Summer Shoot-A-Thon Workshop | Angie McPherson Photography & Crystal Belcher Photography | Bay Tree Manor, Seaford, VA

On a hot June day, I joined photographers Angie McPherson and Crystal Belcher for their Summer Shoot-A-Thon. Nestled in quaint Seaford, VA, Bay Tree Manor Inn was the perfect setting for a romantic, summer inspiration shoot. 

I was excited to design the floral elements, which included TWO bouquets! Much to my dismay, the coral charm peonies I ordered fell apart as soon as I unwrapped them. Instead of letting that thwart my plans and color scheme, I picked a few knockout roses from my garden and got that bright pop of color I really wanted. Those little flowers saved the day!

Because the Shoot-A-Thon was a workshop with 12 photographers, we had two brides, two grooms, a cake table, and a set dinner table. I love the bright and muted colors mixed together. It reminds me of a warm summer sunset. See our full list of vendors below.

Venue: Bay Tree Manor
Coordination & Florals: Sterling Dawn Events 
Makeup: Beauty by Sharra 
Hair: Flawless on Site 
Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals 
Cake: Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts 
Stationery: Ro & Co Designs 
Videographer: TJ Davidson Films 
Shoot-A-Thon Hosts: Angie McPherson Photography & Crystal Belcher Photography

My Favorites | Salt Air Styled Shoot | Amanda Hedgepeth Photography | Jennette's Pier | Outer Banks, NC

A year ago, doing a styled shoot with Amanda Hedgepeth was on my list of personal/professional goals. I just LOVE her and adore her work. I knew if the time ever came to collaborate, it would have to be colorful and happy because that is Amanda!

Flash forward to late last summer, I offered to help Amanda with her workshop styled shoot and she said yes!

Working with her and our lovely team of vendors was an absolute joy! Everyone was so eager to get involved, which made if so easy for me! Here are a few of my favorite highlights from each vendor!

PaperDolls Design
April designed my new logo and did the invitation suite for my very first styled shoot. She knocked this one out of the park. In fact, I'm considering getting married again just to have this watercolor invitation suite!

Beauty by Sharra
Isn't Erika beautiful? Sharra has worked with me on every shoot and I'm impressed with her more and more each time she works her magic! Not only did she do hair and makeup, she helped me lug all the stuff in my car from the bottom of the pier to the shoot space. #hero!

All Washed Up Jewelry
When Amanda said she secured some pieces from AWU, I was SO excited. We had our pick of the bunch and got to dress Erika in the cutest necklace combo! I am particularly fond of THIS ONE right here. (Ahem, husband...hint hint.)

Pure English, House of Maya
This gown. What words can I type that will do it justice? Hayley Paige outdid herself here. I mean, it has color, sass, and elegance. I wish I could add this to my closet.

Cakes by Chelsi Davis
Chelsi is a cake baker and you should know her. Instead of just making something pretty for the pictures, she never skimps on taste and presentation. This cake was 3 flavors AND had filling between the layers. I love how perfectly her airbrush painting matched the rest of the shoot.

Adele Diamond
My friends over at Adele have always been more than happy to loan me a ring or two. This time, they sent 5 rings and the workshop attendees were able to take turns using them for detail shots. They also provided the gorgeous flutes and cake serving set...it was hard to give those back. ;)

Jennette's Pier
Amanda found this beautiful venue, which is just a few miles from her Kitty Hawk home. At first, I thought "hmm, pier," but this Jennette's is so much more. There is an entire banquet space upstairs, perfect for a good sized wedding reception. Also, who doesn't love an ocean view?! Absolutely gorgeous!!

Distinctive Event Rentals
They provided the tables, glassware, and STUNNING x-back chairs. When I saw the chairs, I knew they would go with our beachy theme. Having worked with them several times now, there is no other large rentals company I would recommend.

Waterford Event Rentals
The ladies at Waterford are full of good ideas! When I went to chat with Rebecca about our linen choices, she immediately insisted I use this blue sequin beauty. YES, PLEASE. Paired with pink petal linens, I think we found the perfect beachy combo.

Handsome Biscuit
Who doesn't love a biscuit bar? I mean...c'mon!

One Sweet Day in May
Michelle is kind of a floral genius. When she asked what kind of flowers I wanted, I told her I didn't care as long as they were colorful. Dang, that girl delivered!

Sweet Pear Paper
Camberly was one of my roommates from the Creative at Heart Conference. I knew upon meeting her that she put her heart and soul in every paper flower she made. I look at them and literally cannot figure out how she does it! Adding paper flowers to real arrangements was an idea I wasn't sure would work, but I'm SO glad we tried it!

And lastly, this pink chair. A friend of mine found it on the side of the road. It had 3 legs and was badly damaged from being left out in the rain. With a little (okay, a lot) of pink paint, I turned it into this beauty. I think it's my favorite piece of decor in the whole shoot. Sadly, it went directly into the dumpster once we were done for the day. Haha!

Model: Erika Mills, babe extraordinaire!
Photos: Amanda Hedgepeth. I just love this little ray of sunshine!
 

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons | Print Publication

A few months ago, Daytona told me she had been contacted by a magazine. They wanted to use one of her photos from our Brunch Wedding Styled Shoot. HELLO, YES PLEASE!

Well, it just so happens that magazine is out! The article is all about unique wedding food. Our shoot featured Waffletina, a Norfolk liege waffle pop-up. (ps- I HIGHLY recommend you try Waffletina sometime. They are at Toast every Saturday from 10a-2p and 10p-2a.)

destination weddings and honeymoons
Aly and Alec! They are the cutest!!

