I’m an introverted extrovert. And although I’m a terrible singer, I love to chant my favorite songs – everything from T. Swift to hip hop – when I’m in the car! I love tiramisu and coffee with too much milk. Scarves are one of my must-have accessories! I’m addicted to design of all kinds – interior, landscape, graphic, food, fashion, all of it.
Over the Winter, I dreamt of Spring. Not because I was wishing it away…ok, so maybe there were times when I was totally ready for the snow and ice to just go away, but I digress. I had visions of flowers blooming and a gorgeous bride in a dreamy dress, with lots of texture and romance…so I scoured Pinterest for things that matched what I envisioned. Once my dream venue, Iron & Ember Events, was on board, I assembled the rest of the creative Dream Team to bring every lovely detail to life! And I’m proud to say that our day of
play – I mean work, it was all totally work! – came together even better than I could have imagined! Every detail, every element was sheer perfection! And can we please talk about the florals? Most of these beauties can only be had in March, so our timing was absolutely essential! The dress! From the beginning, I knew the dress should have sleeves! And this amazing gown from Blue House Bridal was The One! (Spoiler alert, we also had a second dress…! Stay tuned!) Our time flew by and before I knew it, I was heading home with dead batteries, full memory cards, and pinch me moments. It has been a while since my last styled shoot, November 2019, to be exact. Before the world knew what was unfolding. It felt sooo darn good to be back planning, dreaming, collaborating, and working toward a common goal with some of the industry’s very best ! I can say whole-heartedly that this team – who happen to be all women! – are exactly who you want on your side when planning your wedding day! Their talent and expertise, their attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond, their sweet personalities and bright smiles…they’re simply THE BEST! So let’s get to the good part, shall we?
Mille Grazie ✨to the amazing, talented, ohhhh so wonderful team that brought my dream of Spring in Italy to life! I will never ever get over this beautiful day! 💗💗💗
Venue // Iron & Ember Events
Florals & Candlesticks // Satin & Stems
Bridal Attire // Blue House Bridal
Diamond Jewelry // Reis-Nichols Jewelers
Hairstylist // A Do For I Do, Laura Snyder Hair
Makeup // Julia Wadsworth Makeup Artistry
Model // Naomi
Cake // Classic Cakes
Smoke Belize & Oyster Marble Linens, Blush Satin Napkins, Pink Carousel Goblet, Silver Apollo Charger, City Coupe Glass, Elexa Flatware, Crossback Chairs // A Classic Party Rental
Calligraphy, Signage, Stir Sticks // Painted Letter Co
Invitation Suite // Brown Fox Creative
Vintage Stamps // The Postmistress
Ohhh, what a fabulous wedding day Natalie and Kyle shared! Here is a small sneak peek of their beautiful, joy-filled day of celebration! Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Raleigh! You are married!!!
I loved working alongside these wonderful wedding industry professional who made the day effortlessly amazing:
Happy June, friends! Is it just me, or has 2021 been flying by at record speeds? Speaking of speed, I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing holiday weekend! Did you attend the Indy 500 or watch it on TV? Reggie took Remington for the first time, and he loved it! It was a busy one for me with photographing an absolutely gorgeous outdoor wedding, morning and evening walks with my hubby, pool time with family and friends, and feeling so very thankful to live in this great country of ours that allows me the freedom to do so many things! And with that, I’m so excited to share what’s been going on behind the scenes here…a newly updated website! Eeek!!! My previous one had become antiquated in terms of how it worked, so it was time to start anew and I am so thrilled with how it has come together! There may be a few minor tweaks to come over the course of the summer, however, it’s ready for its debut! If you take some time to check it out, I would love to hear what you think! I’m also over the moon because it’s peony season once again! Despite the late Spring frost and snow (?!), these hearty beauties have blossomed and thrived. And I can’t help but to draw some parallels with humanity and how we are emerging from the pandemic with strength and beauty and perseverance. Without further adieu, here are some photos of my sweet white peonies, which are the first to bloom of what we have planted in our backyard. And if you missed the sneak peek from this weekend’s wedding, I’ll share that here too, because it was so “paw-fect”! 😉 Remington has one more day of 2nd grade tomorrow, and then school is out for summer! What do you have planned for summer?
You may recall seeing these two awhile ago on my blog for their spring engagement session at Newfields. Hannah and Ryan have been planning and anticipating their wedding day for over two years, and this past weekend, they shared their vows among friends and family, both in person and via the internet! It was a cool and lovely October day, with autumn hued florals and a beautiful rustic location, The Barn at Crystal Spring Farm. I can see why this couple fell head over heels for this very special place! This is only a quick sneak peek, however, I can’t help but to share it! Every detail was carefully planned with intention and beauty, interlacing their love story and memories over the past 7 years they’ve been together. Their adorable niece and flower girl, Lucy, stole the show…and everyone’s hearts! It has been such a joy and honor to be alongside Hannah and Ryan for the past few years! You see, I not only photographed Hannah’s high school senior portraits, but the pair also were a part of a styled wedding shoot in 2015, where I wished and prayed that one day I’d have the privilege of photographing their wedding one day, because I knew they were a perfect match! When I received Hannah’s email that Ryan had proposed on their trip to Italy two years ago, I was over the moon excited for them and we immediately began planning their #bestdayever!
Hannah and Ryan, thank you both so much for everything! Witnessing your wedding day was an incredible honor! Your families and friends are warm and caring and wonderful in every way! Wishing you A Thousand Years of happiness, love, and laughter! Love and hugs to you both!!!
I loved working with the following wedding professionals who helped to make Hannah and Ryan’s day so wonderful:
Venue and Florals // The Barn at Crystal Spring Farm (Jenny, you are such a gem! And your floral work is so beautiful! Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the day!)
Catering // Smokehouse Catering
Baker // Paula Feasel, friend of the Bride
Bridal Gown // Bridal and Formal
Groom and Groomsmen Attire // Macy’s
Hair & Makeup Artists // Eden Beauty Lounge
DJ // Troy Hannah, T-Bone Disc Jockey