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A Styled Shoot with a Custom Dress in Richmond Virginia | The Katelyn James Workshop Experience

April 21st, 2015

Remember when I posted these sketches a while back?  I finally get to show you the completed dress and the whole shoot!! It was such a fun dress to make, because I had been told from the very beginning that something very special was going to happen during the shoot… scroll through the photos to […]

 

Remember when I posted these sketches a while back?  I finally get to show you the completed dress and the whole shoot!! It was such a fun dress to make, because I had been told from the very beginning that something very special was going to happen during the shoot… scroll through the photos to see!

You’re in for a treat with this styled shoot, Katelyn James sets up incredible styled shoots for the attendees at her Workshop Experience, and this one was no exception.  And I bet you can’t tell that the whole shoot was set up on a driveway in front of a garage door!  And, to top it all off, I got to bring Eaden along.  Styled shoots can be hard because they’re not usually kid friendly, which can make it harder to participate in them as a mom, but this was the exception!  Amanda and I both brought our baby boys along and it was so much fun; we don’t have grass around our house, so watching him crawl around in Katelyn’s yard discovering grass was pretty adorable!

 

Images | Katelyn James

Styling and Florals (did you see the gorgeous pergola?!) | Amanda Veronee

Paper Flowers for the dessert tablescape (I love these!) | Sweet Pear Paper

Hair & Makeup | Emily Hudspeth

Vintage furniture rentals | Paisley and Jade

Custom Dress | Katherine Elizabeth Bridal

The shoot was featured on the Inspired by This blog a few months back, here’s the link!

Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth, Paper Flowers by Sweet Pear Paper Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth

Yes he proposed!!!

Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily Hudspeth Katherine Bignon Custom Dress for the Katelyn James Workshop Experience with a Surprise Proposal, Florals by Amanda Veronee, Furniture by Paisley and Jade, and Makeup by Emily HudspethYou can take a peek at the original inspiration sketches here!

xoxo, Katherine

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A Surprise Homebirth: Eaden’s Birth Story, Part 2

April 20th, 2015

Part 1 of Eaden’s birth story is here, from last Monday.  When I sat down to write out his birth story, for his first birthday, I realized that I couldn’t write his without first writing Piper’s, because to me they feel like one story.  His story wouldn’t be what it is without what I went […]


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Part 1 of Eaden’s birth story is here, from last Monday.  When I sat down to write out his birth story, for his first birthday, I realized that I couldn’t write his without first writing Piper’s, because to me they feel like one story.  His story wouldn’t be what it is without what I went through with Piper.  It wouldn’t have the same meaning for me, and it probably would have been much different and a lot scarier…

Piper and I wouldn’t have survived a home birth, and although it was originally what we wanted we were advised against it from the beginning due to a few things in our family history I was being monitored for.  Spoiler alert for the end of this story: Eaden was born on our bedroom floor, in a very accidental, very un planned, very fast home birth.  Piper’s labor had taken over twenty-four hours, and I had pushed for over three hours, and I had no idea how long labor would take this time due to how heavily medicated and controlled hers was.  So I had nothing to base the timeline, or the level of pain off of.  All I remembered was that Piper’s birth was extremely miserable, and extremely long.

Labor started with Eaden at 8am on a Thursday, and went fast!  Pitocin contractions are nothing like normal contractions, and two hours later when my contractions were completely unbearable (as they had been during Piper’s entire labor), I assumed it was normal and I still had a long time to go, not realizing it was a sign that labor was just about over… My doula was there, and being the complete introvert that I am, we found out that I completely internalize all of my pain and she was questioning whether I was actually in labor or not…  Meanwhile I’m screaming on the inside.  We started to grab our bags to head to the hospital, and she rubbed my back to help me through a contraction and suddenly realized I was starting to push.  I replied calmly that yes I was pushing, but just a little so it was ok…  I mean, I had pushed for over three hours with Piper so obviously we still had time, right?!  Yes time, as in less than five minutes.  We realized we weren’t going to make it out the door…  I remember thinking I don’t want to stain the rug on our bedroom floor, it was a birthday present, and shoving it out of the way.  We called 911 to let them know what was happening, Guillaume grabbed towels and after less than five pushes I heard Sara yell, “It’s a boy!” and then, “and he’s peeing all over me!” and I collapsed forward onto the floor in exhaustion and relief.

