I had the pleasure of styling the table and creating the florals. We wanted to carry Amanda and Jen’s signature sweetness through the entire mood of the shoot. You can see more from the workshop on Wedding Sparrow!
Experience is the teacher of all things – Julius Caesar
There is only so much that can be learned through sitting in a classroom setting. We wanted our SEE sessions attendees to experience the relationship and working dynamics between a photographer and a stylist. We shared our design values on the first day, so then they could witness these concepts in action. We spent the second day of the workshop styling a table, a place setting, an invitation suite, a model and more. Our guests were immersed in the midst of an editorial shoot, while we shared our thought processes for our aesthetic decisions as we worked.
We believe beauty is an experience that is created through following instincts; a concept that has to be caught. We had such a talented group of contributors as well as some stunning materials! You can see the beautiful feature on Wedding Sparrow as well.
I’ll be joining a great team of talent at the Rouge Workshop in Nashville next week. I created this board for the styled portion. I’m in love with the water color textures and the soft, romantic mood of this board. Isn’t blush and grey a lovely color combo?
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 these 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 lovelyJessie 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. The centerpiece was featured in BRIDES magazine last month and you can see more 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?