Merry Christmas, bloggin’ friends! I hope this season of Advent has brought you a bit more hope in this time of grief, a bit more light in this present darkness. As part of our little Joyce family Christmas traditions (if you’ve done it twice, it’s a tradition in my book!), we sent out Christmas cards. I love Christmas cards. This year, we’ve hung them all up on the back of our front door so every time I leave the house, I’m bid farewell by all these beautiful friends and families. I love watching families grow through Christmas cards – new babies, graduations, weddings. This year when we finally had a moment to sit down and choose our card through Minted (we use them every year!), we realized that shoot! Not a single decent photo of the both of us from the whole dang year? Good thing I have such amazingly talented photographer friends. I quickly thought of Lucy of Lucy O Photo, and I’m so glad I did. Lucy graciously offered to take our photos one Sunday morning before church with one condition – she wanted red lips. My response? Duh.
Lucy was amazing. If you’re in need of a family photo or a wedding photographer, Lucy is one of the best. And – major bonus – she shoots film. In the 30 minutes we spent with her, I think we got some of my favorite, most authentic photos as a couple. Lucy made us feel comfortable in our own skin, and she just knew what poses were going to work and what backdrops were best. Ah, Lucy, I love you!
Now before you peruse our pics, I must warn you: my hubs is smokin hot. Like, I might have fallen in love with him all over again looking at these. So just be warned – you might develop a crush (it’s easier to do so than you might think). But… he’s taken, ladies.Gosh, I love that last one. My man is so handsome when he laughs. Such a perfect moment.
How absolutely breathtaking are these photos? The human form is just so beautiful. I stumbled across these images and have found myself captivated by them – equal parts grace and strength. The photographer has a pretty wonderful statement about these images, which are called Aloft: ‘In a world borne of the artificial, Aloft expresses the beauty of dance in elegant simplicity. Absent of any gimmicks, the photographs are purposely bare save for the line, the shape, the dance and most importantly the dancer. My sensibilities as a dancer allow me to distill the strongest and most unique qualities of each dancer into each photograph, drawing upon my own work as a choreographer.’
Do you all keep a list of alternate lives? You know, the things you could have been and sometimes dream about. Just me? Ah, well this is indeed my blog so I guess you have to indulge me here. So on my list is dancer. Yes, I watch So You Think You Can Dance. And yes, there was that one time that a bunch of old ladies beckoned to me when I was waiting tables at this restaurant in high school and asked me which dance company I was with. Because I looked like I should be a dancer. Yes, still relishing that moment. And yes, mom, if you are reading this I know you are laughing because, as you have told me many, many times, I was a dancer once. When I was five. And I was so uncoordinated and so ungraceful that you were happy to let me quit when the ballerina phase was over. Well, mom, some blue hairs in Virginia Beach say otherwise. I could have been great.
Y’all! So many exciting things to post about. Great things have been happening these past few months, and I’m way behind in the blogging. First up, a feature on Once Wed! This moment… y’all, it’s huge for me. I got a call one day with an inquiry to be an extra set of hands on set for a styled shoot with… wait for it…. Joy Thigpen. In the world of styling and event design, Joy is my idol. Her work is impeccable, thoughtful, soft and creative. Way before I ever started styling, I knew who Joy was and went to her website and blog almost daily for inspiration. So after a little happy dance, I composed myself and headed out to Early Mountain Vineyards for a two-day shoot.
The design – completely conceptualized by Joy and Lora Kelley – was dramatic and autumnal with bright, warm fall foliage and a pretty astounding amount of candlelight. But the photos – by the ever-inspiring Eric Kelley – speak for themselves. Check them out here.
The best part (besides being incredibly humbled that I’m listed as assistant stylist)? Joy is just as rad in person as the images that she creates in photos. She is genuine, friendly, and encouraging. She took my ideas and she even gave me creative freedom on a few projects. I got the sense that for her, styling is just the creative overflow of all the loveliness she embodies. I hope if I continue to work diligently, hone my skills, and keep gracious people like Joy at the forefront of my role models, I too might be like that someday.
If you don’t know Joy’s work or Eric’s, please do check them out and give them some love. And, of course, I’d love to know your thoughts on the shoot.
I’m so excited to see the urban elopement I styled earlier this summer featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs today! The post is really lovely – I’d love it if you showed EAD some love. Thanks, ladies! Y’all made my day.
Oh my goodness, y’all. Pinch me! I’m so excited to share these photos from Eric Kelley Photography from the elopement photoshoot that I styled in Chicago earlier this summer. This shoot was such a blast to style – I had the most fun selecting all of the fashion, decor, and details with our lovely creative director (and my dear friend!) Lora Kelley. We spent two full days (and some change) at our urban venue, discovering where the light was prettiest, putting together vignettes, and shooting. SO many fabulous vendors contributed to this shoot (the pearls are by my fabulous aunt, Carol Sperry of Goldie O jewelry), and I hope I get to work with you all more in the future! I cannot wait to share more in the coming week. Head on over to Eric’s site for more of a preview and stay tuned for a special blog publication!
Venue: Prairie Street Brewhouse
Creative Director: Lora Kelley
Stylist: Mallory Joyce
Floral Designer: Vale of Enna
Paper Suite: Mae Mae Paperie
Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Cake: Angel Food Bakery
Suit: J. Crew
Tie: Stefano Ricci Crystal Tie, Silver
Ring and earrings: Kira Kira
Necklace: Carol Sperry of Goldie O
Silverware: Ricci Silversmiths Japanese Bride Flatware
Little Bird Salt + Pepper Shakers: Jonathan Adler
Linens: La Tavola
Hair + Make-up: Lora Elaine
Models: Modelogic Wilhelmina
Rentals: Rockford Rentals
happy monday, dears! over the weekend, m and i pretended to be models for a bohemian-styled photoshoot with joyeuse photography. (isn’t m handsome? and the light!) it was so much fun to work with tahni – photographer, stylist (she handmade the boutonniere and headpiece!), world traveler, visionary – the girl is a powerhouse. and, ahem, her own wedding was none other than Green Wedding Shoes most popular wedding of the year! we were so glad to help her business, and i think it helped us feel more comfortable in front of a camera (less than 3 months until our big day!).
if you are a creative, vintage, or bohemian bride-to-be and would like to work with someone who shares your unique vision, i cannot recommend tahni more! head over to her website to check out more of her work (and to enter her anthropologie giveaway!).
it’s a gorgeous day again. i so want to be outdoors, sunning on some grassy knoll. these photos by jose villa have me falling for the italian countryside. aren’t they gorgeous?
happy thursday! we’ve almost made it to the weekend. i had a fabulous morning meeting with lucy of Lucy O Photography! lucy has been doing a ‘cup of the day’ series of photos in which she photographs local cville folks drinking their morning brew (a mocha in my case! i know… not technically coffee but the whipped cream was irresistible). i met lucy at Mudhouse. i was a little nervous to be in front of a camera so early in the morning but it was actually really fun (look at how beautifully the photo turned out – that’s not me; it’s all lucy’s photog skills!). i can hardly believe lucy and i haven’t met before as we have so many friends and interests in common. i totally spent almost the entire time we were together picking her brain for cville wedding tips – she had a ton!
if you’re a bride in need of a photographer, check out lucy. she is incredibly warm and will certainly put you at ease (bonus: she was just a bride herself a few months ago! congrats, lucy!).