From the moment I stepped into Mycah’s home to meet her the first time, I knew we had similar interests and would work great together! Her home is the foundation for her lifestyle blog, Home Sweet Hunter and it is a gorgeous space! And with a beautiful babe named Lively, who laughs at me every time I walk towards her (cue heart melting), it made our first lifestyle blogger photo session amazing.

Home Sweet Hunter lifestyle photos Tallahassee

Because Mycah will be using these on her own sites, I don’t want to overshare but I can’t not show the world some of the moments from our first session together. We focused on a few different things, the first being some adorable hair bows for Lively, the maker of whom prays over each bow before sending them on their way. Love.

Home Sweet Hunter lifestyle photos Tallahassee

I can’t get enough of Lively’s room. The wallpaper is stunning and so feminine! It makes me want to wallpaper my office even more now! The colors of soft but bold and the natural light makes every inch of it Pinterest worthy.

One of the other features for this lifestyle blogger photo shoot were a couple recipes. I personally got to sample this amazing blueberry muffin smoothie and you guys! It legit tastes like a blueberry muffin, all while being low-carb, high-fiber and sugar free. Say what?! Hard to believe it but I watched Mycah make it with my own two eyes.

Home Sweet Hunter lifestyle photos Tallahassee

We had so many great moments from this lifestyle blogger photo session I hope Home Sweet Hunter will have some great content photos to use for quite awhile! I can’t wait to see Mycah and Lively again for our next photo series soon! For now, I leave you with the absolutely adorable laughing Lively.

Home Sweet Hunter lifestyle photos Tallahassee

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What an absolutely fun event this was to photograph! Danielle’s Bat Mitzvah took place on Earth Day weekend and she had it at the perfect place for her “Save the Bees, Save the Trees” themed event, The Space at Feather Oaks. It was perfect weather for an outdoor evening event at Laura Wynn with Covey Designs did a fantastic job decorating the already beautiful space for this Earth Day themed Bat Mitzvah in Tallahassee.

Earth Day Bat Mitzvah Tallahassee

The Shed was transformed into a beautiful potting garden shed, where guests were able to paint ceramic pots then plant beautiful flowers in them to take home and enjoy! Pink tassels and purple flowers hung from the ceiling and blew in the breeze overhead while guests got their hands dirty.

Earth Day Bat Mitzvah Tallahassee

If you know me, you know I love ice cream so when the Lofty Pursuits truck pulled up, I had to Instagram it! Danielle got her very own custom ice cream sundae!

Earth Day Bat Mitzvah TallahasseeEarth Day Bat Mitzvah TallahasseeEarth Day Bat Mitzvah Tallahassee

One of the most amazing things I saw was the Lux Tipi that they made ginormous pans of paella under! I could not believe this beautiful tent was a rental – it looked like it was part of the property. What a fun and unique, and very Earth Day themed way to not only have an outdoor tent but to serve dinner too!

Earth Day Bat Mitzvah Tallahassee

Lanterns were setup on adorable pink gingham blankets, accented with vases of beautiful wild flowers. And Danielle’s favor table included seed bombs and honey bee seed papers. The s’mores station as well the huge paper flowers made the whole event come to life. I loved capturing this event! Being a modern-day hippie myself, I can really appreciate when an event uses recycled, biodegradable tableware and encourages guests to plant flowers that will help our honey bees.

Earth Day Bat Mitzvah Tallahassee

I hope Danielle had a great time – her family and friends showered her with love and donated to a local farm instead of bringing her gifts. What a special young lady!

Earth Day Bat Mitzvah Tallahassee

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When Simone reached out to me about capturing 30th birthday photos, and then explained her vision (gold balloons and big laughs), I was very excited to capture this milestone moment in her life! She wanted to celebrate turning 30 in style and boy did she ever! This woman is strong, brave and beautiful and I am honored to have captured this moment in her life.

Adult Birthday Photos Tallahassee

The weather was absolutely perfect for Simone’s birthday photos! Truly it was just a gorgeous day at Goodwood Museum and Gardens where we had plenty of great background options for her birthday session. Simone brought fabulous gold 3-0 balloons and in between wind gusts we were able to have a ton of fun with them!

Adult Birthday Photos Tallahassee

Simone’s drop-dead gorgeous smile made my job easy! Look at this beautiful woman! Her natural beauty and that ginormous smile are contagious! We laughed as she walked back and forth along the brick sidewalks, using them as her catwalk and striking poses.

Adult Birthday Photos Tallahassee

We finished the session by the always lovely Reflecting Pool, where she kicked off her heels and stuck her feet in. I had a great time capturing Simone’s 30th birthday photos at Goodwood Museum right here in Tallahassee. This place is a gem and Simone made it come to life with her larger-than-life personality and megawatt smile.

