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The clouds started our day in typical London fashion, then quickly broke to shine light on our magical morning capturing our maternity session. We ran around central London with Elle Narbrook and her camera in hand. Justin’s hand holding mine. Mine holding our babe. Elle perfectly captured our love growing deeper than we know how to prepare for, all against the backdrop of our favorite city. “Your love made a life!” Elle gushed as Justin and I got those first-photo-sillies out of the way and I knew we had the perfect combination of our crew that day. These photos are truly a gift. Photography by Elle Narbrook

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London Maternity Photo Session // Elle Narbrook PhotographyThe clouds started our day in typical London fashion, then quickly broke to shine light on our magical morning capturing our maternity session. We ran around central London with Elle Narbrook and her camera in hand. Justin’s hand holding mine. Mine holding our babe. Elle perfectly captured our love growing deeper than we know how to prepare for, all against the backdrop of our favorite city. “Your love made a life!” Elle gushed as Justin and I got those first-photo-sillies out of the way and I knew we had the perfect combination of our crew that day. These photos are truly a gift.

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Photography by Elle Narbrook

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Pregnancy Progress // 36 Weeks http://montgomeryfest.com/pregnancy-progress-36-weeks/ http://montgomeryfest.com/pregnancy-progress-36-weeks/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 12:40:41 +0000 http://montgomeryfest.com/?p=18411

And now, 36 weeks, nine months along, four weeks to go! Baby is the size of a: Large cantaloupe – about 6 pounds and 19 inches long. Baby’s movement: She loves a good Spotify playlist and her dance moves are unapologetic and bold. She get it from her mama. Clothes: Yoga pants and tunics on repeat around the flat. Sundresses are the most comfortable for outings. So thankful the weather is warming up, which is making it easier to carry less on this bod. The timing of this pregnancy has worked out quite well – I was small in the winter, so I didn’t need to buy new coats. As I’ve grown, the weather has slloowwllyyy warmed, so that by the time my bump was too big, I didn’t need to zip my coats anymore! Now that I’m mega, stretchy dresses are perfect. I had to stop wearing my wedding rings about a month ago because if I get hot for a second, my fingers swell and it’s tough to take them off. Food cravings: MILK. Total weight gain: Nope. Still no idea. I ended up asking at a midwife appointment and was quickly told they much prefer to focus on baby’s measurements and my vitals to keeping her healthy instead of me focusing on weight gain. I have a lazy note-to-self to go step on a scale when we pass a department store. Running out of time. Health/fitness: Does climbing the stairs to our flat count? Just kidding. She and I like to dance it out to some good ole Justin Timberlake. I’ve gotten more used to the weight, aerobics-wise, but gravity is a constant reminder to my back, pelvis, and feet. Symptoms: My midwife exclaimed that baby is quite low! I’m not sure what this means, but it could be that she’s dropped into my pelvis, which is supposed to happen a couple weeks before labor. Quite timely. At month nine, it’s really just all the symptoms – indigestion, backaches, short of breath, a million trips to the loo. Name it. Got it. Sleep: Doing fairly well in this department. I’m thinking it’s because it takes so much effort to deal with this body during the day that I wear myself out enough to pass out at night. That and Justin cranks the lavender oils in the bedroom. Fingers crossed I haven’t jinxed the good okay sleep with this paragraph.. Baby items purchased: Like 90%.…

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Pregnancy Progress // 36 Week Baby Bump
And now, 36 weeks, nine months along, four weeks to go!

Baby is the size of a: Large cantaloupe – about 6 pounds and 19 inches long.

Baby’s movement: She loves a good Spotify playlist and her dance moves are unapologetic and bold. She get it from her mama.

Clothes: Yoga pants and tunics on repeat around the flat. Sundresses are the most comfortable for outings. So thankful the weather is warming up, which is making it easier to carry less on this bod. The timing of this pregnancy has worked out quite well – I was small in the winter, so I didn’t need to buy new coats. As I’ve grown, the weather has slloowwllyyy warmed, so that by the time my bump was too big, I didn’t need to zip my coats anymore! Now that I’m mega, stretchy dresses are perfect. I had to stop wearing my wedding rings about a month ago because if I get hot for a second, my fingers swell and it’s tough to take them off.

Food cravings: MILK.

Total weight gain: Nope. Still no idea. I ended up asking at a midwife appointment and was quickly told they much prefer to focus on baby’s measurements and my vitals to keeping her healthy instead of me focusing on weight gain. I have a lazy note-to-self to go step on a scale when we pass a department store. Running out of time.

Health/fitness: Does climbing the stairs to our flat count? Just kidding. She and I like to dance it out to some good ole Justin Timberlake. I’ve gotten more used to the weight, aerobics-wise, but gravity is a constant reminder to my back, pelvis, and feet.

Symptoms: My midwife exclaimed that baby is quite low! I’m not sure what this means, but it could be that she’s dropped into my pelvis, which is supposed to happen a couple weeks before labor. Quite timely. At month nine, it’s really just all the symptoms – indigestion, backaches, short of breath, a million trips to the loo. Name it. Got it.

