Cedar Hall Farms Styled Shoot

One of my favorite things to do, outside of coordinating beautiful wedding days for my clients, is helping my vendor pals put together shoots and workshops. I have some friends in this industry that have such a heart for education and I always have the best time watching them spill their knowledge and experience onto others. There's a lot of emphasis on community in the wedding industry, and I love watching my people really be about that life.

My #vendorsoulmate Liz, from Elizabeth Henson Photos, put together an invitational photography workshop last month and asked that I put together a small styled shoot for the attendees to practice on. For it being about 25 degrees all day, this was easily one of my favorite shoots ever.

You might recognize that super gorgeous couple as JDE bride and groom Julia & Justin. They just got married in October and Julia was so pumped for the opportunity to get back in her dress already!

I also got to try my hand at bouquet making. While I don't hate how it turned out, I definitely think I'll be sticking to the planning and leaving the flowers to my friends with greener thumbs.

Special thanks so the awesome vendors that helped bring all this together. You guys are amazing!!

Venue: Cedar Hall Farms  //  Cupcakes: Rachel Bakes  //  Signage & Invitations: HyHopes Natural Creations  //  Makeup: Dhalia Edwards - Elizabeth  //  Hair: Hair by Stephanie B

Ellen & Jake - Oyster Farm at Kings Creek

Oh friends!  I'm so excited to share this wedding with ya'll!  Ellen & Jake were married on October 8th at the Oyster Farm at Kings Creek in Cape Charles.  We had the prettiest Eastern Shore-inspired wedding planned and I'm beyond happy to say that, despite Hurricane Matthew trying to wreck the party, we totally pulled it off.  If you had looked at Ellen & Jake's faces, or the faces of their guests, you'd never have known there was a storm raging outside.  Everyone was so present and so happy to see these two say I Do...it gave me all the happy feels throughout the whole day.

I could go on and on about how much I loved this couple, their family and friends, and their beautiful wedding, but instead I'll let the images from Elizabeth Henson Photos speak for me.  I will say though that working with my #vendorsoulmate on a wedding is one of my favorite things in the world.  I just love how she captures our couples!

Congratulations Ellen & Jake!  I adore you both so much and loved seeing you so happy on your beautiful day!!

Also a HUGE thank you goes out to all the incredible vendors that helped to make this wedding day absolutely perfect.  We truly had a dream team on our hands that day and I love each and every one of you to pieces for making my job so much fun!

  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

Getting to Know Elizabeth Henson

Last week, JDE intern, Lauren tagged along on an anniversary shoot with Elizabeth Henson Photos.  After filling a bubble machine, running {literally running} to grab the bouquet and being on veil duty, she sat down with Liz to ask her a few questions!

Sharon Elizabeth Photography

From Lauren: My first impression of Liz is that she's absolutely, unapologetically herself, which I LOVE.  A former art teacher, she's creative, family-oriented and loves donuts.  When she told me Duck Donuts was her chain of choice, I knew she was my kind of person!  Working with her during the photo shoot {read: carrying the veil, running down a hill to get the bouquet, fluffing a ballgown; see also: gopher} taught me a lot in just a little bit of time.  Here's what I learned:

- Liz isn't afraid to be goofy in front of her couples - especially if it means getting smiles and laughs out of them!
- She makes sure to gets a LOT of shots.  She even references couples' Pinterest boards to make sure she gets their "must have" photos.
- Liz is up for literally anything.  At our shoot, she crawled through tall grass and hid behind cattails to get the perfect shot {did I mention there were bugs everywhere?}.
- Liz always knew she wanted to pursue photography.  Ten years after graduating college with a degree in fine arts, she decided to take her photography business full time.
- Her "signature" shot involves lots of snuggling!  Instead of a specific pose, Liz gives a few cues and lets the couple work it out.  She sees what poses they fall into naturally that are also flattering.  From there, she repeats the same cues at different angles.
- She loves photographing people in love.  Her favorite shots to take are romantic shots and details with a lot of negative space {like a bouquet against a wall}.
- Liz's business went full time in three years and continues to flourish.  Her work includes weddings and couples, lifestyle and portraits.
- Her favorite part of a wedding is when the bride is getting ready.  She loves the moment when the bride steps into her gown and her parents see her for the first time.
- In addition to being a photographer, Liz is a wife and mom of two.  How does she juggle it all? She says she tries to "do the best [I] can everyday."  She forgives herself for not accomplishing the world in one day. If an e-mail goes unanswered or the laundry doesn't get folded, it's okay!

