This year, Brian and I had the privilege of hosting Thanksgiving for the Powell family! This was something I had wanted to be able to do for a long time, but we’ve never really had the kitchen space to accommodate all the cooks. This year, the family decided to keep things minimal as Brian’s mother continues with chemotherapy, and as just about every household was in the midst of busy seasons of life. So it finally worked out that our home was the place to host Thanksgiving!
Even though we were keeping food dishes simple, I knew I wanted to set a lovely table for everyone. If you don’t know, table settings are a bit of a big deal in my family (the Reynolds family), and my mom even owns her own business renting out vintage china for events! My mother graciously let me borrow some mix-and-match white plates and napkins from her “bridal” collection. I used simple, cheap, gold chargers from Hobby Lobby instead of place-mats, and our existing silverware. And for the centerpiece, I just used an assortment of different-sized square and rectangular vases with floating candles along with these funky, mod gold teal-light holders from, of all places, Wal Mart!
And of course, I had to throw in a little eucalyptus garland for a pop of color, also from Hobby Lobby. I love the look of eucalyptus, but unfortunately, we cannot have real eucalyptus in the house as it can be a trigger for Avonlea’s seizures! Crazy, right?
Lastly, our house has a sweet, arched opening from the living room into the dining room, which we adorned with a lush greenery garland (from, you guessed it, Hobby Lobby). I loved looking in at the dining room table through that archway!
Of course a lot of things went awry, as they tend to do on major family holidays. The napkins never got pressed before they were folded, we forgot to get out the wine-glasses until after we were already loading our plates up with food, and I completely conked out and fell asleep about 17 minutes after dinner was over, because I’d stayed up so late the night before, cleaning! Lesson learned from my first time hosting Thanksgiving: clean earlier in the week to spare my energy to enjoy more time with family on the actual holiday 😉 Start placing your bets now as to whether or not I’ll actually do it!
Enjoy a few of our favorite photos of our Thanksgiving table!
The sweet Williams family had me over to photograph their beautiful family in their beautiful new home! It was such a delight to meet them and capture their adorable baby girl Regan, right before her first Christmas. We captured some sweet shots of Regan playing in the living room and showing off her new trick (cruising from couch to coffee table), reading books in her nursery and snuggling with Mommy, Daddy and their dog Remmy! Regan may or may not have fallen asleep as we tried to get one Holiday card shot in front of the fireplace, but all in all I’d say she rocked her first lifestyle session and the images turned out amazing! Enjoy a few of our favorites from the Williams family’s lifestyle session.
A few weeks ago, we had the honor of photographing some former wedding clients, Jen and Jon and their sweet little family at their home. They had just welcomed Baby Bryce into the world! Bryce’s big sister Braelynn was so excited to show off her baby brother, and we got some adorable shots of their new lives as a family of four in their beautiful home (and Bryce’s sweet lumberjack nursery)! Enjoy a few of our favorites from Baby Bryce’s lifestyle newborn session!