Sleep: Doing fairly well in this department. I’m thinking it’s because it takes so much effort to deal with this body during the day that I wear myself out enough to pass out at night. That and Justin cranks the lavender oils in the bedroom. Fingers crossed I haven’t jinxed the good okay sleep with this paragraph..

Baby items purchased: Like 90%. We have the bare bones of everything. Still searching for a rocking chair. Once we have that, we’ll have the height we’re workin’ with then the bookshelves and gallery wall can commence. I calm myself by remembering that we have her bed (well, we should have her Moses basket next week), I have her food (hopefully she takes to breastfeeding), and we have nappies. Necessities, check. Oh, and we have her carrier so that Justin can finally kangaroo her. We good.

Dad is: sooo ready. I envy his unhinged eagerness in all of this. In turn, he envies that I get to experience every.single.bit of her life inside of mine. So, yeah. He’s so ready to meet her! He claims he gets to hold her more to make up for all of her time in utero and I quietly giggle that he has no idea how much time breastfeeding will take up.

Looking forward to: Her laying on my chest for the first time. Oof. Every single emotion. We daily dream about family walks and sitting on patios this summer, introducing her to London. Looking forward to teaching her about the world and traveling it together, each of us taking away our own perspectives from the people we meet. The lessons she’ll teach us and how we get to guide her to be kind and gentle, yet bold and steadfast, through every obstacle. How she’ll drastically change our life from two to three without knowing the depth of that until she’s in my shoes.

Missing: My bodyyyy. Sleeping on my stomach sounds straight up heavenly right now. And prosecco. This is probably the same as my last update..

Best moments: Our babymoon was pretty darn incredible. We met up with friends in Brussels and Paris and felt so loved to have them experience this expectant period with us. Every day I’m overcome with how amazing it is that I get to give her this life. I never want to forget or take for granted how amazing this feeling is. And, yes. I’m crying right now. The best daily moments are when the sun comes up in the morning and I start to toss a bit, she slowly wakes up with me. (She can see light vs. dark – how cool is that?!) The weekends are my favorite because Justin can linger with us and we lay and talk and sing and poke at her for hours. 

General thoughts: Fairly overwhelmed. This is such a contradictory time. I’m both anxious to meet her and afraid of every single step that entails. I go through phases of feeling empowered and ready to experience childbirth naturally and then cold sweats and tears afraid of the pain and any complications that might arise. These phases can switch on the hour, minute, or second. Hence why I envy his eagerness!

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Travel Inspired Baby Shower http://montgomeryfest.com/travel-inspired-baby-shower/ http://montgomeryfest.com/travel-inspired-baby-shower/#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:30:43 +0000 http://montgomeryfest.com/?p=18361

Surrounded by friends and family, we celebrated our British Babe’s soon-to-be arrival in the heat of the South. We flew down to Louisiana for a week during the last weeks that I’m allowed to freely fly. Our friends (peep their engagement story here!), threw us an incredible, travel inspired baby shower filled with love and details that I’m still swooning over! Guests signed in with notes to baby and her parents that covered the pages of the sweetest book. I swear “I Wish You More” was made for this exact scenario. It’s a darling story. When I read the book to her, we go through it twice – once for the storybook and a second time to read the notes and describe how each author will be a part of her life. There were also “Wishes for baby” cards that made for really fun, fill-in-the-blank style wishes. Justin and I were so excited to read them. It was the first thing we did after the party. We sat on my childhood bed and Justin read them aloud. The very first one ended with I hope you become: Florence the Great and I never had a chance for dry eyes. They were beautiful and funny and gave us a peek into the relationships she’ll have with the people who love her. Of course, the kids were the funniest. A couple favorites of note.. I hope you learn: 100+100=102; math and peace; a lot (ages 6; 6; 12) and I hope you aren’t afraid of: me; spiders; monsters (ages 11; 12; 6). The invitations came from Minted and perfectly captured this next adventure of ours. The suite included coordinating favor tags, postage stamps, and thank you notes. I had the main text customized to a script that fit our style (and learned the hard way that they don’t customize stamps). The favor tags doubled as table displays that enclosed sugar cookies cut in the shape of “F”s for everyone to take home and as little decorations on cups of my favorite donuts in the world (Meche’s).  The shower was held at Create 365 in Lafayette, La. It’s a darling house that the owner, Amy, uses for an event space to hold scrapbooking and art retreats. She was lovely to work with and open to any type of event. I couldn’t get over how well her canvas meshed with Heathe + Heather’s decor style. And she…

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Travel Inspired Baby Shower featuring invitations from Minted // MontgomeryFestSurrounded by friends and family, we celebrated our British Babe’s soon-to-be arrival in the heat of the South. We flew down to Louisiana for a week during the last weeks that I’m allowed to freely fly. Our friends (peep their engagement story here!), threw us an incredible, travel inspired baby shower filled with love and details that I’m still swooning over!

Travel Inspired Baby Shower // MontgomeryFestTravel Inspired Baby Shower // MontgomeryFestGuests signed in with notes to baby and her parents that covered the pages of the sweetest book. I swear “I Wish You More” was made for this exact scenario. It’s a darling story. When I read the book to her, we go through it twice – once for the storybook and a second time to read the notes and describe how each author will be a part of her life.

