Looking forward.

Raglan Sunset | Danelle Bourgeois


I welcomed 2014 with open arms this new year’s eve. There was nothing wrong with 2013 (although it seemed like a bit of a dud for so many people that I know – boooooo). In fact, it was pretty great for me. The start of something new. I quit my full-time graphic design job and become a completely self-employed Night Owl. It was a scary but exciting leap, but I’m so glad I did it!


Life has been pretty crazy for us over the holiday period. We had a fair few weddings during December and specifically during the week around Christmas, so I only got to spend a few days with my family. It was pretty fantastic though. I ate (went completely off my no sugar, gluten or dairy diet), drunk (oops), and played games. It was great. I taught my family how to play Hedbandz with just post-it notes. They loved it.


I’m not really into resolutions or goals that much, so instead I thought I’d take the time to list out a few things that I’m really looking forward to this year. In no particular order…


  • Paramore’s concert.
  • Giving this paleo diet a good go. Gotta make it past 3 months. That’s the aim.
  • Taking Molly‘s calligraphy Skillshare class. And then moving up to Melissa‘s calligraphy class. Yes!
  • Going on more walks.
  • Visiting my grandparents in Wellington who I seem to only see every 5 years for no good reason.
  • Seeing my BFF Brittany. More than 3 times this year please. Why do we live so far apart?!
  • Sleeping more. Without waking up all the time.
  • Hook and I’s ten year anniversary.
  • Juice cleansing.
  • All of the awesome weddings we have coming up this season.
  • Hanging out with Rosie. Lots. She’s growing up too fast.
  • Blogging wayyyyy more. Personally and business-wise.
  • Getting into a daily routine – involving a good wake up time, a walk, and solid work hours with no distractions.
  • Semi-Permanent. I hope the speaker line up is a goodie.
  • Document my life more (read: taking more photos).
  • Using social media / my phone less.
  • Seeing where this year takes Hook and I.
  • Spending more time with my high school friends.
  • Getting back into wedding invitation design.
  • More family time.
  • Exploring around more of New Zealand.
  • Booking a full wedding season for 2014/15. Okay okay, this is a goal.
  • Making smarter supermarket shopping choices.
  • Taking photos of my grandparents (even if they don’t like it).
  • Learning to chill out more. I’m sure Hook will be the most excited about this one.


If I think of any more I shall add it to the list. I bet I’ve missed something major. Haha.


What are you looking forward to this year? Visiting someone you haven’t seen in a while? Travelling somewhere new? Already excited about a movie that’s coming out this year? Tell me about it!

Something always brings me back to you.

danelle bourgeois


I thought with all this free time I would have I’d been blogging more. Turns out, that’s not the case. Wedding season is in full force – we have weddings basically every single week until the end of April (some have double weddings!) – so I’ve felt a little overwhelmed with organising everything. I’m still learning how everything works best for the business, but I’m sure I’ll have it under control soon enough.


With that said, I can’t imagine I’ll be blogging again during this holiday season so I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful readers now! I hope you all have a lovely break away from work and get to spend some sweet time with your family and friends. Oh, and have an awesome New Years Eve too! I have no idea what we will be doing (five bucks says we will be working the night away haha) but at least I’ll be hanging with Hook and maybe family too.


Catch ya’ll in the new year! :)

Portrait of a woodland.

Carisse Enderwick Illustration


I would like to introduce you to someone who is very dear to me, Carisse Enderwick. Carisse was one of our lovely brides from last wedding season, and I just absolutely adored her from the get-go. Her wedding was a wonderful woodlands creation full of whimsy (and lots of owls!). The first time I got to see some of her amazing talent was when I opened her save the date. With a very sweet illustration of a pair of foxes, which she illustrated herself, I knew I was in for a treat when the formal invitation arrived! The invitation blew me away! Her illustration skills were incredible. You have to check this invite out for yourself.


Since her wedding, Carisse has started up her own little illustration business and now sells some of her prints on Felt! Carisse was kind enough to gift Hook and I some lovely illustrations of two owls (pictured above) which are now showcased in our home. They are amazing and perfect for us! <3


To top off this awesomeness, Carisse is giving away one print from her series ‘Portrait of a Woodland’ over on Facebook! All you have to do is tell her which of the four critters above you would love to own and you’re in to win! Since I already have the two owls (would be my obvious first choice otherwise), my favourite is that sweet bear. He looks like he would love some owl friends to hang out with. Hehe. So, head on over to Carisse’s Facebook page, like it (!), like her competition post and let her know which creature is your favourite! I know I would have more chance at winning by not sharing this with you all, but really, I can’t keep my love for Carisse’s work a secret! It’s just too good!

Party time.


So, I’m slow at this blogging thing, right? But that’s okay. There’s apparently such a thing as a slow blogging movement, so let’s just pretend I’m part of that. Hehe. A few months ago I showed ya’ll a sneak peek of my cousin’s 21st birthday party. And now, I have finally gotten around to showing you the rest of it!


Tyler’s party was so much fun! Super glad I got to capture some of it too! I’ve never really taken ‘party’ photos before but absolutely loved it. Tyler’s decorating made it all the more fun – especially those awesome helium balloons! Rosie LOVED those balloons. If she didn’t have one in her hands, she would just stare at them, in awe. So cute!


The lovely Rachael of Made From Scratch made the amazing cake, which sat on that stunning mirrored stand that has been in Tyler’s family (not my side) for over 50 years and it was even used at her Grandfather’s 21st birthday! I made the cupcakes, and helped Tyler set up her dessert table and backdrop. The ‘drunk’ and ‘sober’ punch dispensers were supplied by Shaye of On My Hand. Those punches? SO GOOD. I drunk from both. Taking turns. Haha.


The highlight of the night for me was Tyler and I dancing with our grandparents at midnight. It was one of those memories I will never forget and I’m so thankful that we got to share that moment.


Awesome music. Awesome food. Awesome party. Awesome memories. <3

Where to go from here.


I should be packing right now. But I can’t be bothered just yet. :P We are heading to Tauranga for a few days for a shoot. Can’t wait to see the family again! I love that I am going to be able to visit them more often now that I’m self-employed and we can take our work with us.


Anyway, that’s going a little off topic… I was curious, what do you like to see most on my blog? Should I bring back my weekly links posts? Any suggestions or requests? I’m a little undecided at the moment as to what I want to be posting. I may just do life documenting posts, but who knows! Would love your feedback!