I don’t even know where to begin! These first few days of the year have been so full of blessings. If this is a sign of what is to come, bring it on 2014!!
“Oh Deer” indeed. Y’all, this post has been a long time coming and I’m welling up and shaking as I type this. As some of you know, a dream that has been on my heart for years has been in the works. Though there is still a long way to go and these are small and humble beginnings, it is with pure and unbridled JOY that I show you a peek into the dream.
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This past year, I took a leap and started the process of becoming a small business owner. Just typing that gives me chills! This fall, I had the pleasure of organizing my very first styled inspiration shoot. The team that we gathered are truly amazing people and many are now friends. I honestly cannot express in words how grateful I am to every, single one of them and their open hearts and support! More on that later, I promise, but the reason for this timing is that our shoot was FEATURED yesterday, over here, on Love and Lavender!!!!!!
This shoot has so much meaning for me, not only for HHE, but also personally. There are so many little details that hold so many memories for me. There are pieces of my family and friends scattered throughout- pieces of my heart, out in the universe. Without further ado–
I designed the shoot around her love for feminine touches and sparkle, mixed with his love of hunting and nature. The plaid is a subtle nod to my Scottish heritage, which was the original spark of inspiration for me. Though this was a winter inspired shoot, I didn’t want it to look too ‘Christmassy’, so we kept the palette neutral with pops of color in the floral design and details. Weeds Florist did a fabulous job with the beautiful arrangements. The textures and organic shapes were so fitting and absolutely gorgeous!
For the table settings, we were able to find some antlers to use for a masculine touch and added dimension. The beautiful linens, wooden chargers, hammered silverware and gold-rimmed china were so perfect from Spielman’s Event Services, among other lovely details.
Tori of Victoria Austin Designs crafted the paper suite. She is such a dear to work with and her designs were perfect for the vision I had in mind. The gold envelopes, calligraphy and wonderful textured edges were to die for. Also, how darling are those favor bags? Not only did they contain delicious cookies from Sweet Satisfaction, but they also served as escort cards! I love when details serve double duty.
One of my favorite details was the gold deer! I spray painted figurines found at the craft store. This was so simple, yet they added such an elegant and whimsical touch throughout the décor. We used them everywhere- on the cake, the guestbook and favor tables, place settings and even as place card holders.
Our models are a real life couple that I am blessed to call friends. They were such a joy to have on the shoot and I couldn’t have imagined doing this without them. They are good people, y’all!
Can we please talk about the amazing and enchanting Martina Liana gown from Hope’s Bridal? I had an illusion neckline ball gown in mind when we went dress shopping and this one just took our breath away! The simple and debonair look of a classic bow-tie tuxedo is one of my favorites and added an elegant touch to the other rustic details.
Sorry this was so long darlings, but there were so many amazing photos from the fabulous Emily Crall that I had to share! Emily- thank you for these beautiful images and late night texts and support. To everyone who was a part of this, thank you from the bottom of my heart- you ROCK and I could not have pulled this together without you!
Cheers to dreams and everything your heart desires in 2014!!
Photography: Emily Crall // Hair: Kailee Seward // Make Up: Salon Luxe // Gown & Accessories: Hope’s Bridal // Tux: Milroy’s Tuxedos // Florals: Weeds Florist // Paper Goods: Victoria Austin Designs // Treats and Cake: Sweet Satisfaction // Rentals and Linens: Spielman’s Event Services // Prints: SS Print Shop