There were also “Wishes for baby” cards that made for really fun, fill-in-the-blank style wishes. Justin and I were so excited to read them. It was the first thing we did after the party. We sat on my childhood bed and Justin read them aloud. The very first one ended with I hope you become: Florence the Great and I never had a chance for dry eyes. They were beautiful and funny and gave us a peek into the relationships she’ll have with the people who love her. Of course, the kids were the funniest. A couple favorites of note.. I hope you learn: 100+100=102; math and peace; a lot (ages 6; 6; 12) and I hope you aren’t afraid of: me; spiders; monsters (ages 11; 12; 6).

Travel Inspired Baby Shower // MontgomeryFestTravel Inspired Baby Shower featuring invitations from Minted // MontgomeryFestThe invitations came from Minted and perfectly captured this next adventure of ours. The suite included coordinating favor tags, postage stamps, and thank you notes. I had the main text customized to a script that fit our style (and learned the hard way that they don’t customize stamps). The favor tags doubled as table displays that enclosed sugar cookies cut in the shape of “F”s for everyone to take home and as little decorations on cups of my favorite donuts in the world (Meche’s). 

Travel Inspired Baby Shower // MontgomeryFestTravel Inspired Baby Shower // MontgomeryFestTravel Inspired Baby Shower // MontgomeryFestTravel Inspired Baby Shower // MontgomeryFestThe shower was held at Create 365 in Lafayette, La. It’s a darling house that the owner, Amy, uses for an event space to hold scrapbooking and art retreats. She was lovely to work with and open to any type of event. I couldn’t get over how well her canvas meshed with Heathe + Heather’s decor style. And she surprised us with a chalkboard rendition of our invitation’s globe illustration! I mean!

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Pregnancy Progress // 30 Weeks http://montgomeryfest.com/pregnancy-progress-30-weeks/ http://montgomeryfest.com/pregnancy-progress-30-weeks/#comments Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:43:18 +0000 http://montgomeryfest.com/?p=18323

Here we are, 30 weeks in with our little gal on the way. Seven and a half months along. Ten more weeks to go! It’s been incredibly fun seeing friends react and go out of their way to be a part of this pregnancy. Beforehand, I focused on when we’d get to introduce our wee one to her new fan club, but so many friends have been intentional about being a part of my pregnancy as well. I feel so loved and, even bigger (a new experience for me), humbled that they already love our babe. This transitional time of mom + baby as one is fleeting and as much as I want to meet her personality, being present and cherishing her comfort inside of me and the glimpses of her personality is seriously amazing. So, I wanted to share a peek of what life has consisted of lately. Alas, a little bumpdate, if you will, for posterity’s sake… The first trimester was painfully slow. I had bad news about health in my family and close friends coming from every angle. On one hand, it gave us something lovely to focus on and I’m convinced we were given this blessing at the perfect time to get us through the darkest months. On the other hand, my imagination was very defensive and it felt as though I couldn’t fully allow myself to believe such a miracle was happening. I didn’t have a lick of morning sickness except for two hopeful bouts that turned out to be drinking green tea on an empty stomach and overdosing on blue Airheads while catching up on American candy. I wanted to feel pregnant (I know. I’m crazy) and experience this to the fullest, but many days went by and I felt the same. The only thing I could do was change my diet to be more mindful that I was indeed with child. And practice self-care in the form of sleeping in and daily naps because hello exhaustion and the reality that this is my last chance to take advantage of such luxuries. The second trimester was a breeze. I began feeling a little bump that we made such a big deal of, but it really just looked like the day after Thanksgiving. I had all of my normal energy (minus coffee and zumba) back. I got really cocky and proclaimed that we’d have a dozen babies because I loved it so much. My…

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30 weeks pregnant // pregnancy progress
Here we are, 30 weeks in with our little gal on the way. Seven and a half months along. Ten more weeks to go!

It’s been incredibly fun seeing friends react and go out of their way to be a part of this pregnancy. Beforehand, I focused on when we’d get to introduce our wee one to her new fan club, but so many friends have been intentional about being a part of my pregnancy as well. I feel so loved and, even bigger (a new experience for me), humbled that they already love our babe. This transitional time of mom + baby as one is fleeting and as much as I want to meet her personality, being present and cherishing her comfort inside of me and the glimpses of her personality is seriously amazing. So, I wanted to share a peek of what life has consisted of lately. Alas, a little bumpdate, if you will, for posterity’s sake…

The first trimester was painfully slow. I had bad news about health in my family and close friends coming from every angle. On one hand, it gave us something lovely to focus on and I’m convinced we were given this blessing at the perfect time to get us through the darkest months. On the other hand, my imagination was very defensive and it felt as though I couldn’t fully allow myself to believe such a miracle was happening. I didn’t have a lick of morning sickness except for two hopeful bouts that turned out to be drinking green tea on an empty stomach and overdosing on blue Airheads while catching up on American candy. I wanted to feel pregnant (I know. I’m crazy) and experience this to the fullest, but many days went by and I felt the same. The only thing I could do was change my diet to be more mindful that I was indeed with child. And practice self-care in the form of sleeping in and daily naps because hello exhaustion and the reality that this is my last chance to take advantage of such luxuries.

