All-American Lemonade Stand

Nothing says 4th of July like a backyard BBQ, fireworks, and sporting your best red, white and blue attire. And nothing says summer like days by the pool, fresh produce, and a neighborhood lemonade stand. So, to celebrate Independence Day, we combined all those amazing things into an All-American-Summer-styled family shoot! We rounded up some of our favorite local vendors to bring our vision to life, including Ashley Perry Photography and Let’s Celebrate Love, and boy did they deliver. Because, when summer gives you lemons… you make lemonade!!!



From Urban Style momma, Sara Mackenzie:

“Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the celebration of America, and the amazing place we live in. We teamed up with Ashley Perry Photography and Let’s Celebrate Love to create this true-to-heart photo shoot. I contacted a few local California clothing companies to contribute to these little cutie’s looks and they NAILED it. The shirt we chose, from Willow and Fern, was so fantastic and it has a little secret…the top has fireworks that glow in the dark! (Hurry and order one for your little babe to sport this Saturday!) Bow Lovely Boutique sent us the cutest black and white polka dot skirt and this cool flag-inspired headband.”



“When we asked Rachel to have her adorable little boy Owen model for the shoot, she not only agreed, but as always went above and beyond with the props too! Rachel built us the perfect little lemonade stand to execute the details for our ‘American Lemonade’ vision. And I personally think these two cuties make the perfect little couple.;)The 4th of July brings things we all love together from fun, summer fruits, laughs with our family and friends at a backyard BBQ (or Beach BBQ if you live here with us!), s’mores and the highlight of the night: FIREWORKS to illuminate the sky!”



Thanks to Ashley, Rachel and all our amazing vendors! And Happy Independence Day America!!!
Photography: Ashley Perry Photography | Inspiration & Design: Urban Style | P.R.: The Brand Shoppe | Lemonade Stand & Props: Let’s Celebrate Love | Girls skirt & Headband: Bow Lovely Boutique | Girls Shirt: Target | Boys Shorts: Susie’s Custom | Boys Shirt: Willow and Fern | Kid Models: Owen & Autumn
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KC Pop-Up Wedding!

You’re a busy modern couple who doesn’t have time to plan an elaborate wedding, but still wants to get married in style. What to do? Try a pop-up wedding! Pop-up weddings are gaining popularity all across the U.S., as evidenced by these fun outdoor “I Do’s” from Kansas City.  Pat and Billie tied the knot last May, using the collective service Pop-UP Wedding KC, which brings together groups of local vendors to provide everything a bride and groom need, from the venue to the officiant to the flowers. Today photographer Morgan, of Cornerstone Photography KC, explains a bit more about Pop-UP Wedding KC and why they are a great choice for the new urban couple:



“Pop-UP Wedding KC is a collective of Kansas City wedding professionals that work together to provide a no-fuss, no-muss, unique wedding experience. We provide an option to the couple that does not want to spend a year planning the big wedding, but they also want something more unique than going to the courthouse or eloping to Vegas. Pop-UP Wedding KC provides a local elopement option!”



“The Pop-UP Wedding is for the couple who wants a high-end wedding without the stressful planning or high cost usually associated with one. We’ve designed the details of your special day so you can focus on what really matters – saying ‘I Do!’ Every month we choose a day and a unique Kansas City location to host the Pop-UP wedding. And with only 5 weddings per Pop-UP date, you’re guaranteed plenty of time to have the stylish, stress-free wedding you’ve wanted.”



Pat and Billie tied the knot in front of a vintage Airstream at a local drive-in theater. So clever and cool! The couple knew exactly what they wanted, so kept their wedding sweet and simple, but full of personality, as shown in their adorable wedding video.



Thanks to Cornerstone Photography and all the great vendors of Pop-UP Wedding KC. This collaborative is bound to make waves throughout the Midwest and beyond!

Photos: Cornerstone Photography KC | Coordination & Videography: Pop-UP Wedding KC | Venue: Boulevard Drive-In  | Airstream & Rentals: Airstream Lounge KC & River Market Event Place | Florals: Good Earth Floral and Design | Paper Goods: Sugarbean Paper Company | Bakery: Babycakes | Entertainment: The Patrick Lentz Band | Officiant: Weddings By Timmy | Bridal Accessories: Altar Bridal

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DIY: Chalkboard Stool

This stool sitting in my garage since the day my son turned 3 months old. I wanted to paint it but couldn’t think of anything todo with it so I decided it needed to be a chalkboard so he can design it himself everyday as much as he wants!


