the big deal gender reveal!

official baby gender reveal! I had originally planned to post this yesterday, but decided to hold off. I didn’t want anyone to think I was april fools day joking about this VERY big news! Finally, yesterday we learned this little baby in my belly’s gender… whether we’d be welcoming a brand new little girl or really moving out of our comfort zone by adding a baby boy to the mix! Since it’s officially spring, I thought I’d let big sister Eva and some appropriately colored flowers break the news! Find out what we’re having, blue or pink, after the jump!

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the biggest tiny news!

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This has been the toughest news to keep secret! I  had planned to wait a few more weeks to spill the beans, but I just can’t contain my excitement any longer! The Stone family will be welcoming a 4th team member at the end of August! I’ve been pretty sick over the past two months, which explains the inconsistent amount of posting. Now that I’m beginning to feel okay, I’m trying to get back into a regular blogging routine.

This photo was taken at 12 weeks, but I’m relieved to say my belly hasn’t grown too much in the past few weeks (although overall, I am MUCH bigger than I was with Eva already, which is terrifying). I’m eating an ungodly amount of probiotics and fermented foods…pickled things, beet kvass, and kombucha have become my best friends with this pregnancy. Eva is SO excited to be a big sister, and Sean and I are pretty delighted about the thought of having a tiny babe once again. Sharing this news with you guys has been something I’ve been looking forward to since even before I was pregnant. Announcing it so publicly definitely adds an extra layer of fo realness to this new life growing in my belly, and I’m so happy to let my amazingly supportive blog community in on the secret! XOXO!

Photo by Inna of Peach Plum Pear

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Happy Anniversary, to my beloved husband

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2 years of marriage, 4 years of Eva, 10.5 years of you in my life. I tell you often, but I feel so lucky for all that we have; most importantly, each other. I look forward to a lifetime of memories and happiness with you by my side.

See another mushy post about love here, our wedding photos here, and our feature on once wed right over here!

Mad photo credit props to the lovely and spectacular Kate Murphy

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10 years of kisses

10YRS I can’t even believe it. TEN YEARS ago today, my husband and I shared our first kiss. We were babies then, college sophomores and intermediate photography classmates. He finally worked up the nerve to kiss me with the help of Kentucky’s finest moonshine, the night before we left for winter break.

I won’t pretend the the past ten years have been all liquor and romance. But with Thanksgiving just two days away, man oh man am I thankful for you, Sean Stone. Here’s to the best husband, father, and partner in life a girl could ever hope for. Cheers to a decade (and many more) of moonshinaversaries!

PS: This is also a test to see how often you actually read my blog

Photo credit: Inna Spivakova of peach plum pear

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styled as a wedding guest

wedding guest style from blog.cleanlinestudio.com wedding guest style from blog.cleanlinestudio.com wedding guest style from blog.cleanlinestudio.com wedding guest style from blog.cleanlinestudio.com wedding guest style from blog.cleanlinestudio.com A few weekends ago, Sean and I attended our friends’ wedding waaay up in the tippy top north corner of Pennsylvania. We turned the trip into a three day weekend, and enjoyed some quiet time in Elk Country. Sean snapped a few photos of my wedding guest style just before the party. This dress is so easy and comfortable. I felt like it already had the accessories built into it, so my only addition was a gold cuff. I kept the hair and makeup pretty simple, with a bright pop of coral on my nails and lips. I highly recommend this dress for a casual, summer wedding!

Dress is BCBG (on sale now!), clutch from Aldo (similar), gold cuff from amazon, shoes from nine west

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social media, technology & your wedding day!

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It wasn’t until after the wedding that I realized just how desperately I would want to see (and have) all my guests’ photos. As most brides probably feel, my wedding was a fantastic blur of a day. It all went by so quickly, and I was too busy to witness every one of my guests’ favorite moments. I would strongly consider planning ahead to use the powers of social media & technology to gain access to those wedding day memories.
The photo above was taken by one of my husband’s oldest friends, James.

social media and tech for your wedding day from blog.cleanlinestudio.com ON THE BIG DAY…
10 years ago we would have had disposable film cameras on all the tables, now my friends, we have hashtags and tagging. I like the idea of creating a specific hashtag for your wedding. I would recommend creating pocket sized cards with your hashtag. Your wedding guests will be able to remember it, and check even after the wedding is over. I prefer this option to tagging the bride and groom on facebook, because depending on your privacy settings some guests may be excluded if they aren’t friends with the original poster. Since this idea is becoming more popular, I would get really specific with your hashtag, so you don’t have to share it. For example: #s&swedphilly060912 instead of #s&swedding. Another great thing about the hashtag method is it’s instantaneous. I remember checking social media a few days after the wedding, and being completely overwhelmed by all of the postings from our friends and family. They were filled with love and beautiful images from our big day. I loved seeing so many things from our wedding that I hadn’t in person, and not having to wait until I got back images from our photographer.

