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July was an amazing month to say the least. I started the month off making a last minute decision to see the Greatful Dead play in Chicago for what could be their very last concert ever?!? The following Monday I left for Paris which I had never been to before! I spent the week living in a beautiful Chataeu in the french countryside with the Kayla Barker Photography Workshop. It was such an amazing experience and I left feeling inspired and ready to take on August and Fall weddings! Of course, I had no idea that when I left the chateau to meet Matthew in Paris, he was to propose only a few hours later! We dined at La Fermette Marbeuf while I was going a hundred miles a minute catching Matt up on what happened at the workshop…meanwhile surrounded by the most amazing decor and architecture. The next thing I know we’re taking a romantic stroll along the Seine River. Matt positions my hips to be able to view the river and the Eiffel Tower then gets down on one knee and proposes?! After that we went on our “proposal-moon” in Barcelona! When I got back  to DC, I only had a few days in town before I drove down to Charleston with a beautiful Buttercream Bakery cake in the passenger seat and a back seat full of beautiful gowns! I met Kelley Cannon in Charleston to pull together the last few items for our shoot at Legare Waring with Paprika Southern Magazine. I have to tell you that the shoot was mid-day in the exhausting southern heat but we survived and look at the gorgeous images we made?!? Paprika Southern published this shoot as an editorial in their very first print issue. Make sure to check it out! I was blown away by the unique stories, print quality, and of course pretty photos!

 

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Creative Team:

Venue: Legare Waring House

Stylist/ Planner:  Kelley Cannon Events

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography

Art Direction: Paprika Southern

Florist:  Colonial House Flowers

Make-up & hair: Maria Vaughn

Bride Model:  Blair Wagner

​Bride’s gown: Kate McDonald’s “McLeod”

Bridemaid: Dana Robinson, Tout Talent

Bridesmaid dress: Hitched

Groom Model: Brennan Burt, Tout Talent

Flower Girl: Isla

Flower Girl dress: Imogen In the Meadow via Etsy

Bride’s earrings:  Hitched salon

Rentals:  EventHaus

Baked Goods:  ​Buttercream Bakery

Invitation: The Dandelion Patch

Calligraphy: Julie Ha Calligraphy

Groom’s suit: Saks

Vintage Car:  Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co

Film developing & Scanning: Richards Photo Lab

*Make sure to check out this feature on Southern Weddings!

I feel so lucky to have been a part of this special event. Carol and Elizabeth Duncan Events came up with such a picture perfect afternoon of southern foods, outdoor lawn games, and great company. Elizabeth Duncan Events gathered the most fabulously talented team for this special occasion and I can’t help but give a shout of to them for all their hard work!

Florals: Amaryllis
Catering: Design Cuisine
Planning & Design: Elizabeth Duncan Events
Lighting: Digital Lightning
Music: Dixie Rails

Here are a few of my favorite moments and details from the special day!
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My 30th birthday present to myself was to find a workshop that would refresh my brand, shooting style, and state of mind. I found all of those things from the #KaylaBarkerWorkshop. Matt and I had already planned to do a short trip to Paris sometime in July, so the workshop lined up perfectly with our plans! I flew into Paris then spent one evening and morning exploring a city that I soon fell in love with. That afternoon I took the train to Pointes, where I met all of the excited workshop attendees. As we drove up to Chateau St. Julien, I realized what an amazing experience this was going to be and something that was going to change me forever!

The Creative Team:
Stylist: Stefanie Miles
Florals: Bows and Arrows
Film Scan & Developing: Indie Film Lab
Make-up & Hair: My Beauty Corner
Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy
Venue: Chateau St. Julien

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I feel so lucky to have been a part of Wes and Jen’s intimate wedding in Costa Rica. Not only were we overlooking a volcano and surrounded by rainforest but they are total hotties! What more could a photographer ask for?! Learn more about their love story in Bride’s Magazine.

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The above photo is of my grandma and aunt Liz shaking their bon-bons!

 

Creative Team:

Venue: Koita, Mountain Paradise Hotel

Wedding Planner: Meghan Cox, Our Costa Rica Wedding

Photographer: Lisa Marie O’Quinn, Sweet Tea Photography

Florals: ArtFlower

DJ: DJ Kika

Catering: Mountain Paradise Hotel

Officiant: Einar Villavicencio

Wedding gown: OLVI’S The Lace Collection, European Bridal in Cincinnati, Ohio

Groom’s suit: J. Crew

Couple’s wedding website

Guest Gifts:  Wine Rack City

 

 

And finally the Barcelona photos are up on the blog! Matt and I went on a fun adventure to Europe this summer! We started in Paris and then took a train down to Barcelona, Spain! Like we usually do, we hopped around to different hotels because we enjoy starting in a fancy larger scale hotel then ending in a more boutique styled hotel. We started the trip at Hotel Arts which was amazing and had wonderful views but I found most of my excitement and inspiration from the Cotton House Hotel which is brand spankin’ new!

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It’s hard to believe that after 9 years of photographing weddings and being a bridesmaid 6 times……it’s my turn to walk down the aisle! On July 10th, Matthew got down on one knee asking for my hand in marriage! Of course I said yes! I was so mesmerized by the scenery (the Seine River and the Eiffel Tower) and the stunning Emerald cut diamond from The Tiny Jewel Box! I feel so blessed to have found my soul mate and best friend. Matt is the most generous and loving man I have ever met. I just feel so lucky. It’s hard to believe that only 2.5 years ago, we met for the very first time….. taking a big leap of faith with the modern version of blind dates (online dating). Matt and I have chosen our venue and are so excited for the big day to get here! We will be getting married at the Goodstone Inn, in Middleburg, VA, on August 20th, 2016. Fingers crossed for temperate and dry weather!!!!

DC film photographerI took this photo a few days before the proposal while attending the Kayla Barker Workshop, in Paris. While the bride and groom models were gorgeous,but I kept finding myself being drawn to Bows and Arrow’s little girl, Dotty. She kept asking when it was her turn to be a princess, so I put the veil on her:)Thank you to my followers with your patience with me! I haven’t posted much on the blog during the past 4-5 months because I’m been shooting like crazy and getting engaged….BUT I have lots to share and will start next!

 

Washington, DC in the Spring is one of the most magical places. After another bitter cold Winter I was more than thrilled to welcome the cherry blossoms, Magnolias, Dogwoods, and Forsythia back into my life. I’m reminded every year at this time of how blessed I am to live in our nation’s capitol. Today I want to share with you a blossom filled maternity session!

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Creative Team:

Venue: DAR Headquarters

Florist: Sidra Forman

Planner: Rex & Regina, Rebecca

Make-up: Amie Decker Beauty

Invitation Suite & Paper goods: Rifle Paper & Co

Tables, Chairs, & Linens: Well Dunn

Desserts:: Grassroots Gourmet

String Quartet: Bialeks

Catering: Well Dunn

Dress: Augusta Jones

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography

Photo Assistant: Camille Szramiak Photography

Make sure to check out this wedding on The Knot!