Confession, I haven’t been to Ruby Jane since November. Tom has gone and has got some MAJOR work done. These first groups of photos are ones he took with his phone while building the from dinette / bed. I am so proud of him for doing this himself! P I N this to pinterestHere are pictures from this week. Everything is bolted down and set for cushions. Time to go upholstery shopping! The hydraulic stand is so nice, and easily converts our dinning room into our bedroom.P I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterest

Tom also started building the bathroom. I love how roomy it actually feels. P I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterest
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Things are getting so real and exciting, I got chills stopping by there and seeing it all come together.

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I seriously can’t believe how fast these little ladies are growing!  At nine months they’ve hit every milestone they should have even though they made an early appearance.  These girls have the biggest personalities ever and always so happy, unless you don’t feed them fast enough!

I always love spending time with my nieces and watching them grow in front of my camera.

Nicole ~ Plainfield Twin Milestone Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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For 2017 as a family we are focusing on the word “Simple”

2016 we worked on collecting moments and not things, and boy did we succeed. We kept our bucket list full and attacked it. We had an amazing year of events and going places. So many beautiful and fun memories.

But by the end we were tired. We realized that the kids were happy on a simple hike, and with a hand full of gifts under the tree. They did not need days packed to the gills of events and activities to be entertained and mounds of gifts. So we succeeded with “collect moments not things” , but we may have pushed it a little too hard.

So this year we vowed to keep it simple. Yes we will do things, but simpler things.  Instead of purchasing tickets to see something downtown, we will find a new park or trail. Instead of planning a night out,  we will have friends over and play games. It is time to relax, recharge, and go back to a slower time. Put the phones away and cook a meal from scratch.

After taking down the holiday decor, I even craved a more clean and simple look for the house. So we are even going to try to keep our home and purchasing simple through out the year as well. Time to remember people love us for who we are, not the clothes we wear or the style of our homes.

Things and possessions do not matter much, but time with people we love does.

Are you also feeling this way after the holidays and need a little more inspiration? I highly suggest watching the documentary Minimalism on Netflix. Tom and I watched it last week and it could not have come at a better time.

So cheers to 2017, and finding joy in the most simple of things!

XOXO, Gina

Mr C is certainly turning into a handsome man.  We decided to head to Eaton Preserve in Plainfield for his session because they have a super cute barn and gorgeous field that always photograph great.  We had fun just exploring the area and throwing in some poses along the way.

Nicole ~ Plainfield 3 Year Session/Gina Cristine Photography

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Chicago, IL

Wedding at Bridgeport Art Center

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Kristy and Dan had a gorgeous, romantic, and elegantly rustic fall wedding. Filled with stunning shades of pink and purple blooms and candle light. The chandeliers and strung lights helped the intimate vibe of the wedding.

Kristy and Dan chose a private ceremony with immediate family followed by a reception with friends and family.

As you will tell from the photos, family means everything to Kristy and Dan. I have known Kristy forever and she still to this day had a smile that will light up any room. Her kind heart and outgoing personality is contagious to everyone around. It was no wonder she caught Dan’s eye and he was not letting her get away.

Kristy and Dan, we are so grateful to have been a part of your dreamy day. We wish you nothing but a happily ever after!

So Much Love!

Gina + Tom

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This gorgeous day could not have been possible without the following creative team:

Ceremony and Reception: Bridgeport Art Center

Wedding Design, Lighting, and Drapery: Art of Imagination

Florals: Jim McGuire

Furniture: Classic Party Rentals

Band: The Walk-Ins

Cake: Orland Bakery

Wedding Coordination: Caroline Bastidas

Photobooth: Admit One