Piper walked into the room immediately, getting a chance to give her baby brother kisses and hugs before medics had shown up and before the cord had been cut. The ambulance arrived about ten minutes later to take over and make sure we were ok.  They cut the cord, put me on oxygen and got ready to transfer us.  (Fun fact: in New Jersey, it’s illegal to plan for unattended home birth like we had- and yes, ours was truly very unplanned!! So along with the paramedics, a senior officer had to show up to check the situation and get a handle on what may have truly happened!  I’m pretty sure all it took was one glance into the bedroom to see a rug shoved out of the way and me laying on our fancy pillow shams and the towels that had been wedding presents to see that we weren’t quite prepared for this to happen…)

We live in an upstairs apartment of our house, so I was carried down our stairs onto a chair stretcher, then switched to a normal stretcher outside on our sidewalk and then slid into an ambulance for a ten minutes, lights flashing ride to the local hospital where we were both checked out, and then taken to a recovery room to sit around for almost two days waiting to be released to go home.

I started sobbing when he was handed back to me in the hospital after they cleaned us up and checked us out.  I felt something, I knew who this was and I could feel all the feelings.  And on top of all that, I could see him clearly.

It was the most redemptive experience I could have asked for, and to this day I’m extremely grateful.  People still ask me if I was scared, and tell me they would have been terrified, but the funny thing is is that it felt so right, that there was nothing to do but feel calm and at peace during the entire experience.

The best part of all of it for me was that Piper was right there to meet him.  The first time around I may have missed out on some of this moment with her, but the second time it was all three of us together and it was perfect.

My heart cries for women who don’t get the birth they wanted, who feel like something was taken from them and they missed out on something.  There’s a part of me that is still nervous about going into labor again with baby 3, but we’re trying a new hospital this time, and a new midwife practice, and ultimately I have to remind myself that God is in control and He knows what he’s doing.

xoxo, Katherine

Bignon Family Newborn Session by Richmond Photographics Bignon Family Newborn Session by Richmond Photographics

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A Sonogram Letter

April 16th, 2015

I see you in black and white, like an old film photograph; grainy and distorted, and intensely beautiful.  With hands that sway gently, rocking you back and forth, and ten tiny and bony white fingers resting at the end.  Ten toes as well, thank God, even though for a minute I only saw nine and […]

 

I see you in black and white, like an old film photograph; grainy and distorted, and intensely beautiful.  With hands that sway gently, rocking you back and forth, and ten tiny and bony white fingers resting at the end.  Ten toes as well, thank God, even though for a minute I only saw nine and had to recount.  We’ll chalk that up to the grainy snapshot, and not a future character quirk that I’ll have to learn to get used to.  There are enough of those going around already here.

You’re kicking me, with the foot with the hidden toe.  Not in an urgent, pay attention to me now, drop everything and run, type manner, but more in a, “are you sure you don’t need to step out to the bathroom again?” fashion.  A subtle under the table type rhythmic beat that is a mixture of a “hello I’m here” announcement and a gentle caress.  Thank you for the constant reminder, making sure we don’t lose you amidst the crowd.  It is a big one that’s gathered here already.  And then you pause for a second, to wave.

I’m the only one watching, but since you can’t see me, do you just know?  You’re being watched, just for a moment here, and apparently that sits just fine with you.  Or rests I guess, (lays, reclines?), you’re not quite sitting yet, but that will come.  There’s something about that wave, as if I’ve seen it before, but can’t quite place it.  And I’ve certainly never seen it end with a thumb being placed in the mouth, as if you were waving a quick hello to make sure I’ve found you, and then going back to your day to day relaxing and reaching the standard growth milestones.  The others weren’t like that, no waves, no “yes I know you’re watching moments”, no thumb sucking.  Yes, I’ve found you, and don’t worry, I won’t be leaving.

You don’t seem to mind the intrusion; all the prodding and bumping, making you roll this way to check your back, and lie still like this to check your neck.  Everything seems to be perfect, (except for that little toe mishap), and I’m realizing I won’t be privileged enough to stare for much longer.  Wave again please, do you know that I’ll be going soon?  That’s the problem when things go right; they send you on your way with a quick nod and a thank you, shutting off the whir of the machines without a second thought to the fact that you haven’t gotten that second move of the hand you’re longing for yet.  Just a quick flick of your finger, or tilt of your head is all I need.  Oh, I see.  (And feel.)  Another kick.  Well, that’ll do too.

You’re hidden, in a peaceful private world of one, that’s no one but yours, and mine.  You’re not to be shared yet.  The others get to see the photograph I hand them, a moment frozen in time, a black and white image of bones and fluid.  But the wave, and the missing toe question, and the kicking under the table, that’s all mine.  None of that comes across on a flat shiny four by six.  The performance had to be seen live.  And your audience of one, a mama who had the privilege to stare, for just a moment, was captured.  Anyone else would have been an intrusion, but us, it feels just right.  You and I with our silent language of rolling and kicking, tickling, and nausea each morning.  We’re the only ones who got to see.

