A Springtime Styled Shoot - Outdoor Tablescape

This is a fun time of year before weddings kick off in full swing, where vendors and creatives come together to showcase their work in a collaborative way.

I had the privilege of connecting with these lovely ladies (and gentlemen - Neil of Barnes Farmhouse Tables! and Mark, events manager!) at Overhills Mansion in Catonsville, Maryland to highlight ways holiday hosts could set their Easter table or springtime setting for a gathering… particularly dessert.

Jenna and Elizabeth of Little Bit Heart created this whimsically sweet invitation for us! They’re so talented and have such a fresh fun style. I gave them my vision and they executed it perfectly!

www.littlebitheart.com

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Meet Alyssa of Rogue Petal Co! She just started her faux floral company after designing the flowers for her own wedding, and is off to such an amazing start! She’s driven, full of ideas, and juuust a touch of edge to make your vision unique and not completely like all of the others… I swear I had no clue the flowers on her Instagram feed were faux at first… She’s definitely taking the whole faux flower thing to a new level! She’s awesome, definitely check her out!

www.roguepetalco.com

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Marcie Lenick, of Celebrating Love by Marcie, is, what I like to call, the fairy godmother of styling. Whatever you need, she’s got it, and knows just how to make it look beautiful. Marcie styled Tyler’s and my vow renewal and we were completely blown away by what she put together for us. Plus, she’s just so kind and giving, focuses on each of her couples and projects as if they were the only thing she was working on.

www.celebratinglovebymarcie.com

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And this is Allie of Bramble Baking Co. If you ordered your cake from a magical woodland pixie, her cake is what you’d get. I’m totally in love with her style and the way she not only decorates her cakes and pies, but the botanical and nature-inspired combination of ingredients and perfectly balanced flavors… She’s down to earth and just so talented!

www.bramblebakingco.com

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Missy and Neil, owners of Barnes Farm Tables are simply wonderful people! Neil brought his handmade farm table and chairs for us to use for the shoot. If you remember when I hosted my sister-in-law’s bridal shower back in the late summer last year, I used their tables and chairs and just fell in love with the quality, their responsiveness, and customer service! They delivered and set up everything for us, and made sure we were completely satisfied. They have a wide variety of tables and chairs to choose from also!

www.barnesfarmtables.com

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Once the table was set and all of the girls had finished their touches, it was time for me to pop in and shoot! After I’d captured each detail, it was time for Allie to cut the cake for us… It was amazing!

And a huge thanks to Julia and her staff at Overhills Mansion for so generously allowing us to come crash their front lawn for the afternoon. :)

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Follow along with our vendors on social media!

Table & chairs: @barnesfarmtables
Cake: @bramblebakes 
Styling: @celebratinglovebymarcie
Photography: @kirstensmithphotography
Invitation: @littlebitheart 
Flowers: @roguepetalco 
Venue: @whitehousecaterers

Becket Hitch Home Goods & Gifts | Anniversary Party & Grand Re-Opening - Baltimore, Maryland Boutique

I fell in love with Becket Hitch several years ago while popping into Greenspring Station for lunch at the Stone Mill Bakery after working one afternoon, and I’ve kept up with them ever since. I always make time to stop in whenever I’m in the Lutherville/Timonium area because their style and taste are right up my alley! I just love getting lost in the blissful retail therapy…

They’ve just celebrated their 5 year Anniversary and moved to a brand new, and bigger suite! Still in Greenspring Station, they’ve moved to the north end, with lots more natural light, big windows, and lots of character. I absolutely love the new space! It’s such an exciting time for them!

Kohli Flick, merchandiser and owner, began to recognize me as I’d pop into the shop from time to time, so we’ve connected over the years! She asked me to come photograph their Grand Opening and I, of course, couldn’t have been more excited to come spend part of my day with her and her team!

Local event stylist Jess of Sentimental Fools Events created this super fun balloon garland to welcome everyone…

It’s fun to see how Kohli and her team have staged and designed all of their inventory! The store always looks so cute and inspired with everything in it’s perfect place. I usually come home with a little gift for someone, but always leave having gotten a little something for myself… :)

Everything they have on display has been “chosen to enhance a room, inspire a moment, and provide quality goods for everyday living'“ (beckethitch.com). From cook books to jewelry, pillows, chairs, beach cover-ups, to even children’s toys, it’s all wonderful and visually simply adorable.