The second trimester was a breeze. I began feeling a little bump that we made such a big deal of, but it really just looked like the day after Thanksgiving. I had all of my normal energy (minus coffee and zumba) back. I got really cocky and proclaimed that we’d have a dozen babies because I loved it so much. My third trimester self (and, of course, that looming labor bit) is now laughing at second trimester self and oh-so envious of her sleep.

So, here we are a couple of weeks into the third trimester where things are getting real and quiet marriage time is becoming nostalgic. I thought I’d document a little more of the nitty-gritty because for the first six months, my answer to ‘how are you feeling?’ was honestly just ‘really, really good. I love being pregnant.’ I absolutely still love it, but now I actually have symptoms. And now it’s flying by!

Baby is the size of a: Large cabbage – about 3 pounds and 16 inches long.

Nicknames: June Baby, British Babe, Little Baby (when Justin is kissing us goodbye/night)

Baby’s movement: She has always surprised the doctors and midwives with how active she is. If there’s singing nearby, she’ll wake up and dance! This week I’ve noticed a shift in her movements – as her home is getting more and more cramped. I had a growth spurt when I “popped” about a month ago which gave our Skinny Minnie lots of womb to move around (I crack up every time). My belly has seemed to stay the same, while I can feel her moving slower and more forcefully. Instead of sporadically kicking all over the place, she’ll push herself into corners and stay there for a bit.

Clothes: I’m living in maternity leggings and tunic tops. Justin’s t-shirts that I sleep in are hilariously stretched to their max.

Food cravings: Lemon or strawberry gelato and, separately, milk. Also, king cake – that trip to Louisiana ruined us!

Total weight gain: Not sure as we don’t have a scale. I weighed myself at my parents’ house in Louisiana about three weeks ago and I had gained about 15 pounds in comparison to the first kilogram weigh-in at 12 weeks….though, we’re not sure how much of that was Cajun food..

Health/fitness: I’ve been choosing to walk instead of tube when it’s under an hour (although, an hour is pushing it without breaks – dang relaxin making my tail bone work harder). Climbing stairs is the worst. These little legs plus my new-found weight and the lack of room for my lungs makes at your own pace an obnoxiously necessary reminder.

Symptoms: Exhaustion about every other day. I’m al.ways.hungry. Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions throughout the day, which is probably from her showing off her dance moves. It’s only bad when we’re in a hurry to walk somewhere because the speed makes them come on and I need to rest for them to subside faster. Also, where the heck is all this bloating and water weight coming from? I swear I’m peeing it all out..

Sleep: Oof. I can only sleep on my sides, so I constantly have to turn over to give my bottom shoulder a break. Between hoisting my relaxed, spread-out belly to the opposite side and, in turn, flipping baby over, which only wakes her up to play for a bit, it takes a while to fall back to sleep. And then I’ve gotta pee.

Baby items purchased: We have her crib, wardrobe, and changing table all set up! Still working on finding a rocking chair and we’ll start decorating soon. We’ve received lots of wonderful gifts from loved ones, including her monitor, bouncer, carrier, and bottle system, so it feels like big things are coming together. Feeling very grateful that registries are a thing. Thank you to whomever normalized that for us. Major relief from a daunting new chapter! 

Dad is: building all of the furniture for our new flat, lifting me off the sofa, and reading Peter Rabbit stories to her nightly.

Looking forward to: Our babymoon, while also trying not to freak out that it’s the last trip to close out this chapter of our life. 

Missing: A flat stomach and wine on a patio (although when she kicks, it totally beats both of those!).

Best moments: Justin surprised me with dinner + a show date night. She kicked the entire play, which made it feel like the best kind of date night that she got to be a part of it (not going to happen once she’s out!). My quiet time with her where I sing and chat and she dances or when we push and kick the same part of my belly. It’s like I’m getting a taste of her personality. If I set my alarm, she wakes up to it as I snooze. Baby dancing is such a better way to wake up in the morning.

General thoughts: Dangit. This is fun. Oh, and hiccups! Hiccups are new this week!

I’m on the hunt for a good pregnancy/baby journal. If any of you have recommendations, I’d love to check them out!

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Baby Montgomery http://montgomeryfest.com/baby-montgomery/ http://montgomeryfest.com/baby-montgomery/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:10:32 +0000 http://montgomeryfest.com/?p=18232

