PUBLISHED! Washingtonian Bride & Groom - Winter 2014


I am very honored to have Caitlin and Todd's wedding published in this winter's Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine!  What a joy to see such a pinkalicious wedding in that wonderful publication.  Events In The City created a beautiful event at Dumbarton House in Georgetown that reflected Caitlin and Todd perfectly.  I am delighted to finally be sharing this wedding.  This is just a little teaser, so much more loveliness to come.  Now go get your copy!


Caitlin you are stunning!

Main Street Station



I love how photography can take you places.  This image feels like it was made 100 years ago.  Actually it was yesterday...

PUBLISHED! Churrasco Party on Style Me Pretty Living!



I am delighted to share this feature that is on Style Me Pretty Living today!  My darling husband and I threw a backyard party relying heavily on his amazing culinary skills.  I styled and designed the party, a favorite pastime of mine.  It is to date one of my favorite parties that we have ever thrown and I am so glad that I photographed it!  Looking at these images fills me with joy...and hunger!  You can see the feature HERE.  Enjoy!

Sunday Distractions



Today I had an itch to make cookies.  It's 85 degrees outside but when I see leaves falling I get in a cookie frame of mind.  This cookie is the best cookie I have ever had in my life.      Even the flavor of the dough alone is delicious, let alone the power house ingredients of marshmallow, white and semi sweet chocolate chips, and toffee bits.  

Today I remembered an important long forgotten finishing touch for these cookies.  Don't bother with a cooling rack.  The hot cookies will just goop through the rack.  If you have a freezer with an empty flat shelf, you can move the cookies straight from the oven into the freezer.  This will take the edge off of the heat.  The cookies will still be warm after eight minutes but they will be firmer.  You can find my cookie recipe HERE.  Enjoy!   

PUBLISHED! Su Chuen + Chia's River Farm Wedding on Style Me Pretty!



I am so honored to have Su Chuen and Chia' wedding featured on Style Me Pretty today!  Su Chuen and Chia were such a pleasure to work with, as were Karson Butler Events who made the event spectacular to photograph!  You can view the feature right HERE.

The Creative Team:
 Florist: JM Flora | Cake: Windows Catering | Stationery: Anna Rifle Bond | Shoes: BHLDN | Catering: Windows Catering | Event Planner: Karson Butler | Hair: Hair By Jewels | DJ: Dave Grimm | Officiant: Say I Do Your Way - Joyce Cochran | Bridal Gown: J.Crew | Bridesmaids Gowns: J.Crew | Day of Papergoods: Little Bit Heart | Makeup: Blush DC | River Farm: River Farm | Tent: Rent-All Center

PUBLISHED! Cameron's Bridals on Wedding Sparrow



I am in absolute love with bridal sessions.  It's a special time when your personal style can be lavished and given the full treatment, which just does not happen on wedding days - too busy!  I so wish that all of my brides did bridals.  Here's to hoping that will change very soon!

I am incredibly honored to have Cameron's bridal session featured on the fine art blog Wedding Sparrow.  What I love about this blog is that it revolves around fine art photography.  What does that even mean!?  It means that the images on the blog look fabulous.  This blog does not show every bizarre new wedding trend, just the beautiful and chic.  

If you want to sprinkle some cyber sugar my way, feel free to leave a comment HERE!  To see my original blog post with Cameron's bridals click HERE.  Happy Friday!     

Engage13! Biltmore Estates



I can't believe almost three months have passed since I attended Engage13!  Engage is the luxury wedding business summit.  For three days you are pampered in a fabulous location (this conference was held at The Biltmore in Asheville, NC), you mingle with like-minded wedding professionals, you listen to fantastic world-famous speakers, and you dine like you've never dined before.  These are the only five pictures I snapped during my entire stay.  Engaging with others was wonderful but exhausting! 

On the left is one of about ten snacks available during a break from lectures, clotted cream with blueberries, pickled watermelon, walnuts and lavender.  Oh my goodness.  On the right is attendee Jillian Clark, one of the mega bloggers of 100 Layer Cake:


The gifts we received were impeccably branded.  One night I returned to my room to find a gigantic hand-cut green glass diamond in a hand made satin bag.  This was just the welcome bag:


If you are in the wedding profession you need to attend Engage! at least once.  It's better experienced than described.  See you there!

Mandy + Ruel | Sweet and Rustic Idaho Wedding | From San Francisco to Idaho



Mandy met Ruel through mutual friends at church in San Francisco.  The "we're just friends" line lasted for about a week as their relationship blossomed and the love birds realized they were a perfect match.  Mandy and Ruel decided to have a destination wedding in Idaho on a day that everyone would have off - Thanksgiving!  Friends traveled from all over the U.S. for the wedding and enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving feast.  Thanksgiving, by the way, is a fantastic holiday for a wedding.  Of course their first anniversary will not actually be on Thanksgiving Day!
   
A big thank you to Style Me Pretty for publishing this wedding on their gorgeous blog!  


The ranch had no shortage of adorable animals, including this enormous Flemish bunny:  


Ruel's suit was custom made by one of Giorgio Armani's tailors.  Triumph!


Mandy and Ruel, you two are absolutely darling!


Horse and buggy transported guests from the main house, through the field, to the barn:


Prior to the wedding Ruel had shared a bit about what the wedding design would entail.  He used to design the sets of The Bachelor, so he told me there would be a lot of candles! 


Ruel is a very gifted artist.  He made the cake toppers himself:


The cakes were Mandy and Ruel's favorites, a lemon meringue pie and a molasses cake:


Mandy and Ruel wanted everyone to hang out and be comfortable after dinner.  They encouraged guests to bring a casual change of clothes for games.  Love Bingo in action:


Creative Information:

Planning + Design:  The Groom | Catering:  Cafe Sabor | Dress:  BHLDN | Venue:  Private Residence