Working with Liz {amidst hot temperatures and a "neighborhood" of grasshoppers that made a home in the bride's tulle gown!} showed me what it takes to be a true professional.  Liz is knowledgeable, passionate and incredibly talented at what she does.  I can't wait to work with her again soon!  Check out her stunning work on Instagram, @elizabeth.henson and www.elizabethhensonphotos.com.

Here are just a few of the stunning pictures Liz took at the shoot!


LuLaRoe Carnival Styled Shoot

One of the very best parts about my job is that it usually doesn't feel much like a job.  Sure, there's usually work involved.  But generally the fun far outweighs that work.  For example, a couple weeks ago, I got the opportunity to tag along on a photo shoot with Elizabeth Henson Photos.  Off we went to the carnival at Mt. Trashmore where we met up with LuLaRoe consultants Tatiana & Morgan, along with their ridiculously adorable daughters, Ruby & Lily.

All four ladies were dressed in LuLaRoe and I was crazy jealous of how insanely cute they looked!  We got cotton candy and popcorn, the girls played games and smiled their best smiles for some pictures, and we even rode the ferris wheel {I really am not made for these types of rides}.  I had the best time tagging along, helping to carry bags and come up with poses, and of course eat carnival food without feeling guilty {I was working after all}.

Thanks Liz for letting me tag along with ya'll!  And for snapping this hilariously embarrassing picture of me on the ferris wheel.  I don't enjoy heights and it seems that laughing till I cry is my defense mechanism.


Natalie & Tyler - March 5th

Hey friends!  I'm so excited to finally be sharing my recap of Natalie & Tyler's big day!  We had to hold off for a bit because this wedding and all it's gorgeous details were just featured over on Heart.Love.Always last week!

Natalie & Tyler booked JDE to plan & coordinate their wedding because they are dual military and didn't foresee themselves with a lot of spare time to do the planning on their own.  It was such an honor to be trusted to help bring their vision to life!

These sweethearts were married by Tyler's father at The Regency beach house in Sandbridge on a chilly day in March.  It was one of the most laid-back, beautiful, and heartfelt weddings I've ever had the pleasure of coordinating.  The wedding party and the couple's families were some of the warmest people I'd ever met and the JDE team left feeling like we had spent the day with new friends.  We had a first rate group of vendors helping to make this wedding everything Natalie & Tyler had wanted and I would give anything to go back and do it all again!  Who's up for an anniversary party?!

Another factor that made me love this wedding day so much was that the whole day was captured by my #vendorsoulmate Elizabeth Henson Photos!!  And since Heidi second shot for her, we had 3/4 of the Wolfpack there!  It was just the best day!

Photographer: Elizabeth Henson Photos  //  Venue: The Regency - Sandbridge Realty  //  Coordinator: Just Dandy Events  //  Caterer: Yummy Goodness Catering  //  DJ: DJ Taylor Haycox  //  Pianist: Mary-Victoria Voutsas  //  Cake: Unique Sweets & Accessories  //  Florist: Fluttering Flowers  //  Hair Stylist: Hair by Stephanie B  //  Makeup Artist: Dhalia Edwards  //  Chairs & Linens: Waterford Event Rentals  //  Videographer: White Flair Productions

Congratulations Natalie & Tyler!  To say we loved being a part of your beautiful day would be a huge understatement.  Thanks so much for trusting us and thank you both for your service!