Joey & Emily's wedding is in @mlweddingswashington magazine and I'm SO excited that we can finally share their exquisite day, designed by the one and only @gritandgraceinc!! Dark velvet drapes, geometric elements, and an appearance by one VERY special mini horse. I loved every single element from their day, but the absolute best part was their JOY. Joey & Emily were just so excited to be married, and to celebrate their new union with their loved ones! On newsstands now, and coming to the blog soon. 🎉 Design + concept @gritandgraceinc, venue @salamanderresort, florals @hollychapple, decor and production @reveventpro, paper @saima_says_design.
Ten years ago today, the best guy at Hampton Beach Summer Project took me on the best (and last!) first date of my life. It was a scavenger hunt throughout the boardwalk, complete with rhyming clues written by Matt, handed to me by a different friend at each new destination of the hunt- five spots, five notes, five sets of friends who were in on the plan. At the last location, I found Matt waiting with a picnic of all my favorite foods, the first time I realized what an attentive listener he was. I couldn't believe how much effort he'd gone to to make me feel special! ❤️ It ended up not mattering that, three days later, I told him I didn't think we should go out again- his quiet persistence in showing me he was in this for the long haul paid off, teaching me to trust him first as a friend, and then soon after as a partner in life. 💙 He blew me away in 2009 with how thoughtful, kind, and patient he was then, and in the decade since then, that thoughtfulness, kindness, and patience has only increased. 💕 Matt Springmann, I am so grateful it was YOU who was my last first date. I was the luckiest girl on Summer Project, and I still can't believe you're mine sometimes! #imarriedup #likeWAYup #lifewiththespringmanns 📷 by our favorites, @marymarantz & @justinmarantz
In Atlanta today for THIS gorgeous lady's branding shoot !! This girl has ideal client written all. over. her. brand. When @ashlynscarter spoke at our France workshop @thesignatureatelier last summer, I was able to shoot a few photos of her throughout the week (like this one!), and I LOVE seeing how much those photos have been used! Talking with her a few months later, though, Ashlyn also voiced a frustration she's encountered over the last couple of years- she has all of these lovely photographs of herself from various conferences and workshops...all from different photographers. With different editing styles. None of which feel cohesive when placed into a Top 9 on Insta, or when used throughout her website. 📷 What she needed is a COMPLETE collection of photographs of her that work WITH her brand, instead of individual headshots competing against one another for attention (with a smattering of LightRoom presets thrown in the mix). And she needed that from a photographer who gets her, who gets her brand, and who can bring that brand to life in photo form. 🖊 So that's exactly what we'll be doing today- a full branding shoot, telling the story of Ashlyn Writes in all its beauty, with the sort of old-world Southern sophistication that so perfectly describes her vibe, with hints of her loves of France, ballet, and antique art. Let's go! Follow along in my stories!
These two make crisp [read: FREEZING] mornings in Chicago look like a piece of cake. Or if we're being punny, like a breeze. Kyle & Jordan are getting married this fall on the Eastern Shore and I love that Jordan specifically mentioned being excited for those precious few minutes right after they walk back down the aisle, because those are ALWAYS some of my favorite snippets of time to capture! That unconstrained joy, the sweet bliss of officially being your beloved's, and your beloved being yours. I cannot wait for October! Especially with @elleellinghaus at the helm!
The sort of laugh that invades your entire body- rumbling in your chest, shaking your shoulders, throwing your head back and letting out peals of laughter. It’s my very favorite kind! From @kevinmcquade & @ericammcquade in-home session on Capitol Hill last month 💕
WAITING, my self-portrait for May! 🎉 We're officially on the list of waiting parents- sometimes called being active or live”- and it's both exciting and, if we're being transparent... sort of anticlimactic 😁. I'm so grateful to be here- this is the point we've been hurtling towards for the last eight months! But after months and months of go-go-go, now we wait... and I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. No more paperwork (as of today- who knows about tomorrow!), no more interviewing agencies, no further work needed on our profile book (thanks to @kindred.co). And so as we wait, we're praying for a few things in particular- 1) Patience & peace. I've definitely grown in that department with the home study process, but I know the next few months/years of waiting will stretch me even more! 2) Diligence. That we wouldn't simply hold our breath and wait for life to start once Baby Spring is home, but that we'd be able to balance continuing on with life & work AND resting in this season of hopeful anticipation. It's a strange thing, having literally NO idea when that you've been matched call or email will come. I guess I should probably get to work on a nursery, shouldn’t I? 😅 3) Most urgently, for our child's first mama. That God would keep her safe; physically, spiritually, emotionally. That she would know she is loved, that she would feel supported by those close to her. That she wouldn't feel abandoned or frightened, but feel peace in the midst of a season of crisis. 💞 Let's do this thing. #springmannjourneytobaby #adoptionjourney #paperpregnant
Apparently Saturday is #nationaloliveday? Honesty hour: you guys. These national ____ days are getting a little out of hand- who needs a whole day to celebrate olives?? But since I have a photo in my archives of a martini avec une olive from @juleslovesdesign & @joey_bagsdc’s wedding, we shall celebrate. Isn't that how it goes? 🍸 But for real... dirty vodka martinis (with at least three olives) are one of my favorite cocktails, so you can absolutely bet on me celebrating once we're back home from T&L's wedding! Happy weekending, friends! With @rexandregina
When your all-time favorite student @liningerroodphoto asks if you're available for an anniversary session, you hold the phone and CLEAR👏🏼THE👏🏼CALENDAR. Marie & John's DC anniversary portraits are on the blog today- if you haven't already met this fabulously talented photographer, you need to hop over to the blog now! Link in profile!