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Senior Collection

April 29th, 2014

Good morning! I get to manage two kids this morning on my own because Guillaume is currently being interviewed and filmed! So exciting right?! It’s been an exciting past week of personal successes for both of us and I couldn’t be more excited and proud of him! He was recently invited to speak at a […]


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Good morning! I get to manage two kids this morning on my own because Guillaume is currently being interviewed and filmed! So exciting right?! It’s been an exciting past week of personal successes for both of us and I couldn’t be more excited and proud of him! He was recently invited to speak at a conference in San Diego in the fall, so family vacation, here we come! Any California brides want to schedule a fitting and design session?! I love this man, and I’m so honored to walk by his side as he grows. I also couldn’t ask for a better person to walk with me and support my goals and dreams. I couldn’t have made it this far into the semester without his support.  So today I get to celebrate his victories, and thank him that I had the chance to achieve mine as well: my work was accepted into the senior collection runway show that FIT puts on each year!! It’s something that I’ve watched each class before me work towards, and now I’m so honored to be invited to be a part of it! Our senior collections go though two rounds of judging to get into the show, more on that here:http://www.fashiontimes.com/articles/5636/20140423/judging-day-fashion-institute-technology-industry-experts-select-designs-featured.htm

I found my inspiration for this collection inside the many layers of the Russian matroyshka dolls, or the wooden nesting dolls.  Each one is an individual handcrafted work of art, and I love the concept of all the layers fitting neatly inside one another.  I’ve always loved these dolls- the colors, the patterns, the feeling they evoke, it’s actually what Guillaume bought me as a wedding gift a few years back, without even knowing how much I loved them! I want to be able to use this collection one day to further my goals with The Ivan Project; raising money to help families trying to adopt, and raising money to help girls who age out of the orphanages stay off the streets and get training for career possibilities.  I’d love to see it turn into a larger collection and show it in a gallery alongside photographs and bios of the girls we’re trying to help; using lingerie sales to raise money to give girls another option besides prostitution!  There’s some other exciting plans in the works for The Ivan Project that I’m hoping to announce this summer, ohhh I can’t wait to see where things go!
xoxo and have a lovely day!

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Our Little Man!

April 28th, 2014

Good evening!  I hope yours is as relaxing as ours is!  Mama Monday is coming really late today… none of the pre-blogging happened this weekend that I had thought I would be able to get to (oh two kids…) We did however have a lovely relaxed Sunday at a friend’s son’s birthday party and then […]


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Good evening!  I hope yours is as relaxing as ours is!  Mama Monday is coming really late today… none of the pre-blogging happened this weekend that I had thought I would be able to get to (oh two kids…) We did however have a lovely relaxed Sunday at a friend’s son’s birthday party and then stayed over late to watch the new Jim Gaffigan special- because they have cable and we don’t!  How was your weekend?!

Piper is loving her new brother!  She constantly covers him in kisses, tries to pick him up and hug him, and gives him lots and lots of fist bumps, all while constantly singing “Let it Go”.  She makes sure to tell us everytime he cries too, since apparently she thinks we can’t quite hear it…

A few weeks ago I shared some of my fears going into this next birth and oh wow, I can’t believe how God answers prayer!  I’m sitting here writing this with him on my lap and I still can’t believe the story is real!  The hospital part of birth was what I was dreading most, after all the complications we had gone through with Piper’s birth… I didn’t want to be at the hospital needing medication and interventions like last time, I wanted/needed a “normal” birth, one where medicine didn’t leave me so out of sorts that I felt like I could barely acknowledge my new baby at the end of birth.  Yes, the medicine was completely necessary- they kept both of us alive, I just didn’t want to have to go through that again!  So fast forward a few weeks, and on a Thursday morning in April, 3 days before my due date, labor decided to kick into gear.  Contractions were regular, and became very painful and very hard very quickly!  We started to walk out the door for the hospital, figuring we had it timed to get to the hospital as I was approaching the end of labor and we wouldn’t have to be there any longer than necessary, and suddenly I realized it was time to push…  Things had gone so much faster than expected, and so much faster than the first time around we weren’t expecting that to happen at all!  As we realized we weren’t going to make it to the hospital, let alone the car, we called 911 and as calmly as he could my husband explained the situation…  (We’re in the process of trying to get a copy of the recording of that call so we can have it to remember!) We had a doula at home with us, so she started giving orders for what we needed and what to do and 5 pushes later she yelled “it’s a boy!” (we didn’t know what gender we were expecting!)  The EMT’s showed up 5 minutes later and began the process to transport us to the hospital.  (which I was totally fine with by this point- it was the labor part of things I didn’t want to deal with the hospital for!)  Our little (but still pretty big- 8lbs 9oz!) boy was here with us, happy, healthy, and hungry, after a labor that lasted less than 3 hours from start to finish.  Who would have thought?!

