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Kassie and Nick are classy and fun and happy and goodness do they have some incredible friends and family! :) Their wedding was HANDS DOWN one of the most fun and personal weddings I’ve photographed in a long time…..they incorporated nods to their fave book series, Harry Potter in so many subtle, but incredible ways! I bet you can pick up on some from the photos like the note Nick wrote in the cover of their fave book, and the whimsical and geometric floral arrangements and the dark jewel tones all over and that INCREDIBLE ceremony in the round with the edison bulbs and long twigs! :)

Aria was the best backdrop for their ceremony and reception…the vision of an intimate, winter, ceremony and a floral and candle filled reception was executed perfectly by these rock-star vendors! :) Boy, do I love winter weddings, esp when they involve such talent and love and emotion and personality!!! YAY

CEREMONY and RECEPTION : Aria, Minneapolis
Design and day-of-coordination : Lizie Anne :)
Floral design : Ashley Fox 
Lighting design : Phose Events
Dress : Rivini by Rita, purchased at Bella Bianca in Chicago
Shoes : Christian Louboutin
Hair and Makeup : Brett Dorian
Bridesmaid Dresses : Monique Lhuillier
Cake and desserts : Angel Food
Band : Blue Water Kings Band
Catering : Deco Catering
Invitations and paper goods : Paper, Rock, Scissors
Videographer : John Hoel

Who doesn’t love Jack + Rebecca and Chip + Jojo?!?!?! I mean, amIright?!?!? Tuesdays are basically THE BEST day of the entire TV week because BOTH SHOWS are on that night…….the drama and love for the incredible writing on This is Us and the inspiration and beautiful designs on Fixer Upper……pour me a glass of wine and sit me down because I could live Tuesdays over and over every night of the week! :) Who’s with me?

SO! DUH! With Valentines day coming up, I wanted to get some fun and FREE designs to all of you that love these shows as much as I do! :) Feel free and click HERE to access the downloads and print to your hearts content!

The directions are simple:
1. Click HERE to access the downloads
2. Provide your email address
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4. Print them at home or at Kinkos or where ever your heart desires! :) And print as many or as little as you’d like!
5. Have fun, kiss your sweetie and share the LOVE on Feb 14th (or before or after or anytime really)! :) These wouuuuuuuld also work for Anniversaries too….hint hint! :)

Have fun friends! Comment below with questions. And don’t forget to tag @ohyaystudio in your social media posts!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY and all the LOVE DAYS friends! :)

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If you know ANYTHING about me, you know that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE (like LOVE with a capital “L”) the Olympics. The stories. The competition. The Mom’s crying in the stands cheering on their hard-working, beloved kids. The winning. The emotions. The medal count. The coverage. NBC. ALL. THE. THINGS!!!! Do ya feel me!??! :)

So, DUH…….of course I throw an opening ceremonies party! Every year. It’s like a tradition on the Steffen household! :) Its on the calendar for the next 40 Olympics already (ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you get the idea that we clear our schedules and make this a BIG priority)! :)

I’ve put together some great DIYs + party ideas + my TOP 5 things to make your Olympic opening ceremonies party the best ever this year!! AND, be sure to follow along on INSTAGRAM to see some additional projects that I will be making and pulling together as the day comes closer…WEEEEEEEEE! :)

First thing is first.
ONE | MUSIC! Because don’t you just feel like standing up and fist pumping with tears in your eyes when you hear the “olympic song”?!?!? Because the answer should be YES!

I put together a little OLYMPIC party tunes playlist on Spotify….feel free to follow or download the playlist HERE! :)

TWO | ATTIRE! :)
I mean, who doesn’t love a future Olympic athlete, amiright? (although, disclaimer…..this photo was for the summer Olympics a few years ago, but change out her tank top for a leotard and she EASILY could be a figure skater in training)! :) Scrounge up some leggings,an oversized sweater and some earmuffs. Or grab some leotards, mittens, leg warmers and fluffy, knitted hat. Anything that screams bobsledding  or skiing or skating or luging……..remember the more spandex, the BETTER! :)

ORRRR, you can always snag one of our “DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES” shirts or “The Olympics are on shirts” from the oh yay studio shop! :)

THREE | OLYMPIC RINGS! :)
SO! I admit…I’ve wanted a non-cheesy Olympic decoration for our home for a LOOOONNNNNNGGG time! :) SO! DUH! I made one. Some cute, Olympic rings to hang in our kitchen near our chalkboard medal count (more on that later)! :)

Supplies:
Floral Craft Rings
Fabric Scraps (in the “olympic colors”)
Glue gun and glue

Instructions:
1. Sort through the fabric scraps and choose the red, blue, green, black and yellow colors. Rip any scraps into longer, skinny scraps (I would suggest no wider than 1 inch in width, and as long as you’d like)
2. Start each ring with one scrap. Put a dab of glue on the ring, adhere the scrap and let the glue harden. Then pull (semi-tight) to start wrapping the fabric around the ring…adding a dab of glue at the end of the fabric scrap to adhere it to the ring.
3. Overlap scraps and continue wrapping fabric until the entire ring is covered :)
4. Lay the rings out in order, overlapping some, and glue together as shown in the final photo! :)

