Stephanie and John’s engagement pictures

Monday, March 15th, 2010

vintage umbrella inspirationI’m in love with the dreamy watercolor hues of Stephanie and John’s engagement pictures photographed by Erin of eephotography.

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{photographs courtesy ee photogprahy}

Liz + Jesse’s engagement pictures

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

oranges citrus wedding inspirationJessica Bennett’s engagement pictures of Jesse + Liz are that perfectly blend that “from another time” feeling and modern romance…I’m in love.

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Jacqui & Amir’s engagement pictures

Monday, February 15th, 2010

I love it when you can really see the couple coming through in their engagement pictures. The props and the setting are just a bonus because you can see their personality so clearly – it’s just them and you know it. That’s amazing and so evident here. Jacqui & Amir’s dreamy engagement pictures were captured by the insanely talented duo, Erin Hearts Court.

{images courtesy Erin Hearts Court}

sonia + ian’s portrait session

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Amazing couple? check. Amazing style? check. I’m head over heels for this portrait session by Mastin Studios in Seattle set in the Asian Art Museum and Volunteer Park.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Mastin Studio is offering a free engagement session to one lucky winner. Visit their blog for details and to enter to win.

{photographs by Mastin Studio}

pretty details from our love shoot…

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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featured yesterday on brooklyn bride. photography by katie stoops.

A Stitch in Time

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

A Stitch in Time {which appeared yesterday on Once Wed} was inspired by the true story of an engagement. We took the real life story and ran with it, breathing more and more inspiration and texture into the shoot everyday as we concepted.

rustic wedding inspirationI usually start projects with an inspiration board. Not every designer works that way, but they help me to narrow and focus. I also wrote a story that gave us a narrative to concept around. Then we got to work.

rustic wedding inspirationKimberly at Chez Sucre Chez and Jen at Miss Pickles Press were the first people I called. I knew they’d be perfect for this project.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerWe found an amazing venue outside of Richmond called Amber Grove Inn. Amber Grove is a wedding venue operated by John McDermott. The barn {pictured above} was a dairy barn in a former life; now it hosts ceremonies and small receptions. There’s also a house on the property that John rents for events and a large tented area perfect for larger receptions.

rustic wedding Need Supply hooked us up with the coziest sweater for Jill to wear over her pink ruffle dress (found at H + M) and a pair of killer booties. We outfitted Chris with an assortment of things found, borrowed and purchased. His handsome bowtie came from Halcyon — an amazing vintage store in Richmond.

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Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerJanie made the prettiest bouquets full of red dahlias, and Miss Pickles Press hand stamped muslin bags. Each bag contained a special memory our fictitious groom scribed for his bride-to- be, which she found on her way to him at the end of the string of yarn, where he was waiting to “propose.”

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Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerVintage spools of thread {found on etsy} along a fence at Amber Grove…

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerDrawer pulls collected at Anthropologie…wouldn’t this be a lovely way to display escort cards or pictures at a reception?

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerThe talented people who brought this shoot to life are truly amazing. Big thanks to…
Jen at Miss Pickles Press
Ryan and Kelly at Kellan Studios
Janie Medley at The Brides Cafe
Need Supply Company
The Yarn Lounge
Erika Nixon at Makeup on Demand (contact Erika at
Kimberly at Chez Sucre Chez
John at Amber Grove Inn
Moore and Giles (who loaned us the leather chairs)
and our models, my dear friends, Chris + Jill

A Stitch in Time

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Be sure to visit Once Wed later today to see more from a photo shoot we styled a few weeks ago. Big thanks to our amazing team…Janie Medley of The Brides Cafe, Kelly + Ryan of Kellan Studios, Jen of Miss Pickles Press, Kimberly of Chez Sucre Chez, Erika of Makeup on Demand and John of Amber Grove Inn.

Casey + Blake

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Loving Casey + Blake’s pretty engagement session photographed by Katie Stoops.

{images courtesy Open Air Photography}

Melia + Brandon’s e-session

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

When I saw the confetti I died. Really. How cute is that? Melia and Brandon are high school sweethearts who are getting married on October 17, 2009 at Boxtree Lodge in Vinton, Virginia.

They’re planning what only can be described as a rustic/cozy/fun affair, “We really are using the rustic charm of our venue and the gorgeous backdrop of colorful fall leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway as inspiration for the wedding. We plan to create a cozy warm feel with vibrant jewel tones and rich fabrics to create the look. The dahlias and other fall flowers will match the colors in the changing leaves perfectly.”

“We are planning a lot of D.I.Y projects to help make the ceremony and reception personalized. I am creating a lot of the décor myself including moss pomanders to line the aisle, centerpieces for all the tables, and lots of paper crafts including menu cards, table assignments, and a special guest book.”

Melia and Brandon started dating during their senior year of high school! “We had a government class together and just happened to sit next to each other. By the time the wedding gets here in October, we will have been together for ten years!”

“We are so excited to be getting married after ten years of dating and we want to celebrate with all the people that matter to us. The flowers and decorations will make the event beautiful, but more than anything we are excited to begin our married life together!”

Congratulations and best wishes you guys! You’re a beautiful couple! xo

{photography by Katie Stoops of Open Air Photography}

Adrienne + Troy’s e-session

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

E-sessions are so much fun. They’re full of anticipation of what’s to come. Casual and carefree. And, the best capture the essence of the couple. Katie Stoops’ pictures of Adrienne and Troy do just that. Adrienne is here to tell us what’s going through her mind in the month leading up to her wedding.

“My fiancé, Troy, and I are getting married on August 15, at Wrexham Hall in Chesterfield, Virginia. Wrexham Hall is an old home from the early 1800s, and has been my inspiration for the wedding. Our wedding will be filled with handmade details (I did our invitations) that will create a classic and romantic feel for the entire evening. I have created a lace detail and monogram that is consistent through out the wedding.”

“My fiancé and I met in February 2004, at James Madison University; we were living across the hall from each other in our dorm. We’ve spent the last three years battling a long distance relationship, so I can’t wait to finally begin life together. “

“The part of the wedding I look forward to most is finally marrying Troy. Up until recently I was really looking forward to my handmade details, but as the wedding gets closer they aren’t nearly as important as finally marrying my best friend.”

Thank you for stopping by little white book Adrienne. And a big thank you to Katie of Open Air Photography for sharing these images with us!