The grainy film roll image is perfect for you, like an old 35 mm that would have captured your great grandparents walking hand in hand.  It catches you just right; the wrinkles, hunched back, curled fingers, the inability to hold yourself steady, it suits.

For now you’re my own private memory, those twenty minutes.  Not a word was shared, nor a sound made, save for the rhythmic beating of two hearts, inside one body.

For the first time I’ve seen your face.  One more quick wave, before you drift to sleep and I lower my shirt, wiping off the thick gel that only moments before had blanketed you and covered me, opening up the door into your tiny world.  And mercifully, the kicking stops, but only until naptime is over.  Long enough for me to breathe easy for a moment, and you to feel the need to remind me you’re still there when your eyes flutter open again.

We’re all so excited to meet you, but for now I cherish that you’re only mine.

xoxo, Mama

Katherine Bignon Maternity Shoot with a Custom Silk Robe, Image by V.A. Photography

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Custom Lingerie for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley & Jade Studios in Richmond, Virginia

April 15th, 2015

I wrote a little sneak peek post for this shoot here, a few months back, but now I finally get to show you ALL of the images!  An amazing team of creatives collaborated on this shoot to bring to life Jess & Annmarie of Boudoirathon’s vision for their brand launch styled shoot.  These girls travel […]

 

I wrote a little sneak peek post for this shoot here, a few months back, but now I finally get to show you ALL of the images!  An amazing team of creatives collaborated on this shoot to bring to life Jess & Annmarie of Boudoirathon’s vision for their brand launch styled shoot.  These girls travel around doing gorgeous boudoir photography in the form of a weekend marathon of sessions.  (And, I’m so excited that I get to work with them again this coming weekend and bring along this entire collection of garments for their girls to use during their sessions!)

They asked for pink, feminine, and floral print lingerie for this shoot and I was stunned when they fell in love with almost every single design I sent them.  We ended up with an eleven piece collection for them to use during the styled shoot and everything turned out fabulous!  Friends, I can’t encourage you enough to find friends in the industry to collaborate with, and to grow and learn with.  When you help someone else with their dreams and vision, it leads to lasting relationships that are so incredible.  Find them and dream with them, encourage them, and let yourselves grow together!  I promise you, it’ll be amazing.

Enjoy all the pretty pink and tulle below!

xoxo, Katherine

Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade, Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Illustrations for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Illustrations for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Illustrations for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Floral Bralette and Tulle Skirt for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade, Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Floral Bralette and Tulle Skirt for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom 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Kat of Dear Sweetheart Events did all of the florals and styling for the day (gorgeous right?!), and the shoot was located at the amazing Paisley and Jade studios in Richmond, VA.  And, we were all so excited when we found out the shoot was picked up for publication on the 100 Layer Cake blog!!

Photography | Boudoirathon

Styling & Florals | Dear Sweetheart Events

Studio | Paisley & Jade

Calligraphy | The Taylor Type

Gold Foil Prints | B is for Bonnie Design

Hair | Brianna B Adams

Makeup | NB Makeup 

Lingerie | Katherine Elizabeth Bridal

 

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Eaden’s Birth Story, Starting with Piper

April 13th, 2015

I sat down to write Eaden’s birth story, in honor of his first birthday, and it hit me that I had never shared Piper’s full birth story, and there’s honestly no way to write his without sharing hers.  The two stories are so closely intertwined, and his is so dependent on hers that suddenly this […]

 

I sat down to write Eaden’s birth story, in honor of his first birthday, and it hit me that I had never shared Piper’s full birth story, and there’s honestly no way to write his without sharing hers.  The two stories are so closely intertwined, and his is so dependent on hers that suddenly this had turned into a two part story in order to share his birth and do the story justice.

Throughout Eaden’s entire pregnancy I knew I needed things to be different.  I knew that there was an extreme fear of going back to the hospital and being put on the same medicines again, of not being able to make it through labor.  But it wasn’t until six weeks before he was born and a close friend had a baby that I began to actually understand what I was scared of most.  I was scared of looking at him and falling in love instantly, and being reminded of everything I felt Piper had missed out on.  And yet despite everything a silent part of me was hoping for everything to be exactly the same as before so that I didn’t have to feel guilty, I could just feel pain.

There’s an emotional disconnect that happens when a labor is induced and your body isn’t ready for it.  Your body fights it, you fight it mentally and eventually you feel like your baby was removed from you before you were ready.  Suddenly you’re holding this tiny precious baby and don’t know what to do.  You shouldn’t be in this moment yet, this shouldn’t have happened yet, and you have no idea how you got there.

