Five years ago we were on our honeymoon in Aruba and I vividly remember relaxing on the beach with Ian–soaking up the sun–and enjoying a stress-free time after our wedding. We were already discussing “big plans” that we should go somewhere tropical + adventurous when our five-year anniversary came around. Because you know…five years is just another excuse to go on a fabulous vacation :) Then […]

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  • Katie Gott Marino - Awesome pics! I’m glad you guys had good anniversary :)!ReplyCancel

I am going to have another niece or nephew!! Well sorta ;) My best friend Katie is going to have a BABY! Katie has been my best friend since we were toddlers–around age 2 to be exact. She is more like a sister to me. I’m anxious to meet that baby boy or girl in that […]

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  • Katie Gott Marino - Ahhh I love it!!!! You seriously did an amazing job with the whole shower Chica, and the pics are beautiful!!! Thank you sooooo muchReplyCancel

Distance is just a test to see how far love can travel.   -Source Unknown Scott and Mikayla OWNED this session. I just sat back and snapped away. They were both naturals and barely needed any posing instructions from me. Well…other than the few times I had to tell them to STOP kissing! It was beyond cute to be a […]

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  • Renee - so amazing!!! Love the USNA & you captured it beautifullyReplyCancel

    • Melissa Hoko Hoffman - Thanks Renee! One-of-a-kind couple, I loved shooting it!ReplyCancel

Egg dyeing, endless egg hunts, good food, and family — so much to be thankful for this past Easter weekend. My kids survived on candy and chocolate for two days straight. Some memories in the making… Cousins!Egg hunt #1:Don’t cry over spilled…eggs? Sorry Caleb, couldn’t resist the shot! Egg hunt #2:The kids with their Godfathers:Egg hunt #3:

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Well hello and welcome to my very first G I V E A W A Y! As you know, I recently launched my new website + brand and I received lots of love and compliments. Thank you!  The new website launch was followed by behind-the-scenes posts where you learned some interesting facts surrounding my inspiration for everything you see […]

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  • Katie Marino - Love this nail polish colors Chica!!! Awesome idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Batz - Melissa’s photography is absolutely beautiful. She captures the most intimate pure moments in her pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Elizabeth - You’re photography is stunning! I can’t wait for you to capture a special moment in my life!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Hasenkopf - Such a cute idea!! Hope to use your photo services one day! :)ReplyCancel

  • Renee - Yippee for giveaways!!! I love visiting your site… it’s just soooooo pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Emily L - I love this giveaway idea! So excited to be working with you on our special day!!ReplyCancel

This post features a cute 1-year-old, yummy homemade sweets, fun DIY decor & graphic designs (by me!), and ladybugs…lots of ladybugs! Today I’m sharing my daughter’s birthday celebration. I can’t believe my baby girl is ONE already! Good morning birthday girl: My attempt at making a Ladybug cake:Happy First Birthday sweet, sweet girl! xoxo

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  • Deborah Ellen Brooks - It was a very nice party!ReplyCancel