Christmas Mini Sessions

One of the very best things about this job of mine is getting to meet some of the greatest couples and playing a part in such an important day of their lives.  It’s so humbling to have two people trust you to have the skill and vision to make their wedding day all that they dream.  Every single time a couple books me, I tear up.  It’s that great of a feeling.

Even more exciting is knowing that I’m gaining new friends with every new couple I book.  Not only have so many of my brides become close friends of mine, but some have also joined the wedding industry in one capacity or another and now they’re some of my favorite vendors to work with!  It's so crazy how some people come into your life.

All that to say, I’m really lucky to have the amazing couples that I do.  And I wanted to find some way to spoil them this Christmas.  I was brainstorming with Liz from Elizabeth Henson Photos back in October and we came up with the idea of hosting a Christmas mini session for each of my 2015 couples!  Julia from Water’s Edge Design came on board to help me style the whole thing at Stumpy Lake in Virginia Beach.  Everyone looked so festive!  It was so much fun to catch up with each of the couples, play with their sweet puppies, and treat them to their first married Christmas pictures!


A huge thank you goes out to Liz of Elizabeth Henson Photos for taking the time to help me make this happen.  You know how much I love your pictures and I’m so thankful for you!

Julia from Water’s Edge Design….your gorgeous signs & furniture seriously made the whole thing so perfect and I just love you beyond words.  Thank you for being a part of this!
Also a big thank you goes to Mai from Mai Photography!  She tagged along for the day to take some behind the scenes pictures of the three of us while we worked and they are seriously some of my favorite shots.  Thank you Mai!!

Time to start thinking about how to spoil by 2016 couples!

Christmas: Small Business Roundup

If you know me at all, you know I’ve always loved to support small businesses.  Even more so now that I’m a small business owner myself!  The impact each consumer has on a small business is just crazy.  And if I can support a local small business, I’m seriously on cloud 9.

With Christmas right around the corner, I figured now was a great time to give you a little round-up of some of my favorite small businesses, all local to Virginia.  They each offer something completely different and I’m pretty sure you could wipe out your shopping list this season by checking them out.

Water’s Edge Design

Water’s Edge Design is run by my sweet friend Julia Stancampiano.  She designs custom signs and rehabs & re-purposes antique furniture.  If you could see how her home is decorated, you’d want to move right in.  Everything is so unique, but each piece has such a classic feel to it.  I’m obsessed with pretty much everything she creates.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to give, or you’ve been searching high and low for a beautiful Christmas sign to grace your own mantle, Water’s Edge Design is worth a look!

Everything Emma

My crazy talented friend Emma Hering of Everything Emma makes some of the most delectable food I’ve ever tasted.  Her sweets are gorgeous and festive, and they seriously taste like heaven.  She even has gluten free options!  I just placed my order of yummies to take to Christmas dinner and I’m so excited.  I always feel like there’s this crazy pressure when it comes to bringing dessert.  It should be pretty and taste amazing.  #notabaker

If you’re in charge of bringing sweets for dinner, or if you just want something delicious to give as a gift, contact Emma to place your order!  She needs at least 48 hours notice and she offers both classic and custom flavors!

Ro & Co Designs

One of my absolute favorite things about this time of year is Christmas cards. I love sending them just as much as receiving them.  I display the ones I receive on a Christmas wreath at home and it always makes me smile walking by the wreath and seeing all the love sent my way.  Most years I try to design my own cards to send out, but sometimes time just gets away from me and I end up buying a box of traditional cards from Target and calling it happy.  If you’re hoping to have gorgeous custom cards to send to your loved ones this year, but you don’t want to make them yourself…. you have to chat with my friend & JDE bride, Rosalie Poulin.

Rosalie run Ro & Co Designs and she creates some of the most amazing paper goods I’ve seen.  She’s responsible for all my new branding and even the JDE Christmas cards I’ll be sending out this year!

Merry Christmas & Happy Shopping Friends!