 

social media and tech for your wedding day from blog.cleanlinestudio.com AFTER THE FACT…
There are probably other services similar to this, but we used Yogile and really liked it. There is a free option, or you can get the pro option for a yearly $24.95. This is a great option for sharing and receiving high res photographs. We used yogile after our wedding to share the photobooth pictures. I simply uploaded all of them, and then informed our guests with a facebook message and group email. I also requested that our guests share the photos that they took from our wedding day. Many people uploaded their personal images while they were already at our yogile page downloading photobooth pics.

Have a great hump day, and as always feel free to ask questions or leave comments below!

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social media, technology & your wedding day!

social media and tech for your wedding day from blog.cleanlinestudio.com

It wasn’t until after the wedding that I realized just how desperately I would want to see (and have) all my guests’ photos. As most brides probably feel, my wedding was a fantastic blur of a day. It all went by so quickly, and I was too busy to witness every one of my guests’ favorite moments. I would strongly consider planning ahead to use the powers of social media & technology to gain access to those wedding day memories.
The photo above was taken by one of my husband’s oldest friends, James.

social media and tech for your wedding day from blog.cleanlinestudio.com ON THE BIG DAY…
10 years ago we would have had disposable film cameras on all the tables, now my friends, we have hashtags and tagging. I like the idea of creating a specific hashtag for your wedding. I would recommend creating pocket sized cards with your hashtag. Your wedding guests will be able to remember it, and check even after the wedding is over. I prefer this option to tagging the bride and groom on facebook, because depending on your privacy settings some guests may be excluded if they aren’t friends with the original poster. Since this idea is becoming more popular, I would get really specific with your hashtag, so you don’t have to share it. For example: #s&swedphilly060912 instead of #s&swedding. Another great thing about the hashtag method is it’s instantaneous. I remember checking social media a few days after the wedding, and being completely overwhelmed by all of the postings from our friends and family. They were filled with love and beautiful images from our big day. I loved seeing so many things from our wedding that I hadn’t in person, and not having to wait until I got back images from our photographer.

 

social media and tech for your wedding day from blog.cleanlinestudio.com AFTER THE FACT…
There are probably other services similar to this, but we used Yogile and really liked it. There is a free option, or you can get the pro option for a yearly $24.95. This is a great option for sharing and receiving high res photographs. We used yogile after our wedding to share the photobooth pictures. I simply uploaded all of them, and then informed our guests with a facebook message and group email. I also requested that our guests share the photos that they took from our wedding day. Many people uploaded their personal images while they were already at our yogile page downloading photobooth pics.

Have a great hump day, and as always feel free to ask questions or leave comments below!

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Photobooth pic by Kate Murphy Photography

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a very special post: our wedding photos!

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Image credit: Kate Murphy

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A few of my favorite wedding invitations

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what's in a name?

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This week, it happened. I walked into the social security office in Center City Philadelphia and 15 minutes later, my identity was changed forever. I spent a lot of time thinking about this decision, and whether or not changing my name was something I truly wanted to do.

I decided ultimately that having the same last name as my daughter was something that I felt strongly about. I’m sure it’s pretty common these days, but I never liked explaining at the pediatrician’s office that she had her father’s last name and mine was different. Although we’ve officially been a family for a long time in my book, having the three of us unified with the same surname felt important. That and Sarah Stone sounds pretty cool (if my husband’s last name was Weisenheimer, I may have stuck with my maiden name). I feel a little sad about saying goodbye to the family name that I’ve had for 28 years, but also excited to see what I can do with this brand new identity!

So, ladieszzzz what do you think? If you are married already, did you change your name?  Why or why not? Soon to be brides, how are you feeling on this matter? And to all the single ladies, do you have a strong feeling one way or the other? I want to know!

Image by Leigh Viner, available on etsy!

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