Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Natural Whimsy.......part two of the inspiration shoot.

I hope you all enjoyed the images from part one as much as we enjoyed creating them. On to part two now....
Part two is all about the details! We wanted to do a soft, romantic, whimsical shoot that incorporated some natural elements and a bit of southern charm. Well for one thing, we couldn't have found a better place than the Museum of Appalachia as a backdrop and for another thing, no one could have suited the part of our naturally beautiful bride better than my sweet friend Elizabeth Seymour. In fact Liz was sort of a muse for the day! I wanted every thing to be light and airy, sweet and southern, natural and whimsical all at the same time.....and by George I think we got it;)

The dress and the gorgeous accessories from Wedding Wonderland fit the theme and the bride (in size and style) so perfectly I'm pretty sure she would have loved to take them home for her own big day! The soft airy quality of the gown and the simplicity of the accessories flowed perfectly with the wild flower quality of the bouquet. The flowers used for the bouquet were white scabiosa, white lysianthus, pale pink spray roses, soft yellow football mums, pink heather, creme stock, white veronica, pink alstroemeria lilies, Queen Ann's lace, accented with antique brooches.The table decor consisted of the same flowers designed in low antique milk glass vases, placed on a soft runner of sheet moss. The arrangements were complimented by crystal stemware and candle holders. Menu cards were place on handmade tree bark holders, and held in place with burlap ribbon and handmade silk and lace flowers. All topped off with antique buttons. The adorable little pink ruffled cake from Sassy Cakes of Knoxville was just perfect for the shoot. The delicate pink ruffles were the perfect accent to look (and it was soooo yummy too)! The favors incorporated two aspects of the style we were going for, nature and southern charm. Favor one consisted of saplings wrapped in burlap and accented with antique buttons. Favor two was delicate antique handkerchiefs to be given out with the message, "For happy tears only."

Here are some images from the day from Sarah C Photography......for more please visit my Facebook page!

 And here's the surprise I mentioned in the last blog.......
To view an amazing video of all the happenings during the shoot please follow this link Milestone Pictures. Milestone did a wonderful job capturing the energy and all the little details of the day. Check them out if you are in need of a videographer.....I wish I had known them when I was getting married!

A special thanks to everyone involved
Photos- Sarah C. Photography
Location - Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN
Wedding Dress and Accessories - Wedding Wonderland
Video - Milestone Pictures
Cake - Sassy Cakes
Makeup - Ruffles and Rouge Events
Hair – Annissa Troutt of LeCoop Salon

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Vintage Drama and Natural Whimsy Bridal Shoot.....fab day, wonderful vendors!

Hello all.......
On Nov. 1st I had the pleasure of taking part in a fabulous bridal shoot at the Museum of Appalachia. It all started when I met my fav Knoxville photog   Sarah McAffry.    Sarah and I decided that it would be fun to collaborate on a bridal shoot. One very yummy Starbucks strawberry's and creme later, the ball was rolling and ideas were piling up. Two different looks were in the works so we decided to go all out and do them both!

Look one was inspired by the vavavoom, old Hollywood good looks of my lovely friend and gracious model Amber Lane. Her dark hair and eyes were the perfect fit for the stunning birdcage veil from Wedding Wonderland and the make up by Ruffles and Rouge couldn't have suited the look more perfectly. I mean come on......the lipstick was the exact color of the awesome 1934 Ford Coupe we had on set!
The flowers I chose for Amber were a mix of classic red roses, red tulips, red gladiola blossoms, red cox comb, orange spray roses, and red coffee berry. I love using all sorts of different textures in a bouquet to add interest and depth. The velvet look of the cox comb gave the bouquet the luscious drama I was going for. The chandelier piece and the birdcage arrangement used complementary flowers as well as golden branches and chandelier crystals. Both could be used to accent reception tables, sign in areas, photo booths, and a number of other areas at your wedding or reception. 

To see all of the images from the shoot please visit my Facebook page and browse the pics I've posted.

