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Sneak Peek: Ashley & Scott’s Corn Field E-Sesh

Happy Wednesday friends! I’m in much better spirits today, thankfully! Thank you all, again, for your love and support! Now, onto the fun stuff ūüôā

I have this beautiful e-sesh to show you from a place near and dear to me, Indiana! Plus, the photographer is an old friend from high school who is INCREDIBLY talented. There is something so enchanting about her portraits. I’m completely smitten. Plus, these few sneak peeks I’m about to show you are from one of her first engagement sessions! Looking at the photos, I’d say she’d been doing this for years! Thanks again for sharing these with me, Ashley!

The couple, Ashley and Scott, are getting married next June and wanted a comfortable, low-key engagement session. Due to weather, they had a few different takes. I love the cornfield backdrop, it’s so unique and provides such a haunting element to the photos. Can’t wait to share the rest with you later this week!



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Thursday Purseday: Mustard, Lace & Ruffles

I died and went to happy vintage heaven this morning as I was gleefully pinning around on Pinterest. Sometimes, I see things that, pretty much, send me into cardiac arrest. Sometimes, I just, can’t control my reactions. I scream, I clap, I gasp, I giggle. I’m fairly confident my work colleagues¬†think I’m a total nutter. But, I digress (as usual). I found something, a manifestation of everything I want in one outfit today and I just, HAVE TO SHARE.

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This has EVERYTHING I currently covet. The color mustard? Check. Ruffly, lacey top? Check. Nude nails? Check. An adorable short sleeve belted trench? Check. AH. I wish there was a way I could see the whole outfit. I’d probably just, die. But what really drew me to this picture was the bag. The dark, deep, mustard color, the size and the gorgeous leather make this the IT fall clutch. I need it. Someone, find it for me. I’ll make you muffins or something.


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Real Wedding: Katie and David

Happy Tuesday, friends! I apologize for leaving you on the edge with my sneak peek of this adorable wedding but life has been busy! But have no fear, I have the rest of the GORGEOUS photos here with some words from the beautiful bride.

The¬†April 30th¬†ceremony took place at the St. Helena Catholic church, with a reception directly following at the Charles Krug Winery. I’ve always been a sucker for classical vineyard weddings and this one is definitely one of the prettiest I’ve seen. The pale pink peonies with the white, ivory¬†bouquets¬†were simple, yet glamorous and the centerpieces, place cards and props matched the natural, rustic chic vibe of the venue. One of my FAVORITE parts of this wedding doesn’t have anything to do with the decor. This couple is SO adorable. They are whimsical, fun and visibly madly in love. Couples like this are why I love weddings. They understand it’s a serious event, but you need to be YOU and have the whole thing represent that. Okay enough of my blabbing, lets look at some pretty pictures courtesy of the talented Lori Paladino photography.

The wedding planning process was certainly daunting at first. We really wanted it to be a classic, timeless affair and we kept that in mind as we were searching for all of our vendors starting with our wonderful wedding planner, Amy Thumhart! She had worked on my brother’s wedding so we decided to build on that relationship and invite her to make the magic happen for our wedding. From then on, we gathered a team of vendors who were absolutely amazing every step of the way. I could not thank them enough after the wedding day.

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A Charleston Wedding: Fried Green Tomatoes & a Faulty Bridge

What a crazy week we had here in the DC area last week. First, an earthquake on Tuesday. Then a hurricane this weekend? I kept looking outside my window for a swarm of locusts to attack! But waking up this morning, you would have no idea anything happened. The weather is PERFECT.  The skies are bright and clear and there is a gorgeous autumn breeze in the air. I guess we have one thing to thank Irene for, right?

Jumping right back into the recaps (sorry for leaving y’all stranded last week without a recap!) we last talked about the adorable nail salon and the much-needed¬†wine breakfast. After we were done with our manis¬†and pedis, we headed out on Vendue Range street towards Poogans Porch, the place we were having our bridal luncheon. [All photos featured are my own or Emily’s, my paparazzi for the day].

Poogans¬†Porch is one of the coolest restaurants in Charleston. It’s in a reformed old Charlestonian¬†home (if you couldn’t tell by the amazing porches) which gives it a real homey vibe. Plus, the food was incredible. I tried to get a few pictures of everything but was too distracted by my delicious fried green tomato blt to focus on anything else. That sandwich was worth EVERY SINGLE calorie in it. I am salivating just thinking about it.

Ah-mazing. You can read more about the delicious food (and see some photos of what my ladies had!) on my healthy living site. However, one thing I must mention is when you go here, you have got to try a John Daly. It’s a delicious libation made of lemonade and sweet tea vodka. And yes, it does sound as delicious as it is. A few of my ladies got one and the taste is killa. Just, killa.

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Marvelous Monday: Pimp Your Ride

How is it already noon? On Monday? Today is FLYING by! I’m not complaining though, I can’t wait to get home, cook dinner and sleep! As many of you know, I was at the Healthy Living Summit this past weekend promoting my health/nutrition and food blog! It was INCREDIBLE, but very, very tiring. It really got me jazzed up, though, for my website re-design, which I’m hoping will be complete by the end of the year!

