Our 2014 Family Holiday Card

With our wedding just around the corner, (Yes! We're engaged!), I wanted to do something really romantic for our 2014 holiday card. I thought to myself, why not do something really lovey dovey now, while we're still engaged and can still get away with it, (without being judged too harshly), right?

Here's what we sent to all of our close friends and family--

Couples Christmas Card

Isn't it adorable, or what? ;) Our amazing holiday photos were taken by none other than Brooke Yannucci of Brooke Whitney Photography. Brooke was such a pleasure to work with--I had explained to her in advance the kind of vision I had for our holiday card, and not only did she take take my requests into consideration, but she also had some great ideas of her own that helped portray our love story.

And of course, we couldn't forget Mr. Smooth himself, our little Snack Pack.

Snack Pack the Bichon

While he loved being outdoors and around us, (as usual), there were times where all he wanted to do was play with all of his other puppy friends!

Couple Christmas Card

Gosh! That face!

Couple Christmas Card

For our look, I decided to keep things simple and casual--we had these photos taken at Brookhaven Park, so I didn't want to go too formal as far as attire went. I did have my makeup done by Khadija DeShong at Blushbaby Makeup Studio, however, because I discovered from last year's holiday photo session that the photographer's flash completely washed out my complexion! I learned that when it comes to photography/video makeup, a bit more makeup is applied than usual, and because I'm not 100% comfortable with applying more makeup than I need, nor did I know how much makeup to apply, I just left it to the pros. (Just a little tip if you plan on having your holiday cards (or any of cards) shot by a professional photographer.)

Happy Holidays from Caroline, Ruben, and Snack Pack!

Our 2013 Family Holiday Card

With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, I wanted to share my holiday photo card with you. This year, we got a little creative and did an 'ugly Christmas sweater' themed card!


A few days before Halloween, we drove to Fayetteville, Georgia to do a quick mini session with the amazing Nicole Bolinger of Dorothy Nicole Photography. With a nice chill in the air and the sun close to setting, Nicole snapped away for 20 minutes straight while Ruben and I acted couple-y and Snack Pack acted like he was a little spoiled baby. (He kind of is though!) The poor little guy was so tired from the long car ride that he refused to walk and had to be carried everywhere! At least he cooperated and we were told that he "shoots better than a two year old"! Great, now we know he's photogenic. :)

Now, I know it's not exactly Kardashian-family-holiday-card-esque, but I am beyond excited and pleased with our final product. Having professional pictures taken truly makes the world of difference in terms of quality, with a more polished outcome. Besides, a lot of professional photographers will do holiday specials for a lot less than their regular portrait sessions, so why not?

I also wanted to share a few more pictures from our photo shoot that didn't quite make the cut, but love just as much...


Even Snack Pack was on board with the ugly Christmas sweater idea!


Where do you buy ugly Christmas sweaters, you ask? Well, there are a handful of websites that sell them, such as Tipsy Elves, Ultimate Ugly Christmas, and even Etsy, but (because I didn't want to spend a lot on something we would probably only wear once,) I just bought ours off of eBay. I didn't spend more than a dollar for my sweater, and Ruben's sweater was only $20. (Plus it lights up too!) Snack Pack's sweater was from PetSmart and cost a little over $10.

As for the rest of my outfit? Because my sweater is a statement piece all on its own (as well as the focal point of the photo), I kept everything else simple and understated with a Zara silk blouse, Club Monaco 'Tasha' leggings, and L.A.M.B. 'Oxley II' Pumps.

Happy Holidays from Caroline, Ruben, and Snack Pack!