I was monitored closely all throughout my pregnancy with Piper for potential complications due to family history and some abnormal test results, but everything went fine until I showed up for a 39 week sonogram that I had almost cancelled the day before, but had forgotten to within the cancellation time window.  They checked things, and checked things again, and called another doctor in to check things, and then told me that my amniotic fluid was getting rather low and they needed to keep an eye on things.  I had a doctor’s appointment the next day and when I went in, things went downhill fast.  They checked my blood pressure in three different rooms thinking the machines were broken, then said I needed to go to the hospital immediately, they would be inducing me due to severe and sudden onset preeclampsia, and the fact that the placenta had stopped producing any nutrients and there was almost no amniotic fluid left.

I hadn’t started to dilate at all, and my cervix hadn’t even begun to soften yet, so there was nothing that was ready to go into labor.  They told me I had twenty-four hours to deliver her, and then it would be an emergency c-section because they couldn’t let my blood pressure stay this high for that long, and the only way to begin to make it go down was to deliver the baby.  This sounds feasible right?!  It gets better… I would be on Pitocin to start labor and keep it going, along with a balloon induction, but I would also be on Magnesium to help control my blood pressure and keep me from seizing.  The side effects of Magnesium are blurred vision, semi-loopiness, loss of hunger, and stopping labor.  Yes, stopping labor!!  (Magnesium can be used as a medication to halt labor for someone who goes into early labor before the baby is ready.,,)  In order to induce labor, and keep both Piper and I alive and safe they had to use two opposing medicines at the same time and try to find the balance that would lead to a healthy delivery.  My blood pressure was checked every ten minutes for the next twenty-four hours, plus the two days following while I recovered, and for two weeks after delivery I was on a medicine to keep my blood pressure under control because it still wouldn’t go down, and I had to buy an at home BP cuff to keep checking it.

Her birth was a complete miracle, she was born 24 hours and 30 minutes from when I was induced.  I pushed for three and a half hours, and with each push they would tell me they could see her hair and the next one would be the last, but it never was.  The Magnesium had taken away the ability to push hard enough and finish the delivery, so she was delivered with forceps (think large salad tongs that the doctors insert, find your babies chin and grip, then pull).  Suddenly she was placed on my chest and my memory is spotty after that.  I remember seeing double, and it wasn’t something my glasses could fix.  I remember looking at her and thinking oh, this is interesting, there’s a baby here, but making no move to hold her tight and cuddle, or any connection to the fact that she was mine, and after nine months of waiting she was finally here.  Guillaume sat there tearing up and looking at her saying, “don’t you love her, she’s just so beautiful”, and I was lying there feeling guilty for feeling nothing, and thinking why is this such a big deal? I remember feeling nothing.

Her lungs had to be suctioned immediately because there had been such a drop in the fluid around her that she was covered in meconium, and had filled her lungs with it.  I had always wanted to have a homebirth, but it wasn’t feasible in the area we lived in at that time.  She wouldn’t have survived a home birth, and neither would I have with everything that happened.

I had to stay on the Magnesium IV drip for the next twenty-four hours and wasn’t allowed to move around or eat.  I laid there in the hospital that night holding her, still not connecting to what had happened and flipping channels on the tv; I came across an old episode of House and started watching.  It’s the one where a baby is born in the hospital, and then disappears, and the whole hospital is on lockdown trying to find this missing newborn.  It should have scared me a little right?  It should have made me hold Piper a little tighter, grateful that she was in my arms and I didn’t have to call up to the nursery to make sure she was ok and still there.  The only thought that went through my head was, oh, I hope that doesn’t happen to me one day when I have a baby.  Wait, what?!!  I had just had a baby, but there was no recognition or attachment, or connection to what had just happened.

My heart cries for moms who are required to be under heavy medication during labor.  I’m grateful for all the medical intervention we had, it literally kept both of us alive, but oh man did it change things for those first few months after she was born.

Those first hours after delivery are crucial for attachment, and we lost out on that completely.  It took so long for the medicine to work its way out of my system that emotionally I lived at the beginning like nothing had changed.  There was a baby with me 24/7, but it didn’t feel like she was mine, she was just there.  We went through the motions, but nothing seemed real.  Eventually things got better, life adjusted back to normal, my body re-regulated itself and we were fine, things adjusted to how they should have been all along.  I was pregnant again, and scared to death about going back to the same hospital and being put back through everything again.  I wasn’t showing any symptoms for developing preeclampsia again, or any of the other issues that went wrong but I couldn’t get it out of my head that everything would go downhill again at the hospital.

