Not to long ago we sent our girls out to Riverside on the Potomac, one of the most stunning venues around. Boy, was it worth the drive! We ended up with the prettiest backdrop with nice weather to boot. Our friend Jessica from JEM Events wanted a simple, natural type of glam for her model. Not that I even need to say it, but the models were stunning too! Such a sweet couple, who were very smitten with each other. There isn't a whole lot to say, other than combining a few very talented vendors creates a very pretty set of photographs. Which we can thank the ladies over at Paired Images for capturing all this pretty.
So, you may have heard.. or maybe you haven't because we're a small team full of awesome with a very limited facebook following. Either way! We found a new home. Well, we forged our own. At the beginning of 2015 my husband and I sat down to discuss this years goals and out of no where he looks at me "have you thought about getting a studio?" The wheels started turning and I began a construction adventure. It has been a lot of work. Like, a lot of work. When you are passionate about something though, it comes easy and it comes fast. Once we got settled, a few things dawned on me. I've got these really talented girls, this beautiful space and plenty of availability on week days. My gears started turning, one rock solid business plan later and I am excited to announce the grand opening of our new salon PREP! We even had a little party. [thank you to those who stopped in!] So, if we've been a little quiet on social media or I seem completely frazzled its because I've been coordinating contractors, ordering retail displays and working with the permit office on top of a thousand other things. I am excited for this new adventure. I am excited to see my brides after their wedding and to meet some other absolutely gorgeous women. I'm excited about creating an environment that helps women to feel relaxed, pampered and ready to take on the world. Really, I'm just excited.
So if you are in the neighborhood or just feeling nosey, please come by and see us! We're open Wednesday through Sunday and we've got an incredible space. We're offering nail services, blow outs, waxing, facials, spray tans, makeup and extreme lashes. Yes, all of these things. You can find out more about our space here:
A huge, HUGE thank you to some of our amazing vendors who helped to make this evening amazing:
Photography: Kyle Bergner Photography
Lighting & DJ: Mark Maskell
Photo booth: Booth-a-rama
Florals: Studio DBI
JenLee & Abby showed up bright and early to the Washington Court Hotel. It was a warm, bright September morning and Jacqueline was ready with a sweet smile and the typical "its-almost-time" jitters. She was surrounded by all of the important women in her life. J, thank you for allowing my girls and I to celebrate such a wonderful and meaningful day with you. From wooden wedding bands to luggage tag escort cards; each detail is absolutely perfect. With one proud papa and a drop dead wedding dress this whole wedding is stunning. Enjoy! xx.
JenLee & Abby
We have this phenomenal relationship set up with Pop Wed Co. It is seriously the coolest idea. Basically its a really rad company that helps couples plan, coordinate and execute a perfect elopement wedding. When Maggie sent Katie my way I knew it was a fit. Katie was wearing a gorgeous, vintage style dress and was planning the sweetest ceremony for their brisk New Years Eve nuptials. Her hair is drop dead gorgeous, everything just fits perfectly. I don't even want to talk over all this cool. Just take a peek into their beautiful, intimate and very DC wedding! [and also check out pop wed, it is an awesome elopement option!]
Wedding Planning and Photography: Pop Wed
True love is in the details. In the weird quirks and understanding your significant others inner fangirl. Well, Rebecca did just that. In a sweet gesture of love she had an Orangina booth set up as a surprise for her citrus obsessed husband to be James. That wasn't the only adorable detail, from scrabble table numbers to handmade bridesmaid gifts. Rebecca and James had their hand in every aspect of their wedding. Which is exactly how I like it. A unique wedding for a unique couple, madly in love. Thank you Rebecca for choosing my girls and I, we are so thankful that you chose us to come celebrate with you and your beautiful ladies. To the rest of you, enjoy!
Abby, Marina & Erika
A Cherokee elder was teaching his grandchildren about life.
He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me… it is a terrible fight between two wolves.
One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, hatefulness, and lies.
The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, humbleness, kindness, friendship, generosity, faith, and truth.
This same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too.”
The children thought about it for a minute. Then one child asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The Cherokee elder replied…
“The one you feed.”
I can give you a list as long as my arm of the things I don't have. If I so choose, I could talk all day about the disappointment of not having the niceties that pinterest has convinced me I am less without. The lack, it catches my foot and drags me down until I am eye level with my demons. It shoves in my face all of my short comings, the 'not-good-enoughs', the 'you-should-haves' and the 'it'll-never-happens'. It holds me down and jams these negatives in my face until my silver lining dissipates. Until it is nearly gone, leaving me hollow, belittled and filled with regret.
This happened, yes. We all have our moments. Prior to the holiday I allowed myself one big, final pitty-party. One last, 'cry-it-out-and-regret-everything' afternoon. It was an 'Oprah cry', the exhausting yet fulfilling mid afternoon cry. Similar to the one Oprah would give my mom at least once a week at about 4 in the afternoon. I allowed myself the afternoon. I put on my comfy pajamas and curled up with the hallmark channel and a glass of wine. I knew it would be the end. When I shed that last healthy tear, I decided that I was finished. I let go of every drop of envy, each regret from 2014. Instantly, I felt lighter.
