September 2014 Archive

Historic Charleston Wedding Style: Molly + Will

Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Molly & Will at the most charming downtown Charleston venue. She possessed a radiant smile and timeless style, he had eyes for no one but her–the duo bled Southern charm and honest love through and through. 2014-09-30_0014 2014-09-30_0009 2014-09-30_0020 2014-09-30_0019 2014-09-30_0021

Without a doubt, the entire affair reminded me of something straight out of Southern Living Magazine. 2014-09-30_00022014-09-30_0011

From regionally appropriate fruits to striped cumberbunds and bow ties, every last detail was resounding perfection.
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Perhaps my favorite element of the day though, was the naked cake. Minimalist–my favorite.2014-09-30_0017 2014-09-30_0016

Gathering Events truly outdid themselves with Molly and Will’s details. 2014-09-30_0004 2014-09-30_00062014-09-30_00122014-09-30_0013

Florals, Event Design, Decor: Gathering Events | Location: William Aiken House | Charleston Weddings | Desserts, Cake: FISH Restaurant | Rentals: Snyder Events | Cake Stand: Polished! | Chairs: RS Signature | Molly’s Gown: Gown Boutique of Charleston | Hair & Makeup: I Do Makeup | Tuxedo & Tie: Charleston Tuxedo 

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Hello 2015 Seniors!

Seniors, oh my beautiful seniors. You’re more than just a high schooler with a pretty face or a fabulous style or that awesome sense of humor. Yes, to me, you are at a peak right now, on the verge of limitless potential to achieve any dream you put your pretty little mind to. YES. That’s right. A-N-Y DREAM, at all. Ever.

This is what I see, what I feel, what I love in photographing each and every senior that smiles pretty in front of my lens. More so, this is why I couldn’t be more excited to welcome the Class of 2015! Now’s the time, booking has been well underway, and I’d love to get to know and photograph even more of you this year! I want to know your stories, I want to see that style, that wit, that beautiful heart you possess–whatever it is that makes you who you are.

WHAT’S EVEN BETTER THAN THAT ALONE? Imagine Boutique (@shopimagine on Instagram) wants to be a part of the experience to make YOU feel fresh and fabulous!

SO, WHAT’S THAT MEAN? Glad you asked. Imagine is absolutely one of my favorite places to shop locally. Show Imagine proof of your scheduled session with ME and they will take 15% OFF of your outfits for the session! Contact me HERE if you’d like to get your session scheduled!

And because every post is better with photos, here are a few of my favorite shots from some of my Fall seniors last year…

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You might recognize Callie above from more than just her senior session, as she and Renee (in the red a few photos down) were also Imagine’s chosen models for their Spring/Summer line this year!2014-09-17_0004 2014-09-17_00052014-09-17_0003

This part of Kaylyn’s session (above) was another favorite of mine. She and I had so much fun playing with the piles of crunchy leaves we came across. Did I mention how much I love Fall?

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Home Tour: More of My House

For those of you who’ve followed me for a while, you know I’ve shared bits and pieces of my home in several posts. Truth is, I anticipated doing a home tour on the blog a whole two years ago, but it seemed like my house was never picture ready for me. If I’m being honest, there are still tons of touches I would have liked to have added before these photographs, but well, making a house a home takes time. So, we will just consider this a work in progress.

Nonetheless, here’s a little peek at the majority of our home. Our spare bedroom is still a larger non-picture-ready work in progress, so it’s not included just yet.

You may wonder why I’m showcasing yet another home on my blog. Well, I recently did some photo work for my fabulous builder, so I figured, why not showcase some of his work, my work, and the different beautiful design styles of the homeowners? If you’re in the area and in need of a builder recommendation, I’d be so happy to pass his name to you.

Keeping with the spirit we had for Caitlin’s home tour post, I’ll be answering the same questions as they fit into my tour.

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WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGN STYLE?

I’d define my design style as a mix of warm/cozy, architectural, and ecclectic. I love clean creams and white space, but nothing too girly. I feel like the architectural style I’ve incorporated with certain pieces helps keep things clean and classic, without too many frills.

Warm tones and soft pieces, such as the perfect throw, will warm up any room and make visitors feel invited. You may notice with both my portrait sessions and design style, I use the word cozy often. Warm, cozy, and inviting are what I want people to feel both when they meet me and when they enter into my home.2014-09-16_0012 2014-09-16_0013

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WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP FOR YOUR HOME?

Target, TJ Maxx, World Market, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware,  and resale shops.

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WHAT ASPECT OF YOUR HOME DO YOU LOVE THE MOST?

I really love our dark stained concrete floors that are cohesive in every single room of our house. When building, I knew I didn’t want carpet. Hardwood floors were out of our budget for this home, so stained concrete was our next most cozy, clean, and sleek option. I feel like they really make a statement, especially paired with my lighter design elements to give the feel I wanted when people walk into my home.

We also opted for one sink in our master bath instead of two. I know this one is a personal preference, as some people do prefer his and her sinks, but for me, more counter space was a much more practical plan.

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EVERYONE ENDS UP HAVING SOMETHING THEY WISH THEY WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY WHEN BUILDING A HOUSE. AFTER LIVING IN IT FOR A BIT OF TIME NOW, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY OR INCLUDED?

