Monday, September 10, 2018


When Shannon Downey of More Than A Moment started discussing a styled shoot at Christina's new property, Oakholm Farm and Estate, there were so many different directions the wedding pros could go in. Brooke, of Brooke Ellen Photography had shared a few photos with Christina before all of us got involved. When Shannon saw the photos, she automatically started creating a whimsical bohemian theme with  boho features and a muted pastel palette. Some of the reoccurring design elements Shannon wanted to incorporate were feathers, torn fabrics, dream catchers and triangular shapes such as arrows. Macrame is popular with bohemian and the white rope would contrast nicely against some of the wooden textures and elements. After touring the property and home it was easy to imagine all the different places to stage vignettes. Says Shannon, "While touring the house I saw multiple eclectic wooden chairs and knew I wanted to ask Christina to collect a plethora of them to stage a ceremony site by the lake with mismatched seating. The ceremony backdrop would not only be the beautiful lake but three large dream catchers I made from large doilies and ribbon wrapped hoops. Along with the design development I also create all of the stationary items. Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding day and this whimsical take on a bohemian style was fun and exciting to develop and create. Not only getting to exercise some artistic freedom but also helping promote the farm as a new venue was a must participate decision for me and my company."

Monday, August 27, 2018


How is customizing a wedding dress different than a custom made?  A custom wedding dress is made from scratch, that is, you and the designer working with a pattern and raw cuts of fabric to create it from the ground up.  Customizing a ready-made dress is different.  It involves remodeling and/or embellishing one already put together. It can be store bought, sewn or inherited as long as it’s fairly basic and free of mass adornment.  Customizing a wedding dress is one way of fusing your individual stamp so that design is all yours.  Take a very simple sheath or A-line, add a detachable train or overskirt and adorn it with embroidered ribbons and handmade florals.  Viola! You have a customized gown.  This isn't the only route to customizing.  You can go for a removable shrug that adds sleeves, a capelet that looks like part of the gown or a lightweight overdress you doff come reception time.  Believe me, your possibilities are endless here. Some brides opt for the most basic gown like I described then take it to the dressmaker or designer to get it personally customized.  
Finding how to integrate all the design details you want isn’t all that difficult.  If you’re going through one of those decision dilemmas just log onto Etsy and shop for ideas.  Their designers have developed some of the most beautiful accessory and design attachments beyond anything you’ll ever run across in any salon or boutique.  On Etsy you’ll find boleros, shoulder swags, lace collars, detachable over skirts, blouses, garlands of flowers and just about

   Dresses by Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal Couture Photo 1 by Pixamage//Photos 2-4 by Studio 7Teen

Friday, August 24, 2018


 I absolutely love elopements!  They're intimate and all about you as a couple relating to each other.  This one captured by South Carolina based photographer, Jessica Drew of Jessica Drew Photography is full of incredibly romantic images against the backdrop of Horseshoe Falls in South Carolina--a scenic and historical landmark of the South.  These images speak for themselves and tell a story about two people in love, celebrating nups their way . . . .

Photographer: Jessica Drew Photography//Invitation Designer: Brighter Beauty Design//Bakery: Sugar On Top Cakes//Beauty: Bare Bones Beauty & Photography//Other Location:Horseshoe Falls//
Submitted via Two Bright Lights