FOUR | DESSERT! (yum, the cutest cake EVER)! :)
Who doesn’t love a happy RED, WHITE, and BLUE cake to make the games official? :)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Bake your yummy cake (tip for fast and ease: Use a boxed cake mix and add an extra egg + swap out the oil for butter, YUM!) :)
2. Mix frosting (my fave frosting is 2 sticks of room temperature butter whipped for 3-5 min + 1/2 cup of  powdered sugar + a splash of almond extract for the yummiest flavor)
3. Portion out the frosting into thirds (one red, one white and one blue). Add food coloring and mix to desired colors! :)
4. Begin with white in the middle and “thickly” (if that’s a word) slap the frosting onto the cake. Don’t worry about it being perfect, you want it to ombre up and down towards the other colors, so the perfection doesn’t matter! :)
5. Do the same with the red and blue frostings. Again, don’t worry about messiness.
6. Smooth out the frosting with a knife filling in any portions of cake that are uncovered. Make sure the frosting is thick enough around it’s entirety.
7. Use a cake smoother to run around the outside of the cake to smooth it out and perfect the “ombre” look. Smooth out to your desired look and then stand back smile. Then add an awesome Olympic cake topper for the perfect finishing touch! :)

FIVE|Pics to remember the night by!
Because everyone FOR SURE wants to remember the epic emotions of chanting “USA USA USA” together….my plan to to snag some awesome Instax photos of my friends to share with them for their fridges after the night ends. I love sending snail mail (and receiving it)……..so I want to take some pics (and they will be Instax Polaroid style), scan them in and then mail them to my friends after the games. Theres something so nostalgic about having printed photos to bring a warm smile to your face, and what better way than from a fun party with friends, eh?! :)
Watch along on Instagram, how we pull this off exactly…..but the Polaroid are ordered and the ideas are flowing! :)

CHEERS to the games friends! We are counting down the minutes until we see our athletes march into that opening stadium! :)
Oh, and don’t forget to follow along on instagram for all of the extra goodies I will be whipping up as the games approach!!!!

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I knew the *minute* that Scott pulled out his guitar to serenade his NEW bride that the night would end in mere perfection the way that the day started! I mean…..a SONG?!? From your new husband?!? How can *anyone* not cry and laugh and love that moment?!?!? I think everyone on the boat was crying and smiling at the same time!

With their love for the outdoors, Scott and Alexa created a day that was full of lush greens and outdoor views and river ways and their faith and everyone they loved and adored by their side! :) I think the *only* minute that Alexa didn’t have a smile on her face was when she was crying happy tears during her vows and the toast! The day really was incredible and full of love and happiness and the people they cared about most, so really……IS there anything better?!? :)

And let’s just give a HUGE amazing shoutout to the incredible team that put this stunner together:

Planning and design and coordination : Lizie Anne
Ceremony : Arcola Mills, Stillwater MN
Reception : St Croix Boat and Packet Riverboats, Stillwater MN 
Wedding dress : purchased from Posh Bridal
Bridal accessories : family heirlooms :)
Brides shoes : Christy NG
Hair and Makeup : Julie Swenson
Bridesmaids dresses : purchased from the Wedding Shoppe
Florist : Ashley Fox
Cake and desserts : Mary Moy
Catering : Grand catering
Invitations and paper goods : designed by the groom, printed by Dick & Jane letterpress
Videographer : Harvest Film Co. 

I know, I know………you haven’t seen a blog update since my kids dressed in their Claussen inspired Halloween costumes! :) BUUUUUUTTT I’ve been trying to soak in all (and by all, I mean ALL the Hallmark movies and hot cocoa moments and sledding and decorating and cookie making and wrapping and cuddling and egg nog drinking and Christmas light hunting) Christmas moments! :) I love LOVE LOVE the holidays so every year that my kids get older, I am awed by how fun the holidays are with a little bit of spontaneity and a touch of wonder!

AND, combine my holiday events with the addition of the oh yay studio online store, and this month has been PACKED to the brim! (MORE on this later)! :)

But for now, I wanted to share one of my most favorite things of the holiday season! If you know me at all, you know how amazing excited and eager I am to jump out of bed the day after Thanksgiving to go hunting for our Christmas tree…we hunt and we decorate and we twinkle and we just enjoy the day set aside to get ready and prepare for the Christmas season! :) And every year I try and make a little video of that day…to reminisce and to document and to just genuinely take it ALL in! :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! :) I hope your holidays are filled with bright and smiling faces and lots of family and friends!

  • December 23, 2017 - 1:19 pm

    Dawn - Okay Auntie Dawn is crying happy tears now. 💕