I didn’t fully start to process what had happened emotionally at the beginning with Piper until six weeks before Eaden was born when a close friend had a baby.  I saw a picture of her at the hospital holding her newborn, looking completely in love and happy, albeit exhausted.  She texted the picture to me and I broke down sobbing.  She looked completely opposite from anything I had felt; she was holding her son, looking completely in love, and most of all she knew it was her son, and things looked normal.  I had felt none of that; I don’t remember feeling that overwhelming feeling of love for Piper until she was at least four or five months old.  I spent the weekend crying, and processing, and finally started the process to heal and be ready to welcome another baby into our family.  She and I had used the same doctor, and she scheduled her post-partum apt at the same time as one of my standard appointments, so we drove together, and on the way back I remember telling her, “I wish there was a way that I could just skip the hospital this time around, and then once the baby is born, drive to our doctors to be checked out and start the recovery.”  I loved our doctors; I just couldn’t deal with the hospital experience.  That white room held too many memories and too many fears.  The post-partum depression and emotional disconnect only lasted for the first few months after she was born, but the trauma of the experience and a bit of PTSD still lingered.  Honestly, it’s still there.  I have a hard time breathing normal and thinking clearly when I think of going back to the hospital where she was born.  For me, it marks everything that went wrong with the delivery and the emotional process after…  And I still struggle with choosing to hold a baby; to reach out and take them and not let their dad carry them.  It was so natural for me at the beginning with Piper to not hold her, I didn’t have the urge to.  It was easier to just let things be and I made myself feel like that was normal.  I have to remember to physically remind myself to reach out and carry them sometimes, even now when things are completely normal and fine.

I can’t get back the time that I lost with Piper, but when Eaden was born, we did all of our post partum snuggling all three of us together, and it was the most amazing feeling of healing that I could have imagined.

As the icing on the cake to her birth, Hurricane Sandy hit the day after we made it home from the hospital, and we lost power in our apartment for a week, so after three days of living without hot water and learning to nurse and change diapers in the pitch black (we ran out of matches for our candles!!), we packed everything up and had enough gas in the car to make it far enough down the interstate towards Virginia and my family and a hot shower!

Part two will be coming next Monday, I promise!

xoxo, Katherine

p.s. Here’s a link to a post I wrote shortly before Eaden was born, when I shared a bit about Piper’s birth story and the struggle I had emotionally.  My prayer for you if you’re going through anything like this is that you reach out and ask for help, don’t go through it alone!

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Dear Brides & Wives: The Inspiration Couple

April 10th, 2015

  Our closest “married couple” friends have been married fifteen years longer than us, they have triple the children we have (soon only double though!  Woohoo for August!), and they’re a generation wiser than us.  But this hasn’t stopped the growth of a dear friendship that’s closer than anything I could have imagined.  But more […]


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Our closest “married couple” friends have been married fifteen years longer than us, they have triple the children we have (soon only double though!  Woohoo for August!), and they’re a generation wiser than us.  But this hasn’t stopped the growth of a dear friendship that’s closer than anything I could have imagined.  But more than just friends, they have taught us so much about marriage and creating a relationship and a friendship and a family that will last a lifetime.  We stumbled on them a bit by accident, meeting at a mutual friend’s party and clicking instantly.  Now we live a five minute walk from each other, we see them at least weekly for shared meals, and when one of us is out of coffee or cream we show up at the other’s kitchen.  She helped me survive Piper’s birth (literally survive), she delivered Eaden on our bedroom floor when we couldn’t make it to the hospital (a year ago today!), and she asked me if I was pregnant with number three before I even had given the thought a second consideration.

 

We’ve grown this close because of how much they’ve inspired us, and how much they’ve taught us.  We love being with them because it’s a family that entrenched themselves in the values we share as well, and who committed themselves from the beginning of their marriage that this was a marriage that was going to work, there wasn’t any other option.  It’s easy to be with them because they understand what we’re going through at this five year mark of marriage, and we see what we have to look forward to at the twenty year mark.

 

We spent a few months while we were engaged going through the pre-marital counseling process that our church required.  We were partnered with a married couple, and met frequently to talk, and learn, and have someone to guide us and answer our questions.  That time was invaluable, and we’re still close with that couple, but as important as that was, this relationship we have now is ten times as important.

 

Pair yourself with a couple who inspires you to have a better marriage daily.  With someone you can look up to and learn from and ask the hard questions to.  Someone who will pray with you and help you through the hard moments, instead of simply hanging out and “husband-bashing” with you.  These are the relationships that will last a lifetime, and these are the ones that you want to last a lifetime, because they’ll help your marriage last a lifetime too.

