Maternity Photos | 32 Weeks

Hello, friends! A couple of weeks ago, I met with my friend Allie to take some maternity photos. It was such an amazing and empowering experience – if you are expecting, I recommend taking some photos to celebrate and capture this beautiful time in your life.

We took photos in my Christmassy home and at the Saville Dam in Barkhamsted, CT. It’s such a stunning place, especially in the fall!

I didn’t take any with my husband, but that’s because I wanted these pictures to celebrate me and my daughter. Pregnancy is an incredible journey. I have never felt more powerful and beautiful in my entire life. I can’t wait to meet her in 8 weeks, but I love being pregnant and feeling this deep connection just with my baby.

Allie made me feel so comfortable the entire time. I am an awkward photo subject, but she made me laugh and feel confident and beautiful throughout. The entire experience was perfect. She’s amazing, and I highly recommend her work. You can learn more about her services here.

Here are a handful of the photos. Enjoy!

Mrs. Bridges Pantry | Woodstock, CT

This year, I’ve made it a goal of mine to discover quaint towns and travel to different places in my home state. Living in Connecticut, I have the unique opportunity to explore old New England towns and take in all of its charms. Today, I made my way over to Mrs. Bridges Pantry in South Woodstock in northeastern Connecticut with a close friend.


Mrs. Bridges Pantry is a British tea shop with the quintessential decor to match. The tea rooms take you right into a tea shop in England, filled with English country-style wallpaper, tea plates and spoons covering the beams, frames with the bust of Queen Elizabeth II, old books, flags adorned with British flags, patterns, and corgis (!!), and more. The tables are appropriately set with doilies and old-fashioned tea trinkets, like the most adorable sugar cube bowls!


The menu consists of traditional British fare like meat pies, spaghetti on toast, an assortment of English tea sandwiches, soups, salads—tons of options. I went for the Farmhouse Tea where you get an individual pot of tea, a choice of tea sandwich, and your choice of a scone with jam and butter. Mrs. Bridges has a long list of tea selections: black, green, herbal, white, and rooibos tea. I chose a ginger peach green tea, served in an adorable and unique tea and saucer set, egg salad tea sandwiches, and a “very berry” scone.



It was such a relaxing, enjoyable experience. The tea is delightful, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere just takes you away from your troubles and you leave feeling like royalty. Connecticut residents: If you want an authentic British afternoon tea experience in your own backyard, visit Mrs. Bridges Pantry!


UPDATE: This place is now closed as of winter 2019.