It was the most amazing experience, and better than anything we could have planned for.  I still count my blessings every day so happy that my son was born at home, in peace.  We had 5 minutes as a family before EMT’s showed up, where I got to hold Eaden peacefully, Piper got to sit on the floor next to us and meet him right away, and there was no one trying to take him away or draw our attention elsewhere.  And I couldn’t be happier that it was a dear friend who got to say ‘it’s a boy!’ instead of a doctor, it’s a memory I will always cherish.

I understand the necessity of hospitals, and medicine, and fetal monitoring during labor.  All of that saved our lives the first time around.  And Eaden’s birth happening how it did was a completely unplanned situation, but it’s one that we couldn’t be more thankful for.  After we were at the hospital and had both been checked out and they brought him back to me, they handed him to me all swaddled and cozy and I just sat there crying, feeling all the emotions that I never went through with Piper, and it was such a healing moment.  I’m so thankful and grateful for all your prayers, and all your congratulations and well wishes.  We’re doing great, everyone’s healthy and happy, and having lots of fun getting to know our new little man!

xoxo

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#Makeheradress Winners!

April 25th, 2014

Hi!! It’s so good to be back.  I’m slowly but surely unpiling emails and lists and figuring out how to slowly get back into the swing of things…  Our son Eaden Nicolas joined us two weeks ago yesterday on April 10 in a very crazy awesome way that I can’t wait to share soon!  All […]


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Hi!! It’s so good to be back.  I’m slowly but surely unpiling emails and lists and figuring out how to slowly get back into the swing of things…  Our son Eaden Nicolas joined us two weeks ago yesterday on April 10 in a very crazy awesome way that I can’t wait to share soon!  All of our prayers were answered, and everyone is doing fine and enjoying our family time at home together.

I’m so excited to finally take a minute to announce the winners from our #makeheradress contest from March!  The lovely Anna Burke of Anna Burke Events was the lucky winner of the silk robe and beautiful Twila & Co. card set.  And, drumroll please… we have a bride!  I’m so excited to introduce you to Casey Barreto!! She and her fiance met at Disney World and they’re getting married next March!  I can’t wait to start introducing you guys to her, and start working with her to make the dress of her dreams come true!  Look at their engagement picture down below, isn’t it gorgeous?!

 

 

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More on Casey and the #makeheradress project coming next week, along with finally another Mama Monday sharing some of Eaden’s story, and exciting updates about our senior collection!  See you then!

xoxo

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Last Day!

April 4th, 2014

Happy Friday everyone! It’s the last day of the week, and the LAST day for the #makeheradress giveaway!  It’s your last chance to enter a bride to win a free custom dress!  And your last chance to share our project on instagram/facebook/twitter and be entered to win the free silk robe and set of gorgeous […]


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Happy Friday everyone!

It’s the last day of the week, and the LAST day for the #makeheradress giveaway!  It’s your last chance to enter a bride to win a free custom dress!  And your last chance to share our project on instagram/facebook/twitter and be entered to win the free silk robe and set of gorgeous cards from Twila & Co.  Have you checked out Johnna’s work?? It’s stunning!  (www.johnnahetrick.com) If you’re in Fredericksburg, pop by and see her at Monkee’s tonight during the First Friday festivities!  You won’t want to miss it!

