Erin & Chris

I remember getting an inquiry into my inbox from a couple from Philadelphia that wanted to plan a destination wedding. My mind instantly started jumping all over the map, thinking of all the cool places we could do a destination wedding at. I was thinking Tuscany or Bali or something amazing and exotic. As I kept reading, I soon discovered their incredibly destination was...Seattle. Literally, the least possible "destination" destination wedding I could physically do. They wanted someone local, who was familiar with the venue and Seattle area vendors, so while I was only driving 15 min, I was happy to take on this destination affair!

 After I kissed my dreams of an exotic waterfalls and rolling vineyard hills goodbye, I continued reading about this couple and quickly realized they have to be two of the coolest people alive. Erin is a nurse, & Chris worked in medical sales and they fell in love at work and then started a rock band together. They shared a mutual love of Parks & Rec.  and seriously have the most beautiful dog- a Samoyed named Taco- I mean, what's not to love? Erin, described her ideal aesthetic as fresh & botanical, with lots of wild greenery, neutral floral and natural accents like wood and linen. Erin mentioned that they'd be in town in  a few weeks and would love to do a walk through, but after that, the decision making would be left to me, because of the distance and lack of time to travel back and forth. All these factors made me instantly love them and a few weeks later, we met up, hit it off, and planned one of my favorite weddings yet!

This was probably my 10th or so Sodo Park wedding, but something about this wedding made me see this industrial warehouse with a whole new set of eyes, as we created a ceremony & reception that felt bright & fresh, with billowing chiffon drapes, cascading floral full of blueberries on the vine, garden roses & clematis and vintage silver compotes  full of black berries. Libby Tipton created the most stunning, hand drawn & hand cut menu cards, that we're accented by a stunning ombre'd escort card wall, that left all the guests talking. Thankfully, we had the incredibly Maria Lamb behind the camera, capturing everything beautifully! 

Erin & Chris we're truly dream clients and I wish Philly we're closer, because I'd make them be friends with me...mostly so I could hang out with Taco. Enjoy a look inside their Seattle, destination wedding!

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!