Part II of the photoshoot with Joy Thigpen, Eric Kelley Photography, and Lora Elaine is over on Once Wed today. My two favorite parts of the shoot are the bride’s wild, loose bouquet and the incredible reception table glowing with more than 200 candles. The evening candlelit shot was one of the last, and it was so rewarding to sit back and watch the magic unfold.
Joy offers some great tips on how to best make indoor venues work well for photos and for your wedding. It’s well worth the read!
PS – Recognize the girl on the right? It’s me! At the last minute, we decided to feature bridesmaid bouquets and well… it was hard work, but I couldn’t really turn down getting my hair and makeup done by Lora, could I? And when they brought out that fabulous gown! Somebody had to do it.
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.
Today I’m crazy excited to share that our elopement shoot is featured on Grey Likes! From conceptualization to creating, this urban elopement story was something I loved styling. The vendors we got to work with were some of the best. Please check them out and give them some love!
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
I was so thrilled this morning when I saw that our wedding was published on Style Me Pretty! Congratulations to our amazing photographer, Jon Schaaf! The day was seriously such a labor of love from so, so many family and friends. I get emotional just thinking about each of you, and I hope if you’re reading this and were part of our day, you know how deeply we care for you. It is amazing to see how all of the details (the jewelry, the bow ties, the lace tablescapes, the Nana’s-tea-in-a-mason-jar favors, paper suite, ceremony music – seriously, do you know my aunt and Sam Bush?!, my father’s prayer, the toasts, the candlelit sendoff) came together, but it is even more incredible knowing the beautiful faces who cheered our pronouncement and danced the night away with us!
I had so much fun designing, styling, and planning my wedding, and now with a few more styling jobs under my belt (you’ll be seeing them once they’re published!), I’ve decided to take on a few select weddings or events. If you’re interested in chatting, please reach out! I can be reached at email@example.com or by leaving a comment here! Let’s get a party started!
I hope y’all had a sunny Memorial Day weekend full of lemonade and cookouts to kick off summer. We had a pretty amazing weekend ourselves – roadtripped with one of our fave couples, the Klebergs, down to the sweet Southern state of Alabama to see our dear friends, Sarah Catherine and Karver, get hitched! It was the perfect excuse to take off a little early and enjoy a full few days of southern hospitality. The wedding was at the home of the bride in the quaint, little town of Florence – how fun is it to explore the place a close friend grew up? We spent the majority of our time sunbathing at the yacht club where the men wore visors and croakies (Michael was in heaven) and the women sipped on gin and tonics. If you’re ever passing through Florence, we highly recommend grabbing dinner at City Hardware (we did… twice). And if you plan to drink a beer or two poolside on a Sunday, be certain to buy your brews the Saturday before (the sale of alcohol on the Sabbath is prohibited – we know, we got the evil eye for trying!).
Photos above from my iPhone: The invitation (by Rock, Paper, Scissors), Michael by the pool, passing through Tennessee (goodness, the South can be beautiful) and the sweetest thing: Mr. Rice serenading the bride and groom at the beginning of the gorgeous reception.
We had the best time. Sarah Catherine was a beautiful, gracious bride. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Bolton! Can’t wait til you’re back from the honeymoon!
When I was flipping through the Lela Rose Ready To Wear 2012 images, I was completely taken by the long, painted gown. The yellow, white, and indigo brush strokes are unexpected and add a bit of edge to the otherwise ethereal design (also love that subtle peplum!). I was inspired to make a moodboard featuring 2012′s color of the year, Tangerine Tango.
On this cold February day, I’m looking forward to some bold pops of spring color! Beginning with that citrus lip a la Kate Bosworth.
Cake via Style Me Pretty, Paper Lanterns via Martha Stewart Weddings, Lela Rose orange shift, Orange cocktail source unknown, Lela Rose gown, Bauble necklace J.Crew, Orange marshmallows source unknown, Bouquet source unknown, Kate Bosworth, Orange flowers