I'll post look number 2 tomorrow.........can't wait to share! I have an extra special treat to from Milestone Pictures so please check back!
Sleep well and dream of beautiful weddings:)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Old soul....

I've been called this many times and, well, I guess those words accurately describe me. I love all things vintage and glam: Cary Grant, Katherine and Audrey, Jimmy Stewart......there's nothing better in my book. There's always an old Hollywood movie playing in my head, and if I could, I'd go back in time just to throw one of those lavish parties worthy of Hollywood royalty. I can see myself flitting about the room in my fabulous gown and massive cocktail ring. Oooohhh, I'm pretty sure I was born way too late. I've always loved that time period and the glitz and glam that come along with it. I think some of this comes from a picture of my Grandmother that I've always been in love with. To me, she looked just like the enchanting women of the silver screen. When I was little I knew she had to be famous when this picture was taken! In reality, lavish parties were not  a part of my Grandmomma's life, but in my eyes she will always be the perfect portrait of a lady.
1940's wedding inspiration for my fellow "old souls"...inspired by my beautiful grandmother

Culture Bridal Couture

Etsy shop: Portobello



“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” ~Audrey Hepburn

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Gorgeous day.....Gorgeous bouquets

What could be better than this beautiful fall day? I took the pups for a walk this morning and it was wonderful outside!  Hiking, bonfires, falling leaves, hot chocolate, chili, corn mazes, haunted houses and of course Halloween fun...........these are the just some of the things I love about fall. Mix in the clear blue sky and the smoky smell coming from my neighbors chimney and I'm in heaven.

Fall is a lovely time to get married and here is one good get to have a bouquet like this...

Or this...
             The Knot
or even this...

Martha Stewart Weddings

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My heart hurts.......

Don't worry I'm seriously okay......well, maybe not okay, but I'll survive. The thing that ails me is not that serious in reality; however, my heart is truly aching as I type. I've spent the day in search of inspiration for a few projects I'm  currently working on. I know it sounds crazy, but I think I get visual overload when I start running across so many beautiful things! My mind and heart start racing and it seriously makes me feel dizzy! I love beautiful things to the 10th degree....I see a beautiful gown and it makes me want to have my wedding all over again. Then there are flowers! Don't get me started on flowers......I don't even think I could pick a color combo right now if you made me. I'm seriously lovin' the orange and teal combo right now.......but then again, I love red and hot pink.......then there are jewel tones......and the ever fresh white and lime green. See what I mean? My mind is spinning!!!!

Maybe this is why I'm drawn to this profession. I may not get to throw a big wedding of my own over and over (I pretty sure my dad would have a heart attack if I even suggested it, haha), but I do get be a part of so many beautiful wedding days! I can't think of anything better! I always say I will treat my brides' weddings as if they were my own and I truly mean it........after all I feel lucky to be living my own day over and over again when I see the excitement in my bride's face :)

Speaking of my brides...I wanted to share some of my favorite blogs with you'll find them on the right hand side of this page........I hope you enjoy!

I'll leave you with the source of my racing heart........I really want this dress......would it be weird if I renewed my vows after just 2 years of marriage?

Have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blessed are those who see beautiful things in the most humble places when others see nothing. ~Pissaro

Ok so that is along title......I know, I know.....but this is by far my favorite quote and I think it sums up the way I look at the world just perfectly. I love things that are not so "perfect"....a rust covered planter, weathered barn wood, my great-great grandmothers vanity chipping paint and all. Like a lot of you vintage/thrift store lovers out there I could seriously fill my house with "treasures" that some people might consider junk. (Don't worry I won't end up on Hoarders anytime compulsion to buy is  balanced by my obsessive need to have a clean house haha).

