room. He’s still sleeping in our room at night, but we’re slowly moving him in here for daytime naps (when they last longer than 10-15 minutes). I’m going to miss him when he’s in there full-time. Thank goodness for video monitors and being fortunate enough to be gifted one. :)

You might have noticed I’m a big fan of color. We started with a pretty gray on the walls, and the plan was to add pops of color all over, starting with the orange closet. The first thing purchased was the rug, before we even knew if Ri was a little he or she. So, most of the colors came from there. The giant giraffe was given to me by Jordan’s mamma a few years ago for Christmas, because I’ve always wanted a giraffe of my very own (I’m serious. A live giraffe. In my back yard.) Now I’m sharing it with Ri-guy.

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 That cute little silhouette there is actually Jordan’s own from when he was a little one. I love that it’s in Riley’s room now.

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The owl decal was a shower gift, and I love it in the little closet nook. I picture Riley crawling around his room one day, and having a little space in his closet floor to play. So, it’s perfect there. :)

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This rocking chair…it’s now rocked six generations of my family. I remember when it was in my great grandparents’ bedroom, upholstered in red velvety fabric. My sister and I would take turns rocking, and play with our Nenaw’s fancy hairbrushes. My granddaddy had the chair reupholstered three years ago, and even rebuilt and repaired some of it. Then he gifted it to us for our wedding. I’ve always known it would go in our kiddo’s room one day, and it fits perfectly in there.

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Riley’s book collection is…well, rather large. There are lots more downstairs in our little library/sunroom/playroom space. Teaching preschool and nannying helped build my collection, but I have a bit of an obsession with beautifully designed and sometimes quirky children’s books. They’re my favorite things to seek out in old bookstores.

Oh, and the Cornbread paintings (below on the right)…my dad started collecting these and has gifted them to us. They’re my favorite outsider art pieces, and I love them in here. Especially next to the vintage embroidered canvas from my great grandmother’s house.

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Some of our favorite things from trips we’ve taken are stashed on these little shelves. The daddy book from Asheville, the Air Zoo toy from our trip to Kalamazoo, and the Humu fish from our trip to Maui. 

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This was the first really long nap Ri has taken in his room, and he didn’t mind me in there snapping away with my loud camera one bit. So I had to snap some of him, too. :)

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That big empty wall space behind Ri’s crib will soon be filled with a collage of Riley photos. We just have to finalize our frame and print choices. See, photographers take their time doing that, too. Get those images off of your computer/devices and onto your walls, folks. I’ll post a tiny update when we do!

~JAM