Blue is often associated with depth and stability. I find it to be calming, and it’s richness inviting. I’ve been wanting to work with a deep blue and grey color palette and this Atlanta shoot was the perfect opportunity to do so. Such a great group of talented creatives came together to make this beauty happen and it’s featured on Style Me Pretty today! I mean, gorgeous flowers from Amy Osaba, perfectly undone hair by Amanda Gros, gorgeous dresses provided by Chaviano Couture, calligraphy by Early-June and captured by Austin Gros.
Airy, open, inviting and warm, the Cordelle is a venue that feels like home as soon as you walk in the doors. You want to throw a party and invite all your closest friends and family. These sentiments inspired us to create a story for a bride who embodies these characteristics, someone who is warm, open, and finds the joy in the people around her.
Everything she does, she does with care. She spends hours dip-dying squares of muslin, imagining precious friends and family laughing and sharing a glass of sangria. A hand-lettered invitation suite is thoughtfully sent. She includes a note about the history of the venue, a little insight into her inspiration. She is the ever-caring host, who knows that handmade touch communicates her gratitude for her guests.
My friend Melissa Broadwell and I had a great time putting the flowers together. We used sage (which smells so good), pink protea, one peony, chocolate cosmos, scabiosa, ranunculus, agonis, astrantia, sweetpea and oregano for the uniquely bouquet. The lovely Jessie Early hand-lettered everything for me. Hair and makeup was done by the talented Amanda Gros. And all of it was captured so beautifully by Austin Gros. You can see the feature here on Wedding Chicks!
Early spring is always inspirational to me! It’s the start of a new season and things are beginning to change outside. So similar to the work I did with Austin & Amanda in the fall, we put together this shoot that’s featured on 100 Layer Cake today. You might remember seeing the inspiration board for it here.
Amanda put together a hair tutorial that you can see in full over on 100 Layer Cake. We painted leaves with gold spray paint and put them in the bride’s hair to give her a bit of a grecian look. The sleek dress and gold jewelry are complemented with the bouquet I put together made up of astilbe, ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus and white peonies. And as always, Austin captured everything so beautifully! I hope you feel inspired and ready for a new season with these images.
Often times, brides feel uncomfortable doing a boudoir sessions, but I believe that they can be truly beautiful, simple and elegant. So the same duo that brought you the farm-to-table engagement party, got together again to bring you this watercolor-inspired boudoir session. I posted the inspiration board for this shoot yesterday. Our approach was to capture the bride doing something she loves in an intimate setting.
As you probably know already, I’m giddy when I get to work with my dear friend Jessica Lorren and this shoot is a perfect example. Jess was coming to town and I had a concept I wanted to develop, so here is our farm-to-table inspired engagement party shoot.
I just love the idea of producing your own food and bringing people you love together to share it. This is my favorite shoot idea to date and to top it off, we had Claudia and Mark Cofer capture our process on video!
Check out the beautiful feature on Snippet and Ink today… they are a favorite blog of mine and Jessica’s so we are very honored to be a part of it!!!
I’ve been looking forward to working with Austin Gros on weddings this year, but jumped on the opportunity to work with him this spring when he and Amanda asked me to be a part of this shoot. Amanda Montoya is an amazing hair and makeup stylist and she did a lovely job on these beauties. The gorgeous hair pieces and belts from Untamed Petals were the perfect accessory to the amazing clothes from Ivey Boutique.
This is one of the first times I took on designing all the bouquets for a photo shoot. I got bold and even designed the tulle skirt the model is wearing. It was a lot of fun!
Here are some of my favorites shots. A big thank you goes to Wedding Chicks for featuring our work today! You can see the full post here.
Everyone should have a hero in their industry, someone they respect and admire professionally. For me, that person is Joy Thigpen. She’s a creative genius and I’ve always adored her work. So when I saw that she was offering her first ever workshop, I knew I had to go!
You can’t really go to school to be an event stylist. It’s something instinctual. But you can learn ways to improve your talents and increase your skill set. That was my goal for attending Joy Thigpen’s styling workshop.
We had 3 gorgeous days at Serenbe. I met some amazing people and I’ve since had a hard time putting into words everything I learned and felt that weekend. I didn’t really think I could respect Joy anymore, but now I respect not only her work, but her heart.
The workshop was the first of it’s kind.. focused on styling and creative direction. The information presented was invaluable, but even greater than all the practical application was the inspiration Joy gave us to follow our dreams.
Joy’s encouragement stirred up some BIG changes for my business. Truly, the weekend was nothing short of a gift! And since I’m certainly not a photographer, I am so grateful to Rylee Hitchner for sharing these gorgeous images with me. I am so impressed with Rylee and can’t wait to work with her again this year! If you aren’t familiar with her work yet, get to know her. She’s a beautiful person with so much talent!
We also put together bouquets… I was pretty nervous about this part of the workshop since it was my first stab at a bouquet, so I’m just excited it didn’t fall apart! We all had 10 minutes to style our bouquet photos with the Rylee. Here is how my first bouquet turned out… what do you think?
I worked with Cedarwood to co-design an elopement last year that was featured on Style Me Pretty. Since we are planning more collaborations this year, Cedarwood invited me to be a part of their annual Style Show and co-design an inspirational table. Cedarwood had the idea to do a wine and herb table with a minimalist approach. I instantly loved the idea of doing a simple table with a modern, organic aesthetic!
An unlikely pairing, but we put ghost chairs with a farm table. The table runner was a sheer linen that was light and airy. We incorporated herbs in simple bud vases filled with Spanish lavender and a sprig of rosemary at each place setting. Kraft paper escort cards that read “eat, drink and be married” were tied around napkins with twine. One of my favorite elements were the wine goblets that were round and modern, playing off of the modern silhouette of the ghost chairs.
I had so much fun at Cedarwood’s Style Show meeting new vendors and couples! I’m excited to be offering special styling services for Cedarwood brides this year. Some of the services I’m offering are styling engagement sessions, providing initial style direction before a bride has their planning session and detail development to help with implementation.
I been drawn to gold for years now. It might have something to do with my love for antiques. There’s just something about it that makes a statement. For a while, I’ve been wanting to do an inspirational shoot that embraced my gold obsession. I asked Brooke of Brooke Boling Photography to collaborate with me on this concept that developed into a golden gypsy theme. You can see my inspiration board on Pinterest.
Thank you to Green Wedding Shoes for featuring our work and the amazing team of vendors who collaborated with us! You can check out the full post here.
When Jessica and I were working on our last project together for a certain recording artist, we took some shots of our work. Here’s the inspiration board on Pinterest that I did for the shoot. You can see her post about it here. As always, we had a blast working on this together! And you just might see one of our brides modeling in the photos. I hope this brings a little inspiration to your corner of the world. Happy Holidays!!!