Devine Color Chalkboard Paint(Found at Target)

2 sponge brushes

1 roller brush

Acrylic Paint (Found at Target- we choose red & blue)

1 unfinished stoll (find at Michaels or an unfinished furniture like I did)

1. Pour chalkboard paint into a container & pint the top and four sides of the stool.

2. Put your acrylic paint colors onto a paper plate and begin painting the legs whichever color combo you would like.

3. Let Dry for 2-3 hours in the sun completely. Let your little one enjoy their new stool!

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Boardwalk Empire Bridal Shoot

A talented team of Vancouver wedding vendors, led by Edward Lai Photography and A Day To Remember Weddings & Events, created this modern “Boardwalk Empire” themed bridal shoot. They combined the style of the 1920′s and 2010′s, to create a wedding with a great mix of masculine and feminine! Moose antlers and a cigar bar are balanced out by peach roses and jeweled details throughout. And we can’t get enough of that swanky 1920′s attire! Cheers to the end of prohibition!



From Photographer Edward:

“For this photo shoot, we were immediately inspired by the modern and sexy feel of The Loft space. Using a modern-day ‘Boardwalk Empire’ theme, we wanted to make use of the brick, wood & leather elements of the room and furnishings”



From Designer Candice:

“We aligned the long wooden table with a gold sequined table runner, and used a 3-foot wide set of moose antlers as the centerpiece. The antlers were adorned with heavy greens, and marsala and peach-toned florals. We added tall gold candle holders, gold charger plates, peach napkins and beaded gold napkin holders to continue the color scheme. And the cracked-style gold wine glasses brought a more modern and stylish element to the table decor.”



“Cafe lights were hung over the white brick to help us create a cozy atmosphere, which added a soft element to an otherwise masculine look. We also created a decorative display that featured a large cigar bar! We used mirrors, lanterns and proper placement of the cigars and accessories, that were provided by City Cigar. Individual cigars were also used on the table settings as favors and place cards for each guest.”



This styled shoot is a lot of fun! We love the moose details, the cigar bar, and all that jazz! Thanks to Edward, Candice and the entire Boardwalk team for creating and sharing such a great inspirational wedding theme.

Photos: Edward Lai Photography | Venue: The Loft at Earls Yaletown | Design and Decor: A Day to Remember Weddings & Events | Paper Goods: Bean Cards & Stationery | Floral Designer: Fiorire | Cake Designer: Cake by Nicole McEachnie | Favors & Gifts: City Cigar Company | Handmade Goods: Hangers by Candi | Hair & Makeup: Red Carpet Ready by Christina | Bridal Boutique: Isabelle’s Bridal | Men’s Attire: Harry Rosen | Jewelry: Jeweliette Jewellery | Shoes: Lord’s Shoes | Accessories: Tissot & Citizen Watches

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Love Fell Fast & Hard

This engagement session is fantastic! I absolutely love how part of it was shot where they met at work and the bedroom wedding planning scene is ADORABLE! We can’t wait to see how their wedding comes together next year.

Justin and Giaan’s love story all started at the job they both had in college- working at Best Buy. Justin worked there with Giaan’s older sister, Glendale, who eventually convinced Giaan to come work there as well. At the time, Justin went to San Diego State and Giaan went to the University of San Diego. They were both busy college students and when they weren’t working at Best Buy, used that time to catch up on schoolwork. They would have study dates together and eventually started going on mini adventurous dates like paragliding, gocart racing, and surfing! It was a whirlwind courtship that was like no other and both of them found themselves falling for each other fast and hard.Justin and Giaan both graduated college and landed their dream jobs. He became a Software Engineer and she became a Kindergarten teacher. They adopted a puppy named Jax together (who you will see is incorporated into the engagement photos!). They both knew they wanted forever with one another but it was all about finding the perfect time…Fast forward to five years into their relationship, Giaan was convinced that an engagement was in the works two years from now while Justin already had the ring custom made and was ready to propose! During Labor Day weekend in 2014, Giaan’s friend asked them if they wanted to see the Jack Johnson concert at UCSD as they were unable to attend. Justin thought it was the perfect time to propose as it was such a last minute thing. They booked a room at the Marriott Hotel and returned there after the concert. Upon walking in, there is a bottle of champagne waiting for them with a card saying Congratulations.
Giaan was confused and Justin told a white lie and said he told the front desk it was our anniversary. Moments later, Justin surprised Giaan with a photobook of all of their friends relaying words from a love letter Justin wrote. In the middle of the book, there is Justin and Giaan’s parents holding the words “Will you marry me?” Giaan looks over to Justin and he presents her with a ring pop! She was not amused and skimmed over the page without giving it a second thought. She continues to browse the book and Justin gets down on bended knee and opens a black box that has a light shining down on Giaan’s dream engagement ring. The light catches her attention and Justin proposes with the real ring this time. She says yes and he surprises her again by showing her it was all caught on video taken by his laptop.They are in the midst of planning their March 2016 nuptials and cannot be any more excited for their big day!
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