Well, we knew when building that this wouldn’t be our last home; thus, we’d have to skip out on some key elements we wanted. Financially, purchasing a home was a smarter move for our situation than renting, but we knew we weren’t building our dream home here. Higher ceilings, hardwood floors, crown molding are all elements I would love, but aren’t deal breakers for me at this time.

The two main things I do wish we had after living in our home for several years now are a screened in patio (or just a covered porch area at all really) and a pocket door for our master bath toilet area. Other than that, based on the budget we had to work with, I really am very happy with the choices we made during the building process.

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Look at big name places that fit your style (ie. Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Crate and Barrel) and then find pieces on a budget that have similar styles. TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and even World Market are GREAT options for this. I’ve purchased so many pieces that looked extremely similar to something I was eyeing at Restoration Hardware at one of the aforementioned discount stores.

With both clothing and home design, I believe there’s a balance in more expensive quality pieces and budgetary choices. For example, it was important to me to purchase a couch for quality, comfort, and design, regardless of budget because I knew that if I did, it would be a piece that would last much longer than a cheaper buy. On the other hand, my accent chairs are bought on extreme sale or resale shops. It’s all about balance.
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I hope you’ve loved a little peek into our home! Feel free to comment any questions below. Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Home Tour: My Neighbor’s Rustic-Chic Home

As you probably know by now, all things aesthetically pleasing make me all warm and fuzzy inside. From the way Starbucks graphically designs their napkins, to the clothes my clients choose for sessions, to the way houses are decorated–these are just a few of the many things that give me that ooey gooey feeling that makes me wanna curl up with a book and a nice warm mug filled with a frothy Chai tea latte.

Along with fashion, food, and other heartfelt posts, sharing beautifully designed local dwellings has been another goal of mine. As all topics I often peruse the internet for myself (and the age of Pinterest), I figured, why not host them right here? So, here you go!

My next-door neighbors moved in about a year ago, and their house is impeccably decorated. It gives me such cozy feelings every time I walk inside. Caitlin, mom of two littles, has chic and classic design taste and an eye for all things soft. You might remember her from this mommy-daughter session I did a few months ago.

As you peruse through, Caitlin also gives a few tips on what inspires her taste the most and where she finds some of her best buys. See for yourself…

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WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGN STYLE?

 Before Robby and I got married, he lived in an apartment in downtown Hammond. My favorite part of the apartment was the exposed brick walls. I knew I wanted to include brick in the interior of our home.

 I love combining both masculine and feminine ideas. The rustic look of the brick worked nicely to toughen up the cream colored furniture and spindly, cursive shape of the chandeliers. For every ruffle pillow and vase of flowers, I hope to have a touch of leather, burlap or dark wood. I never wanted to be one who turned away mounted deer horns if they mean a lot to the proud hunter.

 I want everyone to have a point of view with what they’d like to see in our home. I’ll have to remember that when Weston wants Ninja turtles in his room. 🙂

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WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP FOR YOUR HOME?
Discoveries, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Z Gallerie, TJ maxx, Target, and antique stores.

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WHAT ASPECT OF YOUR HOME DO YOU LOVE THE MOST?
 
 I really love our open concept style living room/kitchen. It’s great for cooking while watching babies. 
 
I also really like the way our kitchen turned out; namely how the living room brick is repeated in the backsplash. It really helps the cream cabinets pop and gives the area a cohesive look. 
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EVERYONE ENDS UP HAVING SOMETHING THEY WISH THEY WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY WHEN BUILDING A HOUSE. AFTER LIVING IN IT FOR A BIT OF TIME NOW, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY OR INCLUDED?

With two babies we seem to have toys all over. Adding a play room would keep all of their toys closed in a room and not scattered in the living room. Thank goodness we have some closed storage for their toys!
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Establish a theme and invest in a few furniture pieces that represent that style. Our theme is definitely rustic and once we decided to go in that direction, we had a starting point.

There are SO many easy ways to decorate on a budget. I love to breathe new life into old furniture by using Annie Sloan chalk paint to give it a new look. I have 10+ pieces of furniture that were hand-me-downs or throw aways that I tweaked or painted and worked into our design.Dupont ConstructionDupont Construction

Happy Thursday, my friends!

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Gantt {9 Days New}

There must have been something in the air about ten months ago, because it’s been a beautiful season of newborns around here lately–little boys, at that. In Taylor’s case, this is her second baby boy and the overwhelming love I saw radiating from her was just breathtaking. Even sweeter, Gantt received his name from Taylor’s maiden name. This is a concept I really love, actually. Such a beautiful way to keep such a defining part of your heritage as a woman alive.

She held him so closely, all while giving the utmost attentiveness and playful comments to her other, slightly older baby boy, Blain. Peace, contentment. This is what I felt while surrounded by Taylor and her newly expanded family.

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Attentive to all of his coos and cries, she was so right at home with baby number two.2014-09-09_0008 2014-09-09_00012014-09-09_0009

There is not much in this world more sacred than the beginning moments of life between mother and child…2014-09-09_00042014-09-09_0003

Blain decided to join us and love on his little brother for a minute. So perfectly sweet did he plant a kiss on his forehead, while dressed in the most adorable seersucker outfit.2014-09-09_0010 2014-09-09_00142014-09-09_0012 2014-09-09_0011Taylor, thank you so much for allowing me to witness and document such soft beginning moments of life between you and Gantt. Enjoy these sweet days, momma.

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