Maternity Photos

October 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I can't believe how quickly this pregnancy has gone by for me!  It's been quite the roller coaster of changes for my family and I. We moved from the bay area down to San Diego (California), Ava started 1st grade, and we've spent the past few months getting settled into our new home, which has been full of house projects to make it our own. To say the least, my husband has been working overtime on his honey-do-lists. Haha!

For this photo session, I have to give my hubs extra props. We are always a photography team, but for my maternity photos, I told him he needed to pay extra attention to detail and make sure the train on my gown was positioned nicely at all times. He did such a great job!  It was cute how serious he was fixing my dress in between shots ;) Looking at these photos makes me realize how special this time in my life is and how truly thankful I am for my family. All three of my pregnancies have been difficult in one way or another, including different sorts of complications, so it's not always easy for me to be stress free and relaxed. Although, when looking down at the baby girl in my big round belly and at my sweet daughters Ava and Aura, it reminds me that I really need to soak in these last few weeks and try to enjoy them!

Since this will be my last pregnancy, I wanted to get dressed up with my little princesses in long, pretty dresses and take photos on the beach now that we live so close to it. We did them at La Jolla cove in San Diego, right near where my husband and I got married. So, it was special for several reasons. Ava and Aura love the beach and seeing them excited about it made it even more fun!  

All the outfit details came together perfectly. A few months ago, the extremely talented designer Leah Maria, of Leah Maria Couture, reached out to me wanting to make me a custom maternity gown. What an honor! I selected the style, color and material, as well as provided her with my measurements. She did a phenomenal job and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!  

I wanted to incorporate lace and tulle into Ava and Aura's dresses, so Kim, the amazing owner of Modernechild, sent me these beautiful Olivia V Lace Back Dresses. The back lace detail on these is stunning! Since I chose them in Ivory and white, I wanted to tie them in with my light pink dress by wearing matching flower crowns. Karen, the incredible creator of Ellis Originals was so sweet and made us the most beautiful custom crowns to match. They were truly a staple accessory in coordinating our dresses together. A major thanks to these three ladies for making our photos even more special! Ava and Aura looked like they were ready to be flower girls in a wedding ;) These photos will be memories my family and I cherish forever.

Don't mind my little girls and their palms full of sea shells they found ;)  

It's difficult to imagine my belly will be getting even bigger! I'm due November 17th, so we will see when this baby girl plans to make her debut! It's not the best quality, but if you'd like to see a quick behind the scenes home video clip, click here :). Thank you for following along, I hope you enjoyed our photos and I appreciate every one of you!

Xo

Ashley 

@ashleylynlivin

 

Custom made maternity gown by Leah Maria Couture (Instagram: @leahmariacouture) -Use ASHLEY10 for 10% off! She also makes non-maternity ;)

Custom made flower crowns by Ellis Originals (Instagram: @ellisoriginals501)

Olivia V Lace Back Dress from Modernechild (Instagram: @modernechild)

 


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