 

We made a promise before we got married that there was no getting out.  We said our vows and made a promise that this was forever.  I have never once doubted that promise; I am head over heels in love with this man.  And I am so incredibly grateful for the support we feel from the community we’ve place around us, helping make sure we keep our promise.

 

xoxo, Katherine

 

 

 

Dear Brides & Wives is a series of letters, where I share my heart for marriage and my prayers for you as a wife, a bride, or a one-day bride.  Marriage is beautiful, and hard, and easy, and challenging, and sometimes it’s everything at once.  These letters are the moments that we’ve been through, and I hope that they can bless and encourage you even just a little, in whatever place your heart is in.  xoxo, Katherine

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Styled Shoot Sneak Peek

April 9th, 2015

Last September, I flew down to Georgia to spend three days at a conference that I had no idea would be as life changing as it was.  I kissed my kids goodbye and got on the plane with a lacy white dress safely zipped into a garment bag for a styled shoot at the conference […]

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Last September, I flew down to Georgia to spend three days at a conference that I had no idea would be as life changing as it was.  I kissed my kids goodbye and got on the plane with a lacy white dress safely zipped into a garment bag for a styled shoot at the conference that I had reached out to the planners of on a whim, asking if I could participate.  The friendships that I made there are life long relationships that continue to inspire me and encourage me, and I cannot wait to head back down south this coming fall.  I met Katie there, she’s a Navy wife who had flown out from San Diego for the conference and she had just launched the Vows and Valor military wedding blog.  I was so happy to be able to meet up with her again when we spent a few days in San Diego last fall for a conference Guillaume was speaking at, and then I got a text from her a few weeks back asking if I might have a dress available… Vows and Valor was about to do their first styled shoot for the blog and they were looking for a blush wedding dress to complement the groom’s dress whites.  And thus began a hectic but oh-so-much-fun collaboration to get a dress out to San Diego almost immediately.  I love this girl, and I love everything about the blog and vision she’s running, so it was such a pleasure to participate.  Here’s a few sneak peeks of what I worked on, the full post is coming in May! (yay!!!)

A Blush Silk Wedding Dress with Ivory Lace by Katherine Bignon for a Vows and Valor Styled Shoot

For those of you who are new to this creative industry, just starting out and trying to find a way to get your name out there, don’t be afraid of participating in styled shoots!  Put a list together of your favorite established brands, the people in our industry who inspire you and who you would dream of working with, and then reach out to them, don’t be afraid!  Ask if they have any upcoming shoots that you can participate in.  If you’re a stationary designer, reach out to a wedding photographer you love and ask if they’re doing any styled shoots that you could create an invitation suite for.  If you’re a florist, a calligrapher, a cake designer, (anything really!), reach out to that planner, photographer, etc. that you love and who inspires you and ask if you can participate!  Maybe it won’t work out the first time around, but you’ll never know if you don’t reach out and take the first step to ask.  We work in an industry full of amazing woman with amazing hearts who would love to collaborate and dream with you, so don’t hesitate on whether you should send that email or not, just do!

xoxo, Katherine

A Blush Silk Wedding Dress with Ivory Lace by Katherine Bignon for a Vows and Valor Styled Shoot

A Blush Silk Wedding Dress with Ivory Lace by Katherine Bignon for a Vows and Valor Styled Shoot

 

 

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Measuring Cups

April 8th, 2015

Two cups is the general equivalent of 400 grams, at least when it comes to flour.  The measurements are relatively interchangeable, depending on whether you’re cooking a metric recipe or an American one, but the difference can also be just enough to make sure your cake never quite sets, or your bread turns to brick. […]

 

Two cups is the general equivalent of 400 grams, at least when it comes to flour.  The measurements are relatively interchangeable, depending on whether you’re cooking a metric recipe or an American one, but the difference can also be just enough to make sure your cake never quite sets, or your bread turns to brick.

If we ever move back to France, the first thing I’m hiding in my suitcase is a set of measuring cups.  Ones that will let me still cling to some of my favorite foods in moments of desperation.  Ones that will let me still smell my mother’s zucchini bread rising in the oven; 3 cups of flour, in order to keep the bread just moist enough. Ones that will still let me make waffles from scratch for my family on Saturday mornings; two cups of flour, plus a dash of sour cream and coconut oil.  And ones that will let me still get a sugar high from my chocolate chip cookie recipe that made my husband fall in love with me; 4 cups of flour for a firmness that’s just so and lets them melt in your mouth like butter.  God forbid we cook those on the French system, he won’t know who I am anymore.

It’s funny, my attachment to these little white stacked cups, with their handles and red numbers engraved on the side, because I learned how to cook in France, without them to guide me, yet I feel like I’m not quite at home without them now.