The store looked absolutely gorgeous… I was taking mental notes of everything I wanted to go home with after I was finished photographing… :)

It was so fun to watch all of the customers come in and browse. I enjoy people-watching, seeing the different items they go for, and seeing as they waffle between this and that (like I always do while shopping)… It was also nice to get to know the catering staff a bit, and chat with Kohli’s team.

Personal Chef Bee J (www.chefbeej.com/@chefbeej) and staff were there passing small bites and rosé to customers as they popped in to browse and celebrate…

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If you follow @beckethitch on Instagram, you’ll chuckle at the cards they post. There’s quite an array of greetings to gift your special someone that will bring them a warm wish, a smile, or a laugh.

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It’s just so hard not to want to spend hundreds (or more…) of dollars in here!

Even ran into KSP Bride (and friend :)) Sarah and a few girlfriends of hers, who also love BH!

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Kohli lives in Baltimore with her husband and cutie pie son (who came into the store with flowers for his mommy with a big hug and kiss!), and is living out her life-long dream of owning the shop. She’s talented, fun, hardworking, and an inspiration as a fellow entrepreneur! I am proud to call her a friend. :)

So if you’re in need of a special something for someone or have the afternoon off and want to treat yourself, head down to Greenspring Station and pop into BH! Grab a coffee before you do because you may be in there a while… :)

Kristen & Jonathan : Winter Baltimore Inner Harbor Engagement Session - Baltimore City, Maryland

These two are such an adorable couple and such a breath of fresh air! They’re happy, sweet, so joyful, fresh, fun, and popular! I posted an insta-story during our shoot and got so many DM’s saying “yay! I know them!” which was so cute…

They wanted to photograph around the Baltimore Inner Harbor so I headed down early to scout things out before meeting up with them! I enjoyed walking around, people watching, and appreciating the fresh crisp, cold winter air. It feels good to be invigorated outside like that sometimes!

We decided to meet outside of Barnes & Nobles bookstore, where we both started and finished the session. It was literally about 18º out but we braved it! They rocked it out, snuggled up together, and made it look so unbelievably effortless! The sun was out so that helped a bit, and the buildings were blocking the wind… so it was easier to pretend it was like 30º instead. :)

They’re just the cutest… Kristen was just glowing and so pretty in her pink dress!

I love the shot of them running towards the seagulls! We had such a fun time walking around and getting to know each other. Jonathan loves to read, and his favorite ice cream is vanilla, but sometime’s he’ll venture out and add sprinkles on top. :) Kristen’s more adventurous with her palette and likes Butter Pecan, hehe. They love staying in together and cozying up with a movie on the sofa rather than going out, but when they do they make it count and do something really nice!

We finished up with grabbing a coffee at the Starbucks in Barnes & Nobles, and browsing the books a bit for something specific Jon was looking for… I loved that big window we found on the second level of the bookstore!

I just love these two and can not WAIT for their wedding this September! :) :)

Julia & Corey : Winter Cork Factory Hotel Wedding | Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Julia and Corey planned the perfect winter wedding, elegant and timeless yet relaxed and easy going with the perfect hint of Christmas… And the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster was such a beautiful backdrop. Julia handmade her invitations and did such an amazing job, I love the rustic stamping and rich color tones… And her gorgeous jewelry and hair pins from BHLDN were stunning accents to her timeless gown. I just love her taste!

While Julia and the girls were starting on hair and makeup, Corey and the guys were getting dressed, hanging out, having a few drinks and trying to figure out how to fold the perfect pocket square, all while bustin out moves to ‘90’s hip hop… I knew from that moment the dance floor would be awesome later that evening… :) They were hilarious and so fun to hang out with while getting ready.

Back in the Bridal Suite, Julia and the girls were equally as fun… So many laughs, stories being told, and even excerpts from an old fortune book. Julia’s my kinda girl with a smile on her face and whiskey in her glass… :)

It was drizzling outside so we snapped a few photos under the canopy before heading to St. Joseph’s down the street to get hitched! These girls are simply gorgeous…

The interior of the church was absolutely breathtaking… The dim lighting during the ceremony gave such an intimate feel, and I loved the arches and rich color tones inside. Julia’s mom, Mary Lynn, walked her down the aisle so proudly, taking in the moment step by step. I’m very close with Mary Lynn so I may have shed a tear or two once those church doors opened… <3

We were happy that the rain stopped in time for a few outdoor portraits before it was time for Cocktail Hour… Julia you are just gorgeous!

