WELCOME TO "THAT MANN CLAN" AND HELLO THIRD TRIMESTER

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Hello, It's a crazy feeling for me to actually be writing this. I've contemplated blogging for years now - literally. Even before I met Tyler or had started my bridal business; Hayley Sachs Artistry. So this has been in the wheel well for some time now. As i've navigated my role in the wedding industry, finding time outside of the chaos is something that's really important to Tyler and I. This is where we regroup, and find our passions. Of course with my job you develop a love for pretty things and showing that in our food, home and adventures is no exception. 

In July I married the love of my life, my biggest cheerleader, and the best freaking husband I could ask for. Since then we've continued to tackle the dreams we have for my business. Yes, believe it or not the guy who is an automotive technician has a very strong opinion in bridal makeup and hairstyling. We live in a small town in western Wisconsin, just outside of the Twin Cities, with our corgi Gus. We've also begun our greatest adventure yet and that is becoming parents.  Little Mann is expected to join us June 1st 2018. 

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It's so hard for me to believe that we're actually in our third trimester! We hit week 31 today, Im not sure if that makes me excited or absolutely terrified that this Little Mann is arriving so quickly. Pregnancy has been nothing like I envisioned it prior to being pregnant. I really thought I was going to be one of those mom's that loved being pregnant. Even though that is not the case, I've reached a point where there are a few little things he does that I'm pretty obsessed with. Actually, it's really only one thing and that is how much he moves. I love those kicks and wiggles, even though they do scare the living daylights out of me! This Little Mann has some power behind him! 

I was in Vegas the end of February, right around week 27 with Little Mann. I was out there to be apart of an incredible bridal workshop that I was going to be doing hair and makeup for, with the extremely talented Erin Johnson. However since we were in the desert we obviously had to sneak in a few belly shots, and I'm so glad we did. We took these on our way to the airport the day we were flying out, but needing hours to shoot was not something this adventure required! The florist we had worked with the day prior provided floral and I loved how it turned out on the hat! 

Erin is always up for all my wacky ideas and I think that's one of the things I love about working with her most. Besides that she's a totally awesome person that I'd have coffee with every day if our schedules allowed. When I was trying to decide on a look for our shoot, I decided on something soft and intimate - with a little bit of bohemian edge to it. 

I was SHOCKED when I decided on this  crocheted ivory dress. After all I didn't wear any variation of white for our wedding. I had a mauve wedding dress, with blush quartz crown, and ombre blue veil. However with this baby, I've been very into creams, and ivory. The things motherhood will do to you I guess! 

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Being someone who hasn't been overly in love with being pregnant I was nervous that the photos wouldn't come across how I had hoped. That they wouldn't display the immense love I already have for this Little Mann. I was worried that I was look as uncomfortable as I feel, but that was not the case.  That hour in the desert created photos I will be able to cherish forever. But for now let the countdown begin. I think over all I've felt better these recent days than I have the entire pregnancy of course we still have all the glorious aches and pains of pregnancy. We still have challenges with the acid reflux and anemia, but taking it day by day and trying not to get overwhelmed seems to be all we can do. We have 9 weeks to go, and that seems like its going to go way too fast, but i'm so excited to see what his little face looks like and the thought that i'll be able to hold him close and kiss those little hands and lips make it all bearable. 

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Photos by the incredible Erin Johnson Photography

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