Zach & Schlrae Married | Kayla Kitts Photography | Albuquerque Wedding Photography

A gorgeous day, and an even more gorgeous couple.  Schlrae and Zach said their vows and celebrated becoming Mr. & Mrs. Mikelson at Blue Lake Ranch in Durango, Colorado.  People, I tell you, it could not have been more beautiful!  When I shot their engagement session last year, it was clear this couple was completely in love.  Giggle fest to the max!  I had too much fun with them that day, and I knew their wedding day would be simply amazing.  And that it was.  The location, the light, the love ... swoon!  Schlrae and Zach had the sweetest vows, a great dance party, and throughout their entire day!  And, AND - the father of a bride wrote a song for his daughter!  And played it during their father daughter dance, with video and photos playing up on the big screen.  Seriously my favorite father daughter dance to date - talk about pulling on your heart strings!!  Not a dry eye in the house =).  Over all - I give this wedding day an incredible on a scale from 1-10.

While gathering details of their wedding day, I asked them both to give me 3 words to describe each other - how sweet are these two?!

Schlrae's three words to describe Zach // Intelligent . Loving . Selfless
Zach's three words to describe Schlrae // Stunning . Kind . Loving

It was a complete honor to photograph your special day Mr. & Mrs. Mikelson, and I wish you a lifetime of happiness, love, and giggles.  =)


Vendor Love:
Venue // Blue Lake Ranch
Hair and Makeup // Bride & Bridesmaids
Dress // David's Bridal
Mens Attire // Mens Wearhouse
Wedding Cake // Arminda Murillo - Family Friend
Live Entertainment // Freddie Chavez
Photography // Yours Truly ;)  And a huge thank you to my incredible second shooter:  Lavel Photography

Babycakes | San Diego, CA | Feature Friday | Kayla Kitts Photography

Feature Friday!

-- Babycakes - San Diego, California --

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of stopping by Babycakes while I was in San Diego, and I'm so glad I did!!  At first glance all I could think is "one of evvvvverything!"  I mean, really, it's a miracle I didn't leave with the entire front case of goodies!  I'm half depressed and half thankful that I don't live closer to this amazing place .. I don't think I could control myself, seriously.

These delicious little babycakes came in so many flavors I could barely choose, but somehow I narrowed it down to these four :  Oreo White Chocolate Mousse, Blood Orange, Marble Fudge, and Vanilla Raspberry.  ......Holy heaven on a plate!  And, helloooo, how cute is the "babycakes" on the plate? =D

More fun facts about Babycakes:  they've got a bar.  Ummm, fun much?!
I sure do love me a place I can grab food, dessert, drinks, and sit on the patio!!
This place is legit, I tell you.  If you're in the area, GO!  And if you're not in the area, get there! ;)

And a huge big shout out of love to Joyce & Jackson, who were so super sweet and helpful!

Enjoy this post of deliciousness ;)

Blood Orange // Marble Fudge // Vanilla Raspberry

Doug & Victoria Married | Kayla Kitts Photography | Albuquerque Wedding Photography

Victoria & Doug got married at Sandia Resort and Casino, and the day could not have been more beautiful!  Their love was shining along with the sun, and all could see their excitement and happiness.  Victoria and Doug are high school sweethearts, and seeing them tie the knot was such a pleasure and honor.  It all started back in the day, when Victoria and her girlfriends were writing down their crushes to release to one another, and she wrote "Douglas Pitel" =D.  How cute is that?!   I knew their day would be filled with love and adorable details after shooting their engagement session, and that it was!  (Recognize that awesome grooms cake??)  Watching Doug admire her was totally one of my favorite parts of the day, along with their fun-filled reception!  It was such a delight to see how far they've come, and how completely in love they are.

Wishing you the very best for all your years to come Mr. & Mrs. Pitel!
Thank you so very much for letting me capture your special day!


Vendor Love:
Hair and Makeup // La Bella Spa and Salon
Grooms Cake // ABC Cake Shop & Bakery
Centerpiece and Decor Design // Miss Daisy Events
Photography // Yours Truly ;)  And a huge thank you to my incredible second shooter:  Lavel Photography

Shevelle Turns One | Kayla Kitts Photography | Albuquerque Family Photography

I can't believe how time flies!  A year ago I was photographing this gorgeous couple, and now their baby girl has already turned one!  It's incredible to me really, all the things that little one's accomplish in their first year of life.  Steps, giggles, personalities!  We did a mix of a family session and a birthday smash cake, and the outfit change may or may not have caused Shevelle to give us the stink eye a couple times ... but boy did she still float our boat with that precious little smile!  This family is too adorable and I could totally photograph them all day, any day!  Thank you sweet Abila family for letting me capture your family as it grows!! 


Adorable cake by: Picasso Cakery

Choco-chip Banana Bread | Tasty Tuesday | Kayla Kitts Photography

Tasty Tuesday!

Another Tasty Tuesday.  I'm diggin' it.  ....Most likely because it gives me an excuse to try some new goodies, but hey.  Don't judge me.  ;)

Next up:

--Choco-chip Banana Bread--

My munchkin always says she wants bananas.  And thennnn... and then, she never wants to eat them.  So, without fail, I spied naners getting brown on my counter, and that was it.  I knew I must find a banana recipe to put those neglected things to good use.  I found this recipe on Seeking Joy, and I tell you, it is delish.  I found myself thinking "...I better grab some more bananas so they can be neglected..."  Ha!  We'll definitely be having this one again.

And, my goal of all Tasty Tuesdays:  easy.  super easy.

What you'll need:

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
1 cup chocolate chips (and a few more for good luck)

What to do:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees & spray a large loaf pan.  (Like, really spray that bad boy)

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Mix in oil, bananas, and eggs.  Stir in chocolate chips and pour into bread pan.  Bake until toothpick comes out clean (I baked for 1 hour).  Cool in pan for about 10 minutes, remove to let bread finish cooling right side up.

I made a loaf this afternoon, and I'm not sure it will make it through tomorrow. ... Seriously.

=) Enjoy!

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Andes Mint Cookies | Tasty Tuesday | Kayla Kitts Photography

I'm super excited today!  I've decided to feature some new and fun things on my blog in-between photography posts, and I'm looking forward to letting you all in on some of my favorite things.  First up...

Tasty Tuesday!
(Ohhhh la la, right?!)

--Andes Mint Cookies--

This recipe.  Let me tell you .. it has *quickly* become my favorite go-to recipe.  And when I say go-to, I really mean it.  Like keep the Devil's Food Cake Mix and Andes on hands at all times, kind of go-to.  Like borderline obsessed, go-to.  Like don't know how I ever survived without them, go-to.  And for good reason! ;)  They're so super easy, so super quick, and a total hit with  I wrap them in cellophane on a cute plate, or toss them in a goodie box and add some ribbon, and they make a great gift / treat / thank you for any occasion!

I found this delish recipe here on Six Sisters' Stuff and am so glad I did!

What you'll need:

1 box of Devil's Food Cake Mix (I use Betty Crocker)
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
Andes Mints (1 per cookie)

What to do:

Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs together.  Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet.  (I use a dark, non-greased tray, and a 1 tbsp. measuring cup to spoon and measure the dough.)  Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.  *They'll look puffy, they'll go down.  Do not over cook.*  While cookies are hot, place one Andes Mint onto each cookie.  Let the mint melt for about 5 minutes and use a spoon / spatula to spread the it around like frosting.

That's it.  Eat while warm, eat while cooled.  Either way, they'll be amazing.  Let them cool before packaging.

Congratulations, you now have the recipe to the easiest.cookies.ever!  =D

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