Together they have their little son Jack, who was dressed all fresh in his suit for the ceremony, but once it ended, it was PJ’s time! He was snuggling upstairs with a sitter at the hotel during the reception… :) Isn’t he the cutest??

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The Cork Factory is so cozy and warm with the red brick and dim lighting - the perfect setting for a winter wedding. I loved the Christmas tree decorated with wood cut-out ornaments for everyone to take home with them. :) Their guests mingled and enjoyed the delicious spread of olives, cheese, mini sliders, and signature drinks! And the beautiful ballroom candles were lit and waiting for guests to come sit down for dinner…

Julia had a really sweet dance with her brother after she and Corey’s first dance, and he shared a special song with his mom… And the speeches from their besties were so funny and had everyone laughing. The dance floor was an absolute blast and I loved watching everyone have fun!

Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs! I loved being part of your day and wish you nothing but the absolute best!

Makeup // Jenny B Hair & Beauty
Venue // Cork Factory Hotel, St. Joseph’s
Dress // BLHDN

John Brown General Store & Butchery Styled Shoot - Elopement Inspiration | Baltimore, Maryland Vendors

I always love anytime I’m able to spend with Laurie and Marlo of fab-ri-kāt, an up and coming wedding and event planning and styling company out of Baltimore. This mother-daughter duo have such an eye for style, color, texture, balance, and can see the overall picture, knowing exactly how to execute!

I’ve always popped into the John Brown’s General Store for a coffee on my way home from the Baltimore area but had never thought to photograph there. Their back room was perfect for the shoot! April from Floriculture Farm in south-central PA just north of the Maryland line has just the kind of style and vibe I love in a florist - whimsical, fun yet elegant, and lots of greenery. The tablescape literally took my breath away when I arrived… Plates and bowls were donated from Baltimore Clayworks, and accented with mustard cloth napkins. If you know me, you know a green and mustard color scheme makes me oh so happy!

What I loved most was the gorgeous cake from Harmony Bakery, a vegan sweet spot in Hampden with the most delicious bites… Lavender was donated from Belvedere Farm, accented on the sides of the delectable creamy icing.

Enjoy a few of my favorites and please give the vendors below a follow! They each worked hard to make this beautiful vision come to life! Huge thanks to Laurie and Marlo for having me to capture their vision in all of it’s beauty… I just love you two!


An excerpt from fab-ri-kāt as written in the article of our shoot featured on Baltimore Weddings:

“The inspiration behind this shoot was a small, sophisticated, elopement style wedding weekend. At [fab-ri-kāt], we are inspired by spaces and believe that beautiful architecture should speak for itself. John Brown General and Butchery does that wonderfully, it is a registered historic building from the 1930’s nestled in Baltimore’s “horse country.” The building immediately inspired French sophistication with its large fireplace, traditional stone work, and rustic farm table. We chose to show a sophisticated welcome reception following a rehearsal dinner for all of the couples that are choosing unique ways to celebrate their wedding weekends.

All of the elements are artisan or vintage to fit the historic rural space. The table-scape includes vintage mustard napkins acquired from an estate sale in Nashville, silverware from the 1950’s made by the Stieff Company, and hand thrown pottery table settings from Baltimore Clayworks. The cake is from Harmony Bakery with the lavender coming from Belvedere Farms.

The entire styled shoot is a representation of tying the past and present, woodlands and indoors, together into this historic building turned butcher shop.” – [fab-ri-kāt] team

Such a dream team of vendors!!

Venue: John Brown General & Butchery
Stylists/Creative Team: [fab-ri-kāt], @fabrikatbaltimore
Florist: Floriculture Microfarm
Photography: Kirsten Smith
Cake: Harmony Bakery
Lavender on Cake: Belvedere Farm (would appreciate tag on social media if cake is shown)
Cut Crystal Glass: White Glove Rentals
Champagne Coupe Glasses: Party Plus Rentals
Pottery: Baltimore Clayworks
Rings: Gina Tackett Jewelry
Model Attire (Female's): Love Me Two Times
Model Attire (Male's): The QG