Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day friends!  Any fun and exciting plans?  Ryan has been feeling under the weather lately, so we’re going to be postponing Valentine’s Day celebrations until he gets better.  Looks like I’ll be making tacos tonight, staying in, taking care of the hubs, and snuggling with little Soph… still not a bad night!

Here’s a shot from our engagement session last year in Laguna Beach.  I loved our sign from Brandy at Baybee Dahl Boutique, and it works out perfectly for today!

kristena_ryan_052Sargeant Photography

All my favorite wedding sites are packed with beautiful and sweet Valentine inspiration… here’s a few I just love:

Love Struck via Glamour & Grace
Valentine’s Day Soiree via Hey Gorgeous Events
Pink, Gold, & Glitter via 100 Layer Cake
Valentine’s Day Elopement via Grey Likes Weddings
Love Yourself First via Ruffled

I promise, you’ll be happy you checked out those links! 

Have a great rest of your day and enjoy Valentine’s Day!




Conversation Hearts Valentine Decor

Did you remember that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow?  I did!  Last weekend I did some decorating, and played around with Brach’s conversation hearts, you know those little pastel candies that you received in elementary school from your friends?  I used my LOVE cake topper I bought from Lisa Leonard Designs and viola- a cute Valentine decor piece for your coffee table or counter.


Super simple!


Still have some hearts leftover?  Here are a few more fun and easy crafts you can make using conversation heart candies:

f3298959a0beb677412b78aa4d7d7c63via Amanda Jane Brown

268667933990086799_8wyuFGHG_cvia The Glitter Guide

ricekrispieheartsGreat recipe for rice krispie treats (my favorite!) via Food Family Finds

I never realized how many different uses these little hearts could have!  Hope everyone has a great time decorating and getting ready for Valentine’s Day, you only have one day left so hurry! 



Valentine Rosettes

I know a lot of people will say that Valentine’s Day is a “Hallmark holiday” but honestly it’s one of my favorite times of the year!  There’s so many fun and easy DIY projects out there, not to mention a huge amount of yummy treats to make and decorate.  I found some great Valentine DIY projects over on Pinterest (of course!) and wanted to show you how the decorations are coming along so far. 

Valentine rosettes are actually super simple to make and once you have them all clustered together they make the perfect Valentine’s Day decor backdrop.  I found the idea from Jen of Tatertots & Jello, and there are step by step instructions over on Babble here.  I just used cupcake liners (mostly in pastel colors), scrapbook paper, coffee filters, and Valentine embellishments.  I love them!


Don’t you think these rosettes would even be cute as decor for a reception in your wedding colors?  I could even see them at a bridal shower.  Stay tuned for more Valentine’s decorations and DIY’s in the next few weeks! 

Have a fabulous day!



Sweet Valentine’s Day Board

Guess what?  One of my favorite holidays is upon us … Valentine’s Day!  With just under a month left, I put together a little inspiration board of Sweet and Saucy’s cakes and sweet treats  featured on Style Me Pretty.  I’m pretty sure that I’ll be visiting the new Sweet and Saucy Shop soon, which opened up in Newport Beach last year (yay!).  All of Melody’s creations are so beautiful and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with this year.

Gabriel Ryan Photography via Style Me Pretty | Sweets: My Sweet & Saucy

I love those chocolate covered heart rice krispie treats!  Look for more Valetine’s posts and DIY projects in the next few weeks.



Valentine’s Day Decor

So I’m well aware that Valentine’s Day is over BUT I had to share with you all some of the pictures from my Valentine’s Party.

I used the cutest Love Sweet Love printables from The Sweetest Occasion.  Love the cupcake toppers and Love Sweet Love sign 🙂

I also printed out a little heart banner and straw flags from The Sweetest Occasion.

The Sweetest Occasion

I added a little glitter to mine and used red baker’s twine to tie up the hearts.

Love these!

And last but not least, my little Valentine’s tree with the cutest heart ornaments from JoyAnna.

Time to put away the Valentine’s Day decor and get ready for Easter!



Happy Valentine’s Day!

Well, the day is finally upon us and I wanted to wish all of you a very Happy and fun Valentine’s Day with loved ones and friends.  I’m hoping to be able to upload the pictures of my Valentine sweet table I made over the weekend later this week.  Until then, here’s a little “Red Valentine” Inspiration board I made especially for today.

From Top to Bottom: Heart Confetti: Paper Chase | I Love You Vases: The Wedding Chicks | Heart Garland: RudyRedcrafts | LOVE: Flickr | A Valentine Tale: Simply Bloom Photography | Red Cherries: via Pinterest | Red Velvet Heart Cake: Sprinkle Bakes | Red Sequin Heart: weheartit | Red Felt Heart: via Pinterest



Valentine Burlap Banner

Is everyone almost ready for Valentine’s Day?  I love all the decorating and DIY projects this time of year.  One fun element I’m loving is Valentine banners and boy do I have a cute one for you!  In fact, this banner is the one I bought for our engagement session/wedding day decor.  The pictures don’t even do it justice, it’s the cutest thing ever!  Brandy from baybeedahlboutique makes the burlap banners, and you can check out her shop here.  There’s all kinds of different designs she sells, all of them unique and oh so cute 🙂

Banner photos via baybeedahlboutique

And here’s the banner in our engagement shoot!  Love, love, love it!

Sargeant Photography

Get yours today!



Favorite Valentine Sweet Tables

I hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready for a fabulous week!  Easy for me to say, I only have a 1 day work week and it ends today at 5pm! 🙂

I’m in full on Valentine’s Day mode right now and wanted to share with you some of my favorite Valentine’s Day tables and sweets!

Love this milk and cookies sweet set up …Vitalic Photo via On To Baby

Be My Valentine by HWTM

Harwell Photography via Ruffled

LOVE candy dish (Love mine!) …via Style Me Pretty

Too cute for words, how darling are those XO signs?Wren & Field Photography via Ruffled

Alea Lovely via Wedding Chicks

Joielala Photographie via Forget Me Knot Weddings

Be Mine by Amy Atlas Events

Aren’t Valentine’s Day parties fun?  Break out those cookie sheets, cupcake liners, and Valentine’s decor! 




A Valentine Engagement Shoot by Simply Bloom Photography

Hello there and good morning!  I can’t believe it’s already mid-January and Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.  I’ve started to decorate my place for one of my favorite times of the year; who doesn’t love hearts, candy, and flowers?!  There’s so many darling Valentine inspiration out there, and I’m soaking it all in 🙂

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this photo shoot shot by the talented ladies of Simply Bloom Photography.  The details that went into this one are fabulous, I’m so in love! 

This might be my favorite shot … looovvveeee the heart confetti … too cute!

All photos by Simply Bloom Photography | More images from “A Valentine Tale” here

Talk about ideas for my upcoming engagement session!  I might have to steal the heart confetti concept, love it!

You all have a great rest of the week okay???  See you back soon!



P.S.  Did you know that Live What You Love will be turning one year old in February?!  I can’t believe a year has already gone by.  I’m very thankful for all my readers!

V-Day Inspiration Shoot

Ok guys, these pictures are the cutest ever!  I’m so excited!  Just so romantic and beautiful – from the dress to the flowers to the adorable heart lollipops!  I’m just loving everything about this Valentine’s Day inspired session.  I know you’ll love it as much as I do ❤

LOVE that bouquet!

Ring bearer bowl by Paloma Nest

What a cute idea the mantle is!

Did I mention that I love Valentine’s Day?  🙂

The talented organizers …

Pics: Harwell Photography

Styling: Ashley Baber