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  • Hey y’all!

    twin mom, army wife, portrait photographer & interior designer in sunny orlando, florida

    email me at hello@jordanemmitt.com
    Saturday wedding packages starting at $2000 & portrait shoots starting at $350.

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    easy invitations for busy hosts. sponsored by Basic Invite

    Tis the season for baby showers!! When I was pregnant I had 17 friends that were also pregnant with me.  It was a very fun season to say the least! Now it feels like there is another wave of parties to celebrate dear friends and their new babies! A few weeks ago I was researching different companies that had unique stationery to send out for party guests.  Hosting a few showers either at our house or at a fun venue, I wanted to make something special for each party to match not only the mom’s personality but would compliment their nursery themes.

    I’ve linked all the images below so you can see how easy it will be to make your own creation!

    Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51

    I found Basic Invite and instantly fell in love with how easy it was to customize their products. For the first invite I was designing, these Boy Owl Shower Invitations were perfect for a little shower for our sweet cousin! I was able to customize everything from the color of the bird all the way to the color I wanted the bird’s eyes to be!

    The process for making the Owl invites were so easy that within minutes I was creating for two more events this fall! These are so sweet and simple for a sprinkle coming up soon. It has a classic design that I am going to frame as a decoration in the new baby’s nursery! I decided to match a pink she’s using in the nursery thanks to Basic Invite’s easy color guide where you can match nearly any color in the world you want!  Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail! It really adds a personal touch when creating a perfect invitation. baby shower invitations templates editable

    Getting to design this fun almost Wes Anderson stylized invite was so fun too! I loved being able to find something that looked hand drawn and unique for this sweet friend.  The easiest part of the process was being able to import addresses and use their system to compute and address ALL our invites!

    Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders. Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs

     

    After the process to design all the invites for the showers were done I saw some fun baby announcements for the boys! Now they have individualized announcements that compliment their baby books and are keepsakes for us to have to remember how tiny they were!

     

    Now you see how easy that was! What will you create next?!

     

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    Twins first birthday party

    I keep telling everyone this was the longest and shortest year of my life. Some days when I wake up I have a split second where I feel like they’re still newborns and in a crib in their room but when I walk to their room I can usually find them playing in their cribs and laughing with each other every morning. These boys have been so much fun and are the best of friends. I am not good with monthly updates like other moms with the chalkboard progress stats but I like to think when they’re 35 and look back at all the fun we had instead they’ll thank me.

    I set out to have a simple party with close friends and family with easy decor and food and pretty much stuck to that plan! All the decorations are from things I had like table linens I ordered on Amazon for our baby showers and other events I host! They’re super easy to throw in the washer and hardly wrinkle for the next use.

    All the platters I use are collected from Home Goods over the years. There’s no point in spending a ton of money on fancy platters when you’re using them as much as we do! I’ve used them a hundred times for cheese boards, dessert trays to take to parties or even a holder for party favors at baby and bridal showers. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get botique looking table accessories. Just pick a neutral theme (mine are white with dot/ pottery style) and add when you can afford to! I think my most expensive white platter was $16 – not too bad!!

    Throughout the party planning process I kept saying I wanted to make a statement balloon sculpture. I gathered my balloons from Dollar Tree (most value and pretty colors in the multi packs) and used my pump for what felt like 2 weeks blowing up around 250 balloons. This was enough for three balloon sculptures throughout our house and only cost about $7 of supplies. I kept them simple and just strung them with some of Nicks fishing line and a sewing needle. Couldn’t be easier!!! Just don’t get the line tangled in transit.

    Food was my favorite element. I recently found a blogger named Aint too Proud to Meg who makes gorgeous cheese boards and I used her fruit and mixed trays as inspiration for our party. With about $70 of supplies from Costco and Trader Joes I was able to make 5 boards which was perfect for 50 people!

    Cake: I am number one Stan for Publix cakes and do know they give a free smash cake on the babies first birthdays BUT they don’t have funfetti layers. I had a vision of rough iced and sprinkles all over so I chose to make it my own! I spent my junior year of college watching cake decorating videos all the time so I felt like I could at least try! I am so proud of how it came out with the funfetti and chocolate layers and animal topper! Animals were from Dollar Tree too!

    katie + jordan. married. gainesville, florida

    Catching up on the last year of weddings posting and blogs!! Don’t worry, all my clients got their images way way way before now but I am just now getting around to blogging them!! So hold tight! Lots of blogs coming live soon! I seriously hadn’t logged into my website since about 2 weeks after I got pregnant (pregnancy recap blog coming soon) but I am so thankful for clients who cheered me on and loved me well the last year and never complained about not getting blogged on a silly website.  I love seeing everyones posts on Facebook and Instagram… which aren’t those the blogs of 2017 anyway?

    Katie and Jordan are some of my favorite humans and I was able to surprise Katie and her bridesmaids by telling them not only did I have Shannon as my second shooter that day… I had a third and fourth shooter on board as well.  One of my favorite moments of a wedding! Don’t worry, you’re seeing correctly, Jordan wrote and performed a song for her at their reception setting the bar way too high for every other single guy in the universe.

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    first week home june 2017

    GUYS I HAVE TWINS SO I KNOW THESE ARE 11 MONTHS LATE. but i never published these sweet photos from our friend Lori! I am so happy to have these pictures of the tiniest little boys!

    I am weepily planning their first birthday party and while it feels like this day was forever ago, it feels like it was yesterday at the same time.  Lori came over the afternoon before N left for almost 6 months of army training.  I was pretty much held together until the boys were asleep and she wanted to do a few of just us. GOOD LORD I HATE HAVING BEST FRIENDS WHO KNOW WHAT TO SAY AND HOW TO GET YOU TO CRY. Y’all. I didn’t even cry at my own wedding but I lost it.  The weight of not only being without him for so long but knowing that he would also miss so many memories was heartbreaking.  Thank God for FaceTime and two tiny trips home (one where I ended up in the hospital – more on that later.) But we made it. I could not have survived those months without family and friends that constantly were in my corner cheering me on, even when I didn’t feel like I was doing anything right.

    For now, here are some itty babies (Jack with all the hair in the world and Mason looks like a doll – I never realized he was so little but I now know how tiny 5 pounds really looks.)

    xo.

    j

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