HOW TO BUILD A MIXED MEDIA ACCENT GALLERY WALL – Charlotte Today Show, NBC

I had such a great time in the studio with the Charlotte Today Show crew yesterday!!  For this month’s segment I had the idea to design and create a mixed media accent gallery wall and then walk through the process, step by step on air… which would require an actual free standing gallery wall!  Eeeeekkk. Easier said than done! Today I’m sharing a bit of the behind the scenes…

After a few hours at the home depot gathering supplies, Blake and I got to work creating the wall…

We had to have every nail in place the night before so I could easily hang all the artwork/accents once we got to the studio… Sunday night’s dry run…

The segment was a lot of fun as we had some FABULOUS contributing vendors!!  Artwork ℅ Minted, Gold LOVE foil print by MadebyGirl, Mats ℅ Indie Mats, Canvas Print, Canvas By Blossom, Canvas Photographer, Beth Wade Photography.  All other projects inspired by Pinterest!!

To check out the full segment, click here

 

To get you started with your own mixed media gallery wall (or maybe just to add to the one you’ve already got going on!!) Enjoy a FREE 8×10 Printable!! (tip, to change the colors, open in Photoshop>Image>Adjustments>Hue & Saturation, then slide the “hue” slider to your desired color!

And finally, a few more shots of our shenanigans!!  I love that Eugene Robinson is back co-hosting, and Colleen is as fabulous as ever!  A huge thank you to my gorgeous friend Sara for coming with… transporting a 6 foot wall takes some muscle and this girl has got it!!  XOXO

 

 

Not too Shabby!! Kylee + Shabby Apple

This past weekend I had the chance to shoot my beautiful new friend Kylee, who runs a rockin’ hair and fashion instagram account.  Her job was to style this cute dress from  Shabby Apple’s Spring 2015 collection.  My job was to shoot it!

I love how she paired the light blue hue, with a black leather Top Shop cropped jacked and black leather peep toe booties by Vince (all from Nordstrom).  We decided to shoot in “my field” with pops of tulips and purple flowers peeping through.

How about those glasses?!!  Fun or what!!

And that hair….. SWOON!!!

I don’t know about you, but I AM READY FOR SPRING!!!! XOXO

 

Lee & Jessica’s Wedding Day Favorites {Charlotte Area Wedding Photography}

The wedding day post is here!!  Eeeeeekkk!!  Lee and Jessica (and her whole family) feel like family, so narrowing down my favorite images to tell the story of this beautiful couple’s spectacular day was so. so. hard.  I’ve been sitting on this write up for days debating on sharing my top 217 (not really that many, but close).  It was just that sort of a wedding:)

Set at the Ballantyne Country Club, this seamless day didn’t happen without the enormous effort of so many great vendors.  Many many thanks to the creative team that made this day so special… espcially my incredible second shooter!

Second Shooter: Eva Snider www.evasnider.com

Location: Ballantyne Country Club  www.ballantyneclub.com

Hair/Makeup: Makeup Your Face by Katie O’Neil www.makeupyourface.net

Wedding Planner: Heidi Crowder Wedding Design www.hcweddingdesign.com

D.J.: Carolina Professionals carolinadjprofessionals.com

Dress: Essence of Australia www.essensedesigns.com

Boutique (Dress): Poffie Girls www.poffiegirls.com
Boutique (Sash/Shoes): JMajors www.jmajors.com
Shoes: Menbur
And now the images… enjoy a few of my favorites!!  Bowmans – I love you!!  XOXO

 

 

 

|| FEATURE FRIDAY || COUNTRY CLUB BRIDALS

Today’s feature Friday is a favorite: Jessica’s gorgeous bridal session at the Ballantyne Country Club.  I can’t even tell you how excited I am to finally share these amazing images!!

The essence of Jessica is all things radiant, vibrant and beautiful – exactly what I feel like this session encapsulates!  We had such a great time shooting and it shows… never mind the incredible dress, smile, hair & make-up and that sunlight!!  Everything just came together perfectly. The images will take your breath away.  Jess… thank you for being perfection.  Stay tuned for the follow up: THE WEDDING DAY!!

A HUGE THANK YOU TO FOLLOWING SOURCES:

Hair/Makeup: Makeup Your Face by Katie O’Neil www.makeupyourface.net

Location: Ballantyne Country Club  www.ballantyneclub.com

Wedding Planner: Heidi Crowder Wedding Design www.hcweddingdesign.com

Dress: Essence of Australia www.essensedesigns.com

Boutique (Dress): Poffie Girls www.poffiegirls.com
Boutique (Sash/Shoes): JMajors www.jmajors.com
Shoes: Menbur

Happy Happy 2015!!

 

Happy New Year everyone!  I am back to work after a much needed and VERY WELL ENJOYED holiday break!!

We had a fabulous Christmas this year.  It was our first Christmas with baby Elle and our first Christmas in our new home… so it made everything extra special.  I don’t know about you, but it’s usually not until I get my Christmas cards all sent out and my shopping all done, that I can sit back, relax and just enjoy everything!!

And speaking of Christmas Cards (I am Christmas Card freak!!!), I’m so happy we were able to pull this idea off this year.  I thought it would be fun to use one of my favorite uptown city scape locations, as this year marks 10 years in Charlotte for our family!!  When I tell my clients I can empathize with what it takes to style clothing/looks for 6 people, get everyone dressed and ready and show up on time for a shoot, I MEAN IT!!  It is hard work.  I completely aplaud my awesome clients everytime.  It is no easy task, but so much fun to have the pictures.

A huge thank you to my friend Alisa and her hubby Nick for helping us capture these beautiful images this year!

We had a lot of fun decorating our tree and home this year.  Did lots of holiday baking and got our letter into Santa, just in the nick of time:)

The kiddies are at the BEST ages!!!

And finally, it wouldn’t be a true “break” if I didn’t get a few projects done around the house. Today I’m sharing my DIY gold sharpie wallpaper accent wall!!!!  I’m in love with how it turned out.  For $6 (2 gold sharpie water-based paint pens from Micheals) and 2 hours of work, it sure makes an awesome impact!!  I found the project on pinterest via vintage revivials.  Love Mandi’s blog.  So much awesome inspiration!!!  Her full tutorial can be found here.

FYI – I tweaked her measurements just a bit for my wall.  I made 10 inch parallel stripes (instead of 18″), and started my triangle base at 8″ and  4″ (vs. 12″ and 6″).  I used a 3′ level for the long lines, and a 12″ ruler for connecting the dots.

Here’s to even more projects, happiness and health and an incredible 2015.  XOXOXO