We’re thrilled to announce Baby Montgomery is due in June! This has been such a surreal, exciting time for us! New normals include narrating mundane life at home to my stomach so that baby hears my voice, Justin calling us his girls which I hope never, ever stops giving me butterflies, and pickles. Pickles aren’t exactly new, but dill pickles in sets of three in each sitting (sittings aren’t necessarily far apart) are. We’ve been going through two jars a week. I currently have an empty bowl in front of me. I’ve had a fairly easy pregnancy, save for the exhaustion. Not a lick of morning sickness. It has made my usual lower back pain flair up as my body figures out where its equilibrium is relocated and then relocated again. I’m twenty weeks along. That’s five months and halfway through! The past month, I’ve been gaining weight all around (why am I telling you this??) and just this past week or so my belly has started to look round. We’ve slowly been telling our friends and family in person as much as we can. The first question people ask is how I’m feeling. Answering with “no morning sickness!” has been met with many stories of baby boys. I never felt an intuition of the gender, but after hearing so many stories, I began to believe it and it sank in further and further. So when people would ask me if I had a guess, I’d say a little mister. Apparently we ended up convincing ourselves from repeating it so much. As I laid there this past Wednesday, belly covered in jelly, my hearing glazed over the nurse telling us she saw a little girl. *eeerrrrrchh* wait, what?!  The tears unexpectedly started flying. We’re having a baby girl! Our hearts would be just as pleased had baby been a boy, but we were more surprised than we expected to be! Knowing the gender and calling her by name and “she” and “her” give us a fuller picture of our life in the near future (and further along to the teenage years. major eye roll.). Even if we decorate the nursery and teach them the same values, it feels like we’re one step closer to wrapping our heads around how we’ll approach it all. To say the least, we’re excited for this next adventure!

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baby announcementWe’re thrilled to announce Baby Montgomery is due in June!

This has been such a surreal, exciting time for us! New normals include narrating mundane life at home to my stomach so that baby hears my voice, Justin calling us his girls which I hope never, ever stops giving me butterflies, and pickles. Pickles aren’t exactly new, but dill pickles in sets of three in each sitting (sittings aren’t necessarily far apart) are. We’ve been going through two jars a week. I currently have an empty bowl in front of me.

I’ve had a fairly easy pregnancy, save for the exhaustion. Not a lick of morning sickness. It has made my usual lower back pain flair up as my body figures out where its equilibrium is relocated and then relocated again.

I’m twenty weeks along. That’s five months and halfway through! The past month, I’ve been gaining weight all around (why am I telling you this??) and just this past week or so my belly has started to look round.

We’ve slowly been telling our friends and family in person as much as we can. The first question people ask is how I’m feeling. Answering with “no morning sickness!” has been met with many stories of baby boys. I never felt an intuition of the gender, but after hearing so many stories, I began to believe it and it sank in further and further. So when people would ask me if I had a guess, I’d say a little mister. Apparently we ended up convincing ourselves from repeating it so much. As I laid there this past Wednesday, belly covered in jelly, my hearing glazed over the nurse telling us she saw a little girl. *eeerrrrrchh* wait, what?! 

The tears unexpectedly started flying.

We’re having a baby girl!

Our hearts would be just as pleased had baby been a boy, but we were more surprised than we expected to be! Knowing the gender and calling her by name and “she” and “her” give us a fuller picture of our life in the near future (and further along to the teenage years. major eye roll.). Even if we decorate the nursery and teach them the same values, it feels like we’re one step closer to wrapping our heads around how we’ll approach it all.

To say the least, we’re excited for this next adventure!

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Travel Memories Turned Coffee Table Book http://montgomeryfest.com/travel-memories-turned-coffee-table-book/ http://montgomeryfest.com/travel-memories-turned-coffee-table-book/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:39:31 +0000 http://montgomeryfest.com/?p=18135

We’ve had some majorly rad adventures over the past few years and we love capturing and sharing our passions with the world. This blog has afforded us a wonderful platform to do so, not to mention a huge help in prompting us to organize our favorite snaps and put a few words to them to remember our journeys. Click through to see how we turned our favorite blog posts into a book! I’ve always wanted to make a coffee table book. It’s a decor item that in some ways is unnecessary and in many ways a tangible reminder of incredible memories that makes it so very necessary, not to mention for inspiration’s sake. When Blurb contacted us to collaborate on a photo book, I finally had that little nudge I needed to get started on one! And what would be more special than a coffee table book of our favorite travels to pick up and flip through from time to time? I sat down and had a think. We have so many favorites from our trips that it makes choosing one favorite hard. There’s a favorite for each category. There’s ol’ faithful – Paris and, really, France in general. There’s the most untouched and un-commercialized – Pula, Croatia – which felt really special to be a part of something so raw (we went just after they joined the EU). There’s that one trip with the sun and the alcohol and the anniversary memories that always makes us smile – Portugal. And then there’s Morocco. The biggest learning experience of our lives. We had no idea what to expect from Africa, felt so out of our comfort zones, and had to put major trust in people we had just met. It was our 16th country and it gave us a new appreciation for travel and different cultures. And of course how drool-worthy the colors and the sights are. Settled then. I pulled my favorite photos and began placing them inside of Blurb’s Bookify program. I lettered the title pages, which made it feel all the more mine. The templates are easy to use and I loved getting creative with the different layouts. Another side effect of Morocco was how deep it made me dig within myself, so it’s some of my all-time favorite writing. It made transitioning text from blog posts to book easy. In a few short days, my very…

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Storytelling our trip to Morocco with Blurb Photo BooksWe’ve had some majorly rad adventures over the past few years and we love capturing and sharing our passions with the world. This blog has afforded us a wonderful platform to do so, not to mention a huge help in prompting us to organize our favorite snaps and put a few words to them to remember our journeys. Click through to see how we turned our favorite blog posts into a book!

