Kristine & David - The Oyster Farm at King's Creek

Gosh ya'll, finding the words to describe my happiness for this couple is so tough! I was introduced to Kristine through my friend, and her wedding photographer, Elizabeth Friske Photography. And from the moment I met her, I knew she and I were going to be great friends. This lady has a heart of gold for every single person she encounters and the most infectious smile you've ever seen. When she talks about David, there's a whole other level of excitement in her eyes. And once I met David, I could see why! He's got the sweetest soul and is just as smitten with Kristine as she is with him. Watching the two of them interact through their wedding day was such a joy for everyone around them. These two sweethearts also had the most amazing group of friends and family surrounding them, making their wedding day even better!

David & Kristine, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your perfect day! I'm so happy for the both of you!!

And a huge thank you goes to the stellar group of vendors that helped make this beautiful day happen:

Venue: Oyster Farm at King's Creek // Photography: Elizabeth Friske Photography // Coordination: Just Dandy Events // Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Aleen Floral Design // Reception Florals: Missy Friske // Band: The Finns - Sam Hill Entertainment // Makeup: Dhalia Edwards // Hair: Monarch Hair Co // Invitations & Paper Goods: Sarah Labadie // Gown: House of Maya // Linens: Waterford Event Rentals // Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting

Shoot. Network. Play. Recap

If you know me at all, you know I adore teaming up with my incredibly talented friend Elizabeth. I feel like we make a really great team and, man, we just have so much fun together! So when Liz came to me with the idea of putting together a networking event, I was pumped. And then, when she explained how it would be different from most other networking events, I was all in!

The Shoot. Network. Play. event was created to bring together boss ladies for an evening of creativity and companionship. It's kind of funny how we, as creatives, sometimes feel like we have no real time to actually be creative. So much of our time is spent running our businesses and serving our clients {both of which we love very much!} that being truly, freely creative usually falls to the bottom of the list.

The SNP was the perfect opportunity to get creative. We met some new faces. We sipped sangria, ate cupcakes from Rachel Bakes, and talked shop {and life}. Liz took new headshots for everyone. And we practiced our flat styling skills. It was so much fun to shoot/style/play without guidelines or deadlines. It was literally the best time ever!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the evening. Keep an eye out for our next SNP event to get in on the free-flowing creativity {and possibly more sangria}.

A big thank you to Rachel Bakes for the amazingly delicious {and downright beautiful} cupcakes! And to A Ribbon's Nest for the most gorgeous silk ribbon we got to style with! You ladies are so fun to collaborate with! Also, a big huge thank you goes to Liz for always including me in all her crazy fun ideas! #adventuresoflizandholly forever!!

Meredith & Matthew - Elkington Plantation

Meredith & Matthew's wedding day was one for the books. The weather was absolute perfection after a few weeks of really questionable storms. They were married in the sweetest historic church in Accomac in front of 150 of their closest friends and family. The garden reception was held down the road at Elkington Plantation. If you haven't visited Elkington before, you really should check it out. It's quickly become a favorite venue of mine and now I want to plan all my weddings there!

Meredith even thought ahead and arranged for a bounce house to entertain the almost 40 children that would be attending the wedding. It was such a hit! From now on, I feel like all JDE weddings should include a bounce house, for the kids and the adults!

I could literally go on and on all day about this gorgeous garden wedding, but instead I think I'll let Cramer Photo's stunning images speak for me. 

I absolutely loved working with Meredith & Matthew to make their day the best ever. I'm so thankful for this crazy sweet couple and their incredibly gracious families for making me love my job the way I do. Congratulations Meredith & Matthew...I wish you both all the happiness in the world!

A huge thank you goes out to this incredible vendor team we had! You all were so amazing to work with!

Ceremony: Makemie Presbyterian Church // Reception: Elkington Events // Photographer: Cramer Photo // Coordination: Just Dandy Events // Catering: Yummy Goodness Catering Co // Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair // Makeup: Dhalia Edwards // Cake & Cupcakes: Rachel Bakes // Ceremony Musicians: Orchestra of the Eastern Shore // Reception Band: The Grandsons // Bouquets: Steel Cut Flower Co // Decor Florals: Angela Benton // Rentals: Eastern Shore Events & Rentals // Bounce House: ACE of Exmore // Shuttles: Shore Limo

JDE Bride: Ellen

Hey friends! I'm so excited to introduce you all to JDE Bride Ellen! Ellen & Jake got married last October, smack in the middle of Hurricane Matthew...and their day was so awesome! I've asked Ellen to share a little bit about her wedding planning journey.

Introduce yourself and your husband: I’m Ellen Anderson – My husband Jake and I got married in October of 2016 at The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia.

What's your love story? How did the two of you meet? How did you get Engaged? Two of our friends introduced us about three years ago, and we hit it off immediately. We spent the next week hanging out before Jake headed off to OCS in Rhode Island. We pen-pal-ed it for the next three months or so before I flew up for his graduation where I was introduced as his girlfriend, a title I happily accepted! To complete the trip we took the ultimate leap of faith and embarked on a ten-hour road trip back home to Virginia Beach. Somewhere between Jake slapping my hand away from the radio dial, sitting in silence and being completely comfortable with each other, and me finding “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus on Jake’s iPod, I confirmed my original thoughts about Jake… he was the one. We spent a month or so together before Jake moved down to Panama City, but continued our relationship and visited each other every month or so. When Jake visited for Valentine’s day he nervously shared news of his orders to Guam (which later got changed to Rota, Spain). I calmly replied, “Okay cool, I’m gonna stay here, but can I visit?”

