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Demi contacted me and said she loved how, on my About page, I said focus on capturing candid moments that occur naturally between two people who are in love. That’s exactly what she wanted to have for her branding photography. Demi and Shon have been in love and married for 18 years! And now, they’re getting ready to start offering marriage advice professionally! Enough of their friends and family have asked what their secrets are to staying married so long that they’ve decided to put it all out there. This was the first of more-to-come branding photography sessions with Demi and Shon as they develop their brand and set to launch.

anniversary session with Demi and Shon Tallahassee Photographer Poppie Studios

It was a bit of a dreary day, usually my favorite because of the color of the light, but it was right on the cusp of raining too. Our first branding session survived being rained out though and we were able to capture some truly beautiful photos, full of love, laughter and emotion. This location was new for me as a photographer but somewhere I frequent quite often personally. The black walls looked gorgeous in the overcast light, really making the greens of the landscaping pop.

branding session with Demi and Shon Tallahassee Photographer Poppie Studios

Because Demi and Shon will be using these photos from their branding photography session for their own marketing, I don’t want to overshare. But I couldn’t not share some of these fabulous branding photography photos though! These two laughed so much, which made me smile the entire time. By the time we wrapped up my cheeks hurt. I loved this branding photography session with them and can’t wait to serve them again.

branding session with Demi and Shon Tallahassee Photographer Poppie Studios

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Lainey and Matthew were married under the big, beautiful Live Oak tree at Lichgate on High Road and they celebrated their union in style by dancing the night away at Liberty Bar. Their Lichgate wedding was intimate, with close family and friends surrounding them in love. We stopped at Lake Ella on the way to the reception for bride and groom portraits before heading on to Liberty Bar where they literally danced the night away, still dancing long after I said goodnight.

Lainey + Matthew Lichgate wedding

Lainey is the best kind of bride, she stumbled across my page when she was in the early stages of planning her wedding. It always make me smile when a bride find me without any referral and chooses me to photograph her wedding because it means she loves my work enough to book me without a friend or vendor referral. Not to diminish referrals by any means, but organic bookings are equally amazing.

The best way to describe their wedding is in the words of Lainey “romantic, intimate, minimal and modern” and I couldn’t agree more.

Lichgate wedding reminds me of fairytale or romance novel weddings – in a good way lol! Mixed with a hint of Ireland thanks to the stone walls and labyrinth tucked into the woods. But Lainey and her family did a great job of still making it feel modern and minimal. Pair that with the silver, gray, navy blue and white color palette and it was perfection. One of my favorite details was Lainey’s ring, a beautiful sapphire that pulled from the blue of her eyes.

Lainey and Matthew, Lichgate wedding and Liberty bar wedding reception

Lainey and Matthew, Lichgate wedding and Liberty bar wedding reception

The flowers were actually wooden and cloth, amazing and unique. Attached to her bouquet were sentiments of her father, who very unfortunately passed away rather suddenly just months before the wedding. The satchel held his wedding ring, his father’s wedding ring, the cufflinks her sister gave to him on her own wedding day and a locket containing some of his ashes. There is no doubt he was there with her and watched over the entire day. It was emotional, to say the least, but made these memories all the more meaningful.

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Lainey’s sister, Valerie, helped with hair and makeup as they got ready in the cottage onsite at their Lichgate wedding. The small intimate space, paired with her family’s welcoming and super fun personalities made it one of the most fun wedding-preps I’ve ever photographed. Her gown was by Mori Lee and was absolutely stunning, especially when paired with her gorgeous lace-trimmed veil.

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After their Lichgate wedding, we took a moment at Lake Ella, just Lainey and Matthew, to capture some bride and groom portraits. The light here was a-ma-zing and the Weeping Willows were the perfect backdrop to showcase her gown and gorgeous skin. Matt looked pretty dapper too 😉 Honestly though, I asked him more than once if he had modeled before because he had a knack for it.

