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Angel Swanson  Event designer from the California coast. Named a Top Planner by Martha Stewart Weddings. Wife, mama, & daughter of the King.

I flavored my latest kombucha batch with my fav blood oranges. 😍 I can't get enough of this refreshing fizzy fermented drink and the kids love it as much as I do. Already dreaming up flavors for the two batches I'll have ready next weekend. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ // #kombucha #booch #homemadekombucha #bloodorange #inthekitchenwithangel

I always love the photos Olive snaps of me because I get to see the way I look when I'm looking at her. Half were blurry and headless but she was so proud, snapping away and telling me how to pose. ❀ It has been crazy rainy here so I opted for a colorful outfit tonight with three clashing patterns. 😜 This vintage @missoni coat is one of my fav items in my closet! Wore this quirky getup to dinner at @slogiuseppes and now I'm ready for coffee and a movie on the couch! Hope you all have a cozy weekend! β˜•οΈ

Noah was in LOVE with Minnie. Like, obsessed. He kissed her on the nose and she pretended to run off with him. 😍 Part two of our @waltdisneyworld vacation is on the blog today; link in bio if you wanna check it out! 😘 // #waltdisneyworld #disneyworld #minniemouse

From the weekend: my "girl date" with Olive. ❀ We snuck away to visit Williams Sonoma and Target, and topped our time off with some soft serve. 🍦 We held hands everywhere we went, of course. She has talked about our date every day since. "Mama, remember when we went on our girl date? I have a great idea: how about we go on another girl date? I love you. You're my bestie." 😜😭 Ollie you have noooo idea how much I love you. I hope we go on girl dates forever. πŸ’• // #myheart #motherhood #motherdaughter #momstaysinthepicture

Happy Valentine's Day to my trio of loves! πŸ’• I went to our local fish market this morning so I could make our favorite dinner of roasted Dungeness crab and garlic shrimp. We ate so much crab that my fingertips are wrinkly!! πŸ˜‚ Now we're off to the drive-in for a movie under the stars. ✨ I thank God for the family He has given me, and pray I will continue to grow in loving them well. ❀ And to YOU -- Regardless of how you feel about this holiday, I'm sending you lots of love for the encouragement and support you've all shown me. For me, if nothing else, today is a sweet reminder of how much I've been blessed. (It's a lot.) xoxo // #myheart #gratitude #myvalentines

Our sweet Noah turned 2 at the end of January, but we finally celebrated yesterday. Anyone who has met him can attest to what a joyful, tender-hearted lovebug he is. His impromptu dances, enthusiastic exclamations ("oh mah goo-ness!") and meme-worthy facial expressions make my day, everyday. ❀ I recently shared my adoption story with a friend and it reminded me of how grateful I am for the difficult road that led us to Noah. Though the suffering we endured was heart-wrenching, it also took us down a precisely timed path to our son. God worked through years of infertility and recurrent miscarriage. He worked through a woman's unexpected pregnancy. He took brokenness and made it beautiful. I thank God for Noah's brave and beautiful birth mother for choosing us to be his parents. I thank God for the community of friends and family who supported us as we awaited his arrival. And I even thank God for the years of longing and tears, that deepened my faith and drew me closer to Him. I can't imagine life without you, Noah. Happy two years. πŸ’• // #myheart #siblings #knittogetherbyadoption

Gimme alllll the Mickey pretzels! 😜 I finally posted part 1 of our @waltdisneyworld vacation recap on the blog so head over for tons of pics! Link in bio 😘 What are your Disney park must-have treats? Mine are Dole Whip and popcorn! 🍿 // #disneyworld #waltdisneyworld

Playing with oils today! ✨ I'm putting together some of my favorite blends to share with friends: immunity to support health and wellness, glowing serum for my skin regimen and zZzZz for deep, restful sleep. Which one would you want?? Comment below with the roller that captures your interest and why; I'll pick and announce a random winner on Wednesday at 12 noon PST. **WINNERS NOTED in comments** 😘 And how about those hellebores?? 😍 // #giveaway #essentialoils #hellebores #rollerbottlerecipe

The #peoplemover is alive and well at @waltdisneyworld 😍 Does anyone else remember loving the one at Disneyland? I'm still working on getting our trip blogged but this pic is one of my favs. πŸ’• PS thanks for all the love on my new hair!! The change feels great! This pic is obviously pre-blonde. 😘 // #waltdisneyworld #motherdaughter #mamasgirl

I did it! 😱 I took my hair lighter today with the magic of the amazing @alliepie_hair. Allie is so incredibly talented and really takes the time to protect the integrity of your hair. I trust her implicitly to do what's going to look best and keep my hair healthy and she blows me away every single time. In September I had never colored my hair. Now I'm blonde-ish?? Bronde?? πŸ˜‚ It was such a treat to spend a few hours alone this morning, just being pampered. Love you Allie; thank you for sharing your gift with me!! // #balayage #blondeandblonder #bronde

Homegrown hellebores make my heart flutter. 🌿 Maybe like me, your heart has felt heavy lately with all the goings-on in the world. And maybe, like me, you generally keep your IG light and cheery. But maybe, just maybe, you also (like me) don't want to remain silent during unsettling times... As the daughter of a first generation immigrant and as a woman of faith who holds freedom of religion very dear, I only hope that others are afforded the same rights and opportunities I was. Immigration is a complex issue and I admit I have much to learn. But may our hearts be compassionate toward the vulnerable. May I be more quick to listen and slow to speak. I pray my children grow up in an America that remains a beacon of hope, a place that continues to welcome the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free." // #myheart #hellebore #hellebores #lentenroses

Flashing back to the beautiful wedding of @adhirkalyan and @emilysayscheese 😍 The images just make me smile! Can't wait to share more of this incredible event that took place at @colony29. Blessed to work alongside an amazing team that included @megan_gray @casadeperrin @powwowdesignstudio @bettylingcalligraphy @theromancebetween and more! Photo by two of my favs @brandonkiddphoto @kristin_kidd πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ // #loveandsplendorweddings #palmspringswedding