Styled Shoot

Marigold + Dusty Blue Inspired Styled Shoot - Glen Ellen Farm | Frederick, Maryland

Blair and I have worked on many projects together over the years, and whenever she asks me to photograph one of her visions, I’m all in right away. She’s so talented and creative and so dedicated to executing her intentions and doing it well!

She and Brielle planned a gorgeous shoot to highlight the work of our amazing vendor team, featuring rustic golds, cool dusty blues, and a hint of the warm anticipation of summer.

This was more than your run of the mill styled shoot… This was an epic tale of steadfast loyalty, the bonding of girlfriends in a tough situation, and making executive decisions in a pinch to do whatever it takes to make it happen no matter what. We almost didn’t shoot….. and here’s why……

That evening before the shoot, many areas of Maryland and south central Pennsylvania received tornado warnings. The next evening I was heading to Glen Ellen Farm for the shoot, the sky was looking wild, in a cool moody way. The clouds were billowing and the sky was a deep gray-blue. And though it wasn’t raining, the winds were like nothing I’d seen in quite some time… I mean FIERCE and strong. I made it there safely, ready to roll…

Blair and Brielle were under the grand white tent that Glen Ellen has on their property, with the tablescape set, arrangements in place, and everything ready to go. All we were waiting on was the “bride”, our model.

The vision was to photograph against the sky, just outside the tent. As we were envisioning for the perfect spot to set up, a MASSIVE and I mean gigantic gust of wind came through and almost destroyed everything we were working with… Blair’s arrangements toppled over, a couple of forks flew onto the floor, and part of the side of the tent came undone. Together, the three of us with all of our strength got the tent sides back and secured the rentals, thinking of something to do.

As Freddie Mercury would say, THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

I was determined. WE were determined. With how much Blair invested in these gorgeous flowers, the hard work Brielle put in gathering all of the rentals and pieces together, the distance our model was driving, and the talent and time Voula our cake designer put into her masterpiece… We just HAD to shoot somehow.

Now as a note, we weren’t being incautious. We wouldn’t have continued on if we truly felt that our safety was at risk, it was just crazy winds we were dealing with.

After we collected ourselves after thinking that all of our efforts may have been for naught, we decided to GO for it! We carefully moved EVERYTHING from under the tent over to the old barn foundation setup on the property that would give us a bit of a barrier in the wind. Even though the lighting wasn’t ideal, re-staging everything gave us enough time for me to photograph our bride while we waited for the sun (that had finally come out, though the wind was still insane) to go fall a bit for some softer light with less contrast.

Long story short - it ended up being BETTER than we’d planned and hoped for and we felt so relieved, inspired, and proud of ourselves after the shoot was over. We did it, despite barriers and trials, and that’s what it’s all about. It made it more like a real wedding day when so much is out of our control anyway, even when things are planned as much as possible.

If you ask me, we rocked it!

So, friends… Here are a few of my favorites from the evening… I’m obsessed with the color palette… The pops of orange with the lazy tulips and kumquats are the perfect compliment to the mustard and blue-gray… Our model, Michelle, was such a trooper with my direction and ensuring to take such good care of the gown while we photographed. She’s absolutely gorgeous! And the team at JKW Beauty, my number-one referral for HMU artistry, did such an amazing job keeping her makeup light and romantic in a natural way. Instead of working against the wind, we tried to work with it and just have FUN…

After all was said and done, we packed up in the light of our SUV’s, and enjoyed Voula’s delicious cake before heading home and calling it a day - a day I’d call a complete success!


If you’re getting married or hosting an event and looking for an epic dream team of vendors for your wedding day to create the most beautiful table setting, cake design, floral arrangements, gown, hair and makeup, and rental pieces… Scroll down to the bottom where I’ve listed everyone’s contact info and give these girls a follow!

VENDOR TEAM

Florist + Vision: Blair Roberts, Sweet Blossoms LLC
Planning: Brielle Davis Events
Venue: Glen Ellen Farm
Hair/Makeup: JKW Beauty
Cake: Blue Lace Cakes
Invitation: Artisan Match Maker
Dress: Posh Bridal
Rentals: Something Vintage
Photographer: Kirsten Smith Photography

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

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