The difference between two cups and 400 grams is what keeps me from finding a home in my mother’s kitchen, and what stops my mother-in-law from inviting me into hers.  It’s a difference that can’t quite be explained, because there’s no way to make it equivalent.  It’s simply what makes me different.  I can copy their recipes, but I can’t quite duplicate them.  There’s always something just a little bit off.

I will always speak just a little different; my children will always speak it too.  Our accent, our cadence, our choice of word order.  None of it is equivalent, yet similar enough.  We are understood, but it is not always correct.  It’s two cups in a recipe that really wanted its 400 grams.  I will always dress just a little bit off, I will always parent slightly outside the lines of their culture and what they expect.  It’s simply me trying to find a balance between my cups and your grams, and knowing that it doesn’t always exist.

According to someone, I will always be holding two cups instead of 400 grams, or grams instead of its’ slightly off equivalent of cups.  Yet if I can learn to take the forthcoming questions and eye-raising with a grain of salt; whether it’s the 99 cent box from the bodega or the lavender fleur de sel at the supermarché that’s a little out of my reach, my cups and I might just be able to make it through, knowing that at least if all else fails, I still have my little white handled safety nets, and those chocolate chips, four cups of flour, and a man who loves me for them every time they melt like butter in his mouth.

I’ll always be working from the wrong side of the system, trying to find the middle ground and which recipes will work there; buy maybe we simply need to expand our palette a bit and steer clear of the cakes that don’t set and the loaves of gluten brick.

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As I’m finishing up my last semester at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I found out right before the semester started that I was short one English class, so I’ve been able to spend the semester taking a creative non-fiction writing class.  It’s my favorite genre to read, and I think I finally found my writing niche; I can get lost with hours and hours of journaling for the class… This is an excerpt from one of the pieces for class, and it’s the inspiration for a longer piece due in a few weeks that I’m currently working on.  This course ranks high in the top 3 I’ve taken at FIT, and it’s not even related to my major!!  But, I have a feeling it will be related to future projects… My professor is trying to talk me into writing a book about all of our French family experiences, and I have a couple other projects up my sleeve too!

xoxo, Katherine

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Styling for Creatives, A Lingerie Photoshoot with Angela Friedman

April 7th, 2015

I’ve had the pleasure of both interning and working this semester with Angela Friedman, an independent lingerie designer based out of New York City.  I have learned so much from her about running a design business from the ground up, so many new sewing and designing skills, and we’ve had so much fun together!  A […]

 

I’ve had the pleasure of both interning and working this semester with Angela Friedman, an independent lingerie designer based out of New York City.  I have learned so much from her about running a design business from the ground up, so many new sewing and designing skills, and we’ve had so much fun together!  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of collaborating with her on a styled photoshoot of her Spring/Summer 2015 collection.  We had so much fun that we ran out of garments in the collection before we were ready to stop shooting, so we threw in a few favorites from past collections, as well as sneaking a couple shots of the coming Fall/Winter 2015 collection (I can’t show you those ones quite yet, but just wait til September, because this new collection is BEAUTIFUL!)  It was such a fun and inspiring day, and I have a feeling it won’t be the last time we work together.  If I wasn’t pregnant, I would spend my summer living out of half of these pieces…

From Angela’s blog: “Spring finally seems to be here!  The temperatures are warming up, the sun is shining more and more each day, and all the windows are full of light colors and soft fabrics just begging to be worn.  So in celebration of all things warm and sunny, we thought we’d share a little spring inspiration for some of the things we think pair best with our spring collection!

 Imagine sitting next to the window on a vintage velvet lounge in a delicate bralette and bedjacket, sipping tea, trying on pearls, tasting macarons and perusing your favorite book, getting ready for a makeover and an afternoon luncheon with your best girlfriends, and you’ll be all set for what we have in mind for this spring.”

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

Those bralettes… They pair perfectly with a pair of high waisted silk shorts!

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

Yes, in the end we got to eat the macarons!

 

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

Her lacy eye masks are perfection, I love how they pair with the pearls and the makeup!

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A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

Those are my great-grandmother’s vintage lace gloves, it was so much fun to be able to use them!

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

We’re both in love with this striped set, I took way too many pictures of it!

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

Did you know that little dried flower is part of a cotton plant? It’s gorgeous right?!

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A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

I loved being able to throw in old prints from a Paris on Film photoshoot I did a few years back.

Here’s a link to a post by The Lingerie Addict, with even more pictures of Angela’s gorgeous Spring/Summer 2015 collection!