Aly and Alec! They are the cutest!!

It's only real if it's in the credits, right? Thank you, Daytona, for making me seem cooler than I am!

It's only real if it's in the credits, right? Thank you, Daytona, for making me seem cooler than I am!

I'm certain they'll never see this, but thank you, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, for the lovely printed mention. :) :) :)

And thanks to my mom for thinking to call the publication office. I searched high and low for some copies, but fortunately, they mailed me a few copies.

Salt Air Workshop Styled Shoot Recap | Amanda Hedgepeth Photography | Jennette's Pier

I'm still beaming from ear to ear since our OBX shoot on Monday. Everything came together so beautifully and I cannot tell you how proud I am of our vendor team. As it is with all of my shoots, here's a little recap...but just a small one, cause I don't want to spoil the surprises! 

Sunday evening, as I drove into Kitty Hawk, I decided I would go back down for a visit, and soon. (Cal, we are going to do a little staycationing in OBX.) What a beautiful, calming place. No wonder Amanda and her husband, Mike, moved their little family down there. So peaceful! 

Monday was a magical day right from the start. My hotel had a waffle iron and there was coffee aplenty before I even got in my car. Arriving to Jennette's Pier and seeing our setting, I knew Amanda had found the perfect spot for our day together. 

Thanks to Christina, Erika, and Sharra, set up was a breeze. Unloading the car is always my least favorite part, so it was nice to have help. 

Watching Sharra grow as a wedding professional has been one of the best experiences. I am so proud of you, girl!! 

Watching Sharra grow as a wedding professional has been one of the best experiences. I am so proud of you, girl!! 

Our stunning model, Erika of Erika Mills Photography, wore a MARVELOUS Haley Paige gown from Pure English. It had just come in and Erika was only the second person to try it on. I am obsessed. Can I go try it on? 

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There were 15 photographers shooting our setup, which was a super strange experience for me. That many cameras focusing in on something I helped create...it was scary and humbling. I know there will be so many great photos floating around out there, and that is so exciting!

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Watching Amanda shoot was like watching a ballet...but a ballet starring a cute little pregnant person. ;) 

Watching Amanda shoot was like watching a ballet...but a ballet starring a cute little pregnant person. ;) 

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And now for some professional sneak peeks from Amanda Hedgepeth Photography. :)

Cake by  Chelsi Davis .    Cake stand is Pioneer Woman.  

Cake by Chelsi Davis.  

Cake stand is Pioneer Woman.  

This chair has a funny story that I'll tell you one day.  

This chair has a funny story that I'll tell you one day.  

Delicious paper suite by  PaperDolls Design .  

Delicious paper suite by PaperDolls Design.  

Bouquet by  One Sweet Day in May .    Paper flowers by  Sweet Pear Paper .  

Bouquet by One Sweet Day in May.  

Paper flowers by Sweet Pear Paper.  

I had a blast and can't wait to start working on my next styled shoot. Who knows, maybe there will be one before the end of the year with a super special couple. ;)

 

Beatrix Potter Styled Shoot | Portraits | Crystal Belcher Photography | Norfolk Botanical Garden

You're probably going to feel like puking by the end of this post. Ha! I can't help it, you guys! I LOVE our portraits from our shoot with Crystal Belcher. Seriously, ladies, if you want a fun excuse to nuzzle up with your guy AND wear a gorgeous gown, try to model for a styled shoot. Even though it was a billion degrees outside and the dress got heavier by the minute, I felt like a princess. Cal was such a good sport about everything, too. I started to feel bad about posting all of these, but then I got over it. Hey - my blog, my rules, right? ;) I hope you enjoy!

In case you missed it, our lovely Peter Rabbit styled shoot was featured on Love and Lavender last week! I also recently posted my favorite detail highlights, check them out!

Full vendor list below.

crystal belcher photography | norfolk botanical garden | wedding couple
crystal belcher photography | norfolk botanical garden | wedding couple
crystal belcher photography | norfolk botanical garden | wedding couple
crystal belcher photography | norfolk botanical garden | wedding couple
crystal belcher photography | norfolk botanical garden | wedding couple
This picture reminds me of Zoolander for some reason. #seriousmodelface

This picture reminds me of Zoolander for some reason. #seriousmodelface

Sharra did me up right that day! I can never get my eye makeup to look that fab!

Sharra did me up right that day! I can never get my eye makeup to look that fab!

crystal belcher photography | norfolk botanical garden | wedding couple
Probably my favorite from the entire shoot! That tree....I can't! Ordering a canvas NOW!

Probably my favorite from the entire shoot! That tree....I can't! Ordering a canvas NOW!

Sorry, Cal. Had to.

Sorry, Cal. Had to.

crystal belcher photography | norfolk botanical garden | wedding couple
Hello, back of dress! Maya Couture hooked me up!

Hello, back of dress! Maya Couture hooked me up!

crystal belcher photography | norfolk botanical garden | wedding couple
crystal belcher photography | norfolk botanical garden | wedding couple
crystal belcher photography | norfolk botanical garden | wedding couple

Ah, thank you again to our vendors! It is because of all of them that I am going to spend many dollars on prints for my new house. Hahaha! :)

Photography: Crystal Belcher Photography

Gown: Maya Couture, Norfolk

Venue: Norfolk Botanical Garden

Linens: Waterford Event Rentals

Paper Suite: Kristen Caudill Invitations

Calligraphy: Ashley Bush

Cake: Chelsi Davis

Hair/Makeup: Beauty by Sharra

Succulents: John of Glass Gardens

Florals: Yours Truly :)

Shoot Assistant: Raise the Ruth Events