Brunch Wedding | Styled Shoot

After Tidewater and Tulle featured our shoot last week, I received such kind words from so many of you. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! Being my first time coordinating a shoot, I was so nervous about it being well-received. I mean, I know it is beautiful, but my aim is to always be original. (Trying to be original is scary!!)

Working with our vendors was a DREAM! We had established businesses and newbies (like me). I could not have asked for a better combination! Working along side Daytona was so much fun - that girl has an eye for style! I wanted to take a moment to thank her. I don't think I'd be quite this far along, or even doing this at all, without her support. After all, it was our conversation on July 19th that prompted me to think seriously about taking this journey. Okay, weepy, teary-eyed Sterling is done now.

sterling dawn events brunch styled shoot

A girl's gotta risk her neck to hang a chandelier in the woods. Special thanks to my friend, Rosanne, for letting me borrow her (extremely heavy) table. And to my husband and his buddy, Derek, for moving said heavy table! ;) ps- That chandelier stayed in the woods for about a month. Oops.

I really can't say which detail is my favorite, as I have so many favorites! However, I LOVED these diamonds from Adele Diamond. They just recently relaunched their business as Adele, and they have exploded on social media. Their rings are BEAUTIFUL and they have found a way to keep their costs down, and pass that discount along to their customers.

Swoooooon!

Swoooooon!

adele diamond brunch wedding shoot

Another player on our team was my friend Brianna of Geminis Boutique. She is a merchandiser for Chloe + Isabel and her jewels are TO DIE FOR. Before the shoot, she sent everything to me and said "wear them!" Ahhh!! YES! I think I wore that pendant necklace every day for like 3 weeks. At the end, her gift to me was the gold leaf cuff. {insert heart-eyed emoji}

chloe and isabel brunch wedding shoot
chloe & isabel brunch wedding shoot

Our invitations were created by the lovely April of PaperDolls Design. I have seen April's work on blog after blog for a few years now, and I was so excited when she agreed to participate in our shoot. I love the details here! Burlap, the green and rose colored ink, the NAMES! How clever! Woods and Hunt! I got a big kick out of that!

paperdolls design brunch wedding shoot
paperdolls design brunch wedding shoot

Can we talk about flowers for a second? I would call myself floristically-challenged. Did I just make up a word? Spell check tells me yes. When our plans for a florist didn't pan out, Daytona and I went to Norfolk Wholesale. With my novice opinions, and her more advanced skills, we came up with this. When I say "we" I really mean her. I love this bouquet so much!! The variety and texture worked so well.

bouquet daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
bouquet daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot

I almost decided on penning some place cards and addressing the envelop myself. That would not have been terrible, but then I learned about sweet Emily of Lindsey Lettering. Her cute Etsy shop offers hand lettering and greeting card design. I'm so glad we decided to use her skills, as they provided a delicate touch to our table.

lindsey lettering daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
lindsey lettering daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot

Let's talk about cake, aka: my favorite thing about weddings. Because our main dish was breakfast, I wanted to do something simple. Even brunch weddings still need a cake. I attend church with the sweetest young lady, Chelsi Davis. She has been baking for quite some time, and just recently started culinary school. I am so impressed with her skills. In fact, another one of her cakes was included in a Tidewater and Tulle feature. If you'd like to get in touch with Chelsi, please let me know.

rosette cake daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
rosette cake daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
rosette cake daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
rosette cake daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot

Let's talk about the FOOD! Waffles are something you can use to measure love. They are everything. When I first had Waffletina's liege waffles, my eyes were opened. Pearls of sugar in a yeast dough....DELISH! You can catch Waffletina in pop-ups around Norfolk. Follow them on Instagram to stay in the know! And the macarons from Hummingbird. AMAZING! We ate every last one. Kisha's macarons are famous in Hampton Roads - and with good reason! She is getting ready to open a shop in Ghent!! Wooo hooo!

I could not believe we had this perfect combination of eats. Still in shock.

waffletina waffles daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
waffletina waffles daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
waffletina waffles daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot

When I thought about the type of dress I wanted for this shoot, I never expected to end up with this one. Boy, am I glad we did. This blush Martina Liana gown from pure english couture bridal was THE PERFECT FIT for this shoot. Our model, Ally, looked like she was floating.

Daytona, seriously? Girl...you're a wizard!!! :)

Daytona, seriously? Girl...you're a wizard!!! :)

pure english couture bridal daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
pure english couture bridal daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
pure english couture bridal daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
pure english couture bridal daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot

Hair and makeup was provided by my dear friend, Sharra. After working for MAC for YEARS, she completed cosmetology school, and now works as an independent stylist. She worked her magic on Ally's hair (she has A LOT of hair!) - it could not have been more beautiful!

wedding hair and makeup daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
wedding hair and makeup daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot

And now for more of my favorites! Ally and Alec are a real couple - you can totally tell!

daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
So cute, Alec!!!

So cute, Alec!!!

daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot
daytona may photography brunch wedding shoot

A HUGE thank you to everyone involved! You are my heroes!

Photography - Daytona May Photography

Gown - pure english couture bridal

Invitations - PaperDolls Designs

Sweets - Hummingbird Macarons, Waffletina, & Chelsi Davis

Jewelry - Geminis Boutique

Diamonds - Adele Diamond

Lettering - Lindsey Lettering

HMUA - Sharra Encarnacion

Models - Ally Sortino & Alec Ferley

Also, thank you Tidewater and Tulle for featuring this fun bunch!!!