It was such an honor to be able to plan a babyshower for my brother Chris and Alexandria! They are fans of Lions and wanted to somehow incorporate that in their sons name. They fell in love with the name Ari Michael, which means "Lion" in Hebrew, and Michael is after our youngest brother. Here's some photos of the DIY décor before we got the party started!
Big thanks to J's Party Rentals for all the linens, tables and chairs. My aunt Linda, owner of Victoria Ivy Flowers did an amazing job on the floral arrangements! Im in love with all the different shades of green! I got the vases at the dollar store and just spray painted them white! The little wooden lions and ribbons are from Michaels! Can you say "design on a dime!"
We were going for the neutral colors and these smores goodie bags fit in perfect! Those adorable tags are also from Michaels and we just labeled them with paw prints & "thank you" rubber stamps.
These moss balls were the most random idea and a pain in the butt to make -but I think they turned out neat and added some texture to the décor!
My favorite table was in the worst light area! :(
First lets start with the adorable knitted lion beanie and bottom made by my talented friend Arlene, owner of Spoiled Rockin' Custom Crochet. The A-R-I letters were bought from Michaels and we wrapped them in orange yarn. Those little babies were time consuming too! My aunt Linda also made the coolest veggie bar I've ever seen! Who knew that the health trend was going to take over dessert tables! Huge Hit!!!
And of course I had to bust out a cake for my new little nephew and some cupcakes for the sweet toothes! The little Lion is made out of fondant too! :)
Alexandria found the coolest ideas on pinterest on how to make your own trophies to give away as prizes. We got the bottles from walmart and the bases from Michaels and just spray painted them! Im telling you I am a spray painting fool!!!
The babyshower was a success with lots of good times and laughter! Congrats again to my bro Chris & Alexandria! Now pop this baby out so we can hold him already!!!
I noticed something was different about my brother Chris when he brought Alexandria home to meet the family! His smile was larger, he laughed more often, and his eyes never left hers! This was a man in LOVE! They met through a mutual friend and became workout buddies first. Alex is a personal trainer and after a few hikes and workout sessions she whipped him into the best shape of his life. They built a solid friendship that soon grew into love!
One day he came home telling me how he had never felt this way about anyone before, he finally found the ONE, and he wanted to plan a special proposal because he knew he wanted to make her his WIFE! Well life had a different plan for them and a few months later Chris announced on his birthday that he was going to be a daddy! We were completely stunned and overjoyed for them! Chris and Alex are amazing with my boys and we know that they are going to be AWESOME parents!
They chose to have their session at the hiking trail where their friendship began, in Los Angeles. It was the day after our "2 day Winter rain storm" so the weather was still overcast. Enjoy this urban themed maternity shoot...
She's glowing! By the way not one stretch mark has hit this 8 month prego belly! Lucky lady!!!
Bro stop being so damn handsome!!!
Alex you are beautiful inside and out!!!!
So when my brother told me that he wanted to surprise Alex with a proposal during their maternity shoot, I was overwhelmed with excitement! Im not gonna lie i definitely shed a few tears! I am just sooo happy for them and their start of a beautiful life! Right before the photoshoot ended he chose a secluded garden area to drop down on his knee and pour his heart out to the woman of his dreams. And she said YES!!!!
Her reaction is priceless!!!
Bro & Alex Thank you soooo much for allowing me to be apart of this huge moment in your lives! You guys ROCK and are perfect for eachother! Alex Welcome to this crazy familia! ;) And hurry up and pop out my nephew -I cant wait to hold him and introduce him to the wolf pack! They're going to be the "3 best friends that anyone could have!!!"hehe!
Yo Gabba Gabba, Purses, Accessories, & big hair pieces -that's what this little girl is all about! With a whole lot of attitude to back it up!! Her mommy said she wanted a diva and boy did she get it -and she's not even 2 yrs old yet! Miss Ava Marie is my gorgeous niece and has more fashion sense than I do! Sad but true! She's a little jabber jaws like her daddy and a brainiac like her mommy! And those locks are to die for!!!!
Ava did sooo great during her shoot and even fit in a wardrobe change! Take a look at Ava's Newborn session HERE with this exact same tutu that was hand made by her great grandmother! Fashion runs deep in the family!
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.