Lainey and Matthew, Lichgate wedding and Liberty bar wedding reception

Lainey and Matthew, Lichgate wedding and Liberty bar wedding reception

Lainey and Matthew entered the reception and went straight into their first dance, Stand By Me by Skylar Grey. Once the reception at Liberty Bar got started, and the dance floor was opened, it was nonstop the rest of the night. It was a beautiful day, a truly wonderful couple and a night full of laughter and dancing. Lainey and Matthew, congratulations! It was a honor and privilege to photograph your day. xoxo

Lainey and Matthew, Lichgate wedding and Liberty bar wedding reception

DJ: Abernathy Entertainment

Cake: Artistic Confections

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I love the holidays. I love making all the delicious food, and am a pretty good cook if I do say so myself. I love how it brings families and friends together to celebrate the past year. And I love the decorations too… but not the kind of decorations that require multiple trips into the attic to get 50 totes out of storage and so many lights your electric meter spins around so fast it might fly off. My favorite thing about the holidays is the DIY aspect of it. I’ve talked about this in previous blog posts, how I love when brides DIY their wedding decorations too.

I believe we’re all capable of making beautiful decorations without having to spend lots of money. And that concept, being able to do a simple holiday table setting yourself while still create absolute beauty, is the inspiration behind this Holiday Tablescape using locally grown greenery and citrus that you can grow right in your own backyard. And the best part of this journey? I got to experience the wonder of Caroline, with Moonstruck Florals, working her magic as she turned stems of kumquats and olive branches into an absolutely stunning work of art. Check out our adventure and the end result below.

 

Citrus centerpiece for the holidays

Caroline and I met at a TuesdaysTogether meeting some time ago and I’ve been itching for a chance to work with her ever sense. We still haven’t had the opportunity to do a wedding a together but when the idea for this blog post started forming in my mind, there was only one florist I kept thinking of – Caroline. So we met for brunch at one of our favorite places, SoDough, and started hashing out the details. A simple holiday table setting. Using found foliage native to the area. And it just so happens of my favorite clients is a nursery that happens to specialize in native plants, Just Fruits and Exotics. The atmosphere at their nursery is like walking around in someone’s beautiful backyard, full of blooms, herbs, trees and citrus. And that’s exactly the backdrop I envisioned for this shoot.

Citrus centerpiece for the holidays

Caroline and I made our way to Just Fruits and Exotics on a cloudy Thursday afternoon. Which, for me, clouds make the most beautiful light outdoors so I was thrilled. However, it started to lightly rain once we started walking around. So imagine me walking around with two cameras and a bright floral-print umbrella following Caroline around who’s got a five gallon bucket and purple shears. I’m sure some of the nursery employees thought we were crazy but they still graciously hosted us and let us do our thing. And thank you a thousand times Caroline for mucking around a nursery with me in the rain as we searched for the perfect plants to use. And a big shout out to Just Fruits and Exotics for being so welcoming. They love helping people learn about plants and are such experts when it comes to what’s native, what will work in your own yard and encourage people to plant edible landscaping. Yes to this! My kind of people!

My front flower bed is filled with rosemary. One, because it smells absolutely wonderful when it rains. Two, I can clip it and keep stems of it in bud vases all year round or make a quick simple holiday table setting on the fly if need be. And three, it’s edible so I’m throwing rosemary into lots of dishes when I cook! We’re in the midst of redoing our backyard (think lots of tree, limb and leaf removal and getting natural grass to grow). But once it’s ready and sustainable, we’re planting citrus trees – and this shoot convinced me I need a kumquat and an olive tree.

Citrus centerpiece for the holidays

Years ago in a coffee table book, I saw a floral arrangement that included white ranunculus and several varieties of citrus (tangerines, trifoliate oranges and persimmons). So when we made our way into the citrus section of the nursery, I felt like I won the lottery. It’s the little things that make my heart happy. Though these giant citrus trees were anything but little. They’ve been on the premise for decades and were so large, so full of fruit, they required trellises around them to hold them up. Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. It’s what I want my backyard to look like one day.

Citrus centerpiece for the holidays

We stayed right up to closing time and would have been happy to get locked in overnight too! But we packed our hull in Caroline’s vehicle and saved it for Saturday, we when could really start creating and bringing this vision to life. Caroline arrived to my home with a carload of amazing goodies. The white candles were from her own wedding and were hand-poured by her mother-in-law. You guys. There were stunning. And exactly the kind of elegant DIY decorations I’m in love with. Find discount or wholesale cylindrical vases and white candle wax and you can create some simple yet gorgeous and timeless candles.

