Deepwood Estate

Last spring I was hanging out with my good friends Jordan & Maria Lamb. Our mutual friends had recently had a baby and we were at a brunch celebrating their baby dedication at church that morning. While we were eating, Maria and I got to talking and naturally work came up. Maria and I are constantly planning and scheming our next shoot, so of course we left the party with a plan in place. A few months later, I headed down to Salem Oregon to collaborate on one of my favorite styled shoots we've done to date! Deepwood Estate Museum & Gardens is one of the most picturesque venues in the Northwest. Their ornately manicured English gardens and Victorian architecture created the perfect setting for us to shoot in. I fell in love with the small conservatory full of windows and a black and white checkered floor. I knew this would be the perfect setting for an apothecary inspired lounge, paired with an incredibly Emily Rigg's gown. And how amazing is that blue tufted settee from Classic Vintage Rentals? Enjoy!

Vendors- Photography: Maria Lamb | Venue: Deepwood Museum & Gardens | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Hair & Makeup: Beth Level Makeup Artistry | Paper Goods: La Happy Design | Bridal Gown: Emily Rigg's Bridal | Wedding Cake: The Sweet Side 

Is This Real Life? | The Mrs Box

Do you ever have those moments in your life that you know, at any moment, you're going to wake up from this dream, come back to reality and be totally bummed...well I had one of those, but it was real life and basically all my dreams came true!

This past January I got a call from my friend Joel and he asked if I was familiar with The Mrs Box. I jokingly asked "Have you ever looked at my Instagram page, they're basically in every photo?" But for real, they are. I was pretty sure The Mrs Box team thought I was some crazy stalker who needed calm down and lay off the flatlays for a while. But to my surprise, Joel assured me that it was in fact quite the opposite and my minor obsession actually opened the door to one of the coolest projects I have had the pleasure of being a part of in my career thus far. For anyone who doesn't know, The Mrs Box is a beautiful handmade, vintage velvet ring box that is taking the wedding industry by storm. These incredible little boxes may seem small, but the expert craftsmanship and quality of each box is making them a enviable company, causing crafty moms and brides alike to ask the ever frustrating question..."uh, why didn't I think of that?"

Fast forward to this past February and I was on a plane to Santa Barbara to offer my styling services to a team of industry pros that had me feeling incredibly nervous and inexperienced. We're talking sweaty palms, spending hours packing because I couldn't figure out what to wear for the next 3 days and the occasional cold sweat because, ladies & gentlemen, THE Jose Villa was shooting, along with the incredible Joel Serrato (we are not worthy...), plus Kiana Underwood of Tulipina was overseeing the floral. Three powerhouses in the wedding industry were about to be shooting and styling and little old nothing Kaleb Norman James was somehow supposed to show up, play it cool and act like I was worthy of being in the same room. But luckily for me, I was met with the kindest, most accepting people when we all met up the night before for dinner. Immediately I felt accepted and part of the team because of the amazingly kind, beautiful, genius of a superhero that is Summer Watkins, the creator of The Mrs Box. When we initially talked on the phone in January, she told me not to bother coming if I wasn't super cool and didn't have a great sense of humor- that should have told me what I was in for, because I've never had this much fun working before. This team was a dream. For 2 days, we started working at 7am and didn't finish 'til the sun went down and even then I wasn't ready to stop! And my friends, I haven't even mentioned my saving grace and lab partner in crime, Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae & Co. She is a one of the greatest humans on this planet and kept me laughing, hydrated and entertained the entire time. I guess it's good that both Summer & Megan have already husbands, because I'd probably make them become my sister wives or something, because they're just that great. (TMI?)

Ok, I will stop talking and get to the amazing photos that Jose & Joel took of the flatlays I had the pleasure of creating for The Mrs Box's release of their latest collection. Also, how amazing are these rings from Shapiro Diamonds? Enjoy! 

Ali & Evan

I've heard it said that, "when you do what you love, you never work a day in your life!" I'm a firm believer in that..and I'd like to add, that when you do what you love, for people that you love, your work and your passion become one in the same. This was most certainly the case for this incredible, Labor Day wedding this past Summer.

Ali, the bride, has been one of my closest friends since high school. She is an incredibly talented film photographer and we both started our careers around the same time. One of my first styled shoots was shot by her and took place in my parent's back yard with another good friend wearing a handmade dress we created the day of the shoot. From there, the rest is history! It's amazing to see how far we've come! (thank God we aren't still making the dresses ourselves!) Having her by my side to bounce ideas off of, share in triumphs and disappointments, while simultaneously building our companies was incredible,. Getting to plan and design her wedding was years of dreams, ideas and brainstorming sessions coming to life. 

Ali gave me one image as inspiration to design her wedding off of: a floral arrangement in a cool urn, full of red and pink flowers...that was it. From there she cut me loose to do what I wanted and basically said "I'll see you at the wedding." If designing for one of your best friends, who has a very different design style than you  wasn't pressure enough, Ali dropped a bomb on me, when she hired Erich McVey to shoot her wedding. As a photographer herself, I knew she'd have a huge challenge picking someone to be her photographer. Erich was the dream option that we assumed would be booked and probably off in Bali or Morocco shooting something exotic and incredible. To help persuade him, Ali & Evan created a video inquiry, like they were trying out for a spot on a reality series or something, and submitted it to Erich. He generously accepted their proposal and instantly excitement and terror set in! I knew whatever I designed had to not only be perfect for Ali, it had to be "worthy" of being shot by pressure! 

Fast forward to September and we were met with the most perfect summer day on Liberty Lake, just outside of Spokane, Washington. The wedding took place on her parents property, next to the house Ali's dad grew up in. They spent the entire summer getting the property ready and it couldn't have been more picturesque. Between the sweeping Northwest views, string lights, and amazing rentals we brought in from Classic Vintage Rentals , Ali's eclectic vision of a lakeside wedding came together beautifully. This much color was certainly a stretch for me, and I could not have been happier with how everything came together (even if it took me 2 hours to make the bridal bouquet.) 

And how amazing are these photos from Erich? Working with him and his wife Amy was a dream come true. I asked Amy to be my best friend after the wedding...verdict is still out on that one, but the offer still stands. 

Photography: Erich McVey | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Paper Goods: Ali & Evan- the bride & groom | Venue: Private Residence | Dress: Bo & Luca | Dress Shop: The Dress Theory | Suit: ASOS | Hair & Makeup: Friend of the Bride | Planning, Coordination, Design & Floral: Kaleb Norman James Design