I will not feed that wolf. I won't trip into that rabbit hole. I have too many amazing things in my life to waste it on regrets, envy and fear. I will relish in the love of my husband, our strong and awe inspiring bond. I will celebrate my loud, opinionated family. I will wake up each day to a fresh slate. A day dedicated to doing what I love. I will let my heart beat a little faster each time a bride chooses my girls and I to work with. I will give myself a break, I will work hard but I will also relax. I will be kind and happy and I will enjoy each and every beautiful blessing I am given. I will feed a wolf. The one filled with love, hope and joy. I will starve the negitive, the envy, the regrets. My silver lining will glisten, like a beacon when I am low. Here is to a awe inspiring 2015. Filled with contentment, celebration and above all -Love.
We were super honored to be asked to participate in this styled shoot. Honestly, Elle and her team are a few of the top planners in the Baltimore metro area. So when she emailed and asked if we could do their hair and makeup, I was stoked. Seriously, its the little things in life and knowing that a talented planner like Elle asked us to do her own makeup made me ecstatic. She did not disappoint, this styled shoot is everything pretty and festive. No wonder the editors at Southern Weddings snatched up her photographs, it turned out stunning! Thank you to the ladies at Elle Event Design for allowing us to come in and make you all look glamorous. Another quick shout out to Caitlin from CJK Visuals on the beautiful photography. Now, Happy holidays ya'll!
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Southern Weddings Feature
Kacey & Crystal
Photography: CJK Visuals
Styling, Props, Chairs, and Models: Elle Ellinghaus Designs
Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Baltimore
Linen: La Tavola
I received an email while I was standing in the middle of chaos. I was at the Makeup Show in New York surrounded by color, music and makeup artists from all over the east coast when my phone dinged. I saw a familiar name pop up, Sarah Khan from Sarah Khan Event Design. She is one of the most talented event designers I have ever met. I scrolled to the bottom and my heart almost burst! You see, a little while back we worked with Sarah on a stunning South Asian inspired styled shoot. She created these gorgeous florals for the shoot. Images from this shoot are being featured in the next issue of Harper’s Baazar Bridal! Gah, so excited!
Our entire relationship has been riddled with wait. It has kept me quiet company, holding its single finger in the air hushing my arguments. Calmly assuring me, reminding me to hold on. I’ve learned to live with the wait. When we began dating, we started as friends. For months, we paused the idea of a relationship. -not sure if it was the right time. We finally decided to become official just as he was sent across the country with the Army. Months later, I told him I loved him.. and I waited. I waited until he was ready to catch up to me. So is our story.
We are still learning each other, our idiosyncrasies, reactions and terrible habits. I wear my heart on my sleeve, I am impatient, open and passionate. I want him to love me, how I need it and now. I want up-all-night newlywed conversations; Sunday morning pillow talk. I want to know everything about him, and him to know me. I am an open book, pages billowing in the breeze; enticing you to read just one more chapter. He is the opposite. Polar opposite. He is quiet, he digests everything. He is patient, organized and strong willed. Where I live open-heartedly, he is more reserved. Where I am a bright, small flowering perennial waiting in a garden to catch the sun on my petals, he is a cereus. Its strong, cactus like exterior petals budded up tight, waiting. It blooms only once, quickly. In its beautiful soft way, a martyr flower. Waiting, baring its beauty only to those who can nurture it with patience and a soft hand.
Night Blooming Cereus James Pitts
I have held company with the wait, I am learning even now to enjoy it. He and I have decades together. To learn each other, our loves, opinions and passions. As impatient as I am; each day is an exercise in waiting. Like the cereus plant he can’t be poked or prodded into opening up to me. He is my person, my other half. My one in 7 billion. Each day, each memory, each conversation we are learning each other more. We have the rest of our lives to discover each other. Our relationship needs time, love and patience. Like all good things, the best things are worth waiting for. I will wait for him. Always.
Honestly, it goes like this. After each wedding, the photographer emails me a gallery of images. I get to sip my coffee, with my schnauzer curled up at my feet and I "oooh" and "aaah" as I *click*sip*clip* through the whole wedding day. It is one of the better parts of my job. I love seeing the photos of the family on the dance floor, the photo of the bride's dad tearing up, the picture of that one little kid in a tux. All too cute. The details, the care, the tears and the speeches. *click*sip*clip* Seeing all of these loving, happy photos or beautiful smiling people may jade a few. For me though, it is always different. Always beautiful, each wedding unique. Each family distinct.
I will tell you, photos that show a family merging with another; no matter what size, where there is love and the couple is surrounded by family move to the top of my blog list. There I said it, -I am bias. I admit it. When I saw Erin's sweet step daughter and her new husband holding the hands of family members, the sweet look her dad gave her before the big walk, I just couldn't help it. She skipped. Not that I have a real organized way about my blogging, but when I see a supportive family and this type of love, they cut to the top.
Erin and John were married on a gorgeous June afternoon. It was warm, bright and right on the water. They were married at the Inn at Perry Cabin, one of the most stunning spaces on the Eastern Shore. She was surrounded by her family and friends, it was perfect. Just look at these details, Erin hired a very talented photographer and planner. She didn't have to worry about a single detail. She was able to glide down that grassy aisle into the arms of her almost husband without a worry. Thank you for allowing us to work with you on such an important day & for making my Tuesday mornings full of *click*sip*clip*.
JenLee & Abby