Storytelling our trip to Morocco with Blurb Photo BooksI’ve always wanted to make a coffee table book. It’s a decor item that in some ways is unnecessary and in many ways a tangible reminder of incredible memories that makes it so very necessary, not to mention for inspiration’s sake. When Blurb contacted us to collaborate on a photo book, I finally had that little nudge I needed to get started on one! And what would be more special than a coffee table book of our favorite travels to pick up and flip through from time to time?

I sat down and had a think. We have so many favorites from our trips that it makes choosing one favorite hard. There’s a favorite for each category. There’s ol’ faithful – Paris and, really, France in general. There’s the most untouched and un-commercialized – Pula, Croatia – which felt really special to be a part of something so raw (we went just after they joined the EU). There’s that one trip with the sun and the alcohol and the anniversary memories that always makes us smile – Portugal. And then there’s Morocco. The biggest learning experience of our lives. We had no idea what to expect from Africa, felt so out of our comfort zones, and had to put major trust in people we had just met. It was our 16th country and it gave us a new appreciation for travel and different cultures. And of course how drool-worthy the colors and the sights are. Settled then.

Storytelling our trip to Morocco with Blurb Photo Books Storytelling our trip to Morocco with Blurb Photo BooksI pulled my favorite photos and began placing them inside of Blurb’s Bookify program. I lettered the title pages, which made it feel all the more mine. The templates are easy to use and I loved getting creative with the different layouts. Another side effect of Morocco was how deep it made me dig within myself, so it’s some of my all-time favorite writing. It made transitioning text from blog posts to book easy.

In a few short days, my very own book arrived at our door. The vibrant pinks of Marrakech, the blues of Chefchaouen, and the serene whites of Fes instantly take me back to the country. The hard back book makes me want to carry it around London – ya know, because people will probably stop me to ask about it. Our Moroccan memories pop off the pages. I couldn’t be happier with the result!

Storytelling our trip to Morocco with Blurb Photo BooksWhat travel memories would you like to create a coffee table book out of?

This post was written in partnership with Blurb.

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Fuerteventura Travel Diary http://montgomeryfest.com/fuerteventura-travel-diary/ http://montgomeryfest.com/fuerteventura-travel-diary/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:40:59 +0000 http://montgomeryfest.com/?p=18091

The sun peeked out from behind the clouds and, in an instant, the sky cleared just as quickly as the clouds had rolled in. The warmth filled the island and all at once, the visitors froze. In unison, we breathed in the salt of the ocean and bathed in the sunlight for as long as the sun could hold off the clouds. This was the scene of our Saturday amidst the season that holds the official start of winter, the longest night of the year, and Christmas Day. You see, during December, the only warm locales of Europe are located just next to Africa. The Spanish Isles of the Canaries are a hop over from Morocco and yet the two countries overlap in nothing but sun and the Atlantic waters. Our getaway to paradise is an expert tip from Christmas past. A time when we were excited to be living in Europe, only to have moved there mid Fall when the air bypassed cool temps to a coat-and-scarf-chill and we realized we were at Canadian levels of latitude. Having never seen a white Christmas, we took off to Austria to bond with the snow. Only to arrive back home to Brussels and receive unprecedented snow until April. We learned our lesson. The cold weather only holds my attention for about a week until I crave the sun on my bare arms. My ankles suffocated by the layers of socks tucked into my tall, leather boots. The Southerner in me secretly wishes for a warm Christmas, so that we can sit on patios, cold beverage in hand, and never have to worry about cold sweats when someone suggests a recreational game in the backyard. Though, I grin and pretend to be cozy in the overflowing cotton that cushions my human mimicking a snowman, leaving only my head poking out like a cartoon figure. And where do I even start with what to do with my hair. The following Christmas we spent the week in Gran Canaria and decided the slow vacationers were our crew. It was as if we all knew how quickly the next cloud could bring in the chilly breeze, so we appreciated our exclusive warm weather holiday in Europe more than any of us ever could in the sweat of the summer. For our first Christmas back in Europe, London harpooned us back into the memory of endless cold months and…

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TRAVEL DIARY // Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, SpainThe sun peeked out from behind the clouds and, in an instant, the sky cleared just as quickly as the clouds had rolled in. The warmth filled the island and all at once, the visitors froze. In unison, we breathed in the salt of the ocean and bathed in the sunlight for as long as the sun could hold off the clouds. This was the scene of our Saturday amidst the season that holds the official start of winter, the longest night of the year, and Christmas Day.

You see, during December, the only warm locales of Europe are located just next to Africa. The Spanish Isles of the Canaries are a hop over from Morocco and yet the two countries overlap in nothing but sun and the Atlantic waters.

TRAVEL DIARY // Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, SpainTRAVEL DIARY // Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, SpainTRAVEL DIARY // Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, SpainTRAVEL DIARY // Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, SpainTRAVEL DIARY // Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, SpainTRAVEL DIARY // Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, SpainTRAVEL DIARY // Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, SpainTRAVEL DIARY // Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, SpainOur getaway to paradise is an expert tip from Christmas past. A time when we were excited to be living in Europe, only to have moved there mid Fall when the air bypassed cool temps to a coat-and-scarf-chill and we realized we were at Canadian levels of latitude. Having never seen a white Christmas, we took off to Austria to bond with the snow. Only to arrive back home to Brussels and receive unprecedented snow until April.

