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!
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!
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
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!
Here are a few of my favorite moments and details from the special day!
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:
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.
The above photo is of my grandma and aunt Liz shaking their bon-bons!
Venue: Koita, Mountain Paradise Hotel
Wedding Planner: Meghan Cox, Our Costa Rica Wedding
Photographer: Lisa Marie O’Quinn, Sweet Tea Photography
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
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!