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‘Linscott’ Sandal by Brian Atwood

April Fool No Longer

Happy April Fool’s Day.

I adore a good joke.

Last year though, April Fool’s Day was no joke and as I type this on the eve of April 1st, I am amazed of the journey in which my Husband, myself, our baby (now almost one year old) Miles and Coastside Couture had to go through for 20 days until Miles was born. You see on April 1st, 2013 at only 26 weeks along, my water broke. I was rushed to the hospital. It was a grim night, we just didn’t know what was going to happen. On April 2nd, I was flown to Lucille Packard Children’s hospital where I was laid up trying to hold Miles in as long as I could. I was monitored  24/7 on the Maternity wing at LP Hospital. I can’t tell you enough, that those Nurses and Doctors are angels and the staff is wonderful.

I realized as I sat there in my room those 20 days, that I hadn’t read any pregnancy books, taken any classes, gotten the nursery together or taken any maternity photos. I mean I’m a planner right? Shouldn’t I have done all those things? I was stunned that my pregnancy might not make it full term and I sure wasn’t ready for Miles to come three months early. I didn’t know if my baby was going to even make it. In the midst of all of this, I figured I needed to document at least what might be my baby’s final days alive (inside or not).

So I called my friend Meg Perotti who was a new mom,  is a fantastic person and  incredibly gifted photographer. We have worked some amazing weddings together and I knew Meg would be so sweet and funny during this awful time.  I asked if she would come to the hospital and do a maternity shoot with me. Not only did she agree but she brought me something to wear,  probably paid the ridiculous parking fees, with her assistant and baby girl in tow Meg came to to come take pictures of my belly.

Photo by Meg Perotti

Photo by Meg Perotti

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Photo by Meg Perotti

Three days after these were taken, Miles came into the world at 29 weeks (11 weeks early).

 I can’t thank Meg enough for coming to document this time. As hard and terrible, scary and unknown of a moment in our lives. I am so thankful to have these beautiful pictures to look back on. Especially since Miles is about to turn one and is healthy and thriving. Thank you to all of our 2013 Clients and Vendors for your understanding and love through the month of April 2013. Thank you to my Friends, Family and Couture Girls who held me up and stood by me. Thank you to my Husband, Lyle who gave me the most precious gift of a healthy baby. What an amazing trip this past year has been.

Life is so precious and short,  make sure it’s documented well and make sure you tell everyone how much you love them and how thankful you are to have them in your life.

XOXO

 

Karissa

Coastside Couture featured in Monterey County Weekly’s Best of Weddings!

Happy Monday!

We were so excited to see our beautiful Brides from last October be featured in  Monterey County Weekly’s Best of Monterey Bay Wedding Guide!

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Photo by Ian Martin

 

 

You can see all the photos and our past blog post about Julie and Anastasia’s awesome Carmel Highlands wedding here.

Shoes For Thought Thursday, Pinterest Inspiration

So you love our shoe posts? Me too! Why not follow my Pinterest Shoes board for more inspiration and shared shoe love?

Oscar de la Renta eyelet wedge

Oscar de la Renta eyelet wedge

 

Kathy and Gabe, a Hollins House Wedding on Style Me Pretty!

Happy Monday and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

We had a huge wedding over the weekend that kept us so busy we couldn’t share the lovely news that another one of our beautiful weddings made the Style Me Pretty blog on Friday last week.

Julie Cahill Photography

Go on over to Style Me Pretty to see Kathy and Gabe’s darling, Hollins House wedding in Santa Cruz!

http://www.stylemepretty.com/california-weddings/santa-cruz/2014/03/14/santa-cruz-wedding-at-hollins-house/

Kathy and Gabe were a darling couple that both Heidi and I got the pleasure of planning and working with them. Our sweet and talented friend Julie Cahill captured the beautiful day and floral by Country EssencesEdith Meyer did the yummy cake, rentals were from Alexis Party Rental, Santa Cruz Live music and DJ kept the party going and Barbara Boyd got these cuties hitched! We had a great team for Kathy and Gabe!

 

Hope you enjoy your Saint Patrick’s Day!

May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more. May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door

XO

Karissa

Thank You Monterey Bay Wedding and Event Professionals and Alan Berg!

Coastside Couture really enjoyed having Alan Berg speak to our awesome group The Monterey Bay Wedding and Event Professionals

We spend so much time creating wonderful events for our clients, it was refreshing to spend the day working on our business we always find a little education helps rejuvenate us and gets us inspired to be the best we can!

Team picture

Coastside Couture- from left to right, Sonia Gosline, Kayla Mastoris, Karissa Paxton and Heidi Hughett

Thank you to MBWEP for putting together a great day!

 

We love our Vendors!

At Coastside Couture, we really love the vendors we work with. Recently we got an email from our dear friends Ann and Steve Ezzo (Steve Ezzo Entertainment) that we just appreciate beyond words.

 

Steve Ezzo band Photo by Carlie Statsky

Steve Ezzo band Photo by Carlie Statsky

“We also want to thank you both for your kind words when relating the stories about two events this year where we all pulled together to make it happen.  That seemed to be a recurring theme in the stories that were told–vendors being placed in difficult situations who did whatever they needed to do to get the job done.  That’s a testament to the quality of people you have aligned with–everyone is experienced and dependable and they just don’t quit when the going gets tough–just like you girls!  You are the best at what you do and I’m so happy that your business is thriving.

Again, we love working with you both and hope to have many events together in 2014.  It’s turning out to be a busy year for us in terms of bookings and I hope you have a good year, too.

Love you girls!

Ann & Steve”

We love you too Ann and Steve and we appreciate the Vendors that work so hard to help make our events so smooth, seamless and wonderful. You all make our super hard jobs so much easier and we love you for that!

XOXO

Oscar Inspiration

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

We loved all the texture and blush to ivory tones!

Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

Matthew Mcconaughey and Camilla Alves in Dolce & Cabbana

Matthew Mcconaughey and Camilla Alves in Dolce & Cabbana

We were blown away by Camilla’s stunning draped gown!

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

and Lupita took our breathe away with this gorgeous blue knife pleated number.

Kate Hudson in Versace

Kate Hudson in Versace

But Kayla and I both loved Kate Hudson best!

Charlize Theron in Dior

Charlize Theron in Dior

With Charlize in a close second.