All these thoughts come from two things
1. I'm doing a little research for an upcoming photo shoot that I'm sooooo psyched about.
2. One of my best girlies just started her own etsy business Weathered N Worn. Check it out if you love gorgeous, one-of-a-kind jewelry! I'm so in love with her's really hard to pick a favorite!
Check out her Etsy store at
weathered N worn

One of Mandi's beautiful creations.......      
Goodnight all.....Sleep well and dream of beautiful things......imperfections and all!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Who's the lucky Bride?

Hello Ladies! To all of the wonderful brides I met yesterday....I'm so happy I got the chance to meet you all and talk a little bit two of my favorite and weddings! Not to mention we were all surrounded by one of my other favorite dresses! Seriously, I thought about buying one for myself (which doesn't make much sense since I got married two years ago haha).

Now for the best stuff:) We had a little drawing for a FREE bouquet........and I happy to announce the very lovely Brittany Hamock as the winner of a totally free custom brides bouquet! I'll be getting it touch with Brittany soon to give her all the details and hopefully if she gives me the honor of being her floral designer I'll be able to post pics of her beautiful wedding!

To all the other ladies that came by to see me yesterday don't forget you still get a free toss bouquet (I mean who wants to let go of their own bouquet on their big day?) and as an added bonus all the ladies that signed up for the contest will get 10% off of their total order if they book with me anytime before January 2011. I hope to hear from you all soon.......I would be honored to be a part of your big day!

One of the other great things about yesterday...........meeting great vendors! I'll have to say I was super excited to have a booth beside the exceptionally talented SarahCPhotography! Sarah's booth was full of her gorgeous photos and her vintage style complimented the style of my booth perfectly (I sense a vintage inspired friendship brewing Sarah!) Sarah's work definitely speaks for itself but if you're undecided after viewing her site I urge you to set up a meeting with her because she's just so darn sweet and fun I'm sure you'll be totally sold! Speaking of her sweetness..........she sent me these wonderful photos of my booth that I couldn't wait to share!
A different take on the traditional door wreath.

I'm not going to lie.......I have a birdcage obsession.

My logo design by Jennie Lee Photography

Just one way to add some flare to your reception chairs or wedding aisle.

My life lines.......couldn't have made it without these wonderful ladies! L

A vintage inspired centerpiece.......use it alone or surround a tall centerpiece for a dramatic addition for your reception tables.

I'm soooo loving fall right now!

My great aunts antique china cabinet was the perfect display case!

More to come from SarahCphotograpy and the other great vendor later.......for now I have a couple of puppies that are ready for bed. Goodnight and sweet dreams to you all!

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Hello ladies! Wow it's been a very busy week! The Dash for the Dress is just around the corner yay! I hope all you fabulous brides can stop by. Who could beat it really? An amazing dress at an amazing price and tons of great vendors to help you get that wedding planning ball rolling or tie up some loose ends in plans you've already made. Two birds with one stone......or maybe even five birds with one stone (did I mention there will be tons of awesome vendors!)
I hope to see you all there, Sunday Sept 26th, 1-5 at Jubilee Banquet Facility on Callahan Dr. I'll have some goodies waiting for you! We will also have a drawing for a free brides bouquet worth up to $150!
Get there early, the first 100 brides through the door will receive a gift bag full of great items and info from all of the vendors!
Here are some treats I've been working on for the gift bags......I'm a sucker for anything that sparkles! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Running of the Brides sneak peek

Hello everyone! I wanted to invite all you lovely brides out there to the Running of the Brides! Brides from all over the East Tennessee area will be gathering at Jubilee Banquet Facility for THE bridal event of the season - the Knox Bride Dash for the Dress which is sure to be a blast!

On September 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., ten bridal boutiques will have racks and racks of their discontinued wedding gowns and will be selling them at deep discounted prices throughout the event. Wedding vendors such as salons, cake designers,... photographers, florists and DJ’s, will also be on hand offering specials and discounts to participants.

Hope to see you on Sept. 26th! Here are some vintage inspired designs I've been working on for the show! Thanks to Jennie Kodak of Jennie Lee Photography for the wonderful pics!

Me and my two boys.....all the inspiration I need:)