Our goal with this project was to search for a bride to truly bless with this dress.  I’m in this business because I absolutely love what I do, and I love seeing that smile come to people’s face when their dreams are coming true.  We want to find a bride whose dreams we can make come true, and whose face we can bring that smile to.  Think you know her?  Hurry up and send us her details: contest@katherineelizabethbridal.com

I hope you have a lovely rest of your day, and I hope your weather is better than ours! It’s a little cloudy and dreary here, and Piper and I are spending the afternoon cuddled on the couch- she has a fever… poor baby!

Smile, and get ready for a lovely weekend!

Xoxo

Katherine

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p.s.  Winners will be announced next week!

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Hello April!

April 1st, 2014

Happy April!  The sun is shining, I can hear birds outside, and it’s a gorgeous day!  Still pregnant, but hoping for any day now…  After one false alarm already, we’re definitely ready to go!  Remember that “pre-baby list” from 2 weeks ago?  About half of it is done… yay!  Can’t wait to share details and […]


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Happy April!  The sun is shining, I can hear birds outside, and it’s a gorgeous day!  Still pregnant, but hoping for any day now…  After one false alarm already, we’re definitely ready to go!  Remember that “pre-baby list” from 2 weeks ago?  About half of it is done… yay!  Can’t wait to share details and pictures this week!  Today while Piper’s napping, I get to write my weekly mama post, and then hopefully work on some stuff for later this week too- a sneak peek at how senior collection is coming along, and the finale for the #makeheradress!  FYI, the giveaway ends Friday, so brides- send us your info so we can get you entered for the free custom dress, and thank you so much to everyone who has shared the project- you have until Friday to keep sharing and being entered for the silk robe and Twila & Co goodies!  Don’t forget to send us an email letting us know so we can get you entered!  Contest@katherineelizabethbridal.com.

When we found out we were pregnant with Piper a little over 2 years ago now, I spent a lot of time at the beginning worrying.  We were dealing with a number of medical complications, and I’m a worrier anyways, so miscarriage and complications were high on my thought list constantly, unfortunately.  The only way I found to calm myself down was constant reading of Hannah and Samuel’s story in 1 Samuel, and reading her prayer over and over.  You know all those gorgeous nursery art prints all over Etsy that say “For this child I prayed”, that’s Hannah in 1 Samuel 1.  That became my prayer day in and day out, “for this child I prayed”.  Please God, keep this baby safe so we can raise her to worship you.  And despite all the complications at the beginning, and things getting much worse suddenly at the end of pregnancy, we had a miracle birth and a miracle baby and we can’t get enough of her.  After finding out about baby #2 last August, I was a little lost as to what “my verse” was this time around.  I still felt connected to Hannah and her prayer, and I still read it all the time, but the desperation I felt with Piper was gone.  It wasn’t until I was past halfway in the pregnancy that I feel like I found it- right around the time I was having lots of very regular and semi-intense Braxton Hicks and was getting nervous about bedrest/early labor.  I was on my way to an ob appointment, having regular contractions 5 mins apart at 24 wks or so, and I pulled up the weekly “fighter verse” from an app on my phone from Bethlehem Church in Minnesota.  (funnily enough- John Piper’s church, which is partially where the inspiration for Piper’s name came from!).  It’s an odd one to cling to as my baby verse, it has nothing to do with babies etc., but it hit me right where I was and it became my prayer for myself and this baby.  Isaiah 43:1-2,5 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you… Fear not, for I am with you.”  It was the part about passing through the waters that really got me- early labor or not, God was with me, and was with this baby.  I’m at 38 ½ weeks now, and honestly never expected to still be pregnant- maybe that’s why I’m so anxious to get on with this!  But here we are, and I’m trying to remember to fear not, and that He is with me, and I won’t be overwhelmed and burned, we can do this!

I was painting and playing around the other day, and now Piper has a print framed in her room of my verse and prayer for her.  One day soon I’ll get this verse done to add to the collage!  Mamas, what’s your verse and prayer for your little ones?  I’d love to hear!

Enjoy the beautiful weather!

xoxo

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