We learned our lesson.

The cold weather only holds my attention for about a week until I crave the sun on my bare arms. My ankles suffocated by the layers of socks tucked into my tall, leather boots. The Southerner in me secretly wishes for a warm Christmas, so that we can sit on patios, cold beverage in hand, and never have to worry about cold sweats when someone suggests a recreational game in the backyard. Though, I grin and pretend to be cozy in the overflowing cotton that cushions my human mimicking a snowman, leaving only my head poking out like a cartoon figure. And where do I even start with what to do with my hair.

The following Christmas we spent the week in Gran Canaria and decided the slow vacationers were our crew. It was as if we all knew how quickly the next cloud could bring in the chilly breeze, so we appreciated our exclusive warm weather holiday in Europe more than any of us ever could in the sweat of the summer.

For our first Christmas back in Europe, London harpooned us back into the memory of endless cold months and we quickly clung to our secret winter escape. 

We’d try another island this time, to test if paradise was a fluke.

Fuerteventura is the second largest and the only Canary Island without a wine country, though they’re currently testing the waters. In true Montgomery fashion, we booked last minute. I asked for recommendations on Instagram and quickly realized when people hear Canary Islands, they want you to go to Tenerife. But, alas, we did not. It was too fun guessing if we were pronouncing our destination correctly before we arrived. (fw-air-teh-ven-tur-ah) The island is quiet and rural with pockets of towns.

We stayed at Barceló Castillo Beach Resort and had the all-inclusive feel, while opting out, for our short stay. We had our pick of pools and restaurants with nightly entertainment on-site. The only thing on our itinerary was sun. Our tan lines as badges of temporary honor, we hopped from the slow island life to the cold island life back in London. All-in-all, we’ll choose Gran Canaria if we repeat one of these two islands. If we had stayed any longer, we’d have wanted a downtown area to mosey around in between beach and mimosa sittings.

Have you been to the Canaries? What’s your favorite island?

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Exploring East London http://montgomeryfest.com/exploring-east-london/ http://montgomeryfest.com/exploring-east-london/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:00:50 +0000 http://montgomeryfest.com/?p=17968

Flashback to a couple of weeks ago when Fiat lent us a Fiat 500S for the weekend. We took our wheels out on a little road trip to Winchester that Saturday night. For our Sunday date, we decided to stay in the city and explore the opposite side of town. So, we hopped in the car and directed the navigation system to East London. First stop, the famed Columbia Road Flower Market. This market is one of the places that I dreamed of going to when we found out we were leaving San Francisco for London. I had only seen curated Instagram photos that showed delicately held floral arrangements in an almost serene setting. Ha! This place is straight up chaotic. There’s one block of road where the florist stalls line up on either side and the foot traffic flows through the center. Except that this is one of the most well-known flower markets on the planet and is rarely seen without hoards of people. Essentially, you’re being shuffled to hurry through the block while the florists yell their deals at you. It’s maddening and fantastic all in one. The later the day goes, the more authentic the experience. “Here!”, as he gestures to his remaining stock. “Five pounds a bushel. These are the flowers he’s not buying you!” I live for it. The bustle, the musicians busking, the smell! It’s something special, I tell ya. Usually a visit to the Columbia Road Flower Market means lots of photos and remarks about how we’re all the way on this side of town anyway, let’s explore!…and then what do we do with the flowers….and carrying them around and on the tube is a whole thing. Which means we usually forego actually purchasing anything amidst the madness and suggest that we just get a bouquet in our own borough. But this time! This time we had a car and the freedom to leave our rewards in the trunk while we took care of important errands, like brunch. The Fiat 500S is small, but mighty with ample trunk space. We popped our blooms in and left the car to explore the ‘hood by foot. Brunch at Bistrotheque, which is one of those London gems that you almost don’t want to post on social media about because you know there will be identical photos of your exact shot by next week. The London Instagram…

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Exploring East London

Flashback to a couple of weeks ago when Fiat lent us a Fiat 500S for the weekend. We took our wheels out on a little road trip to Winchester that Saturday night. For our Sunday date, we decided to stay in the city and explore the opposite side of town. So, we hopped in the car and directed the navigation system to East London. First stop, the famed Columbia Road Flower Market.

Exploring East London with FiatExploring East London // Columbia Road MarketExploring East London // Columbia Road MarketExploring East London // Columbia Road MarketThis market is one of the places that I dreamed of going to when we found out we were leaving San Francisco for London. I had only seen curated Instagram photos that showed delicately held floral arrangements in an almost serene setting. Ha! This place is straight up chaotic. There’s one block of road where the florist stalls line up on either side and the foot traffic flows through the center. Except that this is one of the most well-known flower markets on the planet and is rarely seen without hoards of people. Essentially, you’re being shuffled to hurry through the block while the florists yell their deals at you. It’s maddening and fantastic all in one. The later the day goes, the more authentic the experience. “Here!”, as he gestures to his remaining stock. “Five pounds a bushel. These are the flowers he’s not buying you!” I live for it. The bustle, the musicians busking, the smell! It’s something special, I tell ya.