Now, as tired as I am, I still want to talk about something I’ve been asked about a lot lately; what kind of vehicle we used as our getaway back to the hotel after the reception.


To answer ya’ll, we used a rickshaw, which is a very popular Charleston mode of transportation.¬† As you can see, you sit on the back of a bike and a native takes you around offering interesting tidbits about the history of the city!¬†Although the rickshaw is kind of played out, I loved it! The ride was a great time for us to unwind a little bit from all the excitement and take a really scenic ride through Charleston. Plus, our “driver” was awesome because he took us through the academic campus! Students and passersby were cheering us along the whole time! It was definitely a great memory. And sadly,¬†it was almost something we cut, due to budget and stress! Thankfully our wedding coordinator talked us out of it because it was a moment we really cherish.

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Real Wedding: Molly & Greg

HI EVERYONE!! I’m sorry about the all caps but I’m just so excited to be blogging. I’ve missed ya’ll. Plus, I have the rest of the incredible images from Molly & Greg’s Pensecola nuptials, which I know is the real reason you’re excited I’m back ūüôā So without further ado, I bring you the gorgeous couple on their very special day photographed by the fabulous¬†Ashley¬†Victoria Photography¬†and styled by Molly & Megan K Events!

But before we get to the rest of the photos, I must share the ADORABLE story on how they met & how he proposed, from the gorgeous blushing bride herself!

“We met in 7th grade in St. Marys, GA when his dad was stationed to Kingsbay, GA.¬† We were friends and he dated my best friend.¬† In 9th grade he moved to Maryland but we stayed friends and always saw each other when he came to visit soccer friends in St. Marys.¬† His family regulary vacationed to Key West and one year they had a lay over in Jacksonville (only 30 min away!!) and my mom drove me to the airport to see him.¬† He brought me a pair of Kino sandals from Key West.¬† Ever since then we’d talk about going to Key West together.¬† Freshman year of college, we had both ended our relationships with our highschool sweethearts just in time to plan Spring Break together to Key West.¬† After that trip we talked, emailed and wrote letters weekly.¬† By Christmas we had decided that we wanted to be in a relationship despite being so far apart.¬† Greg was in New London, CT and I was in Macon, GA.¬† After 2 and a half more years of dating and many plane trips to visit each other, we both graduated and Greg was commissioned into the Coast Guard and sent to a cutter in Virginia Beach, VA.¬† I followed.

In the summer of 2009, we had been dating almost 3.5 years and living in the same city for a year.¬† Greg told me his mom’s friend makes jewelry and I need to figure out my ring size so she can make me a ring.¬† I got my right hand ring sized and of course got my left hand sized too.¬† I was always skeptical about the jewelry making friend, mostly because I had no jewelry from her.¬† Greg told me she made it but he forgot to bring it home.¬† In October 2009, we were going to Annapolis to visit his parents for a sailing weekend.¬† It was going to be our first overnight.¬† He was rushed and upset that I was late (which is always), but I joked it off.¬† Turns out he had to get to Annapolis before the jewelry store closed to get my ring.¬† We didn’t make it in time, but his mom picked it up.¬† We ended up not sailing either because the weather wasn’t sunny and I was sick.¬† One night after dinner I wanted ice cream to sooth my sore throat.¬† We went downtown Annapolis to get ice cream and while looking over the Bay, Greg proposed.¬† It was perfect because after 4 years I was surprised!¬† Then we went to get ice cream. :)”

I loved the classic style of everything,¬†Molly’s elegant dress and pearls and the way she wore her hair.¬† I mean, I was there, it was 2011, but looking back at some of the pictures I took, I feel like I’m looking at portraits from the 30s or 40s.¬† She just has that timeless elegance about her.

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Tuesday Shoesday: All You Need is Love

Hello friends, fans and followers! I honestly can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I’ve blogged. But I have some fabulous things in store for you this week, including the rest of the Tuscan themed e-shoot and a fabulous Alice in Wonderland themed love shoot! I hope that makes up for my absence.

I hope you all had an amazing holiday weekend, though! Mine was filled with lots of sunshine, great food & beer and laughter. Plus, I was in Charleston. Everytime we go it gets harder and harder to leave. We both know that is where we want to eventually settle and raise our kids, so it’s hard to go back to DC when we fall more in love each time! But we are young still and have the world to travel before kids come, so I think we can wait!

Now, as I’m stuck in the car for the next 5 hours typing this on my iPhone, I can’t share all of the prettiness I had in store. But I did find an amazing shoe picture for today’s Tuesday Shoesday. When you plan a wedding, you get so caught up in the actual event you kinda forget to take it all in. You forget that, in the end, all you need is love. Love is what matters most. Oh, and a pair of gorgeous red pumps doesn’t hurt either ūüôā


Photo via Tristan Prettyman and Green Wedding Shoes.


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