If you haven’t noticed already, ever since Emma watched Moana for the very first time, she was immediately hooked. It was also the first movie she actually sat through. So naturally, she now wants everything Moana. She especially loves to belt out the theme song, How Far I’ll Go. Case in point here. So when it came to her 2nd birthday party theme, it was an easy decision. I wanted to find a budget friendly party ideas, so off to Pinterest I went for DIY decor. I also didn’t want anything extravagant (mainly because I didn’t have the time), so decided to do a Moana themed sweets table. After five nights of designing, cutting, gluing, I was so excited to see my vision come to life! Also, I would not have pulled it off if it wasn’t for my friend, Morgan and her Cricut! That thing was a lifesaver for sure! For desserts, I made the cupcakes & Heart of Te Fiti sugar cookies. The highlight of the sweets table has to be the Moana boat my husband built. Originally, I was going to make the boat with paper towel rolls, but he said he can do something much better. And off he went into the garage. After a night of sawing, hammering and nailing, he legit built her a boat! Please give this man Father of the Year Award.
Along with Emma’s friends, we had both set of grandparents and aunts come to celebrate her birthday (we missed you Paul!). I don’t think Emma understands the concept of birthdays, but she sure had a lot of fun singing the Happy Birthday song and eating A LOT of her birthday cake. Oh, and of course, she loved all the presents and running around with all of her friends. I know I say this every time, but we are so lucky to have such great friends and family. I’m forever grateful for all the love Emma receives. Thank you everyone for coming to celebrate Emma’s birthday with us!!
Whoever thought of babymoon should be awarded! The purpose of a babymoon is to spend quality time with your partner to relax before the baby arrives. And Steve and I did just that for our babymoon because our life as Maddie and Steve will be long gone come Emma’s arrival!
We decided to do a weekend trip to Wilmington, NC for our babymoon. It was our first time in Wilmington and Wrightsville beach, and we fell in love! It was super relaxing to spend the weekend lounging at the beach, splashing in the water, and talking about us and our near future with Emma. A change of scene from our every day life was definitely needed, and we were able to really connect as a couple. It’s been nonstop on the go for us, so having this quality time before the baby’s arrival was essential. We also ate some really good foods in Wilmington, and that’s always a plus! 🙂
While we were at the beach, we decided to take advantage of the scenery and shoot my maternity photos. I’ve been contemplating a lot on how I wanted the maternity photos to look like… I wanted to be comfortable in my new body and embrace my belly because I think pregnancy is one of the beautiful looks for a woman. I definitely wanted to show my bare belly and at the same time reflect my own personal style. I made a flower crown with my favorite flower, baby’s breath and chose a few different outfits. Although we didn’t hire a professional photographer and did a DIY photo shoot, it turned out amazing! Steve did a great job capturing the style I was envisioning – his photography skill is improving every day, so talented! Here are my favorite photos from the shoot. I was just starting my 33 weeks. Enjoy!
Being the lunatic planner that I am, wedding planning Google doc. and spreadsheet were already made prior to the proposal, just haven’t shared with him yet (crazy, I tell ya!). Now that the proposal happened, and Steve is positive that he still wants to spend the rest of his life with me, I didn’t hesitate on sharing my “pre-wedding planning” ideas. My Pinterest wedding board was already filled with loads of DIY, rustic, outdoor weddings. My vision was to create a rustic, laid back and super fun wedding with hints of personal touches from Steve and me with one rule – every single guest must be on the dance floor at some point throughout the night with a glass of
alcoholic beverage of their choice in their hand. When I shared this vision of my dream wedding and pictures from Pinterest, Steve was fully on board with everything! And thank the lord for having similar style and taste, it made our planning that much easier!
After many, many trips to our local salvage yard, Home Depot, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Michael’s, scoping out every yard sale we came across and using the electric sander for the first time (I’m an expert now), we made our vision of a DIY outdoor BBQ wedding come true in real life. We said our “I Do’s” on May 31, 2014 and partied hard at All Seasons Apple Orchard in Woodstock, IL. Oh, and we became the SHwangs!
The beautiful photography is by Cling & Peck, and we can’t forget about our wedding video trailer found here by Autumn Tree Films.
If you wish to see more wedding pictures, they can be found on Cling & Peck, and our DIYs can be found on my Pinterest here.