When we were foraging around the nursery, we weren’t exactly sure what we wanted the end result to be. But we both knew we were in love with the kumquats and olive branches. And when Caroline saw the rosemary in my flower bed, we decided to use that too. Rosemary and olive branches are a beautiful shade of dusty-blue-green that I just absolutely adore. Pair that with a bold pop of citrus orange and some copper accents and I’m over the moon in love.

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White plates, simple canvas napkins, wooden accent plates and copper tea light holders all paired so beautifully together. But when Caroline brought out these handmade bells I was blown away. What a thoughtful and perfect touch for a holiday table. Whether Thanksgiving or Christmas, this color palette and those bells are perfect. Citrus is in season just in time for these holidays and bells are a wonderful ode to Christmas. Not to mention, yet again, that I am a sucker for handmade so these bells and copper tea light holders set my heart aflutter.

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The white candles blended gorgeously with the delicate bud vases, creating a long line of white, glass and water. Something about this entire tablescape says Scandinavian-inspired to me. I think it’s the grand simplicity. The mixed metals, backyard-foraged florals and the handmade elements (like the table which I made myself, yep, I made the table!) that really do it for me.

Add in a simple charcuterie board and crescent rolls and I was in heaven.

This simple holiday table setting morphed into something so much more than I envisioned. Caroline’s magic touch and artistic abilities were amazing to witness and an honor to capture on film. The real magic happened when we lit the candles. And we may have accidentally burnt ourselves in the process – so word to the wise, don’t touch the end of a long lighter after lighting 20 or so candles. It will be hot! lol

I can’t decide if I like the look of the space when the candles were unlit, or when they were lit.

Unlit, the space felt bright and airy, perfect for a midday Thanksgiving lunch followed by some front yard football in the cool autumn breeze. With the candles lit though, it turned the space into something that reminded me more of Christmas dinner. The ambience of the candlelight made everything glow with a warmth that reminded me of Christmas tree lights.

Which do you like better: lit or unlit?

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If you want to create this simple holiday table setting yourself, I’ve listed the plants we used below and am linking to Just Fruits and Exotics so you can see exactly where to buy them for yourself! This isn’t a sponsored post, I love Just Fruits as a client and as a company because they believe in edible landscaping and taking care of the earth, just like I do.

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So if you want to have your own citrus infused handmade Thanksgiving or Christmas tablescape, you only need a handful of items that you can either grow, find or make all on your own.

Happy holidays!

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Coffee, smoothies and sweet baby kisses. I cannot ask for more with a personal branding photography session in Tallahassee. Mycah had me over again to photograph some new recipes, including a delicious lemon raspberry smoothie and bulletproof coffee – which I’d not tried yet and it. is. delicious. especially because Mycah used vanilla ghee. Who knew vanilla ghee was a thing? It smells like wedding cake and is a new staple in my own pantry. Her precious babe, Lively, was napping while we whipped up recipes and photographed them, but thank goodness for me she woke up right as we were wrapping up, which meant our personal branding photography session turned into an impromptu baby session. She is such a happy baby, you guys! Smiling the second she was awake and laughing the entire time I snapped a few quick photos. Mama and babe are both so beautiful and I loved our mini baby session. It was a great way to end the day! I don’t want to overshare too many photos from Mycah’s personal branding photography session because she’ll be using these for her own gorgeous blog, Home Sweet Hunter, so enjoy these little glimpses into what we did and be sure to check out Mycah’s blog as she publishes these tasty recipes.

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Personal branding photography is one of my favorite things to capture. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I also design brands graphically, so it all meshes together. Working with fellow entrepreneurs always energizes me and makes me fall in love with what I do all over again. Personal branding photography is for small business owners who want to build their brand, and one of the best ways to do that is with photos that show your personality. This session with Sweet Face Beauty Fusion combines her products, her logo and her adorable babies.

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tangela for a little over a year now, having photographed her with her babes last summer for her brand as well as creating graphics for her products. I love how this recent personal branding photography session turned out. The colors are so vibrant and so inline with her brand, and the movement and fun vibes show her brand’s personality so well. If you’re interested in booking a personal branding photography session with me, contact me today and we’ll get it scheduled!

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