Exploring East London // Columbia Road MarketExploring East London // Columbia Road MarketUsually a visit to the Columbia Road Flower Market means lots of photos and remarks about how we’re all the way on this side of town anyway, let’s explore!…and then what do we do with the flowers….and carrying them around and on the tube is a whole thing. Which means we usually forego actually purchasing anything amidst the madness and suggest that we just get a bouquet in our own borough. But this time! This time we had a car and the freedom to leave our rewards in the trunk while we took care of important errands, like brunch. The Fiat 500S is small, but mighty with ample trunk space. We popped our blooms in and left the car to explore the ‘hood by foot.

Exploring East London with FiatExploring East London with FiatBrunch at Bistrotheque, which is one of those London gems that you almost don’t want to post on social media about because you know there will be identical photos of your exact shot by next week. The London Instagram scene isn’t exactly known for it’s creative boundary stretching. As we walked up to the address, we must have had a familiar confused look on our faces because a man from the kitchen staff walked out at just the right time and motioned for us to come in, “Yes. This is the place you’re looking for.” And daaaang was he right! This beautiful oasis sitting in one of the most gritty areas of the city. The minimalistic decor and the food. The food! We met up with a darling friend and the three plates got passed around the table because everything was top notch. (Real bacon, Americans! I repeat. Real bacon.)

Exploring East London // Bistroteque Brunch Exploring East London // Bistroteque Brunch Exploring East London // Bistroteque Brunch Exploring East London // Bistroteque Brunch Exploring East London // Bistroteque BrunchWe walked off the worthy calories around Shoreditch. The mural walls are always an impressive statement. Being Christmastime, the markets were extra festive and the Christmas pop-up shops made it feel extra special. We bid adieu and headed back West to put our feet up and hand off the keys to our Fiat 500S.

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Thank you to Fiat for lending us the car and sponsoring this post!

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Monthly Wallpaper Download Round-Up http://montgomeryfest.com/monthly-wallpaper-download-round-up/ http://montgomeryfest.com/monthly-wallpaper-download-round-up/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2017 10:59:10 +0000 http://montgomeryfest.com/?p=18007

Happy New Year, lovelies! One of the best bits about starting a new year is all of the organization and new ideas that come with it. I’ve compiled the monthly wallpaper downloads throughout the year, so they’re in one handy place. I love looking through the months at all of the places we’ve traveled. Can you guess where each month is taken from? Grab the download in the respective blog post below! January February March April May June July August September October November December

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Freebie // Free Monthly Wallpaper Downloads // Brush hand lettered

Happy New Year, lovelies! One of the best bits about starting a new year is all of the organization and new ideas that come with it. I’ve compiled the monthly wallpaper downloads throughout the year, so they’re in one handy place. I love looking through the months at all of the places we’ve traveled. Can you guess where each month is taken from? Grab the download in the respective blog post below!

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

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DecemberFest http://montgomeryfest.com/decemberfest-2016/ http://montgomeryfest.com/decemberfest-2016/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:20:45 +0000 http://montgomeryfest.com/?p=17934

@montgomeryfest instagram 2016. What. A. Year. Phew! Let’s all pat ourselves on the back for making it through this one together. Even though we’ve all had a few rough patches that this year’s brought us, we’ve had a lot of good to be thankful for this year too. I mean, we moved back to Europe! The UK quickly voted to separate themselves from their EU friends shortly thereafter, but I digress. Here’s some of our favorites from 2016, chronologically ordered for you, just like you like it (you’ll laugh later). // The January we moved to London! // The February with the most popular blog post on MFest (apparently you like organizing). // The March we explored London’s pretty pastel side. // The April we took you on a proper tour of London. // The May we ventured outside of London and fell in love with Brighton. // The June we shared that epic anniversary trip to Bordeaux. // The July we reminisced about Paris in the Springtime. // The August we launched art prints in the shop! // The September we spent lots of outside entertaining on our patio. // The October that life took a major turn and the blog laughed. // The November we hosted our first Thanksgiving in London. // The December Winchester turned on the Christmas charm.

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2016. What. A. Year. Phew! Let’s all pat ourselves on the back for making it through this one together. Even though we’ve all had a few rough patches that this year’s brought us, we’ve had a lot of good to be thankful for this year too. I mean, we moved back to Europe! The UK quickly voted to separate themselves from their EU friends shortly thereafter, but I digress. Here’s some of our favorites from 2016, chronologically ordered for you, just like you like it (you’ll laugh later).

// The January we moved to London!

// The February with the most popular blog post on MFest (apparently you like organizing).

// The March we explored London’s pretty pastel side.

// The April we took you on a proper tour of London.

// The May we ventured outside of London and fell in love with Brighton.

// The June we shared that epic anniversary trip to Bordeaux.

// The July we reminisced about Paris in the Springtime.

// The August we launched art prints in the shop!

// The September we spent lots of outside entertaining on our patio.

// The October that life took a major turn and the blog laughed.

// The November we hosted our first Thanksgiving in London.

// The December Winchester turned on the Christmas charm.

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