Vendor Spotlight - Water's Edge Design

Hey ya'll, I've got such a great vendor spotlight for you today!  I'm so excited to introduce you to my dear friend Julia of Water's Edge Design.  What to say about this wonderful lady.  We met a few years ago through a super awesome mutual friend and I'm thankful every day that Rachel brought Julia into my life.  She's is easily the nicest person I've ever met.  And I mean that 100% genuinely.  If you ever get the pleasure of meeting her, you'll instantly know what I mean.  She's just one of those people that does whatever she can to get to know a person for exactly who they are, and then she appreciates them for matter what.  She's one of a kind ya'll.

But more than just being the sweetest ever, Julia is crazy talented.  Over the next couple months, I'll be writing some posts about how I've recently had the opportunity to work with Julia on a business level.  And let me tell you, she's a dream to work with.  I can't wait to share later, but for now, I'll let Julia tell you a bit about herself and her amazing company, Water's Edge Design.

Tell us about your business:
At Water's Edge Design, I create, design, restore, and repurpose everything from signs to antique furniture.  I love using driftwood and reclaimed wood to bring that shabby chic beach cottage feeling into my customers' homes.  I started out creating custom wooden signs and since then have branched out into coastal home decor and rental pieces for weddings & events.

How long have you been operating?
Water's Edge Design started in June of 2014 after friends and family begged me to begin selling my items they saw me make for my home or gifts.  I couldn't be more excited and grateful at how things have grown in the last year!

What areas do you serve?
I am based out of Richmond, VA but travel around the state for events.  I have also shipped my pieces to places like Myrtle Beach, SC and Washington DC!

What services do you offer?
I have a wide variety of items for sale and rent.  I began making custom pieces and am building my inventory as I will have a booth at Class and Trash this summer here in Ashland, VA.  I have made everything from driftwood sea creatures, adorable coaster sets and memo boards, to custom made wedding guest book signs.  I also have created beautiful rustic headboards, children's growth charts and family tree signs.  Because I love to go antiquing and picking, I have established a growing collection of really special and unique furniture and decor pieces.  I have now branched out into styling and am offering some of my most treasured pieces as rentals for weddings and events!  I would love to be a part of making your special day beautiful!

How would you describe your "style"?
A beach girl at heart, I am inspired by the sun-bleached colors of the ocean and try to incorporate natural materials and fabrics into my designs.  I have a deep appreciation for furniture and love to give new life to tired pieces.  I try to use reclaimed wood and antiques whenever possible because I firmly believe in giving things a second chance.

What's the most memorable piece you've ever created and why?
Arg!  Such a hard question!  I Was really proud of a beautiful headboard I created for one customer.  I had never made one before and it was such a labor of love.  I also rehabbed a sweet 1800s wash stand and added a window to the top with a quote.  This was used in a styled shot with Andrew & Tianna Photography and the lovely JDE.  I couldn't believe how gorgeous it looked in photos.

What are your favorite types of pieces to create?
So, you might as well learn this now...I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with driftwood. We don't get much of it here on the east coast so I have to ship it in from Washington State and the California coast.  I absolutely love getting to make anything with driftwood.  It is a puzzle just waiting to be put together.

Who are your favorite vendors/venues to work with/at?
I'm new to the wedding scene, but so far in the Virginia Beach area I have enjoyed working with Just Dandy Events, Snapback Studios, and Andrew & Tianna Photography.  Here in Richmond, I love Black Creek Flowers & Sweets and the Historic Mankin Mansion.  In the Outerbanks, I love 108 Budleigh, Holiday House Weddings, and Daniel Pullen Photography.  I am really excited to expand my list of vendor friends!

Any advice for brides when planning their wedding and incorporating signage?
To begin with, I'd say "take a deep breath and keep it simple".  Too often we get bogged down in trying to incorporate all of the amazing ideas we have seen on Pinterest and the end result can end up looking a little cluttered and ADD.  Pick a central theme and a few interesting and unique pieces, then style the wedding around those.  A few great focal pieces will have your guests oohing and ahhing instead of feeling overwhelmed.  I also think it is always fun to have a few cute signs for the bride and groom to hold for pictures or to use in thank you cards later!

Julia, thank you for being you and for sharing a little bit about Water's Edge Design.  Love you to pieces and am so happy you're joining this wonderful wedding community!  <3