Welcome baby Rhys!

It’s been a bit quiet around here the past month (well, at least on our blog and Instagram!) as we took some time to enjoy our latest adventure. In actuality it’s a lot noisier at our house these days with the new addition of our baby! Rhys Raymond decided to make a grand entrance, arriving 7 days after his due date (read our last pregnancy post) with a giant splash (my water broke, get it?) on 2.3.18 and we couldn’t be happier. He planned his arrival perfectly while we didn’t have any shoots or weddings booked, but did come overnight which meant no sleep for 48 hours for us! Luckily we had just eaten at one of our favorite spots, Uneeda Burger, so we were energized on burgers, fries and shakes!

We both agree that one of the best parts at the hospital was not only meeting Rhys for the first time, but having Bryce come to meet him. After a little hesitation on Bryce’s part, coming in the hospital for the first time was a big new event, he sprang into action asking for “baby Rhys”. Watching our little (now he looks so big!) toddler climb onto the hospital bed to hold Rhys on his lap was the cutest thing ever. Granted, the novelty of having a baby brother wore off by the end of the week, but we’ll cherish those first few big brother kisses and gentle pats forever.

The past 3 weeks (cannot believe it’s been 3 already!) have literally flown by as we adjust our love and home to squeeze in a new member, juggle two little guys, snuggle baby, smell baby’s head (the best smell), shower big brother with loads of love, and remember how to do this newborn thing all over again. I remember being super nervous while pregnant that Rhys would change our family and that I wouldn’t have enough love to go around. I just love Bryce so much I couldn’t fathom how I could feel that way again. But an article I read mentioned that you don’t just split your love once a new baby comes. Instead, your love grows, expanding to a new level you didn’t even realize you were capable of. This ended up being so true, but not something I could understand until after having Rhys. Of course having Rhys would change our family, but he changed it for the better, giving us all more love to share, new experiences, and Bryce the newest title of big brother.

We’re loving every minute with Rhys (although admittedly sometimes I black out during those night feedings) and are so grateful to all the people who have showered us with love, congratulations and food! We couldn’t do it without our village.

Welcome to the world baby Rhys, we love you! ~Erik & Marissa


Big guy: 21 inches, 9 lbs 10 oz, head circumference 100%


Our newest little guy has definitely already been subjected to many photo sessions to document the beginning of his life. Poor photographer kids, they’ll definitely be sick of our cameras in no time!

3 days young…


11 days young…


Special thanks to our friend, Julianna J Photography, for capturing some family photos (top left) of the 3 and 4 of us!

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Seattle Bride Feature

We were so honored to have Laura & Maya’s wedding featured as a real wedding in Seattle Bride magazine this winter. It’s always a team effort bringing all the elements of a wedding together so we want to say thank you to all the vendors, our amazing couple Laura & Maya, and the family & friends who made their wedding day wishes a reality.


A huge thank you to everyone involved including…

Venue- Lakedale Resort

Planner- Pink Blossom Events

Catering, Cake & Pies- Coho Restaurant Catering

Florist- Robin’s Nest

Band- Roemen and the Whereabouts

Bridal Hair & Makeup- Spa d’Bune

Bridal Styling- Bridalinstaglam

Dresses- BHLDN & La Belle Elaine’s

Tables- Gather Tables

Rentals- San Juan Shindigs

Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup- Annie, bride’s sister

Officiant- Kate, bride’s sister


Some of our favorite images that didn’t make it in the magazine (or to see their full blog post with tons more click HERE)…






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Come On Baby! | The Ciccarellis

Hey Baby!

We want to meet you! It’s your due date and we’re so excited to hold you, see you, hear you cry, and have you meet your big brother. We definitely did not think it would be this long until we’d meet (aren’t second babies supposed to come a little early at least???), and we’re glad you’re enjoying the coziness of your first home, but let’s do this! Your quarters are getting cramped, your mama is getting tired, and the anticipation of your arrival has all three of us on the edge of our seats!

As we prep to meet you we’ve been nesting hard (as in a DIY total bathroom remodel, cleaning the entire house, staying ahead of all deadlines, and redecorating the house) so please come and relieve us of feeling that we need to do one million things before your arrival (but thanks for giving us the time to update our photo wall and some family albums).

This week your older brother has started saying, “I’m a big brother” which is pretty darn cute. Why don’t you come out and make that statement true for him? Although we’re not sure he’ll be entirely excited about sharing our attention, hearing you cry at night, and the adjustments life will need to make at first- we know you two will be pals sooner rather than later.

To excite you about coming here are some of our favorite photos of you so far!

 Big brother Bryce says, “come out baby!”
40 Week aka Due Date Photos (never thought we’d be taking these!)…




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David, Reena & Ellie | Seattle Family Photographer

Another one of our 2016 wedding couples had a baby! And of course she is full of sweetness, just like her parents. These two came into our lives over two years ago for their sun-filled, giggly Pike Place Market engagement session. We knew they were a special duo, moving across the country together for new adventures and to build their relationship. Their fusion wedding at the Edgewater with Invisible Hostess planner Natasha was full of personal touches, love and even featured in Seattle Bride!

Now they are onto an entirely new adventure, sharing a new home with their little girl. And then there were three! Little Ellie was exactly the amount of perfect sweetness you’d expect from two of the most loving people. Just wait until you see all her big expressions for such a young age too!

David, Reena & Ellie we couldn’t be happier for your family! We could have spent all day with smiley Ellie. Can’t wait to hear her laugh and see her grow as you become the exceptional parents we know you’ll be (and honestly already are!). ~Erik, Marissa (& Bryce too!)




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