This is just the first of a few Styling for Creatives collaborations I have had the opportunity to do recently.  Working with designers to help them style their pieces, and then give them a folder of images to use for their marketing needs has been so much fun, and both an incredible learning experience and inspiring at the same time!  It’s been an interesting avenue of my business to explore, I’m loving that I’ve found a way to get back behind my camera again in a way that’s directly relevant to my business and everything I love doing!  I hope you enjoy these images, and there’s definitely more to come soon…

xoxo, Katherine

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A Pavlova Recipe

April 6th, 2015

This was a busy busy weekend!  Passover and Easter fell on the same weekend this year, so it was chock full of good food, good company and good worship.  We started celebrating Passover years ago with some good friends of our and it fast became one of our favorite holidays, and this year we did […]


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This was a busy busy weekend!  Passover and Easter fell on the same weekend this year, so it was chock full of good food, good company and good worship.  We started celebrating Passover years ago with some good friends of our and it fast became one of our favorite holidays, and this year we did an Easter potluck with the same family.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me during Passover prep (we spent the ENTIRE day in the kitchen!) But maybe next year you’ll get a full menu with pictures!  I sat there the whole day remembering back to last year, snuggling with a two week old baby and being a bit more on the fringe of the event.  And here we are one year later; Eaden is walking and almost one, number three is on the way and I worked all day long! It’s amazing how life changes and grows from one year to the next.  A few years back, I started making the dessert for Passover, and it’s such a big hit every year that I thought I’d share the recipe. (I did snap a few pics of this one.)  Have you ever had Pavlova?  It’s so simple to make, incredibly beautiful, and even more delicious and I KNOW you’ll enjoy it!  This recipe is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Mini Pavlova recipe in her book “How to Be a Domestic Goddess” (One of my favorite cookbooks!!)  (recipe below)

A Pavlova Recipe from Katherine Bignon

For Easter dessert I think I made 21 crème brûées… And then I ate a leftover one for breakfast this morning!  Maybe, just maybe we’ve had enough sugary goodness for a while… We’re all looking forward to a delicious plate of leftovers tonight though…

 

Passover Pavlova Recipe

Ingredients for Meringue:

8 large egg whites

shake of salt

1 ½ cups sugar

2 teaspoons potato starch

1-2 teaspoons Vanilla extract

2 teaspoons White Wine

*Your meringue will be stiffer, and hold better if you use organic eggs for the egg whites.  The egg whites in organic eggs are thicker and sturdier than in regular eggs, leading to a much better meringue!

Set your oven to 350 degrees

Put the salt and egg whites into a mixer and whisk on high until the egg whites start to hold firm peaks, then slowly add in the sugar.  I usually put the full 1 ½ cups into a small bowl, and then slowly pour it into the mixer while it’s still going on high.  Once you have all the sugar in, your meringue will most likely look like it’s about to take over the entire bowl (I usually mix mine in a KitchenAid Stand Mixer), and it will be nice and stiff and snowy white.  Turn off the mixer, remove the whisk, and add the potato starch, Vanilla, and Wine to the top, then gently fold it into the meringue with a spatula.

Next you’ll need two large cookie sheets.  Line them with parchment paper, and take a large plate (about 10-12” round) and draw a circle of their outline on the paper.  Use a spatula, and put half of the meringue into each circle, spreading it out so it reaches to the edges of your outline.  Use the spatula to shape the edges of the circles up a little, so that there is a slight ridge which will help hold all your berries and cream inside.

Now the meringues are ready to bake! Slide them into the oven and when you do, turn it down to 300 degrees so that the temperature gradually cools a bit as they cook.  Bake them for 30 minutes, and then turn the oven off and let the meringues sit inside for minimum another 30 minutes.  (I like to cook this recipe the night before I need it, and then when I turn the oven off I let them sit in the oven overnight cooling.  This lets the meringues dry out, giving them a crunchy outside and gooey inside, exactly the texture you want for the Pavlova!

Preparing the Pavlova to serve:

Ingredients:

3 cups heavy cream, whipped

Fruit and Berries: Some of our favorites are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, plus chopped kiwis and fresh figs.

  *If you put the bowl for your mixer in the freezer an hour or two before you need to whip the cream, your cream will hold better when it’s whipped, and stay cooler longer!  Add a little bit of sugar and vanilla to your cream while it’s whipping and it’ll sweeten it up a bit too.

To assemble: Peel the parchment paper off the bottom of the first meringue and place it on a serving dish.  Put half the whipped cream onto the meringue, and smooth it out.  Then cover with berries.  Peel the parchment off the second meringue and layer it on top of the first, then cover with the remaining whipped cream and pile with berries.  Slice, serve and enjoy!

A Recipe for a Delicious Pavlova from Katherine Bignon

Xoxo

Katherine