Jake was SO pleased with my cool response and commitment to our relationship that he put a ring on it two months later on the night of my birthday. In typical Jake fashion, he planned an elaborate string of events and watched it go down while remaining calm, cool and collected... He made three days worth of crème brulee, a fabulous dinner, and then presented me with a series of random unrelated gifts, one by one… First was a Bonsai tree, then a “How to care or your bonsai tree” book, then a scarf, a blue rock from Afghanistan, and jewelry cleaner. He watched me get increasingly anxious about whether or not he was going to propose – I mean, it was my birthday how could he not?!? I seriously thought he might have hidden the ring in one of the crème brulees, and was distracted by thoughts of whether I would need to eat all eight servings in one night.

Then he said those magic words… not “will you marry me”.. but, “go check the pocket of my rain jacket.” And inside that pocket, there was the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. My heart felt like it was going to explode with happiness (even though I was clearly expecting this to happen.) I looked at Jake, he just sat there with a coy smile on his face until I reminded him I can’t say yes if you don’t ask me the question!!!!

We’ve been through some pretty amazing times and have spent most of our relationship apart from each other. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though, and I would not trade our love for a thing in the world

 

What 5 words would you use to describe your wedding? Clean, Simple, Perfect, Romantic, Oysters

Where did you go for your honeymoon? We’re going to St. John, USVI Islands this September!

What were your favorite/least favorite parts of wedding planning? Favorite Part: Tie between cake testing and eating cheese & drinking champagne with Holly and Liz. Least Favorite Part: Not being able to share the cake testing with Jake

If you could do one thing different throughout your entire wedding planning journey, what would it be? It’d probably be more fun to have Jake here for part of the journey, but I think he’s pretty happy that he missed out on most of it

Do you have any advice for future brides? Breathe, delegate, and focus on what you can control! And I highly recommend ALL of my vendors – it takes some special people to deal with a high-energy, determined, and sometimes a little cray cray bride – but they pulled it off with ease, and showed up for our #hurricanewedding with smiles on their faces!

Oh and… advice for the day of – when in doubt, head to the dance floor!

Who were your vendors? Venue: Oyster Farm at Kings Creek  //  Coordinator: Just Dandy Events  //  Photographer: Elizabeth Henson Photos  //  Cake: Incredible Edibles  //  Florist: Seagrass Floral  //  DJ: Astro DJ  //  Hair: Beach Bridal Artistry  //  Makeup: Makeup By Kim Porter  //  Officiant: Cotton Markert // Gown: Martina Liana - Pure English // Invitations: Minted // Wedding Day Printables: MintyPaperieShop // Runners: Jake’s Mom

Anniversary Session Giveaway

Last weekend we hosted our giveaway winners for a styled anniversary session and I'm just obsessed with how it turned out! First of all, our couple was AMAZING! Bailey & Robbie are the sweetest couple in the world. They've been together since they were teenagers and it's the most precious thing to watch them together. You can just tell how much they really care about each other and how happy they are with the life they've built. It was such a treat to get to know them and spoil them a little bit as they approach their second wedding anniversary.

Second, our vendor team....ALL THE LOVE for these ladies! As if this "job" wasn't already the greatest thing ever, add in the bonus of getting to collaborate with some of the sweetest and most talented ladies in the area and I'm in heaven!! Stephanie Michelle Hair and MeLissa with Dhalia Edwards spent the morning pampering Bailey and she looked gorgeous! Courtney Inghram Events created the most incredible bouquet and hair comb I think I've ever seen. The flowers fit the theme perfectly! We couldn't have pulled this shoot off without these ladies and their awesome skills. THANK YOU FRIENDS!!!

When Beth and I decided to host an anniversary session, we had so many fun ideas and I really couldn't be happier with how it all came together. Beth, these pictures are everything!! You totally killed this shoot and I'm so thankful I got to be a part of it! Huge thank you for trusting me to be a part of the team and for being such a beach-loving dream of a friend. <3

Ok so a little about the couple. Bailey & Robbie met in the fifth grade and began dating right after high school. Now, Bailey is a RN case manager, Robbie is a detective, and they have a whole gang of furry babies at home in Charlottesville. They were married in the Outer Banks back in June of 2015 and, you guys, it rained buckets on their wedding day. That didn't stop these two from having an incredible outdoor ceremony, complete with their closest friends holding umbrellas over them as they said their vows. Then, the clouds parted and the rain stopped just in time for them to walk back down the aisle as husband and wife.

When we were planning this shoot, we knew wanted to incorporate some special elements from Bailey & Robbie's wedding day. It was so fun to see what special mementos they brought from home, like the wooden sign with their last name and a set of antique skeleton keys. Also, you know I love a beautiful invitation suite!

So here are some of my favorite images from the day. Be sure to head over to Beth's blog to check out the shoot from her point of view, and to hear the really cool story behind that amazing chess set!

Photography: Elizabeth Friske Photography / Coordination: Just Dandy Events / Florals: Courtney Inghram Events / Makeup: Dhalia Edwards - MeLissa / Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair / Location: Pleasure House Point