Adult Birthday Photos Tallahassee

 

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Oops – should I not say that out loud? Since news broke of Style Me Pretty’s closure, slated for the end of April 2018, a lot of wedding photographers have chosen this time to speak out about “finally getting back to what matters most.” In their opinion, SMP lead to an increase in clients who believed they needed perfectly styled weddings and thus forced photographers to capture details instead of moments.

Here’s why I think that’s okay.

Why I Love Style Me Pretty

Platforms like Style Me Pretty and Pinterest really changed the way we think about weddings. In the case of Pinterest, it made a lot of what industry vendors call “budget brides” realize they too could have elevated elegance without the elevated price tag. DIY has become king for many getting married these days. And I love it! As a new(er) bride myself, I remember I specifically asked my photographer to capture the details because my husband and I invested our time making things by hand and I love of all things pretty (see what I did there?). We both have what many call “expensive taste,” or as the saying goes “trying for champagne on a beer budget.” Because of this, we wanted to have those details captured because we worked hard to create them. From the invitation suite that I designed, printed, cut, tied, stamped and calligraphy-addressed myself. To the terrariums I figured out how to make via trial-and-error using plexiglass and E600 glue. Even the Welcome Bags for out-of-town guests that we hand-picked items for and packed ourselves. Capturing those was important to me because the majority of my family traveled 900+ miles to be in attendance and I wanted to ensure they knew how truly thankful I was they were there.

And the ring? Damn right I wanted that photographed in a styled environment. It combines the stones from my paternal grandmother and his paternal grandmother’s original wedding sets. My paternal grandfather passed the ring on to my husband a few years prior, but sadly passed away just a few short months before our wedding. So yes, I wanted to honor him by beautifully capturing a photo of the ring containing the stones from the ring he proposed to my grandmother with.

I wanted all those details photographed because cumulatively they were all part of our wedding. All part of us. And all pieces and parts of what we loved about our wedding weekend.

Don’t be ashamed to ask your photographer to capture these details. Details you’ve worked hard on. Details you’ve spent your valuable time hand-selecting. Details you want to show future generations.

Why I Love Style Me Pretty

You’re marrying your best friend. Your soul mate. And both of your families are coming together to witness it. My husband and I viewed our wedding as the biggest party we’d ever get to throw for our families. We wanted to make sure everyone had a good time all weekend long, not just at the actual wedding. Capturing the moments between guests and the newlyweds are so important too. After all, that’s why you’re having a wedding – to get married.

Our actual wedding day was perfect. The weather was ideal, cloudy and cooler. The backdrop that Tim and I built together one weekend from scratch out of pallets in our garage with our dogs at our feet, looked stunning draped in flowers. The cocktails were flowing while people played corn hole on boards Tim and I built and still have in our side courtyard at home. And guests took home those terrariums I built as reminders of our day for years to come.

But you know what our families loved the most? They loved the Open House Brunch we threw at our home the day before. Our humble three bedroom, 1200 square foot home was filled with almost 40 people all the way from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Jacksonville, Florida. Gathering around our dining table and in our lanai, drinking mimosas and eating blueberry muffins. And that evening, after the rehearsal, those same 40 people joined us at the rehearsal dinner, gathered around a long farmhouse style table, eating seafood and drinking beer while playing billiards and sharing stories.

It was beautiful. Those are the moments that clench my heart.

And none of it was captured in photos. 

All that to say, if you want the details captured at your wedding – ask to have them captured. I understand and appreciate how much all of that means to you. It meant a lot to me too. And I’d be happy to capture them for you on your wedding day. But please also let us capture moments between people. Grandparents laughing. Flower girls giggling. Uncle Bob showing off his crazy dance moves. The two of you, soaking each other in and stealing glances.

All of this combined is what makes a wedding beautiful.

Why I love Style Me Pretty

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The turkey’s taken care of, the cranberry sauce has set and there are half a dozen pies all boxed up, waiting to be devoured. All that’s left are the drinks — and this year, water’s not going to cut it. You’ll be needing something strong, because your Uncle Bob’s over and before you get the chance to greet him, he’ll be rifling through the drawer of your night table.

Survive Thanksgiving with these cocktails

These 15 cocktails below are prime for Thanksgiving (and will work all season long) because they’re filled to the brim with fall flavors. They’ll warm you right up, add a decorative cheer to the table and make Uncle Bob (or any half-welcomed guests, for that matter) a bit more tolerable.Survive Thanksgiving with these cocktails

Survive Thanksgiving with these cocktails

Survive Thanksgiving with these cocktails

Survive Thanksgiving with these cocktails

Survive Thanksgiving with these cocktails

Survive Thanksgiving with these cocktails

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/12/thanksgiving-cocktails-yes_n_6139432.html
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